J.J. Watt not happy his brother didn’t win defensive player of the year

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Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has won the NFL’s defensive player of the year award three times. This year, he was hoping his brother would win it.

Instead, Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt came in second to Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who joined J.J. Watt and Lawrence Taylor as the only three-time defensive player of the year winners. J.J. made clear he has nothing but respect for Donald, but he wasn’t happy to see his brother come in second.

“Aaron Donald is an absolutely incredible player,” J.J. Watt wrote on Twitter. “I love watching him play & he’s headed to the Hall of Fame without question. This has nothing to do with AD personally. This is me saying what my brother won’t. TJ played 1 less game and STILL led the NFL in every major category.”

Watt went on to show that his brother had more tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, pressures, quarterback hits, pass defenses and interceptions than Donald. That’s all true, but traditional statistics will always favor an outside linebacker like T.J. Watt over a defensive tackle like Donald. That doesn’t mean Watt is better than Donald.

29 responses to “J.J. Watt not happy his brother didn’t win defensive player of the year

  1. This stat culture needs to go. When you watch a game, there is absolutely no question Aaron Donald wrecks game plans even when being double teamed. Watt does not, and he’s not even the focus of the opposing offense. There is no debate here.

  2. Can’t believe Ray Lewis did not win the award 3 times as well, voting must be rigged.

    Good points J.J.!

  3. I am a Steelers fan and Donald is a disruptor like Joe Greene who was the best defensive player ever. Teams had to triple team Joe Greene.

  4. Aaron Donald can dominate a game. TJ Watt is a very good player. Comparing an edge rusher to a DT in stats is like comparing a WR to a TE in stats- its just not useful.

  5. Donald is 15 times better than TJ and 10 ten better than JJ ever was…. Don’t go away mad just go away

  6. If both guys were on the same team, Donald is the guy offenses are going to scheme to stop every time

  7. “but traditional statistics will always favor an outside linebacker like T.J. Watt over a defensive tackle like Donald. That doesn’t mean Watt is better than Donald.”

    Then why did Gilmore beat out Donald last year on pure stats alone?

  8. But he is!
    TJ dropped into coverage roughly a third of the time, missed a game, and still put up those numbers!
    ROBBED!

  9. The real DPOY TJ Watt’s statistics were far superior to Donald’s this past season which more than makes up for any so called interior line disadvantage. TJ also drops into coverage so his superior stats came with fewer opportunities. Sorry, but giving Donald the award because hypothetically he may have greater stats if he wasn’t double teamed is as stated, only hyothetical and unproven. And Watt’s disruptive plays have turned games around this season more than Donald’s. Sadly, the DPOY award has become a popularity contest, with biased west coast sports writers predominating in this case. Congrats to TJ, the real DPOY for a fantastic season. And Vegas agreed, which is why he was the clear favorite to win the award.

  10. People misunderstand that a lot of stats are dependent on defensive strategy especially tacked. Defenses steer the plays certain directions. Remember when everyone played 4-3 defenses and middle linebackers all had a hundred tackles. Also I don’t think JJ Watt ever had an impactful game against the Patriots since all he cares about is sacks. Quick passes or running at him rendered him a nonfactor. People focusing on stats is why a dominating force such as Richard Seymour is not in the HOF. Always double teamed and still moved the line.

  11. mikefloreo says:
    This stat culture needs to go. When you watch a game, there is absolutely no question Aaron Donald wrecks game plans even when being double teamed. Watt does not, and he’s not even the focus of the opposing offense. There is no debate here.
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    So why don’t we just give him next year’s award now. And the year after that… Etc.
    If there’s nothing anyone else can do to overtake him statistically–if the argument will always be that he plays a more important position–why don’t we rename it the Most Valuable Lineman and save everyone a lot of aggravation.

  12. Cmon dude he should no better different positions T.J . Was not double or triple teamed as as Donald .Maybe JJ. Should give TJ. the last D.P.O.Y. He won since he never deserved it Donald was clearly the better player that year as well.. PFF has Donald as its D.P.O.Y. The last 5 years in a row but I’m sure JJ. Knows better than them .

  13. steelercrazy says:
    February 8, 2021 at 11:39 am
    “but traditional statistics will always favor an outside linebacker like T.J. Watt over a defensive tackle like Donald. That doesn’t mean Watt is better than Donald.”

    Then why did Gilmore beat out Donald last year on pure stats alone?
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    Because for 15 of 16 games, Gilmore utterly shut down the top receiver on the team he was facing.

  14. Packers held off AD with a utility lineman 1:1

    Granted he wasn’t 100% but it shouldn’t have been such a drop in his production given how he stated it affected him.

    Is AD a HOF guy – yeah. Best D lineman in the league but he’s not superman and he isn’t unblockable.

  15. you know what would have been a better story if is JJ agreed that Donald should have won. Now that would have been shocking , not that JJ backs his brother. For that matter my brother didn’t even get a vote, and I think he should have gotten at least 1.

  16. Best comment here is that if Aaron Donald and TJ Watt were on the same team, teams would have to game plan to control Donald. He Won!

  17. evildave says:
    February 8, 2021 at 12:49 pm
    steelercrazy says:
    February 8, 2021 at 11:39 am
    “but traditional statistics will always favor an outside linebacker like T.J. Watt over a defensive tackle like Donald. That doesn’t mean Watt is better than Donald.”

    Then why did Gilmore beat out Donald last year on pure stats alone?
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    Because for 15 of 16 games, Gilmore utterly shut down the top receiver on the team he was facing.

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    So you think Gilmore is better than Donald? Because the argument here is Donald should be anointed DPOY each season simply because he’s perceived as the best defensive player, never mind another players superior stats.

  18. Not only does Donald put up great numbers but the guys lining up around him also benefit from his dominance. He was the catalyst of the best defense in the league.

  19. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    February 8, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    He disappeared in the playoffs
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    The pats disappeared from playoffs entirely.

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