- It was great seeing Robert Hughes get in the end zone and even better seeing all of his teammates mob him on the sideline afterwards.
- If Clausen is healthy, he should be starting next weekend. Weis wouldn’t throw Sharpley under the bus, but he can’t be happy with what he saw. Saying Sharpley’s accuracy is suspect is an understatement. He just misses too many open receivers, takes too long to make his decisions, and is too careless with the football.
- Where did Armando Allen go? 91 yards on 16 carries but Aldridge kept getting the ball when he was clearly tiring out. By the end of the game Aldridge’s yards/carry was under 4.0 because he was wearing down. Allen is looking more and more like a potential big time back. Get him the ball.
- Robby Parris took another step back this week. He had a couple chances to make a play – most notably a dropped touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
- Duval Kamara meanwhile keeps improving and had his first career two touchdown performance.
- Why oh why can’t we run a damn screen? I’ve lost count of how many times this year that a screen play has been blown up by 1 single defender knifing through the Irish “blockers.” Turkovich was the lead blocker on two screens in particular where he didn’t touch a single Navy defender.
- What happened to Golden Tate? Navy did not have a single defender who could have kept up with him but we didn’t see a single deep pass thrown his way.
- Say what you want about Travis Thomas, but he had 3 runs in regulation that all ended with touchdowns and he got little to no blocking on any of them.
- Asaph Schwapp also had one of his better games and actually made some blocks. He’s been much maligned across all of the ND blogs, but he did OK out there this weekend.
- Linebackers really didn’t do a whole heck of a lot out there. Crum had a good first series but after that, the inside backers were eaten up and the outside backers played very undisciplined. John Ryan at one point in the first half went to tackle the Navy QB even though Brockington had him covered. Ryan still went after the QB and left the pitch man wide open. Navy got a 12 yard gain. Overall though, none of the outside backers played the option well.
- Laws is an animal. I feel bad for him because of all of the losses, but he made himself many more millions by coming back this year.
- Ian Williams played well filling in for Pat Kuntz. It would be nice if he could see more time at NT with Kuntz seeing some time at DE since that might be where he is at next year.
- Darrin Walls has improved a lot this year. In the beginning of the year he would shy away from contact in the run game, but he made some nice plays and his forced fumble could have been huge if there was any other Notre Dame defender anywhere near the play.
- Bruton didn’t play a lot because he was slowed all week in practice, but Weis did say that he was full speed by the end of the week. If he really was full speed I don’t see why he didn’t play more.
- Overall the defense did not look prepared to defend the option at all. Guys weren’t sticking to their assignments and as soon as Notre Dame stopped something, Navy just moved on to something else and stayed a step ahead of the Irish in terms of adjustments. This was Corwin Brown’s first game as a DC defending the option so let’s hope he improves a lot in the next week.
- Allen nearly broke a couple nice returns but still keeps getting tripped up right when you think he’s about to take it to the house.
- The only punt return by Zibby was excellent and should have set us up for the win.
- There’s really no reason or excuse for not having a kicker who can kick a 41 yard field into some wind to win a game. None. Whatsoever. Really, I’m at a loss for words on this one. Weis didn’t have a FG kicker when he got here and instead of waiting for Kai Forbath during his first class he handed out scholarships like he was hading out skittles and now we have three scholarship kickers – none of whom can kick a 41 yard field goal into some wind apparently. On the season, ND kickers are a combined 1 for 5 on all field goal attempts of 30 yards or more.
- Sorry, still trying to comprehend how the kicking game could be as bad as it is…. bare with me here.
- So anyway, here’s hoping Brandon Walker improves a lot this season and spends January-July kicking field goals all day long because I think the kid’s got some talent.
- Check that, Walker needs to do some lifting too because it would be nice to see a touchback every once in a while.
- This might have been Weis’s worst coached game since taking over. The fake field goal, the no field goal, play calling, etc all were just bad. No excuse for them.
- Brown had a baptism by fire with the option this week and will need to make some major adjustments.
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