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Great comments on "Coach Speak" in your blog today. At this point in the debate about the starting QB, the only thing I can think to say is, "D'Oh!" It would be great if there was a difference in skill, but it seems to me the results of practice are being used as an indicator of who should start rather than what is readily apparent on the field. When one guy has thrown 5 TDs versus 1 TD and 1 INT in fewer snaps (117 to 36), I just don't see how they are struggling with this decision.

What is in the best interests of the Clemson Football Program? I feel certain Watson thinks he is ready to take over. Do we really have to wait for a monumental series of mistakes that costs us a game before Watson starts?

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I think Watson is the best choice and I think each week that choice becomes clearer. I am not sure when but at some point the staff will have to see that there is a clear difference in the talent level and the productivity of the offense.


I am an FSU graduate, can date myself by saying that I graduated the year before Bobby Bowden came to Tallahassee.  So I have very much enjoyed most of the past 38 years of FSU football.

I found my enthusiasm for the Championship game dampened by the issues surrounding J. Winston.  Just took something away from it.

As I indicated on my call this morning, I wanted to see Jameis sit this Saturday.  I think the spector of him on the bench for the first half makes this situation even more of a circus.  

One of the things I have very much enjoyed since moving to the area 5 years ago, is watching how Dabo manages the Clemson football program.  Class act and I admire what he stands for and how he articulates his message.  

I will be at the game on Saturday, I hope FSU wins.  And I also hope we clean up our act and make me proud to be a Seminole on all fronts, not just the scoreboard.

Thanks again....enjoy all of shows.

Keowee Seminole

Keowee Seminole,

Thanks for the email. I get the feeling that a lot of FSU fans share your feelings. At some point he will run out of strikes. Thanks again and good luck to you guys.


I enjoy your blog and like getting the perspective from someone who is close to the program.

I remember when Chad MorrisChad Morris
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first came that there was a lot of talk about the percentage of his playbook that had been implemented. I don't think we got to 100% that first year, but assume that it was fully implemented the next season. In my mind, the big question is how much of the playbook has Watson mastered. If it's not 100%, then my guess is that's what is driving the coaches decision. Stoudt has 3 years in the system and should have the entire offense.

Like you, I'm not a coach so I don't know how that decision is made. If we run a more basic offense when Watson is under center, maybe a more basic offense would benefit the team. That's my big question.

Go Tigers!



I don't care about practice. I don't care about the spring. I don't care about the percentage of the play book. To me productivity is the only thing that matters. It is clear to me which one looks better and the numbers point out which one has been more productive. BTW-I don't see the offensive play calling any different when Watson is on the game.


I'm the son of a football coach... Dad even coached at Clemson for a time... So disappointed in you second guessing Dabo! Yes.. Listened to you show last week and I see you pushing the Qbacks issue... Lose the mic... Apply for a coaching job if you think you know more...

Really... Do you need the attention that badly..


PS: I never write in... But your over the top.



I guess we should never question anyone of authority then. Don't question the President of the United States. Don't question the bosses at work. They are above criticism.

Let's be clear, everyone makes mistakes. No one is above criticism. I am a huge Dabo fan but not every decision he makes is right. Was it right to play less talented wide outs Nuk Hopkins' freshman season? Are they starting the right players at tailback and wide receiver right now? Dabo is a great coach but he is not perfect and is not above criticism.

Hi Mickey,

I know that I just like all other college football fans and I watch the show and listen to all of the analyst and I need to ask where is the respect for what Coach Swinney and his staff have on done on the recruiting top player and top 15 class the last three years?  I believe that if  Clemson execute at  the top level that we can beat Florida State! Anyone can be beat on any given day. I was watching some show on ESPN and they were talking about Texas A&M and Oregon locker rooms, So I wanted to ask  with the construction that is going to on now and in the future of the West Endzone is the team get a new locker room and If so what are they going to look like ?? Up to date ?? When are the update to the Westzone ( including the new outside look ) going to be done ?

What is new on the recruiting tail for the Tiger and we still in line with any other top player? do you think we are going to be able to hold on to all the player with have committed now....



The plans are for a new football building beside the indoor practice facility. They hope to be in the new building by 2017.

The only top prospect that I think is worth following right now is Albert Huggins a defensive lineman from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, SC. Clemson, Georgia and Florida are his top schools at this point. he is not close to making a decision.

At this point I think Clemson is in good shape with its current commitments. You can never say never but I think all of the commitments are solid at this point.

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