Deshaun Watson comeback wasn’t even close from what we thought, displaying an erratic game in Houston’s loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Yet, even though the defeat was the result of a collective OK performance, the QB put the blame on himself.
After the Houston Texans lost their Week One season opener 27-20 against the runner-up in last year's Super Bowl, their second-year quarterback pointed out that it was all his fault, calling his performance “terrible.”
“For me, personally, I think it was terrible on my part,” Watson said, "I just feel like you can put the L on me. I'll be way better than what I showed today. My energy was low, overthinking little things. We just got to capitalize in the red zone. Don't turn the ball over."
And even when Watson is right, he is just partly right. He did have a terrible game, perhaps the worst of his short NFL career, fumbling the opening hand-off on their own 22-yard—which the Patriots converted into a touchdown, throwing a pointless pass on second-and-3 that ended up in an interception and completing only 50 percent of the passes (34-17), with a 62.9 rating. Oh, and as mentioned by the 2017 first-round pick, he couldn’t capitalize in the red zone. After an interception on the Patriots’ 17-yard line, the Texans ended up going for a field goal on the Patriots’ 24-yard line and same thing when they got into Patriots 18-yard line in the fourth quarter after being second-and-three.
However, Watson’s teammates weren’t that helpful. While the defensive performance wasn’t particularly bad, they let the duo Brady-Gronkowski do whatever they wanted all day long, the TE completed eight passes. Coach Bill O’Brien didn’t call the proper plays in many occasions, without even mentioning when he didn’t call a timeout to give the officials the opportunity to review a non-existent catch by Gronkowski at the end of the first half that finished in a touchdown drive. And the erratic game by Watson could have been due to a terrible game by the offensive line. The Texans QB was sacked three times, hit twelve times, and was pressured on 23 of his 42 dropbacks, which according to ESPN Stats & Information, it was the highest-pressure rate on any quarterback for the past two seasons.
Brady fits this ball to Gronkowski into double coverage and he makes the great catchpic.twitter.com/ATOYK13DKq— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 9, 2018
Nevertheless, the young 22-year-old player took all the responsibility.
"I'm the leader of this team,” Watson said “I'm the leader of this offense, so as I go, the offense goes. And [there wasn't] enough energy or pace on our part."
"I was just holding the ball too long"