Watt: ‘We’ll take 100 percent of that blame as we should'

Watt failed to record a tackle for the first time since 2017

Jeremy Branham
September 10, 2019 - 1:03 am

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Following Monday’s loss to New Orleans, Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt said the defense takes 100 percent of the blame for the defeat.

“The offense did an incredible job, the offense deserves a ton of credit for the way they played, especially in the second half, and then obviously that last drive giving us the lead.  As a defense, that’s on us.  There’s a lot of things that on us.  Holding them to three points in the first half and then giving up 27 in the second, that’s terrible.  For our offense to give us the lead with 40 seconds left and to not win that game, that’s bad football by us on defense, and so we’ll take 100 percent of that blame as we should,” Watt said following Monday’s loss to New Orleans.

The Texans surrendered 510 total yards to the Saints’ offense, with 362 of those coming in the air.  Despite those numbers, with one defensive stop, the Texans’ would have stolen a victory in New Orleans, but Drew Brees and Wil Lutz had other plans. 

A touchback gave the Saints the ball at their own 25, down 1 with 37 seconds left on the clock.  15 yards to Ted Ginn, spike.  11 yards to Michael Thomas, spike.  Nine yards to Ted Ginn, timeout.  Then Lutz drilled a 58-yard field goal to defeat the Texans.

As Watt admitted in his post game press conference, he was quiet.  He didn’t record a single tackle for the first time since 2017, and of course without a tackle, he didn’t have a sack either. 

“You have to find a way to get there, and tonight I didn’t,” Watt said about his lack of pressures. “I take that on me and I’m going to find a way to get there, and we’ll make some things happen.”