Skip to main content

The Leftovers: Watt, the Titans, and more

Drew Dougherty answered a few fan questions via Facebook and Twitter in the video above. He answered some more in the article below.

@IGOTNOW99: Dear Drew, The Texans struggled with the cover 2 defense the Pats were playing. Think the Titans try that?

DD: It wouldn't surprise me. But would the Pats have played that same defense if Will Fuller, V were healthy and in the game? Good chance he plays on Sunday at Tennessee, and he changes the equation when you have to scheme up a defense.

@WTexansfan Dear Drew, the front seven wasn't dominant as projected or expected. Will it take them a while for them to wreak havoc (because it's JJ, Whitney, Clowney, Reader, Covington, Health)?

DD: The pass rush got going in the second half, with D.J. Reader picking up a pair of sacks, and Watt getting close to a sack multiple times. The Patriots devoted a lot of resources to Clowney throughout that game, and it freed up some things elsewhere. That will change against different defenses, and the Texans should start feasting.

@2_highlyfavored: Dear Drew, What happened to our Texans at the start of the game was it nerves, jitters or what?

DD: Good question. I suppose there may have been nerves, but really it was more a matter of just a few mistakes being made. Deshaun Watson said to pin the loss on him. While he struggled at times, I'd be surprised if we don't see a rebound from him and the offense in the weeks to come.

Steve Hicks: Dear Drew, does Coach O'Brien have anyone upstairs who advises him about possible reviews and challenges on the field?
DD: He does. But he explained on Tuesday that his advisors upstairs couldn't "really tell" whether the catch was made or not, and then the ball was snapped. In hindsight, he said, he should've taken a timeout. But he didn't want to give Brady and Bill Belichick extra time to draw something up, so he went with it.

Mark Somer Dear Drew,This is probably not a good time to ask for questions from fans.
DD: Thanks for the advice, Mark. But win or lose, we'll answer questions. Sometimes fans want to vent, which is understandable. Nobody around here is happy about the Texans losing.

Natalie Boone: Dear Drew, How did JJ Watt feel after that last game? I thought he did really well and I'm super proud of not only how he played, but how he conducted himself at the post-game press conference.
DD: Natalie, he said he felt pretty good physically. He also said he wished he'd played as well in the first half as he did in the second. It was pretty encouraging all around to see him back out there, playing the way he did. I'm excited to see what the rest of the season holds for him and this defense.

@OfficialDadez: Dear Drew, how would the Titans like their burger this time around?
DD: Interesting. We'll find out on Sunday.

Alfredo Portillo: Dear Drew, What's your favorite Houston rap song?
DD: Alfredo, I'll be honest: my knowledge is very limited on this subject. But I like Slim Thug's "I Run". There's also one by Willie D from way back that I probably shouldn't name.

Related Content