Watt wins another award, won't be his last

Watt wins another award, won't be his last
January 3, 2013, 12:15 pm
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For the second time this season, J.J. Watt has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month.

This time he earned it for ravaging opponents in the month of December, despite his team's 2-3 record in that span.

The team struggled but Watt kept on doing what he does best. He had six sacks and four forced fumbles in December. The four forced fumbles are the first of his career.

After an absolutely monster regular season, Watt is the clear frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year and has even garnered some MVP consideration. So he won this award, but it's very likely not the last one he'll get.

“Yeah, this is the best defensive line play of anybody since I’ve been in football," said longtime coach and Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Wednesday afternoon. "You just go by the stats. I mean, nobody’s ever done anything like that. Nobody’s had 20 sacks, 16 whatever its, knockdowns, twenty-something tackles for loss, 95 plays where they had no gain. Nobody’s had a year like that. He is by far the best defensive player. He should obviously be the Defensive Player of the Year in the league.”

And that's where Watt is heading. In just his second season in the NFL, the lineman ended up with 20.5 sacks. He became the first player in NFL history to record at least 15 sacks and 15 passes defended.

“J.J. has just learned to use his ability, and we saw it last year in the two playoff games," Phillips said. "He was dominant in those two games and he’s carried it over to this year. I was amazed by the way he played at the end of last year, because usually a rookie kind of fades off at the end of the year and he kept getting better and better."