Charlie Weis wrapped up Notre Dame’s wild 24-21 win over Purdue with his weekly Sunday press conference. Here are some notes and some video from what Weis had to say.
- Jimmy Clausen’s foot was feeling much better on Sunday than it was a week ago. Weis said that the plan will be to get through this week with Clausen and let him rest for the entire bye week. It would have been nice to have two full weeks of practice with the first team intact for USC, but getting Clausen as close to 100% by October 17 is the most important thing right now.
- Armando Allen was very close to being able to play Saturday. Weis expects Allen to be at 100% on Tuesday. Had Notre Dame lost Saturday with Allen able to play, Weis would have had a bunch of questions to answer. Getting Allen 100% for this weekend and escaping with a win gets him off the hook though.
- Weis admitted that Clausen wasn’t 100% Saturday and he wouldn’t have had the Dayne Crist package ready if Clausen was healthy.
- Golden Tate running out of the backfield was put in place to replace Armando Allen’s speed out of the backfield last week.
- Weis was pleased with the improvement in the run defense and pointed out that Purdue gained almost all of their yards on three carries. The yards on those three runs would have been even lower if the Irish defense had done a better job wrapping up.
- Weis talked a lot about the psyche of the team at the end of games. He credited last week’s last minute win for showing this team that good things can happen at the end of games after the Irish came up on the wrong end of almost every close game last season.
- Weis also talked about the confidence Clausen has in himself and the confidence that the rest of the team has in Clausen. He said that Clausen is a much different player in terms of his confidence in game deciding situations like the last few weeks.
- The decision to blitz less and play more mixed coverages was Jon Tenuta’s. Weis reiterated that he has total faith in the defensive staff and that any improvements shown on Saturday should be credited to them.
- Golden Tate was very receptive to the idea of getting carries out of the backfield. Weis said that he plans on finding a few new ways to get the ball in his hands each week so that defenses can’t take him out of the game.
- Weis said that the staff needs to play Manti Te’o more and more in practice and in games moving forward. He said there could be growing pains with playing a young linebacker, but that his playing time has to increase. Sounds like the defensive staff noticed how many times Purdue targeted Toryan Smith in the passing game.
- Weis got several texts from his friends in the NFL complimenting the play of Jimmy Clausen and the guts he showed. Weis said that the game was Clausen’s grittiest performance in his Notre Dame career.
- Robby Parris was on the field for the critical 3rd and 14 because Weis wanted to get a veteran receiver on the field. After having youngsters on the field in similar situations the last two weeks it was a good call by Weis.
- Brandon Walker and Cierre Wood didn’t make the trip to West Lafayette, but Weis didn’t go into any details as to why.
And here’s some video courtesy of Yahoo and Rivals.com.