It has been a rough season for the Houston Texans, and getting the team back on track will be a bit tougher as they are without their first and second round draft picks for the second consecutive year, thanks to the infamous Laremy Tunsil trade with the Miami Dolphins forged by former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien.
Following their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt went on a rant about how the defense played “horrendously”, and how this season was the most difficult of his 10 year career.
Watt also expressed sympathy for Texans fans and the people “who care so deeply” about this team.
“We’re professional athletes getting paid a whole lot of money,” Watt said, according to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. “If you can’t come in and put work in in the building, go out to the practice field and work hard, do your lifts and do what you’re supposed to do, you should not be here. This is a job. We are getting paid a whole lot of money.
“There are a lot of people that watch us and invest their time and their money into buying our jerseys and buying a whole bunch of s—, and they care about it. They care every single week. We’re in Week 16 and we’re 4-11, and there’s fans that watch this game, that show up to the stadium that put in time and energy and effort and care about this. So if you can’t go out there and you can’t work out, you can’t show up on time, you can’t practice, you can’t want to go out there and win, you shouldn’t be here. Because this is a privilege. It’s the greatest job in the world. You get to go out and play a game. And if you can’t care enough, even in Week 17, even when you’re trash, when you’re 4-11. If you can’t care enough to go out there and give everything you’ve got and try your hardest, that’s bulls—.
The Texans have lost four straight games for the second time this season, and they are suffering through their worst season since 2017, when quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL.
“There are people every week that still tweet you, that still come up to you and say, ‘Hey, we’re still rooting for you; we’re still behind you” Watt said.
“They have no reason whatsoever to. We stink. But they care and they still want to win and they still want you to be great. That’s why. Those people aren’t getting paid. We’re getting paid handsomely. That’s why. And that’s … that’s who I feel the most bad for, is our fans and the people who care so deeply and the city and the people who love it and who truly want it to be great. And it’s not. And that sucks as a player to know that we’re not giving them what they deserve.”