HOUSTON - Should J. Baron Davis Jersey .J. Watt be the NFLs Most Valuable Player?Many who are paid to find ways to slow down the overpowering defensive end for the Houston Texans say yes.Id vote for him, Cincinnati offensive co-ordinator Hue Jackson said. Ive never had a game in my coaching career when I basically had to plan to run one way all day, and he forced me to do that. Even running away from him, he made plays.No defensive player has won the MVP since Lawrence Taylor in 1986, joining Alan Page in 1971 as the only defenders to pick up the honour. Only quarterbacks and running backs have won since Taylor had 20 1/2 sacks for the Giants in 1986 to win it.Colts coach Chuck Pagano has had to plan for Watt twice this season, and perhaps Watts best game this year came against Indianapolis in Week 6. Watt had two sacks, swatted down three passes and returned a fumble by Andrew Luck 45 yards for a touchdown.Hes a nightmare, Pagano said. Its like a scary movie ... hes near unblockable. And his motor never stops. Hes got great instincts, a great skill set, what can you say? Hed get my vote for MVP right now.Watt leads the NFL with 25 tackles for losses and 47 quarterbacks hits. His 17 1/2 sacks are second most in the NFL and he needs 2 1/2 to become the first player in NFL history with at least 20 sacks in two seasons. He leads the NFL with five fumble recoveries and is the first player since Bill Golding in 1948 to have three offensive touchdowns and two touchdowns on takeaways in a season.Scott Linehan, the passing game co-ordinator and play caller for the Cowboys, said you cant stop Watt, but the focus is to keep him from wrecking the game. He doesnt see why Watt shouldnt win MVP.Its hard to argue against it, Linehan said. I dont vote for that stuff so my vote doesnt count. But the things hes done are so rare. I think rare things make people MVP candidates.The 25-year-old, in his fourth NFL season, has sparked a Houston defence that leads the NFL with a franchise-record 34 takeaways this season.Some can be attributed to his pressure or sometimes interceptions come from tips and overthrows, and hes got his hand on the ball quite a few times, Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley said. Hes just a guy that I think really elevates everybody around him.Another highlight for Watt came in a win over Buffalo when he got both of his oversized hands on a pass thrown by E.J. Manuel, batted it down and intercepted it before running 80 yards for a touchdown.And his contributions arent just limited to defence. The 6-foot-5, 289-pound Watt, who started his college career as a tight end, has caught three touchdown passes for the Texans, who host Jacksonville on Sunday and are still in the playoff hunt. Watt practices one-handed catches during the week and in pregame, but puts both hands on the ball when hes grabbing TD passes.He looks like (Rob) Gronkowski out there right now running, Pagano said, comparing him to New Englands Pro Bowl tight end. The catch he made from the fullback spot in the flat was phenomenal.The Texans, of course, are impressed with Watts work, but coach Bill OBrien isnt doing any campaigning for the award.I understand the question, but I could care less about the MVP, OBrien said when asked if he should win it. I really could. I know that he could care less about it, too. I think its about the team.That doesnt mean Watt doesnt enjoy hearing coaches say he should win it.Its special, he said. Its very humbling to hear that from other coaches and players around the league, because those are the guys that you work hard to earn the respect from. ... Theyve seen you, and they know what theyre talking about, so those are the guys that youd really like to have the respect of.Some in the NFL dont like that defensive players are rarely in the conversation for MVP. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Luck and Dallas running back DeMarco Murray are other top contenders to win this years award. None plays defence.Pagano would argue that Watts importance to the Texans is as high as that of any quarterback.Like a quarterback touches the ball every single play, J.J. affects the game that way, Pagano said. I know he doesnt play that position. You normally dont see it from a position at the defensive line, but hes as good as or better than anybody thats ever played on that side of the football.Watt also plays on special teams, using his huge mitts to get in the face of kickers and punters, and he blocked an extra point attempt in a win over Washington in September.With everything he does Jackson believes Watt is the epitome of an MVP.You take him off that football team, thats a different football team, Jackson said. The fact hes out there playing gives them a chance to win every football game.___AP Sports Writers Joe Kay, Michael Marot and Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Stitched Pelicans Jerseys . Long snapper Patrick Mannelly announced Friday that he is retiring after a 16-year-career with the Bears, a span in which he played in a team record 245 games and snapped the ball 2,282 times. New Orleans Pelicans Shirts . The Toronto Blue Jays star won his second consecutive Hank Aaron Award as the most outstanding offensive performer in the AL on Monday after votes by fans and a panel of Hall of Famers were tallied.MONTREAL -- Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre welcomes the decision by the Nevada Athletic Commission to ban mixed martial arts fighters from using testosterone replacement therapy. He says so-called TRT is only one problem and he wants to go even further than the ban. "Its about time," St-Pierre told reporters at a promotional event in Montreal on Friday. "I think its a good thing." The commission voted unanimously in Las Vegas on Thursday to quit granting therapeutic use exemptions for fighters undergoing TRT. "Its not the UFC (thats) the problem," said St-Pierre. "I believe its the sport, the system." St-Pierre added he thought the ban is a move in the right direction. "I believe theres a lot more things to do. I believe they need to allow testing too -- testing by an organization that doesnt have any interest in the money surrounding the fight." St-Pierre said the decision by Nevada state regulators is "great for a lot of guys -- good, honest guys will be happy." The decision by the commission that regulates boxing and mixed martial arts in Nevada came several weeks after the Association of Ringside Physicians labelled so-called "unmerited testosterone" a health risk for athletes who practise combat sports. UFC president Dana White said he also supported the Nevada ruling and encouraged all athletic commissions to adopt the ban. "We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field," he said in a statement. White also said the UFC would honour the ruling in international markets, "where due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events." Several UFC fighters have been granted exemptions in recent years to use testosterone before their bouts, ostensibly for medical reasons. The decision is already having effects on UFC. Vitor Belfort, who usedd TRT, dropped out of his upcoming middleweight title shot against Chris Weidman. JJ Redick Jersey. As for his own future in the UFC, St-Pierre wasnt telling reporters much, except to say that hes in the best condition hes ever been in his life. The 32-year-old suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder and did not sleep much for about a decade. "Whats changed is that Im sleeping better," he said. "Before I slept around five hours a night because of stress, but now Im around seven hours and thats made a big difference in my life." St-Pierre said hes living a more healthy lifestyle, the stress is gone and hes happier. He took a break from UFC last December for personal reasons and still hasnt decided whether he will return to the octagon. "I dont know if Im going to stop," St-Pierre said. "I dont know what Im going to do. I need a bit of time to decide what Im going to do." But he hasnt completely ruled out a career in the movies, after getting a small part as the villain Batroc the Leaper in the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." "I dont know if Im ready to do that full-time," he said. "I dont know if Im a good actor." St-Pierre said he may have to come on as a bad guy in the ring, but thats whats necessary in his sport. "I dont believe in bad persons," he said. "I believe people are shaped by their genetic environment. "Some people say they look at a serial killer and say hes a bad person. Hes not a worse person than you are because he had been shaped by his genetic and social environment and that makes him what he is -- thats what I believe." The former champ may have hinted at his future Friday as he spent almost an hour coaching a group of 18 enthusiastic amateurs in the finer arts of ultimate fighting. The group included a number of winners of a cross-Canada contest by Bacardi Canada, one of St-Pierres main sponsors. ' ' '
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Watt be the NFLs Most Valuable
Watt be the NFLs Most Valuable