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J.J. Watt says the best is yet to come

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The Texans are finished after losing to the Patriots last Sunday, which means one of the greatest individual seasons by a defensive end has also come to an end.

J.J. Watt will add no more sacks or batted passes to a resume that’s likely to make him the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year when the award is announced early next month. Watt had 20.5 sacks in the regular season, added 1.5 more in the playoffs, knocked down 16 passes and regularly blew up running plays during the type of season we haven’t seen very often.

According to Watt, we won’t be seeing it again. We’re going to be getting something even better.

“I’m 23 years old and two years into the league,” Watt said, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “I’m still learning what I’m doing out there. I have a lot of time in this league, I hope, and a lot of improvement to make. My second year is not going to be my best year in the NFL. I can promise you that.”

That’s a high bar and it is one that at least the rest of the AFC South will be plotting to keep Watt from reaching as they shape their offensive lines for 2013 and beyond. If Watt can surpass his performance from this season, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips might wind up being proven right about the Hall of Fame prediction he made before the season.

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37 Responses to “J.J. Watt says the best is yet to come”
  1. cooklynn17 says: Jan 15, 2013 2:54 PM

    Not this year!!!

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 15, 2013 2:57 PM

    Turn up the Wattage!

  3. bigshirk says: Jan 15, 2013 2:57 PM

    The thought of him only being in his 2nd season is down right scary.

  4. acmepackers says: Jan 15, 2013 3:01 PM

    Beating someone other than Cincy in the playoffs?

  5. rezdawg says: Jan 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    If anyone has truly followed him, you’d know that his work ethic is second to none. The guy has a passion for the game that is on another level. Its scary to think that he thinks he can do better, given that he just had one of the more dominating seasons in NFL history.

  6. ihatetheeffingjets says: Jan 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    He may have a down year next year then an up year after. Looking at Watt, he seems like the kind of player whose success comes in “cycles.”

  7. fuglyflorio says: Jan 15, 2013 3:03 PM

    But first … stop saluting. You weren’t in the military. Secondly, the finger wagging … once in a while it’s cool, but you’re over-doing it. And finally … stop the spitting. It’s just dumb, and will limit your endorsement potential.

  8. kevpft says: Jan 15, 2013 3:04 PM

    After that embarrasingly juvenile display he put on in his completely ineffective game against the Pats, one can only hope he has room for improvement. Hopefully it will come in the form of increasing dignity and performance at the expense of posturing.

  9. themagicman1223 says: Jan 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    He’s really starting to get annoying, another one of those star players who can’t help but talk about himself all the time. We get it J.J you’re great. What happened to being humble?

  10. piemasteruk says: Jan 15, 2013 3:13 PM

    What a non-story. What else is he going to say “yeah that season was basically a one-off, it’s all downhill from here”?

  11. ccjcsr says: Jan 15, 2013 3:26 PM

    He may think that but in the NFL nothing is Guaranteed!

  12. Paul Stagg says: Jan 15, 2013 3:34 PM

    Kid is a heck of a player. He’s going to be fun to watch for a lot of years.

  13. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 15, 2013 3:36 PM

    He’s found more powerful steroids

  14. skittlesareyum says: Jan 15, 2013 3:40 PM

    themagicman1223 says:
    Jan 15, 2013 3:12 PM
    He’s really starting to get annoying, another one of those star players who can’t help but talk about himself all the time. We get it J.J you’re great. What happened to being humble?

    ———————-

    And in the other court is Richard Sherman, who most PFT commenters can’t help but love because he talks trash but backs it up. You can’t please everyone.

  15. marvsleezy says: Jan 15, 2013 3:42 PM

    I think offenses will get better at accounting for him and game planning around him – He was pretty quiet against the Patriots.

  16. sportnorcal says: Jan 15, 2013 3:44 PM

    The words “promise” or “guarantee” in sports is the kiss of death.

  17. allisab says: Jan 15, 2013 3:50 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks this kid is juicing?

  18. dalucks says: Jan 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    Smart Texans fan takeaway:
    Next season, teams will double team and scheme away from J.J. Watt so drafting a good DT will help J.J. a lot along with taking alot of the burden of Brian Cushing.
    The weakest part of the defense was the runs up the middle and the lack of pass rush from the defensive line. A quality DT eliminates both problems.

  19. delrmi05 says: Jan 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    Great player,

    but I wish he stopped talking about himself. Act like you’ve been there before, even if you haven’t.

  20. chillyp says: Jan 15, 2013 3:55 PM

    As long as JJ Watt & Co. learns to celebrate less on big Def plays, and get set for the next play, so opposing offenses (Pats) aren;t able to able to walk into the Endzone on the very next play.

  21. hamiltos777 says: Jan 15, 2013 3:58 PM

    I cannot wait until he starts talking about himself in the third person.

    “J.J.’s third year will be even bigger than his second!”

  22. houstontexans99 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:04 PM

    He only salutes when he gets a sack and does the finger wag when he bats down passes. Want him to stop? Then stop him from making big plays!

  23. pastabelly says: Jan 15, 2013 4:10 PM

    Maybe he’ll learn to stop that obnoxious finger wagging too and stop spitting on the other team’s logo. Houston is a talented, but stupid team. The idea is to improve as the year goes on. They get worse. There’s something wrong going on down there.

  24. sportnorcal says: Jan 15, 2013 4:12 PM

    He will be saluting and wagging his finger from the couch for months.

  25. wamaha says: Jan 15, 2013 4:14 PM

    The reason you are hearing so much from/about Watt is there was nothing else on that D this year worth talking about. When he didn’t dominate, the Texans D got roasted.

    Can’t blame the kid for answering questions that he’s asked. Part of the gig……..

  26. hehateme2 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:14 PM

    Not nearly as obnoxious as the seagulls. Glad it’s over for them.

  27. bengalskuta82 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:23 PM

    I liked the way he played but after he started being to full of himself, eh not a fan anymore..what’s up with whole finger pointing and saying No No? Does it everytime the camera points to him..selfish..don’t 4get ur teamates are there..its not about u only

  28. cliverush says: Jan 15, 2013 4:52 PM

    His pass batting and sacks ended over a week ago. The only thing he did in Foxboro was soil the field.

  29. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 15, 2013 5:01 PM

    Heck of a player and congrats to Texans on a strong season; you have a great fan base down there and I loved seeing Earl Campbell in the stands.

  30. nflfan1 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:28 PM

    How did that finger wagging he did in the direction of New England’s Shane Vareen work for him when it was all said and done? Watt is a great player but the constant attention grabbing histrionics need to cease.

  31. patsfan13 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:29 PM

    Ask the Patriots how impressed they are. In two games, besides spitting and wiping his feet on the team’s logo, what did he do? Get a half a sack, and hit Brady after the ball was thrown. He may be great against the lesser teams in the league, but against the better teams, he’s just an average player.

  32. godblessfootball says: Jan 15, 2013 5:51 PM

    Be a professional and act like Andre Johnson

  33. easywolf says: Jan 15, 2013 7:49 PM

    Enjoy the golf course

  34. pleasefirecam says: Jan 15, 2013 9:53 PM

    Paul Kruger will have a better year than JJ Watt in 2013!

  35. bdl08 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:38 PM

    I bet most of you wouldn’t be saying anything negative about JJ if he was on your team. There’s hundreds of players out there with their oddball antics after a play. The only reason his is magnified is because he’s been tearing up the league this year. He’s the new face of the franchise. Also, the guy has simply been answering questions about himself that people have asked. Its not like he’s calling a press conference to discuss his season. What’s he supposed to say “I got lucky this year. I wont try my hardest next year”? And he was a “non-factor” in the Pats game because he went up against the Hoodie. Bill is a genius at neutralizing your strengths. Unfortunately for JJ no one else on that defense stepped up. #hatersgonnahate

  36. oilman989 says: Jan 15, 2013 11:46 PM

    Watt’s best is yet to come? Possible. The Texans, however, are toast.

    Pun intended.

  37. west4567 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:58 PM

    He’s just a big kid from Wisconsin. Now, he’s an NFL celebrity and he’s only 23. I suspect that now that he is well-known, he’ll drop the trademark stuff – the saluting, finger-wagging, and spitting. He’ll also pick up on the false humility we all like in athletes.
    But when you get to his level of play, you don’t need gimmicks.

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