Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris did a breakdown of his offense after three weeks, analyzing what’s gone right and wrong so far. His thoughts…
Takeaways from N.C. State win: Any time you win is a good win. People have no idea how hard it is to win, especially going on the road in an environment like that. I think it says a lot about our team and we overcame some adversity and not playing well. We came away with a win and a chance to get things going.
Tiger offense working on flow
I’m disappointed because I didn’t think we played well. When you start looking back and analyzing, the last time this group played together was August 31st. That was 12-14 days, longer than that. Part of being an offensive football team is getting into a groove and rhythm, even as a playcaller. I think you saw that early on.
Wake Forest’s defense, NT Nikita Whitlock: They’re running a 3-4. The same thing they’ve run since I’ve been here. They’ve got eight guys returning. Three or four of those guys are into their third or fourth year as a starter. It’s a great opportunity for us to get better. To come out and perform, our guys will be ready to go and excited to get back out there and to get into that rhythm and improve.
(Whitlock)’s a great player. This guy is a three-year starter and he plays relentless every play. He’s definitely somebody who’s caused some problems with us over the years and you have to put a body on him. He’s very elusive and he’ll spin. He does a very good job and he’s very good player and we have to have him accounted for.
Finding continuity on the o-line: You look at it – in any group you have, that group has to play together. They have to. You’ve got to find the right continuity there, whatever the right five is. We’ve got to find that five and they’ve got to stay in there and be consistent. Obviously, we’ve tried some different combinations and some guys have not played to capability last year. Some guys are playing better than last year. I think it presents a great challenge for us.
Isaiah Battle’s punch: It’s just very disappointing. That’s now who we are. That’s not what this program is. That’s not what coach Swinney is instilling in our guys and these coaches are instilling in these guys. It’s an embarrassment to me, to our program and university, but it will be taken care of.
Martavis Bryant is still developing: I think he made some good catches. He’s got a long way to go in playing without the football and he’s got to get better with that.