He reported that the NFL Network‘s Bucky Brooks appeared on the Move The Sticks podcast and explained what exactly that reputation is, at least among some of the people he’s talked to. Brooks said Clowney is considered a “lukewarm worker” by some.
“Bill O’Brien got blasted when he traded Jadeveon Clowney, but when you talk to some people in that building he wasn’t the hardest worker,” the analyst explained. “He didn’t want to necessarily be there at training camp. He was always looking for a way out when it came to victory Monday. Look, his reputation as being kind of a ‘lukewarm worker’, that goes all the way back to South Carolina. And so, he can talk about picking it up, but, man, can a leopard change his spots? Is it too late for us to buy into Jadeveon Clowney being the new, improved version of the guy that entered the league years and years ago?”
The comments from Brooks are in stark contrast to what another guest on the podcast had to say about Clowney.
Lance Zierlein said if the defender’s work ethic is really as bad as some say, he wouldn’t be in the kind of shape he’s in. He added that Clowney has been working out in Houston over the offseason and has been getting nothing but “rave reviews” from those working out with him. He went on to say that there doesn’t appear to be any kind of a work ethic problem in games.
Zierlein noted that he did hear some of the same things about Clowney’s “lukewarm” efforts. The analyst said he can’t say first hand whether those rumors are true. He did insist that when the lights are on and the game starts, the player works hard.
However, both analysts noted that the market for Clowney simply isn’t what the pass rush specialist believed it was going to be when the offseason started. It’s been reported that the Cleveland Browns offered him the summer’s biggest deal but he turned it down. The Inquistr previously wrote that the market has been greatly diminished. Despite the offer sheet shrinking for him, there are still a few franchises looking to sign him.
Even if Clowney’s efforts leave something to be desired, both analysts still believe someone would sign him for this season, as long as the money he’s asking for is reduced.