Chad Morris wrapped up FSU and where the Tigers go from here Monday…
Offense evaluation: Very disappointing outcome for everybody. I don’t think we gave ourselves a chance and I don’t think we gave our fans a chance outside of the first quarter to really be involved and help us out.
Anytime you spot anybody just a free gimmie on the first play of the game or a free walk-in touchdown – I don’t care who you’re playing and definitely a team of that caliber. It’s hard to overcome those type of things. Still, you spot them 14 points and give them those type of things, and still rallied back and had it 17-7 and go down on a 12-play drive. Then we get the ball in back-to-back possessions at midfield and we’re unable to do anything with it. At that point, you go up 17-14 and the crowd is back in it in the second quarter. I think it’s a totally different ballgame at that point.
We’re not playing well. We’re not playing well at the key positions. I tell you Brandon Thomas is playing extremely well, dominating well. And that’s good to see. We’re consistently inconsistent right now – that’s the biggest thing I’ve seen over the last two weeks, and we’ve got to get it fixed. We’ve got to get it right and we will.
Tigers’ pride not a question going forward: Our guys have pride. They never gave up. They never quit and that’s good to see. They never gave lackluster effort so I’m very proud of that. Again, it’s a one game-loss. It’s not the season. The great thing about this is we can respond and do something about it. That’s what you’re going to see. Have they been challenged? Absolutely they’ve been challenged. They saw the film this morning. They can see it and there are things we’ve got to get going.
Clemson losing control of postseason destiny: I don’t think there’s anything we can control right now. By losing the other night, we lost all control of what we can control. The only thing we can control is what’s in this building. Really take the mindset of this is what it’s about. I said it at halftime and I wrote it on the board in big block letters, ‘It’s about us.’ That’s it. They weren’t stopping us. It’s about us. We were the ones making mistakes. Granted, they have great players and a great gameplan, but we knew what they were going to do.
The only thing they didn’t do as much was press coverage. That’s it, which should have worked to our advantage. Missing throws, dropping balls, turning the ball over – it’s hard to beat anybody, much less a top-five opponent that way. It’s about us and it’s about Maryland, but most importantly it’s about the guys wearing the Paw on the side of the helmet.
Turnovers: It’s kind of like they run in cycles, and hopefully we’ll cycle through them. Again, those are things that we work on it every day, talk about it every day and chart it every day. One of the interceptions Tajh is just trying to make a play. It is a concern.
Tajh Boyd’s mindset He’s obviously disappointed. As you would expect. Very disappointed. (He) understands. We’ve talked about it. Being a quarterback, there comes a lot of good things with. He gets a lot of credit, a lot of undue credit. Maybe credit he shouldn’t have got through the last how many games we’ve played.
But it comes with the territory of being the quarterback. It’s just part of it and it’s going to make him stronger. He’s fully aware of what he’s got to do and what we’ve got to do to get this back going. It all starts with us.
It was just one of those nights I guess.
He wasn’t the only one. I could’ve called a lot better plays. Right now we’re operating with our base offense. It’s not just on Tajh. We’ve got to block better upfront. Run harder. Could’ve blocked better on the edge. We had six drops in critical situations. Putting a lot of pressure on him by dropping balls. We’re very much an equal-opportunity employer around here. It is very much equally spread. We have one guy playing well and 10 guys not, it’s hard to get any consistent flow and rhythm. We’re seven games into it. That’s what is disheartening right now. It’s time to get this going. We got to become more consistent at all positions.
Where was Martavis Bryant?: I don’t know. He had 47 snaps and Mike Williams had 37. That’s just the flow. Coach (Jeff) Scott gets into a flow and puts those guys in. That’s the way it was, especially early in the game.
Not going to give up on the run: I thought one of the things Tajh did really well was run the football. I thought he gave us a chance in the run game. I was pleased to see that. I thought we did some good things in the run game. One of the plays at midfield that we’re talking about – we had a run called, and a guy comes off the edge to tackle Tajh for a four-yard loss. It was just simple. It’s an automatic (hand-off). It’s those types of things. How confident am I in running? Again, we’re doing some good things in running, but we’ve improving on it. We’re not going to give up on the run game.
Maryland defense: Looking at them last week versus Wake Forest, they’ve had some injuries. They get some guys back this week, but again, it’s about us.
They’re playing aggressive. They’re going to play some four-down and they’re going to give you some three-down. They definitely have some talent. They’ve played very well defensively and it will be a great challenge for us.