Watt on Lechler: 'It's like poetry. It's beautiful'
For a good portion of Sunday’s overtime win over the Titans, Shane Lechler was the Texans’ best offensive weapon.
Lechler placed five of his seven punts inside the Titans’ 20-yard line, which helped the Texans win the battle of field position in their 30-24 win.
“I’ve never gotten excited, gotten up off the bench to watch a punter before, but I love watching him punt,” J.J. Watt said. “There’s a reason the guy’s the best in the game. It’s so precise and he knows what he’s doing.
"It’s like poetry. It’s beautiful. He’s pinning it down there and we don’t even have to have people touch it. It just stops at the one-yard line. That’s insane. It’s such asset to our team. It’s huge starting inside the 10-yard line a couple of times today. He can boot it long when he needs to boot it long. He’s just so precise. It’s really honestly fun to watch. It’s great to have on this squad.”
Lechler’s punt at the end of the third quarter set up the Texans’ safety. He then pinned the Titans on their own one-yard line. The Titans drove 99 yards after that, but Lechler did his part.
“He’s a weapon,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “We struggled, but he kept them pinned back there. We kept the game on their side of the field, we just couldn’t make the plays to get more than a six point lead, at that 16-10 mark right there. Then they go 99 (yard drive) on us. But, he’s a weapon. He was out there way too much today, I know that, but he did a great job.”
Lechler, 37, is in his first year with the Texans. He spent his first 13 years in Oakland before joining the Texans this offseason. He’s considered to be one of the greatest punters in the league’s history. There are no punters in the Hall of Fame. Yet.
“I call him ‘Yellow Jacket,’” Arian Foster said. “That’s what he’s supposed to do.”
“Hall of Fame!” Foster said. “Come on, man.”