Venables says defense has the talent to overcome issues


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CLEMSON – There are those out there that would posit that Brent VenablesBrent Venables
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’ defenders have played like dogs so far this season, but don’t expect Venables to treat his players that way.

Venables said Tuesday during his weekly media session that he expects his defense to bounce back from what has been a rough start.

“Young people are very resilient. I think that’s where you as a leader have got to lead, hopefully, that’s a strength,” Venables said. “You treat them like a dog, talk to them like a dog, kick them like a dog, they’re going to act like dogs. And they’re not. They’re a great group of young guys. There’s some talent there. They have a great willingness to learn and get better. We recognize where our shortcomings are. All of us have shouldered responsibility for the issues that have taken place.”

Venables said that the players realize what is at stake.

“They recognize that we have a good football team. If we can improve on the things we can control and, at times, have shown we can control, then we’re going to have a terrific season,” he said. “If we don’t improve, it’s going to take a drastic change. I think they have a sense of renewal.”

Clemson’s lack of success against the run is obviously a concern, and Venables was asked if there was any hope that would get better.

“Yeah, absolutely. There’s no doubt about it, without question. It has to happen,” he said. “I’m frustrated, disappointed. I like to think, more so than anybody -- but there’s no question that we can. I expect that we will.”

He then was asked what the biggest issue was in stopping opposing offenses, and he said there are multiple issues.

“There isn’t one biggest. There just isn’t. There are a lot of things,” he said. “There are mental issues that took place. There are some physical issues that took place. First and foremost, coaching issues, ‘Why is that happening? What are we telling them? Why are some of the things continuing to happen?’ We’ve got to do a better job as coaches, to put them in more successful situations, positions.”

On Boston College

“They’re a little like Florida State. They get in two-back and run the ball downhill. I think they’re a team built to that. I understand that they’re recent history, they’ve been a physical, running football team. They’ve got Chase Rettig, who’s a good player. He’s got a big arm, great accuracy, a really good player. He must have been really bad before, because he’s really good right now -- he can throw the ball. He’s a really good player. They get into two backs and two tights, spread it out and give four wide looks. I think they’re multiple with what they do. It’s no huddle. They tempo. They had Miami running all over the place before the ball was snapped. Northwestern does about one thing on defense, do it about every single snap and they do it pretty good, so they didn’t have them running all over. We’ll have to think about doing something like that.”

On the front four not being disruptive enough

“I think it goes without saying that the great defenses out there have disruptive players up front. Without that, you can still be good. I believe that. But the others have to be really good. If they’re not disruptive every play where they’re wreaking havoc on people, which there aren’t many of those around in college football or the NFL. Really good teams have it. The other seven guys need to play at a high level, too. Some of it’s not there right now. Some of it is maturation. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. It’s not there with the consistency that you like. It’ll come, the more we practice and the more we play. Sometimes you’ve got to fail, in order to improve. You’ve got to get challenged…like everything, you want your good players to play great. You’ve got to get more out of less, sometimes. At some places, we’re not doing it like we need to.”

On if there are any options with personnel

“I’m disappointed in myself. I didn’t get some that were maybe a little bit fresh in there later. I thought that we were a little bit more fatigued. It was obvious. We weren’t escaping some of the blocks with the same kind of violence and quickness. That comes back to me.”


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Crump®
Venables will get this D better as the season progresses.
AThomas®
If he doesn't, I'm going to strap on my little boy pants
zettner®
Re: Venables will get this D better as the season progresses.
dgcannon39
Re: Front Page Story: Venables says defense has the talent to overcome defensive issues
74TIGER
Re: Front Page Story: Venables says defense has the talent to overcome defensive issues
lhaselden
Re: so we're young
74TIGER
thank you
under11par®
It happens to be true.
TigerHawk76®
Not even close!
AllTimeClemson
Reading comprehension issues?
TigerHawk76®
Re: so we're young
Dugatiger®
Re: so we're young
dgcannon39
Whatever COOT!!***
cutigersco
Re: so we're young
Dugatiger®
Re: Front Page Story: Venables says defense has the talent to overcome defensive issues
dgcannon39
Reggie did!.......LOL***
CUTIGR69®
With all due respect, a coach can never or will never
silvavocati
Reggie Herring says "now you tell me".***
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Morris come in saying our WRs were slower than Tulsa's.
Razzmatazz
Re: Morris come in saying our WRs were slower than Tulsa's.
dgcannon39
What does that have to do with what I wrote?***
Razzmatazz
He's a Coot, doesn't have anything to do w what you wrote***
cutigersco
Thank you, and I agree
Prime T. Tiger
Re: With all due respect, a coach can never or will never
dgcannon39
Venables has obviously read Sun Tzu's Art of War. A main
strodetiger®
Re: Venables has obviously read Sun Tzu's Art of War. A main
dgcannon39
Tackling
Woodpecker
Re: Tackling
dgcannon39
I'm disappointed that BV doesn't read Tigernet
TigerHawk76®
Re: I'm disappointed that BV doesn't read Tigernet
dgcannon39
An Observation
facman
Re: An Observation
dgcannon39
You're absolutely right. S&C staff is not
AllTimeClemson
"little boy pants" = point foryou
ninetytwotiger®
My dogs know what to do when something runs at them***
geech72
Re: My dogs know what to do when something runs at them***
dgcannon39
70% underclassmen, no depth, faced #4 team in the country...
Tall_Tiger_Two
i***
cutigersco
Re: Front Page Story: Venables says defense has the talent to overcome defensive issues
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Bulldogpaw
Can't remember. Did we hire a strength
fightigers
Maybe Venebles has the intelligence
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