Some would argue that J.J. Watt couldn’t get much better than he already is. J.J. Watt is not one of those people. The reigning defensive player of the year wants to create his own stat club. The 20-20-20 club.
That is 20 sack, 20 tackles for loss, and 20 batted balls. No one in the history of the NFL has ever done that. Talking with CBS Sports Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco, Watt called the never before achieved club “the football triple crown.”
Watt had 20 1/2 Sacks, 23 1/2 tackles for loss and 16 batted balls in 2012.
It’s a lofty goal for the third year player out of Wisconsin, but that doesn’t really bother him.
“That’s the goal. Trying to do things that people don’t think you can do.” Watt said on his 20-20-20 plans for 2013, “Things that people don’t ever think would ever be done. Always trying to set the bar a little bit higher and a little bit higher.”
“Why not create high expectations, you know,” Watt said. “I have no interest in mediocrity, I have no interest in average, I have no interest in being an okay player. I want to be great. I want to be the best.”
Being the best doesn’t just mean Watt individually. Watt expects his team not to just get to the Super Bowl, he wants to win it. And anything under that is failure.
“You don’t want to go the dance and sit on the sideline,” Watt said about just getting to New York for this year’s Championship game. But there are things that need to be handled first before. “There are lots of big goals down the road, but it all starts on 9/9 in San Diego.”
Before the first regular season game against the Chargers the Texans still have three preseason games to finish. Whether or not we’ll see Watt line up on the offense, as head coach Gary Kubiak said had been thought about, is still up in the air. The idea is Watt could be used as a goal line tight end in what is called the “Wisconsin Package.” Aptly named because it would include J.J. Watt, Tight End Garrett Graham and Tight End Owen Daniels. All three played their collegiate ball for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Graham would be all for seeing Watt out there.
“Absolutely. That sounds great. I’m sure it’d be a lot of fun,” Graham said of playing on offense with Watt.
The Texans host their first home game of the season against the Miami Dolphins this Saturday at 7:00pm.