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J.J. Watt: Texans “don’t really have a weakness”

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As a rookie defensive end in Houston last season, J.J. Watt started all 16 regular-season games and then had a spectacular interception return for a touchdown as the Texans won their first playoff game in franchise history. And Watt thinks this year is going to be even better.

Watt said on ESPN’s NFL 32 that at Houston’s Organized Team Activities, he sees nothing but good players competing with good players, on a team that has nothing but good players.

“It’s a competition every day,” Watt said. “I think that’s the sign of a good team, when you have a good offense and a good defense and it’s just a battle. That means that you don’t really have a weakness. You can see just little battles going on every day, whether it’s a receiver against a DB or the o-line against the d-line. Our team is working hard and we know what’s at stake this year. We know what kind of team we have.”

Watt said last month that the Texans are aiming for the Super Bowl, and he’s not backing off on that.

“Last year wasn’t a fluke,” Watt said. “We didn’t make the playoffs on a fluke. We got a taste of the playoffs last year and now we want that whole pie. Our goal is the Super Bowl and nothing less. I think that’s big down here in Houston. The fans are excited about it. We’re excited about it. And all we can do is go to work every day and get better.”

Watt is obviously extremely confident heading into his second NFL season. After winning the AFC South despite an injury-plagued season and winning a playoff game with their third-string quarterback, there’s no reason the Texans shouldn’t be confident.

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43 Responses to “J.J. Watt: Texans “don’t really have a weakness””
  1. joetoronto says: Jun 5, 2012 10:32 AM

    Dream Team, 2.0!

  2. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 5, 2012 10:35 AM

    Yesterday there was an article that everyone on the Texans is expendible, today the headline is that the Texans have no weaknesses?

  3. ryanbts5 says: Jun 5, 2012 10:41 AM

    Believe me, you have a weakness…..

    Alan Ball…

  4. mindcrime401 says: Jun 5, 2012 10:48 AM

    “Our goal is the Super Bowl and nothing less. I think that’s big down here in Houston.”

    Actually, J.J., that’s kind of big in every NFL city.

  5. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 5, 2012 10:56 AM

    OL?

  6. swagjag says: Jun 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    For a team with no weaknesses, they sure are kicking the tires on a lot of WRs.

  7. raqaiw says: Jun 5, 2012 11:08 AM

    Uh,no JJ.

    1. No WR other than AJ is a threat.
    2.Kareem Jackson is a QB’s best friend,and Jason Allen is now gone,further depleting your CBs.
    3.Half of what was the best line in football is now gone.(Brisel and Winston)
    4.Schaub is coming off of yet another injury.

  8. vtsquirm says: Jun 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    no weakness eh?? then why didn’t you win the superbowl?

    every team has a weakness… whether its your 3rd string QB or whateve.

  9. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    I have been pulling for the Texans since they came in the league. I like them. But 2 things Watt should know…

    1. He’s right. Their only weakness was Manning and he plays in Denver now.

    2. The only reason they won the division was because Manning was hurt.

    I’m not trying to take away what they accomplished, but having no Manning in the division made a HUGE difference, even if they don’t acknowledge that.

  10. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    Weakness…. maybe a run away ego?

  11. nepo784 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    Is this the team this year that talks about how good they are and flawless their play is, then proceed to get knocked out of the playoffs in the first round and do nothing but bitch and complain that the “better team” isn’t playing in the next round?… Watt, stop while you’re behind

  12. schmitty2 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    An oft injured Andre Johnson and no one else at WR might constitute a weakness IMO

  13. trollhammer20 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:20 AM

    swagjag says:Jun 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    For a team with no weaknesses, they sure are kicking the tires on a lot of WRs.
    ________________________________
    Can’t have a competition without competitors. The more people trying to win a spot, the more likely one is to rise up and claim it.

    I think if Schaub heals up from that foot injury, the Texans definitely belong in the SB discussion. With the Colts rebuilding (sorry, Pagano, I’ll make that “reloading” just for you), the Jags borderline awful (not sold at all on Gabbert), and the Titans inconsistent, they could cruise to the South title, and use a strong in-division record to help secure a bye, or possibly even HFA for the duration.

  14. titanryan says: Jun 5, 2012 11:26 AM

    Only weakness is that the qb/wr studs can’t stay upright

  15. getyourownname says: Jun 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    I see those online courses at Rex Ryan U are working well.

  16. rajbais says: Jun 5, 2012 11:44 AM

    You do at wide receiver and at a few spots in secondary.

    But don’t worry J.J., I think you will win the AFC championship!!!

  17. joecoz17 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:44 AM

    Then where are the playoff wins and championships?

  18. dram931 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:55 AM

    raqaiw says:Jun 5, 2012 11:08 AM

    Uh,no JJ.

    1. No WR other than AJ is a threat.
    2.Kareem Jackson is a QB’s best friend,and Jason Allen is now gone,further depleting your CBs.
    3.Half of what was the best line in football is now gone.(Brisel and Winston)
    4.Schaub is coming off of yet another injury.

    Spoken like a true Cowboy fan jealous of little brother…

    vtsquirm says:Jun 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    no weakness eh?? then why didn’t you win the superbowl?
    every team has a weakness… whether its your 3rd string QB or whateve.

    Spoken like a true idiot…

  19. dram931 says: Jun 5, 2012 12:00 PM

    schmitty2 says:Jun 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    An oft injured Andre Johnson and no one else at WR might constitute a weakness IMO

    I just might be a weakness…but this has become a run first team…and they DO have excellent passing options when AJ is hurt…Owen Daniels has been the Texans best receivers beside AJ…also keep an eye out for FB/TE James Casey. Also…keep an eye out for rookie WR Keshawn Martin…may be great in the slot…and the Texans love the dink and dunk passing game.

  20. tyelee says: Jun 5, 2012 12:08 PM

    For Texan’s fans, this is alarming news…. Everything has a weakness and if you can’t find it then that could be a sure sign that there is no strength definite enough around it to make the weakness distinguishable….

    So he could be saying that the whole team is weak!

  21. chrisbntx says: Jun 5, 2012 12:20 PM

    “I’m not trying to take away what they accomplished, but having no Manning in the division made a HUGE difference, even if they don’t acknowledge that.”
    _____________________

    Colts would have been an 8 win team at best with Manning last year. All the wheels were falling off the bus, and that’s why the Colts let Manning walk.

  22. itsmammoth says: Jun 5, 2012 12:26 PM

    Well, for starters..

    I can’t name one person in the Texans secondary.

  23. dashmooz says: Jun 5, 2012 12:26 PM

    This is overblown. He was asked questions by a media host and answered them. He sees a good team with good players and competitive battles in OTAs. “Not having a weakness” means you don’t have a part of the team devoid of talent.

    It doesn’t mean everyone on your team is a Pro Bowl caliber player. It doesn’t mean that if your top 2 QBs goes down for the season you’re not going to still have troubles. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have salary issues (Eric Winston? Mario Williams? DeMeco Ryans?). It doesn’t mean you are disprespecting everyone else.

    And lest you all forget, if Jacoby Jones doesn’t fumble that punt, we win at Baltimore last year.

    When you actually do develop some good talent – you can’t keep them all – hence cutting Winston and letting Williams go.

  24. mullman7675 says: Jun 5, 2012 12:28 PM

    Confidence and swagger is a good thing. They could easily win their suspect division again.

  25. texansdude says: Jun 5, 2012 12:44 PM

    I gotta agree with all of you who point out the QB and WR issues. STILL, I maintain the opinion that should they stay healthy, any SB talk without including the Texans is less than insightful conversation.

  26. getyourownname says: Jun 5, 2012 1:24 PM

    dashmooz says:
    Jun 5, 2012 12:26 PM
    And lest you all forget, if Jacoby Jones doesn’t fumble that punt, we win at Baltimore last year.

    ********************
    Um, nobody is forgetting because that’s a highly hypothetical conclusion. It was a big play favoring the Ravens, for sure. But it was early in the game and no one knows how the game would have played out had the Ravens needed a TD late to win. Plus, Ravens won by 7, so even if you play the “if only” game, Ravens would have given up one TD, which would have meant a tie in final minute unless you are further assuming your kicker would make a 60-yard FG attempt at the end to break the tie. The only way you can assume a botched play undeniably changed the result if it was the last few plays/final seconds of the game, like Evans’ dropped TD in NE or Cundiff’s shank.

  27. billhicks666 says: Jun 5, 2012 1:25 PM

    itsmammoth says:

    “Well, for starters..

    I can’t name one person in the Texans secondary.”

    That would constitute a weakness in you – ignorance – and not in the Texans. How about CB Johnathan Joseph? He made the Pro Bowl last year, or are you not familiar with the Pro Bowl either?

  28. CKL says: Jun 5, 2012 1:26 PM

    I’m not a Texans fan but I really enjoyed watching them play last year. Just nice solid football. And I love their D and run game. They don’t have a weakness as in “a huge part of their team that holds them back”, no but I do agree that the receiving corps is meh outside of Andre. They don’t need superstars or anything but a couple of guys like one of my fave former Texans Jabar Gaffney would help.

  29. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 5, 2012 1:36 PM

    Wow… Really wish I’d woken up earlier.. Sadly most of these people won’t see this but i’ll go for it anyway.

    Listen, Erick Winston was falling off, he had the most false start penalties on the entire o-line. He was falling off in some of his abilities if you watched their games. While I still believe he’s a good player that move wasn’t a bad idea (He was expensive!). They really like a late rookie Newton they got last year and have good competition with a player who has started before Butler. An Brisel leaving isn’t that bad. Caldwell has started before and its not like the running game slowed down. Plus that new rookie they got in the 3rd sounds like a BA.

    The corner situation looks way better than most people might think. They have a lot of young talent at the position. All 2nd and 3rd year guys, I believe you’ll see them show up more this year with OTA’s and such. Jonathan Joseph just said the other day how these young guys are starting to acclimate to the games speed and i’m sure the playbook as well.

    The depth at wr is scary but its more of a scary potential scary. Some of these rookies were pretty good at the college level, as well as a promising 2nd year wr with Leh-Star Jean.

    An time will tell with Schuab, I believe TJ Yates is gonna make a big step as far as his qb skills are concerned. Coming out of no where with minimal training time, he wasn’t that bad… OTA’s and Gary Kubiak won’t let him not get better.

  30. dram931 says: Jun 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    What’s the guy supposed to say…”uh yeah. We need to step up our receiving core b/c they underachieved last season. And I’m not sure about our O-Line…you know with the unproven guys we got battling for starting positions vacated by Winston and Briesel.”
    I think it’s understood that there are areas that need improvement as with any team…he doesn’t have to say so. I like the fact that he is showing some confidence…we need that around here in H-town….better than what players previous to last season would say…”Man if we stay healthy and get some breaks…we could probably put together a winning season.”
    We got a guy that is shooting for the ultimate goal. I love it!!

  31. daysend564 says: Jun 5, 2012 2:16 PM

    “Last year wasn’t a fluke,” Watt said. “We didn’t make the playoffs on a fluke. ..”
    =====================
    Nope, it sure wasn’t. However, it was a result in playing in the worst division in the NFL. Yes, even worse than the NFC West!

  32. billymc75 says: Jun 5, 2012 2:19 PM

    Matt Schaub maybe?

  33. mdp44 says: Jun 5, 2012 2:51 PM

    Daniel manning is no slouch in the secondary as well

  34. htown1035 says: Jun 5, 2012 2:56 PM

    The Texans totally dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball against the Ravens. The reason they lost was Jones’ muff and a 3rd stringer throwing into triple coverage and throwing 3 (and almost 5) interceptions. Common thought is that if Schaub were playing they would have beaten the Ravens handily, and with their defense would have beaten the Patriots as well.

    Anybody who thinks they won because Manning was out, remember that they beat the hell out of Manning with the worst defense in the league the year before, there was no reason to think they wouldn’t do it again with one of the best.

    The AFC South wasn’t worse than the NFC West – by a long shot. In any case their schedule was against the NFC South and the AFC North, hardly an easy schedule.

  35. listenup823 says: Jun 5, 2012 3:47 PM

    They’re only weakness was playing a team that beat them..

  36. jskill3 says: Jun 5, 2012 6:03 PM

    JJ,

    Just because rookie WRs are battling well against the much maligned Kareem Jackson, don’t assume neither are weak.

    And if your team is indeed on the path to Lombardiland, quit smacking the wasp nests along the way.

    Just play now, talk later.

  37. kch22884 says: Jun 5, 2012 9:06 PM

    Y’all obviously don’t have a clue regarding JJ’s personality. Likely one of the most humble guys in the league and has the enthusiasm of an adolescent. Of course he believes there is no weakness on the team. He’s all about team and isn’t the type to throw any position need under the bus and hence calling out his fellow team members.

    This isn’t your arrogant trash talking white boy saying the team is invincible. It’s his humble opinion. Just like his ultimate goal of reaching the super bowl. Frankly, the confidence beaming from JJ is what this city has lacked the first 10 years.

    “Go Texans”
    -JJ Watt

  38. randallflagg52 says: Jun 6, 2012 3:53 AM

    htown1035 says:Jun 5, 2012 2:56 PM

    The Texans totally dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball against the Ravens. The reason they lost was Jones’ muff and a 3rd stringer throwing into triple coverage and throwing 3 (and almost 5) interceptions. Common thought is that if Schaub were playing they would have beaten the Ravens handily, and with their defense would have beaten the Patriots as well.

    ==================================

    Joe Flacco did have a QB rating over 90 that day, so it’s not like the Texans were some unstoppable juggernaught whose only weakness is ball security on kick offs… Even if he held onto the ball, the Texans most likely wouldn’t have scored.

    Sounds like a lot of sour grapes to me. I hate 9er fans almost as Pittsburgh fans, due to their entitled attitude, but I don’t hear them whinning about Kyle Williams as much as I do you texans whinning about Jones’ fumble… Take the loss like men, you were beaten by a better team.

  39. htown1035 says: Jun 6, 2012 8:45 AM

    randallflagg52 says:Jun 6, 2012 3:53 AM

    Joe Flacco did have a QB rating over 90 that day, so it’s not like the Texans were some unstoppable juggernaught whose only weakness is ball security on kick offs… Even if he held onto the ball, the Texans most likely wouldn’t have scored.

    Sounds like a lot of sour grapes to me. I hate 9er fans almost as Pittsburgh fans, due to their entitled attitude, but I don’t hear them whinning about Kyle Williams as much as I do you texans whinning about Jones’ fumble… Take the loss like men, you were beaten by a better team.

    =================================

    Who cares about QB rating? You obviously didn’t watch the game because if you did you would have seen how the Ravens, apart from a few fantastic over-the-shoulder catches, couldn’t move the ball at all against the Texans, while Arian Foster ran all over them. They weren’t an unstoppable juggernaut, but they dominated the Ravens. Who’s to say if he held on to the ball the Texans wouldn’t have scored – but it definitely gave a free pass to the Ravens. Or did you forget the next time the Ravens were in the same position and were forced to kick a FG?

    It’s sour grapes to an extent – the Texans were better than the Ravens but they had an inexperienced, fifth round third string rookie at QB and he played like one. He was the main reason we lost.

    The Ravens were the better team that day, but if you think for one second they were the better team overall, you’re either a real homer or you didn’t watch it.

  40. billhicks666 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:09 PM

    randallflagg52, clueless as usual. Seriously, I’ve never read a single one of your comments that wasn’t wrong, off-base or completely asinine. From your most recent comment, it’s obvious to me you never even saw the Texans-Ravens playoff game last year. If you had, you wouldn’t be saying that the better team won that day. That’s just a fact, whether you want to acknowledge it or not.

  41. yungtexan713 says: Jun 7, 2012 9:28 AM

    daysend564 says:

    Nope, it sure wasn’t. However, it was a result in playing in the worst division in the NFL. Yes, even worse than the NFC West!

    listen man, this is profootballtalk.com..if you dont know football then dont humiliate yourself..if im not mistaken the nfc west had only one team over .500 as well as the afc east..while the afc south had 2 teams with a winning record. The facts dont back up your bogus bias statement about the afc south being the worst division in football.

  42. raqaiw says: Jun 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    @yungtexan713,htown1035,and dram931:

    The AFCS was the worst division last year. They had the 2 win Colts(worst team in the league) and the 5 win Jags.
    The breakdown was as follows:
    AFCN 37,NFCN 36, AFCE & NFCS 33, AFCW 31, NFCW & NFCE 30, AFCS 26.

    Don’t let facts stop you from being excited about your team though.

  43. htown1035 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:10 AM

    The AFCS had two teams with winning records out of 4. The NFCW had 1 team with a winning record out of 4. So that makes them a worse division, not total number of losses.

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