Dabo Swinney stood up for his offensive coordinator Billy Napier during a Sunday teleconference.
After losing a number of players to the NFL (y’all ever heard of Spiller or Jacoby Ford?), Napier has received plenty of criticism from Clemson fans for a struggling offense. The Tigers have dipped to 82nd nationally in scoring offense and 89th nationally in total offense.
It doesn’t help either when your dynamic starting tailback Andre Ellington has missed the past few games with an injury. Nor does it help when your placekickers are 7 of 14 on the season.
Swinney explained, "Billy Napier is a heck of a football coach, and we are lucky to have Billy Napier. He is a great person. He coaches his guys and puts everything he has into it. He is very prepared and very detailed. He is the same coordinator that we had last year when we scored more points than any team in Clemson history.”
“We are just missing a few little things this year and misfiring on a couple of opportunities. I can assured you that nobody wants to win more. I don't pay any attention to what some people on a message board may say. That is totally irrelevant to what reality is.”
“Yes it is easy say they are 5-5 and you are not happy about that and you got to put the blame on somebody. The blame goes to me. I am the head coach. I've got quality people on this staff, quality coaches who are working extremely hard who are doing everything they can to put these guys in position to win. There will come a time where we'll look back at this and we'll say, 'Wow, we've made a lot of progress.' And that's what I'm looking forward to."
Clemson is 5-5 with games remaining at Wake Forest and against South Carolina.