On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Jul. 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Fuddruckers

    Stop by the Fuddruckers located at 3929 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77027 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 6-7 PM for a Texans Radio live broadcast on SportsRadio 610 with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer, and special guests!

    The new Houston Texans Mobile Truck will make it's debut as well from 5:30 - 7 PM so you can shop for all your Texans gear as well!

    Plus, $2 domestic bottles and a 15% discount if you come in your Texans gear from 5 PM - close, as well as Texans prize giveaways!

    During this show we will feature rounds of Texans Trivia. The prizes are listed below:

     

    Texans Shirts

    Texans Prize Packs

    Autographed Whitney Mercilus Photo

    Autographed Kareem Jackson Mini Helmet

  • Sat., Aug. 01, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans 360

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 11 PM for this Texans show that covers all the happenings each week of the team throughout the offseason from community events, offseason training and various team functions with Cheerleaders and players.

  • Sun., Aug. 02, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Making of the Houston Texans Cheerleaders: Making the Calendar

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) to get the behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the 2015-2016 Houston Texans Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar from El Conquistador Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Fri., Aug. 07, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT Tax Free Weekend at the Go Texan Store

    TAX FREE WEEKEND AT THE GO TEXAN STORE AUGUST 7-8

    Now’s the perfect time to gear up for the season with tax free weekend at the Go Texan Store August 7-8.

    Whether you want new t-shirts, fresh hats for training camp, or even a customized jersey, the store has it all!

  • Sat., Aug. 08, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT Tax Free Weekend at the Go Texan Store

    TAX FREE WEEKEND AT THE GO TEXAN STORE AUGUST 7-8

    Now’s the perfect time to gear up for the season with tax free weekend at the Go Texan Store August 7-8.

    Whether you want new t-shirts, fresh hats for training camp, or even a customized jersey, the store has it all!

  • Sat., Aug. 08, 2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT Houston Texans Cheerleaders Calendar Reveal Party

    Stop by the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium on Saturday, August 8 from 11AM - 1 PM to be the first to see the new 2015-2016 Houston Texans Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar.

    You'll have an opportunity to purchase the calendar for only $10, get a behind the scenes look at the Cheerleader locker room, mini makeovers and a 10% discount* at the Go Texan Store.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/cheerleaders/swimsuit-calendar/2015-16-calendar.html

    *exclusions apply

  • Sat., Aug. 08, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans 360

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 11 PM for this Texans show that covers all the happenings each week of the team throughout the offseason from community events, offseason training and various team functions with Cheerleaders and players.

  • Sun., Aug. 09, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans All Access: Training Camp

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11 PM to watch all the position battles and exclusive coverage from Houston Texans Training Camp as they prepare for the start of the 2015 season.

  • Sat., Aug. 15, 2015 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

  • Sat., Aug. 15, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans 360

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 11 PM for this Texans show that covers all the happenings each week of the team throughout the offseason from community events, offseason training and various team functions with Cheerleaders and players.

News

Print
RSS

Tim Dobbins steps in for Brian Cushing

Posted Oct 11, 2012

According to Tim Dobbins and the Texans, he's ready to step up in the absence of linebacker Brian Cushing.


In his short career with the Texans, Tim Dobbins has been a difference-maker. Now, he can make a difference in a different way.

The inside linebacker will see his reps increase on defense with the loss of Brian Cushing to injury. Dobbins has had backup duty on defense since joining the Texans before the 2011 season, contributing primarily on special teams. He has been so vital in that capacity that his teammates elected him special teams captain before this season, and he led the NFL in special teams tackles heading into Monday’s victory at New York.

Taking over for Cushing as the starting Mo linebacker is a new challenge altogether.

“I’m not him, of course, but I will try to do my best to fill in his shoes,” Dobbins said on Wednesday. “It’s a great system that we have here. I’ve been running it for years, and I know a little bit about the ins and outs of our system.”

Dobbins signed with Houston after spending the first five years of his career with the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was Dobbins’ first defensive coordinator in the NFL, when he was drafted by San Diego out of Iowa State in 2006.

“He’s been in this league awhile,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s very much on top of what Wade wants to do. He can make all the calls for us if we want him to do that. He’s capable of doing that.”

The elevation of Dobbins was no surprise to his defensive teammates, who immediately saw a difference in his demeanor in the Wednesday linebackers meeting.

“I got Dobbins sitting next to me, and I was trying to fool around with Dobbins but he wouldn’t look at me,” outside linebacker Connor Barwin said. “He was locked in and taking notes, so it’s a little different already. Obviously, we all have to move forward and step up (without Cushing). I think we’ll be fine.”

When Dobbins hit the field with the "Bulls on Parade" last season, his most memorable play was a stonewalling of Ravens running back Ray Rice on fourth-and-goal in the playoff loss at Baltimore. Dobbins popped Rice high with some help from outside linebacker Brooks Reed coming from below. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring said Dobbins "possesses a knockout punch," and that's a part of his game in which Dobbins takes great pride.

“It’s definitely something good to have,” Dobbins said. “Obviously, if you get the opportunity to hit a running back or receiver, you don’t want them to fall forward. You want them to fall backwards, because it comes down to the inches.”

On Thursday, Kubiak said Dobbins’ role on special teams might change depending on how much he’ll play on defense. Either way, Kubiak is confident in the seven-year pro.

“The fact that our team named him the special teams captain this year would tell you how much the team thinks of him,” Kubiak said. “It’s an opportunity in his career, and he’s worked hard for it. I know he’s looking forward to it.”

Dobbins plans on sticking to the basics, keeping it simple and getting ready the same way he always does.

“Every week, I prepare that I’m going to start,” Dobbins said. “You never know if one of the guys will go down, so I practice both positions so I’m ready to play either one of them.”

Twitter.com/DoughertyDrew

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.

Trending Now

Recent News