Swinney expects Peyton Manning-like 'best of the best' response from Boyd

'Great players...respond like a champion. Tajh Boyd will respond. You can count on that'

Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins in the closing minutes of the game with FSU at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins in the closing minutes of the game with FSU at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Tajh Boyd had a tough game on Saturday.

As did Peyton Manning on Sunday.

Dabo Swinney says that's not all the two quarterbacks have in common.

"Tajh wanted to win," Swinney said. "He's a grown man and he's handled disappointment before. I know he's not happy with the way he played and with some of the things he didn't do.

"You don't think Peyton Manning wanted to win his game. Undefeated, going to Indy, going against a rookie quarterback. He wanted that one. And it didn't go good. It went a little bit like our game did. He made mistakes...It happens, even to the best of the best.

"But I can promise you that Peyton Manning wasn't pouting on Monday morning. You know what he doing? He was getting better, getting ready to win this week. That's what great players do - they respond like a champion.

"Tajh Boyd will respond. You can count on that."

Swinney said he and Boyd watched every play of the Florida State game on Monday morning.

"He's responded well," Swinney said. "He was part of a leadership meeting on Monday afternoon, and those guys were great. They were mad - not happy. All you can do is respond."

Boyd said his own demeanor and body language wasn't what he wanted as the game slipped away from the Tigers on Saturday.

"I think I've done a decent job of that - but in the last game, it wasn't what it should have been," Boyd said. "Especially when you've got younger guys who make mistakes early in the game. It's my job to go over and make sure they understand it and lift them up. I don't think I did that in the fashion I needed to. It's something I have to keep working on."

Swinney said that the Tigers' back-to-basics approach is designed to help all players, young and older, to regain their confidence.

"For Tajh, it's just a matter of going back to the basics and not taking anything for granted," Swinney said. "Where are my toes? How is my stance? Pre-snap process. Where are my eyes? What are my keys? Clearing the cylinder.

"It's just a matter of going to back to the roots, building his confidence back up, and now 'let's go win the next one.'"

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Clemorange writes:

I will bleed orange until I die, but Boyd should of been pulled for a series or two to just change it up. Cole has proven to be selective and precise enough. There's no shame in sitting down to regain yourself. It's not like you would of been handing the reigns over to a freshman QB.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to Clemorange:

I will bleed orange until I die, but Boyd should of been pulled for a series or two to just change it up. Cole has proven to be selective and precise enough. There's no shame in sitting down to regain yourself. It's not like you would of been handing the reigns over to a freshman QB.

You didn't need to pull Boyd. He had plenty of time to sit on the sidelines b/c FSU got 30 first downs. Someone was in his ear practically the entire time.

The problem is that Dabo Swinney can't produce a game plan, can't prepare a QB, and can't prepare a team. He can't make adjustments during a game either. It's not as if Boyd was the only player with poor body language. It was the entire offense and defense. There was no toughness or perseverance.

Ever ask yourself how Jimbo Fisher can get a freshman QB ready to go on the road to Clemson but Dabo can't get his 5th-year senior QB ready for a home game against FSU?

TigerNE writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

You didn't need to pull Boyd. He had plenty of time to sit on the sidelines b/c FSU got 30 first downs. Someone was in his ear practically the entire time.

The problem is that Dabo Swinney can't produce a game plan, can't prepare a QB, and can't prepare a team. He can't make adjustments during a game either. It's not as if Boyd was the only player with poor body language. It was the entire offense and defense. There was no toughness or perseverance.

Ever ask yourself how Jimbo Fisher can get a freshman QB ready to go on the road to Clemson but Dabo can't get his 5th-year senior QB ready for a home game against FSU?

There was so much wrong in that game, there is plenty of 'blame' to go around to everybody. Even though our defense played much better overall compared to the offense, Venables described the entire problem to my satisfaction with one statement: "We weren't precise or violent enough..." Substitute passionate for violent and you cover the offense too.

The problem with subbing with Stoudt is he may have struggled as much or worse. He's gotten better, but still not a proven scrambler like Boyd when the pressure is on - and our line made sure it was on all night. Add some random sloppy play by receivers, etc., and it may not have changed much and risked putting Boyd into a deeper funk. If that's possible....

kellytown writes:

Well its easy to say that Boyd will rebound this week and play a great game. Look who we are playing Not direspecting Maryland they have lost quite a number of players. We are 2 touchdown favorites. The problem is that we are not consistant yea we played a good game against Ga. However look at the body language at NC state Boyd had a hard time getting going. Cole should have been called on for a series of playes. Our O line play is lacking that physical mentality to just be mean!!! And the coaches should be willing to take Boyd out of the game especially when he just starts throwing the ball when he gets frustrated. Boyd can scramble but you have to admit he looks like a duck out of water if he moves straight ahead hes is ok but he can't out run no body from side to side when he starts scrambling side to side its over. Maybe when Chad kelly or Watson gets their turn we will have a QB that can really scramble and get out of trouble Boyd can't do it. don't get me wrong I am Tiger 100%!!! its easy for Dabo to say Boyd will come out like a different player this week.

f8thwlk writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

You didn't need to pull Boyd. He had plenty of time to sit on the sidelines b/c FSU got 30 first downs. Someone was in his ear practically the entire time.

The problem is that Dabo Swinney can't produce a game plan, can't prepare a QB, and can't prepare a team. He can't make adjustments during a game either. It's not as if Boyd was the only player with poor body language. It was the entire offense and defense. There was no toughness or perseverance.

Ever ask yourself how Jimbo Fisher can get a freshman QB ready to go on the road to Clemson but Dabo can't get his 5th-year senior QB ready for a home game against FSU?

I agree with Clemson not being able to adjust. When the Tigers cannot execute their game plan, they have no plan B. It showed up in a very big way in last years Carolina Game. The coaches, especially Morris, do not know how to improvise on the fly. When options 1 and 2 are not working, gues what, the whole offense is shut down. Clemson needs to:
Find ways to get Sammy more touches from scrimmage.
Manufacture a semblance of a running game
Get the QB some time(Rolling him out helps, but it is not enough)
Develop a quick hitting passing attack when defenses are determined to simply rush the QB. The problem with Clemson's coaching staff is they are good basic coaches but they do not know how to play "chess". When things are not working they blame the players for executing poorly rather than finding ways to change things up and the players are only going to do what the coaches tell them. Truly great coaches are masters at playing chess. As much as it pains me to say it, Spurrier is good at playing "chess" on the field. He had Clowney shadow Boyd last year and it showed up on the scoreboard. When has our coaching staff ever been as creative???? This type of gamesmanship is what is needed in big games and surprisingly tough games.

f8thwlk writes:

The title of this article itself verifies what I said in my previous post. Its as if Dabo is blaming everything on Boyd...saying Tajh is the one that needs to respond. Nowhere does he say he was out coached. By saying Tajh will respond is he saying that Tajh will pick up the opposing blitz? Is He saying that Tajh will respond by refusing to get blind-sided when the opposing team corner blitzes from the weak side? Is he saying that Tajh will not allow the Clemson receivers to get double and triple teamed in the secondary? Is he saying that Tajh will not allow the 4 turnovers. All of these things were a part of the loss to FSU. The Clemson coaches have to add things to their arsenal just as the players do. Who "coaches" the coaching staff and tells them that they do not know how to improvise during the game? On the one drive where Sammy caught the TD pass, the offense was in a quick-hitting rythm that put the FSU defense back on it's heels (faster than i've ever seen them execute, and it was working.) At that point in the game, after scoring that touchdown, we intercepted that ball and immediately got away from the quick-hitting tempo that produced points on the previous possession. We slowed it back down and allowed the FSU defense to collect itelf. The result was NO POINTS. In a game of this magnitiude, the defense has thoroughly prepared for what you do, you have to show them something they haven't seen before.

Clemorange writes:

I'm just saying we missed so many opportunities just because the ball wasn't accurate enough. Yeah we had some big time drops but you can't expect receivers to twist and make nuk like catches every play. Sometimes you have to hit them in the numbers and Boyd just wasn't doing it. I saw open receiver after open receiver but Boyd would throw it to someone else. I haven't dared to watch tape yet but I was there. I saw our quarterback just being to flustered. And yeah maybe Cole couldn't of handled it either but at least give the JUNIOR a chance. I mean heck he came out in the forth and scored. And from experience sometimes just sitting out until offense is back up isn't enough. Sometimes it takes being pulled for a series for you to actually click. Plus it's just something different for Florida state. Might've put em on their heels. I've always loved Boyd and he has helped bring this program to unimaginable heights but at the same time I've never pictured him in the NFL. The only game I saw that kind of potential was the LSU game. But that's just because he took relentless hit after relentless hit.

33dtb writes:

in response to kellytown:

Well its easy to say that Boyd will rebound this week and play a great game. Look who we are playing Not direspecting Maryland they have lost quite a number of players. We are 2 touchdown favorites. The problem is that we are not consistant yea we played a good game against Ga. However look at the body language at NC state Boyd had a hard time getting going. Cole should have been called on for a series of playes. Our O line play is lacking that physical mentality to just be mean!!! And the coaches should be willing to take Boyd out of the game especially when he just starts throwing the ball when he gets frustrated. Boyd can scramble but you have to admit he looks like a duck out of water if he moves straight ahead hes is ok but he can't out run no body from side to side when he starts scrambling side to side its over. Maybe when Chad kelly or Watson gets their turn we will have a QB that can really scramble and get out of trouble Boyd can't do it. don't get me wrong I am Tiger 100%!!! its easy for Dabo to say Boyd will come out like a different player this week.

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