Brian Kelly addressed the media last night following Notre Dame’s 30-14 victory over Purdue and talked a lot about the need to get better during the bye week. His tone was that of a coach who genuinely believes that his team’s best football is still ahead of them. With a daunting October slate of games, that would be good news for fans of the Fighting Irish. Here’s what Kelly had to say along with some notes and highlights.
Note: the audio in the video embdedded below was not working until the 1:00 mark of the video at time of this posting.
- Kelly was pleased with the way Notre Dame responded to some adverse conditions – injuries, ejections, etc.
- Kelly clearly wasn’t pleased with the play of his offense stating that every aspect of the offense has to play better. He said Everett would probably end up taking most of the blame and that Golson himself knows he has to play better, but at the same time it was the offense as a whole that needs to play better.
- On the offensive line, Kelly said that the line is mainly not sustaining their blocks. “It’s nothing big, but it’s everything.” Kelly seemed confident that the line will get their, but it’s a lot of little things right now that are adding up into bigger problems. My take – Harry Hiestand is going to light a fire under the OL during the bye week.
- Kelly clearly wasn’t happy about the penalties Notre Dame sustained because of the type of penalties. “Knucklehead” penalties as Kelly described them mainly referring to the taunting penalty and the offside that negated a third down conversion.
- Kelly was very pleased with the play of Drue Tranquil after he was thrust into a prominent role last night following the ejection of Max Redfield and the injury to Nicky Baratti.
- Notre Dame worked to install a pressure package specifically for Jaylon Smith this week in practice. They had not put any of that on his plate previously as he adjusted to the inside backer position he has been playing.
- Kelly didn’t think that the team was flat but that they just missed a lot of plays in areas where they are still learning.
- On the injury front, Kelly said that Amir Carlisle’s injury was a MCL, Cole Luke suffered a neck injury, Andrew Trumbetti had neck injury from last week, and Nicky Baratti’s shoulder slipped out again. Kelly will likely have more injury updates at his Sunday presser. We’ll throw some updates up then.
- The game has slowed down for Everett Golson from two years ago. Kelly noted that he still missed some big plays that could have changed the course of the game quite a bit.
- On playing in Lucas Oil Stadium, Kelly heaped some praise on the facility and