Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger got his first career start on Sunday against the Houston Texans. J.J. Watt, the Texans' defensive star, didn’t think the rookie’s priorities entering the game were right, so he let him know with a sack celebration.
Update from Tuesday, Oct. 28
Mettenberger laughed off Watt's selfie celebration, per The Tennesseean's Jim Wyatt:
I just kind of laughed it off. What can I say? The guy is the best defensive player in the NFL, there is nothing I can say to him. So I just need to keep progressing, keep working and we'll play them again.
He's entitled to his opinion, he is a great player and all that. But I know how hard I work, and I know what I am doing here each and every day. And that's something that I can't be concerned about. If social media ever becomes a distraction for me, I just need to give it up. It never has been a distraction.
If guys in this locker room feel it's a distraction on my part, I'll tone it back. But I don't think that's a problem.
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Throughout the week, including on game day, the 23-year-old quarterback had posted selfies on his social media pages.
Those pictures didn’t sit well with Watt.
Watt recorded two sacks, including one in which he forced a fumble, in his team’s 30-16 victory over the Titans. After his fourth-quarter sack of Mettenberger, the defensive end celebrated by pretending to take a selfie.
After the game, Watt made sure the young QB knew why he did the selfie celebration.
“It was one of those things where their quarterback had posted a few 'selfies' this week, including one before the game," he said, per 247Sports.com’s Terry McCormick. "It is kind of a reminder that this is the National Football League, not high school. Welcome to the show.”
Mettenberger may not have thought he was doing anything wrong, but at least one veteran player didn’t think the rookie was taking his job seriously enough.
[Zach Mettenberger, Vine]