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Tyler Davis out makes me very sad.
Sorry to be the bringer of bad news but hold on to your hats these next few days. Coaches trying to keep other players from jumping to the portal after Lyn-J is leaving.
By my count, Clemson is at 74 p5 scholarship players (I am giving Spiers a p5 scholarship but not Rencher). That is insanity.
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Like I said, he can hire who he wants...
And you are right that WR and RB are generally recruiting positions (WR needs to coach but one of WR or TE is a recruiting position).
I’m not trying to overstate—Dabo hasn’t just hired yes men (or something like his kids/relative) and the coaching staff isn’t bad, but it is one point of many that can add up. It is true that not injecting new ideas can lead to stagnation, but it can also lead to rifts and bad blood, etc. Austin is going to take over at OL next year—he at least has a few years at other stops. When you have a stagnant offense, some of that has to be attributed to a lack of creativity and new ideas with the staff.
They aren’t yes men and I didn’t mean to make it sound like that, but Dabo likes his program the way he wants it at this point. If this is your first coaching gig gifted to you by the head guy—are you really going to challenge all that much. On a range of recent issues Dabo hasn’t budged—visits in the summer, portal, transfers, taking more players/less walk-ons.
Again, it is his right and just a single data point (roster management is a way way bigger deal).
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I’m fine with his coaching picks and he is a natl champs winning coach—he gets the latitude to do what he wants—BUT he has a safety coach who never coached in college (buddy), a defensive end coach who didn’t have much coaching experience, Spiller who never really coached (but played in the NFL and in college as a hall of famer), a WR coach who didn’t have much experience (but played in the NFL), someone he plucked from Jacksonville St (not saying a bad hire but not much experience)…It is a culture of great relationships but not much ability to push back on the head guy or really challenge some of the hubris that has settled in.
If it works with your culture and continuity—great, ride it out! But at some point bringing in some outside juice, perspective is also needed to help push for change. I think that is exactly why Brent Venables hire was so great—it wasn’t comfortable to start with and caused some productive friction, but it was just what the program needed…
Not sure we picked up the best analysts this offseason either…
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And Bock--we are watching the film...lol
(and seeing you on the ground…)
I love the fire from Bock but he has always been all bluster his career so far. Trust your technique, improve your conditioning, and don’t get pancaked/bent backwards.
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I think there is a lot of validity to what you said at the end.
Just win baby…
I think that is why Elliott went super conservative with all the running. And if DJ doesn’t fumble or they convert the 4th down (or kick the FG), then the game looks a lot different with GT limiting possessions and playing ball control/milking the clock.
Good call on the second level blocking—we got the surge (usually) with the three down lineman but had no clue how to climb without knowing where players were coming from.
Would really help if we had a player at WR with more speed or someone like a Will Taylor who could get YAC. But you have Shipley as a YAC monster but refuse to get creative and put him in the slot or out on stacks or bunch formations. I thought some of our two TE looks early in the game were good but we never build off of concepts.
Lastly, I think putting Bock at center shows his warts that playing LG kinda masked. He is always getting beat and then just trying to throw himself around. Frustrating.
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Oh goodness--thank you!
Late sunday night brain blip—esp since the point I’m making is that he is young and inexperienced and way over his head.
You can excuse it with Tate though, but not with Bockhorst with his 5 years.
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Yes. It makes the middle of the field murky
But it is basically single high safety with man coverage on the corners if you can guess correctly on when those safeties were creeping.
And they weren’t hiding it all that well. If we did a hard play action on a short yardage down—the shots were there to take.
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The WRs have not done him many favors too. So much miscommunication. He and Ngata aren’t on the same page a bunch but there were entire plays where the WRs didn’t know the call. One play DJ has to just plunge forward for a couple yards because the WRs are all out to block instead of setting up for a pass to the flats (looked like Ross missed that call).
This is why I was yelling about developing more DJ and first and second string WR continuity in the SC St game. There was an entire quarter you could have done that and still gotten walk-ons an entire quarter to run out there and play.
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Plenty of things.
Most of which I have posted these past two weeks but specifically—not evolving the scheme, not using the portal at all, one would be roster management (too many walk-ons not enough players or depth), playing Swinney bros/walkons instead of building offensive continuity, hiring too many buddies without enough coaching experience/knowledge.
Luckily—Swinney has ok’d the addition of another oline take and there will be another defensive line take and likely another DT take. But those didn’t come easily when it was obvious it was needed.
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Pennington with an acl tear.
Out for the season.
He would’ve been taking half the reps at RG by the end of the season imo. This is a huge blow. There is now ZERO depth at Guard. Trotter with a club hand and 275 lbs is your depth.
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Lucas also left FSU.
He was a freshman all-american that they couldn’t develop. Same thing as Dickerson, who went to bama—started and was a 2nd Rd pick, Lucas could be a really good one somewhere else (but of course we wont take him).
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Everyone knew Helton was going to get fired.
This is what was so slimy though and sucks for Clemson with Foreman. Those handlers with the asst coaches got the hooks in and they would’ve been fired last season if not for the short season. Sucks though. Foreman slimmed down and looks great right now.
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Hate it for the players...
But Jurkovec just got surgery on his hand—likely out for the season. Payton Wilson and Fagan for NC State—their two best defenders—are done for the year too. Wilson is a great player who just can’t stay healthy.
I’m not rooting for injury but the path to the acc champs and playoff got a whole lot easier for Clemson today. UConn is historically bad and USCjr has a coach who was basically crying on the field after beating 0-1 East Carolina.
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That is good to know!
I’m hoping it was a partial tear and that thing is solid. Would be horribly tragic to reinjure…(but I’m not a medical doctor, so I try not to weigh in on stuff I know nothing about too much…oh wait, I do that all the time…)
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And if u happen to...
injure one of those sons…no i wont say any more, lol
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Didn't write about Sergio Allen.
He might be the most improved player on the defense. Looked so much better than last year where he almost seemed like a needed transfer candidate. He looked fast and was hitting hard.
Carter looked fine in his snaps and will only get better but the real star was Trotter.
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Yeah. I was going to write that about Simpson missing on the one play in the slot
but I think they were just seeing how he would hold up.
That play, admittedly, wasn’t great and I don’t think it should be THE plan long term, but thought he looked decent in that role.
I thought I saw Booth with some extra padding on his shoulder, so glad he didn’t much either. I’m not saying the Kelly B comparison is totally wrong but Kelly B never threw it the way DJ did against Notre Dame. He has a waaaaay stronger arm than Kelly B ever had. He has NFL level arm talent. Just a matter of reigning it in—putting more touch on some throws and staying accurate.
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I tweeted during the game that it absolutely terrified me.
I will be cringing every time he plays. Watching with one eye open.
But—can’t deny he looked good in the game!
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Yeah. I tried not to write about it...
But I am sure after 6 years of this stuff—and more coming with Drew—that it grates on some players.
Will has been spoonfed the endzone how many times in his career? He doesn’t need it anymore and he isn’t going to get better with more reps. All the freshmen wide receivers and Ajou and Ngata and Ladson frankly will get better with more reps. Shoot—Ross has a year of rust and needs more reps.