Re: Body Language - JJ Watt
How about this explanation:
JJ has played his guts out for this team. He was under the false assumption (like a lot of fans) that his team was as committed to excellence as he is.
He has consistently done his job. He has become the primary focus of the opposition offense. They have double and triple teamed him. They have chipped, grabbed, held, and face punched him. Yet he still causes problems. Offensive coordinators are doing anything they can to take him out of the equation and daring the other Houston defenders to step up.
Reality hit hard right after the niners game. This team is no where near as good as he hoped/believed. Remember this is only his third year in the NFL. He really had no reference point. He also witnessed, for the first time, the true colors of some of the Houston sports fans.
JJ doesn't appear to be motivated by money. He already has enough to live a nice Midwest lifestyle for the rest of his life. His personal standards are high. He doesn't tolerate mediocrity. He has goals for his team and himself.
Maybe he realizes his prime years will be a mirror of Andre's. Stuck in a mediocre organization waiting for the team to take "the next step".
JJ is a Texan based on being drafted, his contract, and the NFL labor agreement. How would you feel if you were in his position?
Super passionate about your job, busting your butt, only to have your company swirling the drain and nobody able to stop the flush.
Compound that by being indentured for possibly the next four years (a large portion of an NFL players career) and it's pretty easy to see what might be happening in his mind.
Sure he'll be well paid, but money is not what drives JJ. He's a smart guy. He sees the handwriting on the wall and the message sucks.