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Texans defensive coordinator Wade Philips called it, “The best season ever”.

While that’s up for debate, his dominance is not. JJ Watt was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Year by the NFL 101 awards, a committee of 101 sports writers and broadcaster who cover the NFL. Watt tallied a league leading 20.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 16 pass deflections.

Watt was named the AFC’s defensive player of the month in September.

The second year player is the favorite to win the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, an acolaid few would dispute. Despite the mammoth statistics, Watt promises to be even better in the years to come. “I’m 23 years old and two years into the league,” he said. “I have a lot of time in this league, I hope, and a lot of improvement to make. My second year is not going to be my best year in the NFL. I can promise you that.”

That notion is as terrifying to the opposition as it is unfathomable to those who watched him play. Then again, the idea that there’s something Watt can’t do seems equally absurd.

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