Frank Clark was not a member of the Kansas City Chiefs last year, but he certainly has his own opinions about how the franchise’s 2018 season ended.
Clark blasted former Chiefs defensive end Dee Ford, who is now on the opposing San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, for an offsides penalty against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game last year.
“I don’t know nothing about him,” Clark said of Ford on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “I couldn’t name a stat. I don’t know the school he went to. I just know he had lined up offside and anybody who lined up offside at a time like that I feel like that’s a dumb penalty at the end of the day. I’m sure he feels the same way. Personally I’ve lined up offside before but not in that type of (situation) … In any (situation) that’s just something that shouldn’t happen.”
The harsh criticism is well-warranted. The offsides blunder, of course, came on the same late-fourth-quarter play as a Tom Brady interception, thus negating the pick. The Patriots made the most of the second chance as they scored a touchdown to force overtime before going on to win the game in the extra session thanks to a Rex Burkhead rushing touchdown.
Ford’s penalty cost may have Kansas City a Super Bowl appearance, but Clark and the Chiefs have since made up for it.