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When it comes to technique, it's hard to think of anyone more sound than our third-year juggernaut J.J. Watt. He exhibits a such a perfect blend of strength and technique, and most of all: precision. We don't have to go very far back to find an example of this.
The Cardinals have the ball late in the second quarter hoping to sneak in a score before halftime. On this play, Watt will single-handedly remove possession and give it to his offense. Even the official play-by-play is very Watt-centric.
(:43) (Shotgun) C.Palmer sacked at ARZ 21 for -7 yards (J.Watt). FUMBLES (J.Watt) [J.Watt], RECOVERED by HST-J.Watt at ARZ 22. J.Watt to ARZ 22 for no gain (C.Palmer).
Here's the set-up. Watt is lined up wide close to left tackle Bradley Sowell. Antonio Smith and Whitney Mercilus will stunt inside hoping to free each other up as the linemen pass them off. This also ensures that the left tackle will be on an island against Watt.
Watt swats away Sowell's initial punch and builds momentum to drive inside. Look at Watt's body; he's almost at a 45 degree angle to the ground. There's little Sowell can do to stop him at this point.
Watt dips his shoulder inside the lineman's block, getting underneath him completely. Watt actually carries him for about a yard and then shrugs him off his shoulder like cheap party confetti. A well-aimed slap of Carson Palmer's hand causes the fumble.
Watt completes the hat trick and out-Watts everyone for the fumble despite three other players being closer and Brooks Reed having a running start.
Watt embodies what any coach would want in a player: raw power and perfect technique precisely aimed at anyone holding the ball. This, paired with his limitless charisma, has thoroughly enamored Texans fans with the former Wisconsin Badger. It's unfortunate that the Texans could not capitalize on the turnover with some points, but he's made it exceedingly clear that he'll keep bringing the heat no matter how bad the team may be. That's something we can all clutch on to like a life preserver during this sinking ship of season.
"I don’t care if you’re 0-16. You play that 16th game with every ounce of energy you have. And that’s the way I live my life. And that’s the way I’ll continue to play this season, and that’s the way I’ll always play."
Thanks for not giving up on us, Mr. Watt.
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