‘Consistently inconsistent' on offense

Chad Morris

CLEMSON - At least since his arrival to Clemson, Chad Morris has never been the sugarcoating type.

Even when the Tigers' hurry-up, no-huddle offense appears to be firing on all cylinders, Morris can, more often than not, find something that needs a little fine tuning. The man's a perfectionist.

Saturday's night offensive performance against Florida State was far from perfect. But those imperfections didn't just come to surface under the lights against the Seminoles.

Many of them were there a week earlier in the Boston College game.

"We're consistently inconsistent right now," Morris said. "That's the biggest thing I see over the last two weeks. We've got to get it fixed and we've got to get it right."

And it starts with his quarterback.

"It was just one of those nights," Morris said.

Third-year starter Tajh Boyd had one of the worst outings of his Clemson career, completing 17 of 37 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He rushed for eight yards and coughed up a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

"[Boyd] hurts as much as anybody, if not more than everybody," Morris said. "He knows it wasn't his best performance. It was a big stage and just didn't play well, but it wasn't just him."

So, two days later, how is Boyd handling his disappointing performance in the 51-14 loss?

"Obviously, disappointed, as you would expect," Morris said. "He understands that being the quarterback for Clemson is a big deal. We've talked about it. Being the quarterback, there are a lot of things that come with it. He gets a lot of credit, a lot of undo credit through whatever many games he's played.

"It comes with the territory. It comes with the territory of being a quarterback. This is going to make him stronger. He's fully aware of what he's got to do and what we've got to do to get this thing back going. It all starts with us. It starts with the quarterback."

Morris added, "We've got to get Tajh back to what Tajh Boyd is capable of doing and what we've all seen him do. When we do that, it's just a spark."

According to Morris, Boyd wasn't the only one at fault for Saturday night's lackluster output by the Tigers' offense.

"Let's don't pin this thing on him. I could have called a lot better plays. I could have called better plays," Morris said. "Right now, we're operating with our base offense. It's not just on Tajh. We could have blocked better up front, we could have ran harder, we could have blocked better on the edge. We had six drops in critical situations."

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