Texans Analyst: Watson's Sack Total Misleading

Houston's offensive line hasn't been great, Sean Pendergast says, but Texans fans need to take the sack total with a grain of salt

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 20, 2019 - 8:42 am
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Deshaun Watson has been sacked 10 times through two games – second most in the league. 

That doesn’t exactly bode well for a team (1-1) with Super Bowl aspirations this season.

“I cringe obviously because they made so many moves along the offensive line to try to fix that,” Houston’s 610 host Sean Pendergast said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I’ll say this – and it sounds like I’m going to be making excuses for the offensive line, but anybody who listens to my shows knows the last thing I would do is make excuses for this offensive line. The six sacks in the first game were a little rough against the Saints. They gave up four sacks in the last game. Eh. One of them was one of those sacks where Deshaun ran out of bounds for no gain. One of them was Nick Martin snapped the ball on the wrong snap count and it hit Deshaun in the leg and he just had to fall on it. That was a sack.”

Translation: take the sack count with a grain of salt.

“I know it doesn’t look like it with the number of sacks, but the offensive line is playing better this year than they were last year,” Pendergast said. “They’re protecting Deshaun. In terms of doing their job, they’re protecting Deshaun a little bit better. I don’t know if all 10 of those sacks are on the offensive line. They’ve got to still get better. You can’t have your quarterback getting hit as much as Deshaun is getting hit. But I guess they’ve gone from being historically bad at protecting him to just being kind of bad at protecting him.”

At the very least, the line has opened holes in the running game, as the Texans rank fifth in the league in rushing offense (153.0 yards per game).

“They’ve run the ball really, really well the first couple of weeks,” Pendergast said. “The line is doing their job better, but it wasn’t like they created a really high bar to begin with the last couple of years.”

The Texans play the Chargers (1-1) on the road this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Pendergast’s interview in its entirety.