What did you learn as you guys tried to move past that and look ahead to this week?
COACH SWINNEY: Well, first of all, we're good enough. We've got a talented team. I mean, we're good enough to win in any environment against any team out there, I really believe that.
I was very encouraged by a lot of things that I saw. The score in the end wasn't indicative of the game but I think we learned a lot about the
team. We certainly didn't deserve to win but for an
opening game, openers are tough and they are
really, really tough when you play very good
people, especially at their place.
But I think that the mistakes that we made
are very correctable. I think seeing our quarterback
go out and perform like he did, it was very
encouraging. I saw some very positive things in
our offensive line. Same thing defensively. We
played very well for three quarters. Did not put it
all together in that fourth quarter, that's for sure.
And then a guy like T.J. Green and our
special teams, our return game, I was very
encouraged with him. And
again, the mistakes that
we made, there's nothing that's not correctable, and
nothing that I came away from the game saying,
oh, boy, we got major problems.
Bottom line is, we got beat by a really good
team at their place in a tough opening situation. But that's okay. I mean, hey, we are going to play
games like that, and there's always going to be a
winner or a loser. It's one game; we've got a lot
more opportunities, and if we grow and learn from
that game, I think we have a chance to be a really
good football team.
But the biggest thing is, you think you're
good enough, but until you really see yourself line
up and play -- I know that we are good enough to
be the type of team that I expect us to be.
Curious about the circumstances
Deshaun Watson got in the game, was that a
planned thing, and what's his prospects going
COACH SWINNEY: Yeah, it was very
much a plan. It was something we talked about all
week leading up to the game. He was definitely a
guy that we were going to get in there. He came in
the fourth series, did a great job, a really good job.
Took us down and we scored and then he got a
couple more series in the game.
Cole really played well. He had about two
or three plays he'd like to have back, but I really,
really like how he led our team and the decisions
that he made. Had some missed opportunities
where he had some drops where he absolutely
threw a beautiful ball and made the right decision,
so those are things we have to get corrected.
And Deshaun Watson is a guy that he just
is very gifted and he's just going to continue to get
better. He's a guy we'll continue to have in the mix
but Cole Stoudt is our definite starter. Not a
question of that at all,
but we don't have anybody
with experience behind him and we're building for
this year and for our future; and making sure that
Deshaun gets some opportunity, as well, as long
as he plays well. If he goes in there and he's
stinking it up, then those opportunities will be
fewer. But as long as he performs well, he'll
continue to get some opportunity.
How is the maturity of your
quarterback after the tough loss to Georgia?
COACH SWINNEY: Next game. He's
great. Just what you expect
your leader to be like.
It's one game. Heck, if you go and pout after one
game, you're going to be in for a long, long career
and a long season.
But Cole Stoudt has been around here,
been through a lot of battles and very mature
young man. He's done a great job. And again, he
played very well, he really did. He played very,
very well in a very tough opening environment for a
first-time starter. I was very pleased with him.
So he's encouraged. He's excited about
getting back out on the field and trying to lead his
team to victory. That's all he's worried about.
Wanted to ask you about the
running game with Davidson and Howard, not a
ton of yards on their side but both got in the
end zone. What did you take away from how
they played the first game and what you see
COACH SWINNEY: They did a good job.
We really ran the ball up-and-down the field the
first half. We were pretty encouraged. In fact, I
think going into the fourth quarter, even with our
mistakes in the third quarter, we still had more
rushing than Georgia did at the start of the fourth
quarter. But the first half, just very encouraged by
how we executed the running game. That was a
big emphasis for us.
All of a sudden in the second half, and
they really didn't do anything different. We just
started and we just had a rash
of just mental errors
and missed assignments and really affected
everything. We'd be second and five, have a
missed assignment and then it's third-and-long,
and then field position was difficult.
But just from a player evaluation
standpoint, I thought D.J. did a nice job for us and
C.J. was probably the most productive and we got
Gallman a little bit in there and see how he
responded. Just weren't quite ready to throw him
out there as the game progressed.
But Wayne Gallman and Adam Choice are wo guys you're going to see a lot more of as we
move forward. But I think
all four of those guys are
going to be quality guys for us this year and guys
that we're going to need to get production from
each and every week.
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