Bill O'Brien sees Clowney as a 'team guy'

April, 2, 2014
Apr 2
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One of new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien's most consistent themes with his new team is the importance of the team above individuals.

That is why O'Brien's response when asked on "SportsCenter" about his dinner with South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney last night stood out to me.

"I think he’s a team guy," O'Brien said after South Carolina's pro day. "He talked a lot about his teammates. He talked a lot about how much he enjoyed being around the guys in the locker room playing games with them, practicing with them, lifting weights with them. I got the feeling this guy is a team guy."

That is big to O'Brien. He wants every player he has to be a team guy, not to focus on individual accomplishments and celebrations.

Clowney appeared later on the show and was asked what kinds of questions he gets asked.

"How much do you love the game and about your work ethic," Clowney said.

It's a line of questioning Clowney said he doesn't understand. O'Brien has said he has no questions about Clowney's work ethic, but some do.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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