The Chicago Sun Times had an interesting quote from former Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann on the current situation at Notre Dame.
”The natives are restless, and they have every right to be,” former Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann said. ”The standard of football we’ve seen is not up to the standard of expectations we’ve had. Something is amiss. Fundamental football is something I’m struggling with. I don’t think you could describe us as a physical team on either side of the ball. But I’ll say this right off the bat: I don’t believe you can lay it all on Charlie. There is still youth and inexperience on this football team. But when I see people line up to defend an onside kick, and nobody looks like they know what’s going on — that’s coaching.”
I think Theismann gives a very accurate summation of the current state of Notre Dame football. Not all of the problems right now are because of Charlie Weis as some people will lead you to believe, but there are some obvious coaching problems with the team. The onside kick against Navy is a very clear example of that and I think Theismann is right on the money with assessment of the Irish right now.
Theismann was very fair with his statements and managed to be critical yet supportive of Weis at the same time. This team is lacking in fundamentals and is not overly physical and a lot of that does come back to coaching. At the same time, this team is also still young and inexperienced at a number of positions.
Like Theismann said though, something is amiss. While the team is young an inexperienced, it shouldn’t be so young an inexperienced that it loses to Syracuse on Senior Day. Something about that loss just can’t get out of my head and I think the word “amiss” describes that loss rather well.