Emotional Letdown?


  by - Radio Host - Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:25 AM
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Emotional Letdown?
It happens every week in college football.  Somewhere there will be a team that is emotionally not ready to play and an upset follows.

There is that potential this week in Clemson because of what happened last week in Tallahassee.  The Tigers left it all on the field and who could blame them for letting that loss linger throughout this week?

The staff has to prepare this team for the schemes and personnel this week.  They have to prepare game plans in all three phases. But perhaps the biggest task they have this week is to get this team emotionally ready.
We have heard the phrase, "Don't let one loss beat you twice."  That is a key this week

My hope is this team has great senior leadership.  I think players like Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
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Conyers, GA

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, Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Sr. Linebacker
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Polkton, NC

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and Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
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Adairsville, GA

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will lead this team throughout the week.  My hope is that kind of leadership helps the Tigers avoid the emotional letdown.
Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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always talks about playing to a standard.  He says that each opponent is nameless and faceless.  He says you have to try to prepare and play to a standard instead of playing up or down depending on the opponent.

Those things are great to consider but we all know letdowns happen from time to time and the goal is to not let them happen to you.  This brings me to my main point of this blog.  Rarely do I do this, but I think it’s time to call out Clemson fans and challenge all of us to do our part Saturday night.

Sometimes the fans can make a difference.  It happens at Death Valley more than most places but many times it is against a big opponent in a big game.  On the national scene and the ACC scene this is not a big game.  But for this program, this is a big game.  I have said it many times but games like this aren't big games until you lose one then it becomes huge.

As fans I think we can help this team get over the hangover from last week.  We can make a difference by turning Saturday night into a big game atmosphere.

My guess is Death Valley will be loud Saturday night.  It is a night game.  It is only the second home game of the year.  It is a rival (or at least a former football rival).  It is the first start of the Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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Gainesville, GA

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era.  And I believe many fans will want to welcome this team back and saluting the tremendous effort they gave last week in Tallahassee.

I mentioned on my radio show yesterday that maybe the staff could break out the purple jerseys Saturday night.  I don't know, maybe all orange uniforms might need to be broken out.  The point is anything that could help the hangover should be considered.

Maybe the staff and seniors will have this team ready to play anyway.  Maybe kids are more resilient today than they used to be.  Maybe this team won't need a big game atmosphere.  But just in case, let’s get behind these guys and do our part to make sure one loss doesn't beat us twice.
 

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