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  1. Just remember they were you and you were them not long ago. And that those roles are closer to reversing again than many people think.
  2. I don't think the realists here - and I consider myself one of them - simply excused this season by injuries and bad luck and it's highly disingenuous of you to insinuate we did. It was the the inexplicable roller-coaster ride of Everett Golson; injuries and BK's mistake of getting too giddy getting his new QB back and heaping everything on him while abandoning the run game and game plan of 2012. There is no controlling the injuries. Everett is mostly responsible for Everett. I think yesterday showed how BK is on the road to recovery in incorporating the run game back into the fold. What the realists reject is the notion this team quit on BK. I don't think that happened at all. I think it got caught in a vicious injury/bad QB/loss of confidence storm that can sometimes happen to a team from peewee football all the way to the NFL. What we saw yesterday was a team that was physically and emotionally recharged and fantastic QB play. And also benefited from a game plan I think will be the blueprint for 2015. The sky did not fall this year.
  3. It's really not that hard for a coach like Brian Kelly to find his way to the NFL, if that is his "goal" (which I disagree with) He doesn't need EG to get him there at this point. The NFL is well aware of him, if he ever decided to go that route. Brian Kelly's goal is to win a national championship and become a college football coaching legend. Like it or hate it, that is his agenda.
  4. When I stepped away a few steps from the season, the thing that stuck with me is the huge mistake Brian Kelly made thinking he had his prototyope QB and putting all his eggs in EG's basket. Brian's best bet, and I think today exemplified this, is by establishing a running game early (in the season and games) and operating off of that foundation. That was the plan in 2012 and it worked beautifully. And it can work even better with the even more talented team he has coming back in 2015.
  5. The problem is LSU's offense isn't terribly complicated with a very limited QB. Max is a physical freak, but he needs to align his head with his attributes. You are either an asset or a liability and with his talent and his importance in the position he plays relative to getting the back end organized and making the right individual run/pass read, he still has a long way to go. My problem with him is his instincts are non existent. Even today when they showed the coaches view from the opposite end zone he was making wrong reads. I hope the best for him. But he needs a big growth spurt this offseason.
  6. I was on the sideline at the USC game. I did not see a team that quit or didn't want to be there. I saw a whole bunch of kids who were physically and emotionally drained. I get it there are some "super heroes" here who have never been pushed to their limit or who think athletes are a bunch or robots or think they, as super heroes, report every day to their lives with the exact same passion and energy as they do every single day of their lives and therefore reject any notion that this team was physically and emotionally spent by the end of this regular season. Good for the super heroes among us. God bless them. For the rest of us mortals who are susceptible to life and circumstance and reality, we kind of understand limitations. Long story short, I saw a rejuvenated team that benefited emotionally and physically from a much-needed break.
  7. Really impressed with their insight and command of the ND situation. Agree to disagree
  8. Subjective. 1st down good run negated by a holding penalty. If Malik completes the hand off on 1st and 20 there was room to roam. When it got bungled and it went 2nd and 20+ you dial it back and be careful in a tied game. Trust your defense, don't do something dumb
  9. My bad brother. Just wanted to assure you I'm not "going" there.
  10. No and No. It's really hard to win every game in college football. Too much talent, too much good coaching and too many human emotional ups and downs to expect kids to be on point every week. I got laughed at by some people here when I observed upon watching from the sidelines against USC how Notre Dame looked like an emotionally and physically spent team. They had nothing in the tank emotionally in that game after the dlew of injuries and avalanche of emotionally draining losses. No one quit, I don't believe. There was just nothing to draw from in the tank. The four or so weeks off since then has emotionally and physically rejuvenated this team. This is a very talented club when healthy(and in today's case healthier) I don't see 13-0 next year, though.
  11. Fantastic. And the play calling is impeccable. Having a true running/passing threat like Malik opens everything up. Tempo is great. Command is fantastic.
  12. That's one way to keep the defense off the field Seriously, though, might want to squib kick it away from that dude
  13. ND had the right play, it was a read option that Malik read incorrectly. He'll learn. Loving what I am seeing from him and the dimension he adds
  14. From a poster who talks a bunch of -----but never articulates a plan. Your turn meat. Who is your choice to coach ND and why and how does ND go about getting your guy? So easy to throw rocks. Speak up and be heard on your solution.
  15. What's even worse is you have a crap load of time to marinate in your realism. Good luck with the brother.
  16. Jonathan is a GREAT kid. I really like this hire
  17. Are we sure that is his ND record against Stanford?
  18. And then Charlie and Notre Dame beat him at their place to end the season.
  19. There is a difference between scoring enough points to win games and constructing an offensive plan that consistently wins games. I think BK got too far away from the careful, ball-control plan he used in 2012 that leaned on a punishing run game and an experienced defense to help compensate for an inexperienced QB. As BK said, EG rode the bus to that championship game. That was by design. BK (wrongly) gave EG full-set of the bus keys this year, thinking he was capable of driving it with no restrictions. In doing so he abandoned the run game and took away a valuable asset for EG. That was an egregious coaching blunder, and it cost ND as the season went on as EG simply wasn't/isn't capable of shouldering that kind of burden and when it became obvious he wasn't, BK had no established run game to fall back on in support. It didn't just show up in EG and the offenseive play, it left a young and then soon to be depleted defense vulnerable time and time again. This is a big year for BK. He's been hit over the head with a big stick telling him you can't simply put it all in the hands of your QB. You're doing a disservice to EG, the offense and the defense when you do. Thing is, he has a beautiful blueprint from 2012 to look back on, and I think he will. I don't think he's going to go full monty on the 2012 game plan, but there is some definite middle ground he can find that balances things out between a successful pass game and a productive run game.
  20. Ladies and gentlemen, the winner. Fantastic job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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