With great stats and a 4-12 record, Deshaun Watson had an unprecedented season

Tennessee Titans v Houston Texans
Getty Images

Only four quarterbacks in NFL history have finished a season with more than 4,500 passing yards, more than 30 touchdowns, fewer than 10 interceptions and an average of more than 8.5 yards per pass. Those quarterbacks were:

Peyton Manning in 2004, when the Colts went 12-4.

Aaron Rodgers in 2011, when the Packers went 15-1.

Matt Ryan in 2016, when the Falcons went 11-5.

And Deshaun Watson in 2020, when the Texans went 4-12.

Watson’s performance this season was unprecedented, because ordinarily when a quarterback is playing at an MVP level, his team is winning. Watson had his great season on one of the worst teams in the NFL.

The Texans lost eight games this season in which Deshaun Watson threw 25 or more passes and had a passer rating over 100. Never before in NFL history had a quarterback lost more than five such games in a season.

It’s hard to be as bad as the Texans are when your quarterback is playing as well as Watson is, but the Texans found a way. Unfortunately for Watson, the Texans are in bad salary cap shape and don’t have a first-round pick or a second-round pick next season. It’s going to be hard for Houston to get better. Watson is doing all he can.

34 responses to “With great stats and a 4-12 record, Deshaun Watson had an unprecedented season

  1. Possibly one of the worse defense in NFL. Everytime Derrick Henry played this team, you could expect him to have a big day.

  2. So I guess losing Hopkins didn’t matter then? I was looking quick at their cap numbers , maybe the reason they have such a good offense and a bad defense is because that where they spend their money. Their punter makes more than only 2 defensive players on the team, and the big cost is Watt who is probably gone next year. If I was them I would start spending money on the D

  3. If they end up wasting 3-4 years of this guy’s prime, BOB should be exiled from football.

  4. How much of that was end of game bush yards? They were behind constantly and had to play catch up the whole season. These stats reflect it.

  5. Trust me, as a fantasy owner – those were mostly garbage time stats. The Dak, Blake Bortles effect.

  6. Elementary, my dear Watson. As in, the coaching you had for much of the season was elementary school level

  7. Bill O’Brien destroyed this roster with his completely inept GM work. They’re gonna need a sharp guy to get some trades, some cast-offs, and some sharp 3-6 round gems in order to compete any time soon. Sad.

  8. I think highly of Watson, but it’s worth noting that with defenses watered-down and Arena Football-style games becoming the norm, those stats simply don’t mean what they used to.

    A PFT post the other day noted Bridgewater’s 92 quarterback rating was something like 22nd in the league, when not too long ago 75 was considered average.

    I haven’t watched enough Texans games this year to say one way or the other what Watson’s season has been like, but I remember everyone thought Blake Bortles was on the cusp of being elite when he gained massive garbage-time stats early in his career with the Jags. I feel like just about everyone automatically puts up big numbers now.

  9. I feel so bad for Watson…. Imagine what he could have achieved if he didn’t have Bullet Bill O’Brien as a coach.

  10. Was loosing every week and throwing for yards in garbage time but he’s a super star….yeah right…average qb from what I’ve seen

  11. .Houston desperately needs to start spending on defense. They completely ignored that side of the field. Deshaun was able to cover up the worts on offense but he does not play defense.

  12. The Blitz says:
    January 6, 2021 at 9:29 am
    Was loosing every week and throwing for yards in garbage time but he’s a super star….yeah right…average qb from what I’ve seen
    ——
    Watson averaged 4,000 yards passing and 26 tds the prior couple of seasons when the Texans made the playoffs….In your *expert* opinion 🙄 what was the reason an average QB put up probowl numbers and lead his team to the playoffs the prior 2 seasons?

    Also this year Watson was playing without his best receiver and one of the league’s best due to a horrible trade that didn’t return much value to the offense and his other explosive receiver Will Fuller was suspended 6 games.

  13. WFT on line 1, offering their 1st and 2nd for Watson.——————————————————————————————–
    Interesting concept! I wonder if the WFT has the cajones?

  14. The defense was terrible, despite having players like Watt, Mercillus and Cunningham, a tackling machine but they couldnt cover anybody. However, on offense you have to help your defense by running the ball, controlling the clock and moving the chains. Where was Johnson this year ?
    Also, Watson would play in stretches where he was ineffectual, running around, getting sacked, then punting, before making big plays five minutes later. The QB isnt just paid to make great throws but manage and orchestrate an offensive performance, utilize his best players and inspire his teammates. Watson is like Stafford, a great talent, who coaches get too greedy with, rather than blending in with a total team effort.

  15. O’Brien ruined that team for the next 2-3 years minimum. Now Watt wants out. Watson is probably due for more beatings unless he can force a trade.

  16. This is the Stafford syndrome. Never the QBs fault even though the vasy majority of the stats are picked up against prevent defenses. A QB can make a career out of this if he plays his cards right.

  17. The Eagles should have offered Wentz for Watson, while O’brien was still the GM. I bet he would have taken it.

  18. The Bears should really consider a trade for Watson. Although they passed him up, why not ship a 1&3rd round pick for him… Send them Foles along with it.

  19. Garbage time prevent defense stats. If he didn’t suck early in the games, they wouldn’t of been losing to start with.

  20. A QBs stats are misleading, in a sense. A QB at the end of the day is responsible for POINTS, period. It’s not so much about “Are they throwing lots of touchdown passes?” as “Is the TEAM scoring touchdowns, kicking field goals, and ensuring good field position?” Despite his stats (which would suggest a top 10 offense), they actually didn’t score a lot of points.

  21. Trading J.J. Watts for draft picks almost seems inevitable. The salary cap issues are mitigated as well as gaining picks where none are currently present. Except for the loyalty that he so rightly deserves, this would happen, post haste.

  22. It is almost a guarantee Watson gets shipped out by McDaniels and Caserio so they can bring in their guy.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.