“…I also understand that this is a football team that did a lot of things to put themselves in position to win.
“We’re a really tough holding call away and a tough third-down play by Georgia Tech, and we moved the ball against a really tough TCU defense, put ourselves in a position and we don’t win. We’re in a position to win at Maryland and we don’t win. We’ve got to learn to win.
Swinney isn’t trying to use the tired, “we were only play away” excuse from the previous coaching regime. But this kind of “keep it close” mentality hearkens back to the Bowden/Spence era. About a year ago I complained of Spence that he seemed perfectly capable of calling the plays required to win… so long as everything went as planned and no contingencies were encountered. Little has changed. Frankly, the question is not and should not be why the team is in the position and unable to win. Instead, we should all be asking why the team is spending 55 minutes putting themselves in position to win rather than spending 55 minutes removing all living doubt that they are going to win?