Posted February 24, 2014

Dee Ford doubles down on ‘blind dog’ criticism of Jadeveon Clowney

2014 Scouting Combine, NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014
Dee Ford knocks Jadeveon Clowney at 2014 NFL combine

Auburn’s Dee Ford tallied 10.5 sacks in a breakout 2013 season. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Despite watching Jadeveon Clowney run a blazing 4.53 40 on Monday morning, Auburn defensive end Dee Ford refused to back down from his earlier criticism of the potential No. 1 pick. Ford said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio Sunday that Clowney “plays like a blind dog in a meat market” and he went back to that well while talking to the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.

“When I rely on my athleticism rather than bring the technical aspects, the fundamental part, watch film to become a great pass rusher, I become a blind dog in a meat market,” Ford said. “When I watch Jadeveon that’s what I see. He’s 6-foot-6, 240 and he just plays. But at the end of the day, does that make you a great pass rusher or a better pass rusher than me? No. …

“We’re not saying that dog can’t run. We’re just saying he can’t find the meat. That wasn’t a personal shot at him at all. It’s just fun, it’s competition.”
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Unfortunately, Ford did not get a chance to go toe-to-toe with Clowney at the combine. He was pulled from drills by the event’s medical staff for what Ford called “a medical precaution” stemming from 2011 back surgery to relieve a herniated disc.

“Right before the bench yesterday, I’m warming up and they came and got me and told my group leader that I was medically excluded from participating in the combine,” Ford told Jones. “I feel fine, everything was fine … it was just what they called a medical precaution. They don’t want to risk anything here. It’s very unfortunate, I came to compete in this combine.”

Ford stormed his way into the first-round conversation with a breakthrough 2013 season; he finished with 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 12 games. (Ford missed two contests with a knee injury.) The most recent Audibles mock, posted by Doug Farrar prior to the combine, had Ford coming off the board at No. 27 overall to New Orleans.

Ford believes he should be considered much higher than that. “I’m better [than Clowney],” he proclaimed on that same SiriusXM interview.

His next chance to prove it may come at Auburn’s Pro Day, currently scheduled for March 4.

26 comments
ezwriter69
ezwriter69

Saying that Clowney's 6'6" and 240 shows how clueless this clown is... he's 266 and that's after losing 10 pounds for the combine, he dwarfed Ford when Clowney confronted him at the combine, confronted him with a smile, while Ford shucked and jived and crapped his pants. Any team that passes on Clowney will be very very sorry... he's been marking time waiting for the day he goes pro for three years, he'll be ready and then some come his first real game, and y'all will be stuttering like fools trying to explain that somehow you were still right while Clowney is the next LT, without the 14 year old hookers and mountains of cocaine.

tjleafe
tjleafe

There is some substance to this criticism.  I don't see a great football player in Clowney.  A classic combine fraud.  Very large, very fast, agile.  One problem, no football player in there.  When I did watch South Carolina, I saw a guy taking plays off and wandering around the field.  I predict a colossal NFL bust, I would urge every GM to stay away.

StevenDucre
StevenDucre

You don't make yourself look better by trying to put down someone else.  When teams want a talent evaluator, maybe they will call you for an interview.  But I think at the combine they are looking for actual players.....

jroane
jroane

A dog, blind or not, would find the meat. It's their sense of smell, not their sight, that a dog uses primarily. Don't really get  what he is trying to say.

bees31ballard
bees31ballard

Dude, Worry about YOU. What has Clowney got to do with you and your talents. Get Real. You not going higher than him, get over it and worry about what you can do personally at the combine and your Pro Day to be the best you can be. jealousy is a cruel human trait.geeeezzzz.

donald5
donald5

Dee Ford had 10 sacks over his first 4 years at Auburn (he had an injury during one year that he got a medical redshirt for).  He also didn't have teams creating entire offensive game plans with him in mind.  I'm no Clowney fan but get real Dee.  5th year seniors are there for 5 years for a good reason.  

jeebs3000
jeebs3000

@jroane Dude, it's not a literal analogy, it's figurative. The gist is that Clowney simply relies on his freakish physical gifts rather than proper technique and training. Frankly, I'd still take Clowney over Ford because you can teach technique (that was a redundant statement since technique HAS to be taught) but you cannot teach freakish physical gifts. Clowney has the potential to be a monster.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@jroane hes saying that Clowney is just an athletic freak, but doesn't put in the work of have the mind for the game

AnthonyW.Gibbs1
AnthonyW.Gibbs1

@bees31ballard  It's funny, that's what I tell the kindergartners when they are annoying each other.  It's sad that people still can't do that and they are supposedly grown.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@donald5 Yeah, what about clowns like Tim Duncan?  What a loser if he was any good he would have joined the NBA after his freshman year and then immediately demanded a trade to a big market.

Cool
Cool

@donald5  Yeah... like Russel Wilson, such a loser that he had to transfer to Wisconsin to get his 5th year in.  Those 5th year players never amount to anything.

donald5
donald5

@KristianColasacco @donald5  You are comparing apples to rocks with Ford and Duncan.  Sometimes they want to be at WAKE FORREST 4 years like Duncan.   In his sophomore season he was voted one of the most draft eligible prospects and turned it down to go back his junior year.  After his junior year he was slotted as the 1st pick... Instead he said "I have a strong desire to complete my degree, which I can do next spring, and I believe that the additional time spent here will only benefit my development as a basketball player as well."  Duncan's words.  If you find a similar quote from Ford, I will die of shock.  The NBA wanted Duncan but he said no.  Dee Ford was not mentioned after his sophomore season and was considered a late round pick after his junior year.  COMPLETELY DIFFERENT situations.  Dee Ford was there 5 years getting a degree in PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION.  He was probably there year round to stay in shape.  If you can't get your degree in Public Admin (at Auburn) in less than 3 1/2 years, you are a complete moron or you are just trying to stay eligible to play.   Him staying there was not so he could further his education... it was because he wasn't good enough to get drafted high in the NFL after his 3rd or 4th year.   

rskins09
rskins09

@Cool @donald5    Saw  Wilson play a few times with  NC State ...Most college transfers don't work but  this one did when he went to Wisc...Don't blame him one bit for Wisc. has a much better football program ...It worked out for everybody except NC State .. Russell was good not great @ NC State ...Maybe he didn't like the barbeque  in NC .. Newspapers,Scouts said he wasn't tall enough to play QB in the NFL....Da was wrong this time .. 

eddie767
eddie767

@Cool Wilson graduated in 3yrs,unlike you. He went to Wisc., b/c NC State thought they had a better qb. Whoops.

donald5
donald5

@Cool @donald5  I don't recall saying 5th year players NEVER amounting to anything.  In most cases, they don't.  Are you actually comparing a 2/12 year started in Russel Wilson to a 5th year DE who have only amassed 10 sacks over his entire career ?

hubrob107
hubrob107

@cool: russell wilson is not an apt comparison.  he was successful at NC state before wisconsin, the football coach didnt want wilson to play baseball and football so wilson transferred to a pro style offense with big linemen to further illustrate his ability to play.  Actually wilson was a successful qb at NC state and was a team captain prior to being forced to choose between football and baseball.  btw, obrien was fired soon after this...one of the reasons was his approach to recruiting.  


ford was not playing nor making much of a contribution prior to his 5th YEAR.


you guys should do more research before making comparisons

JayStewart
JayStewart

@donald5 @KristianColasacco  


Dee Ford was a 3* prospect coming out of HS & yes, he didn't "blossom" until his senior year at AU & yes Clowney is a FREAK of an athlete.


HOWEVER, Clowney has mostly relied on pure athleticism until now along with a bad attitude/work ethic.  If he continues to do that He will:

1) Get drafted in the 1st 3 picks

2) Show flashes of brilliance on SC from time to time

3) Be labeled a huge draft bust 5 years from now.


Ford, on the other hand has had to bust his tail for 5 years just to get to where he is.  If he continues & avoids debilitating injury (which is out of anyone's control really) he will


1) Get drafted somewhere in the 2nd round

2) Steadily produce/improve for whomever drafts him

3) make multiple pro bowls during his pro career.


BTW, for what it's worth, Ford plays a pretty mean piano & is an extremely articulate young man whose future will be fine with or without the NFL: 

here's a sample of his piano skills:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_AsiilOLGw


Andrew7
Andrew7

@donald5 @KristianColasacco  Yeah, and he had 10.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in 12 games. Clowney had 3 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Who cares what the stats were leading up to their final seasons? Ford is CLEARLY playing better now. Ford had one fewer sack in the championship game than Clowney had ALL YEAR.

donald5
donald5

@Cool @donald5  What does the act of typing slowly help? I think I would read it at the same speed regardless of the time you took to type it...I bet you thought that was pretty clever when you  s l o w l y typed that.  I will make this as simple as I can for you.  Take the following statements:  


Statement #1  Minimum wage work at the age of 35 is for people who have managed to screw their lives up.


Statement #2  People who get DUI's are bad.  


Statement #3  Taking 6 years to get through college is pathetic.


Statement #4 The Kardasians have screwed up raising their kids


You could go around and take a poll whether people agree with those statements and I bet most people would agree with some of them as they are worded.


According to your reading comprehension, those are all definitive statement that leave no room for exceptions. You think that anyone who says number one thinks that there is no way a person can be working at fast food at 35 unless they are screw ups.  #2...anyone who says that doesn't think someone might have accidentally taken the wrong medication and gotten arrested... not necessarily a bad person.  #3  Anyone so says that  has completely forgotten about doctors.  #4 Maybe there is one that turned out ok... I think there is one.   


Any normal person who reads or hears those 4 statements would consider that the speaker is making a general statement and there is room for exceptions.  It lacks an official context that says there are no ifs, ands or buts.  That is how normal humans interact and speak to each-other.   I know that wasn't as simple as I said it would be.  Try to read it real slow... (yes... "read" was what you were going for) .  Later doosh bag.

Cool
Cool

@donald5 @Cool  I will type this slow for you in hopes you can keep up.  See you ended your comment by saying " 5th year seniors are there for 5 years for a good reason. "  Now this suggest that you believe anyone taking 5 years to play college ball must not be taken serious or be that good.  It was a stupid comment and I called you out on it.

Cool
Cool

@hubrob107  I was simply pointing out that just because a dude spends 5 years of eligibility in college does not mean they should be discounted or thought to be a wash.. as donald was suggesting.