Wade Phillips thinks J.J. Watt is headed for Canton


Defensive end J.J. Watt closed last season with a flourish and now his defensive coordinator with the Texans is making bold statements about where Watt’s career can take him.

Wade Phillips sounded a bit like another son of a former NFL head coach when talking about Watt at Texans training camp. Rex Ryan would certainly appreciate Phillips putting Watt in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after just one year on the job.

“He’s going to be a bust — not a first-round bust but a bust in the Hall of Fame,” Phillips said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “The only players I’ve seen that can do what he can do with his intensity can be found in Canton.”

Phillips isn’t the only member of the organization to speak of Watt in laudatory terms. As mentioned in Sunday’s one-liners, defensive end Antonio Smith thinks Watt will be a “megastar.” It should go without saying that Watt has much more to do to wind up in the Hall of Fame, but it’s not hard to see why the Texans are getting so worked up about him.

Watt started every game as a rookie and showed a versatility not always found in 3-4 defensive ends. He can hold up against the run as well as rush the passer from end or when slipping inside on passing downs. He had 3.5 sacks in the team’s two playoff games after picking up 5.5 sacks during the regular season, a jump in performance that obviously made an impact on Phillips.

11 responses to “Wade Phillips thinks J.J. Watt is headed for Canton

  1. This, from the only coach in the league that can recite his personal statistics, year by year, for every defense he’s ever coached.

  2. It’s because he’s from Wisconsin. We’re pretty awesome here in the motherland.

  3. That’s obviously over the top but I’m a fan of Watt. As a Niner fan, he reminds me of Justin Smith in a lot of ways. I’m flabbergasted about why Smith just barely started coming up on the national radar this year but people that have watched him for a few years would say that he’s Canton worthy. Houston has a hell of a player there.

  4. I’m not usually a fan of such hyperbole, but I think it’s a fair statement. Watt looks like he’s going to be, to the Texans, what Freeney was for the Colts – a game changer.

  5. I don’t know how many of you know of former Bears (and Saints) HOF DE Doug Atkins, but Watt reminds me of him (at least film of him..I’m not that old.) If you’ve never seen him, try and find a way. I promise, you will be impressed.

    Watt has a long way to go, though.

  6. 9 total sacks in 19 games? Let’s pump the brakes on hall of fame talk. Watt is a heck of a player, but he’s got a long long way and a lot more numbers to put up before being route as a future hall of famer.

  7. This may be the best pick in franchise history. Andre Johnson is ahead obviously, but for JJ to dominate as a 3-4 DE in his rookie year was incredible. And let’s not forget the 3.5 sacks he got in 2 games in postseason. That was tied for the most sacks in the entire playoffs of any player.

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