What is wrong? How can this team be 1-2? Can it be fixed?
Lets examine all three questions in simple terms because there are simple answers to simple questions.
1. What is wrong?
Everything that can go wrong has. This team is lacking confidence and swagger. It has no momentum. The little things are wrong. Missed field goals and extra points, missed blocks and tackles and more importantly missed opportunities. This team has not made plays. Corners had a chance to make plays against Wake Forest but gave up a long TD on a hail mary prayer. A freshmen caught three touchdowns on the corners and fourth was giving up. If the corners make one play the game is over and Clemson is 2-0. Dropped interceptions, dropped passes and dropped bottom lips led to this 1-2 start.
2. How can this team be 1-2?
The Tigers have played three pretty good football teams. Not one great one but three good teams have led to a slight margin for error. If they could have opened with a couple of easier opponents the season could have allowed for the mistakes that Wake, Tech and A&M would not allow.
3. Can it be fixed?
This team can start executing better. Experience will be gained at tackle. Balls can be held onto and defenders can tackle better. However, they may improve and it still may not be good enough. This schedule now gets brutal. Three times the Tigers go on the road versus teams currently ranked in the top 12. It just gets tougher from here on out.
The long term future looks much brighter. There is young talent on this team and the commitment list for next year is impressive especially on the OL. If there is no immediate satisfaction in the form of a win in the next two games take satisfaction that the Tigers problems are short term.