Steele says defense got physically whipped


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ATLANTA, GA. – It didn’t take long for Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin SteeleKevin Steele
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to tell the media what everybody already knew – his defense got pushed around by a Georgia Tech offense that scored just seven points a week against Miami.

The Yellow Jackets rushed 67 times for 383 yards, and the defense gave up 443 total yards on 76 plays.

"In a nutshell, we just physically got whipped,” Steele said in postgame. “We got out-executed. All of us from the defensive side of the ball, from our standpoint, we didn't play to our expectations and to what we demand. Too many big plays, too many opportunities to get off the field and we didn't take it. Having said that, Georgia Tech did what they had to do. They're a well-coached team. We all know that. They lined up and physically whipped us."

The linebackers appeared to be in the wrong position too many times, and the Jackets ran the toss sweep with great results as Tiger defenders time and time again took bad angles to the ball carrier.

Steele said there was plenty of blame to go around.


“Just talking about us, defensively, probably the biggest thing was we come out and give up the first touchdown,” Steele said. “I think I'm correct in saying it was off a turnover in the red zone, then we gave up a 46-yard run, a big play, and they put it in the end zone. We come back and they march 80 yards on us. I think we had two penalties in that drive. We come back right before the half and we have a 40-or-50 yard pass thrown. Then they scrambled for a 60-yarder in the second half.”

The killer drive of the night was the fourth quarter drive that saw the Jackets take over with 10:33 remaining in the game and keep the ball for 16 plays and just over nine minutes off the game clock. Four times on the drive the Jackets were able to convert on third down opportunities.

"We did get them to fourth down, but it took too long,” he said. “We had opportunities way before that."

Quarterback Tevin Washington burned the defense for 176 yards on 27 carries, and Steele said Tech head coach Paul Johnson found something that worked and kept doing it because the Tigers couldn’t stop it.

“The quarterback scramble - they worked that,” he said. “They were scrambling to run. Receivers were blocking down on that. You run it like you're running a route, then at some point he turns up the field. I thought they out-leveraged us a couple of times on the toss sweep. You just have to play with your eyes and do your job. But there were some runs in there where they just lined up and physically pounded it."


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Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
B-Meist®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
leftie
The guy is a fake!
eagletiger
I am so sick of this guy and his ######## jargon..
eagletiger
OFFENSE GOT OVER HAUL NOW IT MAY BE DEFFENSE TIME
SpillerROH28
Re: OFFENSE GOT OVER HAUL NOW IT MAY BE DEFFENSE TIME
hazer
Bama's defense coincidentally got better when we
TigersAndCubs
You're right. I think Dabo did Saban a favor by
AllTimeClemson
Re: OFFENSE GOT OVER HAUL NOW IT MAY BE DEFFENSE TIME
SpillerROH28
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
orangefan59
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
docthreatt
Will he resign and give back his 600k/yr.
eagletiger
I think he makes 750,000 a year***
tigerking79
He does. We just deduct the GT game money up front.***
jeremy
keep on. reply 800 times. you are the joke.***
FootballFan36
YA THINK?????******
gmurphy10®
Thanks for your insight, Dr. Watson.***
CUTiger1989®
the same can be said for every game except VT
fowlerj43
Where are our backers and hitters?
tigerpaw68®
If I remember correctly....didn't we pick up Steele and LSU.
tigerdb24
We had Chavis but waited 2 weeks.
cutigerdoc
I think Chavis was Dabo's choice but LSU offered and he
AllTimeClemson
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
sspassport®
Some of that was bordering on incoherent I thought.***
surroundedtiger
Matches the product on the field then.******
jeremy
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whi
dukefan_adpi
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RudeTiger3
ok, he can stop saying "play with your eyes"
championsof81
Captain Obvious over here...***
WALLACE
Steele needs to be replaced****
citadelcock
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tigertomw
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
cutigersco
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
myplasticsurgeon
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
Lovefootball
Makes excuses like Bowden. Own up please.
cutigerdoc
Re: Makes excuses like Bowden. Own up please.
dhg
more like the D coord got mentally whipped!!
TIGERCOOK®
Re: more like the D coord got mentally whipped!!
dhg
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
allorangeallthetime52®
Bunch of idiots,
MRTTMT
Re: Bunch of idiots,
dhg
Re: Bunch of idiots,
MRTTMT
Re: Bunch of idiots,
Dugatiger®
Kevin Steele post-game press conference video added***
Crump®
We may play these guys again in Charlotte
tigerpaw68®
Re: We may play these guys again in Charlotte
gotigers72
our linebackers have been missing all season***
strodetiger®
Re: our linebackers have been missing all season***
SOLOS®
They whipped us...... They whippy whipped us....***
Clemsontiger85®
No #### Kevin***
CTiger423®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
cobalt107
Dabo's Staff Decisions.....
ThomasGreenClemson
Vic and Dabo really never got along and once Dabo was named
AllTimeClemson
Re: Vic and Dabo really never got along and once Dabo was named
Willyboy
Re: Vic and Dabo really never got along and once Dabo was named
cobalt107
I agree, I'm no Steele fan. I hoped he would do well
AllTimeClemson
Re: Dabo's Staff Decisions.....
doctiger
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
looper454
Even Virginia can do it.
dannyfan1981
UVA had 2 weeks to prep for GT & practiced WITHOUT a ball!
Razzmatazz
Re: Seriously, ya think?? And who is this on?
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Dugatiger®
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SanityPlease
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
Dugatiger®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
cobalt107
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
Dugatiger®
We have Captain Obvious at Defensive Coordinator***
vandalay
Re: We have Captain Obvious at Defensive Coordinator***
SanityPlease
yikes, here, have a beer and relax***
vandalay
Re: yikes, here, have a beer and relax***
SanityPlease
Re: It's only 1 loss...And there is a lot to look forward to
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Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
mopar
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
bubba1239®
I say, if you can do better, apply for the job! We need it.***
007stealth
Re: I say, if you can do better, apply for the job! We need it.***
SanityPlease
Our DTs played outside technique over the guards
IPTAY FAMILY
Maybe our D just isn't that talented...
estebanrocks
Re: Maybe our D just isn't that talented...
bmcneely03
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
BoSkeetTHS
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
BoSkeetTHS
Re: Front Page Story: Steele says defense got physically whipped
doctiger
I see two major problems with Steele right now
TigersAndCubs
Looks like the sheet has hit the fan, there's already a
AllTimeClemson
in the next couple years Steward and Anthony will
CUgrad04
LB's..
estebanrocks
Steele had a top 25 defense last year.
TigerHawk76®
Our defense was barely top 25, but look at all the NFL
AllTimeClemson
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CnetBill

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