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Deshaun Watson Did The Cool Thing Again

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Last week, when Deshaun Watson answered a thoughtful post-game question with a hyper-detailed breakdown of Carolina’s defense, there was some confusion over whether he was showing up the reporter. Now that Watson has given a similarly thorough answer to a question following his dominant performance Sunday, we can definitively place this under the category of things that rule, and enjoy it guilt-free.

Watson was just absurdly good in Houston’s 53–32 win over the Atlanta Falcons, throwing for 426 yards and five touchdowns on 33 passing attempts, with no interceptions. It was a historic performance, albeit against a deeply crappy team: Watson became just the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to put up a perfect passer rating in a 400-yard, five-touchdown performance; and he joined a list with Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, and no one else by completing his third career game with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

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That kind of performance is the sort of thing that involves a remarkable level of comfort with the opposing defense, and Watson, having demonstrated a willingness to talk in specific details about defensive alignments, was prompted to explain how it all went down on the field Sunday. He did not disappoint:

This excellent answer rewards multiple viewings. I particularly enjoy the “zero rats” description of Atlanta’s red-zone defense, with the only coverage help automatically going to DeAndre Hopkins. It would be madness for any future Watson postgame podium session to not include a prompt to break down opposing pass coverage schemes with this level of detail. Every quarterback should do this, even and perhaps especially Luke Falk.

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