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Spurrier on Manziel and why the Houston Texans may want to draft Clowney

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The Houston Texans have the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier thinks they will have a difficult decision to make between Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

“I guess he’d like to play there in his home state,” Spurrier said in an interview with NFL Network when asked about Manziel suggesting the Texans would be making a mistake in passing on him in the NFL Draft. “I don’t know what they’re gonna do. He’s a dang good player, we all know that, and I think he’s going to be an excellent pro but obviously Jadeveon is a talent that doesn’t come around every year.”

Manziel recently made headlines by making it clear to the Texans that not drafting him with the top pick would be a mistake. Clowney is expected to be one of the top players drafted as well. Spurrier’s comments came moments after he made a comment about Clowney’s work ethic, which has been a bit of a topic of conversation over the past year. At first, Spurrier’s response comes off a bit surprising, until you realize we are talking about Spurrier.

“It was OK,” Spurrier said. “It wasn’t like [former South Carolina running back] Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little different. But when the ball’s snapped, he’s got an explosion like you’ve never seen before.”

Without hearing the context of the conversation, Spurrier’s comments might lead some to think he was criticizing Clowney, but in hearing the interview the reaction may be different. Besides, it has been documented how Spurrier has come out in the public to possibly inspire Clowney to get on the field. He did so multiple times last fall as Clowney was banged up and unable to play at 100 percent at times. Whether this was friction between player and coach or just Spurrier being Spurrier is something Spurrier and Clowney may only know for sure.

Clowney’s work ethic may be worth questioning during the NFL Scouting Combine and leading up to the draft, but Spurrier did comment on how Clowney faced double team coverage time and time again and he still managed to have an impact on the game any time he was on the field even if the stats fail to show it. Spurrier commented on Clowney’s progression not being up to par with the progression seen a year ago, but when you are one of the top defensive players in the game the question should be how much more progression should be expected before going to the next level?

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18 Responses to “Spurrier on Manziel and why the Houston Texans may want to draft Clowney”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Feb 19, 2014 3:20 PM

    It sounds like he thinks an “okay” work ethic is almost praise for Clowney… That doesn’t bode well when he just praised Connor Shaw as being the second coming of Russell Wilson.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 19, 2014 3:52 PM

    While I’m not comparing Antonio Smith to Clowney at all… it seemed that he would be a cap casualty this year but rumors are surfacing that he’s willing to renegotiate to stay. If that’s the case…. no way they draft a DE #1.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Feb 19, 2014 3:58 PM

    Texans would be far better finding a sucker I mean partner to make a trade. Clowney and Manziel will both end up being afterthought players within a few years.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 19, 2014 4:46 PM

    I do agree though that Clowney is a once in 10 years type of guy. Even though we need a QB it’s going to be very hard to pass on him.

  5. miniditka says: Feb 19, 2014 6:58 PM

    Spurrier is right: “obviously Jadeveon is a talent that doesn’t come around every year.” He came around 2 years ago, no talent to be seen this past season, and next year with money in the bank…I’d say it’s a certainty we won’t see talent like his again.

  6. qb757 says: Feb 19, 2014 7:08 PM

    Clowney was the best player in the college game for the last 2 years and the best defensive end to come along that I can ever remember (giving props to Julius Peppers who is the only one I could compare to). His entire year last year was spent being double and triple teamed and he still managed to change the opponents offensive schemes dramatically. Texans should choose Clowney.

  7. robjr50 says: Feb 19, 2014 7:39 PM

    Manziel will sell tickets, TEXANS will have to run the spread offense for him. they need to find a trading partner an stock pile picks.

  8. suprmous says: Feb 19, 2014 8:42 PM

    No matter how you look at it Clowney’s still a diva. Manziel still as arrogant as they come. Spurrier is still sufferin from one sided brain disease: he feels as if it doesn’t happen to concern him it’s not news.

  9. thetooloftools says: Feb 19, 2014 9:44 PM

    Clowney should have came out last year instead of playing an “I don’t want to get hurt and my insurance may not cover my potential year” that had an extreme fall off on aggressive play.
    Mr. Clowney is this years defensive version of Matt Barkley.

  10. afrancis55 says: Feb 19, 2014 11:29 PM

    Hey Einstein, thetoolstoftools, Clowney wasn’t eligible to come out last year. If he was eligible don’t you think we would’ve come out?

  11. omeimontis says: Feb 19, 2014 11:48 PM

    Regardless of whether Houston picks Manziel or not, he will likely be one of the first 3 picks in the draft. A defensive lineman may make a difference, but Houston already has a terrific defensive lineman, and they won so infrequently that they have the first pick in the draft. Meanwhile none of their quarterbacks played well. If Houston drafts Clowney instead of a quarterback, then many people will be scratching their heads for years to come.

  12. parhley says: Feb 20, 2014 6:06 AM

    It’s so comical when people comment on Clowney..Most never watched a game o his til this year..i’ve watched almost every game of his career..Honestly he played te exact same way last. the exact same way..Guys like some in this comment section saying he played it safe, yall are so stupid, really, he played his heart out..Now the missed tackles and gasps for breathe, he did the same exact shit last year..He was injured his whole sophomore with bone spurs, just like this year..The only difference was he WAS the most schemed against player in cfb we have ever seen in our generation, hands down….as far as his production, i blame spurrier for not moving him around on d…of course i can scheme against a great player if i know he is honna line up at rde everytime..we made no concerted effort to counter any teams gameplan, at all…so if you didnt see that, go bk and watch the tape or shut the hell up

  13. txnpride says: Feb 20, 2014 7:44 AM

    “Johnny Football” seems to be to much of a risk as far as him making it through an entire season. All NFL players are one play away from their season,or worse their career being done. He maybe “electrifying” to watch,and he does make plays when things break down,BUT its not if but when he starts taking the big hits from the big boys in the NFL,he isn’t gonna be able to take to much punishment. He just doesn’t have the ass to cash the checks his mouth is writing. I might be wrong,but with the stricter concussion rules in place (and rightfully so) he isn’t going to do my Texans any good on the sidelines holding a clipboard. My hope is the Texans trade for Cousins(only a second round pick) and give Clowney the nod. JJ KillaWatt will be sure to get his head right,you can bank that and Cousins will make enough plays to get us where we need to be. And JohnnyFootball will have a target on him as soon as he steps on the field. Txnpride 24-7

  14. agentpyro says: Feb 20, 2014 9:40 AM

    Why does this article use two different fonts…?

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 20, 2014 9:53 AM

    First off, I think when Manziel gets to the NFL he takes a cue from Russell Wilson and starts sliding…

    Second, people act like Manziel played in Conference USA…. the SEC is FULL of NFL players on defense. Sure, in the NFL, every player is as good as the best player on a team in the SEC, but it’s not like he wasn’t getting hit in the SEC.

  16. ozarkannie74 says: Feb 20, 2014 10:33 AM

    Do you really believe that he got hit in the SEC like he’s gonna get hit in the pros? Do you really believe the size of the players in the SEC are even close to the pros? I can’t wait to see who gets the little s.h.i.t. and how long it takes him to start running from the defensive line. He hates getting hit almost as bad as Peyton Manning does, and he really really hates getting hit. No saying I blame him, just saying it will affect his ability to play QB with the big boys.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 26, 2014 10:09 AM

    qb757 says:
    Feb 19, 2014 7:08 PM

    Clowney was the best player in the college game for the last 2 years
    _________________________-
    Clowney was FAR from the best player in CFB the last 2 years.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 26, 2014 10:10 AM

    ozarkannie74 says:
    Feb 20, 2014 10:33 AM

    Do you really believe that he got hit in the SEC like he’s gonna get hit in the pros? Do you really believe the size of the players in the SEC are even close to the pros? I can’t wait to see who gets the little s.h.i.t. and how long it takes him to start running from the defensive line. He hates getting hit almost as bad as Peyton Manning does, and he really really hates getting hit. No saying I blame him, just saying it will affect his ability to play QB with the big boys.
    _______________________

    Comments like this show me you’ve watched very little A&M football over the last 2 years.

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