Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/8/12
In his second year, J.J. Watt has burst on the scene as one of the most disruptive defensive forces in the NFL. The former Wisconsin Badger, and the 11th overall 2011 draft pick, was drafted to make a difference, however, he’s changed the entire landscape. An ideal 3-4 defensive end, Watt demands double teams that sometimes work, but most of the time just get in his way. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillip has expanded Watt’s role in his second year, and has unleashed a candidate for defensive player of the year. Watt spoke to Mac and Spiegs on WSCR in Chicago and his expanded role in the Texans’ defensive scheme. “He moves me around. He gives me the opportunity to rush against all different guys across the offensive line. And for me that’s great. As a player, you relish the opportunity to go up against as many guys as possible, and hopefully beat as many guys as possible because it’s kind of like one of those feather-in-your-cap-type deals. So I really enjoy it and it creates a lot of opportunities for not only me, but for my teammates as well. Because teams are obviously trying to do some things double-team-wise, chip-wise, and that also creates opportunities. So it’s a great situation.” “I think it’s just hard work. It’s having a full offseason with Wade Phillips, a lot of hard work, a lot of studying, and obviously a lot of great players around me. I’m on a very good football team, I have a lot of great teammates and they help me create opportunities. And that’s all I can ask for as a player.” var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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