ESPN: Clemson built for future


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From Matt Fortuna of ESPN:

Citing Clemson's route-depth metrics, among several other reasons, "The Football Scientist" suggests the Tigers are not far away from being a much improved defensive team.

The yards per attempt (YPA) totals on short, medium and deep passes are all very solid. The problem is that the 19.5 YPA on bomb routes throws the entire pass defense equation out of whack.

To put it another way, Clemson's YPA totals would have been good across the board were it not for nine completed bomb passes. Since six of those completions were via post routes or post route variants, solving this problem could be as simple as getting the safeties to adhere to the old rule of staying as deep as the deepest receiver.

Good tackling could also solve a lot of issues. Five of the 12 short-pass touchdowns allowed in these games went for gains of 22 or more yards. Clemson could also benefit from better cornerback play, especially in place of starting cornerback Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
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and his 10.3 YPA mark.

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