Houston Texans: Michael Irvin blames J.J. Watt for Texans lack of title
By Randy Gurzi
Former Dallas Cowboys receiver and current NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin calls J.J. Watt overrated and blames him for the Texans having no titles
There’s no arguing that Michael Irvin was one of the best receivers of his time and played a huge part in the Dallas Cowboys three Super Bowl titles in the 1990’s. There is some legitimate argument to be made about his ability as an analyst for the NFL Network, especially after his latest remarks about three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
While going on one of his random rants like he loves to do, the brash Irvin blamed the Houston Texans defensive end for the fact that the team has yet to win a Super Bowl.
"“Whose fault is it? He’s the star of the team,” Irvin said via the Houston Chronicle. “If the Dallas Cowboys lose on my watch, it’s my fault. If you’re the baddest man on the team, you’ve got to take it both ways when it ain’t going right and you ain’t winning, that’s on you.“J.J. Watt’s been the baddest man in the league and they haven’t gotten close to any kind of championship.”"
The conversation was brought up thanks to Watt being named the third best player on the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list. Irvin decided to go on a tangent about how that was too high for Watt, even though he is the only player in NFL history to record 20-plus sacks in more than one season.
Irvin went on to claim that he would take Luke Kuechly over Watt, saying that the Carolina Panthers middle linebacker makes people around him better and was the reason the Panthers made the Super Bowl last season.
Thankfully there was some rational thinking on the show as both Eric Davis and Ike Taylor (former NFL cornerbacks) stepped up to defend Watt, saying the real reason Houston hasn’t won the title was thanks to their quarterback woes.
It should go without saying that Taylor and Davis were correct. The Panthers had the NFL’s MVP playing quarterback for the last season leading the offense. The Texans had Brian Hoyer, then Ryan Mallett. Then Hoyer again. Then T.J. Yates. Then Brandon Weeden and yes, once again Brian Hoyer.
Really what all of Irvin’s ranting and raving does is proves why he isn’t one of the players that moved into a personnel role, because it’s obvious he has no idea that it’s a team sport and one man can’t do it alone, no matter how dominate that man is.
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Because let’s be honest, if Michael Irvin wasn’t on the same team as Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and about 20 other Pro Bowl players, he wouldn’t be the owner of his three Super Bowl rings.