HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano was not shy about praising his top obstacle standing in the way of a season sweep of their AFC South rival Houston Texans on Sunday.
Texans defensive end JJ Watt has put together a season to remember in 2014 that is drawing him some buzz to be the first defensive player to be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player since Lawrence Tayl0r took the honor in 1986.
Pagano agreed with Texans coach Bill O’Brien that Watt makes an impact on every snap.
“Like a quarterback touches the ball every single play; JJ affects the game that way,” Pagano said. “You normally don’t see it from a position at the defensive line, but he’s as good or better as anybody that’s ever played on that side of the football and his numbers speak for themselves.”
Watt, who has wrecked havok on defense to the tune of 14.5 sacks 41 QB hits, five fumble recoveries and a pick; he has made an impact outside of his defensive snaps as well. Watt has scored 5 touchdowns on the season, including three on offense.
Pagano shared his appreciation for the abundance of plays Watt makes.
“I’ve seen this guy rush punts….dominate guys at the line of scrimmage..catch passes in goal line and short yardage situations and score touchdowns,” Pagano said.
He even compared Watt’s offensive skills to that of one of the NFL’s best offensive playmakers.
“He looks like (Rob) Gronkoswski at times on a fade ball and catching a pass it in the flat and that’s not even talking how he wrecks games as a defensive lineman”
The popular belief is that only an offensive player will win the MVP award, with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers being the favorite. Pagano doesn’t get a vote to decide the league’s top honor, but if he did, he had no hesitation on his choice.
“He’s a nightmare, He’s damn near unblockable and his motor never stops,” Pagano said. “He’d get my vote for MVP right now.”
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