Card: Topps 1985
Acquired: 2009, Texans Blitz
Linebacker Frank Bush was a 5th round choice of the Oilers in 1985. He played admirably in his rookie season and was named to numerous all-rookie teams. Unfortunately in 1986 Bush would be diagnosed with a narrow spinal canal- a career ending prognosis. The Oilers would immediately bring him onboard with their coaching staff starting as a scout where he’d stay on board through 1994. In 1995 he moved to the Denver Broncos- winning two Super Bowl rings serving in a variety of capacities for the team including linebackers coach, and secondary coach. Bush would stay there through 2003, leaving to coach linebackers and be assistant coach to Dennis Green in Arizona. The Texans new coach in 2005, Gary Kubiak wanted to bring Bush on board as his defensive coordinator, but was unable to wrest him from the Cardinals staff. Bush would be hired by the Texans in 2007 and serve initially as a defensive assistant under Richard Smith. With Smith relieved of his coaching duties in 2008, Frank would get his chance at defensive coordinator. That season the team would blitz aggressively and the defensive unit would improve steadily through the season against the run and pass after an incredibly rough start. 2010 would not be so fortunate. Starting an extremely young secondary the team would give up 24 points in 14 of 16 games, allowing opposing quarterbacks post over a 100 average QB rating. The team would finish a disappointing 6-10 and Bush would be relieved of his job. He wouldn’t be out of a job long and caught on quickly with the Tennessee Titans where in 2011 he is now serving as their linebackers coach.
Card: Upper Deck Star Rookie 2008
Acquired: Texans Blitz 2010
A dominant linebacker at Virginia Tech over his tenure there from 2004- 2008, Xavier Adibi was drafted in the 4th round of the 2008 by the Houston Texans. Adibi was named to the the All-ACC team in 2006 and 2007. In the latter year he was also named All-American for his efforts. A hitting machine with good speed in coverage and instincts, the knock on Adibi is his read and reaction time to offensive game plans. Xavier has been hampered by nicks and tears since he was drafted, playing in only 7 games in 2008, making 35 tackles (27 solo) . He’d sit on the bench for the majority of 2009, but in 2010 he’d play in 11 games making 22 tackles and 2 forced fumbles as the Texans were forced to shuffle around linebackers when injuries decimated the middle three. Things finally started to look better as Adibi in the final contest of 2010 against Jacksonville stepped in and make 5 tackles and 3 assists.
Truly Xavier has become an ‘X-Factor”, with the Texans shift to a 3-4 alignment under new defensive coach Wade Phillips, it is unknown where he figures into the team’s future plans. With Adibi’s size, frame, and familiarity to the 3-4 defense from VT, it could be possible that he slips back into an inside linebacker role.
UPDATE 12/6/2011- Xavier would be among the final cuts of the Houston Texans in 2011. He’d be claimed off of waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.
Card: Upper Deck Star Rookies 2009
Acquired: TTM 2009, Texans Blitz
The Texans collect tight ends like they are going out of style. Anthony Hill is a devastating blocker out of NC State taken in the 4th round of the 2009 draft by the Houston Texans. He earned 2nd team ACC honors his senior season and at 6’6″, 277 make him a Antonio Gates sized target. Unfortunately Hill caught Swine Flu his rookie season and although he has recovered, has not seen any extensive playing time outside of the preseason for the Texans since being drafted. He also needs to improve his speed off the snap and improve on his durability to warrant more play time by the team. Anthony is also buried on the depth chart behind Owen Daniels, Joel Dreessen, James Casey, and Garrett Graham.