Let’s face it; Clemson just isn’t very good. At least on the offensive side of the ball.
The Tigers surely are not a top 10 team, maybe not even a top 25 team. You have to score points at some point on offense to be a team ranked that high.
This team has carried the pressure that comes along with making six straight college playoff appearances, two national championship trophies, and six straight ACC championships. All good things come to an end at some point, and all of those streaks will end.
Although they carried the pressure, this team simply isn’t on par with any of their predecessors over the last few years. Some will blame quarterback play, others the offensive line, and some maybe the coaches. The truth is that all share in the blame, and all have been downright bad. Clemson is one of, if not the worst offense in FBS football.
The good news is that Clemson can now go back to the drawing board. This is a rebuilding season, and should be treated as such. Dabo Swinney will have to figure out where the wheels have come off and go get that ROY bus fixed. Because it’s broken down right now, stuck on the side of the road.
Now that the pressure is off, perhaps the team can make adjustments and try guys at different positions. Much has been said about the youth of the offensive line, but this is something that all teams deal with. At some point you just have to go execute.
Now Clemson won’t have to worry about winning every game or trying to blow teams out. That should give them plenty of time to think about how to improve at individual positions.
The Tigers are simply too talented to be held down forever. You have to believe at some point they will figure it out and put together a complete game on offense. Now that the defending ACC champs have been humbled, perhaps it will be just what the doctor ordered to get back to “lil ole Clemson”.
So in a sense, it is a mercy killing, in that all those tremendous expectations that are expected of this Clemson program have all been eliminated from a team in which those expectations were unachievable with in the first place.
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