Steve Spurrier was on the NFL Network’s “NFL AM” Wednesday to talk about All-American Jadeveon Clowney and his draft prospects. The Head Ball Coach’s assessment has drawn headlines because of a few of the things he said about Clowney’s work ethic. You can watch the whole interview here, but here are a couple of the quotes people have latched on to:
“It (Clowney’s work ethic) was okay.” I mean it wasn’t like Marcus Lattimore. You know, every player is different. But when the ball is snapped, oh he has an explosion like you’ve never seen before. Sometimes in practice I had to slow him down, lets put it that way.
“His work habits are pretty good. They aren’t quite like Lattimore and maybe Stephon Gilmore, and maybe Melvin Ingram and some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped, yeah he has something no one else has.”
For those of us that have been around Spurrier the past decade this is pretty standard stuff. The HBC has a knack of dropping in a dig before or after any compliment he makes. In one breath Spurrier was calling Clowney’s work ethic “OK” and in the next he is saying; “But when the ball is snapped, oh he has an explosion like you’ve never seen before. Sometimes in practice I had to slow him down, lets put it that way.”
So, according to Spurrier, Clowney’s work ethic was so average he had to ask him to slow down in practice.
Despite the fact Spurrier didn’t debunk the talk that Clowney doesn’t give it his all every play, he made it pretty clear he thinks Clowney is a special talent and a guy that will be a good player in the NFL.
“He’s got an explosiveness that you just can’t coach and teach. His speed is something else. He is a good team player. I mean we didn’t win 11 games three years in a row, the most in school history, because of any kind of issues and so forth.”