Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips enters the season with one less All-Pro defender than a year ago but when you listen to Phillips praise the group it appears that he has already moved on from the loss of Mario Williams. While speaking at Texans training camp, Phillips had the highest of praise for second-year pro J.J. Watt.
Phillips believes Watt will be in the Hall of Fame one day. Talk about big expectations for the 2011 11th overall pick.
“He’s going to be a bust — not a first-round bust but a bust in the Hall of Fame,” Phillips said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “The only players I’ve seen that can do what he can do with his intensity can be found in Canton.”
Watt impressed as a rookie and showcased his all-around NFL talent that led to him being in the NFL Rookie of the Year discussion. The former Nebraska standout started every game his rookie year and tallied 5.5 sacks on the season. He added another 3.5 sacks in the team’s two playoff appearance.
Watt has a long way to go before the end of his career and apparent Hall of Fame induction but he must be doing something right to earn this high of praise from his defensive coordinator.