Frank Clark and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs restructured his contract to a two-year, $29 million deal this offseason, guaranteeing his return to the workforce.
Nevertheless it was predated by a heart-to-heart chat between Clark and head coach Andy Reid.
Clark spoke to the media on Saturday and recounted the nuts and bolts of that speak following final season. Briefly, Reid informed Clark his play in 2021 wasn’t as much as snuff.
“It was flat out, ‘I do know the kind of participant you’re. You realize the kind of participant you’re. You did not present that this season,’ flat out,” Clark informed reporters Saturday of Reid’s message to him.
Clark began all 14 video games he performed final season, registering 4.5 sacks and two compelled fumbles. The sack whole was Clark’s lowest since his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks. In three playoff video games final season, he had a sort out for loss and a fumble restoration however zero sacks and solely seven tackles.
The Chiefs introduced Clark again this season additionally used a first-round choose on go rusher George Karlaftis and only recently added Carlos Dunlap, who had 8.5 sacks final season with Seattle and has 96 in his profession.
So Clark knew he’d have to vary a number of issues in his way of life this offseason in an effort to return to the shape that noticed him as one of many largest contributors for the Chiefs’ Tremendous Bowl run on the finish of the 2019 season.
The most important modifications, Clark revealed, have been slicing out purple meat from his weight loss plan and eliminating alcohol.
“I finished ingesting liquor,” he stated. “Alcohol is an enormous consider a variety of issues so far as weight, that lower, all of it is sugar. So on the finish of the day, I finished ingesting liquor proper after the season, actually.”
Clark had suffered persistent abdomen points, courting again to at the very least 2018, when he was a member of the Seahawks. Once they flared up once more this offseason, he found out what the issue seemingly was.
“It was February (when) I used to be sick, having abdomen issues and gastrointestinal issues,” Clark stated. “I have not had any (points) since I finished ingesting liquor, and it type of began making extra sense.
“As I am occurring, I am coaching, I really feel my physique is responding to me. I can stand up. I can work out all occasions of day, all occasions of evening. It was a dedication I made.”
That dedication additionally was spurred by a better sense of duty for household. Clark was impressed to do higher for himself as a method of sending the precise message to his household, too. He stated he knew he was ingesting an excessive amount of — and had been for years.
“I used to be ingesting liquor to the purpose the place, as a younger child coming into the league, it is regular popping out of faculty,” he stated. “I went to Michigan; I went to an enormous celebration faculty. I loved it once I did it. It is enjoyable, you realize? After a sport, occasions in between …
“Sooner or later you have to develop up. I’ve obtained three youngsters. I’ve obtained youngsters me day-after-day, my 6-year-old daughter daddy to make the precise selections. I can not afford to be nowhere drunk, nowhere lacking days, lacking something vital. I’ve obtained too many vital dates developing in my life.”
The Chiefs absolutely hope Clark’s new well being routine pays off with a fruitful 2022 season.