Carimi admitted earlier in the week he and Watt weren’t friends in school, and they had their share of battles. So when Carimi talked about Watt and his performance on Sunday, he simply stated Watt’s statistics.
“I think he had one tackle the whole game,” Carimi said.
It was actually two tackles, but you get the point. Watt had entered the game with an NFL-best 10.5 sacks, and Carimi and the Bears offensive line made him a non-factor for most of the game. Sunday was the second time Watt was held without a sack this year.
Carimi thought the key to containing Watt had been his understanding of Watt’s game and adjusting to it.
“He’s going to do some moves, so you keep out of it,” Carimi said. “I think the whole line did well.”
Carimi even went as far as saying it was one of his best games in the NFL.
“Not watching film, I felt this was a really good game for me, personally,” Carimi said. “But there are obviously things I need to correct.”
On the other hand, Watt wouldn’t even discuss Carimi.
“He’s just another player,” Watt said.
Watt’s focus instead remained on the Texans’ victory.
“Excited, proud,” Watt said of the win. “The way we fought it was so impressive; offense, defense, special teams, everybody brought their best foot forward. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t clean, but we came out with a win and that’s all that matters.”