June 29, 2008 // Notre Dame Football

ND to Blitz 80% of the Time, Clausen Greatly Improved

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Jon Tenuta spoke at the Notre Dame celebrity golf tournament last week and some interesting things to say.  Notre Dame fans better be ready to see a lot of blitzing this fall because apparently, Tenuta and Corwin Brown intent to send everything but the kitchen sink at opposing offenses.
Jon Tenuta spoke at the Notre Dame charity golf tournament last week and had some interesting things to say. Most notably, the new Irish coach said that the Notre Dame defense will be blitzing an eye popping 80% of the time this fall.

Jim Morse nearly fell backwards in his chair.

Knute Rockne, reportedly, rolled over in his grave.

Such was the reaction when new Notre Dame assistant head coach for defense Jon Tenuta told the crowd of local Irish-backers on Friday that, this fall, the team will “blitz about 80 percent of the time.

To which, Morse, the former ND captain and long-time area booster, shot back: “We haven’t blitzed that much in 10 years, total!”

Last year we didn’t get nearly enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks so it’s great to hear Tenuta speak of applying that much pressure. Considering the secondary should be a strength this year, we should have the personnel to allow for that much blitzing as well.

Tenuta also made mention of the improvements by both Jimmy Clausen and the offensive line since game one of last season when Tenuta’s Georgia Tech defense embarrassed the Irish offense.

The most encouraging thing that Tenuta said on Friday, even more than his promise to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the opposition, is that the Jimmy Clausen and the offensive line he saw this spring was a night-and-day improvement from the outfit his Georgia Tech team drubbed last fall.

Considering how inept the Irish offense was in that game, that might not be saying a whole lot, but it’s still nice to hear.

Comments to this Article

  • kevin commented on June 30th, 2008 at 7:34 am

    if it helps us win i don’t care if the backers blitzed 100% of the time


  • Chris commented on June 30th, 2008 at 7:34 am

    OMG – the absolute best news I have heard in 12 years! As long as the Irish also check those receivers at the line of scrimmage this may indeed turn out to be a statement year!!! Dont allow the opposing offense to dictate the game like last year – our DB’s were sitting back nervously waiting to react instead of getting in the face of their opponents! GO IRISH – we are way way way over due.


  • JC commented on June 30th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I agree with (ND) Chris.


  • kevin commented on July 1st, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    jimmy clausen and ND’s o-line being night and day better be true cause i can’t stand to see another season of 0 offense


  • JC commented on July 1st, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Kevin, if we get Lou Holtz for AD like you suggested, the master of motivation could have a positive impact on Clausen, the line and the whole team and of course without interfering with the coaches.

    I wonder if his contract is in the mail? It has to be way better than the ESPN stint.

    Oh well, more than likely wishful thinking.


  • bleednd82 commented on July 3rd, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I would like to win 80% of the time this year. That would be better than the 25% from last year.


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