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Here are two distinctly different looks at J.J. Watt's epic rant

JJ's had enough. Composite photo by Jack Brame

After losing to the hapless Bengals, the Texans managed to reach a new low. This was their only loss to a team deemed to be subpar. All other losses were to teams either in the playoffs or in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. Needless to say, the losing has caught up to J.J. Watt and he couldn't hold back any longer:

I've never seen J.J. act like this before. He seems frustrated and pissed off for lack of a better term. All the losing, all the doubters, all the turmoil, it's finally gotten to him. I've heard and seen two different schools of thought on this rant. One side has people skeptical of Watt and wondering where was all this fire previously. The other side has people fired up and ready to run through a brick wall. I can see and explain both sides.

The ones who are questioning Watt's intentions and timing have every right to do so. Why is he just now getting so fired up? Where was this when Bill O'Brien was ruining the franchise? Why now? Fans who feel this way are the same ones who've always felt skeptical of Watt's persona. He probably comes off as doing way too much to them and someone who's willing to do what he has to do in order to get the spotlight on him. More than likely, these fans are solidly behind trading Watt to get a draft pick, or cutting him altogether to clear the cap space.

Then there are the fans who are ready to suit up and run through a wall. They love the rah rah stuff Watt does and this is right up their alley. Any time Watt has one of these moments, these are the fans that fall more in love with him. They're the ones he was talking about that still tweet and comment online that they love the team. They're the ones he referenced when he talked about spending their hard-earned money to continue to support this team. This segment of fans want Watt to stay with the team no matter what until he retires.

In my own humble opinion, I like the passion J.J. showed. Fans get too caught up in the timing or assumed meaning behind certain actions. They also tend to wear team colored glasses and feel as if their team/players can do no wrong. Let the players and their emotions play out without riding too high or too low. Easy for me to say when I only write my opinion about the tea. I'm not deeply invested on a more personal level. But I get both sides. I just so happen to side with the fans who enjoyed Watt's rant more than the detractors. I like when players show this level of care and passion. We will never know if this was his true feelings, or a front. I will speculate this was a spur of the moment thing because it didn't seem rehearsed, and he stumbled a few times. Maybe we'll get to see more of this in the future, maybe not. But I love it. Tip of the cap to J.J. for calling it like he sees it and not being afraid of the fallout.

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DeMeco Ryans feels like the perfect fit. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

There’s one big difference between the Houston Texans and the Canadian Mounties.

The Mounties always get their man. The Texans not so much. That’s how second and third (and desperation) choices like David Culley, who never even was a coordinator in his nearly 30-year NFL career, and Lovie Smith, whose top credential for the job was being in the building, got to be Texans head coaches the past two years. Both of whom were one and done – summarily fired after disheartening, aimless seasons.

But that all changes with the imminent hiring of 38-year-old DeMeco Ryans as Texans head coach. An announcement could come any moment.

With one bold stroke, the Texans will be cleaning up a mess that took years to fester. Ryans is the perfect candidate for the job. He was drafted out of Alabama by the Texans in 2006 and became Defensive Rookie of the Year and All-Pro linebacker. He played six years in Houston when, lest we forget, the Texans developed into a winning team bound for the playoffs.

After retiring in 2017, Ryans became a successful coach with the San Francisco 49ers, rising quickly from defensive quality control to inside linebackers coach to defensive coordinator the past two seasons. This year, the 49ers had the stingiest defense in the league with the fewest points and yards allowed. They allowed their opponents to score on less than 25 percent of their drives – far and away the best performance in the NFL.

The Texans want Ryans and Ryans, who was the hottest head coach candidate on several teams’ wish list, wants the Texans. He’s reportedly said no thanks to the Denver Broncos, a team which appears to have a faster track to rebuilding than the Texans. Contrary to Thomas Wolfe’s classic novel, Ryans believes that you can go home again.

Ryans will accomplish some immediate fixes for the Texans – like bringing respectability to the franchise and soothing wounds with the fan base. The team desperately needs a kick in its image. As recently as five years ago, the Texans were selling out every home game at NRG Stadium with tens of thousands of home-viewing fans wishin’ and hopin’ to buy season tickets.

Then came Bill O’Brien, criminally one-sided trades (in the wrong direction), a divisive and unpopular executive with the owner’s ear, the Deshaun Watson scandal, two head coaches plucked off the scrap heap, and losing … lots and lots of losing. The Texans finished their recent season with three wins and the undisputed crown of most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL.

The jewel of that damning crown was winning a game they needed to lose to guarantee the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. You’d think that losing would be the easiest thing for the Texans. It’s sort of become their thing.

Not only did they win, they did it the hard way, by going for two in the last minute of their last game and winning by a single point. By winning they forfeited their unobstructed and worry-free path to drafting the quarterback of their choosing. Who thinks to do that? Now they have to wait to see what the Chicago Bears will do with the No. 1 pick.

Ryans will require time, probably a few years at least, to restore the Texans to the ranks of playoff contenders. In blunt terms, the Texans currently stink. They won three games in 2022 after back-to-back four-win seasons. On defense, they were 27th in points allowed. They were 31st in rushing yards allowed. On offense, 31st in yards per game, 31st in rushing, and 31st in third down conversions. There’s only 32 teams in the NFL.

Of course you can cherry pick stats to make a team look good or bad. With the Texans, they’re all bad.

Their returning starting quarterback won’t be starting next season. That’s the plan, anyway. The Texans are expected to draft quarterbacks Bryce Young of Alabama, C.J. Stroud of Ohio State or Will Levis of Kentucky with their No. 2 pick. The Texans may sign a free agent veteran signal caller or trade for one.

And start from scratch. Again. At least this time with a coach that brings hope back to Houston.

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