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®
spacer Venables will get this D better as the season progresses.
AThomas®
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74TIGER
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spacer It happens to be true.
TigerHawk76®
spacer Not even close!
AllTimeClemson
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TigerHawk76®
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Dugatiger®
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dgcannon39
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Dugatiger®
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dgcannon39
spacer Reggie did!.......LOL***
CUTIGR69
spacer With all due respect, a coach can never or will never
silvavocati
spacer Reggie Herring says "now you tell me".***
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cutigersco
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Prime T. Tiger
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dgcannon39
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AllTimeClemson
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spacer Maybe Venebles has the intelligence
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