Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt broke onto the scene in his sophomore season in the NFL. In 2012, Watt had 20.5 sacks and 16 pass deflections, a solid year that landed him an All-Pro honor. Sometimes it can he hard to replicate that kind of a season, especially considering that surpassing it would put you considerably close to breaking the record for sacks in a single season which is 22.5 by Michael Strahan.
“Why not? Why not? Don’t sit here and tell me what I can and can’t do,” Watt said Thursday, via NFL.com.
When DeMarcus Ware had a 20 sack season in 2008, he followed that up with an 11 sack season. It was 3 seasons later that he returned to those numbers with a 19.5 sack season in 2011.
“I’m going to be better,” he said. “Just watch.”
But last season he benefitted from teams not expecting him to dominate. This year he will get the respect of offenses and most likely draw special attention from blockers and double teams.
“If you want to focus all your attention on me, a) it’s not guaranteed to work and b) you have to worry about the 10 other guys on the field with me,” Watt said. “And I’m very fortunate to have 10 great other players on the field with me. I’m also not going to give up just because I’ve got three or four guys on me. I’m going to get that sack.”