JJ Watt says the Texans “not the same organization that I remember”
Arizona defensive end JJ Watt will face his former team for the first time on Sunday when the Cardinals visit the Houston Texans. But for Watt, while the city and the fans haven’t changed, the Texans themselves are barely recognizable.
Watt sought and got his release from the Texans in February after spending the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with them. At this point, it was known that quarterback Deshaun Watson wanted to be traded and the team would start over with a new head coach.
When asked Thursday if he expected such a bad start (the Texans are 1-5) and high turnover in Houston when he called for his release, Watt responded with a single ” Yes”.
“There is obviously something more to (facing Houston),” Watt said. “I don’t think that’s what people can think of because, I mean you look at the list and you look at the guys that are there, I mean it’s been so overwhelmingly turned around that it hasn’t ‘There’s a handful of guys who’ve even been around since last year that I’ve played with.
“So it’s not like I’m like ‘Oh, I want to beat my old team’ or ‘Oh, I can’t wait to face this guy’, because it’s not the same team. is not the same organization that I remember and belong to.
In 128 starts with the Texans, Watt has compiled 101 sacks, 25 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns. He won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards and the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in Houston.
He has found a good landing point, at least in the short term. He joined former Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins in Arizona, and the Cardinals are 6-0, the only undefeated team in the NFL. Hopkins will also face his former club for the first time on Sunday.
The Texans, meanwhile, have lost five straight and face the fallout of more than 20 sexual misconduct charges against Watson, who has not played this year.
“That’s why it hurts me to see where it is now, because I believe these fans deserve to live these great moments and to live these great moments and it hurts to know that they are not and to know that they are struggling, ”Watt said. “So hopefully they will go back there at some point and i hope they get there because i know firsthand it’s an amazing place to play when you’re riding.”
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