Losing Brent Venables is without question a devastating blow to a Clemson program that has seen unprecedented success over the past several years. Venables’ aggressive defenses have certainly big a huge part of that success.
Replacing the longtime defensive coordinator is going to be difficult, but it can be done. As CBS Sports analyst Barrett Sallee pointed out on Monday, things will be different going forward, but Dabo Swinney has a pretty good track record when it comes to hiring coordinators.
“It will be different without Brent Venables, but Clemson isn’t going to collapse,” Sallee tweeted. “Dabo Swinney will get that thing back to a championship level in no time.”
There is no doubt that the Clemson program is currently at a crossroads, as the Tigers are faced with the very real possibility of losing both coordinators and the athletic director, all at the same time. However, Swinney has known the day was coming when he would lose Venables and Tony Elliott, meaning he’s been preparing for it. Swinney has a plan. He always does.
Clemson and Notre Dame have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
For the second time this season, Clemson will be an underdog at home.
Despite Clemson’s astonishing loss to Miami, the Tigers will head to Raleigh next week favored over NC State.