COACH SPEAK : WEEK 11
By Leo Haggerty
In your opinion, when you’re game planning for the next opponent, is it better to concentrate on doing what you do best and make the opposition stop it or to concentrate on adjusting to what the opposition does to stop them?
Clemson HC Dabo Swinney : I think it’s a combination of both of those things. I think at the end of the day you always start with who you are and what you do, and you study how they defend those things or how they attack those things based on game tape, and all that, in the previous games. And then you formulate your plan. But, yeah, you’re not going to change who you are from week-to-week, but there are game plan adjustments and things like that that you have to tweak. Maybe as you study the opponent you realize that you might have to feature some other things more in your package than maybe something that you did last week against a different style of play. If they’re going to be more of a man team or more of a zone team, then
you’re going to call some plays differently. But it’s all within your system. So at the end of the day, regardless of what you do, it still comes down to being able to do what you do better. Blocking, tackling. Just execution. But you gotta be aware of what they do so you can position your players to have a chance to be successful.
Florida State HC Willie Taggert : I think you always got to do what you do and try to do it better and execute better than the opponent. But I think you always got to adjust too. When they’re doing something that’s not working against your favor, then you’ve got to be able to adjust with it. But I don’t think you have a chance if you’re not doing what you do the best. And like I say, you’ve got to be able to adjust as the game goes on.