The Pittsburgh Steelers might not have the strongest team in the playoffs by any means, but they can surely brag about having the best defensive player in the world right now.
T.J. Watt just became the first player in NFL history to lead the league in sacks in three separate seasons, logging 15 in 2020, a whopping 22.5 in 2021, and now 19 in 2023.
That’s why HC Mike Tomlin let it be known that he “absolutely” thinks the younger Watt brother will win another Defensive Player of the Year award at some point in his career (via Mike Tomlin on Twitter).
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) January 12, 2024
Watt has struggled with injuries throughout the best part of his career, yet he continues to put up numbers at a historical pace.
He has a chance to end up being the greatest defensive player in Steelers history, and that’s a lot to say, considering the long-withstanding history and tradition of legendary defensive players who have worn the black and gold jersey at some point in their careers.
It’s crazy to think that Wat wasn’t a frontrunner to win the award this season despite posting better numbers than most of the candidates, but that should only motivate him to be even better in the future if that’s even possible.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, they won’t be able to count on him down the stretch, as he’ll be out for the game vs. the Buffalo Bills with a grade 2 MCL sprain, and he might need another week to get back to full strength if the Steelers manage to win that game.