Titans’ Leroy Harris: Other than two sacks, I shut down J.J. Watt

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Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had two sacks in Sunday’s win over the Titans, giving him a league-leading 7.5 on the season. Watt is playing so well that the Texans’ website is calling him an MVP candidate. But one of the Tennessee offensive linemen who blocked Watt on Sunday wasn’t impressed.

Titans guard Leroy Harris said after the game that if you take away those two sacks, Watt didn’t have a very good game.

“He’s not anything special,” Harris said of Watt after the game, via Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “I locked him down most of the game except those two plays.”

Of course, an offensive lineman hasn’t done his job if he locked down a defensive lineman except two sacks. A defensive lineman who averages one sack a game is having a Pro Bowl season. A defensive lineman having two sacks a game is absolutely abusing the offensive linemen who are trying to block him.

Harris (No. 64 in the photo) would be wise to learn that if there are pictures of you turning around and seeing your quarterback on his back and an opposing defensive lineman with the ball in his hands, it’s probably a good idea not to brag after the game about having locked that defensive lineman down, except for two plays.

72 responses to “Titans’ Leroy Harris: Other than two sacks, I shut down J.J. Watt

  1. And but for the final score, the Steeler defense ‘locked down’ the Raiders offense in their last meeting.

  2. Tough part about being an offensive lineman, you can shut a guy down all day, blow two plays and he is the one with the good game while you struggled. Harris needs to up his.personal expectations if he wants to have a long career.

  3. “I locked him down most of the game except those two plays.”

    “Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

  4. Wow — if the guy tasked with Watt was able to hold him to a mere two sacks a game for a full season, Watt would absolutely BLOW THE LID OFF the NFL all-time sack record.

    Imagine being responsible for giving up 32 sacks in one season, and boasting about what a great job you did.

    Some of these players who think their poo doesn’t stink – regardless of how many bystanders are projectile-vomiting – is amazing.

    Harris: Watt owned you. Stop bragging about how much tail you kicked.

  5. Whatever helps you sleep at night, LeRoy. On a separate note, Usain Bolt beat me in a footrace, but he’s not anything special. I had him except for the running part.

  6. Keep talking. I’ll bet the farm Jared Allen and the Vikings are going to put a major beat down on the Titans Sunday.

  7. I was wondering if anyone was going to say something about that MVP line drop in one of their videos. An that o-lineman is out of his mind. I watched the entire game and NFL rewind. He did decent but he got pushed around almost all game.

  8. JJ Watt was credited with two sacks, two quarterback-hurries and causing one fumble yesterday when the Texans completely dominated the titans. Watt is a beast this year.

  9. Leroy Harris got punked all day along with “big country”. If a lineman gives up two sacks per game that’s giving up over 30 sacks a year. They also held JJ on several plays because he had his guy beat.

  10. If you don’t count the two long-time clients I lost today, I actually had a good day at the office…I can’t understand why my employer sent those mean security guards to escort me from the premises.

  11. And if I was taller, faster, stronger, smarter, and better looking, I’d be much more successful than I am.

  12. And i guess Winston Justice said the same about that inamous Osi Umenyora game where he had 6 sacks. “Only 6 sacks, only half a dozen. He’s nothing special”

  13. “If you take away Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, I totally smoked Reagan in that 1984 election.”

    — Walter Mondale

  14. Leroy: “There’s a reason we’re 3-1 this year…”
    Reporter: “You’re actually 1-3, Leroy”
    Leroy: “Wait, what? We’re not as good as I think we are? When did this happen?”
    Reporter: “The moment JJ Watt had two sacks, two QB hurries, with one resulting in a fumble, and you declared he was ‘locked down’ “.

  15. granadafan says:
    Oct 1, 2012 10:33 AM
    Germany: other than losing D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, we shut down the Allies!

    Actually the Allies lost the battle of the Bulge. Get your history right.

  16. Oh man, is this quote going to last for a while. Not smart.

    That said, as a Vikings fan, I’m hoping he’ll keep talking about how he’s going to shut down Jared Allen on Sunday.

  17. It’s really sad, but Leroy Harris would probably be an improvment over some of the Chicago Bears O-linemen. It seems like there are a lot of great pass rushers this season or maybe it’s just a lack of talent on the O-lines.

  18. Just rewatched the game on NFL Rewind – Harris barely even matches up against Watt in the game. Most of the time he’s lined up against the tackles.

    14:14 2Q – Watt pushes Harris all the way into Hasselbeck forcing an errant throw.

    2:44 2Q – Watt blows by Harris and sacks Hasselbeck for an 11 yard loss.

    1:16 3Q – Watt swims around Harris and sacks Hasselbeck for a second time.

    8:11 4Q – Watt pretends to rush Harris and actually drops back in coverage.

    8:07 4Q – Watt rushes, tosses Harris to the left, and almost gets to Hasselbeck but he gets it off to Stevens.

    7:40 4Q – Watt against Harris, pushes him back but then Watt falls down and Harris falls on top of him.

    7:22 4Q – Watt recovers the fumble caused by Smith and doesn’t play the rest of the game.

    Watt only went one-on-one with Harris a handful of times, and the majority of those he manhandles Harris. Trying to save face is one thing, but with replay available it’s just foolish to make these statements.

  19. Don’t worry about it, Leroy. Once you quit choking on those sour grapes everything will be fine. Good luck with the Vikings! Hope you enjoy watching us run away with the division.

  20. Harris was actually REALLY close to giving up FIVE sacks to Watt. Even the play that took out their starting QB Jake Locker — Watt was one step from lighting up Locker before DB Glover got him.

    Harris gave up 2 sacks, 2 hurries – plus Watt almost destroyed him but for a DB edge blitz. But now, Harris is smugly satisfied (after a brutal divisional loss for the team) and saying Watt “isn’t anything special.”

    Nice work, Leroy.

  21. Other than fumbling the one ball he’s caught all year, even though he wasn’t even touched, Legadu Naanee has has a great……..

    No. Nannee’s been a total disaster from day one. I guess we finally found a guy we can’t make the “except for this one time” joke about.

  22. College was so easy, even though I flunked out.

    I kicked ass at the Indianapolis 500, even though I finished last.

    I would have won that chess match against Gary Kasparov if he wouldn’t have check mated me in 5 moves.

  23. gbsoccer6 says:
    Oct 1, 2012 10:59 AM
    granadafan says:
    Oct 1, 2012 10:33 AM
    Germany: other than losing D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, we shut down the Allies!

    Actually the Allies lost the battle of the Bulge. Get your history right.

    NO, Germany was initially winning, but they never achieved their goal before the weather cleared and Allied aircraft, reinenforcements and them running out of fuel decimated them.

  24. I remember back when Leroy Harris looked extremely promising after dominating Haloti Ngata the entirety of a playoff game he was asked to start due to injury. Since then, he’s replaced Kevin Mawae and ruined a line that blocked for a 2,000 yard rusher and consistently was bottom 5 in sacks allowed. The Titans OL has been the worst in the league at run blocking and mediocre at best when it comes to pass blocking since Leroy has been a starter. Quite frankly, the only reason he’s still in the NFL is because he was Mike Munchak’s 4th round project (he made all of the OL drafting decisions even when Fisher was coach) and Munchak is too stubborn to admit his mistake.

  25. jj watt leads the league in sacks with 7.5 as a 3-4 DE. he also leads linemen in pass deflections and has racked up a ton of tfl’s… other than that hes totally useless..

  26. Actually, LeRoy…
    JJ had 5 tackles (4 solo) and 3 tackles in the backfield for losses………in addition to 2 sacks.
    So, basically i thinking he wasnt really impressed by you.
    JJ Watt = beast mode
    Go TEXANS!

  27. Actually, Harris is kinda right about what he is saying. Yes, I understand that 2 sacks a game is what analyst’s call Pro Bowl material, but if an Offensive Lineman keeps the Defensive Lineman from getting to the Quarterback 42/44 times. Wouldn’t you then say that the O-lineman dominated the D-lineman? 42 out of 44 times going against each other, the Offensive guy kept his QB safe. If a Wide Receiver catches 4 receptions on a CB when he was targeted 9 times, who won that battle? The CB right? I guess it depends on how you look at it.

  28. You know, if you ignore those 99 losses they have so far, the Cubbies looked pretty good this year!

  29. Oh, and everyone whose talking about Jared Allen.. 4-3 right defensive ends matchup against left tackles, not right guards. So you’re actually looking at him abusing Michael Roos next week, whose been atrocious himself.

  30. Other than blowing several key penalties (against all teams), marking off penalties incorrect, marking off penalties on the wrong team, taking too long to make up their minds, not conferencing on important calls, getting the ball spotted wrong and making what some have said is the worst call at the end of a game costing a team a win, the replacement officials did just fine.

  31. EJ says: Oct 1, 2012 1:34 PM

    Actually, Harris is kinda right about what he is saying. Yes, I understand that 2 sacks a game is what analyst’s call Pro Bowl material, but if an Offensive Lineman keeps the Defensive Lineman from getting to the Quarterback 42/44 times. Wouldn’t you then say that the O-lineman dominated the D-lineman? 42 out of 44 times going against each other, the Offensive guy kept his QB safe. If a Wide Receiver catches 4 receptions on a CB when he was targeted 9 times, who won that battle? The CB right? I guess it depends on how you look at it.

    —————————————————-

    Did you read what I wrote above? Harris didn’t even match up against him but a handful of times, yet he says HE handled him. – That’s the point.

  32. You may have a conversation coming from what’s left of your QBs while they look up from the ground and wonder why you’re standing there.

  33. I’m guessing he’s a glass is half-full type of guy…

    Other than Hartline’s 255 yards receiving yesterday, the Cardinals shut him down.

  34. Oh before yesterdays game the Titans had only given up 2 sacks in 3 games. One game against Houston and they get sacked 4 times, lose the starting QB, and lose a fumble.

  35. Jim Schwartz needs to adopt this philosophy!

    “Our special teams played awesome the last two weeks. We totally had both Tennessee and Minnesota shut down all game – except for that punt return and kickoff return we gave up in each game they were dominated!”

  36. Ill say that 2 sacks in one game is considered not good. Ogden was known for only giving up 2 or 3 a season let alone a game. But i can understand “only” giving up 2 sacks and wanting to talk smack cause watts leading the league now in sacks. 1 minute of fame really makes you say silly stuff. Keep it up tennessee, your record speaks for your play

  37. Ialwayswantedtobeabanker said:

    “Even the play that took out their starting QB Jake Locker — Watt was one step from lighting up Locker before DB Glover got him.”

    Actually, on that play, when Locker was clocked by another Texan, it WAS Watt who simultaneously lit Locker up. While one defender was knocking Jake one direction, Watt came in from the other side and nailed Jake’s elbow/arm which caused the actual shoulder to dislocate. … Thanks to how well Leroy Harris shut down Watt, Locker may miss the next game or two.

    -Titans Fan

  38. @txtuff

    Mostly because the guy whose the reason for only 2 sacks against, Jake Locker, didn’t see the blitz and got injured. 3 more after that. The pass blocking was atrocious against San Diego and New England, but only 2 sacks were allowed because Locker would scramble out and even force bad passes. Hasselbeck doesn’t have the mobility to do that.

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