Clemson is undefeated, No. 1 in the CFP rankings and No. 2 in defensive efficiency, but hey, they could still get better right?
According to their defensive coordinator Brent Venables they are not playing very well as a defensive unit, and that maybe the first half of the season was all, “smoke and mirrors.”
“Maybe these last few weeks, when we haven’t looked very good, maybe that’s who we really are,” Venables told his defense, The Post and Courier reports. “Maybe the first six, seven games were smoke and mirrors.”
In the previous three games against NC State, Florida State and Syracuse, the Tigers have allowed 27 points per game, which is nearly two touchdowns more per game than the first half of the year.
Heading into the postseason the Tiger definitely do not want to be slipping on defense, although their next two opponents, Wake Forest and South Carolina, should help the defense regain their confidence.
To be clear Venables still thinks highly of his guys saying, “we don’t stink. We have some stinky plays, for sure — I want to show our guys the good plays they made in that game, too. I don’t want to sugarcoat things, but I’m not ready to jump off the top of the stadium, either.”
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