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Stopping Watt becomes obsession for opposing coaches

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At a time when plenty of defensive coaches have focused on figuring out how to shut down the read-option offense, plenty of offensive coaches are trying to come up with ways to neutralize the reigning NFL defensive player of the year.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt became dominant in his second NFL season, despite an elbow injury that left him at less than 100 percent all year long.  As John McClain of the Houston Chronicle explains it, the other coaches in the AFC South are looking for players who can contain Watt in the upcoming draft.

“When you’re drafting, you’re thinking, ‘Who’s going to block Watt the next 10 years?'” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.  “It used to be that the other teams in the division had to worry about Peyton Manning, but now we have to figure out how we’re going to disrupt Watt a little bit.”

The Titans signed guard Andy Levitre on the first day of free agency.  They also could be targeting guard Chance Warmack with the 10th pick in the draft.  (Warmack definitely hopes they are.)

Colts coach Chuck Pagano agrees with the assessment of Watt.  “A great player that’s very disruptive,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said, via McClain.  “He can do so many things to hurt you.  He has to be accounted for.”

The new coach on the block is bracing for Watt, too.  “There are certain guys that create certain issues,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said.  “And Watt creates a lot of issues.  You have to have personnel to control some of those issues.

“He can dominate the game.  You have to be aware of him.  You’d like to think that it’s all about what we do, and there’s a lot of truth to that on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  But on Wednesday, players have to understand the issues: ‘Hey, this guy’s good.  Here’s our plan for him,’ and everybody has to understand it.”

Having a plan and being able to execute it are two different things.  Still, at least teams are taking the advice of Jets owner Woody Johnson, who openly lamented his coaching staff’s failure to account for Watt after the Texans beat the Jets last season.

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12 Responses to “Stopping Watt becomes obsession for opposing coaches”
  1. deacon85 says: Apr 14, 2013 12:14 PM

    maybe they should talk to Belichick; Watt wasn’t much of a factor, and the Patriots put 83 points on the board against them in two games.

  2. doe22us says: Apr 14, 2013 12:28 PM

    Instead of worrying about Watt, Woody should wonder why the hell they gave Sanchize that extension.

  3. colts419 says: Apr 14, 2013 12:36 PM

    As a colts fan it pains me to say it but the most a team.can hope for is just keeping this guy from completely shutting down your offense for Big chunks of the game. absolute monster.

  4. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 14, 2013 12:36 PM

    J.J.Watt is a very good player, but shouldn’t trying to win the battles in the trenches be a priority for every team.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 14, 2013 1:58 PM

    J.J.’s 78 year old grandmother is flattered by the offers from NFL teams, and goodness knows she could always use the money, but she just doesn’t want to stand in his way.

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 14, 2013 2:02 PM

    they couldve left the Jags out of this conversation, they are the JV team of the AFC south, nobody takes them seriosly

  7. dangernearing says: Apr 14, 2013 2:52 PM

    Put a drug test out there on field, he wouldn’t be able to get around that.

  8. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 14, 2013 3:20 PM

    The hype before the Houston, Jet game was unbearable. Thank you J.J.Watt for putting a sock in the mouths of the media. I didn’t have to listen to my buddy talk his Jet nonsense the rest of the year.

  9. tiggerblood says: Apr 15, 2013 5:18 AM

    We’ll see more players being effective with the swat as I’m sure some were busily working to add it to their game. He was a maniac with that last year just amazing to watch

  10. shackdelrio says: Apr 15, 2013 11:16 AM

    Only a matter of time before a random drug test stops JJ Watt.

  11. ksiner says: Apr 15, 2013 11:43 AM

    Easy… the QB should wait, double pump and then when he leaps high to bat the ball down, drill him in the nuts!

  12. headonaswivel says: Apr 16, 2013 8:39 AM

    Easy solution… Take out his knees, you know just like the way the Texans offensive line blocks?

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