Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has underlined that he wants to win now and that he is not interested in being a part of the team that's going through a rebuilding. The Texans, who failed to make the AFC Championship game last season after blowing a 24-point lead against the Kansas City Chiefs, have started this season with a disappointing 1-6 record.
The Texans fired Bill O'Brien, who was the team's head coach and general manager. Some of the moves made by the Texans suggest that they have given up on this season and focused on building a team for the future.
"I don't think it's any secret that I don't have 10 years left in this league," Watt said, per ESPN. "I personally believe that I do have a few more great ones left in me. But you also can't ...
I'm not looking to rebuild. I'm looking to go after a championship, and that's what I want to do. So, whatever is in the best interest of the Houston Texans, that's in the best interest of myself."
Watt knows he won't play forever
Watt, 31, has been one of the best defensive ends in the NFL since coming to the league in 2011.
Watt, who has spent his entire career with the Texans, is the only player in NFL history to record 20 or more sacks in a season more than once "Early in your career, you think life goes on forever," Watt said.
"Obviously, we win our first-ever division, our first-ever playoff game in my first year. In the second year, we go 12-4, and you think that life's going to be great and you're just going to keep getting better and better.
And then you go 2-14 and the reality of the business side of the NFL and the reality of all the things that come along with it hit you in the face. And you realize that, oh, this isn't all roses all the time. And then you look at the last seven years or so.
And yeah, we won some division championships and that's great, but that's not the goal. That's not the goal. "And your goal can't be to make the playoffs. Your goal can't be to win one or two playoff games.
If your goal is not to win the Super Bowl, and your goal is not to do everything in your power to make that happen, and make your organization in the best possible situation for that, then that's not going to happen. So that is my goal.
That's why the work goes in. That's why I fought back from all these injuries. Because that's the goal, and that's what I'm still working towards."