With the offseason in full swing, I’ll try and recap the latest small tidbits of Texans information each week. The pieces of big news will receive it’s own articles but all small information will be recapped in “Houston Texans News and Notes” on each Friday.
Pro Football Focus handed out several awards for the 2013 season. We’ll start with their All-Pro team. Only one player made the first team and that was none other than J.J. Watt. Andre Johnson made the second team at the WR spot. The other Texans WR, DeAndre Hopkins, was honorable mention for PFF’s All-Rookie team.
And now, this post becomes all about Mr. Watt. PFF named Watt their Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Here’s a bit of what they had to say (click here for full article).
He has been a one-man wrecking crew inside on that Houston D-line and moves around throughout games to make it extremely difficult for offenses to focus in on shutting him down. The Texans have used him outside in a four-man line more this season and he has dominated there as well, proving too quick and powerful for tackles as well as guards.
But that wasn’t all for Watt. PFF also named Watt the winner of the “Dwight Stephenson Award” which recognizes the best player in football. PFF named Watt the inaugural winner to this award last year, and now he’s 2 for 2. Here’s a bit of what they had to say (click here for full article).
This season, though, the media has abandoned the bandwagon, jumping off somewhere along the Texans’ 14-game losing streak, and the box-score statistics don’t look as healthy. Instead of chasing the sack record Watt had to make do with eleven sacks and six batted passes, a full ten short of his 2012 mark. Sometimes you need to look beyond such transient numbers,though, and dive into the tape to see how a guy is playing.
We all know Watt dominated football games even though his stats weren’t there. It’s nice to see sites like PFF recognize his dominance these last two years. It’s going to be interesting to see if Watt wins DPOY from other media outlets, as his numbers aren’t as sexy as some other defensive players.
Was Watt better this year or worse? Well, though his stats weren’t as gaudy, according to PFF, Watt actually beat last year’s grade.
Last year Watt broke the PFF grading system with a season total of +101.6, but this year that total finished up at +111.6, a full 10 grading points better.
In other words…HE’S DOMINANT!
Some Texans Articles From The Past Week At FanSided (House Of Houston and Toro Times)
- Tate Unlikely To Return To Texans (HoH)
- Texans Should Hire Munchak (TT)
- O’Brien The Right Man For The Job (HoH)
- Evaluating 2013 Texans QBs (TT)
- O’Brien Cleans House (HoH)
- 2013 Texans Awards (TT)
- Texans Sign Six To Future Contracts (HoH)
- Who Will Texans Take At QB (TT)