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In high school algebra we learned that the difficulty of solving an equation increases in relation to the number of unknowns in the equation. That lesson is applicable to the 2014 Irish Defense. Here are the unknowns: (1) New Coordinator (2) New scheme (3) shift to more aggressive, attacking philosophy (4) more sophisticated third down substitution [...]
The whole, ideally, should be greater than the sum of the parts. But let’s start with “parts.” OFFENSIVE LINE Were Notre Dame to have corporate sponsors for units, Virginia Slims would seem the most appropriate for the offensive line: ”You’ve come a long way baby!” Right now, the line, from left to right appears to be [...]
Bob Diaco unequivocally installed and stayed with the 3-4 as Notre Dame’s base defense when the Kelly regime began in 2010.
In large things and small, war games and the sports and games people play, in government, in society, there occur tipping points that mark the beginning of a change in the way things are.
Spring practice comes early this year, starting the first week in March. There are significant coaching changes on both sides of the ball. Mike Denbrock was named offensive coordinator. His span of control and effective decision making will resemble that of Corrado “Junior” Soprano. Kelly will be running the offense, with Denbrock in training to be an [...]
Please note that this post-signing day ranking rates the opponents as we expect them to finish 2014 overall. Not preseason rankings, but where they would rank on a “true value” ranking if such existed, at the end of the regular season. It does not adjust for the game placement or the home/away factor. Our opinion is that [...]
Brian Kelly plays freshmen. Last year 10 frosh saw significant minutes and some were key contributors-on both sides of the ball. the 10 were Elmer, Folston, Fuller, Robinson, Onwualu, Rochell, Redfield, Luke, Butler.and some guy named Jaylon Smith. Here are ten frosh likely to play in 2014: Tyler Newsome – Okay, so punting doesn’t excite you. [...]
As we did last week with the offensive starters, today we rank Notre Dame’s projected defensive starters from top to bottom. Dog LB Jaylon Smith – The Golden child came in with absurd, unrealistic expectations. Then easily EXCEEDED them. A marvelous athlete, hard worker who eagerly accepts coaching, yet the game comes easily to Jaylon. Spond’s injury [...]
Obviously, a prediction, not a guarantee. Change happens!! And, both healthy and after injuries, depth is more important in this era of football than ever before. QB Everett Golson – Strong, accurate arm who is equally comfortable in the pocket or departing from it. Had a 12/6 TD/Int ratio as a redshirt frosh, a ratio which [...]
We’ll take an early glimpse at the component units of the 2014 Irish. Obviously, such predictions are perilous: (1) injuries occur (2) departures occur (3) players develop, sprout and regress at different paces (4) projecting freshmen before the LOI Date or, vanderdoesingly, after the LOI date, has risks We’ll rate the units projecting them from [...]
On Saturday, November 30th, Nick Saban fell short in his attempt to win a third consecutive national championship at Alabama, and his fourth in five years
A rested, healed, motivated Fighting Irish Squad scored early, never trailed and beat Rutgers 29-16. The Irish offense controlled the Scarlet Knight defense, the ND defense manhandled the Rutgers offense, and the Irish got rolled on special teams. Two of the Senior Captains had “senior moments” in the first quarter, keeping the game closer than it ought [...]
A powerful Stanford team defeated the Irish 27-20, concluding the Irish season at 8-4. The fulcrum of the game was Stanford’s outrushing the Irish 261-65. Out there among the eucalyptus trees in Google’s manger, Stanford is know for producing great software. But there was nothing soft that would wear down the gallant Irish stop troops. The Anvil [...]
The Fighting Irish played their most balanced game of the year on Senior Day, winning 23-13. The Irish scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, and after allowing BYU’s only touchdown on the first Cougar drive, settled in. The Irish defense controlled the inside and off tackle running of Jamaal Williams. He averages 116 yards per game, [...]
With the bye week blues in full swing, today we bring you a look at the historical evolution of the ACC conference and how Notre Dame’s schedule will look moving forward with their new commitment to playing 5 ACC teams a year kicking in next season. THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF THE ACC The Atlantic Coast [...]