BATTLE-DRINK, Week 7: Texans vs Chiefs, a New Quarterback Frontier
I mean, I would still like to talk about the Texans. In fact, I'm paid to talk about the Texans, so if words could still be part of the Texans' experience at this point, I'd like to keep talking. (I have bills to pay.)
But apparently, talk is cheap, words do nothing, work conquers all.
I know this because J.J. Watt says it to be true, and dammit, if there's one Houston Texan who still has the equity to be able to stroll up to the microphone and basically say, "Kansas City is good, talk is cheap, see y'all after the game on Sunday" (I'm paraphrasing), it's number 99.
And that's exactly what he did on Wednesday afternoon. In what was a pretty stout heat check, considering how thin a thread everyone's patience in Houston is hanging on right now, Watt walked into the interview room and dropped this one-minute solo effort:
"Kansas City has been playing some very good football this year. Obviously, this is an opportunity for us to go off on the road in a tough environment against a very good football team that's obviously undefeated and get ourselves some momentum heading into the bye week, get ourselves back on track. We're looking to do that. The quarterback (Alex Smith) has been playing really well. Obviously (Andy Reid and his) coaching staff up there has done a heckuva job and I'm hearing some good things about the environment (in the stadium).
For us, from our standpoint, our fans don't want to hear about how we're going to fix it. They don't want to hear me stand up here and tell them anything. They don't want to hear the words I have to say. They just want us to resolve it and I fully understand that. So all I can do is go to work. All we can do as a team is go to work and that's what we're going to do. Words don't win games. Work does. I apologize for the concise statement and lack of answering questions. Honestly, I don't have words for y'all. Just work. I'm just going to work. The fans want results and that's what I'm going to try to give them.
Hopefully I'll answer all your questions with my play on the field. And if there are any further questions I'll see you Sunday after the game."
And with that, Watt walked out.
Okay, a few thoughts on this:
1. If Arian Foster had done this exact thing, I'm fairly certain Twitter would still be in a state of disrepair two days later. For whatever reason (well, I know the reason -- Arian rubs people the wrong way), the parsing of Arian Foster's words and actions is much more detailed and acute. This would have been a fascinating tactic to see him execute.
2. The only way J.J. Watt's speech could have been better would have been if he went all "Hulk Hogan 1996, NWO heel turn" and told the fans of Houston to "STICK IT!" And who knows? Maybe that day is coming?
Yeah, if J.J. had done that, it would have been interesting to see what an entire city smells like when it burns to the ground.
And, as always, my man @Northside_Mike, a Photoshop Picasso, fired off this tweet in response to the dream of a J.J. heel turn:
3. While I hate the reasons we are having to watch it (I'd much rather the Texans be, say, 4-2 right now instead of 2-4.), watching J.J. Watt handle this string of losses lately has been mildly fascinating. To me, he is clearly a guy who takes losing harder than most (at least outwardly), and at times, he's gotten a little testy, which I like. Keep in mind, of the core group he's the only one who hasn't been through one of these Kubiakian funks. For the most part, other than the playoff losses, there's been another day to live and go fight for. This is easily the darkest time of the Watt Era; it's not even close.
The only problem with a tactic like Watt's display on Wednesday is what happens next. If they lose to Kansas City (who is a touchdown favorite on Sunday, so it's likely), then what? Does J.J. just not show up for Wednesday media? Does he do an actual interview? In the grand scheme of things, it means almost nothing, yet I know it will be dissected a thousand different ways on the radio and on Twitter.
Okay, if it's no longer a time for words, that means it's a time for action. For J.J. Watt, that means "playing football." For the rest of us (over the age of 21), it means "BATTLE-DRINKing."