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For Notre Dame Defense: 3-4 or 4-3… Both?

April 10, 2014Comments (8)

Bob Diaco unequivocally installed and stayed with the 3-4 as Notre Dame’s base defense when the Kelly regime began in 2010.


Duranko’s Digest: Kain Colter and the Unionization of Northwestern players

April 4, 2014Comments (23)

Duranko's Digest: Kain Colter and the Unionization of Northwestern players

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.


Duranko’s Digest: 6 Focus Areas for Notre Dame Spring Practice

February 23, 2014Comments (43)

Duranko's Digest: 6 Focus Areas for Notre Dame Spring Practice

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 [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s 2014 Opponents

February 17, 2014Comments (21)

Duranko's Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's 2014 Opponents

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 [...]


Duranko’s Digest: 10 frosh likely to play for Notre Dame in 2014

February 10, 2014Comments (14)

Duranko's Digest: 10 frosh likely to play for Notre Dame in 2014

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. [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s Projected ’14 Defensive Starters

January 28, 2014Comments (19)

Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's Projected '14 Defensive Starters

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 [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s Projected ’14 Offensive Starters

January 23, 2014Comments (25)

Duranko's Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's Projected '14 Offensive Starters

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 [...]


Duranko’s Digest: Ranking Notre Dame’s 2014 Units – Winter Eval

January 13, 2014Comments (18)

Duranko's Digest: Ranking Notre Dame's 2014 Units - Winter Eval

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 [...]


Frank Leahy, College Football’s Greatest Coach

January 2, 2014Comments (24)

Frank Leahy, College Football's Greatest Coach

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


Duranko’s Digest: What did we see in the Pinstripe Bowl?

December 30, 2013Comments (44)

Duranko's Digest: What did we see in the Pinstripe Bowl?

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 [...]


Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against Stanford?

December 2, 2013Comments (38)

Duranko's Digest: What did we see against Stanford?

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 [...]


Duranko’s Digest – What Did We See on Notre Dame Senior Day?

November 25, 2013Comments (23)

Duranko's Digest - What Did We See on Notre Dame Senior Day?

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, [...]


A Historical Look at the ACC, Notre Dame’s New Conference Cousins

November 15, 2013Comments (2)

A Historical Look at the ACC, Notre Dame's New Conference Cousins

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 [...]


Duranko’s Digest: What did we see in Pittsbrugh?

November 11, 2013Comments (88)

Duranko's Digest: What did we see in Pittsbrugh?

Five HUGE mistakes, each self-inflicted, compounded to help Notre Dame lose to a game, gritty Pitt Panther squad 28-21. The Irish offense is not yet eploxsive enough to overcome multiple errors, and, in Heinz Field, for the third time this season, the “chickens came home to roost.” The 2012 Irish did not beat themselves, but this team has. [...]


Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against Navy?

November 5, 2013Comments (22)

Duranko's Digest: What did we see against Navy?

  Notre Dame survived a defensive performance dreadful in design and, at best, mediocre in execution using a dramatic late stop to outpoint Navy 38-34. The previous week against the Air Force Academy, it took the Irish defense 20 minutes to adjust to the the Falcon offense before seizing control. But on Saturday the Irish never deciphered [...]


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