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  1. Great info as always Jersey - thanks - our St. Peter's Prep defenders contributed some good play this year - hats off to the Marauders. Ex-Bergen County
  2. zemaniak, you nailed it. This is just what has bothered me about Kelly's offense (and it is HIS offense - read ego) since he got here. He has to be the brightest guy in the room (cute plays) and is incredibly stubborn (define insanity). As a result is normally out coached, wastes talent, and is schooled by better coaches (Saban, Meyer, Sweeney). That said, he has done great things for the program, and is a major upgrade from the 1997 - 2009 circus.
  3. Out Freaking-Standing, Rocket. Thanks for the great laugh & Merry Christmas.
  4. Agreed, it is a dumpster fire & probably will always be - being in the $EC exacerbates that. The key is how to measure 'success'. If he can improve them, as Franklin did, while learning the HC chops in a low downside situation... then that is a success. If he can do that, and we know his skill & character first hand, he is a very real 2024 candidate. It is the path that Kelly navigated and Fleck is attempting to travel. Look at the Ara, Saban, and Meyer career stops. not everyone was unicorns and rainbows, but each contributed to their long term success. I would say that Fleck's move
  5. Once quoted, "I can't wait until tomorrow, because I get better looking every day." RIP #5
  6. ND just out lasted the #1 team in the country, which has consistently been one of the top 2 programs over the last 5+ years. For an emphatic punctuation they owned the 2nd overtime. Since Lou the team would have run out of gas. Some of it is greater recruiting depth, and better assistant coaches, but full honor and credit due to Coach Balis and his staff.
  7. Great "catch" / comparison, Brian - on the money as usual.
  8. Elder, 100%. Somehow his return to NC has them playing at a high level. It may be better assistant coaches, better recruiting... I think the shift from Fedora (almost anyone would have been an improvement) is a major factor, and will wear off as the season progresses. Going back 10 years, Mack has not kept up. Texas tanked before they eased him out because he was resting on his oars, and that will occur again in Chapel Hill. The telling incident was his visit to Saban at Alabama, where the weight room dumbfounded him - his comment was, something like, "I didn't know all this stuff was availa
  9. Brian, With all the good that you have done, you will never have anything for which to apologize. You exemplify the "Old School" Notre Dame, and for geezers like me that is very re-enforcing. Thank You!
  10. Good question. lame kitten? Terry Brennan?
  11. Cory had an excellent coaching tree analysis that spoke to the results of CBK's comfort picks. It is scary, and unfortunately I agree with it and the comments. Looking, let's say, 11 months ahead, it took 2 great LSU O. C.s a quarter and a half (and a critical targeting disqualification of Skalski when Clemson was only 3 points behind in the 3rd quarter) to crack Venable's defense....Coach Rees against that? Not a good omen for the program.
  12. 3 different ND groupings (some overlap) HH had a major hand in developing and/or recruiting all three - and this with Mike McG and Nick Martin lurking 'behind' these fellows - who deserve congratulations. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ENYZYZAWwAEXI9B.jpg
  13. To me, if a QB isn’t accurate, he’s not worth a damn. Agreed - Bill Walsh said that (far and away) the most important thing in judging / picking a QB was accuracy... think Montana and Young - from memory, neither was a blazer, but their scalpel like accuracy won. Good point on the Cincy QBs as well.
  14. The direct conclusion that most will jump too is Hiestand to OL and Quinn to TE's BUT I'm not sure Kelly wants to go back to the future. I only can hope that he does. He talks about firing a guy in his wedding, so a ding to Quinn (=> TEs) would put CBK's $ where his mouth is. Quinn may be adequate and comfortable, but he isn't much more than 60% of Harry (who, BTW, turned out to be a HELL of a recruiter). No tears for Jeff, CBK took good care of him since he flamed out in Buffalo, and the talent (much of which HH recruited) counterbalanced the adequate coaching and kept the OL f
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