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Bill Belichick would vote for J.J. Watt as defensive player of the year

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If Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a vote for the defensive player of the year award, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt would get it.

He looks like the defensive player of the year to me,” Belichick said of Watt, via CSNHouston.com. “He’s been so productive and so disruptive. It’s not just the pass rush. It’s the batted balls, it’s the tackles for loss, the blocking that he draws, it helps everybody else out. He’s been a terrific player for them in a lot of different ways.”

Belichick said Watt is a great athlete like Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, and that Watt has no weaknesses, in any phases of the game.

“He’s the most disruptive player in the league,” Belichick said. “He’s really pretty good at everything. He’s got great quickness and length and instincts.”

Belichick also praised Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, saying the way he complements Watt reminds Belichick of the way Carl Banks complemented Lawrence Taylor on the Giants in the 1980s. That’s high praise indeed.

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  1. sportsmeccabi says: Dec 5, 2012 12:19 PM

    Not just defensive player of the year.

    MVP

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:21 PM

    Pretty high praise coming from the coach of the Texans next opponent. Though I’m sure that timing had nothing to do with his comment.

  3. walker615 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:22 PM

    Vote Von!

  4. idriveamoped says: Dec 5, 2012 12:29 PM

    I remember watching a few Wis. games and wondered how in the world was he not a top 10 pick.

  5. shootscuz says: Dec 5, 2012 12:31 PM

    This is Bill speak. If he was playing the Broncos this week he would say the same things about Von. And if he was playing the 49ers this week he would say the same thing about Aldon. Pats always give huge amounts of praise to their opponents.

  6. beef39 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:35 PM

    Geno Atkins is the defensive player of the year. Just no one talks about him because he’s on the Bengals.

  7. bucketman9 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:36 PM

    Can’t really argue with him winning it, but there are a lot of deserving players this year. Charles Tillman, Aldon Smith, and Von Miller are also having just as good of years if not better.

  8. JaminJake says: Dec 5, 2012 12:45 PM

    What’s the old saying? Kill them with kindness?

  9. thekingdave says: Dec 5, 2012 12:51 PM

    Coachspeak or not, Watt’s the DPOY barring a complete collapse during the final 4 games. Von Miller and Aldon Smith are great pass rushers, but Watt has 15.5 sacks as a 3-4 DE. When you factor in the tackles for loss, plays in the run game, batted balls, and the fact that sacks from Texan OLBs have been few and far between, he’s a slam dunk. If you truly think Miller or Smith deserve the honors, you’re either wearing a Bronco or Niner jersey right now.

  10. fitnesstrainer6788 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    OF COURSE Bill is going to say that just a few days before they play on Monday night!

    Can you imagine how riled and pumped JJ would be if Bill came out and said “I’d vote for Von Miller as Defensive Player of the Year”?

    Bill is no dummy….do not give the opponent bulletin board material!

    That being said…Von Miller is Defensive Player of the Year!

  11. weepingjebus says: Dec 5, 2012 1:04 PM

    Yes, obviously this was not coincidental to the upcoming Patriots-Texans game — because Belichick was saying this on a conference call with Houston-based reporters who were asking him about the upcoming game. It’s ok to actually click through to the underlying article, guys.

  12. sbelig says: Dec 5, 2012 1:05 PM

    He does always praise guys that they are playing next but I think it’s not only as a tool for not saying anything negative but I think he only speaks about the next opponent as that his what his sole focus is on at that moment he is speaking. So while it may look like game planning from a timing standpoint I do believe he says things he believes, respects great players that play hard and smart, but only says thing when that team or that player is next in line.

  13. rushmatic says: Dec 5, 2012 1:06 PM

    Bill does not compare current players to LT or Carl Banks (except DeMarcus Ware, if I recall correctly). Please. Not Bill speak. He thinks VERY highly of Watt, I’d guess.

  14. gochargersgo says: Dec 5, 2012 1:10 PM

    idriveamoped says:Dec 5, 2012 12:29 PM

    I remember watching a few Wis. games and wondered how in the world was he not a top 10 pick.

    He was picked 11. Just make sure you dont hurt yourself with that incessant back-patting.

  15. gochargersgo says: Dec 5, 2012 1:12 PM

    Im thinking around this time next week Bill will have changed his mind and Aldon/ Justin Smith or Patrick Willis will be the defensive POY. Just a guess.

  16. 23chameleons says: Dec 5, 2012 1:14 PM

    And he managed to say all those praises completely monotone.

    If only he spoke so openly about his own team…

  17. displacedsox says: Dec 5, 2012 1:16 PM

    Don’t think for a second Belichick isn’t sending a message to his offensive line either.

  18. ccjcsr says: Dec 5, 2012 1:18 PM

    Watt is a Freak like Pierre-Paul but my vote is for Von Miller and I’m a Cowboys fan

  19. pastabelly says: Dec 5, 2012 1:20 PM

    BB is not one to give compliments like this gratuitously. All BB is doing here is stating the obvious. I wouldn’t think he would be too impressed with Von Miller. Miller seems to make some very big plays. But he can also be stopped for periods of time (Pats playoff game last year, for example). Watt seems to dominate games on a more consistenet basis. I think this is the week that Gronk will really be missed.

  20. objectivenflfan says: Dec 5, 2012 1:31 PM

    “Von Miller and Aldon Smith are great pass rushers, but Watt has 15.5 sacks as a 3-4 DE.”

    You obviously don’t watch too many Bronco games. Von Miller has 15 sacks as a strong side 4-3 LB. 5 forced fumbles, 1 INT (pick-6), and leads the NFL in tackles for loss. Every-down player.

    Aldon Smith is a pure pass rusher. A great one at that. But the reason he only plays 60% of snaps is because he is a liability vs the run. I expect that to improve (he was an end at Missouri). I’m not talking anything away from him, but does Watt or Miller play next to guys like Willis, Justin Smith, and Navarro? Not to mention Brooks who’s rock solid.

    And Watt? Great player. Top player at his position. To me, it’s a coin flip between the him and Miller. Depends on your favorite flavor. I’d take either.

  21. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Dec 5, 2012 1:31 PM

    thekingdave says:
    Dec 5, 2012 12:51 PM
    Coachspeak or not, Watt’s the DPOY barring a complete collapse during the final 4 games. Von Miller and Aldon Smith are great pass rushers, but Watt has 15.5 sacks as a 3-4 DE. When you factor in the tackles for loss, plays in the run game, batted balls, and the fact that sacks from Texan OLBs have been few and far between, he’s a slam dunk. If you truly think Miller or Smith deserve the honors, you’re either wearing a Bronco or Niner jersey right now.
    ———-
    Your right on Smith but Miller has 5 ff to Watts 2 and 1 int for a td to Watts 0 their tackles and tackles for loss are within 2 and Watt has 13 more pass def. I would say you couldn’t argue with either one getting DPOY at this point.

  22. broncobeta says: Dec 5, 2012 1:39 PM

    thekingdave

    If you truly think Miller or Smith deserve the honors, you’re either wearing a Bronco or Niner jersey right now.
    ——————————–

    Coming from a person wearing a Texan Jersey right now.

  23. thekingdave says: Dec 5, 2012 1:55 PM

    @objectivenflfan

    You’re right. Not only do I not watch any Bronco games, I hardly watch any NFL games. Except for the countless Bronco games that are shown in Houston for some reason, like that snoozer against the Chiefs. Miller’s having an amazing season and should win in any other season. However Watt’s reinventing the 3-4 DE position. Last person with the same amount of sacks and batted balls in the same season…Reggie White. Watt still has 4 games to go.

  24. JaminJake says: Dec 5, 2012 1:58 PM

    thekingdave says:
    Dec 5, 2012 12:51 PM
    Coachspeak or not, Watt’s the DPOY barring a complete collapse during the final 4 games. Von Miller and Aldon Smith are great pass rushers, but Watt has 15.5 sacks as a 3-4 DE. When you factor in the tackles for loss, plays in the run game, batted balls, and the fact that sacks from Texan OLBs have been few and far between, he’s a slam dunk. If you truly think Miller or Smith deserve the honors, you’re either wearing a Bronco or Niner jersey right now.

    _______________________

    Bronco fan here. This guy is right. You have to also factor in that they lost Brian Cushing also. Watt is a monster this year and likely many to come.

  25. zombiepatriot says: Dec 5, 2012 2:03 PM

    @ filthymcnasty1:

    The only way timing has a role in the comment is I doubt on a week when they are not playing the Texans the media would ask about Texan players.

  26. jameswhite999 says: Dec 5, 2012 2:05 PM

    objectivenflfan says:
    Dec 5, 2012 1:31 PM
    “Von Miller and Aldon Smith are great pass rushers, but Watt has 15.5 sacks as a 3-4 DE.”

    You obviously don’t watch too many Bronco games. Von Miller has 15 sacks as a strong side 4-3 LB. 5 forced fumbles, 1 INT (pick-6), and leads the NFL in tackles for loss. Every-down player.

    obejectivenflfan must be a Broncos fan because you failed to mention that Watt leads Von in sacks (15.5-15), TFL (27-24), pass def (15-2), and QB hits (31-19).

    Watt is the overall more disruptive player and should be leading DPY. Even if Von finishes with a couple more sacks than Watt, he won’t catch him overall.

  27. dt58 says: Dec 5, 2012 2:12 PM

    Love Aldon and Von but I’d have to give it to Watt. Too disruptive in all aspects of the game and makes everyone around him better

  28. jrocktexas says: Dec 5, 2012 2:15 PM

    Hey Objectivenflfan,

    Wrong. JJ Watt leads NFL in Tackles for Loss. Oh, and he is 6th in passes defensed while the rest of the top 20 are DB’s.

    MVP. It ain’t even close. Watt is having a season that rivals some of the NFL’s greats. Von Miller is great but Watt’s season is transcendent.

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2012 2:17 PM

    Watt has 15.5 Sacks, 15 Tipped balls (NFL Record for D Line), 30 QB hits.

    According to ProFootball Focus he leads the league in QB disruptions. (sack/tipped pass/qb hits)

    He doesn’t just put up stats. He changes games. He had two sacks in the 4th qtr of the Detroit game, both on 3rd down, both pushed the Lions out of FG range… 6 pts off the board in a game that went to OT.

    Watt may have 0 INTs but 4 of his 15 tipped passes were intercepted, 2 of which were returned for TDs. His FF on CJ2K last week would have gone for a TD but the zebras stole a career highlight from Antonio Smith (karma I guess)

    Miller is great. Believe , me, I’m an Aggie so I’m loving what he’s doing, but Watt anchors the best team in the league with eye popping numbers. Has to be Watt.

    That said… if Alden breaks Strahans record, he will win it.

  30. texaned80 says: Dec 5, 2012 2:34 PM

    80to80 i couldnt have said it better myself. Miller and Smith are having tremendous seasons but the numbers they are putting up have been put up before. Watt is having a season thatll have his name in the NFL record books for decades to come. Mad respect for Miller and Smith but they arent making NFL history.. Yet..

  31. RexCanCoach says: Dec 5, 2012 2:36 PM

    Patriots are 3-4 in super bowls. They won’t win a 4th.

  32. ttgb2 says: Dec 5, 2012 2:47 PM

    It’s super rare, but between Von Miller, JJ Watt, Aldon Smith, and Peanut Tillman, if we have another defensive player as League MVP, this’ll be the year for it.

    But who am I kidding, everyone knows MVP will probably go to Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, RG3, Andrew Luck, or maybe Adrian Peterson.

    MVP is real biased against defensive players. Not really sure why.

  33. wikidpissah says: Dec 5, 2012 3:09 PM

    RexCanCoach says: Dec 5, 2012 2:36 PM

    Patriots are 3-4 in super bowls. They won’t win a 4th.

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

    And for the 44th consecutive year, the Jets won’t MAKE their 2nd.

  34. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    For those that say Von Miller is better against the run…. Pro Football Focus says that 18% of the running plays against the Texans end with JJ Watt make a defensive stop. That’s almost 1 in 5 Watt is stopping a run play…. from a DE spot.

    He dominates in passing downs and dominates in running downs. Practice with your racquets all you want Belichek, you can’t simulate a player like Watt.

    MVP…

  35. htown1035 says: Dec 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    Watt just got credited for another sack against Tennessee, so now he has 16.5 – only one behind Smith.

  36. ImproperRedskin says: Dec 5, 2012 3:32 PM

    There are a good many candidates for defensive player of the year this year, and you can make arguments for all of them, but I’d have to say most complete player this year is Watt.

  37. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    lol @ all the internet detectives here pointing out that this comes 6 days before the two teams play eachother.

    Belichick always lays on the compliments nice and thick and trains his players to do the same. In Watt’s case it’s certainly deserved. He’s having an outstanding year.

  38. themagicfanguy says: Dec 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    lol @ the people saying Watt is MVP. Look, he’s a great DE and deserves DPOY as of right now. He will NOT win MVP though.

  39. 1oldpro says: Dec 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    Miller has more forced fumbles but five of Watt’s 14 passes defended(Batted Balls at the LOS) were interceptions, and that is a huge statistic.
    Von Miller is one of the best pass rushers I have seen, but this year Watt is a big play machine like very few have ever been.

  40. ch1ggs says: Dec 5, 2012 4:00 PM

    Typical Belichick ploy–talk up the opponent in hopes it makes them softer and gentler. Pffft.

    Here’s hoping Watt gets 3+ sacks against Brady in a demolition of the Patriots.

  41. doublebase says: Dec 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    As a fan of the Patriots and Belichick I can tell you he does these things on a regular basis, but this time I think he actually means it. The guy is a force. Usually he does throw compliments around, but believe it or not he does actually mean it – it’s just this time there is no doubt.

    If the Patriots had this guy they win the Super Bowl.

  42. rahavort says: Dec 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    For the people who say that it’s funny timing for Belicheck to say this……maybe press conferences are held and reporters ask questions about upcoming games?

  43. tedmurph says: Dec 5, 2012 4:22 PM

    Watt is having a great year, but this is classic Belichick, talking him up. After Monday night, you’ll be wondering if Watts even played. That’s what happened with Miller when they played Denver. Never heard his name. CLong w/Rams, MWilliams w/Buff etc. BB game plan has always been to take away what the other team does best.

  44. azarkhan says: Dec 5, 2012 4:25 PM

    I can’t wait for MNF. It should be a fantastic game!

  45. gisellichek says: Dec 5, 2012 4:32 PM

    Is it Monday yet???

  46. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2012 4:40 PM

    themagicfanguy says:
    Dec 5, 2012 3:35 PM
    lol @ the people saying Watt is MVP. Look, he’s a great DE and deserves DPOY as of right now. He will NOT win MVP though.

    —————————

    First off, we’re not the only one’s saying it.

    He probably won’t win MVP as its VERY hard to win that type of award from that side of the ball… but aside from maybe what Calvin Johnson and AD are doing, I ask yout to show me a more dominant player right now. (You can’t win MVP on non playoff teams, don’t care how good you are)

  47. ryanclark25 says: Dec 5, 2012 4:53 PM

    Miller Smith Watt……2011 wasn’t the worst draft for pass rushers was it….Watt at pick 11, that makes the pick before him Blaine Gabbert doesn’t it? That aside, top ten: cam miller dareus aj green pat Peterson Julio Jones Smith locker Tyron smith and Gabbert. Jury still out on locker perhaps but I sure would hate to be gene smith at the next jaguars question and answer session….

  48. cecil27 says: Dec 5, 2012 4:59 PM

    “That’s what happened with Miller when they played Denver. Never heard his name.”

    8 tackles, 2 sacks, a pass defensed, one fumble caused, one dropped INT that hit him in the hands.

    So, yeah, he was practically invisible.

  49. boyshole25 says: Dec 5, 2012 5:23 PM

    How wasn’t this guy a top ten pick I wondered that the day he was drafted

  50. patsfan13 says: Dec 5, 2012 5:48 PM

    One thing coach Bill doesn’t do, is provide opponents with chalkboard material.

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