as Kansas City Chiefs Defensive end Frank Clark joined the media on Saturday – his first of the 2022 season – as he recounted the story of his March meeting with head coach Andy Reid. Clarke, transformed from being the hero of Joe Super Bowl As arguably the team’s most polarizing player in the title race, frankly.
“It was flat, ‘I know what type of player you are. You know what type of player you are. You didn’t show that this season,’ flat out,’ Clarke said. “I understand That. Coach Reid, we’re very real. Coach Reid from East Los Angeles. I am from South Central. It’s the same thing. We’re going to keep it real with each other. We boys from the West Coast. We LA boys, so I understand, I relate. We are totally fine with each other. We both have to work hard. Nothing in life was easy… I have come last year, I am going through the phase I am going through, but I still have a job to do.
“And I didn’t do my job to the best of my ability as I should have. In some people’s opinion, that’s average. That’s an average year. I see average players get 5.0 sacks a year – but my By the standard, it’s not good enough. And obviously for my coaches, and I appreciate them for that – keeping me at that standard.”
Clarke finished the 2021 season with 4.5 sacks, his lowest score since his rookie season in 2015. In the latter three games of the season, he did not reach quarterback even once. Several analysts—including me and . Are included others who write here arrowhead pride , It was assumed that the Chiefs would walk away with Clark’s 2022 cap hit, which would total more than $20 million.
But Clark worked with the chiefs, Taking a pay cut to remain a member of the team,
“I want to see it here. I love Chiefs Kingdom,” Clark said, who signed a five-year, $105 million contract with Kansas City in 2019, “Four years later, I love it here. I love teammates — my guy Chris Jones, one of my best friends. We’ve got unfinished business.”
“I think last year we gave up on a very sour taste – had a lot of expectations, but didn’t meet our goals, didn’t win AFC Championship, didn’t make it back to the Super Bowl. You know how we are: We’ve got high standards here. We want to keep the bar high and keep it there. Like I said, we went off on a sour note, and I wanted to come back and end on a good note. ,
Clarke said he knew – from day one of the off-season – that he wanted to stay in Kansas City. Now that he has reported training camp in St Joseph for the 2022 season, he looks like a man with something to prove.
Clarke said he weighed more than 260 pounds at the start of last season – and that has kept him from becoming the player he wanted to be.
“I was really the heaviest in what was like my third year in the league with Seattle,” Clarke said. “I wasn’t that heavy. I haven’t played under 260. I was playing like 255, 250 for the latter part of my career. I just wanted to go back to that. I wanted to feel my feet Wanted to go back. I feel like I wasn’t feeling my feet much last year. I wasn’t that quick with the ball. I wasn’t that explosive. And it’s obvious – you can go and see the movie I was too heavy. I had a gut. It felt like I looked sloppy in there.
“I’m a professional. I understand how it goes. So at the end of the day, you have to come across in a presentable fashion in everything you do — and I, as a professional, I think that I need to change my body, I have to change my mental [approach] And that’s exactly what I did.”
To do this, Clark said he began eating better by cutting red meat out of his diet. But the most important change was no drinking during the off-season.
“Alcohol is a big factor in so many things, as is weight,” he said. “It’s all sugar. So at the end of the day, I honestly stopped drinking right after the season. It was like February. I got sick. I’m having stomach problems, gastrointestinal problems. Ever since I haven’t had anything since I stopped drinking. Then it started to make more sense. As I progress, I’m training. I feel like my body is reacting to me. I am able to get up, I am able to work at all times of the day, at all times of the night. And so that was a commitment that I made.”
In practice, it’s easy to tell that Clark is noticeably thinner, and this has allowed her to work out better. The real test will be on Monday, when the Chiefs host their first padded practice – one that will involve a defensive line going up against the offensive line with full contact.
When asked about his aspirations for the 2022 season, Clarke simply said that he wants to be the best he can be – and a good partner in a youth room. Clarke began that process by taking rookie first rounder George Karloftis into his wing.
More than a physical impact, Clark’s changes have resulted in a marked change in his attitude and demeanor.
“At some point, you grew up,” he admitted. “I have three kids. I have kids looking up to me every day. I’ve got a 6 year old daughter watching daddy – looking up to me to make the right decisions. I can’t get anywhere drunk Missing times anywhere, missing dates, can’t remember anything that’s important – and there are so many important events coming up in my life.”
You can find Arrowhead Pride principal analyst Ron Kopp’s full comments from Saturday’s exercise Here,
chat after practice
- Did not practice (due to injury): CB Rashad Fenton (shoulders) ol Lucas Niang (knees) ol Prince Tega Vanogho (legs)
- left early: Te Jodi Fortsson (Quad)
tweet of the day
I think Harold is right.
Clarke, describing first-round rookie George Karloftis: “George is dope. George is a dope rookie.”
What will happen next?
Chiefs return to the practice area on Saturday for their third workout open to the public. The exercise begins at 9:15 am at Arrowhead Time. Here is the full schedule, The team’s defensive back will be available to sign autographs after practice as head coach Andy Reid addresses the media on the podium. It’s also Chiefs Alumni Day.