Think Chase Young can play better? Just ask his mom

Ethan Cadeaux
·2 min read

Think Chase Young can play better? Just ask his mom originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

By most accounts, the first half of Chase Young's rookie season has been a success.

The 21-year-old has earned raving reviews from both his defensive coordinator and his middle linebacker, while analytics show he's been the most impactful rookie on the defensive side of the ball. 

But according to Young's mom, the 2020 No. 2 overall pick isn't performing nearly up to his capabilities.

"First seven games, my mom, she gave me a C+," Young told reporters Thursday when asked how his mom would grade the first half of his rookie season.

"Take that on the chin and keep it moving," Young continued. "[I] got to respect what she says."

While the former Ohio State star cracked a smile while answering the question, Young made it clear that his mom is completely serious with her assessment.

So, why just the satisfactory C+ grade?

"She said that I'm not leading the league in sacks, so she gave me a C+," Young said. "I'm definitely going to get them up."

Young currently has 2.5 sacks on the season, the third most on Washington behind Montez Sweat (five) and Ryan Kerrigan (four). 

That number doesn't tell the full story, though. Young has been constantly double-teamed, which has opened up rushing lanes for the end opposite him. He's also been incredible defending the run, an area of his game Young takes tremendous pride in. 

Young knows his mom wants to see more sacks, though. As the pass rusher's mom likes to say,  it's where the "money" is.

"To make money, you've got to get sacks," Young said on Oct. 22. "Everybody knows sacks are sacks. She's definitely more excited about the sacks."

The pass rusher isn't worried about his sack total, however. Young is more focused on helping out his team in any phase he can.

"The coaches, whatever they need me to do, I'll do," Young said. "I ain't trippin' about this, that. Whatever the team needs me to do, I'm gonna do."

After dealing with a nagging groin injury for much of the past month that cost him to miss one game and multiple practices, Young says he feels great entering the second half of the season. The No. 2 overall pick had a parting message for his upcoming opponents, too.

"I feel like in all phases of my game I can get better," he said. "I hope people don't go to sleep in the second half [of the season]."