Less than a year after trading a top 5 WR for a washed up running back, the Texans have released the face of their hapless franchise, JJ Watt.
If the Houston Texans were a dumpster fire that would be a massive improvement. At least a dumpster fire can provide warmth to those less fortunate. Plus, as someone who used to light paper towels on fire as a kid to see if he could run to the sink in time to put them out...fires look cool as fuck, unlike the Texans snoresville high school uniforms that have been essentially untouched (with the exception of Color Rush) since their inception.
Apparently, the Texans and JJ Watt came to an agreement to part ways. Part of me wants to commend them for giving JJ the opportunity to pick his next spot, but when you've traded away multiple first rounders for a solid, but not elite left tackle and wide receiver who's already out of football, you need all the assets you can get.
JJ released this video to control the narrative and show love to the city that's loved him the last decade. I've JJ bashed in the past for his contrived persona, but calling the fans out for booing him on draft night during a heartfelt goodbye is hysterical.
Injuries have low key turned JJ Watt into the Gronk of defensive ends. 74.5 of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year's 101 career sacks came in his first five seasons (65 of Gronk's 86 career TDs came in his first six seasons). That being said, when healthy, despite only recording five sacks this year (just his second full season in the last five), JJ was rated the 7th best DE in football based on the advanced numbers.
JJ Watt is the Houston Texans. He's the George Washington of their Mount Rushmore. When he arrived in 2011 they became a playoff team after having only one winning season since their inception in 2002.
During his time in Houston, JJ helped lead the Texans to six playoff appearances (really five; he was hurt in 2016), won three Defensive Player of the Year awards, MVP runner-up in 2014 and most importantly raised over 41 million dollars of relief aid for Houston after Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which earned him Walter Payton Man of the Year honors.
This is just the latest move in the line of questionable moves made by the Texans since they hired Jack Easterby. The documentary about that guy in 10 years is going to be CRAZY. Thank God he's out of New England.
Again, I sort of respect them for actually doing JJ right, but it just shows the incompetence of this organization that's seemingly doing everything they can ruin the miracle of drafting a franchise QB at 12 overall.
It's fucking crazy how quickly this team that looked like it was becoming a contender for years to come disintegrated. Obligatory reminder that the Texans were up 24-0 against the Chiefs AT Arrowhead in the 2019 AFC Divisional Round.
Two other members of the Texans imaginary Mount Rushmore are on the record saying the organization is a joke and wastes player's primes.
Since the Chiefs game, it's been all down hill like New Found Glory. I feel bad for Houston fans, they might end up losing a second franchise with Jeff Bezos' super-religious, even more evil twin calling the shots.
In closing, Texans fans, don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
I used to hate JJ Watt for his corny, fake, try hard, hardo persona, but over the years we've both matured and changed. I'm happy to see him get away from that awful personality and organization. I'm rooting for him (unless he ends up on the Chiefs, Steelers, Ravens, Jets, Dolphins, Cowboys, Giants, Eagles or Bucs). Based on my sources, the Steelers are the clear favorite even though they're broke.