Clowney has big game, takes blame after loss

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Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had a big game on Monday night, but after losing to the Raiders, he told reporters they should give him blame, not credit.

Asked about some questionable calls that went against the Texans, Clowney instead turned the attention to himself and his teammates, saying the Houston defense had a lead that it should have been able to hold.

We can’t blame nobody but us,” Clowney said. “Don’t put the game in the refs’ hands to take it from us. We should have taken the game. Man, I felt so confident about us winning the game. It just slipped away from us at the end, and we lost it. Very tough, we should have won this game. We gave this away. It slipped out of our hands.”

Although Clowney got close to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr a few times, the Texans ended the game without any sacks.

“He was getting too comfortable back there,” Clowney said of Carr. “It was pitch-and-catch. He was just throwing quick outs and receivers were making plays.”

Clowney was excellent in the game, with five solo tackles and two tackles for loss. He looked like exactly the kind of player the Texans thought he’d be when they made him the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. But he didn’t want to talk about his own success.

“It ain’t about me,” Clowney said. “It’s about the team. We didn’t do what we wanted to do to win the game.”

That’s a good attitude for a good young player to have.

30 responses to “Clowney has big game, takes blame after loss

  1. Classy dude. great player. Texans have every right to be happy with him as their first overall pick. Unfortunate that injuries have slowed his start, but it’s good to see him coming along. Much respect to you, Houston. That was a tough fight.

  2. Clowney and the rest of the Texans defense played very well, the Raiders figured out the mismatches they had with their RB’s on the Texans LB’s and the game changed.

    There were times, especially in the 4th quarter where Carr had all day to throw, maybe the Texans defense was gassed from the air.

  3. Clown. Yall still think he’s gonna be better than Watt. Too funny. His best play ever, he went unblocked and tackled a small college level rb that ran at him head on. He did good tho. He got the tackle. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  4. The League needs more players that have been coached/taught to focus on team results and not individual accolades or stats.

    It’s a breath of fresh air in a League dominated by posers, dancers and trash-talkers.

  5. So we’re all just going to sit here and keep pretending officials aren’t just blatantly handing games to certain teams at an increasingly alarming rate?

    This game was one more big step for me to being done with this corrupt league. If I want to watch something with a predetermined outcome, I’ll switch to WWE Raw.

  6. This is why your ratings are down Rodger, it’s not Kap and the flag protest, or the violence of the game itself, it’s the fact that you pay part time workers part time wages to ultimately control the outcome of a billion dollar industry.

    Last nights officiating was horrendous and the Texans were robbed of key plays (Hopkins TD, a first down in the fourth TWICE) and while it may not have decided the game, it certainly would have made the outcome different.

    Btw I couldn’t care less about either of these teams but it’s becoming more and more apparent week in and week out that the officials are what’s to blame here for this game feeling like WWE instead of a sport that isn’t scripted.

    Hire FULL TIME employees to officiate, go with the Hoodies plan to allow coaches to CHALLENGE EVERYCALL and maybe we’ll stop seeing articles like this after EVERY GAME

  7. He looked pretty awesome but Id still take Mack over him given the chance to go back in time. Ill change my mind if he can stay healthy for a couple seasons.

  8. Hats off to Clowney…he played a hell of a game, and so did the whole team for that matter. Officiating was awful last night and I think Houston got screwed

    -Raiders Fan

  9. no way ..he is a total bust who only made one big play in college! ..in addition to winning SEC DPOY & being named a 1st team All American twice, that is .. this dude is only 23, let’s let him play for a while before we let the armchair QBs of America write him off

  10. hakunamangata says:

    Hire FULL TIME employees to officiate, go with the Hoodies plan to allow coaches to CHALLENGE EVERYCALL and maybe we’ll stop seeing articles like this after EVERY GAME

    ———————————————————-

    NFL tried that already the first year replay was allowed. It was terrible. No flow to the game. Ref’s going to the review camera after every other play. Games were regularly lasting 4 and a half hours. It was a total failure.

    I have a question for all those calling for full time referees. Why do you think that would make them better? They would still only be ref’ing one game a week (in general). I just don’t get the logic. Help me out on this one.

  11. First I will say listening to Clowney here and watching him this year he is proving all those people wrong that wanted him to fail. He has been an impressive football player this year.

    NFL has to do something about Dean Blandino because nobody has respect for the referee anymore. I turned the game off at half-time and I love defenses going at it hard. I said it 3 years ago, Blandino is losing the NFL credibility the same way Donaghy did the NBA.

  12. But but but all the armchair football experts told us that Clowney was only good because of one hit in college!

  13. This guy has gotten a lot of bad press, and some for good reason, but he seems like a classy guy with a good attitude. I hope he can stay healthy so we can see what a beast he can really be!

  14. Officials were awful but give some credit to the Raiders, once they figure out the Texans defense, they took over, that was all in the 4th quarter.

  15. saveusterrelldavis says:
    Nov 22, 2016 12:57 PM
    I come here to read football information not to read your reporters constant analysis of player’s attitudes

    _________________________________

    Tip #1: If you don’t like it, go somewhere else.
    Tip #2: The headlines usually describe the story content so, theoretically, you can avoid stories about player attitudes.
    Tip #3: Why am I wasting my time responding to your stupid comment?

  16. First off, Clowney was a beast last night – while he didn’t get to Carr, he hurried some throws and absolutely destroyed the Raiders ground game. I likely won’t ever regret the Texans taking him over Mack, but after seeing what he can do when healthy (as he has been this year), this guy can not just play, but dominate.

    Now, on to the following comment (similar ones have been made on various threads about this game):

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    hakunamangata says:
    Nov 22, 2016 7:26 AM
    This is why your ratings are down Rodger, it’s not Kap and the flag protest, or the violence of the game itself, it’s the fact that you pay part time workers part time wages to ultimately control the outcome of a billion dollar industry.

    Last nights officiating was horrendous and the Texans were robbed of key plays (Hopkins TD, a first down in the fourth TWICE) and while it may not have decided the game, it certainly would have made the outcome different.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Stop, please – just stop the nonsense about the ‘Hopkins TD’ as you’re simply regurgitating the garbage ESPN showed you. Seriously. I’d upload the still image (if I could) captured from the game that clearly shows his heel out of bounds. Google it and you’ll see CLEAR as day he’s out. The thing is, and I yelled it at my TV last night as the crew seemed fixated on making that a questionable call – the replay shown over and over again is cut SHORT – it’s the fifth step after the push that he steps out. Some people just like the narrative of ‘the refs are garbage’ and it colors everything they see.

    You want to talk about the runs in the fourth? Again, both good calls – if anything, O’Brien should have challenged the 3rd down spot (going out of bounds may have been a more favorable spot on review) but the knee was clearly down short on 4th WELL before the lunge forward for extra ground. Don’t like that? Let’s still-frame look at it so the refs can call the blatant hold at the point of attack.

    The Texans didn’t have one taken from them – as a Raiders fan, we’re authorities on what that looks like. They simply crumbled when it mattered most – a coach with no cajones who punts with the game on the lime, a D who seemed gassed in the 4th DESPITE holding a ridiculous TOP advantage, sloppy tackling, etc.

    Simply put, the better team made plays when it mattered….

    …and the haters can’t stand to think that the better team was the Silver & Black…

    We’re back – on the road, in our house, in another country, it doesn’t matter. We can trade punches and dance, we can steam-roll you, we can let the bombs fly from both sides and light up the scoreboard. We can win pretty or we can win ugly…the point is, this team will fight you until the very end – the EXACT same thing we saw during our DECADES of dominance. It doesn’t matter how it’s done, this is a team that has fully bought in to ‘Just Win Baby!’

    ONE NATION!

  17. Clowney was dominant last night. The refs have way too much control over these games. Offensive holding can be called on almost every play, yet they always seem to come on critical games. Not to mention all of the other crap calls, defensive PI spot fouls most notably.

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