Hall of Fame
This is by far one of the best post on this particular subject. I believe I’m in Group 3.I never thought criticizing Watson is off limits. IMHO, there are three groups of posters on this forum.
As far as criticizing Watson. The third group of posters do criticize Watson without making it personal. They hear and read that Watson studies hard, is coach-able, intelligent, and hard working. You see him speaking to a room full of reporters, he is breaking down the defensive coverages and explaining what he's seeing on the field. Most reasonable people would agree that at this point, the kid is not at the level of a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but they see the potential of what he can become.
- A small, but vocal group of posters you call the JIC group. Enough said
- A small, but vocal group of posters who minimizes any of Watson's accomplishments, maximizes his weaknesses and have made up their mind that he will not be a good QB.
- The majority of posters who believe Watson has not reached his ceiling, shows great potential, is still learning, but has to and can improve his game. This group of posters also think O'Brien can do a better job of helping Watson reach his potential by tweaking the offense.
For the majority of their existence, the Texans have been in QB purgatory. Now they have a QB, the Group3 posters don't understand why Group1 and Group2 cannot wait to let Watson's career unfold to crown him or run him out of town. In the meantime, this forum is flooded with the vocal Group1 and Group2 posters trolling and antagonizing each other and Group3 having to defend Watson over what they considere Group2's unfair comparisons and expectations.
At some point, the forum just gets unreadable.