Titans coach Mike Vrabel shares his thoughts on Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney went into the offseason expecting to land Aaron Donald or Khalil Mack money. But here we are in April, and Clowney remains unsigned.
While the general consensus has been that Clowney will ultimately return to the Seattle Seahawks, he has apparently dropped his asking price, which has opened the field to some competitors.
One of those competitors is the Tennessee Titans, who are rumored to have some interest in the defensive lineman.
Considering that Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was the Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator during Clowney’s last couple of seasons with the Texans in 2017 and 2018, Tennessee’s interest does not come as much of a surprise.
However, circumstances are a bit different now, as Clowney is coming off of a rather shaky 2019 campaign in which he logged just three sacks while battling a sports hernia injury throughout much of the second half.
When asked about Clowney, Vrabel had this to say:
“The health issue isn’t for me to decide,” said Vrabel, according to Turron Davenport of ESPN.com. “When I coached him, he was prepared. We did a lot with him and put him in different places to affect the game. He played extremely hard. We asked him to do a lot and he did a lot for us.”
Clowney enjoyed his two best NFL seasons under Vrabel. He racked up a career-high 9.5 sacks to go along with 59 tackles, a pair of forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown in 2017 and followed that up by totaling 47 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and a defensive score in 2018.
The 27-year-old made the Pro Bowl both times.