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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Texans' new DC promises no excuses

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Just had a good chat with Texans defensive coordinator Frank Bush, and will use a lot of that for a blog column post Thursday on Houston's secondary.

At the start of the week, Bush addressed the defense for the first time as coordinator. Gary Kubiak promoted him after the 2008 season as the team parted ways with Richard Smith.

First impressions are always big, but I think they are especially so with new coordinators. Players are curious about the sort of tone he'll set -- how serious, how light, how intense? And they want to know what he expects from them and how he will communicate whether he is getting it or not.

I asked Bush about his initial message, and here's what he said:

"The message basically was: Hey, we're not going to offer any excuses or any explanations. We're just going to try to go out, do our jobs, do them as best as we can do them, be disciplined in our approach and just try to be more aggressive in our approach. Let's just put ourselves in position to compete every week. We don't want to go into games with any excuses for not being successful; we just want to play the games. Hopefully they'll take something from it."