Dabo Swinney has made another ridiculous claim about his former quarterback Deshaun Watson and the NFL. First the Clemson coach compared Watson to Michael Jordan, so naturally he concluded that the Texans are destined to win a Super Bowl after drafting Watson with the No. 12 pick in the NFL Draft.
Here’s what Swinney told The Triple Thereat on SportsRadio 610 Houston on Friday about Watson’s pairing with the Texans:
“It’s just ideal. It’s so rare that a quarterback gets the chance to go to a playoff team where there is no established starter. It’s a great opportunity for him. He’s got a strong structure. There is a good culture and a good organization in place there in Houston. I think [Bill] O’Brien is a heck of a coach. Obviously, he’s got a good supporting class around him. They’ve got a heck of a defense and J.J. [Watt] didn’t even play last year. And of course, he gets to throw the ball to DeAndre [Hopkins]. I think it is the perfect fit and the perfect situation for him. I think Houston just won a Super Bowl. I don’t know if it’s this year, next year or the next but it’s coming.”
It’s not surprising to see a college coach stand up for his former player. Some people considered Watson the most talented quarterback in this year’s class, but he was the third QB selected behind North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky to the Bears and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes to the Chiefs.
And to Watson’s credit, he’s won titles at every level of football so far. He won a high school state championship in Georgia as a junior, and then led Clemson to a national title by upsetting Alabama in his final game of college.
But that, of course, doesn’t guarantee he’ll achieve the same success in the NFL, especially with a Texans team hasn’t won more than nine games since 2012 and made the playoffs the last two years only because the AFC South is as mediocre as it gets.
And at least for now, O’Brien said Watson will back up Tom Savage, even though Savage has only played five games in his NFL career.
Yet Swinney continued:
“[It’s] not going to be any different there then it’s been everywhere he’s been. His football IQ and his ability to absorb the playbook was unbelievable.
“You can’t measure what he has.
“I’ve never seen people over analyze and out think things in my life. This guy is an unbelievable winner. He’s got the skillset to play in any type of football league anywhere on the planet. And what he has you just can’t coach it. He has this mindset and this poise that is so well. You know it when you see it and it’s hard to describe but he’s got it. And now Houston’s got it. I can’t wait to see them hold that trophy up because it’s coming. Get ready for it, it’s coming.”
Hopefully Freezing Cold Takes is on the case.
You can listen to the full interview here: