Watson: 'Try To Correct Everything'

The offensive line, quarterback and team as a whole is focused on being better in pass protection and picking up pressure.

Brandon Scott
September 19, 2019 - 3:39 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) -- New challenges will be presented to the Houston Texans when they face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. 

The Chargers have an impressive duo of pass rushers in Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, while the Texans have given up a league-leading 10 sacks in the first two weeks of the season. 

Part of the criticism has been pointed toward the offensive line. But as retired Texans lineman Wade Smith pointed out earlier this week, some of the four sacks from Sunday's win against the Jaguars were on the quarterback himself.

The offensive line, quarterback and team as a whole is focused on being better in pass protection and picking up pressure.

“You try to correct everything, not only the mistakes from the previous week, but also just try to get better each and every week," Watson said Wednesday. "We knew that (Jacksonville) game was going to be tough. It’s an in-division game where both teams want to win and both teams took an L the week before. 

"So you’re trying to stay on top of your division. It’s been history that with Jacksonville and Houston, it’s always a battle to the end. You just try to focus on the next page and continue to improve."

As far as recognizing pressure, Watson said the Texans benefit from having threats out of the backfield.  It will be important to utilize them  when the pressure comes Sunday. 

“It’s really just getting the ball out," Watson said. "(Running backs) Duke (Johnson) and Carlos (Hyde) do a good job of getting in space whenever they can. It’s another thing the defense has to worry about in the passing game. You can’t just treat him like a running back. He has a chance to get the ball so you have to focus on him."

O'Brien commended the offensive line's performance. He said they played well but a lot goes into responding better to pressure.

"We're seeing a lot of pressure and we've got to do a better job against the pressure," O'Brien said. "We've got to understand that that involves more than the line. Sometimes there's guys coming that's not the line's responsibility. So, a lot goes into that. We have to cut down on it, we know that, we're working very hard to do that. Everybody is involved, coaches and players alike, but I think that the line has actually performed well for having some guys up there, rookies or guys that haven't been in the system for a long time."

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