Hangin' with Chad


by - Senior Writer -
    |
Morris said that playing offensive line is just as much about attitude as it is about technique.

CLEMSON – Chad Morris addressed the concerns about the toughness and physicality of the Clemson offensive line when he addressed the media Monday morning in the WestZone, and he said the unit was nowhere close to what he wanted.

"The way we're doing it is not what we're after,” Morris said. “We didn’t play nearly as physical and aggressive as we wanted to play. We had some big issues in our pass protection and they weren’t bringing more than we had. We are not nearly as aggressive at the point of attack as we need to be. Everybody wants to see you line up and move people off the ball and that’s not what we’re seeing right now. And that is what we have spent the last two days going over.”

Morris said that playing offensive line is just as much about attitude as it is about technique.

“Until we change that mentality, we are going to talk about this week to week,” he said. “That is what we have to address. We have to coach them harder because the mentality we are taking to the field right now is not getting their attention. We have to come to practice with a toughness.

“You either like to hit or you don’t like to hit. If they don’t bite as a puppy then they probably won't bite as a big dog. We have to try and get that mentality changed, and get that mental toughness and nastiness to where when we step out on that field we play with a nasty, rugged, rough approach.”

Morris was asked if he thinks the Tigers played down to their competition in the first two weeks, and he called that notion “hogwash.”

“I’ve heard that, and this isn’t the only place that they feel like they play down to the level of their competition,” he said. “I call that a bunch of hogwash. I think you are what you put on the field. Whatever the opponent is we have to maintain a consistent approach to the way we play football. We can't expand on our offense because we have to expand on our toughness.”

Morris said he is using only about 50-to-55 percent of the offense at this point because it looks like the players are thinking instead of playing. He then said he was going to make sure the team could run one play with aggressiveness and toughness.


"Are we doing too much?" he asked. "We have three run schemes. Three. We have to make sure we're good at least one of them. Our players want to be tough, they really do. They're struggling with when to turn the switch on. When you think on the field, it takes aggressiveness out. Things we thought we were ready to go with are causing players to think too much. We aren’t going to keep expanding – we are going to get better at what we do.”

Morris was then asked if toughness was something that could be taught.

“You can teach toughness. But you can recruit toughness, too,” he said. “If have someone that doesn’t want to be tough, that’s okay. We will just go get someone that wants to. We are demanding a lot out of them, and we aren’t giving them an inch to breathe right now. Everybody knows what the problem is, but why would you sit in a room and gripe about it?

“Go do something about it. We are going to challenge some guys, and move some guys around. You may see me playing the interior line. You would think Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
RS So. Offensive Line
#63 6-4, 300
Spartanburg, SC

View Full Profile
would come along, and we have to think of some way to jerk him through the knothole. He looks good, but that doesn’t mean anything right now. I think we want it more than he does, and that isn’t a good thing.”

He ended by saying he wanted people to hate to have to play Clemson.

"I want to see people hating to play Clemson,” he said. “I don't think we've got that here. The people that have played us, I don't think they said, 'Man, those guys were really physical.'"


Rate this Story:
13 votes

Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
Loading...
Post your comments!
Subject (Replies: 55) Author
Hangin' with Chad
B-Meist®
Re: Hangin' with Chad
FORESTTIGER
Re: Hangin' with Chad
cobalt107
Re: Hangin' with Chad
Tigerpaw53®
The pumpers aren't going to like this Chad. They think....
BentZero
Re: The pumpers aren't going to like this Chad. They think....
jerseytiger1980
Now hold on there Chad that kind of talk will get you
Pigeye
I like this guy, he seems to know what it takes to win and
tigerteet
Anybody can identify and diagnose problems. When you're
deleted
I Propose
PenthouseTiger
Disagree
CUtigerFan6
Re: I Propose
Whitehurst74®
I do
007stealth
Somebody needs to inform him that we are tough, and our
Smiling Tiger®
Re: Somebody needs to inform him that we are tough, and our
tiger49®
You're scaring me . . .
Smiling Tiger®
Re: You're scaring me . . .
tiger49®
Naw - you're good. Sorry if I laid the sarcasm on a little
Smiling Tiger®
Re: You're scaring me . . .
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Somebody needs to inform him that we are tough, and our
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Hangin' with Chad
TigerFanClint
It's funny...if any of us had said...
SeattleTiger
I predicted 4-8***
AllTimeClemson
I'll be happy to take the over on that...***
clemson_native
I think the difference is....
TigerCC
Lame excuses. Lame double-standard.
Razzmatazz
I don't see pumpers doing nearly as much as
TigerCC
Good points. I trust Morris & Steele more than Dabo.***
Razzmatazz
Good hires on Morris and Steele, by Dabo. Let's hope...
TigerCC
That is so true. Intolerant pumpers dominate here.***
Razzmatazz
I'll be happy to take the over on that...
clemson_native
I'm wondering how the OL self esteem is holding up?***
UtilTiger
I don't care !!*****
tiger49®
Break them down to build them back up
BigDaddy®
I think Gene Hackman said that in Hoosiers...
TigerCC
Re: Break them down to build them back up
allorangeallthetime52®
Reminds me of another quote...
Harvey®
Good article
PhD T
"We're gonna have to hit more. We're gonna have to hit,
thoroughbredtiger
Like I said Chad is gonna get these boys physical
Bryanttiger®
Re: Like I said Chad is gonna get these boys physical
Litefoot®
We are going to wish he was our head coach one day
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: We are going to wish he was our head coach one day
64Tiger®
Re: Hangin' with Chad
Tigger4life
Re: Hangin' with Chad
insanetigerfan08
I Like Listening To This Guy
jackbolin
Re: I Like Listening To This Guy
jackbolin
OK, now I'm ready to go out and hang myself.
David78®
OL starters, Price, Smith, Cloy, McClain & Walker graduate.
Razzmatazz
Re: Hangin' with Chad
76clemsontiger
Chad gets an A for candor. I prefer knowing how bad we are
CU72Tiger®
Re: Hangin' with Chad
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Hangin' with Chad
LuciusVI
Re: Hangin' with Chad
LuciusVI
too late to get physical-hay is in the barn!***
firebarker
Re: too late to get physical-hay is in the barn!***
icebucket

Monday's Clemson practice report

Swinney announces starter at quarterback

Swinney announces starting QB, lists who will likely play and who will redshirt

WATCH: McCloud discusses playing cornerback

WATCH: Carter sees depth as key to Clemson DBs surprising

Fuller: "I feel like I had a pretty good camp"

Renfrow on Bryant: 'We know that he's the guy'

WATCH: Swinney after Monday's practice

WATCH: Clemson Police releases Star Wars Eclipse video
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest