Conservative Play Calling
|Thursday, October 8, 2015, 9:23 AM- -|
Conservative Play Calling
I understand why some fans have been concerned about the conservative nature of the play-calling this season, but I wanted to point out a few things.
First, they were not conservative in the first two games against Wofford and Appalachian State. Wofford did try to limit the deep ball by playing their safeties deep, but the offense threw it a lot in both games until the game got out of hand. What hurt the offensive production in those games was the fact that the staff got
Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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In the Louisville game, the Cardinal defense used their big safeties very high in coverage as well. In fact, both deep balls Clemson tried were picked off. In this look, Clemson's staff decided to take what the defense was giving it and did not try to force the ball downfield. As a result, they rushed for over 200 yards against a good front seven.
Last week the plan was to air it out. Clemson's staff felt better about throwing the ball because the Irish were more talented in their front seven instead of their secondary. However, Clemson got out to a lead and were having more success with the running game. And oh yeah, it was an awful weather event for the entire game.
If anything, I thought the deep balls hurt the momentum the last two games. The two interceptions at Louisville gave the Cards momentum. Clemson was first and ten at the Notre Dame 33 and had run the ball to that point, but a deep ball interception changed the momentum once again.
This week I would not be surprised to see Clemson get more aggressive in the passing game. However, this offensive line and the combination of Watson and
Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
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I think as humans we always want what we don't have. My buddy jokes that when he has a blonde girlfriend he wants a brunette and when he has a brunette he wants a red head.
Back in the
Danny FordDanny Ford
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View Full Profile days Clemson was strong on defense and played conservative on offense. I can remember some fans screaming to throw the ball more. In the Bowden days and the early tenure of Dabo the offense was wide open and explosive, but some fans wanted to return to the days of great defense and a running game.
On my radio show and blog, some fans thought
Chad MorrisChad Morris
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View Full Profile abandoned the run too early in some games. Now I hear how we don't throw the ball anymore.
I will take 3-2 wins and 55-54 wins. I just want to win. But I am encouraged that Clemson's offensive line had allowed the offense to rush for over 400 yards against Louisville and Notre Dame. It is nice to be able to run the ball again.
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