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Morris on first group: "I thought they stunk"


  by - Senior Writer - Monday, September 9, 2013 4:43 PM
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CLEMSON – For those that thought Clemson’s first-string offense was less-than-impressive last Saturday against South Carolina St., offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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agrees with you.

In fact, he thinks they “stunk.”

“Nobody we have is good enough to not focus in on football on a consistent basis,” Morris said Monday in the WestZone. “Our older guys didn’t perform at the level they should have performed. Period. I thought they stunk in some cases. And you know what, that’s okay because some young guys were ready.”

Morris said he was disappointed in the energy level his group took into Saturday’s game.

“I don’t think we played with near the energy we needed to play with, especially with our older guys,” he said. “I didn’t think we were very physical at certain positions. I don’t think we came out and performed like we needed to play. I was disappointed in the 4th-and-1, and I think that kind of set the tempo. That set the tone and gave everybody a bad taste. I know it gave me a bad taste in my mouth. That was unacceptable. But that will be a great teaching point and a great teaching tape for those guys. The positive of it was that there were some younger guys that were ready to go and they were ready to play, and when their time came they performed. They did a good job, and there were a lot of positives out of it. And I am really positive that we will be able to motivate them pretty good this week. That is a positive that I got out of it.”

As a result, Morris promised that this week will see the Tigers go through some hard practices.

“Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be very physical practices. Tuesday will be very challenging to them,” Morris said. “Wednesday is going to be extremely challenging for them as well, and we will be getting them ready to go for next week. It will be a great opportunity to get better. We have a long way to go, and we have a lot of things to work on. Just like everybody else in the country. But I am not worried about everybody in the country – I am worried about us and how we can get better. I think we have to really hone in on ourselves.”

On the play of quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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“I don’t think he ever got in the flow of the game. I think every ball he was looking to throw he was looking to throw the big ball, and he wasn’t taking what they gave him, some underneath stuff, some check downs. Those were the things that were wide open. If we hit a couple of those, then the other things open up. I think he started and never could get in a groove or a rhythm.”

On the reserve offensive linemen

“Did I feel like someone competed well enough to earn a starting job? No, not yet. Does it warrant a guy getting in and playing a bit more during the course of the game or needs to be motivated enough to possibly push somebody for a starting job? Absolutely. I thought Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
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played extremely physical, and he is a guy that is gaining confidence. He still has a long way to go. He has taken steps in the right direction. Kalon DavisKalon Davis
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stepped in the other night and played for Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
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and did a good job. Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
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got some playing time in there and did some good things. Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
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Maryville, TN

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is another one that got in and got some playing time. It was a great day to get guys plenty of reps and get them some confidence, because they might be needed later in the season.”

On the play of wide receiver Germone HopperGermone Hopper
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Charlotte, NC

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“He played physical and that was really good to see. We’re leaving so many opportunities and yards on the field because we’re not being physical, we’re not blocking enough on that outside. He came in and gave us some physicalness. That was good to see, and I was excited about watching him and we are going to watch his physical style of play on film today.”

On RB Roderick McDowell

“I don’t think his focus was there. I don’t think he had good focus, as far as knowing the situation of the game. If its 3rd-and-short and you catch a pass, instead of going and getting it you dance and you don’t get it. Or if it’s 4th-and-short, instead of going up in there and bombing it up there you are trying to shake and not getting it.”

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Front Page Story: Morris on first group: "I thought they stunk"
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Hard to get "up" for SC State.
MemphisCat
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
Litefoot®
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
slumdog
Tell 'em coot
clemson80tiger
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
Dugatiger®
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
mikeodom
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
slumdog
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
Dugatiger®
You mean like Alabama played down? I agree they are not champion material***
cupton®
Re: Agree. Comparing the last two games :
MemphisCat
Re: Agree. Comparing the last two games :
Dugatiger®
i'm not sure how old you are, or if that even matters. you
sgt tiger®
SC State was like that fat girl at the bar
owensb01
Re: SC State was like that fat girl at the bar
mikeodom
Re: LOL!
MemphisCat
Re: LOL!
Dugatiger®
Re: SC State was like that fat girl at the bar
slumdog
Re: SC State was like that fat girl at the bar
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: SC State was like that fat girl at the bar
Dugatiger®
At least have enough respect for yourself to...
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
JediKnight
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
slumdog
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
slumdog
As Dabo says, we play to a standard.
TigerHawk76®
Re: Hard to get "up" for SC State.
Dugatiger®
The offense Saturday is what leads to "Clemson-ing"
FightingDabos
Re: The offense Saturday is what leads to "Clemson-ing"
Litefoot®
Re: The offense Saturday is what leads to "Clemson-ing"
slumdog
Re: The offense Saturday is what leads to "Clemson-ing"
allorangeallthetime52®
The difference now is that we're deep enough
TigerHawk76®
Re: The offense Saturday is what leads to "Clemson-ing"
slumdog
Re: The offense Saturday is what leads to "Clemson-ing"
MemphisCat
Re: The offense Saturday is what leads to "Clemson-ing"
tigerinaiken
Re: Maybe they prefer to play from behind.
MemphisCat
Chad always keeps it real. Love it.
RogerS®
This guy is head coach material. I hope we can promote
CharlestonTom®
I trust Dabo to hire a good replacement.
Completely Solid Orange®
I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
CharlestonTom®
His style of coaching has lifted us up from being mediocre
Completely Solid Orange®
Completely Disagree.***
CharlestonTom®
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6317forever®
Re: Completely Disagree.***
tigerinaiken
Re: Completely Disagree.***
DUFFER®
Your disagreeing puts a "stamp of approval" for me.
Tiger5
Re: His style of coaching has lifted us up from being mediocre
slumdog
Re: His style of coaching has lifted us up from being mediocre
MemphisCat
Re: His style of coaching has lifted us up from being mediocre
tigerinaiken
Re: I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
welldigger
Re: I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
slumdog
Re: I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
tigerinaiken
A coot would not be expected to like Dabo. Why not go
Tiger5
Re: I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
MemphisCat
Re: Re: I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
92TigerJohn
Dabo hada losing season, wasclose to being fired, had to
Edisto_Tiger
dabo was close to being fired in your dreams. he had five
deadsolidperfect®
Re: Dabo hada losing season, wasclose to being fired, had to
FEEL
Re: I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
AikenTiger1114
Re: I'll never be comfortable with his style of coaching
FEEL
Re: I trust Dabo to hire a good replacement.
tmac9wr
Re: This guy is head coach material. I hope we can promote
slumdog
Re: This guy is head coach material. I hope we can promote
deroberts®
Re: This guy is head coach material. I hope we can promote
slumdog
You still won't give up on the Dabo bashing...jeez***
CTiger423®
Glad Chad saw the same thing I saw Sat.
Prime T. Tiger
Re: Glad Chad saw the same thing I saw Sat.
slumdog
Starters stunk. Others with something to prove
NortherTiger®
Re: CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM
MemphisCat
Tues is going 2 b challenging & Wed is going to be extremely
BentZero
It's pretty bad when GT fans give our head coach more
TigerzzRoar®
Re: Front Page Story: Morris on first group: "I thought they stunk"
johnny blue
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johnny blue
This is what I love about Morris, he's no nonsense and will
AllTimeClemson
agree/disagree
tedo514
Re: Front Page Story: Morris on first group: "I thought they stunk"
TrickyRick86®
I don't see it. You don't toy around with ANY team by
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FIRE CHAD MORRIS
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Re: FIRE CHAD MORRIS
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CUTIGERTIM®
We did give up a big play in the secondary, but we've
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