Back when Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews came in third in the AP rookie of the year voting, and came in third again in the re-vote, I was disappointed because I knew how good he was. But part of me was glad he didn't win it so he wouldn't become a one-year wonder. That concern is stupid, but sports superstition is a funny thing.
It came to my mind again when I read this article at the National Football Post:
Following a disappointing season where linebacker Brian Cushing lost his NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year form, the Houston Texans expect the former USC standout to return to his formerly high standard of play.
"I think he'll be a great player," Texans coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle. "I think he'll be gangbusters."
Cushing was great in 2009, although with an asterisk due to his 2010 suspension, and his career is just beginning. With his move inside in Wade Phillips's new 3-4 defense, it looks like he'll have A.J. Hawk's career path instead of Matthews.