Houston, we have a problem.
J.J. Watt and his impressive play on defense is clearly not being recognized enough, as the star defensive end was voted just 12th overall in the NFL’s “Top 100 players of 2014.”
Watt finished behind Aaron Rodgers, who was voted 11. Debate among yourselves, he is arguably the best quarterback in the league, but he missed seven games last season.
“He can break a game and not even get a sack. He can bat the ball down and make you change your whole blocking scheme,” said Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis.
The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year has made the Pro Bowl in the last two years, and has constantly broken double teams. In 2013, he had 65 tackles and 10.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and seven passes defended.
It remains to be seen who’s voted ahead of Watt, but there should be little doubt he’s a top 5 player in the league, let alone 10. Remember his 2012 season, 20.5 sacks and 16.5 passes defended?
Apparently it’s not enough to convince his NFL peers otherwise.