Dabo Swinney: Our style of play contributed to Deshaun Watson’s interceptions

AP

When quarterback Deshaun Watson was heading toward the draft this year, Dabo Swinney, his head coach at Clemson, compared him to Michael Jordan when making the case for Watson to go with the first overall pick.

Watson didn’t go quite that high, although the wait wasn’t a particularly long one. The Texans traded up to take Watson with the 12th overall selection and Swinney unsurprisingly said on a Friday visit to PFT Live that he thinks it is “inevitable” that the team turns in his direction at some point this year.

Swinney also did his part to explain why Watson’s 30 interceptions over the last two years shouldn’t be a major concern for the Texans or their fans. After running through things other players did to cause interceptions that weren’t a result of bad decisions by Watson, Swinney pointed to the pace he wants his team to play at as another factor.

“We’re a team snapping the ball 85-plus times a game,” Swinney said. “We’ve led the nation in plays two years in a row, we had 100 plays against Alabama [in the national title game]. He’s going to have a lot more opportunities and we’re very aggressive. We’re going to push the ball and he’s done what we asked him to do.”

The Saints led the league with an average of just over 69 offensive plays a game last season with the Texans at just under 67, so Watson certainly won’t be taking the same number of snaps. He also won’t be facing college defenses, so there are likely to be some mistakes he got away with in college that will now be punished by opposing teams. His ability to limit those will play a major role in determining how successful he’ll be at his new level.

9 responses to “Dabo Swinney: Our style of play contributed to Deshaun Watson’s interceptions

  1. How do you know when Dabo is lying? When his lips are moving. I don’t mean that in a bad way. He’s a coach. He’s a recruiter. You have to be a politician. You use the truth when it benefits you, and you make up the rest of the stories. If it makes us feel good, we like it.

  2. charliecharger says:

    August 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    How do you know when Dabo is lying? When his lips are moving. I don’t mean that in a bad way. He’s a coach. He’s a recruiter. You have to be a politician. You use the truth when it benefits you, and you make up the rest of the stories. If it makes us feel good, we like it.
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    I kind of get your argument that coachs are always positive, except what Dabo said in this article is 100% true. Clemson ran a heck ton more plays than other teams will in a game. That said, that doesn’t account for all 30 picks.. but it probably lead to a handful more than if they ran 30 less plays a game (or 360 less per year, say half are passes, so say 3-4 more picks just based on # of opportunities)

  3. No, it’s not inevitable that the Texans turn to Watson this season. What if Savage both remains healthy and plays well? They’re not going to bench him as long as he’s keeping them in the playoff hunt. Then again, he got a concussion on a QB sneak, the safest play next to a kneeldown, so…

  4. Give me a break. Swinney is the undisputed conductor of the Deshaun Watson over-hype train.

    Earth to Bobo: Watson didn’t just have the most interceptions, he had the highest interception RATE over his last two seasons than ANY of the other drafted QBs.

    And a review of the tape shows his receivers had very little to do with it. Hell, he had a great group of receivers. His lack of vision and inability to anticipate what the defense was doing post-snap are what caused his high rate.

    How the hell is a blatantly cheerleading ex-coach news on here?

  5. Dabo Swinney is correct in saying that their style of play contributed to Deshaun Watson’s interceptions. The Tigers ran a quick tempo read option offense where the WR/RB/TE ran timing routes. Peyton Manning threw 23 INT his last two season at Tennessee Volunteers.

    mkuske, your statement is just silly! Watson has led his team to two consecutive National Championship game winning one against the best college football team in the country. And along the way destroying the likes of Ohio State and other top 5 schools.

    2014 93 137 67.9 1466 10.7 14 2 188.6
    2015 333 491 67.8 4109 8.4 35 13 156.3
    2016 388 579 67.0 4593 7.9 41 17 151.1

    Watson threw almost a hundred more passes his final season, but still CMP% 67% of his passes that’s what’s more important than the INTs.

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