- Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans struggled against the Carolina Panthers during Sunday’s 16-10 loss.
- After the game, a reporter asked Watson what the offence could have done to get off more big plays against the Panthers defence.
- Rather than deflect, Watson gave a detailed answer, explaining that the Panthers’ Cover 4 defence made it difficult for the Texans receivers to get open deep, forcing the team to use double-moves to get them open.
- Watson’s strategic breakdown gave football fans a look inside the mind of an NFL quarterback as he sees the field.
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Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans had a rough outing Sunday, losing to the Carolina Panthers 16-10 and moving to 2-2 on the young season.
After the game, Watson was asked what more the team could have done to beat the Panthers’ defensive coverage on more big plays, and he wound up offering one of the more insightful answers you’ll hear all year.
“Do you know what kind of coverage they were playing?” Watson asked the reporter Aaron Reiss, who covers the Texans for The Athletic, in response. “I’m just asking.”
Watson then began his breakdown, explaining that the Panthers’ Cover 4 defence made it so that the only opportunities for the Texans to go deep was on double-moves from their receivers. Watson acknowledged missing a few throws but illustrated just how difficult it was to successfully break through the coverage.
Deshaun Watson explains Carolina's defense in 66 seconds. pic.twitter.com/8Fn4OAKHk3
— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) September 29, 2019
Some on Twitter believed that Watson was attempting to put Reiss on blast with his response, but Reiss was quick to thank Watson for the thoughtful and detailed answer.
Thanks to Deshaun Watson for giving a detailed answer about the Panthers' coverage strategy. I didn't think he was trying to dunk on me, and I'm not naive enough to believe I know anywhere to close to as much as him.
Everyone wins. https://t.co/fbKYtHckrO
— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) September 30, 2019
More than anything, Watson’s response drew a stark contrast with the cookie-cutter nature of many postgame press conferences and the act of televised football analysis in general.
Between pregame shows, halftime reports, and player interviews, football fans will hear NFL-isms tossed around countless times every Sunday. Whether a generally vague answer from a player such as “We’ve got to get better for next week,” or a bit of analysis from halftime hosts that insists a player needs to “get his head in the game,” plenty of airtime is filled with commentary that takes up space while not saying much.
Rather than take that route, Watson offered a look into the mind of an NFL quarterback as he sees the field and calculates what needs to be done to beat the defence that’s trying to stop him.
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