Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been extremely outspoken about how badly he wants Jadeveon Clowney to be his teammate and the No. 1 overall pick by Houston.
Joseph and Clowney are both from Rock Hill, S.C. and have known one another since they were young.
The Texans finished tied for 29th in sacks (32) last season, 28 behind Carolina, which led the NFL in 2012. Houston needs to find more success creating pressure up front next season and Joseph feels Clowney and J.J. Watt together would do just that.
“Oh man, it would make our jobs a lot easier,” Joseph told CSN Houston after Clowney's pro day earlier in April. “It would make opposing quarterbacks think about the rush with those two guys out there on defense. And with that being said, quarterbacks can’t hold the ball forever and there’s a clock ticking in their head at the same time.
“Anytime you have a chance to throw those two guys together on a defense and throw in guys like (Brian) Cushing and other playmakers at other positions could be big for a team and for a defense.”
Clowney said after his pro day last week he thinks he can learn a lot from Watt. Joseph reiterated that it would be a perfect fit for Clowney to come to Houston and spend every day with the former Defensive Player of the Year.
“You go and ask five NFL players who the best defensive player in football is and I’m sure J.J. Watt will be three of the five,” Joseph said. “Anytime you have that beside you’re name and the work ethic that J.J. has, it brings instant credibility to the locker room and it rubs off on other guys. And comparing him with Clowney I think it would rub off on him and they would push each other competing.”
Watt wouldn’t be the only one looking over Clowney. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar was the only member of Gary Kubiak’s staff that was retained by Bill O’Brien. Having a position coach with Kollar's experience and personality could be a perfect fit for some one like Clowney.
“Having a guy like (Bill) Kollar, a guy that doesn’t care about the name on the back of the jersey and only sees one way to play the game and that’s hard,” Joseph said. “He’s another first-round pick in himself and been around the league for 30 years. I don’t think he could walk into a better situation all in all. Kollar is a great guy on and off the field, but he has a high demand and he wants to push you."