J.J. Watt: Don’t count me out for MVP

AP

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are engaged in a two-man race for the NFL Most Valuable Player award. But Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt thinks it should be a three-man race.

Watt, a heavy favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year award, told Mike Garafolo of USA Today that he believes he’s deserving of MVP consideration.

“Being a defensive player, I want a defensive player to win it, and I think I have as good a chance as any,” Watt said. “And if I’m not even in the discussion, I think it’s going to be tough for anybody to ever get into the discussion again. I would love to be a representative for defensive players.”

An Associated Press panel has voted on the NFL MVP since 1957, and in that time, only two defensive players have won it: Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page in 1971 and Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1986. Quarterbacks have won it 35 times and running backs have won it 15 times. Based on that history, it seems awfully unlikely that Watt could top Manning and Peterson in the AP voting. And Watt realizes that.

“There’s obviously a strong lean toward the offensive players, which is understandable. I mean, quarterbacks and running backs touch the ball a lot more,” Watt said. “But when you look at a dominant year from a defensive player, I think they can affect the game just as much as an offensive player.”

Watt also said his first priority is to earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Colts on Sunday, and his second priority is to get at least 2.5 sacks: That’s how many he needs to break Michael Strahan’s single-season record of 22.5.

“I’m thinking about the win first and the record second,” Watt said. “It’s obviously on my mind, but I want a win. If I get the sack record along with the win, it would be a great day.”

Watt will probably have to satisfy himself with those two accomplishments, because an MVP is likely out of reach. But if the Vikings lose to the Packers while Peterson has a bad game on Sunday, and the Broncos lose to the Chiefs while Manning has a bad game on Sunday, and Watt breaks the sack record while the Texans win? If all that happens, Watt would have a strong case that he deserves to be the MVP.

75 responses to “J.J. Watt: Don’t count me out for MVP

  1. its pretty cool to see two players coming off major and i mean major surguries..competing for mvp..sorry watt..its between peyton and adrian..i’d go adrian, man has no real cast around him, and he didnt have the luxury of picking a team to play for like peyton did..

  2. Dude, you got no chance……

    1. All Day- that running back guy in Minnesota
    2. Older Brother of Eli- he is a QB
    3. Giseles pretty boy husband- another QB

  3. The Vikes would be a 1 win team without Peterson. The Broncos a 5 win team without Manning. As good as Watt is, there wouldn’t be a considerable drop in the win column without him in the lineup. Now shut up JJ.

  4. As a Badger backer, I’d love to see Watt win the MVP, but it isn’t going to happen. AP is your NFL MVP this year since he is the biggest reason that the Vikings have a shot at the playoffs tomorrow when most every pundit had written the team off coming into 2012.

  5. Seriously? Well, I am glad to see JJ has the ego in check(yes, sarcasm). Never seen players like Manning or Brady seek out credit. Personally think Foster is more important to the team than Watt.

  6. With fantasy football being so popular, it is even harder for a defensive player to be named mvp. Watt has had a great year and definitely deserves consideration, especially if he breaks the sack record. He impacts the game like few defensive players have in years. He would get my vote.

  7. I’m the commissioner of a FF football league that starts individual defensive players, & Watt deserves MVP Imo. Statistically speaking, he’s blowing everyone else away.

  8. Where were you in the New England massacre you experienced? No tackles/No sacks! You and our guy Aldon still have some growing to do and talking is not what makes you considered great day in and day out. Be more like a Justin Smith who let’s his play do the talking. Look what happened to our “D” when he went out the last six quarters?…Big time players play big when they play the best.

  9. @edhoculi

    The broncos would be a 5 win team without Peyton? Did you just start watching football this year? If so that comment is understandable. Were you in a coma last year when they had a terrible QB and made the playoffs? If so, your comment is understandable. If neither of those are so, you are a moron.

  10. Yes, J. J., you have as good a chance as any defensive player to win the MVP. Unfortunately, that’s 0%, equally shared.

  11. I really hope that JJ can break strahans sack record. It would be proper for someone to hold an elite record like that when they actually earned it.

  12. As much as I would like to see Peterson win it, I think he’ll end up getting Comeback Player of the Year. For NFL political reasons, Manning represents everything they want the image of the NFL to be, and he’ll get MVP.

    Peterson will probably be held to less than 100 yards in the biggest game of the season tomorrow, so the Comeback award will be more appropriate anyway.

  13. All Days chances increase. If there’s even a small percentage of AFC voters having to choose between Peyton and JJ it could lead to JJ garnering necessary votes Peyton would need to stay competitive in the event that JJ gets the sack record, AD gets the rushing record and the Vikings make the playoffs, and Peyton only plays one half with subpar performance. As a counter balance the same argument can be made against AD if you substitute JJ with RG3.

  14. This guys ego is larger than Bosworths was back in the day. Looks like over the last few weeks teams have figured out him and this defense. You had a nice run JJ but now teams have film on you they’ve figured out that you don’t like O linemen that get close to you.

  15. As a Cowboys fan, I have grown to really dislike the Texans and their fans over the last few years. Some teams get mouthy after just a taste of success.

    That said, anyone who doesn’t think that J.J. Watt is having one of the best, most dominant seasons by a defensive player in history either isn’t watching football or doesn’t understand football. J.J. Watt should win the MVP award by the kind of landslide that makes it seem silly that we’re even talking about this.

    Sometimes I just don’t understand football fans. If you don’t think J.J. Watt has had the best season and been the most valuable player to his team, I don’t know that you’re salvageable as a football fan.

  16. All three mentioned are locks for awards.. 2 vying for
    Comeback player, Most Commercials and one for Def Player..

    Brady is the MVP…end of story….

  17. Brady, Rodgers, Peterson, Peyton. I love watching Watt play and he I think he is DPOY for sure, but I just don’t think he contributes to his teams success as much as the four I mentioned.

  18. MVP – Brady/Peterson
    OPOY – Rodgers/Peyton
    DPOY – Watt/Smith
    OROY – RG3/Luck
    DROY – Casey Heyward
    Comeback POY – Peterson/Peyton (duh!)
    COY – Arians/Shannahan/Carrol (rookie success)
    EOY – Ted Thompson/ Colts GM(forgot his name lol)
    I know, I know. You all disagree, but it’s just my OPINION.

  19. I know I’m in the minority in this one but I think Matt Ryan deserves more consideration than anyone not named Peyton or Adrian. 13 wins. This team wouldn’t be above .500 without him. JJ watt you’re good but Texans would still be a playoff caliber team.

    Commence the “Thumbs Down”

  20. JJ, first off, it’s called the Mile High Salute. That and the MVP will be two things that the Broncos own that you’re trying to steal. We’ll see you guys in Houston where Peyton will further demonstrate why he unquestionably deserves that award. Nevermind some guy named Von on the other side of the ball. We ‘salute’ your gumption though. Go Broncos!

  21. Not to mention Peyton actually has a good run game. And a good defense. (Atl d is good) AD and matt Ryan I think it comes down to. Ryan has 6 4th quarter game winning drives this year. With out him make that 6 losses. Now they are 7-8. Not to mention the games he dominated and won. Even the saints loss he dominated just couldn’t get help from the d. 400+ yards and 3 TDs in that game.

  22. Hey Falcons fans, win a game in the playoffs and then talk about MVP awards. This is part of the reason I think the award should be decided after the Super Bowl. This way after the Falcons lose in the first round again we wouldn’t have to hear ridiculous Matt Ryan arguments.

  23. Rodgers is MVP. It isn’t even close. He won’t win it, because he isn’t as good a story as the two comebacks, but he’s having a better year than any other QB, and if you’re the best at the most valuable position on the field, it stands to reason…

  24. How is Rodgers not in this conversation? He has the highest qb rating, 2nd in TD’s behind Brees with 35, only 8 picks, and almost 4000 yards. Peterson absolutely should be considered but no way Manning has had a much more valuable season than Rodgers or Even Brady. Manning should get the comeback player award, not MVP.

  25. Co Comeback Player of the year- Peyton and AD. How can you pick one? What they both came back from and play the way they have is phenomenal. Besides Peyton already shares a MVP with Steve McNair. Why not share another

  26. No way does manning deserve the MVP… Ummm as far as I remember, the broncos made the playoffs with Tebow last year!!!
    The NFL needs to get off Peyton’s jock!

  27. Haha nice one Denver fan. When’s the last time you were relevant in Superbowl talk? Or even went to the Superbowl? O same year as the falcons. So how do you deserve it more than the falcons since the last time either team went to the SB was over a decade ago. At least the falcons have been a good team for half a decade. This is the first time in over 5 years you have an above .500 record. Lol

  28. Wow, all the negative comments directed at J.J. Watt are incredible. Did you clowns read the article or just the headline?

  29. Campaigning for awards is weak and Von Miller is far more deserving as DPOY. Only an idiot would refer to Watt as the heavy favorite for that award.

  30. First of all the broncos barely made the playoffs with a terrible offense and an 8 and 8 record with close wins. This year there probably 13 and 3 dominating people with young receivers (dts almost triple the yards he had last year and decker close to double and stokely has a job). Of all the great qbs peyton has the worst receiving core but makes them look good.

    Id say if AP gets stopped this game with few yards and no win then peyton gets it. Anything else AP does

  31. You people act like you wouldn’t want him on your team. Statistically he’s having the best year of any defensive player in history. 20.5 sacks, 15 passes defended – 5 of which turned into INTs, 35 TFLs, 4 FF, 2 FR, and if you watch the games you know that tons of his sacks are on third down. JJ Watt has earned respect so give it to him

  32. Anyone wanting to read why Rodgers is MVP, check out Peter Bukowski’s argument over on yahoo. Lots of facts, stats, and comparisons.

    Really, not even close.

  33. Sorry JJ your a great player and having a good great year but your team is not winning just because of your defense. MVP is a player that a team has that is driving those wins home. If you where to be hurt your yeam can win. Without Payton Manning, All Day Peterson, or El Champion Rodgers, there teams will not win and not contending for a play off spot.

  34. People on here are ridiculous. JJ Watt has always been known as a classy guy, from his frequent hospital visits, to his relationship with the Berry kids after they became orphans, to him randomly sending autographed gear to people on Twitter. But now he brings up how he wants to see a defensive player win it, and how he would like to represent the defense he now has a huge ego? Please. I’m not a Texans fan but I would die for him on my team. The dude is an athletic freak and as down to earth as they come.

  35. I don’t get why Rodgers isn’t in the convo. take all these other canidated off the team and see where they’re at. Brady,Cassell. nuff said. manning, playoffs with tebow, nuff said. watt, oh please. the only other guy you can say the team would probably have a losing record besides Rodgers is AP.

  36. @ bowmanj35 | Dec 29, 2012, 11:37 AM EST
    I don’t get why Rodgers isn’t in the convo. take all these other canidated off the team and see where they’re at. Brady,Cassell. nuff said. manning, playoffs with tebow, nuff said. watt, oh please. the only other guy you can say the team would probably have a losing record besides Rodgers is AP.
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    Lol what a pathetic argument. You forgot to say “Matt Flynn……enough said.

    Brady should be penalized because the Pats actually were prepared if something should happen (oh yeah, they didn’t make the playoffs that year also). Manning should be overlooked because the Tebow led team last year squeezed into the playoffs with an 8-8 record. both QBs are playing better than any other QBs in the league. Rogers is not in the conversation this year, sorry.

  37. @kiss the rings, you say that Having cassel was being prepared but having Flynn wasn’t?

    Look at the stats. Rodgers is having a better year than manning and Brady.

    Again, not close.

  38. “Campaigning for awards is weak and Von Miller is far more deserving as DPOY. Only an idiot would refer to Watt as the heavy favorite for that award.”
    yamuhle, being a homer is admirable, but there’s no excuse for being myopic.
    Watt: SK – 20.5, T – 65, PD – 15, FF – 4, FREC – 2, INT – 0, TFL – 35, RS – 23
    Miller: SK – 17.5, T – 53, PD – 2, FF – 6, FREC – 0, INT – 1, TFL – 23, RS – 16
    So… Watt leads Miller in every statistical category but 2 (from the DE position, mind you)… but Miller is DPOY? A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  39. thetokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 29, 2012 12:25 PM
    @kiss the rings, you say that Having cassel was being prepared but having Flynn wasn’t?

    Look at the stats. Rodgers is having a better year than manning and Brady.

    Again, not close.

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    You clearly don’t understand the MVP award. It’s not all about stats (though that obviously enters into the conversation and should), it’s about value, which isn’t all stats, but about situations that they added value to their team. Considering his cast of characters this year on offense, AD far and away blows out the competition in terms of overall value.

  40. Just cuz the Broncos won a playoff game doesnt mean they were a good team last year. Broncos lucked out by getting the tie breaker at 8-8. They backed in lost 3 in a row. They were 24th in def. scoring last year. This year they are top 5. Their offense was worse at 25th in scoring, this year they are 2nd. Manning IS A MASTER MOTIVATOR! He has elevated the play for both sides of the ball. Not many guys can do that.

  41. roddytorock84 wrote:
    “… Besides Peyton already shares a MVP with Steve McNair. Why not share another”

    Because you shouldn’t share that which you don’t deserve.

  42. @7transponder

    If the Vikings make the playoffs, I agree, Peterson should win.

    If they don’t, it should be Rodgers, not manning.

    The broncos made the playoffs without him. Is he an upgrade? Sure. But I don’t think he is more valuable than Rodgers bogey have a great running game. The packers don’t.

  43. themagicfanguy wrote:
    “DPOY – Watt/Smith”
    Is this a FOX news site? You people have little use for truth or facts.
    Watt: SK – 20.5, T – 65, PD – 15, FF – 4, FREC – 2, INT – 0, TFL – 35, RS – 23
    Smith: SK – 19.5, T – 48, PD – 1, FF – 3, FREC – 0, INT – 1, TFL – 27, RS – 11
    Aldon isn’t even the best Smith on his own team, let alone the league. What he should win is the Copperfield Award – he absolutely disappeared after Justin got hurt.

  44. shinywalrus says:
    “As a Cowboys fan, I have grown to really dislike the Texans and their fans over the last few years. Some teams get mouthy after just a taste of success.”
    As a Texans fan, pot… meet kettle.

    I, on the other hand, have grown to ignore the Cowboys – your team has been a joke and one pitiful story after another for well over a decade; not even worth the energy it would take to dislike.

  45. stephenpaulfreese wrote:
    “Be more like a Justin Smith who let’s his play do the talking.”
    It’s easy not to talk when nobody wants to talk to you. Watt is the cat’s meow right now – what do you want the kid to do? Ignore the media? Not grant interview requests? If Smith ever sniffed the type of season JJ is having, he’d be on the hot seat, too… but he hasn’t… and he’s not. For that matter, if you looked past the stat sheet amd actually watched a game, you’d have seen NE game plan for Watt – audibling way from his side, running 3 TE and 2 TB sets to chip Watt out of an existing double team. Dude was lucky to come out of the game without injury, let alone without stats.

  46. edhochuli wrote:
    “As good as Watt is, there wouldn’t be a considerable drop in the win column without him in the lineup. Now shut up JJ.”
    You eman like in Denver, where they were a playoff team with Tiom Tebow? Now shut up edhochuli.

  47. @dawgnme wth are you talking about? Manning should share with Peterson comeback player. Both are amazing stories. I had a torn acl and I wasnt able to jog until about 9 months after surgery. He is playing regular season NFL football 9 months later. Not only playing but has a shot at 2,000 yards and the all time single season rushing record. Peyton on the other hand, how many neck surgeries? Including an entire year off and signs with a new team. To play at a probowl possibly MVP level. Both stories deserve acknowledged.

  48. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 29, 2012 12:44 PM

    @7transponder

    If the Vikings make the playoffs, I agree, Peterson should win.

    If they don’t, it should be Rodgers, not manning.

    The broncos made the playoffs without him. Is he an upgrade? Sure. But I don’t think he is more valuable than Rodgers bogey have a great running game. The packers don’t.
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    I cant agree more. If the Vikings make the post season AD should be a lock, but #12 is having about the best year on paper of any quarterback and the fact that his name isvnot in the conversation speaks for how poorly these awards are divvied out.

  49. Rodgers is awesome and in a class by himself the last couple of years. AD needs to play out of his mind on Sunday just like the rest of the team to beat the Packers. If the Vikings get an early lead they might win. If they have to play catch up it could be a long day.

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