Texans struggling to pressure the quarterback

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There was a time when a Houston Texans front that had J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus on it was a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. But that time is in the past.

Watt hasn’t recorded a sack this year, didn’t have any last year and had just 1.5 the year before as he’s been plagued by injuries. Clowney has been injured this year. Mercilus has no sacks this year and had only one last year, when he missed 11 games. As a team this season, the Texans have just three sacks.

But there’s more to pressuring opposing quarterbacks than just getting sacks, and the Texans look even worse when examining pressures. According to Chris Trapasso of the Buffalo News, using data compiled by Pro Football Focus, the Texans are dead last in the NFL in pressure rate: They’ve pressured the opposing quarterback on just 12 of 64 dropbacks, meaning only 18.8 percent of the time are they able to hurry the passer.

That’s an ugly stat, and something they’ll have to get turned around. Clowney says he’ll be back this week. The Texans need him.

29 responses to “Texans struggling to pressure the quarterback

  1. Watt will never be the same after everything he’s gone through, Clowney’s injuries are well documented and Mercilus is a good, not great, player. Without the other two being monsters his life’s a lot harder.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Texans have the greatest what-if defense in history.

  2. poor JJ’s body is shot. overbuilt himself. Meanwhile Cam Jordan for the saints, same age, is still elite. Just got 2 sacks this past week. Difference is Cam focused on exercising to make sure his motor could still go under high stress. Take note kids. And texans fans come on hop on that whodat bandwagon we got room for u

  3. Pretty unfortunate for JJ Watt. This guy was legendary insane, and was considered the best defensive player of all time. With all those injuries and missed games, he’s a completely different player right now.

  4. whodatalien says:
    September 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    poor JJ’s body is shot. overbuilt himself. Meanwhile Cam Jordan for the saints, same age, is still elite. Just got 2 sacks this past week. Difference is Cam focused on exercising to make sure his motor could still go under high stress. Take note kids. And texans fans come on hop on that whodat bandwagon we got room for u

    “Hop on the whodat bandwagon” literally made me laugh
    Good job.

  5. I said it at the time, that the Texans would be wise to pick any one of 3 top quarterbacks in the draft, Bortles, Bridgewater or Manziel, because they got a rare opportunity to pick first overall and the reason they picked first was because of a meltdown in the QB position. They had an urgent need for a good QB. Instead they picked DE Jadeveon Clowney, who did not have a good senior year in college. He is no Von Miller and he is no Khalil Mack. So they ended up wasting money on a free agent quarterback who lasted only 1 season, and then they have to sacrifice multiple draft picks to move up to pick their current QB. What they went through the last few years should be included in a textbook teaching people how not to run a sports team.

  6. Clowney reminds me a little of Mario Williams. One game he had 3 sacks and then you’d barely hear his name called for the next 5 games…..

  7. omeimontis says:
    September 20, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    I said it at the time, that the Texans would be wise to pick any one of 3 top quarterbacks in the draft, Bortles, Bridgewater or Manziel, because they got a rare opportunity to pick first overall and the reason they picked first was because of a meltdown in the QB position. They had an urgent need for a good QB. Instead they picked DE Jadeveon Clowney, who did not have a good senior year in college. He is no Von Miller and he is no Khalil Mack. So they ended up wasting money on a free agent quarterback who lasted only 1 season, and then they have to sacrifice multiple draft picks to move up to pick their current QB. What they went through the last few years should be included in a textbook teaching people how not to run a sports team.

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    So, your position here is that a team should have picked between Bortles, Bridgewater, or Manziel first overall? All three are busts, just like Clowney. I would rather have a bust DE/OLB, than have to suffer five years with one of those clowns at QB. The Texans did not believe there was a franchise QB in that draft, and they were 100% correct. Should Clowney have been the pick, probably not. Large distance between picked the wrong guy at 1, to should have drafted one of the Three Bustketeers.

  8. 667s650w says:
    September 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm
    Should never have let Wade Phillips go. Way too much talent at this point it has to be scheme..

    Exactly! It is the scheme. Watch the games. All these bloggers want to blame the players, but they’re wrong.

  9. They are struggling to pressure the QB but that’s not whats ailing this team right now. It’s protecting the QB and the QBs decision speed. The defense has not looked bad at any point this year except the Pats drive at the end of the Q2. The leading receiver for the Titans was a DB.

    Watson needs to make decisions faster. Last year he had the luxury of a servicable OLine but he played much faster too. This year he seems to be thinking too much and taking way too long to pull the trigger. He is still basically a rookie though playing in only his 9th game last weekend.

  10. Speaking of Mario Williams I remember one game and on the first defensive play he bullrushed the right tackle into the QB for a sack. I went wow here we go. He didn’t even get one tackle the rest of the game….

  11. Just traded for DeShaun and Gio for Matt Ryan and Galloday. Hoping the Texans and Watson both come alive this week.

  12. omeimontis says:
    September 20, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    I said it at the time, that the Texans would be wise to pick any one of 3 top quarterbacks in the draft, Bortles, Bridgewater or Manziel, because they got a rare opportunity to pick first overall and the reason they picked first was because of a meltdown in the QB position. They had an urgent need for a good QB. Instead they picked DE Jadeveon Clowney, who did not have a good senior year in college. He is no Von Miller and he is no Khalil Mack. So they ended up wasting money on a free agent quarterback who lasted only 1 season, and then they have to sacrifice multiple draft picks to move up to pick their current QB. What they went through the last few years should be included in a textbook teaching people how not to run a sports team.

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    How about what I thought they should have done and drafted Mack! If Watt didn’t undergo so much injuries every other team would say a prayer before the game

  13. “Watt is broken down and Clowney has been overrated since Day 1.”

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    Perhaps, but he was the biggest reason that Brady almost didn’t get by the Texans with Brock Osweiler (whose enormous fame is so undeniable that my spellcheck autocorrected me to “Jock Rottweiler”) two years ago, so maybe that should be considered here.

  14. They played 2 teams that based their entire offense on getting the ball out quick to avoid the pass rush. Watt hit Brady a couple of times and should have been credited with at least half a sack as well. The Giants have a bad O-line and a 7 step dropback QB, so they’ll have their opportunities in this game.

  15. Quit knocking the Texans, being a fan doesn’t mean your team has to win. They will be fine! I hope their newly hired OC turns things around, whenever that happens.

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