Wow, Clemson's offense must have performed pretty well in its first game. I know the Tigers lost to Duke, but it must have been a real shootout that gave Dabo Swinney such confidence in his offense moving forward.
Ah, ok. Not the performance I'd want my head coach to say the team is shooting for the rest of the season, but to each their own.
I guess Dabo is saying because some of the peripheral stats looked ok — 213 rushing yards, 29 first downs, 33:33 time of possession — he'd take his chances with that kind of performance again, but you can't just discount turning the ball over three times, two more turnovers on downs and missing two field goals. Sure, Clemson moved the ball fairly well, but every time the Tigers got the ball into Duke territory, they pissed down their legs and looked like they had no idea what to do.
Additionally, Cade Klubnik did not look anything like what Clemson is going to need him to be if it actually still has aspirations of competing with Florida State in the ACC. He finished the game with a QBR of 27.9 and that somehow seems higher than it should have been. In his two career starts — Monday vs. Duke and last season's Orange Bowl against Tennessee — Clemson has scored a combined 21 points and lost both games by three scores.
If Dabo is content with the way his offense played on Monday, he's going to be in for a rude awakening the rest of this season.