J.J. Watt says he’s being triple-teamed more than normal this year

AP

J.J. Watt has become accustomed to people saying nice things about him, so when Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said it was an honor to be facing him, Watt shrugged it off by saying it was the smart thing for a rookie to say.

But it’s the attention he’s getting from opponents that has been more intense, as Watt says he’s drawing more blockers than ever before.

“I think so far this year, there’s already been more triple teams than the past,” Watt said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “But that’s to be expected. I mean, that’s what I would do, too. You have to continue to fight, continue to battle. Like I’ve always said, it makes it that much sweeter when you do get there.”

Watt has 3.0 sacks so far this season despite that attention, but that number could soar this week.

The Buccaneers have struggled up front, start two rookies, and the guy they trust the most doesn’t have a great history against Watt. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus has played against Watt five times during his stints with the Lions and Colts, and Watt has 8.0 sacks, with 4.0 of them and a fumble return for a touchdown last season alone.

“He’s in a highlight every week,” Cherilus said. “I’m just going to show up and do the best that I can. Hopefully, it’ll be okay. He’s not going to give you no day off, no play off.”

That part wasn’t questioned, as the guy has 20.5 sacks in each of the last two seasons and he was named the top player in the entire league in the last NFL Network Top 100 poll.

“You can say, ‘Hey, he is just another player, let’s do our thing, ” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. “No. It doesn’t work like that. You have to put a lot of the focus on him, and when you’re that type of football player, you have to do what you can to limit the opportunities that he gets, and that’s tough duty. Easier said than done. I don’t think there is too much focus being placed on it.”

But on game day, there will be plenty of focus on him, from blockers and backs being asked to slow him down.

27 responses to “J.J. Watt says he’s being triple-teamed more than normal this year

  1. He better get used to it, if I were a coach I would do all in my power to make someone else on that Defense beat me besides JJ Watt. Matter of fact where that kid Clowney that everyone was so high on. He should be all over the QB and RB in this case.

  2. I don’t see many Houston games, thank God.
    The two that I have seen were both against the Patriots.
    All I’ve seen of Watt, is him being owned. Posing for the cameras on the sidelines, trying to look tough.
    He may be a beast against the AFC Short-Bus Division, but I think that he is terribly overrated.

    He and Brandon Marshall need to get together and whine about how they are always double covered and triple teamed.

  3. Watt is an example of a guy who wants the spotlight on him. The brighter the lights, the quicker they burn out. He’s not the first and he won’t be the last.

  4. “But that’s to be expected. I mean, that’s what I would do, too,” said the humblest man on the planet.

    JJ., don’t forget to wag your finger after you make a highlight reel sack with your team down by double digits.

  5. If he’s getting triple teamed and they are still losing, what does that tell you about the rest of that defense. That means there should be two people running free to make a tackle. If you have a dominating defensive lineman like that it should mean someone on that defense should be able to make plays. The fact that Watt is the only one consistently making plays doesn’t speak much for that defense. In a word…pathetic.

  6. Interesting contrast in each piece:

    “Brandon Marshall is impressed with Brandon Marshall’s ability to beat double coverage” This makes Marshall sound egotistical and selfish.

    “J.J. Watt says he’s being triple-teamed more than normal this year” This makes Watt sound noble and persistent.

    Basically they said the same thing, yet somehow the messages are very different. Things that make you go, humm.

  7. I agree with some of you on the whole where’s the other defense. I’m a huge Texans fan and a JJ Watt fan. He needs other help. Like true we here is Clowney and Cushing? We have a though defense but Watt isn’t the only defender. All the haters out there need to hush cuz they’re other teams with DE but none of them have had back to back seasons with 20 or more sacks. This is why he is double and triple teamed.

  8. The two comments that say Watt is overrated were both from Patriots fan, who constantly defend Brady from people claiming the same thing. Watt is an exceptional player and seemingly is a great guy on and off the field. The fact that someone could claim he is overrated shows how little they know or care to know about football. Just wish the Texans would be able to give him a ring.

  9. I agree that the Texans don’t have much of a defensive line but the same rings true if the offensive line too. JJ can’t win or lose the games by himself. JJ is a force to be reckoned with for sure. He is a great person on and off the field. He in no way is stuck on himself and I believe him to be very humble. He is out there doing what he loves and having fun. Everyone who want to talk crap about the man…yall are just haters.

    O’Brian needs to get his act together with the other coaches. He needs to earn his paycheck. I Love my Texans but enough is enough all ready. There is no reason for us losing. We were the underdogs when Houston was the oilers and we are still the underdogs…But unlike the unrealized dream of the oilers…OUR TIME IS COMING! We will get to the Super Bowl one day and it will be Glorius! You haters can keep hating…because when our time comes…yall are gonna be eating Crow! And it will make our Victory even more sweeter 🙂 js

  10. JJ can come off as arrogant, but he is speaking the truth. He gets hit with two lineman and the running back these days. The rest of the D line needs to step up.

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