Thursday, March 14, 2013
Andy Levitre did nothing to insult J.J. Watt
By Paul Kuharsky
In 2012, J.J. Watt had as good a year as we’ve ever seen from a 3-4 defensive end. He was one vote short of unanimous as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.
A lot of offensive linemen who tried to slow him down said stupid things about him.
One of them was Leroy Harris of the Titans, who watched Watt record two sacks in a September win against the Titans, then said Watt was “nothing special.”
Harris is a free agent now, and the Titans will have two new guards in their lineup in 2013; one of them is free-agent addition Andy Levitre.
Watt helped make guard a more important position for teams that will try to slow him twice a year.
I asked Levitre about Watt at the Titans' news conference introducing their new guys on Wednesday evening.
“He’s a good player,” Levitre said. “I give him credit on that. Like you said, I’ve only gotten to play against him once, so getting the opportunity to play against him a couple times a year, I think I can prepare myself well enough to do well against him. He’s not Superman, so I can play well against him.”
On Twitter among Texans fans, this created a miniature scandal.
In no way was Levitre insulting Watt. What do you expect Levitre to say? He’s a good player, too; he just landed a big free-agent deal.
Should he say, “I have no chance against the guy and we might as well forfeit those two games?”
He was completely respectful while allowing for the possibility that he can help the Titans against one of the AFC South’s top players.
And, in fact, he stated a fact: Watt is not Superman.
If that somehow got your blood boiling, I’d say you need to turn down the thermostat.