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J.J. Watt nearly unanimous as the NFL’s defensive player of the year

Houston Texans player Watt arrives at the 2nd Annual NFL Honors in New Orleans Reuters

After a dominant season with the Houston Texans, J.J. Watt has been named the NFL’s defensive player of the year.

Watt led the league with 20.5 sacks and had a stunning 16 pass deflections, and he was not only the NFL’s most dominant defensive lineman, but he had arguably the most dominant season that any NFL defensive lineman has ever had.

The 50-member Associated Press panel that votes on NFL awards gave Watt the defensive player of the year honor almost unanimously: Watt got 49 votes, while Denver outside linebacker Von Miller got one.

Miller had a fine season, but it’s surprising that any voter chose any player other than Watt as the NFL’s best defender in 2012.

UPDATE 8:33 p.m. ET: The Associated Press has confirmed to PFT that the voter who chose Miller was Ashley Fox, a Philadelphia-based writer for ESPN.com.

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35 Responses to “J.J. Watt nearly unanimous as the NFL’s defensive player of the year”
  1. meurah says: Feb 2, 2013 7:57 PM

    WHAT? You’re telling me Rahim Moore didn’t win? No 1 defensive player in the NFL did more to put a team in the Super Bowl than this guy.

  2. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 2, 2013 7:57 PM

    Okay, who is the lone clown? Let’s throw rocks at him.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 2, 2013 7:58 PM

    London Fletcher deserved to win.

  4. ravensfan19 says: Feb 2, 2013 7:59 PM

    Easy Pick

  5. bigshirk says: Feb 2, 2013 8:01 PM

    Much Deserved.

  6. cmonmanzz says: Feb 2, 2013 8:01 PM

    Can anyone argue with that?

  7. sirsupersouthern says: Feb 2, 2013 8:03 PM

    The Broncos homer who officially voted for Von Miller needs to have his voting privileges revoked. That’s embarrassing…

  8. jrebar88 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:13 PM

    JJ Twatt was inconsistent all year. Von Miller was consistent all year. Explain how Von Miller wasnt deserving of a vote.

  9. fiyeaglesfiy says: Feb 2, 2013 8:14 PM

    Assuming that line vote was the same guy that didn’t vote Calvin Johnson to the pro-bowl after breaking the single game receiving record. What was his rationale? Other teams had more wins? At least he’s consistent voting a Bronco over a Texan (note the sarcasm).

  10. jrebar88 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:21 PM

    JJ dont do anything else but rush the QB. Von we need you to drop into coverage, cover tight ends, play the run, and rush the passer every now and then. Get your mind correct fools.

  11. atwatercrushesokoye says: Feb 2, 2013 8:26 PM

    Maybe the lone voter saw the best player on a defense that got better as the regular season went on with a team who won 11 straight, and compared that to the best player on a defense that got worse as the year went on with a team that struggled down the stretch?

    I’m a Broncos fan and I believe JJ Watt deserved this award but I don’t think it’s a major crime that one person voted for someone else…unless it was that a-hole Woody Paige, he deserves any and all scorn!

  12. bgsusteelers says: Feb 2, 2013 8:27 PM

    Doesn’t Woody Paige have a vote? He’s a big Denver homer. My money is on him.

  13. willbow5253 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:28 PM

    This was a no brainer. We will be looking back at 2011 as the year of the pass rusher with Watt, Miller and Aldon. We’ll also be looking back on it as the year Kaepernick got drafted way too late!

  14. cahkmometer says: Feb 2, 2013 8:29 PM

    As a die hard Broncos fan whose favorite current player is Von Miller, I agree with this decision.

  15. jonevans83 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:35 PM

    That was far from the “most dominant season in nfl history” not even close. I would take Jason Taylors over his in a heart beat. He at least showed up every single game

  16. ttommytom says: Feb 2, 2013 8:47 PM

    A woman should not be voting.

    Sorry to sound bad and I believe in equality and all that but if you have never nor even can play the game at the lowest levels, you should not be voting.

  17. goldrush36 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:52 PM

    And the lone idiot is Ashley Fox… I’m totally shocked. I sincerely am. Okay no I’m not and it has absolutely nothing to do with her being a woman. More so the fact she is way outta her depth

  18. jrock3x8 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:20 PM

    I think Charles Tillman deserved one vote. And maybe only one vote.

  19. lionsdraftguy says: Feb 2, 2013 9:25 PM

    Good, as long as overrated Aldon Smith dont win it. He proved he cant do anything without Justin Smith in the game.

  20. Gordon says: Feb 2, 2013 9:42 PM

    That’s why chicks shouldn’t be involved in this.

  21. kev86 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:52 PM

    Wasn’t impressed with his playoff performance. Not after I heard Wade Phillips boast how he had greatest season ever.

  22. AB in DC says: Feb 2, 2013 10:05 PM

    Wasn’t it three months ago that everyone was saying Charles Tillman was a shoo-in for DPOY?

  23. gef2010 says: Feb 2, 2013 11:03 PM

    Jrebar88, really?

    He led NFL with 20.5 sacks this season (tied for the sixth-most all-time). He became one of nine players to register at least 20 sacks since sacks began to be recorded in 1982.
    He batted or tipped 16 passes this season, most in the NFL
    He had 24 tackles for a loss.
    His sacks plus tackles for a loss cost opponents 200.5 yards.
    Watt led the NFL with 36.5 dropbacks disrupted (sacks, passes defended, batted balls and interceptions). Seattle’s Richard Sherman was a distant second with 23.0.
    Watt disrupted 5.7 percent of the dropbacks he faced. In the past three seasons, not other player posted a number higher than 4.3 percent (Jared Allen in 2011).

  24. theoregontexan says: Feb 2, 2013 11:56 PM

    People disagreeing are so illogical it’s hilarious. JJ Watt almost break the single season sack record as a 3-4 defensive end, had more bat downs in a season than Reggie white ever did and also ha more tackles for loss than Von miller and Aldon smith. People are straight delusional if they think JJ was inconsistent. Miller was disappointing the last quarter of the year and basically erased himself from DPOY talk single handedly

  25. sportsnut101 says: Feb 3, 2013 1:48 AM

    Jj watt was really good this yr But to think no1 else could get a vote pls. Von miller n Alden smith were worthy of a few votes

  26. grandpoopah says: Feb 3, 2013 2:05 AM

    Watt is absolutely incredible. Unfortunately not many people saw him play, other than the two games against NE. He wreaks havoc on every other play even when he’s double teamed. He makes offensive linemen look clueless. He is the best DL I’ve seen since Reggie, and the best interior DL since Sapp. Freak athlete, reads the offense and reacts well against run and pass, relentless motor, if he’s not pressuring the QB he’s usually batting away a pass, and running near him is an excellent way to lose 2 yards.

  27. mikeythelectrician says: Feb 3, 2013 5:33 AM

    this one falls in the duh catagory, noone else was even close

  28. raiders85 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:57 AM

    Watt had a nice year but this talk he had the most dominating year ever it’s complete nonsense plus he was a no show in big games

  29. bkostela says: Feb 3, 2013 9:59 AM

    grandpoopah says:
    Feb 3, 2013 2:05 AM
    Watt is absolutely incredible. Unfortunately not many people saw him play, other than the two games against NE. He wreaks havoc on every other play even when he’s double teamed. He makes offensive linemen look clueless. He is the best DL I’ve seen since Reggie, and the best interior DL since Sapp. Freak athlete, reads the offense and reacts well against run and pass, relentless motor, if he’s not pressuring the QB he’s usually batting away a pass, and running near him is an excellent way to lose 2 yards.
    ___________________

    sorry, but people saw him play more than you think. the texans played the jets on monday night, packers and bears on sunday night, and lions on thanksgiving. and if they didn’t notice him playing, that would probably indicate that he wasn’t having much of an impact in those games.

  30. asublimeday says: Feb 3, 2013 10:05 AM

    Wow not even a courtesy vote for Tillman??

  31. atwatercrushesokoye says: Feb 3, 2013 11:50 AM

    Yes Watt is a 3-4 defensive end, HOWEVER, the 3-4 defense he plays in is a one gap defense that ends up playing much more like a 4-3, meaning defensive ends are allowed get up field and be disruptive (as Watt does very well) which is a far cry from the standard 3-4 defense that people think of where d-lineman are asked to defend 2 gaps and its more important that they eat up blocks and allow the linebackers behind them the freedom to make plays.

    Sadly “analysts” like Peter King have no idea that there’s a difference so he keeps going on and on about Watt being a 3-4 end without mentioning that there’s a huge difference in defenses.

  32. grandpoopah says: Feb 3, 2013 12:02 PM

    @ bkostela – If you didn’t notice Watt on Thanksgiving chalking up 3 sacks and batting two passes, then you either didn’t watch the game or know nothing about football.

  33. mrlaloosh says: Feb 3, 2013 12:40 PM

    All the Texans need is a decent quarterback. Alex Smith? Shaub is terrible.

  34. thom1959 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:12 PM

    I think he could of looked even better if Cushing was playing the whole season Watt was double and sometimes triple teamed after Cushing was hurt

  35. mmanis2013 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    bkostela says:
    sorry, but people saw him play more than you think. the texans played the jets on monday night, packers and bears on sunday night, and lions on thanksgiving. and if they didn’t notice him playing, that would probably indicate that he wasn’t having much of an impact in those games.

    In the 4 games you mentioned Watt had 19 tackles, 6 sacks, 6 tackles for losses and 5 passes defended. Sounds like maybe you weren’t paying attention.

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