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Re: Game in the Colorado Rockies
WHAT TO WATCH: DENVER BRONCOS EDITION -- SOTT
5 Things to Watch: Texans at Broncos -- HT.com
Five Texans to watch vs. Broncos -- chron.com
10 Texans to watch vs. Broncos -- CSN
Broncos' Miller, Ware and Texans' Watt, Clowney have unique abilities -- Denver Post
...Ware beat Texans all-pro tackle Duane Brown multiple times over three days, and Miller, whose speed and athleticism have returned after knee surgery, reached quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for sacks. Clowney and Clady engaged in spirited battles, ending with a fist bump of respect. "Clowney is a freak as far as his athletic ability goes," Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. Watt started a daily fracas with his dominance, one time getting his helmet yanked off by Broncos tackle Chris Clark.
"I have no interest in fighting someone when I beat them. So that's why I don't really get into fights," said Watt, who brims with confidence. "That's why when somebody hits me, I don't feel the need to hit back because you can turn on the film and see what happened."
The video shows that this foursome has no fear. When listing traits for an effective pass rusher, this group checks off all the necessary boxes. It starts with an intangible.
"These guys come in different shapes and sizes," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. "I think tenaciousness is probably the one common denominator."
Watt plays like his spiked hair is on fire. As if his employment is tied to each snap.
"When you combine that kind of ability and his work ethic, that is why he's such a special player," Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said of Watt, who had 10½ sacks last season.
Let's be honest. Genetics and physics play a role in being an outstanding rusher... Ware, Miller, Watt and Clowney have far-reaching impacts, in part, because their reach is far.
Their average arm length is 34 inches, with Clowney the longest at 34½ and Miller the shortest at 33½. This means they can often hit the tackle they are lined up across before they get hit. Making contact quickly provides an even bigger edge for Ware, who uses mixed-martial arts hand techniques to shed blockers.
"Leverage," said Clady on what makes a good rusher. "Guys with long arms who use leverage well are tough. And to be effective, you need to have a couple of moves."
Speed plays a pivotal role too. Football wasn't designed for guys this big to be this fast. Ware, Miller and Clowney all have run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Watt was clocked at 4.8 at the NFL combine, and might have the quickest first step of any defensive lineman.
J.J. Watt: Unique skills allow him to blow up running plays with sheer power, while reachingquarterback with speed and attitude. A game-plan wrecker.
The full throttle — rushers have between 2.5 to 3 seconds to reach the quarterback — becomes wasted if the defender can't finish. According to ESPN's "Sports Science," Ware, Miller and Clowney registered 3,300 pounds of force through impact, a testament to their alarming acceleration. Watt might be higher given his freakish power and explosiveness. YouTube clips show him pulling off a 59-inch box jump.
The blend of power, speed and technique is stunning with these four. Their sacks amount to car crashes.In a pass-happy league, the value of reaching the passer has never been greater.
"You are talking about three proven players and one guy (Clowney) who comes in with a high pedigree and looking at the way he moves he will fit in that category," Del Rio said. "And I am pretty sure there are a lot more opportunities for sacks and for pass rushers to be a presence in today's game."
If you root for the Texans to fail so you can throw out an "I told you so", you are not a fan... you're a troll.
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