Clemson fires offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, targets TCU’s Garrett Riley

Clemson has fired offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, the school announced Thursday afternoon. Tigers target TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley to succeed Streeter, Athleticism’Reporting by Matt Fortuna. Larry Williams of Tigers Illustrated was the first to flag Riley as a candidate.

  • Riley, the brother of USC head coach Lincoln Riley, recently completed his freshman season at TCU. The Horned Frogs advanced to the College Football Playoffs before losing to Georgia in the National Championship Game.
  • TCU ranked 27th in the nation in total offense (455.0 YPG) but 14th in yards per play (6.69). They tied for ninth with 38.8 points per game.
  • Riley previously spent two years working for Sonny Dykes as an offensive coordinator at SMU.

Past

Streeter has worked under Dabo Swinney since December 2014 as the Tigers quarterbacks coach. He spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons as Clemson’s passing game coordinator before Swinney named him offensive coordinator ahead of the 2021 Cheez-It Bowl to replace Tony Elliott, now head coach of Virginia. He played quarterback at Clemson from 1997 to 1999.

At the time Swinney promoted Streeter and defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin, both hired internally, he said decisions took “30 seconds.”

Clemson ranked No. 48 nationally in total offense in 2022, but was only 72nd in yards per play. The Tigers ranked No. 99 nationally in 2021 under Elliott, No. 10 in 2020, #5 in 2019, #3 in 2018, #38 in 2017, #12 in 2016, and #11 in 2015.

Streeter was praised for his work with Clemson quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence, who both won national championships with the Tigers. But DJ Uiagalelei struggled throughout his tenure with the Tigers, finishing the 2021 season with more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (nine) and a 61.9% completion percentage in 2022 which s is ranked eighth out of 12 in the ACC.

The compensation committee of Clemson’s board of directors will meet on Friday. On the agenda, “Associate football coach contract”.

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Was it the right decision?

Clemson’s offense desperately needed a reset this offseason from an X’s and O’s perspective, which partly explains Swinney’s decision. If the Tigers are going to be regulars in the college football playoffs again, their program definitely needs an upgrade. But Swinney is also known for his loyalty and affinity for promoting from within, which makes the decision all the more surprising given that Streeter only played the role for one season. Plus, Swinney knew before promoting Streeter exactly what he was getting in a coach who had been with him for eight seasons. Expecting Streeter to completely change the fortunes of the Tigers starting in 2021 was probably unrealistic.

Streeter is a great scout and has done a great job with Watson and Lawrence. But in the end, it was too hard to ignore how predictable Clemson’s offense had become in 2022 and how much five-star prospect Uiagalelei was struggling. The Tigers also dropped out of the race in pieces against South Carolina and Tennessee, ultimately losing both games.

That decision probably didn’t come easy for the sometimes-stubborn Swinney, who could signal to college football that he’s serious about Clemson’s catch-up. —Raynor

Impact of hiring Riley

Swinney hiring Riley – if he is indeed the choice – shows how serious he is about getting his offense back on track. His relationship with Streeter goes back years, and there’s no doubt letting him go has been difficult. But as Swinney said in his statement, he is responsible for Clemson’s personnel and the Tigers’ results.

Riley, who has been brilliant with the offense for TCU, has proven he can take a team that may not have quite as much talent and plan them for an appearance in a national championship game. Imagine what he will do with Clemson’s four- and five-star recruits?

What they say

Swinney released the following statement:

“I greatly appreciate Brandon for all he has accomplished at Clemson over his 15 years as a player, graduate assistant, post coach and offensive coordinator. I am grateful to Brandon and love him and his family. He has always represented Clemson University with great pride, and I know he will continue to do great things.

“As the leader of this program I am responsible for our people and responsible for our results, and although we have taken a step forward offensively in 2022, after evaluating our offense in depth, I felt that this was in the best interest of our program. seek new leadership in this position. These decisions are never easy, but it’s my job to review and evaluate every part of our program every year, and it was just the right time to make a change.

“I look forward to bringing a dynamic and proven leader to the Offensive Coordinator with the specific goal of reaching – and elevating – the standard of excellence that has been established at Clemson. I believe passionately in our people and in them. young men in our program and I am thrilled at the opportunity to see them grow even more in 2023.”

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