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    Antonio Smith: J.J. Watt deserves NFL MVP honor

    Antonio Smith: J.J. Watt deserves NFL MVP honor


    • By Marc Sessler
    • Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 at 09:11 p.m.



    It's hard to imagine where the Houston Texans would be this season without J.J. Watt's stellar play.

    Watt is tied with Aldon Smith for an NFL-leading 19.5 sacks -- three shy of Michael Strahan's league record of 22.5 -- and the Texans know his value extends far beyond takedowns.

    Watt's teammates are making a push for the pass rusher to be seen alongside the league's top-flight quarterbacks as legitimate MVP material. Watt clearly is the Defensive Player of the Year barring a stunner -- nobody is close -- but defenders rarely are players in the MVP race.

    "Frankly, I'm just tired of everybody thinking that only offensive players can be MVP," fellow pass rusher Antonio Smith told the Texans' official website. "Get out of the old, step into the new. Vote J.J. Watt."

    Not to toot our own horn here, but Gregg Rosenthal has talked up Watt as an MVP candidate all season long. He's not alone on that front, but Smith makes a strong point. There hasn't been a defensive MVP since Lawrence Taylor won the award in 1986.

    Offensive game plans are shaped around Watt and disrupted by Watt in a way that recalls the havoc wreaked by L.T. more than a quarter-century ago. It might time to rethink the MVP award and what it means here in 2012.

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    Re: Antonio Smith: J.J. Watt deserves NFL MVP honor

    Report: DeMarcus Ware fined $15,750 for Big Ben hit


    • By Kareem Copeland
    • Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 at 06:24 p.m.




    Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has been fined $15,750 by the NFL for his hit on Ben Roethlisberger last week, ESPNDallas.com reported Thursday, citing a source.

    Ware smacked the Pittsburgh Steelers' star quarterback in the back of the head with his arm during a pass rush in the fourth quarter. Ware was flagged for roughing the passer and now will cough up some cash to the league.

    Hits to the quarterback's head will draw a fine. It's as simple as that.

    Ware should be thankful the call didn't cost the Cowboys a game that was decided in overtime. Dallas needs wins to make the playoffs, and a personal foul in the wrong moment can be costly.

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