No trace of the former powerhouse

Munich – Dealing with crises is a high art in sports. To take the pressure and keep the direction.

Some coaches take out the verbal sledgehammer, kicking their boys in the ass. Others try psychotricks or other motivational aids. Many simply fail and are overwhelmed by the challenges. Still others use clapping, facing the storm and in front of their team.

Dabo Swinney takes a step aside in the storm. So the wind blows in the face of the Tigers.

Clemson Tigers must ‘learn to win’

“This team needs to learn to win again. You have no right to win just because you come to Clemson,” said Swinney, who takes responsibility for the completely erroneous start to the season but also holds his team accountable. gives no protection, no apologies.

There are also not many with a 4-3 record (3-2 ACC). Most recently, there was a bitter 17:27 defeat against Pittsburgh.

Admittedly, Clemson is currently without 17 players due to injury, and the season even ended early for 14 of them. “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in college football,” Swinney said.

But: Those who are fit must deliver. “Everything is being evaluated at this point,” Swinney said. “Everyone has to be there every day and we have to take one day at a time. We train and see who has the best training and then they play.”

Question marks and issues at Clemson

But is that enough to turn things around? The mood is tense, because of course the college is spoiled by success, the tigers have, after all, regularly played for the title in recent years. There have been no setbacks of this worrying magnitude in a long time.

The team reached the National Championship Game in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, and the title was celebrated in 2016 and 2018. For the past six years, the conference has always gone to the Tigers. That is also the minimum goal for 2021. Swinney has been the Tiger’s coach since 2008, and since then he has had an impressive record of 144:36.

Still, he feels the pressure.

Swinney: “Were models for coherence”

“I think we have been a model for consistency – on and off the pitch. Hopefully we have gained a little bit of confidence. The fans have every right to be disappointed. I am disappointed. Everyone is disappointed. But I know what there is going to be sticking with us and we will grow from it and win some battles again, “he said.

And in the week before the game against the Florida State Seminoles (Saturday from 9.30pm exclusively on he repeatedly asked for understanding and support.

And also found clear words.

“I want everyone to relax,” Swinney said on The Roar’s Out of Bounds Show. “I want everyone to have a certain faith. I want everyone to look at their perspective. If you do not believe in this coaching staff, this team and the culture we have in Clemson after what we have all done in the race of the last few years. years went through what you probably did not believe in it to begin with. “

You failed in the attack, it’s out of the question, but you have not forgotten how to play football, and you know the problems, Swinney clarified, promising: “We will get better.”

A face on the crisis alongside Swinney is quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, who has inherited No. 1 seed Trevor Lawrence. But he does not yet follow in the footsteps of his predecessor: Most recently against the Panthers, he was ordered to the bench, Taisun Phommachanh took over instead.

Uiagalelei as the face of the crisis

Uiagalelei was traded as a Heisman challenger in the preseason after promising first appearances in 2020, and Uiagalelei has seven appearances on 1,102 yards, four touchdowns, five interceptions. So far, he has only sold 54.8 percent of his balls. However, his wide receivers also drop a lot of balls, the corps acts too wrong, the whole attack is a big construction site.

“You have to earn it every week,” Uiagalelei said. “It’s been my attitude since I was little. If I’m not there next week, I’ll be here and would be happy to see my brother Taisun.”

While Swinney would like to see a reaction from his team, he is not holding back with his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Tony Elliott in particular has been criticized, too many playcalling are too conservative.

Swinney, who last had a negative record with the Tigers in 2010 and last lost more than three seasons in 2011, crossed out the question of possible changes to the coaching staff: “Absolutely not. We have an amazing staff that I believe in with all my heart.”

The Tigers were no longer in crisis for a long time. There is an art to dealing with them. The next games will show if Swinney still dominates them.

Andreas Reiners

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