Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris’ answers were short, analyzing a lot that went wrong, some that went right and he was likely already crunching the numbers for what’s ahead with Florida State.
He’ll take the ‘W’ regardless though. His breakdown:
Tigers slug it out: There’s no such thing as an ugly win. It’s a great win for this program and team. I think we missed some opportunities in the first half offensively. We never really got a spark rolling, but we came back in the second half.
Run game is lacking: We’re very inconsistent right now. I think there’s issues all over to be honest with you. We’ve got to get better. I’ve got to call better plays. We’ve got to run harder. I’ve got to go back to the film, but there’s obviously a lot we have to get better.
Message going into FSU: It’s an opportunity for us to get better, with a win. That makes things so much easier when you can coach off from a win. These guys will respond. We’ve got to get more consistent in the run game. We can’t give opportunities. We haven’t fumbled the football this year and we lay it down twice. That’s very uncharacteristic of us.
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Bigger game, bigger focus?: You hope the guys are mature enough to look at the film and see for themselves and take the coaching. Coach them hard and go back to work on them.
The importance of next week: It’s another game. We’re going to enjoy this win and we’re going to get better because of this win. It’s going to give us an opportunity to coach them hard this week. It’s going to be a great environment with two top-10 teams.
Sammy Watkins’ 48-yard touchdown, after another 48-yard TD was just called back: We caught them in man coverage and had an opportunity to hit Sammy over the top. I thought we had several other opportunities that we missed early in the game.
Tajh on the run: For sure, we had two quarterback called runs and the rest were him pulling it down and scrambling himself. Anytime you rush three and drop eight you open it up to run the ball.
Halftime mood in the locker room: There was no panic. No panic at all. Everything we were calling was working, we just were killing ourselves. Just shooting our self in the foot and not executing. We were giving them opportunities. We had five drives at halftime and of the five drives were a missed field goal. We had Sammy open in the back of the endzone in the third drive of the game.
Were the Tigers looking ahead?: Not really, no. Guys didn’t have to look but a couple clips to realize this is a very well coached football team. They’re going to come play hard. We’re going to get the best of everybody. Whoever we play we’re going to get their absolute best. I don’t think these guys were looking ahead – I don’t think our offense was looking ahead. That’s an excuse. I just don’t think we executed well upfront. We got to get better and be more consistent.