Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is having the type of season that should earn defensive player of the year chatter... if not some MVP chants by sad football fans who actually believe non-quarterbacks have a shot at the MVP.
Along with recording 44 tackles, Watt has generated 9.5 quarterback sacks, an interception (returned for a touchdown) and two forced fumbles. In addition to defense, he's also participated on six offensive snaps this season, mostly all on the goalline, scoring two receiving touchdowns. In fact, Watt joined Jay Arnold (1938) as the only players with two receiving touchdowns, a pick-six and a fumble returned for a touchdown in the same season. And, Watt became the first player since 1982 to generate a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a touchdown reception in the same game.
Mohr: "Let’s say you're out at defensive end, and J.J. Watt lines up in the tight end position. Do you knock him flat on his ass?"
Gilberry: "Of course, of course. You can’t let a guy like that get a free release. ... Playing one-on-one without linebackers or DBs? No, we can’t have that!"
Mohr: "Are you going to guarantee J.J. Watt ain’t going to score (this Sunday)?"
Gilberry: "He won’t score on me."