Chad Morris' offense rendered a non-factor by USC

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney sacks Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd for a loss of 9 yards in the fourth quarter on Saturday.

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South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney sacks Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd for a loss of 9 yards in the fourth quarter on Saturday.

— There wasn’t much Chad Morris could do Saturday night but sit and watch.

South Carolina’s defense rendered one of the nation’s most potent offenses – in the top 10 nationally in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense – powerless after halftime. The Gamecocks held the ball for over 23 minutes in the second half, rolling to a 27-17 win over Clemson.

The Tigers’ offense had just 328 yards, second-worst this season, and their 59 plays were the lowest of 2012. Clemson had just 19 offensive plays in the second half, and three of the five drives lasted three plays or fewer.

Morris discussed what he called “the tale of two halves” and South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s dominance, among other things, with reporters afterward.

What did their defense do: “It was a tale of two halves, to be honest with you. I think the first half we had everything like we wanted it. We had great tempo. I thought we were playing at a high level. I thought the second half we came out, and we were limited on opportunities. We had to make sure some of our plays hit that we were taking, some of the shots. We had a few drops in there, with the opportunities that were limited, we didn’t capitalize on them.

“I thought they got a little more pressure on Tajh in the second half and that’s it. That was kind of what it was.”

On Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins combining for four catches: “I think you go back, it’s a tale of two halves. You had 40 snaps in the first half and in the second half you’re limited. It wasn’t by design, we’re trying to get those guys the ball. There were several times we were rushed and had to step up and Tajh had to get out of some pressure on him.”

What did Jadeveon Clowney do to cause so much havoc: “I thought we did a pretty good job the first half with him. In the second half was when he speed-rushed. We were sliding our front into him and making him move on us. We were putting two guys on him. That’s the way he’s played all year long. It wasn’t anything we didn’t anticipate. He was going to come. I thought Brandon (Thomas) did a good job on him in the first half and he got us there at the end.”

On frustration in the second half: “They were all frustrated in the second half. You’re trying to create some opportunities. Jaron Brown caught a ball (for 38 yards) and it gave us a spark. We opened up and went three-and-out on the opening drive. We felt like we were running the ball effectively in the first half. That was our plan to come out in the second half and start running the ball. Again, it was what it was. The opportunities weren’t there and we had to keep pushing.”

Did the limited second-half chances make it hard for you to get into a rhythm: “I don’t think there was a rhythm. That’s a good point, I don’t think there was a rhythm in the second half at all.”

On regrouping the offense: “I think the one thing you’ve got to look at is, you hurt for our seniors. They’ve done some great things for this program. Those things won’t be overshadowed, some of the success they’ve achieved in the last four years here, not winning a state championship in the last four years here is something that hurts. Hurts them, hurts us all, we all feel it. We’ve all got to live with it. And we understand that.”

On double-teaming Clowney: “That was one thing you looked at, when you put two on Clowney, you single up on the other side, too. We gave up a couple, especially in a key quick-game situation to start the second half. Opening drive, we gave up a sack on Tajh in a quick-game protection, which never should have happened, by getting beat. That was something, when you try to double one, you single someone else. That was a concern going in, was our offensive line matched up with their defensive front and try to control them. I thought we did that for the first half because we were effective running the football. And you start the second half out, we open up with a run, you go to a quick game and next thing you know we’re sacked. So you get out of your game plan when that happens.”

On if USC’s ends were better than Florida State’s ends because of athleticism: “It’s hard to say. It is hard to gauge that. I thought they were very good, a very talented defensive front. There’s no doubt about that.”

Where does Clowney rank among the ends you’ve faced at Clemson: “I think he’s one of the best players in the country. I said that from when I met with (reporters) Monday. I still think that. He makes his mind up, that’s what he wants to do and you get him in a passing situation, there’s not too many guys that can block him on-on-one.”

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waran writes:

I didn't see Clemson's O play will in the 1st half. Maybe the 1st Quarter. What did Chad Morris see in the 2nd Quarter? Where was he the rest of the game?

I think Tajh is a great person, and a decent QB. For a long time many of us had doubts about his capabilities against strong Ds. (see my comments before the beginning of the Season when this paper rated him as the most valuable player). While I appreciate and thank Tajh for all his contributions, it is time for a new QB.

TigerNE writes:

in response to waran:

I didn't see Clemson's O play will in the 1st half. Maybe the 1st Quarter. What did Chad Morris see in the 2nd Quarter? Where was he the rest of the game?

I think Tajh is a great person, and a decent QB. For a long time many of us had doubts about his capabilities against strong Ds. (see my comments before the beginning of the Season when this paper rated him as the most valuable player). While I appreciate and thank Tajh for all his contributions, it is time for a new QB.

I agree. What I saw reminded me of some of the worst parts of last year. It's as if the offense makes a number of really good plays and rallies early in the game and then just loose their spark. Boyd gets rattled and doesn't recover well enough. Compare him to Glennon, for example, who took every rush, hit, and sack and made the best he could out of it. No doubt part of the difference is how our defense allowed Glennon some plays when he was pressured and SC is so much better at preventing that. There are just so many other QBs who face pressure and manage their way out of it. So far another bowl projection has us playing LSU. Mettenberger is another examnple of a QB who may not have all the talents of Boyd but works better under pressure.

I'm hoping Boyd gets challenged by Kelly next year at least to earn starter again.

KIMOSAMI writes:

in response to waran:

I didn't see Clemson's O play will in the 1st half. Maybe the 1st Quarter. What did Chad Morris see in the 2nd Quarter? Where was he the rest of the game?

I think Tajh is a great person, and a decent QB. For a long time many of us had doubts about his capabilities against strong Ds. (see my comments before the beginning of the Season when this paper rated him as the most valuable player). While I appreciate and thank Tajh for all his contributions, it is time for a new QB.

I guess we're all in a circular firing squad here.
I disagree about Tajh. I think if you go back and look at the tapes of games past...he is a pretty darn good QB. Look at the stats. No QB can complete all passes. And ALL QB's have to have time to throw.
There is a QB controversy on the horizon, though, IMHO,.....the new guy coming in from Gainesville, GA. and Chad Kelley. On film both look killer.

KIMOSAMI writes:

Quarterback is the least of our problems.

There is a giant problem at Clemson and Brent Venables didn't fix it. Clemson has a very poor defense. Their pass defense is poor.

I'm not smart enough to know the answer to this question:
Why is it important to wait until the QB is actually calling out the signals before the defense knows whether to blitz or not? And why is it necessary to have a defensive scheme so complicated that it would keep the most talented players on the bench?
Kevin Steele had a rubic's cube defense that was successful in keeping WVA from scoring 71 points against us in the Orange Bowl. The players were confused.

Seems the same thing is happening now. South Carolina controlled the ball for almost the entire third quarter. And most of the fourth.

Are Clemson's players THAT bad? Or is their DC an overpaid, overhyped incompetent? If it's the latter, then buy him out and let one of the other coaches call the shots. Or get a high school coach who is successful come in. Worked with Chad.

Pete Rose was asked by a reporter whether he 'understood' baseball well enough to manage and play at the same time. He replied that after the double switch in replacing pitchers there really isn't anything to think about. It's a game.
Same here....Football is just a game.

And if the DC is overcomplicating the defense, were losing because of that. Dabo needs to look at that and if so, do what he did at the OC position...and with Kevin Steele.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to KIMOSAMI:

Quarterback is the least of our problems.

There is a giant problem at Clemson and Brent Venables didn't fix it. Clemson has a very poor defense. Their pass defense is poor.

I'm not smart enough to know the answer to this question:
Why is it important to wait until the QB is actually calling out the signals before the defense knows whether to blitz or not? And why is it necessary to have a defensive scheme so complicated that it would keep the most talented players on the bench?
Kevin Steele had a rubic's cube defense that was successful in keeping WVA from scoring 71 points against us in the Orange Bowl. The players were confused.

Seems the same thing is happening now. South Carolina controlled the ball for almost the entire third quarter. And most of the fourth.

Are Clemson's players THAT bad? Or is their DC an overpaid, overhyped incompetent? If it's the latter, then buy him out and let one of the other coaches call the shots. Or get a high school coach who is successful come in. Worked with Chad.

Pete Rose was asked by a reporter whether he 'understood' baseball well enough to manage and play at the same time. He replied that after the double switch in replacing pitchers there really isn't anything to think about. It's a game.
Same here....Football is just a game.

And if the DC is overcomplicating the defense, were losing because of that. Dabo needs to look at that and if so, do what he did at the OC position...and with Kevin Steele.

What does Dabo need to do with Venables? Are you suggesting he fire yet another defensive coordinator? How many defensive coordinators does he have to fire before you guys realize what everyone else already knows... that Dabo will beat Wake Forest and the 7 dwarfs with his built-in advantages over those schools, but he won't make you nationally relevant. You need to hire a real head coach for that.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

Rumor Mill is turning... NC State has an opening and Morris is already being mentioned. You think last night was bad... wait 'til you have to face Morris.

t1gers writes:

If you look at Venable's record at Oklahoma as DC, then the questions about firing him would cease right now. He's a good defensive coordinator and needs the tools to build a defense. Our tools come next year with recruits. Our defensive players were too caught up trying to make the big plays instead of playing within the system.

Lynx26 writes:

WE ARE NOT PHYSICAL at ALLLL!!!!!

*U cannot run deep routes and go 5-7 step drops when u cannot BLOCK up front. (Screens, draws, and crossing routes PLEASE)

* WhAt is our defensive identity?!?! sit back on our heels and let their offense dictate the game?? #CmonMan

* GET SAMMY INVOLVED-Wildcat or something. at least let him break a sweat. Too many vertical routes.

* South Carolina is physical team... and we cannot match their physicality at all. Whatever they wanted to do both offensively and defensively they did it with no problem!

* This game had me highly frustrated 17-3 after halftime! What adjustments were made?!

* We hit the weights for a reason... use your strength and grow a pair! No man should dominate you 90% of the snaps.

**** Our defense makes me sick at times... ZERO AGGRESSION!

----- STOP with the Pass Interference crap ----
Yes it they were terrible calls- but it showed we would've just punted the ball right back, why?

BECAUSE WE'RE SOFT! End of story!!

Texas A&M or LSU - GREAT smh. Two physical teams

KIMOSAMI writes:

in response to t1gers:

If you look at Venable's record at Oklahoma as DC, then the questions about firing him would cease right now. He's a good defensive coordinator and needs the tools to build a defense. Our tools come next year with recruits. Our defensive players were too caught up trying to make the big plays instead of playing within the system.

The players he had this year were in large part four star players. Look at the scores of the opponents this year. We shut no one...repeat...no one down.

Last night we saw what happens when the offense doesn't come on the field. We get beat by an actually pretty mediocre offense. We have to have a defense that will have the ability to stop the opponents in able to allow our offense to win the game. We don't have that now.

Dabo is a good head coach. He needs to look at Venebles objectively like he did Billy Napier and Kevin Steele. If the job isn't getting done, he needs to cut bait....sooner rather than later.

waran writes:

I think Coach Morris and Venables are very good. We will be worse off if they leave. I think the problems this year were/are:
1. the defense is growing, too slowly, but expect it to be great next year. Venables should at least be kept for another year,
2. Tajh only does well with weak opponents and because we have the nations best receivers and the best OC. He is an average player who has always got flustered under pressure. Next year we have better QBs.

3. Our O and D lines have improved but are not good enough to compete with SEC.

4. Toughness and the will to win are hard to teach. we need to recruit players who have the will to win and did not see that yesterday. We need more like CJ Spiller.

5. Dabo needs to grow up and be a less of a distraction. He is still a good coach.

dkilgore1 writes:

I like Chad Morris but I dont believe he coaches well under pressure. Go back and look at the games against good teams. as a coach you have to reconize whats going on he did not make adjustments. I didn't see any jet sweeps , screens, and they quit running the football. He did the samething in the orange bowl. If you have a weak o-line you have to give your QB a chance and call plays to get him in a rythem. Thats why I dont believe he is ready for a head coaching job yet. He will be but not sure now is the time college coaches make adjustments he must learn to do the same thing. I saw more passes go to jaron brown than sammy watkins. Lorenzo ward said they double teamed nuke/Sammy. well that means other guys were open as a coach you have to reconize that and call plays for those guys. ( Rod Mcdowell had 3 carries for about 40yards in the first half and didnt get the ball in the second.)

TigerNE writes:

in response to waran:

I think Coach Morris and Venables are very good. We will be worse off if they leave. I think the problems this year were/are:
1. the defense is growing, too slowly, but expect it to be great next year. Venables should at least be kept for another year,
2. Tajh only does well with weak opponents and because we have the nations best receivers and the best OC. He is an average player who has always got flustered under pressure. Next year we have better QBs.

3. Our O and D lines have improved but are not good enough to compete with SEC.

4. Toughness and the will to win are hard to teach. we need to recruit players who have the will to win and did not see that yesterday. We need more like CJ Spiller.

5. Dabo needs to grow up and be a less of a distraction. He is still a good coach.

Dabo may be too soft for HC. He comes across as too 'nice' in interviews. We may need more of a sumb*tch who can inspire some real slobber-knocking football. If we are going to beat SEC teams it's almost required.

CUNo1Fan writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Dabo may be too soft for HC. He comes across as too 'nice' in interviews. We may need more of a sumb*tch who can inspire some real slobber-knocking football. If we are going to beat SEC teams it's almost required.

+1, I like Dabo as our HC but agree that he needs to stop being so nice and become more of a sumb*tch. He is generally a nice guy, just part of his personality but he needs to instill more of the I'm your coach not your best buddy with the players and toughen them up. They need more live practice and hitting to do that as well. They simply aren't going to get it playing most of the ACC competition and it shows when they play a hard nosed punch you in the mouth team.

Tiger79 writes:

Ok with 24 hours to digest everything, first less pointing at the defense and the DC, everyone including SC knew about our defensive wows, given that I thing the did a good job. I think BV got to creative and predictable with the blitz's and coverage, but given the amount of time they were out the they did very good and some performed great. That leads us to coach Morris's O, or lack there of, Clowney and the rest of SC top ranked defense did not just appear at Death Valley, we knew what was coming. it was blatantly obvious in the second quarter what ever plan we had was not working, so why did't our very well paid coaching staff make any adjustments at half time? 3 and outs and turnovers did not help a tired defense, were was the screens and hurry up that worked so well earlier this year against good aggressive defenses? yes it is easy to look back and second guess, but if we can see it know why couldn't the guys with the seven figured salaries see it during the game? I am and will always be a Tiger (since '79) and I know that it's about more than the score, but our guys should never quit on the field the way the offense appeared to quit on Saturday.

33dtb writes:

Get an O-Line.
That is where your "slobber knocking" begins.

USC ran east-west until they got us gasping for wind, and THEN threw passes over a tired defense all night long. With an O-Line, our OFFENSE could have stayed on the field long enough to give the Defense some rest.

TigerNE writes:

in response to 33dtb:

Get an O-Line.
That is where your "slobber knocking" begins.

USC ran east-west until they got us gasping for wind, and THEN threw passes over a tired defense all night long. With an O-Line, our OFFENSE could have stayed on the field long enough to give the Defense some rest.

The o-line was pretty typical from what I saw. What was different was the way we didn't do enough (anything?) to change the tempo like we have so much earlier. I always assumed no huddle and speed plays were planned partly to not have to rely on protecting and giving so much time to Boyd. At times he was a concrete deer like before (Morris' term originally).

kellytown writes:

We really have problems on both sides of the ball lets face it as long as we are in the ACC we may win every now and again against The chickens but right now we are weak and we play in a weak conf.Yes we won 10 games but look at the teams we played sorry!!! I am not making any excuses when you play a team that is in the SEC you better be ready to play Defense its easy to beat a team that has a good offense if you keep the ball away from them this is what happened.steve spurrier is a old wise coach I hate him but you have to give credit were it due. We have to get mean an get some identity on Defense and get tough we haven't been tough on Defense in a very long time.We need to make some changes and get out and recruit if we can find players who want to come play in the ACC. The table was set for the ACC to show the country that we could play with the SEC well we didn't neither did FSU and i really didn't think that Ga Tech had a chance but I thought that FSU and Clemson could.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to t1gers:

If you look at Venable's record at Oklahoma as DC, then the questions about firing him would cease right now. He's a good defensive coordinator and needs the tools to build a defense. Our tools come next year with recruits. Our defensive players were too caught up trying to make the big plays instead of playing within the system.

What tools does Venables need? How much better do his players need to be to keep Ball St from putting 27 points on you at home? Or NC State from putting up 48 points on you at home? Clemson's schedule was absolutely dreadful. There's no way that they should be as bad defensively this year given their talent and their schedule.

Venables isn't the problem. Hire a real head coach.

sanford42 writes:

in response to Tiger79:

Ok with 24 hours to digest everything, first less pointing at the defense and the DC, everyone including SC knew about our defensive wows, given that I thing the did a good job. I think BV got to creative and predictable with the blitz's and coverage, but given the amount of time they were out the they did very good and some performed great. That leads us to coach Morris's O, or lack there of, Clowney and the rest of SC top ranked defense did not just appear at Death Valley, we knew what was coming. it was blatantly obvious in the second quarter what ever plan we had was not working, so why did't our very well paid coaching staff make any adjustments at half time? 3 and outs and turnovers did not help a tired defense, were was the screens and hurry up that worked so well earlier this year against good aggressive defenses? yes it is easy to look back and second guess, but if we can see it know why couldn't the guys with the seven figured salaries see it during the game? I am and will always be a Tiger (since '79) and I know that it's about more than the score, but our guys should never quit on the field the way the offense appeared to quit on Saturday.

I agree - why didn't we do what had got us there. How many flanker screens did we run this year - a 100 maybe. How many did we run Sat. night - Zero. How do you slow down a rush - draw plays dump passes and screens - how many did we run - zero. And where was Sammy - was he hurt? They keep talking about getting him the ball and he hardly touched it.

Xander5000 writes:

Been a Clemson Tiger fan since 1982 and I have to say that I think the Tigers are going in the right direction. Defense did as good a job as they have the last 4 games. Defense hasn't been very spectacular for most of the year or not like what we as fans are used to seeing from a Clemson defense but it wasn't bad in that game. Gamecocks have talent that are coached by talented coaches...true...but our defense played inspired to me. It's Venables's first rodeo with this team and this rivalry and he will get it together or he is out. . Offense is a good one and explosive but in that game it did not exist enough to make first downs. We need to get at least 2 tailbacks in our program and system that can get 6 or 7 tough yards like the ones LSU or Alambama has. Need to get that type of tailback like we had in Raymond Priester, Kenny Flowers, or get another bigger and better Chad Jasmine. Having speed is great but we need at least 2 more tailbacks mixed in that will get those 6 or 7 yards with AUTHORITY. Tyshon Dye is a potential candidate if he still signs with us. Derrick Green would be perfect for it as well. Doesn't matter what conference you play in or play against, at the end of the day you still have to play to win. Very disappointed in our offense.

33dtb writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

And I was going to give you "props" for "manning up" and apologize for mocking your "authority".

......"CU looked like an ACC team. I give up. I'm too dizzy to spin anymore. They will never advance until the ACC makes its schools emphasize football, or until they join the SEC (if possible) There is a lot to be said for being battle tested obviously. I apologize to anyone i've offended on this sight. I just love my school so much. I just wanted to try to psychologically help them if only in my mind. That was embarrassing pass coverage. Those players are not mentally strong enough. I wish I could fix it but I don't know how. I don't think pissing and moaning is going to do it though, so talk to y'all later.".....

TigerNE writes:

I see some of the yard fighters are at it here in the comments. The truth is that this offense has plenty of talent to work with. But too many things are coming together to take defeat from the jaws of victory, starting with Boyd and Morris. All of the 'what ifs' are buried in the comments here, but the reality is Boyd got psyched and Morris didn't do much of anything to shift the tempo (backing off rushing, never going no huddle, etc.).

Swinney blew his first (second??) chance this season to prove they have turned a corner. He has two more ahead - the bowl most likely against the SEC again and the first game next year. If it isn't fixed, then we can all go out in the yard and fight it out.

Tigerfan75 writes:

Last time I looked the sky wasn't falling the way most of these comments make it sound.Come on people... Dabo Swinney is a better HC than TB.We have a second year OC and a first year DC.We had only one senior on the O line that did make progress through the year.We have a young D line without the play makers especially on the edge that we've had in the past and they got better through the year.Get a grip! I can't stand the Ole Ball Sack but he has built a competitive program at SC and it wasn't done over night.Bringing CU back to where most of us remember it being will take longer than it seems you guys are willing to give it. So like I said...The sky isn't falling.

smabrown writes:

The game looked nothing like anything that the O had done all year. No "No Huddle", Dump passes, screens of any kind, nor any jet sweeps. The O changed in a week. The D played as they normally do. Almost like the OC or the QB were payed off to throw this game. I know that is not the case at all but the O did not look like the same team. And by the way, can we not kick the ball out of the end zone b/c our coverage is awful.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to smabrown:

The game looked nothing like anything that the O had done all year. No "No Huddle", Dump passes, screens of any kind, nor any jet sweeps. The O changed in a week. The D played as they normally do. Almost like the OC or the QB were payed off to throw this game. I know that is not the case at all but the O did not look like the same team. And by the way, can we not kick the ball out of the end zone b/c our coverage is awful.

Criticizing the only coach on your staff with a clue. You're an idiot. I can't wait to see you cry when NC State takes Chad Morris from you. Not only would you lose Morris, you'd have to face him every year with the that weak defense.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

The only reason Dabo is the HEAD Coach is that he is not any kind of a threat to Barker or TDP (whereas a Saban, Miles, or a Spurrier would be). These guys are and have been more interested in their POWER BASE than in winning. TDP's replacement will be status quo.

f8thwlk writes:

The play calling on offense was extremely questionable to me...we did not use our playmakers like we should. To offset the advantage they had on their defensive line, Chad should have focused more on getting sammy and andre the ball in space where they have room to run and soften up the defense and keep them honest. Plays like wide receiver screen and end around, throw in some misdirection to keep the defense from just pinning their ears back and coming after the quarterback. On defense Brent should have assigned someone to the quarterback when he dials up his blitzes to keep the quarterback from making big gains when our defense blitzes. They assigned Clowney to Tajh for that same purpose. How is it that the highest paid coordinators in college football do not know how to adjust during the course of a football games?...especially on offense where we have some of the most dynamic players in the country? Carolina defense should not have been able to handle our offense for four quarters unless you try to run straight at them...which is what we did. We needed to get the ball to the edge when we saw that they were beating us in the trenches. Chad should have dailed up misdirection all night until the defense softened up then you go back to the basics. ( He should have put the ball in Sammy's hands all night and told him "Sammy it's on you tonite. They have no one that can stay with you. I'm going to call your number all nite, whether we win or lose is on you." Its game like this one where your main guys have to be given the opportunity to make plays. They are the ones who got you here...feed them the ball until they begin to regurgitate and then feed it to them some more...

jayc writes:

Through out the year Clemson has played opponents that were not very good. As a result they were able to put up big numbers as well as hiding the fact that their defense was awful. They finally ran into a team with a very good defensive front, and basically got shut down, after the 1st quarter. The Clemson teams statics were over blown, all these touch down passers against inferior teams was just nice window dressing. Until they get a real offensive and defensive line they will continue to destroy the likes of Furman, BC, and the rest of the sad teams in the ACC, but they will never beat any body really good. I have no idea why they are even rated in the top 15,I think I would drop them down another 10 teams or so.

Lynx26 writes:

keep the coaching staff in tact and stop crying and complaining about the conference/opponents.
We lose 2 games all year and everyone hits the crybaby button.

WE Must become aggressive-physical to compete.. that's it. Whether its
Tempo.... movement, pressure, being nasty, or blocking/tackling until the whistle blows.

We must become Tigers... not house cats. i cant stand the finesse w/ out physicality. You must have some to greet success.

jayc writes:

in response to Lynx26:

keep the coaching staff in tact and stop crying and complaining about the conference/opponents.
We lose 2 games all year and everyone hits the crybaby button.

WE Must become aggressive-physical to compete.. that's it. Whether its
Tempo.... movement, pressure, being nasty, or blocking/tackling until the whistle blows.

We must become Tigers... not house cats. i cant stand the finesse w/ out physicality. You must have some to greet success.

They are who they are a finesse team no more no less, until they go out and get bigger and stronger this is what you get.

Lynx26 writes:

spice up the defense then... movement and reckless abandon.

not sit around and hope they dont run at us... or rush 3 bc its 3rd down. GO GET EM!!!

Offensively... score 60/game. If something works do it until the wheels fall off. Go for it on 4th down once and awhile.... WHY?! Because we 're bullies and we have no respect for anyone but ourselves.

Lets get nasty tigers!!!!!

cuGIZ82 writes:

I am not mad at all that our team beat up on lesser teams in the ACC...I would rather us beat the teams we are supposed to defeat as we have the past two seasons than lose to them. You can only play the teams on your schedule and you don't have to apologize for whipping them.

Had Clemson had a 6-6 season naysayers still would have something to moan about. The team is 10-2, I remember when Tiger fans were upset when our team could not get over the 8win hump with Tommy Bowden. Now the team has jumped that hurdle and folks still complain and it is their right but look at the bright side and be objective and not subjective to the moment.

cuGIZ82 writes:

in response to Lynx26:

keep the coaching staff in tact and stop crying and complaining about the conference/opponents.
We lose 2 games all year and everyone hits the crybaby button.

WE Must become aggressive-physical to compete.. that's it. Whether its
Tempo.... movement, pressure, being nasty, or blocking/tackling until the whistle blows.

We must become Tigers... not house cats. i cant stand the finesse w/ out physicality. You must have some to greet success.

100% AGREEMENT!!!!

Lynx26 writes:

in response to cuGIZ82:

100% AGREEMENT!!!!

lol you're a wise man my friend.

ironpmpr35#285397 writes:

in response to Lynx26:

WE ARE NOT PHYSICAL at ALLLL!!!!!

*U cannot run deep routes and go 5-7 step drops when u cannot BLOCK up front. (Screens, draws, and crossing routes PLEASE)

* WhAt is our defensive identity?!?! sit back on our heels and let their offense dictate the game?? #CmonMan

* GET SAMMY INVOLVED-Wildcat or something. at least let him break a sweat. Too many vertical routes.

* South Carolina is physical team... and we cannot match their physicality at all. Whatever they wanted to do both offensively and defensively they did it with no problem!

* This game had me highly frustrated 17-3 after halftime! What adjustments were made?!

* We hit the weights for a reason... use your strength and grow a pair! No man should dominate you 90% of the snaps.

**** Our defense makes me sick at times... ZERO AGGRESSION!

----- STOP with the Pass Interference crap ----
Yes it they were terrible calls- but it showed we would've just punted the ball right back, why?

BECAUSE WE'RE SOFT! End of story!!

Texas A&M or LSU - GREAT smh. Two physical teams

I agree Lynx,we are soft and dont play physical.Go back and watch some of the Clemson teams from the 80s and you will see a big difference in our defense.Much more physical then!

ironpmpr35#285397 writes:

in response to TigerNE:

I agree. What I saw reminded me of some of the worst parts of last year. It's as if the offense makes a number of really good plays and rallies early in the game and then just loose their spark. Boyd gets rattled and doesn't recover well enough. Compare him to Glennon, for example, who took every rush, hit, and sack and made the best he could out of it. No doubt part of the difference is how our defense allowed Glennon some plays when he was pressured and SC is so much better at preventing that. There are just so many other QBs who face pressure and manage their way out of it. So far another bowl projection has us playing LSU. Mettenberger is another examnple of a QB who may not have all the talents of Boyd but works better under pressure.

I'm hoping Boyd gets challenged by Kelly next year at least to earn starter again.

Tahj Boyd chokes under pressure and in big games where he has to play a good defense.There is no defense in the ACC.!

ironpmpr35#285397 writes:

in response to Lynx26:

WE ARE NOT PHYSICAL at ALLLL!!!!!

*U cannot run deep routes and go 5-7 step drops when u cannot BLOCK up front. (Screens, draws, and crossing routes PLEASE)

* WhAt is our defensive identity?!?! sit back on our heels and let their offense dictate the game?? #CmonMan

* GET SAMMY INVOLVED-Wildcat or something. at least let him break a sweat. Too many vertical routes.

* South Carolina is physical team... and we cannot match their physicality at all. Whatever they wanted to do both offensively and defensively they did it with no problem!

* This game had me highly frustrated 17-3 after halftime! What adjustments were made?!

* We hit the weights for a reason... use your strength and grow a pair! No man should dominate you 90% of the snaps.

**** Our defense makes me sick at times... ZERO AGGRESSION!

----- STOP with the Pass Interference crap ----
Yes it they were terrible calls- but it showed we would've just punted the ball right back, why?

BECAUSE WE'RE SOFT! End of story!!

Texas A&M or LSU - GREAT smh. Two physical teams

Sad but True!I wonder about their workouts if they are physical enough,our d-line get pushed around a lot!

BigBud52 writes:

Dadgum, you people are hard. The team just finished the regular season with a 10-2 record. Just a couple of years back they had a loosing record. Has everyone forgot that? The D has been awful for the last 2 years. Give Venables time and lets see what he can do. As for Dabo and Morris, you need to leave them alone, they seem to know their jobs. I remember previous coaches and their records. Do I like loosing to Carolina? HECK NO! Didn't Dabo and Morris team up to win an ACC Championship last year. I wonder if the Alabama people wanted to fire Saban and his staff after they lost to Texas A&M, or wss the Old Ball Sack on the hot seat after the LSU and Fla. games. Next time some of you feel like you can call plays better than the coaches and know the players and their capabilities better just send Dabo your resume. I'm sure he would love to have a student, a car salesman or a fry cook giving him coaching advice.

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