When you think you have everything going for you as a team, you always find yourself taking a step back. The Houston Texans had quite the off-season if you ask me. They answered their quarterback questions and signed Brock Osweiler to a four-year deal, to replace Arian Foster, they signed Lamar Miller away from the Miami Dolphins and to complement DeAndre Hopkins, they drafted Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. The offense was finally put together and squared away along with your defense that’s been considered to be one of the best in the league all because of one guy. Now, that one guy could be done for the season because of a lingering back issue.
J.J. Watt is who I’m talking about and with him gone for an extended period of time, this is a humongous loss for the Houston Texans. The breakdown of him is easy because we’ve seen what he can do. He’s the most disruptive defensive player in the league and does just about everything. As I said this summer during the ten best players list, he’s a leverage pass rusher and he’s excellent with his hands. Blocking him one on one is an insult and slap in the face because he wins that battle each and every time. We knew the back injury was an issue in the off-season and for this to be avoided where he’d be missing games as the season was going on, I would’ve had him miss the first four games of the year just to rest up. I know having a J.J. Watt at 85 percent is better than having a lot of other guys at 100 percent, but this is a franchise player we’re talking about here.
There’s nothing you can really do on a football field with certain injuries. The ribs are one especially if you’re a lineman or receiver because you get hit in that area so much and then a back injury is just as hard to play with on the field.