Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers


  by - Senior Writer - 2014-12-03 07:01:02.0
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The news broke late last week that offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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was likely headed to SMU to take over the program, and the knee-jerk reaction by many on the Clemson side of things was to think that it couldn’t have come at a worse time with the South Carolina game looming on the horizon.

The South Carolina game is in the rear view mirror now, and as I sat back and thought about the timing of the move I came to the conclusion that this came at a perfect time for the Clemson program. Allow me to explain…..

When Chad Morris arrived on Clemson’s campus all the way back in 2011, he was already on his way out the door. Morris was and is ambitious, and despite the love that you may have for Clemson and Death Valley and your Tigers, the Clemson job was merely a steppingstone for Morris. He wanted to be a head coach, made no bones about it, and his entire body of work at Clemson was used to try and find that next job.

As I was told once by a staffer – Morris’ feet may be in Clemson, but his eyes are always looking at Texas. Morris is from the Lone Star state – I grew up there, too – and he was never shy about admitting his love of the state and his desire to return home.

As a result, head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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and the players have had to deal with rumors involving Morris and other jobs and was a big reason that Swinney lobbied for Morris to get the big raise to $1.3 million, at that time making him the highest-paid assistant in college football. Despite the raise, Morris was always looking outward and Swinney, the players and recruits all had to deal with the specter of Morris leaving. He promised quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
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he would be at Clemson for all of Watson’s years, but even Watson’s coaches at Gainesville cautioned the then-high school phenom to not believe that promise.

Now, this isn’t about bashing Morris. Quite the contrary - the man has goals and he used Clemson as a means to an end to meet one of those goals – getting back to Texas as a head coach. It happens every day in sports and in college football, and a man can’t be blamed for chasing his dreams.

However, that gets me to my point – the timing for Morris to leave was just about perfect. Clemson has a bevy of talented prospects coming in next season and Watson returning. Clemson’s offense – with what Swinney considers will be a rebuilt offensive line and playmakers all over the field – should be back to its normal ways. The defense will be in rebuilding mode, but the Tigers still should be favored in most of their game and another 10-win season isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

A lot of media members – and some NFL-types I have talked to – look at Clemson’s roster and the talent coming on board and believe that the Tigers are built to make a run at a national championship in 2016. Watson will be in his third year, the offensive linemen will be hitting their stride, there are enough playmakers to survive injury and the defense will have a year for many of the younger players to find their footing.

If you’re Swinney, what you wouldn’t want is to close out next season knowing that you have a chance at something really special but also having the chance that your offensive coordinator would be leaving and you would have to change course in mid-stream. Better to get that done now and work out the wrinkles next season. Yes, the Tigers may have to deal with Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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leaving at some point, but you cross that bridge when you come to it.

Gaining some staff stability may have been what Swinney had in mind when he announced Tuesday that Jeff ScottJeff Scott
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and Tony ElliottTony Elliott
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would be co-offensive coordinators. Both are great recruiters and from all accounts are good coaches, but both are Clemson graduates who played for the Tigers and therefore are more likely to have loyalty when it comes to other job openings. Keeping those two on staff will create the known stability that he has been looking for.

There really isn’t a good or perfect time for a coach to leave – unless it’s performance related – but this might have happened at the right time for Clemson.

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New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
TigerNet News
Excellent article. Agree with everything you said except
the other tom
Re: Excellent article. Agree with everything you said except
Scuba_do
Re: Excellent article. Agree with everything you said except
deleted
The OLine will be worse next year than this year
AllTimeClemson
Mitch Hyatt won't be your normal freshman
bowlhunter
Hyatt is the one freshman that I think should be in the
AllTimeClemson
Tell 'em coot
clemson80tiger
Thanks. ATT is the classic example of a 'Negative Nancy'.
SOLOS®
Re: Hyatt is the one freshman that I think should be in the
81tiger81
Re: Hyatt is the one freshman that I think should be in the
Tigerman1978
Re: Hyatt is the one freshman that I think should be in the
onederkid
EARTH TO ALLTIMECLEMSON
onederkid
Oddly,
Country Gentleman®
Re: Mitch Hyatt won't be your normal freshman
albtigers
I keep hearing that Battle is gone***
74leroy
Since there have been a couple of posts on TN then it
Tiger5
Whah?. You don't say!!? You mean Battle
Tigerman1978
Re: Mitch Hyatt won't be your normal freshman
robbensdale®
Re: The OLine will be worse next year than this year
ruatiger®
Yeah your coots are going to have a rough year***
CTiger423®
Talent level of OL at all time high coming in
tlever
Re: The OLine will be worse next year than this year
mrheyj
Re: The OLine will be worse next year than this year
mlhunter31
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
ancientorange
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
CLEMPZENtygurs®
im still reeling from the shock of
OneJedi
Re: im still reeling from the shock of
orangeman
Every coot's dream is for Watson to follow Morris to SMU.
Tiger5
Re: im still reeling from the shock of
Yoshimuf
Why do you...oh I don't know
ClemsonAlex
Very well done!
Dugatiger®
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
Tgrlvr1989
Smells like another Billy Napier hire to me.
DonnerJD
Re: Smells like another Billy Napier hire to me.
alfatiger
Chad Morris wasn't a nobody on the coaching scene.
DonnerJD
And just to add to that...
DonnerJD
Re: And just to add to that...
DUFFER®
You obviously haven't been paying attention the last 4 years
NGATigr
Where did Venables come from again?
greene
5 years in the system and 4 WRs starting in the NFL...
SOLOS®
The poster has Dabo figured out. He is just playing a joke
Tiger5
Re: Chad Morris wasn't a nobody on the coaching scene.
alfatiger
Nepotism? Care to tell us about this?***
Tiger5
I know. Big words make him feel smart even when used
NutCutterU®
Re: Chad Morris wasn't a nobody on the coaching scene.
DUFFER®
Re: Smells like another Billy Napier hire to me.
tlever
Re: Smells like another Billy Napier hire to me.
deroberts
So, if one OC promoted from within doesn't work, it's a
Smiling Tiger®
Dabo did learn this lesson once. When he, a WR coach, was
clemsonsuzi®
Napier spent 6 yrs learning to be an OC b4 Dabo promoted him
Razzmatazz
Re: Smells like another Billy Napier hire to me.
DUFFER®
Yeah, that's kind of the point, right???
DonnerJD
Billy Napier really wasnt that bad
Bleedorange09
Would Dabo himself be classified as "Billy Napier" hire
clemson78jmh
with watson we'll be fine
tigersincepell®
Clemson's offense should be back to its old ways?
nkickha
I personally think that Dabo made the absolute best choice
clemson7024
Xactly... +1.***
SOLOS®
The Key to Winning with any Coach
tlever
... and grit. Tough as nails.***
SOLOS®
OT David, but I wonder what your take is on watson's knee surgery
tigerinkvillenc
How long before Robert C&P's this as a TCI exclusive ?***
TaylorTiger
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
I bleed orange
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
TigerDrewz
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
tmac9wr
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
tigersnake1954®
Re: New Story: Hood: Offensive coaching changes happened at the right time for the Tigers
tmac9wr
Staff stability if SCelliOTT experiment fails like Napier?
Razzmatazz
Re: Staff stability if SCelliOTT experiment fails like Napier?
CLEMPZENtygurs®
Didn't demote Napier. Can't demote SCelliOTT. Succeed or bye***
Razzmatazz
Re: Staff stability if SCelliOTT experiment fails like Napier?
CLEMPZENtygurs®

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