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With Clowney Away Texans' Staff Focused on the Players at Camp

Crennel: 'We’d like to have him here, but he’s not here so we have to work with the guys that we have'

August 12, 2019 - 3:30 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Jadeveon Clowney’s absence from Texans’ training camp is one of the biggest storylines heading into the 2019 season, and when he returns is still a mystery.  The coaching staff all want him back sooner rather than later, but they also know the importance of coaching the players in front of them.

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“We’d like to have him here, but he’s not here so we have to work with the guys that we have.  We have to work around it and do the best we can,” Texans’ Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel told the media following Monday’s practice.

No one is expecting one of the linebackers to replace what Clowney produces for a football team, but while Clowney’s return seems inevitable at some point before the start of the regular season, the coaches have to do what’s right for the players they’re working with every day.

“Coach the guys that are here,” Texans’ outside linebackers coach John Pagano added. “Work with the guys you have in front of you, and I think you always learn whoever is here are the ones you have to go with.”

Despite a lengthy hold out, Pagano doesn’t expect Clowney to see much difficulty in his return to the field.  In 2018, Clowney was highly effective accounting for 47 tackles, 16 of those for a loss and sacking the quarterback nine times. 

“Riding a bike, once you’ve done it, you’ve done it.  You get your play speed up, go snap your helmet on, put your hand in the dirt and see ball and go get ball,” Pagano said. 

Crennel agrees for the most part with Pagano.  If Clowney is working, and it appears that he is, then it shouldn’t take Clowney long to be the Clowney we’ve seen the last few years.

“Normally you have to knock some rust off, but it depends on what he’s been doing and how he’s been working, but still you’ve got to get in football shape, you have to acclimate yourself to the new players that we have on the team and all of those kind of things and that will take a couple of days.”