FILM REVIEW: After watching film of Saturday's loss to Florida State, interim head coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday he was most disappointed in his team's energy level, which apparently didn't compare to Florida State's.
"We just didn't play well. Especially on defense," he said. "We'll go back to work tomorrow. I don't have any doubts at all that the team will respond and play better this week.
They just outplayed us. They were more physical. They played harder. We had way too many missed assignments.
"We didn't match their energy and that's what is the most disappointing. We had several plays on defense that we did not make. But I'm very disappointed that they scored 34 points on our defense. They didn't do a whole lot but they just spread us out and we didn't win a lot of the 1-on-1's."
Swinney also said missed assignments were extremely costly, especially on two reverses.
"The biggest problem was the missed assignments. The two reverses were obviously critical mistakes in the game and they both led to scores and they were both missed assignments," he said. "I also didn't see us match their physicalness like we did at Boston College."
CHRIS HAIRSTON INJURY UPDATE: Swinney also said he expects tackle Chris Hairston back this week after missing the second half of Saturday's game with a concussion.
"I think he'll be back," he said. "That was a huge huge loss for us. Chris doesn't get talked about a lot. He's just a sophomore but he's going to be a great great player here. Great instincts."
REMAINING GOALS: With slim hopes of an Atlantic Division championship now gone after the loss to Florida State, the Tigers must win their remaining three games to just be bowl eligible this year.
Swinney said that is incentive for his team, but that he's not talking about that right now.
"Our only goal right now is to beat Duke and play with the same energy we played with the past three ball games before Florida State," he said.
"I think we are improving in a lot of areas. We have played three top 10 defenses in a row. I hope Duke isn't in the top 10 but I haven't looked at the stats yet.
"We've got to find a way to win and move on from there."
The Tigers have been bowl eligible every season since 1998, Tommy West's last year as Clemson's head coach.
QUICK HITS: Rendrick Taylor is still with the team and practicing but has been focused more on his school work this semester, taking 15 hours, Swinney said. ... When asked who he thought would win the Atlantic Division, Swinney said that FSU would be "tough to beat." ... TE Michael Palmer and DT Dorell Scott is also expected to be back at practice this week after suffering minor injuries against FSU.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Yesterday is gone. Yesterday is over. We've been in here today working on where the issues were. It's pretty obvious." - Dabo Swinney.
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