LESSON IN COACHING
By mark rogers
September 13, 2009
The Yellowjackets won the game but were completely outplayed by the Tigers. Georgia Tech started out good but faded late.
I don't know if they're in bad condition or just got lazy, but the Tigers won the game on the field. It was a couple of major coaching mistakes early in the game that cost Clemson.
Lining up for a field goal in the first half, the Yellowjackets put a return man deep in case Clemson tried to quick-kick.
Once they put the man deep, Swinney should have called timeout and put his punt team on the field.
Instead, they went ahead and kicked it to the deep man with nothing but big, slow lineman on the field to try and stop him. They didn't, and he went for a TD.
Later in the half, Georgia Tech appeared to be thinking about going for it on fourth down, but with about 20 seconds left on the play clock, the offense ran off the field and the field goal team ran on and lined up.
One of the Georgia Tech receivers stayed on the field, and only 10 men ran on from the FG team.
The Clemson defense didn't pick it up, the kicker threw the ball to an uncovered receiver, and they scored.
Take away those two huge mistakes and Clemson wins that game easily.
Tough way to lose in your 2009 national television debut.
And by the way, if you haven't heard the name Derrick Morgan? Pay attention. He is a DE for Georgia Tech, and he's a freak of nature.
He was the best football player on the field on Thursday.
Derrick Morgan. Number 91.
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