J.J. Watt calls first season in Arizona a “massive failure” for the Cardinals

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Well, this won’t help Kliff Kingsbury’s cause.

Future Hall of Fame defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who came back from a variety of injuries to unexpectedly play in Monday night’s wild-card game, had a harsh assessment of his first season with the Cardinals.

It was a massive failure, from what we were capable of doing, to what we showed we can do, to today,” Watt said, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “There is no other way to describe it.”

The end result — 11-6 record and a playoff berth — is something plenty of teams would have taken this year. But given the potential the team showed in a 10-2 start, something happened to make it all fall apart.

Watt is signed through 2022, at a base salary of $11.25 million, a roster bonus of $2.25 million, and a cap number of $15.9 million. At signing, $5.5 million of his 2022 compensation was fully guaranteed.

17 responses to “J.J. Watt calls first season in Arizona a “massive failure” for the Cardinals

  1. JJ should have signed with the Packers who really wanted him. The Packers would have had him as a marquee player. He would be on the #1 seed. I wonder if it was his agent pushing him to the Cards for a warm weather home?

  2. Kyler Murray, told of Watt’s “massive failure” comment:

    “I agree. I play to win the Super

  3. Well, maybe if he played more games and had more of an impact in those games….
    Plus, not having D. Hopkins available isn’t a good thing either.

  4. I hate to pile onto his unfortunate injury history, but Watt played 7 games with 1 sack at a 5m cap hit with his new team before hitting IR. The cardinals certainly could/should have ended the season better, but at least they were there and making the playoffs without him and contributing. If that is a massive failure, what does Watt not even playing count as? Watt should first focus on living up to his 16m cap hit next year and fix his own failings before he talks about the team that he wasn’t even there with.

  5. Glad this guy snubbed the Bills in FA. Overrated, overpaid, overly self important, never been a winner, can’t stay healthy and his best years are in the rear view mirror.

  6. Watt should have joined the rest of the “good” ex-Texans and signed with Tennessee.. 🤷🏼‍♂️

  7. After starting 10-2 and limping into the playoffs only to be embarrassed by a divisional rival stings. Also hearing this from one of the biggest money stealers on the team is doubly frustrating. Murray needs to take the next step in being able to break down defenses if Arizona has a chance to compete. They are also a few pieces short with skill position and o line.

  8. Praise the lord Gutey didn’t open that checkbook. Love JJ but it’s time to hang em up my man

  9. Contrary to headline saying the season was a massive failure, it looks to me the quote was about one game, true the most important game but certainly not what the headline reads.

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