The Black Friday edition of The Dan Patrick Show, hosted by an Internet hack with whom you may be vaguely familiar, generated a surprising amount of news. From NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson sharing details regarding the latest use of a foot by Ndamukong Suh to the red-flag fiasco to the league’s intention to keep suspending players for illegal hits despite the reduction of Ed Reed’s suspension to 49ers safety Donte Whitner declaring that Colin Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback on Sunday, it was an eventful three hours.
The final guest in the final segment also shed some light on what would have been a major story coming out of the Texans-Lions game but for Suh and the red flag and the missed field goals in overtime. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and defensive line coach Bill Kollar got into a fairly heated discussion on the sideline, with Watt uncharacteristically animated and red faced.
So what was that all about? Watt said they were simply listing the things for which they’re thankful.
He continued to downplay the situation, as did coach Gary Kubiak in his Friday session with reporters. Kubiak said he didn’t even know about it. “[T]hey argue every day,” Kubiak said, via CSNHouston.com, “so that’s nothing new.”
It’s also nothing new for Watt to be dominant. His three sacks on Thursday give him 14.5 for the season, which will keep him in the thick of the league MVP chatter. Watt said Friday that he embraces the consideration, since it helps give positive attention to his team.
His team is now 10-1, and the Texans are moving toward the top seed in the AFC. Though Ross Tucker has suggested on NBC Sports Network that the Texans could be better off facing high-powered passing attacks of the Patriots and Broncos in the elements of their home stadiums and not in the climate-controlled successor to the Astrodome, Watt was clear — he wants the team to play any playoff games at home.
If they do, they might be playing the final game of the season not very far away from Houston.