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  1. I think the question with this list every year is what they are measuring. If you are measuring in a vacuum of wins and losses then Kelly is somewhere in the land of 3-10ish. He's had worse a worse season than the rest of the top 10, hasn't won a major bowl game, making him the only top 10 coach on either list to not have a major bowl win. But he's been to the college football playoff as much as anyone outside the top 2, which has to count for something. If you we are asking who we think are the best coaches in the sense of "Give these coaches X team. Who does the best?" I think it's a lot more subjective but also think Kelly would fall a lot farther down the list for a lot of people, myself included. This is very obviously subjective, but over the last few years, all else being equal, does anyone think, ND would have been noticeably worse with, Kirby Smart, Lincoln Riley, Ryan Day at the helm? What about guys like Fickell or Matt Campbell? I think there's more guys than most think that could achieve what Kelly has achieved, if given the opportunity.
  2. In both his and NREMDN’s defense there’s a ton of dbags out there, and if every one of them gets hospitalized every time they act like a Dbag our country would have to shut down quicker than when covid hit! Hell there’s plenty of dbags in this very thread that aren’t getting hospitalized for acting like dbags!
  3. I think my answer depends on what we mean by "best." Best career? Who would I rather have, healthy for one game? Because those are two very different lists in my opinion. My top 5 RBs for one game, in a normal offense. 1) Julius Jones 2) Dexter Williams 3) CJ Procise 4) Jonas Gray 5) Armando Allen Top 5 RB Careers 1) Julius Jones 2) Ryan Grant 3) Josh Adams 4) Darius Walker 5) Cierre Wood Top 5 WRs for one game 1) Michael Floyd 2) Golden Tate 3) Chase Claypool 4) Jeff Samardjza 5) Will Fuller Top 5 WR Career 1) Michael Floyd 2) Jeff Samardzja 3) Golden Tate 4) Will Fuller 5) TJ Jones Really ND has had some really good players at a lot of positions but no one at either of these two that would be considered CFB Hall of Famers as far as I can tell. There's arguments to be made that Samardzja and Floyd were the best WRs in college football for at least a season when they were at ND, but after that no one really close to the cream of the crop. I do think that if Dexter had been given the chance/quit testing positive for weed/whatever else we think/know was going on he'd be a lot higher up my career RB list. He had an unbelievable ability to hit a hole and be past the linebackers before they could blink, for a guy that never felt like a Chris Tyree sprinter type RB. I actually feel the opposite about Josh Adams. I think he was a product of an offensive line loaded with first round draft picks, moreso than the rest of the RBs on the list. He wasn't bad by any means, but he was a heisman contender in spite of gaining 50 yards in the biggest game of the season against Georgia. I truly believe if Dexter/Julius Jones/Cierre Wood/Kyren Williams were getting those carries they gain more the 50 yards and may win the game. We will obviously never know, and this isn't meant as an insult to Adams, I just don't think he had the talent and the ability to make defenders miss that those other guys had.
  4. I’m starting to think the whole Big14 might just suck this year. ND beats both of these teams by 20+ if they play like this.
  5. It depends on what we mean when we say “best team.” Because if you put a gun to my head and ask me who the best 4 teams are I’d say in no order Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State. Now if by best we mean “team with the best resume,” the 4 teams probably change, but “best resume” in and of it self is subjective. Does Cincy have a better resume than OSU? I don’t know, but that question is tougher to answer for me than whether or not OSU is a better football team than Cincy. The problem for me becomes that during any given weekly set of rankings, half of the committees decisions seems to be based off the question of best team and the other half based off best resume, which leads to rankings that don’t seem consistent with themselves. This year is particularly difficult because I think their is 3 good/great teams that played a full or nearly full schedule: Alabama, ND, Clemson. After that we have a ton of teams of varying talent levels that played varying amounts of games, started at various times and played various strengths of schedule. In a normal year if 2 teams are 10-2 I always lean towards the team with the bigger wins/better SOS. This year OSU is 5-0 with 1 ranked win and Coastal Carolina is 11-0 with 1 ranked win. Normally I’d say OSU played a full power 5 schedule, they OBVIOUSLY get the nod, but here I’m not sure. On a slight tangent, in 2018 OSU got BLOWN OUT by Purdue week 8 and 2017 Iowa beat OSU by 30 week 9. The fact that OSU is getting the benefit of the doubt that 5-0 = 12-0 in a normal year is bullshit.
  6. While I think this is dumb, we have no room to complain, considering the ACC essentially cancelled games so ND and Clemson would be as healthy as possible going into the rematch.
  7. I think you missed my point. I can’t fathom caring who is the kicker who kicked an average squib kick on a team so bad they never got into field goal range en route to a 41-0 beatdown. The fact that you’re pretending to give a **** about the sanctity of the SEC special teams player of the week award is just wild. I can’t name a single player to win the lauded SEC Special Teams Player of the Week award thus far through this year and if you guys in this thread weren’t so mad at the fact that this girl won it I probably wouldn’t have known she won it either. OR maybe the kid currently going to med school at Vanderbilt doesn’t want to play for a terrible football team anymore, which is why he isn’t on the team even with eligibility remaining. Which makes more sense?
  8. You know they just had a week off right? And the amount of games is kind of my point. If A&M/FL have 1 loss and so does ND, I’d rather be 11-1 instead of 10-1. The same can be said about OSU. If OSU is 5-0 I’d rather ND be 11-1 than 10-1. It isn’t necessarily beating wake forest but the fact that we don’t know if (at all) the committee would value playing an entire season when no one else has. And since we don’t know, I’d rather ND play the full season and have Kelly use that as a talking point in the event of a loss to Clemson in the ACC championship game. I also think playing Clemson when both teams play the week prior may be better for ND rather than both having a week off to prepare.
  9. I understand why the ACC is doing this and why we would be happy about it, but In the event of a loss in the ACC championship game, more wins/games could very well be what pushes ND in over a 5-0 (or whatever they are) OSU team. For all the talk on this board about how it’d be better for ND to cancel games, I don’t think we have any idea what the committee will value at the end of this strange season, and the safer bet would be to have the most wins possible on my opinion.
  10. Dude, you really have to chill out. Every post of yours this thread has gotten whinier, angrier and more argumentative even with no one really arguing against you. I can’t fathom getting so worked up about something that has zero bearing on my life.
  11. Clemson’s CBs were healthy against ND and they weren’t shutting anyone down. I think this is a down year for CFB overall, for obvious reasons, and Clemson/Bama/OSU are all much closer to the rest of the pack, ND included, than they have been over the last 5-10 years.
  12. I’m not sure how many here have had shoulder injuries, but as someone who has dislocated my shoulder twice that **** doesn’t just suddenly get better. Before first shoulder dislocation I was pumping out sets of 25 pull ups. I couldn’t do a single pull up for 3-4 months after. Then I was finally feeling better, decided to play basketball again, got under cut and it popped out again. Shoulder injuries suck which makes someone like daelin Hayes even more impressive.
  13. In the past I’ve heard of coaches getting paid like hundreds of thousands a year to do a few Alumni Events, which didn’t show up on their reported salary because technically the alumni association paid them. Who knows if it’s true or if it happens still.
  14. Chip Long couldn’t get an OC job after he was let go from ND, I’m not sure his offense works.
  15. I don't think that's having it both ways at all. A lot of ND fans (and people across the nation) don't think ND can play with the big boys, due to talent/coaching/whatever else. If ND wins, it would fit the narrative that ND can't beat the Clemsons of the world and only won because of injuries to Clemson. Also, to "blah, blah, blah" the fact that Clemson is missing their starting QB, Heisman favorite, future number 1 pick like that doesn't mean anything is ridiculous. Hell, I've seen people saying ND would have been in the last Clemson game had Julian Love, a 2nd round pick cornerback, not gotten hurt. It's not a no win scenario however. A win is still a win and a win makes it much more likely that ND will be in the ACC championship game and without being in the ACC championship game there is zero chance ND makes the playoffs. A loss doesn't knock them out of the ACC championship or the playoffs, but it lessens the chances of both. Now I think if ND wins it will be a lower scoring game than if ND loses. In the event of an ND loss I'd say something like 38-17 Clemson. But **** picking ND to lose, so I'm gonna go 27-24 ND!
  16. I think both are an important barometer of the program. Kelly beat MSU is 2013 who ended up finishing 3rd I believe, but at the time of the game I believe MSU was unranked which made the game feel like not a big deal. That is a benefit to Kelly who seems to often have teams come out tight or flat in big games. While ranking at the time of the game may not be an accurate judge of how good a team actually is, it's usually a good barometer of how the game is looked at by fans, the media and the teams themselves.
  17. My dad just retired at 56 just over a year ago and bought an airstream and that's exactly what him and my mom have been doing since. They both grew up and have mostly lived their whole lives in the midwest, so spending months in North Carolina, Florida and now Arizona has been great for them.
  18. I'd assume this happens more often than we hear about, because what coach would want to come out and say "Yep our signals were so easier to decode they knew what we were running every play!" You also don't want to brag about being good at stealing signals because then teams will know they need to do a better job. Here's an example from this year of Saban saying Kiffin knew their signals. As a guy who thinks Kelly sounds like a moron a lot of the time during press conferences, I really liked his answer. We know about, we need to be cognizant of it and we need to put our players in a position to execute without the other team knowing the plays before hand. edit: Here's another article about how common it is
  19. I'm not sure if you listen to any of Mike Frank's Irish Sports Daily podcasts, but he seems to believe that when ND teams have been better recently it's been in large part to the players having some strong leaders amongst themselves. I think he leans too far into rah rah leadership being super important, but ND sure showed up against Michigan in 2018 and Oklahoma in 2012 and both of those were teams led by guys that we think of as strong leaders. Kelly seems to attempt to make everything very business like so as to not make the team nervous, which in turn makes the team come out flat or even MORE nervous than they would be. I think it's a terrible strategy in college football, but it doesn't mean as much when you have guys like Manti/Zach Martin in 2012 or Quentin Nelson/McGlinchey/Gilman in 2018 who can get the team going in spite of Kelly's business like approach. Now I'm not sure we know enough about this team to know which type of team this is, the 2012/2018 team or the teams that have seemingly never shown up in big games. Edit: thanks for the press notes faith!
  20. I agree Kelly should ask, but only if he plans on ACTUALLY have a QB battle in the spring/early fall. If the plan is just to go with Book regardless then I’d rather move on.
  21. I do not think book is a good college quarterback. I also don’t know how much of it is his fault. Chip Longs bullshit grab bag offense didn’t do any QB zany favors and Rees is very unproven. Would Trevor Lawrence make ND better? Of course! I don’t think Trevor Lawrence would have looked like Trevor Lawrence if he was coached by Long then Rees with some Kelly mixed in.
  22. Isn’t that the exact type of sentiment all of the boards had had as well? And for good reason.
  23. I’d actually argue we have no idea the reward, because we don’t know what the end of the season playoff picture is going to look like. At this point the big 10 will have played 3 games less than ND, if everything goes according to plan. If playoffs are the goal keeping that 3 game gap may be important, we don’t know.
  24. For such a tough guy who has talked about how much you bench and called people on this board cucks, you sure don’t embody “what though the odds” yourself do you?
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