Dabo in denial? Perhaps there is more to his comments

Dabo Swinney didn't have much to look at during a 51-14 loss to FSU. (Getty)

Dabo Swinney didn't have much to look at during a 51-14 loss to FSU. (Getty)

Dabo Swinney has a job to do.

Clemson just got whacked 51-14 by Florida State. At home. On national TV. When it was No. 3 in the nation.

Clemson still has five more games.

Clemson still has plenty to play for.

So Swinney has to keep the Tigers believing in themselves, believing they can still rescue the season.

Why else would he say this on Tuesday, according to the Charleston Post and Courier:

“I thought they were a great football team. I think they’re a team if we play them 10 times, we’d probably win five, they’d probably win five. That’s probably about where it is. That’s not taking anything away from them; they played a heck of a game, and we certainly didn’t give ourselves a chance. We didn’t give our fans a chance. You can’t make those mistakes and even really assess it as far as where you are competitively.”

Unless Swinney, as some of you suspect, is delusional.

I don’t think Clemson wins five of 10 games against FSU. That’s ridiculous, as do many folks on Twitter, who think the head Tiger needs to hold his tongue.

Just about everybody who watched the game knows that the Seminoles are much better than Clemson. It wasn’t a one-game thing.

The Tigers had everything in their favor — home field, experienced and talented QB in Tajh Boyd, knew what it took to win close games — and were crushed like ants under FSU’s boot.

Redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston played better — dare I say, is better — than Boyd, the FSU defense was outstanding and the Tigers committed four turnovers.

So Swinney has to be more than a coach in this situation.

He is, and has been, Clemson’s biggest cheerleader. He has to keep his team from falling too far after this loss. Clemson’s remaining games are certainly winnable.

Especially if the Tigers are as good as Swinney says they are:

“(FSU has) got a couple of areas where they’re a little bit ahead of us that I think we’re going to catch up. But I think pretty evenly matched football teams. We didn’t play well, didn’t go our way. But they’re not that much better than us, and we certainly ain’t that bad of a football team. There’s no doubt about that. But they’re really, really good. They might be the best team in the country, they very well could be, we’ll find out. But they don’t have a lot of weaknesses. They’re good up front, both sides; so are we. They’re good at backer; so are we. They’re good at receiver; so are we. They’re good at quarterback; so are we. They’ve got a little more depth at running back than maybe we have right now, from an overall standpoint. A little more depth in the secondary than we have right now. I think we’re coming, we’re going to get there, we’re going to be really good in the secondary the next few years. We’re coming, there. Both good at kicker, both good at punter.”

Or Swinney could just be in denial.

61 comments Add your comment

Don1938

October 23rd, 2013
12:39 pm

Dabo should be the cheerleader coach not the football coach. What a pompous butt.

BandWagon

October 23rd, 2013
12:31 pm

We hear this every year after a team gets a big win.

Every year……Oregon is the best team…..blah blah blah

Every year ……This FSU team is really good and can win it all….bam….NC State beats them.

Every year…….so and so is great…..” they deserve to be in the BCSCG…….”

Got to win out and finish in the top 2 and we all know how FSU becomes a choke artist…

fa

October 23rd, 2013
11:45 am

I’m not a fan of either team but I don’t believe you can say (prove) that it wasn’t just a one game thing. They would have to play 10 times this season to see if Dabo was right about winning 5 games. I don’t believe you can make definite conclusions based on 1 game other than that particular game. Amazing how you think you can predict the future or assess overall ability based on one game. You give yourself too much credit.

Harvey

October 23rd, 2013
9:52 am

Nan, this is article about Clemson. Keep your uga comments to the uga boards and stories.

Nan P. in Dacula

October 23rd, 2013
9:20 am

Leghumpers are the ones who are delusional if they think they’ll ever win anything under wannabe coach Muck Richt.

Nan P. in Dacula

October 23rd, 2013
9:15 am

Leghumpers are the ones in denial if they think they’ll ever win anything with Muck Richt as head coach.

Dan

October 23rd, 2013
8:37 am

If Clemson played FSU ten times, Clemson might win once or twice. Unfortunately for the rest of the ACC (and I say this as someone who is not an FSU fan, whose favorite team won’t face FSU until 2015), Jimbo Fisher — with a pretty keen football mind himself — now has the coordinators to go with the string of incredible recruiting classes he’s had in recent years. FSU appears to be back in 1990s mode, completely out of its decade-long-or-so funk. And even if Jameis Winston jumps to the NFL after the 2014 season, the Noles’ QB-in-waiting is scary good as well, and no doubt will have plenty of second-half snaps in blowouts this season and next in preparation for 2015 and 2016. Buckle up, ACC, scheme and execute well, and hope FSU has a rare off-game when you play them. As for Clemson, this season was the last, best chance to snag the conference title before FSU got around to closing the window, but Winston and crew got there too quickly. That said, Clemson is perfectly capable of running the table the rest of this season, though GA Tech and SC might surprise.

Hopsing

October 23rd, 2013
8:15 am

Continue to show a lack of class Dabbooo! Go pound sand!

What if...

October 23rd, 2013
8:14 am

“We didn’t play well, didn’t go our way. But they’re not that much better than us, and we certainly ain’t that bad of a football team. There’s no doubt about that. But they’re really, really good. They might be the best team in the country, they very well could be, we’ll find out. But they don’t have a lot of weaknesses……” END OF STORY

Under The Bleachers has it right – the fumble on the first play sealed the deal for the rest of the game – with that we get into the “what IF” games…

The real test for Clemson is the next three weeks; IF they beat MD, and IF they beat GT, and IF they beat UVA, then we will know that Dabo is not completely whacked out – personally, I do not see them winning any of those games, nor will they beat SC, and I am a Clemson season ticket holder.

But, IF that fumble had not occurred…..

And, for those who do not know, over the past 10 years, Clemson vs FSU is 5 wins for Clemson, and 5 wins for FSU, though Jimbo is 3-1 against Dabo…

Andy

October 23rd, 2013
8:08 am

FSU destroyed Clemson and Clemson doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of beating FSU if they theoretically played again season regardless of the number of times.