Steele goes on the defensive


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Kevin Steele press conference audio

CLEMSON – Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele came to Tuesday’s press conference with the media armed with a piece of paper and a sense of frustration.

The first question posed to Steele was a generic one asking about Virginia Tech, but it took just one more question to get Steele right to the point and on the defensive.

A reporter asked Steele why the Tigers had trouble stopping the run against the Gamecocks – especially the quarterback – and Steele grabbed the piece of paper he had brought, pushed his chair back from the table and went into coach mode as he endeavored to explain what happened to Clemson’s rush defense.

“OK. I'm glad you asked that,” Steele said to the media. “I'm going to answer it. They ran the ball 44 times for 151 yards. That's a lot of runs. But that's just 3.4 yards a carry. That's winning football in anybody's book. Stopping the run means we're making a run call and the defense is playing the run. And they are running the ball.

“Now they called a pass play and guys ran down the field and our guys covered them. And their quarterback pulls the ball down. He carried the ball 76 yards on seven carries. That leaves 75 yards, even in Dillon math, for called runs. So, when you start talking about that, people need to understand the game. You can’t say they ran the ball.”

The Gamecocks rushed for 210 yards, so Steele is taking out the quarterback scrambles and adding in the sacks which count as lost yardage, into his numbers, which he tried to clarify.

“Well, stopping the quarterback running for 76 yards when they're running pass routes and you have rushers, obviously if it's a four-man rush, there are more than four gaps up there. The first one, a 34-yard scramble, it was a guy who has played a lot of football. He was lined up in the B-gap, and for whatever reason he goes inside and loses his rush lane. The next one was we had a 13-yarder, a young guy in the secondary who is supposed to come off the edge and blitz.

“And it's so easy that if Tig [Willard] goes over there, you go over to the other side and rush off the edge. And he didn't do it, and their guy comes out. So, I can't explain it any better. It's basically do your job on something we work on and that's simple. As far as the run game, on called runs, they averaged 3.4 yards a carry. And that's winning football. Now, the scrambles killed us. And the 55-yard pass and the 49-yard pass, we had two missed tackles and a guy let another one go in man coverage. I don't know what to tell you on that. We have to make the play.”

Steele said the defensive gameplan is simple, it comes down to people doing their job and if they don’t, that falls into his lap.

"We have to be more accountable and responsible to do our job,” he said. “If it's something that's not repped in practice or coached in practice, that's on me. So the other part, if the play is there, why are guys not making the plays? We have to teach tackling better. We have to teach double coverage better. The plays are there, but we're not making the plays. Enough said."

He was then asked if the problems could be fixed in a week, and he said, “We better. We better fix it."

He said it was frustrating because he has certain players who are doing their job.

"We have some older guys who have played a lot who need to be more accountable and responsible, but not that many,” he said. “Because we have some who are playing really well. Coty [Sensabaugh], lights out. [Andre] Branch, lights out. [Brandon] Thompson, lights out. But the problem is that there are 11 guys out there."

The defense looks confused pre-snap, and even post-snap, and Steele said that even in Game 12 inexperience shows.

“It's four or five key plays in a game,” he said. “The worst part is, when you take guys like DeAndre [McDaniel], Gilly [Marcus Gilchrist] and [Da’Quan] Bowers off the field, then replacing that experience in terms of knowing what they're seeing and responding quickly, you can hide it at some positions and some, you can't."


Steele then went on to talk about negative people.

"We live in such a negative world,” he said. “This is such a negative world, particularly this country. It's amazing to me how negative people can be. I'm more upset about all that than anything else - the negativity these guys are exposed to. And not me. I don't want to get on a Mike Gundy [tirade], 'I'm a man.' I get compensated for what I do. But these are 18-22 year old kids. Some of them have not played a lot of football. They're growing and they're talented and they're going to be good. Right now the results are not what we want. I'm more frustrated with that 10-percent out there.

“You don't hear from the 90-percent, the people who really have a job who are trying to work and raise the kids and have jobs. It's the 10-percent who complain about the water meter, the phone, everything. They spend all day emailing everybody about the problems in the world and don't do anything to fix it. And that's what our kids hear. I don't answer the phone. I don't hear it. I'm in a submarine back there. I don't read the newspapers, so we're sheltered from it. We're in a hole. We don't know it. We know it's there, but we don't know it. But our kids, they're exposed to it. Now, if you're a true believer in what we're trying to do, is that what you do trying to prepare your team for a championship game? I don't think so."

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Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
B-Meist®
somebody needs to***
henry®
If you make 200K plus... you better do your job.
TigerLight
Re: If you make 200K plus... you better do your job.
jonate212
Ticket money, TV sets, ad revenue, IPTAY, we pay him
IPTAY FAMILY
Interesting stuff....
Brooster
News flash...
jtig
Re: News flash...
WillardTFrog®
Re: News flash...
jonate212
Re: News flash...
treetiger
Re: News flash...
SandlapperInNC®
Ugh
SouthLowerUG
Dabo played it in his press conference too!***
melamb13
Oh no, Steele's pulling out the Chewbacca defense again.***
deleted
Chewbacca defense. sheesh ;-)***
xtiger
derp***
deleted
I hear he's a wookie****
tiger6
Look at the monkey! Look at the silly monkey!
CTiger423®
at least he's good at one kind of defense
xtiger
LOL - it's the exact speech we thought we'd get
johncu71
Did you just say you knew exactly what he was going to say
cadcock
Hey Kevin. You should get together wih Guz Malzahn's wife.
Baltimore Tiger®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
Noonan®
OccupySteele?***
deleted
when we win, only one stat matters, so
TIGERCOOK®
It's time to go Mr. Steele
deleted
Ok, so we have the right D called, but guys don't make plays
Zeus
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
TigerFanClint
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
TIGER_RD
And that 3.4 doesn't include the QB scrambles which usually
Orange®
Re: And that 3.4 doesn't include the QB scrambles which usually
buhboy
3.4 yards per carry
ClemsonJay®
Pack your stuff
Connelly
Oh my gosh, we're in more trouble than I thought. Allowing
Clemson81to85
Against a mediocre offense, no less!!!***
melamb13
You're on crack if you think that was a mediocre offense.***
attheesso®
Re: You're on crack if you think that was a mediocre offense.***
melamb13
Dude, they lost a starting back and a starting QB mid-season
attheesso®
Youre right, its worst than mediocre***
PioneerG
Really dude? Their 14 pt scoring O is more than mediocre?***
BentZero
Yes. The only mediocre offense that has beat us this year
attheesso®
We made them better than mediocre
IPTAY FAMILY
No, Conner is a much better QB than Garcia and has just
attheesso®
Re: Oh my gosh, we're in more trouble than I thought. Allowing
tigertank
I dont care if its a called run or a called pass where the
AllTimeClemson
The Scooby Doo Defense, oh no he didn't....
RogerS®
joke of the day***
T_I_P
So basically if anyone sends receivers out, and then the
Clemson81to85
nobody else plays D like us!!!***
melamb13
Re: So basically if anyone sends receivers out, and then the
tigered1®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
ashleys
The thing that bothers me the most...
melamb13
Re: The thing that bothers me the most...
buhboy
Hope it works, cause not much else is on D lately!***
melamb13
Steele is wrong in this one too
IPTAY FAMILY
What a load of crap - Steele is passing the buck - BYE!!!***
ChasTiger26
So sick of hearing about the loss of Bowers, Gilchrist,
Clemson81to85
"I'm in a submarine..."
cumathgrad
Ok, it is now officially a circus. And did he ever think for
Clemson81to85
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
Melclem
Stat trickeration pre-date Bowden by a lotta years!!!***
melamb13
Re: Stat trickeration pre-date Bowden by a lotta years!!!***
Melclem
I gotcha! just checking...***
melamb13
Um.. this press conference was a bad idea for Steele
Colapaw®
I agree 1000%, better to shut the h311 up!***
melamb13
One thing I see
cabledog669
Re: One thing I see
buhboy
Parker was a lot of that, but...Point served!***
melamb13
NEGATIVITY AT ITS WORST -> LOSING 3 OUT OF 4 TO END THE
63 17 FOREVER
way to throw the kids under the bus...
cynicaltiger®
Ownership?
PursuitAngle
What a loser!!! How many more excuses can he come up with??***
cutigersco
Re: What a loser!!! How many more excuses can he come up with??***
melamb13
This from an earlier post of mine:
TonyTiger®
www.FireKevinSteele.com
TonyTiger®
Re: www.FireKevinSteele.com
cobalt107
Here it is!!!! http://www.firekevinsteele.com/
pkpza103®
Dabo needs to get Everette Whithers on speed dial
CUD
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
tigerrag100
Get this looser away from this football first thing Sunday
ggraves
I predict that this guy is on short time.
Books
TRANSLATION: I Don't have a Friggin Clue How to "Fix It"
CU_Tigers4life®
is he a DC or a statistician???******
43Paws
You gotta be kidding me Kevin
6317forever®
Re: You gotta be kidding me Kevin
rkantor
Morris isn't in charge of the O-line.
6317forever®
Hey Steele. THEY are confused because
SeattleTiger
Probably counterproductive for other than venting
chasn79
Kind of agree with the last part actually***
WolfMan2
This thread is a summary of every idiot that has ever graced
attheesso®
For reel, our defence is awesum!!!******
creatiger®
WOW !!!! you must be kidding...
cdfrisch
WELCOME TO TIGERVILLE RANDY SHANNON!!!!! ********
HBROWN
People! It's about an underachieving offense and a D that
1991Tiger
I do believe he got the 10% bashing from Dabo's rant
tigerfanjack
When Dabo ranted 10%, the pumpers loved it. Steele? Hate it.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
southashevilletiger
Glad to hear...
MemphisCat
mindless fodder? Did you not understand what he
melamb13
Re: Glad to hear...
wstoddard
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
Gotigers28
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
jkenn
Re: Great response. You said it all. Mark this down; we will
TIGERBOLT
Haha. All of the first responders
CUTigerDstomp
Re: Haha. All of the first responders
jkenn
I kind of agree with you.
BentZero
Re: I kind of agree with you.
southashevilletiger
So you're in favor of the DC throwing the players under the
melamb13
Re: So you're in favor of the DC throwing the players under the
gottigers81
Re: Haha. All of the first responders
cdfrisch
Explain to me
tigersoldier
Exactly, I don't care if he stays or goes but fix it d*ammit***
melamb13
The true rushing stats
chasn79
i know sh!tty football when i see it.nice try KS***
firebarker
The rivalry has turned
FloBird
Re: The rivalry has turned
Truxtun_229
Re: The rivalry has turned
dawghater23
Re: The rivalry has turned
Truxtun_229
More people would care if Carolina had also put up more of
DontH8me®
There is MUCH more to this media session....I think
Cedceb
Re: There is MUCH more to this media session....I think
dawghater23
Levon he's talking about you too.
psfannsc
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
Ucel74
Tough crowd! Steele is lucky they don't have depth-charges!***
Razzmatazz
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
joebaloba
Who let Koenning go & hired Steele? No outrage at Dabo?
Razzmatazz
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
JDTigerB®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
flatfoot
Dabo limited tackling in practice, against Steele's wishes.
Razzmatazz
What the fudgesicle!
sadmba
Hey sadmba, Razz has no regard for reality
RU4GOD2®
I've never posted about tackling, so how is it repetitive?
Razzmatazz
You could tie Dabo to the Kennedy assassination in less than
CM Shack
You can't intelligently address my new point about tackling?
Razzmatazz
All of your posts are Blame Dabo posts...Why should I
CM Shack
Why respond at all if you have no intelligent counterpoint?
Razzmatazz
Where you in the meeting room when Steele said Dabo won't
CM Shack
No. But unlike you I backed my claim with an interview link.
Razzmatazz
Why should I need an intelligent counterpoint if all you do
CM Shack
Bummer for you. Here's proof that you're wrong...
Razzmatazz
Think about what Steele said. Who is stopping Steele?
Razzmatazz
Or they don't ask because a lot of live tackling is stupid
Orange T-Square
UGA-GT game announcers said UGA practiced live all week.
Razzmatazz
The reason no one takes you seriously...
RU4GOD2®
The reason that you think you speak for everyone is...
Razzmatazz
You can make stats say anything you
89tigergrad
Re: You can make stats say anything you
deleted
Re: You can make stats say anything you
Dugatiger®
1-3 = a negative alright***
BentZero
Who gave him the piece of paper... Bowden?***
91grad
It's game 12 coach...
SteelTiger1
Here is the rest of the story!
Rooster Booster
Re: Here is the rest of the story!
deleted
I didn't realize that the QB was only allowed to scramble
IPTAY FAMILY
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
Dugatiger®
Did he add back the 17 yards that Shaw lost in the victory..
wob123
Steele needs to stop throwing the players under the bus in
TigersAndCubs
Did anyone mention to Kevin
SouthLowerUG
Re: Steele needs to stop throwing the players under the bus in
sanwt
Holy crap what a load of ####. He should be fired just for
Das Tiger
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
ChickensHater
"That's winning football...."
AllTimeClemson
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
CidTiger
Re: They have forgotten how to TACKLE!
SandlapperInNC®
Kevin "Warlock" Steele has Tiger Blood
Tigerpawpro
We can fuss and argue amongst ourselves all we want but
Tigger4life
Ohio State's D coordinator may be looking for work.
richmaja®
Serves You Right For Hiring the Fraud
halaleezy
Re: Serves You Right For Hiring the Fraud
halaleezy
Take off the QB runs???
icebucket
Re: Front Page Story: Steele goes on the defensive
mopar
Oooh can i be the next to say
rickstaa99
Steele using "coot logic" when presenting stats of the game
cdfrisch
LOL***
dark side of the moo®

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