Watt lived ‘Rocky’ lifestyle this offseason

Watt lived ‘Rocky’ lifestyle this offseason
May 2, 2014, 11:45 pm
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SUGAR LAND, Texas – J.J. Watt is one of the best players in the National Football League.

But he spent some time this offseason sleeping on a mattress on the floor of his friend’s dining room in Wisconsin as he trained for his fourth NFL season.

“This offseason I went five days a week with my two-a-day workouts,” Watt said before his charity softball game at Constellation Field on Friday. “So I’ve had a workout every day I’ve been able to work out, twice a day, five days a week.

“I kind of just, more, went into a hole. You just climb into a hole and you just want to work out of it. And so I kind of went to Wisconsin, put a mattress in my buddy’s dining room or his apartment and just kind of lived that “Rocky” lifestyle for a little bit, where you don’t do a whole lot of media, you don’t do a lot of events, you work.”

Watt said this was the toughest training offseason he’s put himself through and he said he can tell. He said he feels great.

After putting himself through that type of grind, Watt will get to show off his stuff for new coaches. The Texans have a new head coach (Bill O’Brien) and a new defensive coordinator (Romeo Crennel).

Watt said O’Brien is a good coach and likes to work. He also said he’s talked to Crennel about the way he’ll be used in the new defense but wouldn’t divulge the information from their talk.

In Wade Phillips’ defense Watt had more freedom than many defensive ends are given. He used that freedom to become one of the best defensive players in football. He was asked if he thinks Crennel will give him that same type of freedom.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Watt said. “Obviously, I enjoy freedom but if I need to do a job, I’ll do a job. We’ll see what happens.”

Watt will have a new head coach and defensive coordinator but his position coach, Bill Kollar, is one of the two coaches this new regime retained. Many have opined that Kollar was kept because of Watt.

“It was great,” Watt said. "Obviously, Bill’s been my coach for my entire time in the NFL. I’m fortunate that he’s going to stay with me because we have that continuity, we know each other, we’re familiar with each other and he’s a great football coach.”