McClain via Twitter:
J.J. Watt no longer leads the NFL n sacks. Elias Sports Bureau says a Watt sack against Miami was actually a run, leaving him with 7.5.
Watt now has 7.5 sacks, one-half behind Clay Matthews. The Texans should tell Watt that Aaron Rodgers asked Elias to check it.
this hasn't been confirmed by the Texans as far as I know, so maybe it isn't true. Also have no clue if Rodgers actually did ask Elias to investigate or if McClain was joking. If he did, though, that's a pretty douchey thing to do. UPDATE: the sack being taken away has been confirmed by the Texans and the NFL. McClain was joking, but it would be hilarious if the Texans actually did tell him Rodgers called the NFL about the sack.
Curious, I went to NFL Rewind and watched JJ's "sack" again. Sure enough, the play appears to be a designed run. As shown below:
However, before Tannehill could get the ball to the running back, he trips and falls behind the line of scrimmage. Watt then lands on him for what was, at the time, officially recorded as a sack.
It seems totally bizarre that Watt wouldn't be credited with a sack on a play in which he "brought down" a QB behind the line of scrimmage. How and why is the sack being taken away now, over four weeks after the game ended? How does Elias know the play wasn't play action and a designed throw?
Is that not enough considerable doubt to credit a sack? What does the take down count for now? A tackle for loss? UPDATE: Per Wade Phillips, the play went down as a tackle for loss.
I'm obviously biased here, but I'll also plead ignorance since I'm not familiar with the NFL's policy on stat changes. If someone can come up with a logical explanation as to how or why this isn't a sack, I'm all ears and will gladly back down from my position. For now, however, it seems to me that JJ's been robbed.