Clayborn Catches Payton’s Eye

November 4th, 2011

Reading Saints head coach Sean Payton’s assessment of Adrian Clayborn really caught Joe’s attention.

Payton wasn’t just spitting out cliches. He seemed eager to express what all Bucs fans with a clue are seeing. Clayborn is a relentless menace on the field, so documented Tampa Tribune scribe eye-RAJ! Kaufman in an excellent feature story.

Clayborn prides himself on a relentless style that has quickly made him a favorite among teammates and a player that has caught the attention of opponents.

“He’s physical, he’s got a variety of pass rush moves and he loves playing,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “The one thing I would say about Adrian Clayborn is he’s 100 mph for every play – and that is a fantastic trait for any player.”

Joe suggests you read the whole feature. There are quotes in there from defensive line coach Keith Millard talking about Clayborn’s improvement against the run. (Yes, Joe knows the Bears just gashed the Bucs left and right on the ground.)

Today, Clayborn was snagged for a national interview on Joe will post that tomorrow. It seems Clayborn’s three sacks in the last five games have turned some heads. Another two on Sunday in New Orleans, and there’ll be a lot more people talking about the rookie on his way to double-digit sacks.

24 Responses to “Clayborn Catches Payton’s Eye”

  1. thomas 2.2 Says:

    What no mention of how great the “statless wonder” is? When I, like Payton watch buc film, Clay stands out (along with BP). Sonetimes silence is deafening.

  2. That Guy Says:


    Jackin’ it to My Little Pony does not qualify as studying film. Get a life, dude.

  3. Teflon Don Says:

    i love clayborn hes a force one the field although he is only a rookie its easy to see his potential is sky high. The thing that concerns me is the bucs spent alot of money on the dline and even brought in 2 new dline coaches and we are still near the bottom of the league in sacks. I know it will take time for us to be near the top of the league in that stat category but we def need to get more sacks on the defensive side of the ball especially this week

  4. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Brokeback 2.2 up to his usual hijinks in the comments section.

  5. Nick Says:

    “When I watch film” LOL…. oh wait it’s true

  6. flmike Says:

    Ndamukong Suh 24 17 7 3.0
    Gerald McCoy 11 10 1 1.0 (missed two games)

    Adrian Clayborn 13 11 2 3.0

    Who’s having the better season?
    Based on pure stats, Suh, but not by much. Throw out the assists stat, as anyone who jumps on the pile before the whistle gets an assist.
    But look closer at the teams and the records, the Lions D has faced 296 pass attempts, while the Bucs D has faced 239 attempts, that’s 57 more pass attempts for the Lions D, yet Super-Suh has only 3 sacks, while GMC has 1, still while missing 2 games and not facing as many passing attempts. 17 Solo tackles vs 10 again while missing two games.
    Now, who is actually having the better season?

    I threw in Clayborn just to give a DE perspective.

  7. Oahubuc Says:

    ‘Sonetimes’ I actually read your posts.

  8. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Softy’s 1 sack came against the Colts and a third string guard who didnt play college football. The fact that Softy missed 2 games does not help your argument, it hurts it.

    What do you mean close. Suh has twice the tackles and 3 times the sacks. 3 times, like 300%, like a factor of 3. Just like the career sacks. Further, Suh is 2-0 against these Bucs and the Lions are poised for the playoffs. Also, Suh hasnt been injured, he injures opponents and gets complaints bc he is too physical.

    I have yet to hear an opposing coach praise Softy the way coaches did Clay.

  9. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    If you say softie meaning GMC you are sadly mistaken 2.2.. He’s been wreaking havoc this year he was listed 4th overall at the position by PFF. GMC is a beast as are Clayborn, Price, sometimes Bennett, and hopefully someday Bowers; but GMC is definitely the leader of the d line.

  10. ron Says:

    hey 2.2 didnt you say clayborn was jsut like number 93 when we drafted him??

  11. Nor Cal Bucs Fan Says:

    You act like we had a choice. The lions wanted him and were not tradin out of the spot…..get over it man !!!

  12. RustyRhino Says:

    @Nor Cal Bucs Fan Says

    Right on Brother!!!

  13. shortybuc Says:

    If the Bucs hit on three out of 4 (mcoy Clayborn Price and Bowers) it will be considered successful..One bust out of the bunch wouldnt be a total loss as thomas indicates how we are screwed for even having far nobody has been as dreadful as Gaines or Booger..jeez

  14. TopDoggie Says:

    Who cares about Suh he is not on our team.

  15. K2theSoldier Says:

    EXACTLY TOPDOGGIE. T2 is so quick to compare the 2, it’s just stupid. Mccoy is the best player on the defensive line right now, Thomas’ film study is highlight reels on youtube lol.

  16. K2theSoldier Says:

    However, Clayborn is a freak and an animal and has the best career ahead of him. I love Clayborn. Price is a boss too, our D line is so sick. Remember Bowers too? Beast, beast, beast, beast.

  17. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Our DLine is so sick that we are ranked 29th overall, After finishing last year ranked 17th overall. Apparently, the loss of Ruud, getting McCoy back from injury (only to be reinjured) and the additions of Bowers and Clay have made this defense worse. I agree that Clay looks good and is better than anticipated.
    The offense has improved from 19th to 15th. You sheep don’t recognize the obvious truth – the defense has regressed while everything on the offense except Freeman’s turnovers has improved.
    Further, we were 5-2 at this point last year (albeit with a few gifts due to inept/injured opposing qb’s).

  18. flmike Says:

    @OuhaBuc “Sonetimes’ I actually read your posts.”
    At least someone does.

    Have you eve played a team sport?
    Our D line is so much better than it was last season it’s ridiculous. The talent level of the individual players is far greater than it was last season, sure it will take time for them to gel, but that comes with playing together as a unit, which again was retarded by the asinine lockout, give this line a full off season with proper coaching and we’re looking at a top 10 maybe a top 5 unit next season.

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hey Thomas2, I hear Suh is looking for a new boy to carry his ball-sack around. You should apply for the job.

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Thomas. Peyton probably didn’t mention McCoy as a stand out, was because McCoy didn’t play against the Aints! He missed the final game with them last year, also.

    McCoy will be on the field tomorrow. Peyton will get a good eyeful then. I bet you Brees knows who he is after tomorrow.

    Keep trying, Thomas. I told you McCoy was the wrong guy to pick on. You should have picked Black, Hayes, or Talib. You’d have a bunch of supporters for those. You could pick on those guys all day, without to much intelligent opposition! Of course, opposition is what you’re looking for, Right?

  21. thomas 2.2 Says:

    Black and Hayes are as bad as Mccoy. Talib is the worst person of all of them, and his personal problems are affecting his head and play. He is more talented than displayed this year. At least he hasnt been injured and missed nearly 30% of his career games like someone else.

  22. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Thomas 2.2 owns a Suh jersey

  23. Capt.Tim Says:

    Man, Thomas, I wish that was true! If Black and Hayes played at McCoys level- nobody would be able to run on us. Instead, every team runs to the edges, knowing that those two will be hiding under a blocker.

    If they played like our beast of a DT, we wouldn’t have to waste two high picks on their replacements

  24. Sambizle Says:

    Hey Big Mack

    The Ball-sack comment was awesome!