Undisciplined at times:
Aside from Clowney’s injury history, another real area of concern is the fact that he tends to trust his athleticism too much at times which can lead to some undisciplined play.
As I noted earlier in the article, Clowney loves to take calculated risks that definitely bring huge rewards when they are successful. But to sit here and tell you that these risks don’t have an occasional downside would be a flat out lie.
The superstar defender loves to try and jump the snap count in order wreck a play before it even begins. As effective as this strategy is, it does also lead to a plethora of penalties.
He tends to be one of the most penalized players in the league on an annual basis. On top of the offside problem, he will also get hit with the occasional holding, hands to the face, etc.
Clowney has been flagged on 54 occasions in his career which is 22 more times than he’s sacked an opposing quarterback. Over the last four seasons, Clowney has been flagged seven more times than the next highest defensive player.
This is definitely a real concern, but in case you didn’t notice, The strengths section was much longer than this one because you really have to start nitpicking with his game once you discuss his obvious injury concerns.
The monstrous plays he makes and production his mere presence gives to your entire defense far outweighs the fear of an occasional penalty.