After a seemingly endless offseason, and months of chatter about Jadeveon Clowney, we finally got to see the man in two tone blue late on Monday night. I’d call his performance a display of his raw athleticism, if it was a bit uneven. For even the most casual fan, Clowney’s presence could not be ignored. He consistently disrupted plays and dominated the offensive line of the Broncos.
The thing that really jumped out at me was how much Vrabel moved Jadeveon Clowney around. He views him as a chesspiece that he can move at will to tactically create havoc across an offensive line. Clowney isn’t hard to spot. He looks like he was created in a lab. Still, it wasn’t as simple as looking for him on one spot along the defensive front. He was all over the place.
The place Jadeveon Clowney is most likely to be at home is on the strong side of the defensive line.
Clowney organically creates the most problems in this spot purely by alignment.
This was the first defensive play of the game. A pretty standard over front by the front 4, which is more or less a staple of Vrabel’s defense. In this position, Clowney is often the most disruptive. There’s not a tight end in this league that can match him in the run game. Not only that, but if the RT comes into play on a double team, Clowney still finds ways to win. Of course, when double teams come into play, that means another teammate is free to flow to the ball. In this case, it would be Jayon Brown.