When you think the Clemson offense and tempo – it’s usually fast.
Chad Morris says he’s working on total control of the tempo to keep defenses off-balance.
“We’ve been so much faster than we’ve ever been,” Morris said Saturday. “Our two scrimmages prior to today have been incredibly fast and that’s what we’re pressing. And we’re pressing changing the tempo.
Tigers working on tempo, fast and slow
“We’re going to go really really really fast and then we’ll go really really really slow. Then we’ll go fast and then slow. It’s going to change it up quite a bit. We’ve been able to do that.”
It’s not something completely new, but the Tigers are working on getting the tempo more under control.
“You’re always changing the pace of the game,” Morris said, who is on the record for a 92 plays a game goal (unparalleled at the BCS conference level). “We’re going to play very, very fast. And we may play very, very slow. Who knows? It’s a matter of where you are in the game.
“When you’re up (late), you don’t go as fast. When we play slow, it’s usually when we mess up. It really is. That’s pretty customary with a hurry-up, no-huddle team. You tend to have more mistakes so we won’t slow up much.”
A prime example last season of a slow-controlled pace was at Boston College, where without Sammy Watkins on the road, Clemson had a little more trouble than they bargained for.
After securing their first two touchdown-plus lead in the fourth quarter, the Tigers closed out the game with an eight-play, 70-yard and four-plus minute drive – kneeling at the BC 2 to finish out the 45-31 win.
Are the Tigers ready for Georgia now? The third-year Clemson OC says they will be when they need to be.
“We have a few more practices to get there. We’ll be ready,” Morris said. “There’s a lot of things that we (now) hone in and zero in on those guys. If they told us we had to play, we’d be ready. We don’t have to be ready today.
“We’ll be ready come August 31st. As a coaching staff, you have to make sure your guys aren’t ready too early, but they will be. Now that camp is coming to an end and we’ve had some great evaluation time and teaching time and we’ve had a very physical camp, now it’s time to back off a little bit and zero in on just what we do.”