Steele goes on the defensive


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Steele goes on the defensive

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