The Pittsburgh Steelers may have the best defensive player on Earth.
Nonetheless, it seems like the league has failed to acknowledge or recognize T.J. Watt’s greatness this season.
Watt is unlikely to win another NFL Defensive Player of the Year award this season.
Even Rich Eisen snubbed him from his ballot.
Talking on his show, the renowned radio host talked about Maxx Crosby and Myles Garrett being the two best defensive players in the league, and while he acknowledged that it was “tough” to ignore Watt’s 19 sacks, he still went with Garrett (via The Rich Eisen Show on YouTube).
Eisen talked about Garrett’s dominance and how much attention he drew from opposing teams, not to mention the fact that the Cleveland Browns did have the best defense in the league in some regard.
That’s fair and valid, but Watt led the league in sacks by six, and he had better stats than Garrtt in almost every single major regard.
Eisen also stated that he had Micah Parsons as the early-season candidate and that Da’Ron Bland should get some consideration because of the pick-sixes and whatnot, but he still went with Garrett.
Truth be told, it’s not easy to play defense in the league with today’s rules.
Not many guys stand out from the rest of the pack, and the award could’ve been a toss-up this season.
Hopefully, this will just put a huge chip on Watt’s shoulder, and he’ll come back stronger and more dominant this season, assuming that’s even possible.
He’s gonna put the league on notice.