Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney: ‘Two Really Good Football Teams and We’ve Got A Lot of Respect For Ohio State’

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bucks4nuts's picture

Just a bunch of slap ass up there .. 

"To The House"

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cmonohio's picture

yea, bummer. I usually listen to the press conferences on Thursdays while pretending to listen to my mother in law. Smile and wave, smile and wave. 

"Gardner-- Right side.. IT'S INTERCEPTED, OHIO STATE INTERCEPTS IT! ... Tyvis Powell saves the season!"

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

They’re going to run their quarterback, but he's surrounded by a great cast.

I'd really like to see this narrative get changed.

Go Bucks. Clout Clemson.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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WezBuck28's picture

little does he know that this will actually be the game when our receivers get 10 catches each...been holding out all season long just waiting for some coach to say that about our team...

i actually somewhat hope this is exactly what we do..spread the ball around and keep them guessing which way we will hit them next..

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Chicago Connection's picture

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if our WRs had their best game since Oklahoma.

I see this team as being better than the Sooners, but not a lot. Very similar.

They both heavily rely on star QBs that can pass and run. The Sooners have more and better backs, while the Tigers have more and better receivers. I think they're more physical than Oklahoma on defense, but the big question is, how much, particularly, how much pressure can they bring, and can they keep us to third and long situations so as to be able to apply pressure, anyway?

In any case, presuming our pass blocking holds up, I think we can create space against these guys. If so, look out, because when that happens, the Buckeyes blow out whomever they play. Suddenly, there are just too many weapons for a defense to cover, as Samuel hits them outside, Weber up the middle, and J.T. tosses in his scrambling ability.

Meanwhile, if our receivers can't create space, or if there's too much pressure, this will be one of those grind-it-out games where we rely on great defense, turnovers, field position, and timely big plays. Frankly, I'm kinda in the mood for a blowout, so I hope we're hearing that Noah Brown steps up for his biggest game since Oklahoma, and maybe Hill does some damage while Campbell holds onto anything thrown his way and McLauren surprises. O

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

I am hoping to see and hear that JT is clicking with the open WR regardless to their name. I know who he has trust in, he said it before season's start.  Set that aside, check his progressions and hit the open guy! And the guy open needs to catch it, Including laying out or jumping up...whatever they can do!

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Chicago Connection's picture

Agreed. I'm pulling for any name or play that works. The names are incidental, not that they aren't important.

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Barnsey69's picture

You could be on to something here. Their DB's are smaller, and could be exploited by Brown for sure. One is only 5'9", so hopefully he draws a red zone assignment on Brown...of course the Bucks need to get into the RZ first. The Clemson D-line is BIG. Of course that doesn't necessarily translate to effective, but they have had their way with opposing O-lines in passing situations all season. So for JT to have any success passing the ball, our O-line MUST handle these beasts. 

Go Bucks! Dump the Dabos.

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

Just to clarify....in essence I was saying, the open WR, regardless to who it is, should make a play, be it diving, laying out or jumping for it...and a lot of this would be contingent on the ball being delivered their way.  I was not saying that designated jump balls have to be to Brown, or a wheel route has to be to Hill, etc.

This may sound like a captain obvious moment, but when I think back to some games, it didn't seem to happen. And regarding the passing game, it's thoughts like ones in this article that creates a pre game narrative....Just hit the OPEN guy, which may or may not be your first read. I don't care if it's Brown, Hill, Wilson, Campbell, McLaurin, etc.  Overly simplified, but maybe not. 

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Chicago Connection's picture

Exactly. While we all know that the O-line, and especially Prince, need to step up with their pass blocking, and the coaching staff might provide some blocking help with Baugh on occasion, four of the best ways to slow down a pass rush are to

1) establish the run to put yourself in manageable third down situations, so that Clemson's D line can't pin their ears back and tee off (I know this is obvious, and for the most part, we've been good at creating third-and-short situations this year, but this really needs to happen against Clemson, which is relatively weak against the run on first and second down);

2) establish the short passing game, something we have NOT been very good at this year. Heck, we haven't really tried it much. Yeah, we've had bubble screens here and there, which are fine if not overused, but I'm talking more about the simple 7-12 yard quick outs or slants. That's where you can really leverage Brown's big-time advantage with size, physicality, and hands.

The only down side is that he doesn't have great speed, but when you've got small DBs that are giving him a cushion, it's there for the taking. I'm not sure why the staff hasn't exploited this more throughout the season. Weather? Concern about J.T. throwing into tight spots? Teams crowding Brown at the line with man coverage--just waiting to jump on a ball in the flat for a pick six? (Wisconsin's D-backs coach blatantly said as much.)

Anyway, it's not as if we need to wait until the RZ to explore this opportunity. Besides, if Brown can't handle this, then why is he playing? Plus, it's not as if the other WRs shouldn't be able to catch some quick outs.

3) I would love to see the coaches throw in a few screens to slow down Clemson's rush. We really haven't done this all year, so it's not as if Clemson will expect it per the tape, and you can really do some damage when you have a combination of WRs taking DBs downfield with man coverage while hot pursuit defensive ends over-run the play. Just don't do it on the most obvious situations--i.e., third and 20 vs., let's say, third and eight.

4) On runs, call for lots of motion, especially with your tight end, where you pull some linemen, leaving the DE in space for a moment, that is, until a pulling guard or a crack backing WR like Noah Brown says hello. The whole point is to get their heads on a swivel and keep them guessing, so that eventually, they're not quite as focused on zeroing in on the QB with every snap.

To put it another way, you want to defenders to start playing like, well, defenders, so they're back on their heals because they're being attacked, which is the opposite of what happens with a great pass rush, whereby the defenders start looking more like offenders, as they take the action to you.

Fortunately, Urban is especially good at going for the jugular in big games, and he typically does it with a combination of plays that strategically create confusion in the defense, so that guys on the other side start looking lost, and eventually, dispirited.

 

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awlinBrutus's picture

You gotta admit JT hasn't been real aggressive when running and trying for those meaningless extra couple yards like his first year.JT's a college QB. I could care les if we groom NFL QB's. As long as we groom NFL OL, RB, LB, DB's,DT and WR's. I only care about TOSU. 

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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WezBuck28's picture

Urban gets paid to win college football games, not send guys to the NFL..at least that's the impression I've been under anyway..

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nm_buck's picture

He gets paid to win games. He wins games by recruiting well. You recruit well by sending a lot of players to the NFL.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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Boom777's picture

Sounds like the "chicken or the egg" situation 

Wherever you are, there you be!

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B52buckeye's picture

And keeping Kerry Combs......

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WezBuck28's picture

It's the circle of life in the coaching world!

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cmonohio's picture

I feel you 100%

JT shouldn't be so worried/pressured to be developing these pocket skills. It may be getting to his game a little and effecting his overall game. Yes I think he is a great QB, just a little off this year. He needs to do his thing, not try to hard, and realize that if Colin Kaepernick's sorry kneeling ass can make it in the NFL, there is certainly a place for JT!!

GO BUCKS

"Gardner-- Right side.. IT'S INTERCEPTED, OHIO STATE INTERCEPTS IT! ... Tyvis Powell saves the season!"

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Cincybuckeye's picture

When you try to slide in a controversial opinion without people noticing and DVing...

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ROHO73's picture

UH OH. Politics. Not allowed.

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TossTrap's picture

Odd moderation when in another thread a non-political video of President Obama dropping a mic had to be deleted, but this one is okay.

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

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Calgarybuck's picture

Just going to leave this here, Being successful at Clemson couldn't have happened to a nicer person and wish him all the best outside of facing us on Dec 31 and on the recruiting trail (HE STOLE WATSON AND HYATT FROM US)

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dabo-swinney-lived-with-his-mom-in-college-at-alabama-and-it-made-them-closer-210133548-ncaaf.html

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awlinBrutus's picture

Dabo is the dried stuff around your Ann Arbor ater a messy harbaugh and clings to your boxers.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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OSU56's picture

With or without jabrilly peppers?

Enjoying daily the back to back ttun beatdowns.

 

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58Buckeye's picture

With or without jabrilly peppers

 Yes, That's correct.

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Boom777's picture

I hear you need antibiotics to get rid of those...

Wherever you are, there you be!

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Spivan's picture

My old Platoon Sergeant caught a case of the Dabo. I suggested some Oranges, but he said it just got worse. Hoping a good helping of Byckeyes, Playstation, and a Fiesta will get rid of it for him.

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Mastro16's picture

Dabo's will kill you, man. I have a friend who did a dabo once, and he's dead now. Stick to tobacco, it's safer. 

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Byaaaahhh's picture

4th and 1, need to convert to preserve any hope of winning the game. You think Urban goes with a JT Barrett run to the outside or gives it to Mike Weber this time?

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UniotoTank55's picture

Put Cardale under center and have him plow ahead.

Sorry, wrong playoff.

"I kind of pulled back, and I think I pulled something." Orlando Pace

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58Buckeye's picture

Put Cardale under center and have him plow ahead.

Do you mean have Cardale cheap shot him?

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buellerC11's picture

lol

I hope Eli Apple gives Landon Collins lots of "love" over that game.

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INENEMYTERRITORY's picture

He has such a good rapport with Jennifer Lawrence.

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GnarlosHyde's picture

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, since I don't like Dabo but I don't think he really thinks OSU is that good. 

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Guess he'll find out the hard way.....

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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Posterchild's picture

I don't know how anyone can dislike Dabo. A first class man, running a first class program. I hope we beat their ass.

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nm_buck's picture

Great coach and great person. Urban likes him. Good enough for me.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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AZVO's picture

Oh come on man - anything Clemson is despicable.  

Of Course Its Hard.  It;s Supposed to be Hard.  If it was easy everyone would do it.

Hard is what makes it Great.

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Youwinwithpeople's picture

Orange is deplorable.

"Because we couldn't go for three."

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Sorry, Dabo, your NYE will be more sad this year than last year.

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BrutusB's picture

Dabo seems like a great guy and is one hell of a coach.  I believe he's the #1 candidate for Bama when Saban hangs them up.

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BuckeyeRocket's picture

We need revenge on Clemson for Braxton's damaged shoulder and Woody's last game.

BuckeyeRocket

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Brutus's picture

Look, I'm not saying that there was definitely inbreeding in Dabo's lineage, but I'm betting that somewhere in that family tree you'll at least find some cousins that procreated.  It's the eyes.  They are much too close together. 

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GnarlosHyde's picture

His family tree doesn't have branches.

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ROHO73's picture

He shore gotta a purty mouth.

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BrownBuckeye's picture

^^^this^^^ LMAO

Lead, follow, or get out of my way!

 

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Barnsey69's picture

And the gloves are off...

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, the Uncomparable  Joe Burrow, and home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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D-Day0043's picture

I have nothing bad to say about Dabo. He seems like a good dude. If Urban ever decided to hang it up I would be happy to have him as our coach

When you lose, say little. When you win, say less.

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Don't necessarily like Dabo, but I damn sure respect anyone who had to deal with a father that had a failed business, then became abusive and an alcoholic, making Dabo and his mother and two brothers homeless in his senior year of HS. Dabo then goes to Bama to get a degree and play football, with his mother as a roommate because she had nowhere to go - and the mother had polio as a child and was essentially abandoned by her parents. I mean, both he and his mother persevered against incredible odds to be where they are today. The link is a few posts above in Calgarybucks' post, not too long.

Still, I want Urban and the lads to deliver a beatdown. Sorry Dabo.

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Steelydan54's picture

Clemson and their coach is a good program and has proved it on the field. They have my respect. Now let's go out and hang 60 on em.

Steelybuck54

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Lopey's picture

AKA..."We know all they can do is run their QB and we're gonna shut that shit down."

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