Stephen A. isn’t blaming Trevor Lawrence for Clemson’s loss to LSU | First Take

  • Published: 14 January 2020
  • Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith weigh in on Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence’s performance vs. the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship and question whether Lawrence is to blame for the 42-25 loss.
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  • Terance The Indomitable

    Of course Stephen A. isn't blaming Lawrence; he's white. He'll save all the insults for Lamar Jackson after he threw for 360 and ran for over 100. Typical Stephen A.

    • brucenlittlepictures
      brucenlittlepictures  10 hours back

      This loss is on LSU.

      LSU is better than Clemson. Period. End of discussion. LSU pounded Clemson all night.

      • Sean McNamara
        Sean McNamara  16 hours back

        I agree Trevor did not play his best game but the Clemson defense kept running a version of cover 1/0 and it didn’t work. They kept getting beat in man cover with no safety help all night

        • Jerome Chamblee
          Jerome Chamblee  1 days back

          Who you play matters. If Clemson played tough teams every week. They would lose about 3 of those games. Due to tough minded defenses, injury. Ect.ect. I wish people would stop saying, it's not who you play, it's how you play. Doesn't it stand to reason that better competition dictates how you play? Makes no sense to me

          • Marty Brown
            Marty Brown  1 days back

            6 ranked teams!

            • Marty Brown
              Marty Brown  1 days back

              Since 2015 LSU has beaten 20 ranked teams while clemson has beaten 21. Lol! In 2016, clemson beat number 1, 2, 3, 12, 19, and auburn finished the year ranked at 24 so seven ranked teams. But lsu is better and clemson plays nobody, look at stats! Lol. How they forget, this clemson team wasn’t last years team, burrow would have got crushed by that defense, especially since we sacked him the other night several times. Higgins was wide open for a td but lawrence missed him, game could have been a lit closer. Go back to losing to Alabama!

              • Mclovin v7
                Mclovin v7  3 days back

                Has anyone noticed that every time we wore all orange jerseys in the natty we lost ?

                • the king of utub e
                  the king of utub e  3 days back

                  Those receivers were open in nfl terms joe was able to make those nfl throws but trevor wasn't not like hes bad hes a sophomore he might make them next year still gonna be a beast

                  • Joseph Bamber
                    Joseph Bamber  3 days back

                    Lawrence is 19! Burrows is 23!

                    • D J
                      D J  3 days back

                      Trevor is definitely the player with the most to blame. He turned over the ball twice as well...

                      • Salty Nip
                        Salty Nip  3 days back

                        anyone else just staring at stephens fucked up mustache the whole time?

                        • Alex
                          Alex  4 days back

                          The coach orga

                          • Dago Rodriguez
                            Dago Rodriguez  4 days back

                            Does Stephen A. Know any other words other than "excuse me" and "extraordinaire?” so glad his stupid radio show is done. (does Stephen A look like a Jim Henson puppet?) Dan LeBatard

                            • berkslaw
                              berkslaw  4 days back

                              Stephen gonna blame Lamar Jackson for the loss!!!

                              • joanne chon
                                joanne chon  4 days back

                                News for SAS: Clemson is ready to run him outta town

                                • Zrex99
                                  Zrex99  4 days back

                                  Stephen A Smith, not too fond of white players. RE: the analytics end there.

                                  • Scott Simmonz
                                    Scott Simmonz  4 days back

                                    100% RIGGED

                                    • SRT86.4
                                      SRT86.4  4 days back

                                      LSU would have beat Ohio State even more, if they had made it to the national championship game..FACT

                                      • JusAnothaCritiK
                                        JusAnothaCritiK  4 days back

                                        "There was no one wide open." mean like how it was versus BAMA (tons separation and chaos in the secondary). If he's ELITE he should be able to fit it into tight windows and throw his guys open.

                                        • Kieran Hickey
                                          Kieran Hickey  4 days back

                                          I'm sorry but Trevor Lawrence was massively overhyped all season long by analyst that don't even watch college football...Trevor Lawrence is a great QB but ive never seen him make throws that other good QB's can't

                                          • Troy Sampson
                                            Troy Sampson  5 days back

                                            As a Clemson fan, I knew this would happen. Coach V. is the best DC in CFB because the took a defense the heart of its defense in the Power Rangers (Wilkins, Lawrence, Ferrell, Bryant) and Trayvon Mullen opposite of Terrell, and kept them in the top 5 and bent but didn't break against OSU. The way LSU was cooking teams on offense, with that hybrid 3-4 scheme, it was only a matter of time before Joe Brady and Joe Burrow figured it out and cooked us. 

                                            Also, our OCs didn't do a good job of controlling the ball with the Etienne and Dixon. Up 17-7, you run Etienne and Dixon. Burrow and that offense can't score from the sideline. A steady dose of the run wears down the front seven and allows you to go play-action over the top. I think Higgins is a great WR but I think he should stay one more year to learn how to get separation from CBs and tighten up his route running and physicality. He and Ross got exposed by OSU and LSU CB's.

                                            And to Marcus' point, it's time for Dabo to put at least two out of conference top 20 teams on the schedule to get them prepared for competition like this. Tough loss but we will be back...

                                            • Coby Matthews
                                              Coby Matthews  5 days back

                                              Number 8 got toasted all game

                                              • Max Uribe
                                                Max Uribe  5 days back

                                                Cause Clemson actually played some competition not like the acc 🤣

                                                • Kelvin Brooks
                                                  Kelvin Brooks  5 days back

                                                  Also, during the time that Deshaun played at Clemson....they played ranked opponents during those seasons....remember the Louisville game against Lamar Jackson and Florida St. at the time was a top 10 team who Clemson played in Doak Stadium with a comeback win...Deshaun definitely played tougher competition but Trevor is going to be good...he's still a talent at the next level.

                                                  • 283Chitown
                                                    283Chitown  5 days back

                                                    AJ Terrell Got Burned Couples Of Times No One Is Talking About That But Some Of Yall Pointin Finger Trevor Lawrence.

                                                    • KovieYT
                                                      KovieYT  5 days back

                                                      Did Clark just say Lawrence didn’t show up against OSU? Yeah take Lawrence out of the game and let’s see the score

                                                      • Fungus Amongus
                                                        Fungus Amongus  5 days back

                                                        Remember when LSU shut down Lamar Jackson a few back.........

                                                        • P K
                                                          P K  5 days back

                                                          I do wish they would revisit the targeting rules. I think the referees need to have different tiers. Much like roughing the kicker and running into the kicker. I wanted LSU to win. Don't get me wrong. And Ohio state suffered from it and Clemson benefited from it.. but I think the game certainly would have been more exciting if 47 wasn't ejected.

                                                          • BD/Producer Business Development

                                                            he did leave a lot of throws on the field,,

                                                            • Damian Whindleton
                                                              Damian Whindleton  5 days back

                                                              Max "Noone goes undefeated forever"

                                                              Floyd Mayweather*cough*

                                                              • John jacobjingle
                                                                John jacobjingle  5 days back

                                                                Only stopped here to say no one cares what Steven A thinks...he's never made much sense of football...

                                                                • Danny Wyatt
                                                                  Danny Wyatt  5 days back


                                                                  • Noah Loveridge
                                                                    Noah Loveridge  5 days back

                                                                    People still saying schedule strength, but Clemson was practically number two by the end of the season. I don't get it.

                                                                    • Mamiya Phan
                                                                      Mamiya Phan  5 days back

                                                                      I cant accept the qb who looks like a woman

                                                                      • Brandon Norman
                                                                        Brandon Norman  5 days back

                                                                        It's not healthy for a qb to have as much success as Lawrence, those guys dont usually pan out in the league, because they dont have a coping mechanism to deal with adversity, since they've never really experienced it.
                                                                        I like QBs from non power house schools, who dont have a bunch of five star skill players masking their mistakes, or just flat out making them appear better than they are.

                                                                        The guys from smaller programs have to do more with less talent and fit it into tighter windows, and are used to being outmatched, much more like an nfl experience

                                                                        • Delta Charlie
                                                                          Delta Charlie  5 days back

                                                                          I’m a Clemson fan, it happens. We had to play Ohio State, one of the best big 10 teams to ever come out of that conference, and then one of the best teams to come out of the SEC. that’s a tough road. And Clemson hasn’t been sharp all year. We didn’t have the edge we did the year before. We will next year. And the schedule argument is absolutely redundant. Teams can’t change their schedule before the season. You just have to hope, teams can’t change their conference before the season. You play who you have to play. Bottom line. Schedule didn’t hurt us last year. Intensity and focus hurt us this year, not even our receivers seemed focused this year . LSU wanted it more then we did. Congrats to LSU and coach O. They had a great season and deserved to win. Clemson will be back, it’s hard to win back to back unless you’re far superior than the other teams. We’ll win it next year . Clemson will start it’s road grating tour and be back at the top of the hill.
                                                                          GO TIGERS!

                                                                          • Bob Adams
                                                                            Bob Adams  5 days back

                                                                            Trevor did play defense. Also ran him to much which not give him any rhythm and he had his receivers had drops

                                                                            • T.C Holmes
                                                                              T.C Holmes  5 days back

                                                                              I can only imagine what Trevor Lawrence is thinking right now

                                                                              • Banned By Wonkette
                                                                                Banned By Wonkette  5 days back

                                                                                He wasn’t “the reason” Clemson lost, but he wasn’t good. Again.

                                                                                The defense wasn’t good. Again.
                                                                                Surrendered about 1200 yards in 2 playoff games.

                                                                                • Edgar Ramirez
                                                                                  Edgar Ramirez  5 days back

                                                                                  Trevor Lawrence folded like a lawn chair being thrown in a trunk. Dudes over rated. Someone had to say it 🤷🤷

                                                                                  • Justin Chiles
                                                                                    Justin Chiles  5 days back

                                                                                    From a Clemson Alum. Trevor Lawrence did not play as advertised, and was 50% of why we lost. AJ Terrell was the other 50% lol getting slow roasted all night.

                                                                                    • Fluteygurl
                                                                                      Fluteygurl  5 days back

                                                                                      Man, you win as a team, you lose as a team. You can't put the loss solely on this kids shoulders? Was he part of it? Yes, but he was not the sole reason. If anything, I would put more of the blame on the coaching personnel than the Lawrence.

                                                                                      • Jacob Graves
                                                                                        Jacob Graves  5 days back

                                                                                        They really didnt even belong there i mean they werent bad but Clemson didnt even beat Ohio State, Ohio State beat Ohio State and shouldve been there. But that isn't Clemson's problem

                                                                                        • James Earwood
                                                                                          James Earwood  5 days back

                                                                                          Do we forget that Trevor alrighty has a Natty? Trevor will be ok. LSU was better. Odds are Clemson will be back

                                                                                          • michael hines
                                                                                            michael hines  5 days back

                                                                                            As bad as Tua was in the championship last year he played better against Lsu than Trevor did. Tua put up 40 plus points

                                                                                            • Peace God
                                                                                              Peace God  6 days back

                                                                                              But you blame Lamar for the Ravens L 🤔🙃

                                                                                              • bombalu5
                                                                                                bombalu5  6 days back

                                                                                                Trevor " Dude looks like a lady" Lawrence got cocky. Paid the price...

                                                                                                • olvin martinez
                                                                                                  olvin martinez  6 days back

                                                                                                  Just take your L, SAS