Laremy Tunsil feeling guilty about six sacks of Deshaun Watson

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The Texans mortgaged the future to protect Deshaun Watson now. If Monday’s any indication, he might not be around when that loan matures.

Despite the addition of left tackle Laremy Tunsil, Watson was again martyred for the cause, sacked six times in a dramatic loss to the Saints.

“We’re going to watch the film tomorrow and fix our mistakes,” Tunsil said, vis Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “How many sacks did we give up today? Six? We’ve got to improve that number. We’ve got to drop that number down a little bit.”

He was supposed to make this better, after Watson was sacked a league-high 62 times last year. Last night’s six was the most allowed in the league so far this year.

While it’s loud in the Superdome, it’s hard to blame it all on the Saints fans. Or, honestly, the line. Watson has a tendency to stay with plays, looking downfield, when there may or may not be a play to be made.

“They blitzed us, they got us on a couple of blitzes,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I thought we did block them at times. We’ve got to block them more consistently and the ball has to come out a little bit quicker sometimes. Same old deal. We’ve just got to get a little bit better and work hard this week to shore this up.”

“Same old deal” is a glib generalization, one that could keep Watson from delivering on his enormous potential.

14 responses to “Laremy Tunsil feeling guilty about six sacks of Deshaun Watson

  1. “Same old deal” is a glib generalization, one that could keep Watson from delivering on his enormous potential.


    It’s not the same old deal, though. The team brought in Tunsil to give the QB more protection, they drafted 2 more O-linemen to help with protection.

    When does Watson get the blame? Rodgers gets the blame for holding onto the ball a long time, why doesn’t Watson?

  2. I was going to block for you but I got high. I was going to block your blindside too but I got high. Now you got sacked six times and I know why. Because I got high, because I got high, because I got high.

  3. In the last 4-5 months, the Texans have spent or traded 3 1st-round picks and 2 2nd-round picks trying to get a left tackle. And they still give up 6 sacks. Brilliant.

  4. The guy just got like 5 days of practice in and their starting left guard was out too. Growing pains should be expected. If after a few weeks there’s similar results then roast them. The defense and defensive calling cost this game, not the offense.

  5. They do need time to work together. Having said that, I’m not sure they’re going to get much better as long as the coaching staff remains. Texans have shown no capacity to coach up O line players since O’Brien took over. There’s a real chance they could ruin Tunsil, or he could just get fed up like Duane Brown. Not to mention Texans are unlikely to meet his contract demands when the time comes – they’ve shown no desire to pay keep the top line talent they’ve had in the past.
    And don’t blame Watson. It takes time for plays to develop (that’s their offense) and a number of times he was getting flushed before he could even make a read, much less a progression. Unless you want another Captain Checkdown in the league.
    Even with all that, they came within a whisker of beating the Saints at home.

  6. There is a reason that a team can have the worst O-line in the NFL one season, and then the next year the same group of 5 can be rated in the top-10. For offensive lines, the key is cohesiveness and continuity, because there is a lot of communication that needs to happen. The Texans had 3 sacks given up due strictly to communication, where the guys needed to pass somebody off and they didn’t, or the running back was supposed to pickup a blitz and didn’t. Part of the joy of having Deshaun Watson, is that he is going to extend plays and come up with big throws from time to time. What that also means is that he is going to take more sacks than a Saints or Patriots O-line, where Brees and Brady are looking to get the ball out of their hands.

    All in all, there were a few rough moments, but I think the talent exists on the line. They just need to spend time together working things out. Playing a talented defense like New Orleans in the first game of the season on the road only made them look worse. But I think they will do a better job this season of protecting Watson.

  7. gotitan says:
    September 10, 2019 at 6:28 am
    Titans, predicted to be last in the AFC S., sit atop of the ranking alone in 1st place.

    Enjoy it while it lasts, it won’t be long!

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