The 2020 NFL season has crossed the halfway stage. All the teams across the league will have a slight idea as to where they’ll end up when the regular season concludes soon enough. One NFL franchise that has severely underperformed in 2020 is the JJ Watt-led Houston Texans.
Deshaun Watson and Co. are on a 1-6 record heading into Week 9. They parted ways with coach/GM Bill O’Brien after a winless run of 4 games. Interim Head Coach Romeo Crennel came in and led the Texans to their first win of the season in Week 5.
But will the Texans manage to hold on to their superstars after this season’s sub-par display in the league?
The 2011 first-round draft pick is clearly unhappy with how things have panned out for the Houston Texans over the last 8 weeks. At a recent pre-game press meet, Watt made his long-term plans clear with respect to his future in Texas.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that I don’t have 10 years left in this league. I personally believe that I do have a few more great ones left in me.
“But you also can’t … I’m not looking to rebuild. I’m looking to go after a championship, and that’s what I want to do. So, whatever is in the best interest of the Houston Texans, that’s in the best interest of myself,” Watt said via Mark Berman.
If he were to move on from the Texans, there are a number of NFL teams who’d be interested in bringing in the experienced defensive professional. Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly enquired about Watt before this month’s trade deadline.
Since joining the Texans in 2011, Watt has made the NFL Pro Bowl team on 5 occasions. But the veteran NFL defensive star insists that he is not hunting for individual accolades.
Instead, he is looking to make history with his team and win the first NFL Championship of his long-standing football career.
He said, “Early in your career, you think life goes on forever. Obviously, we win our first-ever division, our first-ever playoff game in my first year.
“In the second year, we go 12-4, and you think that life’s going to be great and you’re just going to keep getting better and better.”
“And then you go 2-14 and the reality of the business side of the NFL and the reality of all the things that come along with it hit you in the face.
“You realize that, oh, this isn’t all roses all the time. And then you look at the last seven years or so. And yeah, we won some division championships and that’s great, but that’s not the goal. That’s not the goal.
“Your goal can’t be to win one or two playoff games. If your goal is not to win the Super Bowl, and your goal is not to do everything in your power to make that happen, and make your organization in the best possible situation for that, then that’s not going to happen.
“So that is my goal. That’s why the work goes in. That’s why I fought back from all these injuries. Because that’s the goal, and that’s what I’m still working towards,” Watt further told NFL Network.
The Texans play the hurting Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. JJ Watt and his teammates will be pushing for a win against their AFC South opponents. Will Deshaun Watson help the Texans end their 2020 NFL season on a positive note?