There may be a GIFtastic piece tomorrow, but probably not. Apparently Arizona internet is slower than a Blair White/Keyunta Dawson love child, so GIFs are slow going.
In lieu of the GIFtastic piece this week, I took a look at how the Colts attacked J.J. Watt in their 25-3 win over the Houston Texans, who are a hot mess at this point. Watt, however, is no slouch, despite the team around him. Watt is in the midst of another all-time great season, whether traditional stats say so or not.
Watt currently has a +100.4 grade from Pro Football Focus, which is ridiculous. For perspective, the next best 3-4 defensive end is Arizona's Calais Campbell, with a 36.7. Peyton Manning, in his record-breaking season, currently has a 36.2. Watt's Win Percentage Added this season is the best in the league for defensive linemen, and third overall for any defender, despite the fact that the Texans have fewer wins than any team in the league.
My point is, J.J. Watt is really good.
Yet, against the Colts, Watt was surprisingly quiet. It didn't just seem like it either, PFF gave Watt a +1.2 for the game. While that's still a good grade, it's only his second game graded below a +4.7.
So what was it that the Colts' offensive line consisting of players like Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz, Hugh Thornton and Xavier Nixon did to contain Watt? I took to the film to find out.
In a nutshell, it was simply a lot of attention and a game plan geared to avoid him as much as possible, which, considering games like his 10 tackle, three sack game against the Colts last season, seems like a good idea.no comments