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  1. 1. ND has two lousy offensive tackles. This limits the passing game to short passes in regular sets, or keeping a tight end or two and having Coan throw in very tight spaces. Our offense will be limited all year due to this tackle problem. 2. ND spent most of the day on defense in 4 man fronts and played more zone in the secondary with favorable results. Even with this adjustment, we will struggle with faster offenses with a better QB due to average speed (with the exception of Hamilton) in the linebacker corps and secondary. 3. After some game tape on Buchner, Purdue contained him better than Toledo. I hope they’re holding back his downfield passing ability for the upcoming better opponents, instead of seeing it as a liability. 4. Coan must pass better and our wide receivers must catch the ball better in the upcoming games. Due to our protection problems, when Coan does get a shot we must take advantage of it. He struggles with accuracy when he has to step up in the pocket more and, when he doesn’t have to step up much and throws either a perfect pass (Braden Lenzy ) or a good enough pass (Austin) the opportunity has to be seized. 5. Kyren Williams is the heart of this team. That TD run to seal the game was all willpower. Kris Tyree has a bit more talent and will be a superstar if he develops Williams’ willpower. That being said they are two very complimentary weapons
  2. I’ll be looking at defensive intensity and tackling, how Purdue defends Buchner, and like you looking for improvement/adjustments with the o-line.
  3. This is going to be an interesting week. Usually the most progress is made from weeks 1-2, but an away game and a short week may have limited the available work. So, how we look this weekend will tell us a lot. If the same problems are there, it’s not going to be a good sign. And even with that Purdue is the 3rd straight not near elite program. ND is committed to a two QB rotation. So, it’s going to be interesting to see how that works out this weekend and going forward to solve the offenses problem. The D has another week to show that Freeman’s scheme can work with the available talent. One crucial change needs to be limiting big plays. We’ll see.
  4. I agree with your overall points. A few elaborations related to your thoughts. 1. I can’t be sure if it’s a Coan issue or a Rees issue. There were a number of times Coan could have kept the ball and run for decent yardage, but when Rees was QB he never kept the ball and ran. So, I don’t know if with Coan they’ve reverted to what Rees did when he was QB, or if Coan has the green light and he’s not keeping and running. Both QB’s should be able to execute the read option imo. 3. I agree that running backs are getting to the second level very quickly when we run a 3 man front. It’s not working. If they keep it, both the down linemen and the linebackers better execute better. Here again, you’re spending practice time teaching different techniques. It’s stupid in a limited practice time situation imo. I wish they’d scrap it till (hopefully) they have the speed to create chaos.
  5. It felt like 2013 Tommy Rees football yesterday, with Coan never keeping on what looks like read options but aren’t. Consequently, the running backs get run down by backside pursuit, just like they did when Rees was QB
  6. 1. The O-line can’t run block. This is what is forcing ND to go out of the offense they want to run with Coan and turn to a rollout rpo offense with Buchner. 2. Notre Dame does not have the talent to play as much man coverage that Freeman wants to run 3. Putting Foskey off the line is dumb. It puts so much on his plate when he should be focused on terrorizing QB’s as a down lineman. 4. We really miss Owusu-Koramoah. None of the linebackers have near his talent, which is one of the reasons why we’re giving up so many long runs. 5. I don’t know how this coaching staff is going to fix this. This is a rebuilding year imo. Hopefully, Freeman can keep the recruiting class and bring in more elite talent. I’m not impressed with his more complicated scheme.
  7. I’ll tell you one aspect of why the south end zone was half full, if that. The south end zone was a place where season tickets were passed down through middle class South Bend families from Rockne into the 2000’s. Then, Notre Dame demanded what was essentially a one time seat license to those families, which they couldn’t afford. So, the most loyal fans ND had were gone. They felt betrayed by ND and those empty seats are on Notre Dame.
  8. For fucks sake. This is a mediocre football team. Somewhere along the line we’re going to get beat like the dog we are. It’s inevitable.
  9. ND didn’t reload. They are rebuilding. This is not a reload program. It is what it is.
  10. I watched the kid live. He was faster than Toledo’s linebackers, but those 15 yard runs would be 3 against better competition. He’s got a long way to go from a physical development standpoint, but will eventually get there. He does not have a particularly strong arm. He’s a quicker version of Book. It’s a pity that the O-line sucks so bad. Coan has a big arm, but it won’t matter since we can’t run with him under center.
  11. I listened to his postgame press conference on the way home from the game. I kept waiting for him to say, “It’s hard to win in college football “. Lol
  12. Think about it. We’ve got crony Quinn and crony Rees. Who is gonna kick ass? Nobody. I went to this shit fest today. It felt a lot like the Davie era.
  13. DJ Brown was playing SS on the long early FSU touchdown run. He was very slow to come up and fill the gap, which makes me wonder if the linebacker Simon had that responsibility. Either way, a safety has got to make that tackle as a last resort .
  14. When I heard that his scheme was simplistic and designed to let players make plays I knew there’d be growing pains. Seems like they’re gambling that eventually they’ll get enough quality athletes to dominate. As it is, they don’t and it was evident last night.
  15. I’m I found this an interesting read. Looks like they picked Mertz’s potential vs. Coan’s performance. Looking forward to seeing how he performs Sunday night. Badger Writer Opines About Coan
  16. In comparing Coan to Book, Eric Hansen wrote “I'm not sure there's a big difference in arm strength between, say, Jack Coan and Ian Book, but Jack seems much more comfortable looking for those routes and letting it fly in the practices we've seen.” I never thought Book had much arm strength for the long ball and was hoping Coan had more. We’ll see if Hansen’s assessment of their relative arm strength is accurate.
  17. From what I’ve been reading in the SBT it feels like (a) they are very confident that the WR corps is excellent and (b) that Rees is going to take advantage of that by throwing the ball more. Seems counterintuitive to having 4 new starters on the OL and two very good running backs, but we’ll see. Always have to take preseason with a grain of salt.
  18. I think this works if a QB has one exceptional trait, like an extremely fast Qb. I don’t think Buchner is like that and it would be destructive for Coan to take him out after he’s led the team down the field. If Buchner can’t beat out Coan, he should get garbage minutes till he’s ready to be the starter.
  19. I’m just thankful I didn’t have to waste $1,200.00 for this years season tickets. The fact that Bret hasn’t been fired is a big “**** you” to the fans. This program isn’t going anywhere.
  20. I presume ND thought Ivey’s coaching learning curve would be counteracted by her reputation as being a great recruiter. She just lost the #3 recruit from her own back yard-Ft. Wayne- to UCONN. But you have to ask the question: Who would you rather play for, a coach in her 2nd year still learning to a head coach, or a proven legend? ND took a huge risk with Ivey. I hope it works out.
  21. The thing that strikes me is how bare McGraw left the cupboard. She had a roster full of elite talent, all who are in the WNBA with Arike Scoring Champion , and there’s nobody in the senior or junior classes who are going to be drafted. I could speculate, as ND has a habit of pulling the plug on successful coaches recruiting (see Lou Holtz/Frank Leahy/Digger Phelps) , but it’s also possible Muffet staked everything on her last two teams and did not spend enough time recruiting. Secondly, the first person to be fired is the S&C coach. Look at the difference in Kelly’s teams conditioning after he fired Longo and hired Ballis. Night and day.
  22. Just watched ND get destroyed by Louisville. Ivey needs to get much tougher with her players. The difference in toughness between Walz and how he coached his players vs Ivey was huge. They out hustled ND all game long. Ivey also has to get on the refs. ND got a ton of lousy calls, which Ivey should have been all over the refs. Miles is already the most important player. If she develops a reliable outside shot she’s going to be a superstar. Brunelle can’t defend post players. She needs to lose 20 lbs and be a perimeter player. That said, at least she can score consistently. With the proper S&C and development she could be much better in the next two years. Not impressed at all by People’s. She can’t shoot. She’s a garbage points player. Trouble is, she can’t shoot free throws. Westbeld will get better, but she’s not ready to play with premier post players. She needs to get stronger and quicker. She’s only a fresh. So, it’s up to Ivey to bring out her talent. Walker is a good athlete with poor basketball skills. She’s not going anywhere professionally. Gilbert is simply not athletic enough. She’s a 2nd tier player. Mabrey is too streaky to be a full time starter if ND is going to be elite Citron better have Miles type potential if ND wants to sniff the Elite 8 Overall, McGraw had a lot of recruiting misses during a period when ND should have really loaded up on talent. Ivey has got to get some superstars and coach her players harder. If she doesn’t, it could be a long time before ND is relevant again.
  23. There’s no way she’d be carrying all that weight at UCONN. In shape or not, whatever they’re doing with her nutritionally is wrong.
  24. Syracuse tied the game with 5:13 and had 8 offensive rebounds from that time till the end of the game, compared to none for Notre Dame. That’s hustle and strength and conditioning. This is why ND keeps collapsing. The other teams are in better shape.
  25. Loaded with talent? This is a bubble team with bubble talent.
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