Michael Irvin thinks it’s J.J. Watt’s fault the Texans haven’t won a title

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Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin won three Super Bowl rings during his years with the Cowboys, and so he thinks players should be judged based on their postseason accomplishments. And that’s where, Irvin says, Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt falls short.

Irvin said on NFL Network that the recent “Top 100” ranking of Watt as the third-best player in the league was overrating Watt, because, according to Irvin, Watt hasn’t won anything. When another NFL Network commentator told Irvin that it isn’t Watt’s fault the Texans haven’t won a title, Irvin took umbrage.

“Whose fault is it? He’s the star of the team,” Irvin said, via the Houston Chronicle. “If the Dallas Cowboys lose on my watch, it’s my fault. If you’re the baddest man on the team, you’ve got to take it both ways when it ain’t going right and you ain’t winning, that’s on you. J.J. Watt’s been the baddest man in the league and they haven’t gotten close to any kind of championship.”

Irvin said Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is a better player because his team is better.

“I’m taking Luke Kuechly,” Irvin said. “I’m taking the middle linebacker who makes everyone around him play well.”

That is a bad opinion. Watt is not to blame for the fact that he plays defense on a team whose quarterback last year was Brian Hoyer, then Ryan Mallett, then Hoyer again, then T.J. Yates, then Hoyer again, then Yates again, then Brandon Weeden, then Hoyer again. Nor does Kuechly deserve any credit for the fact that he plays defense on a team whose quarterback last year was NFL MVP Cam Newton.

Irvin likes to pretend that the best judge of a player’s quality is the quality of his team because Irvin played on one of the greatest dynasties in recent NFL history. But if Irvin hadn’t had the fortune of being drafted in 1988 onto a team that would then draft Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman in 1989, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith in 1990, and also add a dozen more Pro Bowlers, he wouldn’t have those three Super Bowl rings. Irvin was a great contributor to those 1990s Cowboys championship teams, but no player does it alone.

Watt is a great player. If Irvin can’t see that, it says more about Irvin than it does about Watt.

159 responses to “Michael Irvin thinks it’s J.J. Watt’s fault the Texans haven’t won a title

  1. Seriously??? Irvin needs to keep his trap shut. Watt is the only player worth watching on that team, especially since Foster has went down with all his injuries. Why in the world is Irvin even allowed to talk on TV anymore? Everything that comes out of his mouth is offensive to all!

  2. Sure, because Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith had nothing at all to do with the Cowboys winning those Super Bowls, it was all down to Irvin…

  3. Hmmm… “Michael Irvin” and “thinks” in the same sentence?
    Looked up “oxymoron” in the dictionary, and found that sentence there, too! One slight difference, however. In the dictionary, “Michael Irvin” was also cross-referenced with “moron”.

  4. Watt better watch out, The Pipemaker carries scissors with him and he’s not afraid to use them.

  5. In a game critical to the Texans playoff chances last year against the lowly Buffalo Bills, Watt was dominated by a scrub and had no impact on the game.

    That would not have happened to Irvin. He owned the Bills.

  6. .
    Looking back at the rosters of the early 90’s Cowboys, it’s a wonder they ever lost a game. The term ” talent laden” would be an understatement.
    .

  7. So its not the fault of the pathetic offense who put up 17 pounts a game. This is the dumbest comment I have ever heard. Haha wow

  8. Part of me couldn’t care less when one twitter queen disparages another, but it’s obvious that JJ is one of the best talents in the league whereas Irvin wasn’t even always the best talent on his team – especially when cocained & hookered-up and under arrest.

    Michael, you finished with 750 career receptions – 30th all time alongside Charlie Joiner. And what separates you from him is that he went on to be a respected coach whilst you went on to be a racist, drugged-up air-head.

  9. The Cowboys would have won without the greatest push-off artist the NFL has ever seen.

    They would not have won those titles without Aikman.

  10. Excuses, excuses.

    I’m a Texans fan, and I love Watt, but a lot of the fanbase just isn’t willing to admit he might just be a tad bit overrated.

    Hell, he’s had the fortune to land in the weakest division in the NFL.

    It’s why a guy like Andrew Luck has managed to look as good as he has, because half to three quarters of the division has been rebuilding for his entire career.

    @ohand16: You also forgot the oh-so-fearsome Giants O-line, which has managed to neutralize Watt in the Houston/NYG games about two years running.

  11. Irvin: A star of the team, yes. The star of the team, no.
    There’s a big difference.

  12. Maybe the problem in Texas is the condition of the field. Talent may leave to avoid a career ending injury.

  13. The decision to put Irvin in front of a camera must have been made in a vacuum. Not only is he bombastic and wrong-headed, his diction is beyond absurd. Half the time I can’t even decipher what has come tumbling out of his mouth.

    Simply being an ex-NFL star doesn’t make you camera worthy.

  14. Anyone who thinks a lone defensive player is the key to a ring is a complete idiot. It’s bad enough clueless people act like the quarterback is all that matters but saying that about a defensive player and a defensive end at that? Beyond dumb.

    Given Irving’s drug history and the fact he’s always shown he is barely above a mentally handicapped intelligence level, his opinion doesn’t surprise me.

  15. This has to be the next explayer removed from TV for polluting the airwaves with garbage.

  16. Its dumb opinions like this that makes one question just why he was hired by the NFL network in the first place. there are many knowledgable ex nfl players sitting at home that would love to be a member of the nfl network yet they stick with this guy who at best is second team on air talent.

  17. Look, Super Bowls make individual players look better, but the success gets into their and their supporters’ heads.

    They’ve been so spoiled by the victories that they forget how hard it is to get there. That’s why non-champions are treated too unfairly.

    If I’m wrong, why did Kevin Durant go to Golden State?

  18. Irvin is one of the most overrated players in NFL history. The Cowboys would have won those super bowls without Irvin, and possibly more if he wasn’t there. Had Irvin been drafted by a crummy team, he’d be sitting there saying that’s it’s wrong to judge an individual player by what the team accomplished. Irvin has been on TV for a while now, and I’m still waiting for him to say something intelligent. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long wait.

  19. Irvin is funny. he is on Houston sports radio once a week during football season and he can’t say the word rookie, instead he says wookie. It’s funny hearing him go on and on about wookies. When people talk about Manziel you need to remember that Irvin was Manziel before Manziel was Manziel and by that I mean a drug addict douche bag except Irvin could play.

  20. Funny how when it’s a guy like watt everyone rushes to defend him but when it’s a guy like romo (whose numbers absolutely blow aikman’s away) who has never played with the caliber of players or a defense like aikman had gets contunually bashed when he’s the only reason the team is even relevant. 1-11 without him. End of story

  21. I don’t know which is worse. The fact that this crackhead keeps yapping his gums – or the fact that sports media keeps pretending to be interested…

  22. Another example of those compensating for not having good opinions, with outlandish opinions. Outlandish, yeah, that’s Irvin.

  23. So by the same logic Dan Marino is the reason why the Fins didn’t win a Super Bowl.
    They should have played his back-up I guess…
    Nobody ever accused Irvin of being a mental giant and it shouldn’t happen in the near future.

  24. Who is Michael Irvin? Did he do something special besides push off D-backs to get open?
    I didn’t think so.

  25. Von Miller was able to win a championship with an ineffective Manning and a qb playing in his first few NFL games. Maybe Miller deserves to be #3 on the list!

  26. This is why wiggle fans cheered when the VET turf ate him up they knew before anybody else he was a dope

  27. I don’t see how ranking Watt in the top 10 is “slamming” him. Watt is indeed a great player. But he does not affect every play like a QB on offense or a MLB/signal caller on defense (Luke) is forced to do. Offenses can double or triple team a great player like Watt. They won’t win every play but they can limit him on certain plays.

    So, as much as it pains and surprises me to say this…. Irvin is right.

  28. That’s like blaming Irvin because the defense couldn’t stop the 49ers, or other teams they lost to. Idiotic. Defense doesn’t score points. Who else is on that defense as well? Clowney is hurt all the time and they don’t have a bunch of star players on either side of the ball.

  29. From the man who led the league in being tackled or run out of bounds at the 1 yard line, setting up Smith for a boatload of TD plunges. Next up “Dan Marino sucked, no rings.”

  30. By this logic, Michael Irvin would not be Gold Jacket-worthy had he been drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals – since his post-season accomplishments would be zippo.

    Yes, they were called the PHOENIX Cardinals back then, and they were awful.

  31. Irvin isn’t even a hall of famer on literally any other team. His numbers are HALF of Jerry Rice’s.

    Ring’s shouldn’t give merit to stupidity, but they always will.

  32. PFT: “Irvin likes to pretend that the best judge of a player’s quality is the quality of his team because Irvin played on one of the greatest dynasties in recent NFL history. But if Irvin hadn’t had the fortune of being drafted in 1988 onto a team that would then draft Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman in 1989, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith in 1990, and also add a dozen more Pro Bowlers, he wouldn’t have those three Super Bowl rings. Irvin was a great contributor to those 1990s Cowboys championship teams, but no player does it alone.”

    I agree. You know who else leans on this species contention? None other than another NFL talking head – one who goes by the name of Terry Bradshaw. Bradshaw regularly (and quite smugly) references “his” 4 Super Bowl wins, as “proof-positive” that he is the cream of the QB crop; how he came up big in big games; how “he” is (now was) the only one to win four Super Bowls.

    I guess Brad forgot that the Steel Curtain didn’t given up an offensive point in S.B. IX; that Swann made so many of his awful passes look great in the stat sheet in S.B. X; and that he had some legendary teammates stepping up in the big game too.

    It’s not surprising that an individualistic player like Mike Irvin would consider himself to be “the star of the team,” and also the reason for Dallas’s greatness of the 1990’s. That sounds about right – considering the source.

  33. flash1287 says:
    Jul 9, 2016 6:47 AM

    It’s not Watts fault but is there a bigger “hey look at me ” guy in the NFL than Watt?

    _________________________________

    Uh yeah, there is. He plays in Seattle and his name is Richard Cracked Cup Sherman

  34. Michael needs a course in public speaking if not please use subtitles so listeners can undwe stand what he is saying

  35. Given how instrumental defensive players like Von Miller, Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, Ty Law, in winning championships for their respective teams, there’s certainly a good reason to ask why hasn’t Watt done the same.

  36. Wow, I would have thought Michael was at least a little smarter that that comment suggests. By his standards then Cam Newton should not be at number 1 and Brady, Big Ben, and Eli, should all be above Aaron Rogers because they all have more rings than Rogers. Furthermore, since Eli was on a team that beat the Pats twice maybe he should be at the top of the list? What is really troubling is that if we look beyond current players that skewed logic of big Mike would put someone as talented as Dan Marino much further down the list than some pretty mediocre QB,s.

  37. Sports writers use that logic all the time. Great player on bad team. “Well he just can’t win the big one.” Avg player on great team. “He led them to a win.” Romo is a much better player than Aikman is a choker but Aikman with the defense pitching near shutouts in the SB is a winner.

  38. fatsolio says:
    Jul 9, 2016 7:37 AM
    Anyone who thinks a lone defensive player is the key to a ring is a complete idiot. It’s bad enough clueless people act like the quarterback is all that matters but saying that about a defensive player and a defensive end at that? Beyond dumb.

    Given Irving’s drug history and the fact he’s always shown he is barely above a mentally handicapped intelligence level, his opinion doesn’t surprise me
    ———
    Go back and watch SB 50 and tell me who won that game. Von managed to win a SB with the 33 ranked QB in a league with 32 teams. Watt is to busy thinking about the next picture he going to put out with his muscles showing. Look at me, look how strong I am. Just don’t look at Alex Smith kicking my a$$ in the playoffs.

  39. If Watt is gonna take credit for being the best, he must take blame for his sorry team’s production.

    The fact is, he is way overrated and great players make others good. So far, he’s just along for the ride, accepting all the praise and none of the fault.

    Kinda like Andrew Luck, who incidentally plays in the soft AFCS, where stats can be amassed.

    In typical fashion, posters want Irvin to shut up, while they post, their mostly, uninformed opinions, at will.

  40. JJ Watt could have been MVP with Cam Newton as Houston’s QB last year. If Andre Johnson could go back in time and take Irvin’s place on those Cowboys teams he would rate just short of Jerry Rice. Point is, they are just pieces of the puzzle.

    The best measure of Irvin’s importance to the Dallas dynasty is the number of people who still call him Irving. In Dallas. Yah, I know, hall of famer. But it happens regularly.

  41. “This guy never saw the inside of a classroom at Miami.”

    FYI, Michael Irvin graduated early from the University of Miami. IIRC, Mike Irvin also has a master’s degree. Don’t know about the author of the above comment. Mike Irvin questioned Gene Upshaw’s judgement on a CBA when he was a rookie, questioning that turned out to be correct.

    Irvin may not sound nice, and he has had his share of legal difficulties, but the man is no dummy. Certainly not a malingerer. If he was, Troy Aikman would have nothing to do with him after their playing days.

    Houston had a very good defense last year. They got wiped out by 30 points to a team that lost the next week, to a team that lost the next week. When you get lapped like that at home in a playoff game, some players just suck, others are quitting. Can’t imagine that happening to Luke Kuechly and the Panthers, even in the Super Bowl they didn’t just roll over after some bad quarterback play.

  42. Smith nailed the exact reason why Irvin is just plain wrong. Irvin’s inability to understand or express a more objective, knowledgeable opinion is indicative of his self-centeredness. I enjoyed watching him play and at times have gotten a kick out of watching him as a commentator, but he’s not unlike Ray Lewis or Deion Sanders or some others who are very clearly more concerned about themselves and their image and how the world relates to them. It distorts their views and muddles their message. Give me Herm Edwards, Marcellus Wiley or Tedy Bruschi any day over these guys.

  43. flash1287 says:
    Jul 9, 2016 6:47 AM

    It’s not Watts fault but is there a bigger “hey look at me ” guy in the NFL than Watt?
    ————————
    Uh, Cam Newton and almost every WR in the NFL.

  44. texansdude says:
    Jul 9, 2016 10:25 AM
    JJ Watt could have been MVP with Cam Newton as Houston’s QB last year.
    ______________________

    Um? Watt couldn’t win MVP with a revolving door at QB.

  45. Irvin is a crack head and doesn’t like white football players. also, Kuechly hasn’t won a super bowl either. I can’t figure out why Irvin is still on sports broadcasts. Great Roll Model ! LOL.

  46. By Irvin’s logic, the Minnesota Vikings should get all the credit for why Dallas was so good during Irvin’s career. The Herschel Walker trade set them up to be a dynasty.

  47. Irvin partied off the field. But on game days he was great. He practiced harder then anyone. When Jimmy Johnson came to Dallas, he told him who was there to win and who was there to collect a paycheck. If you were dogging it, he would hold you accountable. His passion to win was so intense, it had a trickle down effect throughout the entire team.
    Watt may rack up 2-3 sacks against the Jaguars and Titans, but how did he do against the Chiefs and the Bengals in the playoffs? Irvin played his best on the biggest games against the elite competition, and I believe that is the point he is trying to make here. Look what Von Miller did in the Super Bowl.

  48. So, by that logic of Irvin’s–Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton, Barry Sanders, Adrian Peterson, Jim Kelly, and so many other players, suck. And by that logic, Bob Griese was a better QB than Marino…disregarding the fact that Earl Morrall won over half Miami’s 17-0 season games when Griese went down. By that logic, Franco Harris is one of the greatest RBs in NFL history (better than Emmitt Smith, who only has 3 rings!).

    On the other hand, Watt couldn’t stop a snail during the first half of that ridiculous 41-0 beatdown by the Dolphins in week 7 last year… which is why Houston signed Lamar Miller, who rushed 175 yards in the first half alone vs. JJ Watt and Co.

  49. Just let me add my name to the long list of posters who think Irvin’s comments are ludicrous and show a surprising lack of understanding about how a football team wins and loses.

  50. JJ Watt is entirely overrated and it’s embarrassing how many Fanboys make excuses for his play watch the Patriots Texans game last year JJ Watt is a 0 factor in the game. If you’re a great player you don’t disappear in important games

  51. Let’s not forget how Irvin’s cocaine habit was what brought the focus of the ‘White House’ and ultimately ruined that team’s legacy.

    Football fans have long memories Mike…

  52. Yes Michael, JJ is the reason the for all the Texans woes, and crack cocaine and prostitutes are the reason you’re a loser. I live in Houston now, but lived in Dallas throughout the 90’s, and always thought to myself, without Michael Irvin, the Cowboys wouldn’t have one a single game……smh

  53. Irvin averaged 62.5 receptions per year for his career and 992 yards per season. He had double digit TDs once. Having watched him play, I personally didn’t think he was a HOFer. Borderline at best. For a guy that pushed off so much and got away with it most of the time, you would think he would avg more than 5.4 TDs per season. Sure, Watt is overrated, but Irvin was one of the most overrated players of all time. Pound for pound, Drew Pearson was a better player than Irvin.

  54. What a crazy assertion. I’m a Bucs fan, but like the Texans, and JJ Watt is basically the most iconic player for the NFL as a whole that can happen, not just for the Texans. JJ Watts is so involved with the community and kids and is just a good guy. He is the Texans’ LeeRoy Selman, who was GREAT GREAT MAN. Go JJ…ignore the flak.

  55. If a team isn’t winning it’s the management’s fault. Pure and simple. I’m surprised Irvin doesn’t know this.

  56. Right, because J.J. Watt is responsible for all the missed completions and dropped passes by the quarterbacks and receivers, all the missed blocks by the offensive line, and all the inept play-calling by the coaching staff. Sounds like Irvin is just tryin’ to hate…

  57. Salary cap has changed football. The Cowboys record in the salary cap proves that since all answers to greatness just be judged by cowboy standards. Love the guys energy, hate the man’s ignorance.

  58. This is the old Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon argument….never bought it. Any of those QB’s are the 1970’s Steelers, 1985 Bears, 2000 Ravens or 1986 Giants they would all have rings….

  59. No doubt Irvin is full of it…BUT….I would bet some of those that are arguing that you can’t blame Watt because of his teams lack of postseason success also argue that Tammy Brady is the GOAT QB based on his teams postseason success. Can’t have it both ways…

  60. Lol..
    1. To all of the comments regarding why Irvin has a job as a commentator, and why put quotes what he says it’s called “click bait”.
    See, the more people that click on a story, or comment on a story, the more a website can charge it’s advertisers.
    Conversely, the more stupid stuff that Irvin says on t.v., the more people watch, Wichita increases ratings, Wichita generates .ore revenue.
    It’s like the early years of Mohamed Alias career. When people would watch/go to fights, just to see him lose, so he would shut up.
    Ali inflated his earnings by using that tactic.
    SO DANCE, PUPPETS!
    2. To the commenter that say that one player, especially a defensive player, can’t be the difference to a team winning a super bowl look up Dion Saunders…
    Class dismissed…..

  61. I agree with Michael Irving! J J. Watt is a good DE that plays in the worst division in football. He should lead the NFL in sacks, he plays on the weak side and only run his mouth against team with weak OLs. He never goes against the top left tackles he’s aways on the weak side. Way ovver hyped!

  62. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 9, 2016 9:50 AM
    Given how instrumental defensive players like Von Miller, Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, Ty Law, in winning championships for their respective teams, there’s certainly a good reason to ask why hasn’t Watt done the same.
    ———-
    I’d say in Miller’s case it’s because is backed up on defense by

    A) The best secondary in the league.
    B) A very good D-Line
    And C) Some other fantastic linebackers.
    If the Texans had anything like a defense that Denver had, it would be a valid question.

  63. I knew Mike in high school (STA) he was an ass even back then….some dudes just cant help themselves…nor do they change.

  64. Football is a team sport. Individually talented players do not make a team, they are only one member. You still need many other players and everyone doing their job and a coach that knows what he’s doing and some luck not to get a slew of injuries and a decent schedule for the season…etc, etc, etc.

    And Irving played football? You sure he wasn’t playing singles tennis?

  65. Irvin is an idiot. So if the JJ Watt got to play with a HOF running back, HOF quarterback, HOF cornerback, and one of the greatest offensive lines of all time (including another HOF’er), THEN he would be the best player? Just shut up Irvin. Every time you open your mouth you prove how stupid you are.

  66. Yeah, well Irving was NEVER the best player on his team, so he really shouldn’t be throwing stones. The simple fact that the best player on the team is a DE and that they have no QB should be considered. If you don’t have some sort of bias against the player in question. Who knows what Irving has against Watt, but clearly there must be something.

  67. The way he’s come to this conclusion that Kuechly is better is ridiculous. It’s like saying Rex Grossman was better than Marino. To be honest, i think they are both awesome players and if you’re building a team there is no wrong choice, you can’t go wrong with either. The league doesn’t offer a better linebacker than Kuechly. Or a better DE than Watt. In fact, is he saying Manning was better than Cam last year? I think he is….

  68. I agree with Michael Irvin that JJ Watt is vastly overrated. I disagree that he is the reason the Texans havent won. Their QBs have been awful, frankly they are an avg team. Avg teams dont win any championships.

    JJ Watt is an egomaniac who only dominates scrub teams. Good teams take him out of the game easily.

  69. And let’s see…Cam Newton, who was ranked #1, has won how many Super Bowls? Irvin is just running his mouth, and he’s yet another ESPN castoff picked up by the NFL Network. Their propensity for putting former players with no broadcast chops on the air makes the network’s live shows mostly unwatchable.

  70. I can sort of see putting that type of thing on offensive players, like a QB, or an elite receiver. You can always score more points.

    JJ Watt literally cannot go out there and regularly score touchdowns. It’s not in the nature of defense or his position specifically. I guess Watt should line up at tight end now according to Irvin?

    Dummy.

  71. sopadegato says:

    @ohand16: You also forgot the oh-so-fearsome Giants O-line, which has managed to neutralize Watt in the Houston/NYG games about two years running.
    ——————————————————-

    How do you figure that, when the Texans and Giants play once every 4 years?

  72. Lets just skip over the fact that he’s absolutely correct. And the fact that he has three rings. And the fact that he has a gold jacket.

  73. well MDS I know its now Watts fault the Texans aren’t big winners 42% winning percentage overall but he is not a major contributor either. 76 combined tackles including sacks solos and assists based on 970+ overall defensive plays by the Texans is lot less than 10% contributor. Considering he lines up way outside and tries to run by the tackle and run to put a HIT the QB…. sure once in awhile he accidentally runs into the RB getting a handoff but it is more luck than skill…

    You sound like you are Watts agent or boyfriend

  74. Irvin was NEVER the best player in the NFL.
    He was NEVER the best NFL offensive player.
    He was NOT the best WR in the NFL
    He was NOT even the best WR in the NFC during his time.
    He certainly was NOT the MVP of the Cowboys during those years.

    Irvin is basically taking credit for winning the Super Bowls by himself….. what a joke.

  75. Idiotic.

    It’s a team game, period.

    How many rings would Irvin have if he’d played for the Browns?

    Irvin landed on the fortunate path of being a great player on a great team. Those players win championships.

    There have been plenty of great players (some of the greatest ever) on mediocre or even flat out bad teams that never won a championship. That doesn’t make them, individually, any less great.

    Idiotic.

  76. In those Super Bowl victories, how many times was Irvin named MVP? The answer is zero, though Emmitt and Aikman were each named SB MVP once.

    Perhaps Mr. “Playmaker” should recognize that without his Cowboys teammates, he’d be remembered for little else other than hookers and cocaine.

  77. ohand16 says:
    Jul 9, 2016 6:58 AM

    In a game critical to the Texans playoff chances last year against the lowly Buffalo Bills, Watt was dominated by a scrub and had no impact on the game.

    That would not have happened to Irvin. He owned the Bills.

    ————————————————————
    False – Watt had a sack negated by a penalty and had a poor game not because of a scrub but because Taylor played the game of his life and outscrambled him constantly in that game.

  78. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    Given how instrumental defensive players like Von Miller, Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, Ty Law, in winning championships for their respective teams, there’s certainly a good reason to ask why hasn’t Watt done the same.

    ——————————————————-
    Let’s not prop Miller up as those greats just yet. Miller did not have a great regular season, he had a great Super Bowl. His team got him there in order to have that great game. Watt’s team and QB play have not helped him get there, but he’s still young.

  79. sopadegato says:
    Jul 9, 2016 7:22 AM

    Excuses, excuses.

    I’m a Texans fan, and I love Watt, but a lot of the fanbase just isn’t willing to admit he might just be a tad bit overrated.

    Hell, he’s had the fortune to land in the weakest division in the NFL.

    It’s why a guy like Andrew Luck has managed to look as good as he has, because half to three quarters of the division has been rebuilding for his entire career.

    @ohand16: You also forgot the oh-so-fearsome Giants O-line, which has managed to neutralize Watt in the Houston/NYG games about two years running.

    ——————————————————–
    You clearly aren’t a Texans fan, because any Texans fan knows that he’s not overrated whatsoever since they watch him game to game and sees the affect he has, and that they play the NYG once every 4 years and the last time they played he had a sack and two TFL’s.

  80. damcmp says:
    Jul 10, 2016 1:10 PM
    well MDS I know its now Watts fault the Texans aren’t big winners 42% winning percentage overall but he is not a major contributor either. 76 combined tackles including sacks solos and assists based on 970+ overall defensive plays by the Texans is lot less than 10% contributor. Considering he lines up way outside and tries to run by the tackle and run to put a HIT the QB…. sure once in awhile he accidentally runs into the RB getting a handoff but it is more luck than skill…

    ________________________

    Do you even watch Texans games? Probably not. Here are some stats.

    Last year:
    #1 in sacks
    #1 in sack yards
    #1 in TFLs (38% of his tackles were for a loss)
    #1 in QB hits (by a lot)
    #1 in defensive stuffs
    #2 in % of tackles behind LOS

    He’s not only the best pass rusher in the league, he’s the best run stuffer as well.

    Maybe he was just lucky this year. Lets look at the year before….

    2014
    #2 in Sacks (became the first player in history with two 20 sack seasons)
    #1 in Sack yards
    #1 in TFLs (37% of his tackles were for a loss)
    #1 in QB hits (almost double the amount of #2)
    #1 in Defensive stuffs

    This dude needs to go to Vegas if he’s this lucky all the time…..

  81. The NFL Network continues to squander the golden opportunity of the continuing disintegration of ESPN by picking up its castoffs. When are Cris Carter and Terry Bradshaw, two similarly over-opinionated and under-informed mumblemouths going over there?

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