Bill O’Brien thinks roughing call on Jadeveon Clowney was correct

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Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney took issue with the roughing the passer penalty he received for a hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on the final drive in Sunday’s 32-30 Eagles win.

Clowney said after the game that he thought it was a “good, clean hit” that should have gone unflagged. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien reserved comment at that point and said he would have more to say when he had time to take a better look at the hit.

O’Brien took another look and he has a different view than Clowney.

“His head was down. What they’re ultimately trying to remove from the game is the position — I guess what you would call the pronated position where the head is down,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “They’re really doing that for the safety of, not only player who’s being hit, but also the player that’s doing the hitting. So, I understand that. We just have to continue to coach it better. We do, we show – if you asked the players, every Saturday morning we show them clips from around the league on different calls that are made, and a lot of them have to do with that type of play. His head was down and that’s just the way it was.”

Clowney could also be fined by the league as a result of the hit. He was fined last week for a roughing the passer penalty against the Jets in Week 15.

18 responses to “Bill O’Brien thinks roughing call on Jadeveon Clowney was correct

  1. Clowney should have also been flagged for the facemask sack on the wo point conversion try. Surprised he wasn’t hurt and couldn’t play.

  2. I respect Coach O’Brien for publicly coming out in support of the referee’s call on his own player. He clearly respects the rules and understands that he needs to do a better job in coaching his players.

  3. O’Brien is supposed to have his player’s back. If I was Clowney I would feel some type of way after those comments.

  4. way to stick up for your own player O’Brien, i think Clowney should demonstrate that same hit on you for saying such a dumb thing, it was a clean hit.

  5. He dropped his chin a freaking inch a split second before contact. How is that part of the helmet, going into the stomach no less, going to cause an injury the face mask wouldn’t? It’s the same amount of force either way.

  6. He’s playing long odds here, hoping that being gracious to the ref’s now will give him a quid pro quo come playoff time.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 25, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    O’Brien is supposed to have his player’s back.
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    He’s the coach of the team. He’s supposed to coach the players, which is what he is doing. His job is not to pat them on the back and say nice job when they screw up.

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 25, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    O’Brien is supposed to have his player’s back. If I was Clowney I would feel some type of way after those comments.
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    Classic millennial comment

  9. So, what does he think about a coach calling clock management time outs with over 4 min left in the game.

  10. To those accusing coach of not having player’s back, he did not dump on Clowney, he simply stuck up for the official at the same time actually providing Clowney a bit of compassion while acknowledging the rules are evolving all the time and everyone is accountable INCLUDING THE COACHES.

  11. Clowney’s penalty was simply what happened, and it will continue to happen only at a less frequent pace to teams that coach players and acknowledge when such play results in quantifiable penalized accountability due to unattended consequences of aggressive, explosive play. I respect O’Brien reacting as he did in regard to the original question and separately the review of the incident, and so do the adults who play for him. Obrien did not throw Clowney under a bus, he tossed the star under a skate board while never letting go of his hand. Clowney will be fine, and so will Obrien’s locke room. And consider this is not from an O’brien fan, I think the guy is a mild lunkhead.

  12. tedbundysson says:
    December 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 25, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    O’Brien is supposed to have his player’s back. If I was Clowney I would feel some type of way after those comments.
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    Classic millennial comment

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    Exactly which generation do you think these players belong to?

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