Unlucky Colt fans. We are stuck in the division with the best defensive player in the world.
16 games, 69 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries. When you look at J.J Watt's raw stats from 2012, he has the amount of total tackles that would contend with some of the league's inside linebackers, he has the sacks that contends with some of the league's best 4-3 defensive ends (even though he was in a 3-4 scheme) and he even has the pass defends that contend with any corner back not named Richard Sherman.
If you are not impressed by his raw stats (somehow), look at AP's advanced stats. His Win Probability Added and Expected Points Added smashes any defensive player. He brings shame to every other defensive end.
This freak of nature can do it all. His Defensive Player of the Year award, his #5 ranking on the top 100, the 100/100 grade from Matt Miller's scouting series and the comments from Brian Cushing (that he could be the best ever) cannot be disagreed with. Watt accomplished so much and is the consensus best defensive player in the league. It is illegal to disagree (I wonder why he only got 49/50 votes last year).
Looking at his impact on Houston's overall defensive rankings is also amazing. The Texan's ranked 29th in 2008, 20th in 2009, and 31st in 2010 in Non-Adjusted Defense-adjusted Value Over Average in the years before J.J. Compare that to now, in which the defense ranked 6th in 2011 and 3rd in 2012. How could the inclusion of one defensive player lead to that?
What is also incredible (and saddens me more) is that his 2012 season may have not of been the best to come. The 2011 #11 overall draft pick is only 24 and was apparently playing injured last year with torn ligaments in his elbow. Factor in the fact that Brian Cushing (Houston's second best defender) missed most of the season and it just gets scarier.
Colts brought in some solid offensive linemen. It just won't be enough to stop him though. Of all the superstars in the AFC South- Andre Johnson and Arian Foster mainly, I desperately hope the Colts are trying to think up a master plan to defend J.J Watt especially. I can't think of much.. No defensive player has the impact on his team that Watt has and he is the guy keeping the Colts from winning the South. He is the best defender in the NFL and even slowing him down would be a nice accomplishment in 2013.