Venables: 'We tried everything'

Football - Defensive coordinator Brent Venables

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Football - Defensive coordinator Brent Venables

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is curt often in wins, a coach that can't help but dwell on the plays that fell short of his unit's perfection.

The Tigers held a record-setting South Carolina offense to its second-lowest yard output of the season (318), but surrendered 10 third down conversions and 18 points off of turnovers (half of the total for the whole season going in).

Venables breaks down a sour end to better year for the Tiger 'D'....

Tigers don't execute

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Tigers tried 'everything': Going into a game like this against a team like that, you have to take away what they do best. We did a poor job of doing that. It was the same thing a year ago. They played good on third down and the quarterback continually made plays with his legs. You don't take away what they do best - this is a good team and you have no chance. We tried everything. It obviously didn't go like we wanted it to. We rushed four, rushed five, rushed six - spied him and they continued to get through on designed plays and scramble plays.

Why were South Carolina's runs so effective: Blocking us. What do you mean? Putting a hat on a hat. When they went left - they pushed us left. When they went right, they pushed us right. It's pretty simple - execution and blocking 101.

Gamecocks able to run with QB: It all goes hand-in-hand. (Shaw)'s a part of the run game every bit as much as Davis is. If you want to be effective, you can't (stop) one without the other. Guy was throwing the ball all over the lot too so if you're in coverage you have guys you're responsible for. We have to do a better job execution-wise. We can't sit out there in zero coverage the whole game and play like it's the option.

USC wide receiver Pharoh Cooper's 26-yard touchdown pass: You know why that happened? It's because they were effective in the run game. That sets up the playaction. We got nosy and being aggressive and they slip a guy out of the backfield. It's because we're not doing a good enough job at stopping what they're doing.

Venables proud of the defense: Our guys fought hard tonight. I'm proud of our guys and they fought hard. We didn't coach them good enough and didn't play good enough at times. In a game like this, you can't make the kind of critical mistakes we did and again they out-executed us at real critical times. Those things are a part of the game and our job is stop them and react and respond in the right way and we didn't do a good enough job.

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33dtb writes:

Defense HAD to be tired, since our O-Line couldn't keep the O on the field.

ask Saban how it works out if your O-Line quality slips just a little bit.

DahlonegaJoe writes:

We failed to stop shaw - particularly up the middle.
In most other areas of the battle, we did pretty well.
The problem with this style of offense is that if you don't drive down and score, you are off the field in a matter of game seconds and the D comes back on and inevitably is not prepared/rested.
Turnovers cost us the game - but those were not just gifts to SC. Some of them were well earned….and then some were just very poor execution on our side.
GO TIGERS. BEAT BAMA IN THE ORANGE.

SoCalTiger writes:

Could they not have put a spy on Shaw to keep him in check? How many times does he get free like that before you put someone on him? I was scratching my head on that one. The middle was wide open for Shaw to pass or run, all night. The O-line has been an issue since I can remember. It is perplexing why they have failed at recruiting O-Line for all these years. The fact that the Tigers cannot win the big games is becoming a broken record. I hope they do better in the bowl game.

TigerFan95 writes:

Our lack of O-line recruiting is due to the fact that Dabo is a Bowden disciple who believes that if you have enough speed you dont need a O-line. We made a huge mistake back in '08 when didnt rid our program of all the snake oil salesman from that regime and failed to get back to playing Clemson football based on sound and proven fundamentals. Sadly, it may now be too late to do so and I see our program as the Nebraska of the east.

waran writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

Our lack of O-line recruiting is due to the fact that Dabo is a Bowden disciple who believes that if you have enough speed you dont need a O-line. We made a huge mistake back in '08 when didnt rid our program of all the snake oil salesman from that regime and failed to get back to playing Clemson football based on sound and proven fundamentals. Sadly, it may now be too late to do so and I see our program as the Nebraska of the east.

I agree. We recruited another high paid snake oil salesman in Chad Morris. They now have their fans who compare them with Tommy B and are happy with 10-2 status quo. Why cant you compare Clemson today with Danny's era? Were you not there or do you think that we can never have those glory days again? I believe in Clemson and that we can be national champs again, but only when we change the style of football that we play. I like Dabo and Chad but doubt they can get it done.

TnTiger writes:

You guys who are nothing but naysayers are not true Clemson fans. Why don't you go cheer for PC or Furman! On second thought, that would be an insult to PC and Furman. Just go!

Bigboots writes:

So what is a "true Clemson fan"?
To you, it appears to mean lose and like it.
Don't say anything. Don't rock the boat. Five straight is just fine with a true fan, right?

More like a true moron.

A true fan wants excellence and does not fear change
when change is overdue. A true fan does not lie to himself and take pride in wins over bad teams.

clemvol writes:

Tried everything? Poor excuse for a very poor game plan and not have the ability to adjust. When you get out coached by a old football coach then you are not any answer to this program. spurrier cannot even win the weak sec east but he can and has domination over dabo. How can anyone say a win over wake forest is great or a win over boston college is great when the only important game is the rival game. It's the only game that really matters. Just give me a 7-5 or 8-4 season with beating your rival and any coach can stay at Clemson as long as they want. Every coots fan I know loves dabo and they laugh at him and his staff and say how inept they are as coaches and how they love the weakness of the players. Resignations need to be turned in asap and start over. What's the worst that can happen....the same that's going on now. Tried everything? Try and resign.

SoCalTiger writes:

in response to TnTiger:

You guys who are nothing but naysayers are not true Clemson fans. Why don't you go cheer for PC or Furman! On second thought, that would be an insult to PC and Furman. Just go!

I think a true fan can be critical of the coaching and not be a naysayer against the program. But when are the whippings on national television going to stop? I express my opinion. That's why they allow a comment section. For opinions. "Just go!", you say? Do you speak for all of the "true Clemson fans"? Just asking.

tigerrob44 writes:

We held them to 318 total yards. Mike Davis got 22 yards rushing. Shaw got 94 and made all the 3rd down scramble plays. Our defense played outstanding for the most part. We lost because Sammy threw and interception on the first drive and Humphries fumbled 2 punts. It had nothing much to do with Shaw's scrambling. Had we stopped him say 3 times we would have probably got at least one touchdown out of it. The turnovers beat us people not our defense. We pretty much stopped them cold.

kellytown writes:

in response to tigerrob44:

We held them to 318 total yards. Mike Davis got 22 yards rushing. Shaw got 94 and made all the 3rd down scramble plays. Our defense played outstanding for the most part. We lost because Sammy threw and interception on the first drive and Humphries fumbled 2 punts. It had nothing much to do with Shaw's scrambling. Had we stopped him say 3 times we would have probably got at least one touchdown out of it. The turnovers beat us people not our defense. We pretty much stopped them cold.

Can't argue with that. You said all that needs to be said.

Bigboots writes:

You need to look at that first punt turnover again. Bryant caused that one. Clear as day. The guy has no brain.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

in response to clemvol:

Tried everything? Poor excuse for a very poor game plan and not have the ability to adjust. When you get out coached by a old football coach then you are not any answer to this program. spurrier cannot even win the weak sec east but he can and has domination over dabo. How can anyone say a win over wake forest is great or a win over boston college is great when the only important game is the rival game. It's the only game that really matters. Just give me a 7-5 or 8-4 season with beating your rival and any coach can stay at Clemson as long as they want. Every coots fan I know loves dabo and they laugh at him and his staff and say how inept they are as coaches and how they love the weakness of the players. Resignations need to be turned in asap and start over. What's the worst that can happen....the same that's going on now. Tried everything? Try and resign.

Exactly !

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