Former Texans Coach On J.J. Watt: ‘He’s Selfish, Only Cared About His Stats’

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There was shock around the NFL on Monday when the biggest free agent on the market, former Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, announced he was signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

Watt’s signing with Arizona came out of nowhere, and the Cardinals stepped up with a massive two-year deal worth $31 million.

There’s been rumblings for weeks about Watt wanting to play right away for a Super Bowl contender. The Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans were all reportedly in the mix for Watt.

When it came out that Watt had gotten an offer for $14-16 million from a team, it was becoming obvious that he was really trying to cash in and get as much money as possible.

Then Monday afternoon, Josh Reed, the sports director at WIVB in Buffalo, came out with some interesting comments about Watt and a conversation he had with a member of the Houston Texans coaching staff.

Here are the Twitter comments from Reed: “I spoke to someone who was on the Texans coaching staff with Watt and the review wasn’t glowing. ‘He’s selfish, only cared about his stats’, ‘he does a lot of things that hurts the defense’, ‘he hurt us more than he helped us’, and finally ‘I wouldn’t want him'”

We will see if the Cardinals regret signing Watt, or if the former coach of the Texans who gave those comments to Reed is simply crying over spilled milk.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Unless this unnamed source gives his name, then take this with a grain of salt. Maybe Watt is selfish, but winning 3 NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards says he helped more than hurt the D. To say he hurt them more sounds like a jealous fraud of a coach

  2. Well so much for prioritizing winning a SB in 2021. I guess money won out in the the end, but I believed JJ when he said it was about winning a championship. All the best to you in AZ. I hope you will be content with ending your career in a couple of years without a SB ring. Too bad.

  3. Doesn`t matter to me. if he wants the $$$ instead of the ring that`s up to him. Houston`s a dumpster fire right now. I think he just wanted out of there. The last five years he`s only been on the field for half of the games because of injuries. Buyer beware…….

  4. Since Watt has now come into the same division (NFC West) as Aaron Donald, stats will be Watt’s main goal now that he has got the big paycheck. Donald has been named Defensive Player of the Year three times the same as Watt has been.

    “Anonymous sources” are the two most used words by the sports media.
    On the other hand, CNN lives by them.

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