During the fourth quarter of the Ravens' 33-16 win over the Texans, Houston rookie defensive lineman Ross Blacklock was ejected from the contest for a late shove on a Baltimore player.
That poor decision did not sit well with veteran defensive end J.J. Watt.
“It’s stupid,” Watt said. “It’s selfish. It was a stupid play. It was selfish. I’ve spoken to Ross before. It pisses me off."
Clearly, the longtime leader of the defense was not pleased with how Blacklock carried himself during the loss. The second-round draft pick out of TCU has just one assisted tackle through two contests, and while growing pains on the field can be expected, "dumb" plays that penalize the team have a much shorter leash.
Houston's defense had the unfortunate luck of drawing Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson back-to-back to open the campaign, but all they have to show for it is an 0-2 record and 30-plus points allowed in both contests.
That start to the season means frustration is sure to show itself, and trying to tackle Lamar Jackson and the Ravens rushing attack has made many defender's blood boil. But as Watt stated, Blackclock's actions are not tolerated.
As the heart and soul of the unit and a main voice in the locker room, Watt's influence will have a major role in where the Texans go from here.