Alabama may have defeated Clemson 45-40 in Monday’s national championship game, but it was far from a one-sided effort on the Crimson Tide’s part and that’s what makes defensive back Cyrus Jones’ words all the bit more puzzling.
Speaking to reporters, including John Talty of AL.com, Jones called out Clemson about having the “audacity” to talk trash in the days leading up to the game.
“We think it’s funny actually that teams even have the audacity to say some of the things they say,” Jones said. “It just provides extra motivation for us. The worst thing you can do is someone who is already self-motivated and already competitive like we are, is give them something extra to feed off of.
“We definitely used it to our advantage. They said some things we didn’t like, and it just motivated us to play harder.”
Clemson did indeed trash talk in the days before the game, taking shots at what they called the Alabama “brand” and how the Crimson Tide’s front seven hadn’t been tested against the run.
“How can you say that when we went up against guys like Leonard Fournette and Nick Chubb, guys who were in the Heisman race throughout the whole season,” Jones said. “Just the type of teams we play in our league, that’s one of the things that was really funny. It really doesn’t matter now; we got a win and we’re national champions.”
That’s all well and good, but Jones failed to mention one key fact that gave Clemson plenty of reason to talk trash prior to kickoff. In the 2015 regular season, the Tigers did not lose a single game while Alabama suffered an early season home loss to Ole Miss.
Say what you may about the SEC being the best conference in college football, but there’s no doubt that Clemson had Alabama’s number for a good chunk of Monday night’s game and instead of gloating about his team’s victory, perhaps Jones should show Clemson the proper respect that it deserves.
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