Skip on Clemson: ‘The drop off from Deshaun Watson to Kelly Bryant was like going from Tom Brady to Tom Savage’

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Reflecting on Clemson losing to the Alabama, Skip Bayless reveals to Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor how Kelly Bryant's poor quarterback play for the Tigers allowed Nick Saban's Crimson Tide to control the outcome of the game and win the Sugar Bowl.

- If I'd had any idea that Kelly Bryant would do that last night--

SHANNON SHARPE: [LAUGHTER]

- --I'd be out on Clemson. But I watched Kelly Bryant, I don't know, four or five times during the year. He looked OK.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yeah.

- Maybe it's just the opposition. Maybe--

SHANNON SHARPE: Everybody looks OK when they're not going against Bama.

- Last night the dropoff from Deshaun Watson to Kelly Bryant was like going from Tom Brady to Tom Savage. That's how bad it.

SHANNON SHARPE: It was.

- It was like, what? It was a disaster at quarterback for Clemson because he could run a little.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes, but that's all he could do.

- He couldn't throw a lick.

SHANNON SHARPE: No.

- And again, Alabama's really good on defense but they can really get torched by somebody who knows what they're doing throwing the football.

SHANNON SHARPE: Right.

- And if they can spread you out, they'll have a hard time man.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes.

- And Deshaun could spread them out and he could beat him with his arm and his accuracy and his legs.

SHANNON SHARPE: Correct.

- And in this case, all this kid had was legs.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes.

- And yet, in the big picture, I got to tell you, I still wasn't that impressed by Alabama because they totalled 261 yards for the game. Clemson's good on defense too.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yeah, they've got two top 10 D-lineman.

- But Jalen Hurts through for a grand total of 120 yards. I'm not impressed. Damien Harris looked pretty good at times. He went 19 for 77. Bo Scarbrough was pretty much shut down.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes.

- 12 carries, 24 yards, that's two yards a carry. Jalen Hurts hurt them occasionally. He ran 11 times for 40 more yards. So they went over a hundred. What did they have, 100 maybe 41.

SHANNON SHARPE: 140, 141.

- So I'll give you that. But this to me was a two play game. And the plays happened 13 seconds apart in the middle of third quarter. And the first time, Kelly Bryant sets up to throw, gets blown up and the ball-- these are two bad luck plays. The ball just squirts sideways to Da'Ron Payne. And it just goes right to him and he caught it. He snagged it.

SHANNON SHARPE: But Skip, he had to bend down.

- Oh he got it.

SHANNON SHARPE: That's 340 bending down.

- He got it. And he returned it. And they horse collared him. So now, remember what the circumstances is. Clemson had it 1st and 10 at the Alabama 35. And Alabama's only up 10 to 6 at this point.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes.

- So mid-third quarter it looks like Clemson might be driving to go ahead in the game.

SHANNON SHARPE: Go ahead or at least make it 10-9.

- And all of a sudden the big man is going the other way, rumbling, rumbling, stumbling, and finally going down, horse collar. And it's first and 10 at the 27 and they got a short field. And they go boom, boom, boom, cash it in. And then next play Clemson's got the ball.

SHANNON SHARPE: First play.

- First play, boom, popped up in the air, deflected, interception, pick six. All of a sudden it goes from 17 to 6 to 24 to 6 and the game's over like that, boom, boom, two plays.