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ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2019

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2019

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2019

It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams bulletin board material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.

In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2019, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk anonymously about their opponents.

Note: These scouting reports come directly from coaching staffs and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2019

Boston College

"You finally saw what they could be capable of in the first half of last year, but they're losing so much, especially on both lines, that it's almost impossible to think they can do that again this year."

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"You know exactly what you're getting with Steve Addazio, so they're not going to come out with something radically different to compensate for losing their big bodies. That's what he thrives on; it's just not possible to quick fix."

"If they can get the line working, it's going to be AJ Dillon or bust for them. The good news is, that's how they want to play offense anyway, hitting you 30, 35 times a game with a power back."

"The quarterback (Anthony Brown) is solid but not really special; they don't ask him to win games, but they'll probably need him to do a little bit more."

"They're losing a really great defense. They could make you make really bad decisions throwing the ball, and they had a lot of turnovers. Really physical secondary, ball-hawking guys. You don't just plug and play to replace guys like that at BC."

"It's obvious Steve knows he's on the hot seat; he fired a lot of his guys and tried to do an overhaul. They have new coordinators. The defense will look about the same with Bill Sheridan. Mike Bajakian might be able to open them up a little bit more, but that's not really how they're built."


Anonymous coaches quotes about Clemson and the ACC

"What can you say? They're a step-and-a-half past everyone else in the ACC. You can't even call them an SEC-caliber program. They're an Alabama-caliber school, a Georgia-caliber school. Literally. Coaches in our league have been talking about this for almost a decade now; we could see the money they were raising and spending and how it was translating. They're a war machine."