RTC: Clowney defends his work ethic

January, 23, 2014
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Texans owner Bob McNair praised South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's athletic ability and said he hoped Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's work ethic could rub off on Clowney if the Texans draft him. This week, Clowney reacted in an interview with Josh Kendall of The State. "When I sit down with (McNair), he will understand," Clowney said. "I think my work ethic is pretty good. It got better. My last year I worked harder than anybody on our defense. He will understand when I sit and talk to him."

J.J. Watt drafted Duane Brown in Wednesday's second leg of the Pro Bowl draft, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Watt was a captain on Deion Sanders' Pro Bowl team. This year was the first without conference designations for the NFL's all-star game, in an effort to spruce it up. Instead Sanders and Jerry Rice drafted teams with the help of player captains. Sanders' captains were Watt and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Not sure about the rest of you, but I don't think this change did anything to make the actual game matter more. But I also don't care whether the Pro Bowl is good football. I'm perfectly fine with it being a reward for athletes who compete in the most physically brutal of the major American professional sports and get paid the worst among that group.

Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle says Texans coach Bill O'Brien declined all local interview requests, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel barely spoke (perhaps other than the half dozen interviews he did on Monday), and general manager Rick Smith spoke reluctantly while at the Senior Bowl. The Texans are taking a more insular approach.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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