Charlie Weis wrapped up the Michigan with his weekly Sunday press conference. He talked about the 2nd and 10 pass play, the officiating, and the play of Armando Allen. Here are some highlights.
- Weis met with defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta to go over some schematic changes that need to be made to get the defense back on track after surrendering 38 points to Michigan on Saturday.
- Weis was specifically concerned with the two minute defense since Michigan was wable to drive down the field for scores at the ends of both halves – a field in the first and the game winning touchdown in the second.
Michael Floyd cut his knee falling on the track outside the endzone. He received 15 stitches and would have been available for overtime if the game would have made it to OT.
- Weis said the officiating “left a lot to be desired” on Saturday. He said he watched the tape a hundred times and can’t find anyone to tell him that Armando Allen step out of bounds on the touchdown that was called back.
- He also said that he’d be sending a tape to the Big 10 officials with “punches to the face” that were made after plays were over.
- Weis was pleased with the way the players handled the loss and gave his captains, Jimmy Clausen specifically, credit for showing great leadership in the locker room after the game. He said that he will be relying heavily on his captains to rally the troops this week.
- The blocking was improved according to Weis. He also credited Armando Allen as one of the main reasons for the running game working well. Weis said that the coaches were riding Kyle Rudolph hard in practice on his run blocking after week 1.
- The statue of liberty two point conversion play is a play that Notre Dame has been working on for a while as a group of 10 two point conversion plays.
- On the play of John Ryan, Weis said that they were putting him in for both Kerry Neal and Darius Fleming because they were playing so much nickel coverage.
- Notre Dame didn’t want to use a lot of audibles in the game because of the crowd noise. That is why Clausen used three time outs after looking at coverages and not liking what he saw. Weis was pleased with his reasoning for using them as well because they were all for good reasons.
- Weis said the fumble in the third quarter was a case of Jonas Gray trying to do too much. He tried to cut before securing the handoff after seeing Steve Brown coming in untouched.
- Weis said he is not afraid to run the football on third and tree because of the confidence he has in Armando Allen when in the past he’d never run in that situation.
- Michigan dropped more men down in the box when Armando Allen left the game on Notre Dame’s final drive. That led to Weis’s decision to pass on 2nd and 10. Weis later said that the play call was going to be a short pass, but it was adjusted based on coverage. If the corner backed off and gave a cushion, it would have been a short pass.
- On the officiating, Weis said while he wasn’t happy with it, he didn’t want to use it as an excuse and that he wouldn’t be making any formal complaints. He’ll send in the handful of plays that he wanted explanations though.