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Everything posted by Frankus

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Oklahoma, a comparable team talent wise, rushed for 189 yards. Still couldn’t stop us? They completely shut down our passing game, as we stubbornly and stupidly chucked and chucked at a fast tempo no less, hanging our D out to dry. Gundy didn’t panic, stuck with his O when it didn’t initially work, and schooled our rookie coaches. Hopefully Rees/Freeman will learn from this.
  10. Sadly, Tommy thought Coan could be the mad bomber, even though this wasn’t his role all season long. Did you notice how Gundy didn’t panic even though his offense was stymied for most of the first half. He stayed with what got him there like a guy whose been to the rodeo before.
  11. Who cares if it worked for one half? Coan was not physically capable to throwing the ball accurately 68 times.
  12. Nonsense. Rees didn’t give it a chance. He made a rookie mistake and got burned. Somehow, incredibly, he expected Coan to carry the entire load. It was a stupid, short cited rookie mistake
  13. Freeman better get control of Rees. Today was proof positive that putting the entire game on the shoulders of a QB - and chucking it 60+ times- may feed a young, inexperienced offensive coordinators ego, but it’s disastrous for your football team. Abandoning the run so easy was a huge rookie mistake.
  14. Cool isn’t going to make us Alabama, who may have great facilities, but has an old school uniform that they never -unlike the cool teams-deviate from. Putting players in the NFL is what matters. If Freeman can overcome the academic filtering and school oriented ND student athlete model to bring in loads of NFL bound talent, he’ll be a miracle worker.
  15. The reason there’s an SEC bias is because every year they have 2-3 teams that are so much more physically dominant than any other team. Watching Alabama and Georgia vs Cincinnati and Michigan was watching men dominate boys. That happens when you have no academic restrictions, or academic requirements. They are semi pro teams and exist because NFL money is so big that the best players are taking the gamble that going to Alabama/Georgia/LSU and being a de facto semi pro player will pan out. Their state (and regional) pride rests on their football success and they will spare no expense to keep it going.
  16. It’s time for Mike Brey to step down or be fired. After today’s loss to IU they are 1-5 in games that matter and are looking at another non tournament year.
  17. No it’s not. If ranking always equaled talent Gunner Kiel wouldn’t be selling cars.
  18. I didn’t say anything about ranking. I’m talking about talent evaluation.
  19. As we all know, out offense has been serviceable against our season opponents, but has been shut down in the playoffs. So, to compete we have to get better. Some people want to blame it on Kelly’s offense, but our problems go beyond that. So, given the need for improvement, here’s areas I think we need to work on/improve. Thoughts? QB Recruiting We need to sign the Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields et al. Every year. These are guys who can beat you deep and beat you with your legs. We haven’t had that guy and he’s not on the roster. We need someone in the portal and every year bringing in a big fish. We have to convince these Qb’s that our offense is going from plodding Tight End U to dynamic NFL U. We’ll always get great Tight Ends. We need to stretch the field. QB Coach We need a guy dedicated to the position, not Tommy Rees doing two jobs. Let Rees game plan. The QB coach can work on mechanics, reading defenses etc. Elite Speed Wide Receivers Though we have upped our game (Chase Claypool etc) we still don’t have elite game speed receivers who can consistently catch the ball. Tight End U and lots of possession receivers isn’t going to get it done. We need elite speed guys. New O-line coach We have had lots of elite O-lineman, but haven’t dominated like we should. Quinn was Kelly’s good old boy and it showed Bring in someone great to take us to the next level Keep up the RB recruiting With an elite Qb and wide receivers, we could have won a NC with Kyren, Chris T and Diggs We’ve got Chris T, Diggs and Estime We’re good there Keep it going
  20. I like this because after 12 years of investing in T bills we’re now doing some high stakes gambling, with a hard working, likable guy. If it doesn’t work out, I believe our talent will be upgraded for the next guy. I think Fickell without Freeman would be Kelly 2.0.
  21. I’m hearing that after Kelly broke Rockne’s record he went to Swarbrick and wanted a raise. Swarbrick went to the big donors and they refused. So, Kelly, believing he should be rewarded for his accomplishment, and believing the only thing holding him back from the ultimate prize of a blank check and unrestricted recruiting, bolted. The only way ND has a chance to win it all again is with a once in a generation recruiter. If I’m Swarbrick I hire Freeman and Fickell, or some other coach with head coaching experience. If Freeman balks I’d hire Freeman and roll the dice that he can develop into a head coach with the ability to keep bringing in Top 5 recruiting classes. If I was a betting man, knowing ND won’t pay both Freeman and Fickell, my bet would be on Freeman. I listened to Zorich’s podcast and there was a lot of support for Freeman. The players will also want him. Swarbrick wil go against the tide if he brings in a head coach and loses Freeman.
  22. I’m not just talking about Fickell. I’m talking about keeping Freeman, who is going to be offered head coaching money somewhere soon. And someone may give him elite DC money as well. It doesn’t surprise me that Swarbrick admitted he knew Kelly may leave, but did nothing to prepare for his replacement. If recruiting suffers due to a prolonged search , it’s on him.
  23. Then Fickell will be the next coach to leave for greener pastures as Notre Dame cements itself as a stepping stone program.
  24. I think Fickell as HC with Freeman staying is the best scenario. They are very close personally and give ND the combination of a head coach with experience and a dynamic recruiting defensive coordinator. ND needs to back up the Brinks Truck and pay top dollar. It’s going to be interesting to see if they do. They could just as likely go for the low dollar option of Fitzgerald. ND is squeamish about college football becoming a money grubbing cash grab. They may decide to back away and decide not to participate with the big boys. Fitzgerald gives them that option.
  25. NDNation is filled with unhappy, deluded fools. They pang for a world- and a Notre Dame that no longer exists. They thrive on their disdain that time has changed Notre Dame They will hate the new hire just as they hated Kelly. Ultimately, they hate the new Notre Dame. Meanwhile, Notre Dame views them as dinosaurs. In the new world of perpetually unhappy and angry football forums, NDNation is exhibit A of irrational, frustrated middle aged male angst. They thrive on their powerless unhappiness
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