Penalties, sloppy execution leave Swinney with a bad taste as final week unfolds

'Those are things you can't have happen. Because when you do, you're going to get beat'

Spring Football Practice - Head coach Dabo Swinney

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Spring Football Practice - Head coach Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney has come to expect the good and the bad whenever his team practices good-on-good.

But as Clemson worked its way through an important scrimmage Monday afternoon, the Tigers' head coach wasn't particularly impressed by what he saw on either side of the ball.

A string of impressive individual performances aside, when it came to execute in critical, game-type situations, the Tigers spent a lot of time shooting themselves in the foot.

"I was disappointed with our execution in some critical situations, and that sort of overshadowed some of the good things we did," Swinney said. "We worked a good bit of red zone, and we had several penalties in red zone on both sides, offense and defense. That was disappointing.

"And we had a personal foul on a two-minute drive that was critical. Then we had two guys offensively in the red zone that didn't know the play, and let the ball get snapped. I was really disappointed with that."

On a brighter note, the offense continued to excel in two-minute, game-situation drills - this time driving for a game-winning field goal.

"Our offense has really done an excellent job in our two-minute work," Swinney said. "That's the second day in a row we've gotten some extensive work. The first day it was touchdown-to-win, and today it was field goal-to-win.

"The offense is 5-of-6 in those drills so far. That means we have to improve in our two minute situation defensively."

The offense was less efficient when trying to dig itself out of a field-position, and penalties, again, were the culprit.

"We worked on coming out (from the goal line) and creating a mentality, and we had some critical penalties on the goal line," he said. "So it was just too many mistakes - self inflicted wounds that you can't have if you're going to beat good teams.

"When you're trying to go from (number) seven to (number) one, those are things you can't have happen. Because when you do, you're going to get beat."

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