The Clemson Tigers are the Baltimore Ravens of college football. Every single year they get so close to making something special happen and always come up just short. Why is that? Why do the Tigers come so close yet so far every season?
Head coach Dabo Swinney has an NFL player factory going on in Clemson, which is great on one front, but not so great on the other. It’s fantastic that he’s recruiting NFL-caliber players, but it’s not good that these players don’t fit well in college football. It’s odd, but a group of NFL-style college football players can’t necessarily win at the college level because it’s a different game. That’s not to say any NFL team couldn’t beat any college football team, but if Clemson’s focus is getting players to the NFL, then it’s no wonder the Tigers come up short year after year.
All that aside, Clemson will get one more shot with its current group of players as quarterback Tajh Boyd has decided to return to Clemson for his senior season. Boyd is a living definition of the word playmaker. He’s got a team coming off one of the most impressive bowl wins in recent memory and a ton of momentum heading into 2013. The focus for Clemson will be putting a plan in place to make Boyd as effective as possible for the team, not just his NFL stock. Again, it’s great that Swinney is trying to get these guys to the next level, but it would be nice to get at least one ring along the way.