You won’t find too many people who have complaints about how Deshaun Watson plays the game of football, as he is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Not everybody feels that way.
An anonymous coordinator told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Watson “needs a little more structure” to his game: “Not as dynamic as Russell [Wilson] or Kyler [Murray] with getting it done.”
“He plays too much streetball and they let him. I don’t see him coached.”
For as great as Watson can be, he has had some games that would leave you scratching your head. There were four games in 2019 where Watson had fewer than 200 passing yards and no touchdowns. During a hyped matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, he only tossed for 169 yards, one interception and was sacked six times in a 41-7 loss.
“I’ve had a lot of success and I’ve had a lot of failures. Every great quarterback has; Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers,” Watson told reporters after that game. “They’re going to have their days and they will continue to. The criticism will still come. I can go out there Thursday and light it up and everyone’s back talking highly about me.”
Even still, he is the same guy who engineered three straight scoring drives in the AFC Wild Card Round against the Buffalo Bills in January to turn a 16-0 deficit late in the third quarter into a 19-16 lead.
The Texans went on to defeat the Bills 22-19 in overtime, but also blew a 24-0 lead the following week to the Chiefs.