J.J. Watt rips Zach Mettenberger for posting selfies

AP

After Texans defensive end J.J. Watt sacked Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger for the second time on Sunday afternoon, he celebrated by taking a mock selfie of himself.

Watt wasn’t just making a comment on the ubiquity of self-shot photographs. He was mocking Mettenberger for posting pictures of himself last week before and after he trimmed his long hair and mustache, including one posted on Sunday morning before kickoff.

“It’s just kind of a reminder, this is the National Football League, not high school. Welcome to the show,” Watt said, via ESPN.com. “I just, I take my job very seriously. If I was a rookie quarterback being named the starter for the first time in the league, I feel like I’d be a little bit more focused than that. Maybe he’ll learn from it, maybe not. We won the game, so that’s all that matters.”

Watt added a forced fumble and a pass breakup to his two sacks in the 30-16 Houston win, which snapped a three-game losing streak and added to Watt’s case to be named the league’s defensive player of the year for the second time in the last three seasons.

75 responses to “J.J. Watt rips Zach Mettenberger for posting selfies

  1. Its amazing undrafted Ron Leary in Dallas can easily shut Watt down but no one else can. lol

  2. there’s quite a few NFL players who post selfies, including rookies. I think NFL Network encourages it on gameday with a hashtag and they show the pics on the network. But if it motivates him, good for Watt.

  3. luther6 says:
    Oct 26, 2014 6:23 PM
    And veterans take the salute, JJ. You need to serve your country before you get to do that. Kid.

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    Should everyone who played for the Broncos since 1996 also apologize?

  4. Memo, don’t take pictures of yourself or you’re going to lose in the NFL, lol. Is Watt serious with this. A bit silly for Mettenberger, but I doubt that’s why they lost.

  5. It would have been a lot cooler if J.J. acted with more class. He obviously knows what Mettenberger does on social media one way or the other. Shouldn’t Watt have focused on watching film or something instead of stalking Mettenberger? Practice what you preach, bro.

    Also, the “selfie” celebration is just kind of lame and not even that clever.

  6. is watt the fo pa police? you play a game with a ball for a living and do silly dances when something good happens but that other guy takes pics of himself and that’s childish

  7. If I had an MVP vote it would be for JJ and I’m a Bronco fan. That said, this is a lame take. Don’t creep someone’s social media account. It doesn’t make Zach look bad it makes you look like the lame uncle who complains about all those kids texting these days instead of calling.

  8. STOP PREACHING WATT!!!!

    Zero class from a usually classy dude

    Win some playoff games before you get all sanctimonious on a young kid

    Iron Sharpens Iron

  9. Watt is right. No other NFL QB is posting selfies on game day. The Titans should’ve shut him down. Speaks to an organization lacking discipline…and lacking wins.

  10. “This is the NFL, not some high school team”

    says the guy who rolled into New England wearing a varsity letter jacket …… then getting rolled by true NFL pro’s 😉

  11. Davidkshape….you’re right, JJ should have watched more film. All he managed to do was to get 2 sacks, force a fumble, and deflect a pass. That part of your post was ridiculous. However, I do think his celebration and commentary about selfie’s was pretty lame.

  12. Luther6….did you see today’s Pre game warmups? JJ Watt took the time to shake hands and talk to a group of about 20 soldiers standing on the sideline. They didn’t seem to mind that he does a salute celebration. It is done out of respect to acknowledge our military, and that’s how most people see it.

  13. I am a Watt fan, but his comments about this are dumb. He should mind his own business. Considering how he is an expert at self-promotion and is in about every third commercial around here, he sounds very silly.

  14. hmm,

    maybe Mettenberger should be dancing like an idiot on a Verison ad instead. because.. that totally is important to his football aspirations.

  15. J Watt is a tremendous player, but I’d be careful about making references about this not being high school…after all, he is on the team that hasn’t been relevant since putting on those letterman jackets.

  16. If Watt is so dedicated and into his job, why the is he paying attention to the rook taking selfless of himself and talking nonsense – that’s high school in it’s own right.

    Great player with an ego to match

  17. Very seriously?

    Like the time you wore lettermans jackets up to Foxboro, and proceeded to get absolutely plastered?

  18. I love Watt, but wasn’t this the same guy that showed up to the Patriots game two years ago wearing that stupid high school letterman jacket along with the rest of the defense that got demolished that night? Seems pretty stupid to mock a rookie for doing immature things when he was doing the exact same sort of immature thing

  19. I doubt JJ was stalking the guy, the team has guys that work social media so 100% chance JJ heard it through the grapevine

    but face it… selfies by anyone are lame…. and NFL players generally aren’t the pinnacle of maturity, sorry but that’s the reality.

  20. Not sure why Watt would care about what Mettenberger does off the field. It’s better for him if Mettenberger doesn’t take the game as seriously as he should.

  21. luther6 says: Oct 26, 2014 6:23 PM

    And veterans take the salute, JJ. You need to serve your country before you get to do that. Kid

    Terrell Davis says KMA.

  22. Keep coaching him JJ. He isn’t even on your team.

    don’t forget your job is not to review opposing team selfies.

  23. So its OK to do stupid commercial s where you’re dancing like an idiot.
    Watt is the best player defensively in the league without question. However, I’m over e over exposure of him.

  24. Maybe he should stop the fake military salute and self-serving show-boating after every big play.

  25. Would Watt rather he start getting arrested for drugs/drink/violence like so many of his league brethren instead?

    Yes, selfies are childish and stupid but not nearly as stupid as what others are doing routinely.

  26. To clarify on the letterman jackets, yes it was silly, but the whole team wore them and it wasn’t Watt’s idea, so he shouldn’t take the grief on that one.

  27. staffordcalvinbush says:

    JJ Watt is awesome. That is all.
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    Especially when he’s on the ground wide eyed in disbelief watching Romo throw a bomb for a touchdown.

  28. yeah it’s pretty lame, but he wasn’t creeping on anybody. Espn was showing his pics on almost every show. Not that hard to miss. And i thnk his performance does he watched atleast a little bit of film.

  29. umainebearman says: Oct 26, 2014 6:15 PM

    Its amazing undrafted Ron Leary in Dallas can easily shut Watt down but no one else can. lol
    —————
    Check his stats against Oakland. He caught a TD in that game, but that was on the defense. Otherwise, he did squat.

  30. MVP’s don’t lose 18 outta there last 23 games lol. So please just stop with the Watt is MVP.

  31. Good for Watt against Zach Mettenbungler, or is it Zach Mettenbust. Titans trade Mettenburger to the Patriots
    so he and Tom Brady can take Selfies of each other looking like Clowns.

  32. The Titans game against the Texans was a battle
    of Teams who drafted or traded for Bad Quarterbacks
    The backups for the Texans Ryan Mallett the Supreme Benchwarmer who teams just leave there because they know bad things will happen if he gets in a game. The other Backup Tom Savage who stunk at QB for two Schools.
    And for the Titans all of their Quarterbacks. The only Thing Whitehurst has going for him is he might be better then his dad. By the way I knew the Texans would win big.
    David Whitehurst 16-20-1 Record
    yet his Stats are horrible. 51.1 Completion Percentage
    28 Tds 51 Ints. Sacked 99 Times
    He ran for 292 and 7 Tds 59.2 QB Rating

    Charlie Whitehurst so far
    2-6 Record he gets the loss for the Browns game
    56.5 completion 8 Tds 6 Ints Sacked 22 Times
    114 Rush yards 2 Tds QB Rating 75.7

  33. It’s almost comical but when his team was losing games, he seemed to have no advice for the opposing team. Especially when he played the Cowboys, there was no finger wagging or Military salutes that day but his team wins and all of a sudden, he has excellent advice for the opposing quarterback. I like JJ but this is none of his business.
    How about just giving advice to his own quarterback on how to win more games.

  34. Just when I thought Watt couldn’t do anything wrong. Mr. Watt please focus on more important things, like WHEN THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO GET A FRIGGIN PUSH UP THE MIDDLE FROM OUR DT’S!!! go texans

  35. First off, Watt said on Dan Patrick this morning that he wasn’t on Twitter or anything, he was shown the selfie by another person (not a teammate) in the locker room prior to the game.

    Second, bringing up the letter jackets is getting old – that was a Connor Barwin idea and he’s long gone. In fact most of the media thought it was a cool idea until they got destroyed, then it became a cause for ridicule. But that was so 2 years ago.

    It’s just funny how a guy who’s dominating the league does something and all the trolls and haters can’t wait to pile on, bringing up things that happened 2 years ago or bringing up the one bad game he had all year. Jealousy manifests itself in so many ways on the Internet. Watt is one of the classiest guys in the NFL and not spending his off time beating women and getting pulled over for drunk driving – guys like that don’t come around too often.

  36. Watt has yet to knock out a woman, beat a kid, commit rape or stab anyone…and get away with it!

    Leave the kid alone. He’s having fun “on the field”

  37. First off, Watt said on Dan Patrick this morning that he wasn’t on Twitter or anything, he was shown the selfie by another person (not a teammate) in the locker room prior to the game.
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    Oh. So…..Watt didn’t even know about all the ribbing Mettenberger took in the local media this week for the pre-haircut and shave photo someone else took and used online? Which seems (to me, at least) directly related to why Mettenberger would then post that pregame “new look” selfie, in a self-deprecating kind of way?

    Because that just makes me think it was even more of a jerk move for Watt to go so far out of his way to rip the guy in his post game comments. Watt’s a great player. But geez. Respect for him otherwise just plummeted.

  38. Oh. So…..Watt didn’t even know about all the ribbing Mettenberger took in the local media this week for the pre-haircut and shave photo someone else took and used online? Which seems (to me, at least) directly related to why Mettenberger would then post that pregame “new look” selfie, in a self-deprecating kind of way?

    Because that just makes me think it was even more of a jerk move for Watt to go so far out of his way to rip the guy in his post game comments. Watt’s a great player. But geez. Respect for him otherwise just plummeted.
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    No, it means that those trolls who want to make stupid comments like “Watt sits around all day on Twitter looking at other people’s selfies” is just that – stupid. Watt said he never saw any other selfie, just that one. More than likely it was brought to his attention by a media member trying to stir up a story – and succeeded.

  39. More than likely it was brought to his attention by a media member trying to stir up a story – and succeeded.
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    Media member didn’t incorporate it into his sack celebration, though. Or make up Watt’s response to the questions about it afterwards.

    That’s ALL on Watt. And if you ask me? Jerk. Move.

  40. So what’s the bid deal JJ? I’m sure if Mett had not been taking his job seriously the Titans’ coaches wouldn’t have trusted him to be the starting QB. The Titans staff have been saying nothing but complimentary things about him. I’m sure he was focused on the game and starting. For a rookie making his first start, he actually did well.

    You mentioned the selfie before the game. Posed taking a selfie during the game, and talked about it again after the game. Seems like alot of “focus” time wasted on your part. Just play the game JJ. Get your sacks and don’t worry about a fellow player doing something harmless. He didn’t beat his wife or small child. He took a picture. Of himself.

  41. JJ is the best player in football. Don’t like what he says, don’t listen. Every single one of you complaining or not, want him on your team.

  42. I think Watt is solid, he probably went a little overboard with this but it is kind of funny. Watt is intense, that is what makes him good at what he does.

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