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  1. From what I’ve seen, the only skill position guys with NFL potential are Mayer and Tyree. With Davis now out, Rees is going to have to figure out how to score points.
  2. Buchner has got to stay healthy and not turn the ball over. With our lack of depth at WR, I expect to see Tyree a lot in the slot as well as RB. Opening at Ohio State is a huge challenge for Buchner. You can try to prepare, but it’s going to be a major learning experience.
  3. What made it sweeter was how cocky and chippy Tennessee was. This is a dangerous team.
  4. Perhaps it was poor technique and fundamentals based on poor coaching, but Correl was consistently overmatched last year. I was interested to see this. If true, hopefully Hiestand has fixed his problems.
  5. My family has had season tickets since 1968. This basketball program is going nowhere. The fact that Brey still has a job says all you need to know about how much ND cares about basketball. They are just fine with mediocrity.
  6. I was at the Duke game. Beyond the fact that Duke has taller and quicker athletes, the physical development between Duke and us was mind boggling. Nate L has hardly developed in 5 years. I hope if/when Brey leaves the new coach brings in a S&C coach. If we’re going to be a program that relies on players staying four years, they must get stronger and more explosive physically. I couldn’t help thinking during the game that if I was Blake Wesley’s advisor, I’d have him transfer somewhere that will develop him physically better than Brey will.
  7. It is impressive, but after watching a lot of games live-after watching Duke at home - there’s a huge gap between Duke and everyone else. This is a relatively down year for the ACC. We may make the tourney, but we’re not going anywhere. It’s time for Brey to go, but unfortunately I suspect it will be on his timeframe and terms.
  8. I’m really looking forward to seeing the style of QB Freeman picks. I would prefer Ohio State-like QB’s who are athletic, but also have big arms.
  9. In the old days, access to campus was easy, particularly in the summer. So as a kid I saw football players from the 70’s all the time. Ross Browner was truly a man among boys. I’d met Leon Hart, who was a friend of my dad, but even Leon -who was taller- seemed small compared to Ross who was a massive guy. Quick as hell for his size too.
  10. My biggest concern if I was Freeman is USC every year. Kelly benefited from a historically bad USC. If Riley bring them back and beats Freeman every year, despite the watered down schedules Swarbrick will try to manage, he’s not going to have the leeway Kelly got
  11. You’re forgetting who Smart, Day and Riley added to their coaching staff to help them in areas where they didn’t have experience. I saw this (below) on NDnation and think it’s relevant to this discussion. I’ll be watching Freeman’s hires closely. He needs to bring in some really qualified and experienced coaches. Kirby Smart, UGA (DC background, 2016) - Hired Jim Chaney (21 years running offenses in college and NFL) and James Coley (7 years running offenses at 3 stops, including 6 at Miami and FSU) as co-OCs Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma (OC background, 2017) - Kept Mike Stoops (8 years running defenses + 8 years as P5 head coach) as DC Ryan Day, Ohio State (OC background, 2019) - Hired Greg Mattison (18 years running defenses in college and NFL) as DC Dave Aranda, Baylor (DC background, 2020) - Hired Larry Fedora (7 years running offenses + 11 years as college head coach) as OC ….and that doesn’t even include the plethora of talented coaches that Saban has.
  12. I don’t think one data point (Iowa State) can override the fact that Kelly’s system- and Rees with Coan this year-often used a slow developing read option running attack where the QB never keeps. Rees either needs to change the run game, or all his QB’s need to be able to run.
  13. In fairness to Freeman, he’s never had to assess what’s happening on both sides of the ball. We can only hope that his work ethic overcomes his experience limitations. My belief is that Swarbrick made this move to the inexperienced Freeman because he gambled that recruiting was the missing piece to taking the next step. Everything hinges on Freeman navigating a steep learning curve, because recruits will ultimately gauge him on results. Being a players coach won’t help him if he gets tactically out coached like he did yesterday.
  14. Even when Rees was QB, that slow developing read option, where the QB never keeps, never worked against good teams. I’m no fan of Quinn, but the run scheme is also a big problem. Unfortunately, it’s all Rees knows. Looking forward, the run scheme-and QB recruiting- is something to watch.
  15. I’m not calling for Freeman or Rees’ job. If the offensive line is soft, it is in the realm of the OC to fix it. My concern is that Kelly’s offense is all that Rees really knows. Like when Rees was QB, Coan was never going to pull and keep on the slow developing read option run play that has always been stuffed by good defenses. Rees either needs to have a true threat QB, or scrap the only running game he knows. Freeman said in his PC that there’s a QB competition, if Pyne wins and ND is still running the read option that yields no QB runs, we’ll have our answer. If Buchner wins, he better be able to also pass consistently.
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