The Houston Texans have won consecutive AFC South titles, but no longer is making the playoffs -- only to be abruptly swept out -- satisfactory.
"I think it says a little bit about where we are and at the same time about how much further we have to go and we understand it. We're close, but we have a way to go. We're ready to take the next step."
Cushing added that he feels "100 percent" healthy after dealing with a knee issue last season.
"Yeah, that's the NFL," Cushing said. "That's just how it goes. It's next man up. Unfortunately, you can't keep everybody on your team. As much as you would like to keep your core guys together, it doesn't work that way..."
"Yep, just a decision they made," Cushing said of cutting ties with Osweiler. "They went with it. We'll see who our quarterback is and go with it. Bottom line: I'm just playing defense and that's it. That's all I'm going to worry about."
That's all Cushing might need to worry about, but Houston fans will spend the next year fretting over the QB situation.