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  1. I am a 4-3 fan and always have been...Steel Curtain, Doomsday D, '85 Bears (their base alignment was a 4-3 and they shifted into the 46 with Dent and the OLBs Wilson and Marshall creating a hybrid 6-2 look with Singletary in the middle and Duerson or Bell in the box from the SS spot)... I have always felt that the 4-3 was better overall and the 3-4 front was better to mask deficiencies or weaknesses through more exotic blitz packages. In college, at ND's level, we should have a decided advantage (physical, not schematic!) on the lines, but to survive and thrive in a 3-4 base, you MUST ha
  2. All I can add to this discussion is that in big games, against top defenses Book stank more often than not. The outlier in his career was Clemson @ ND 4th quarter drive and OTs - much of which was outside his other disasters (Clemson in ACC title game, Bama in CFP, Georgia game). His lack of field vision did seem most acute between the hashes and there were many times this season that he missed wide open seam routes to TEs. The other thing Book did that drove me nuts was the hesitation when he was clearly confused by the defense post snap. He lacked belief in his reads and his arm and h
  3. In the playoff era (since 2014), there have been exactly 4 teams/schools to win titles...Alabama (2, with a likely third this year), Clemson (2), LSU (1) and tOSU (1, with a small chance to make it 2). That's it. Only one other team (besides ND, and the 'big three') has even PLAYED in multiple CFPs...that's Oklahoma with 4 appearances (and the same number of wins as ND - ZERO). We have more appearances than LSU, UGa, MSU, UW, FSU and Oregon. We have learned that despite a lack of championship wins, Notre Dame is in the midst of a run near the top of College Football. We SHOU
  4. Ruling from the judges? Lou played way more difficult schedules, not even close really.
  5. 2 wins against Clemson is a minimum requirement to get a title this year I fear... That 2nd win would either be in Charlotte -taking the ACC title and in the process setting up the playoff field as tOSU, Bama and UF/TAMU with ND... Or that 2nd win might need to come in the playoff title game if we lose in Charlotte, setting up something rarely if EVER seen in CFB...a rubber match... I can easily see a scenario where we would need to beat tOSU/Bama in a semi and then face Clemson for a 3rd time in the final...
  6. The entire bowl system is beyond its sell by date... Playoff expansion to 8 teams is coming eventually. When it does, the bowls should be freed of all contracts and instead be seeded by the committee (or a select sub-committee) to generate the best regional, national and TV/gate matches. AS it is now, who really cares if we play in the Camping Bowl in the same stadium as the Citrus Bowl but on the 28th instead of January 1? New Year's Day games once meant something when there were basically 5 of them - Rose, Cotton, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange. There are now so many bowl games with so
  7. I will chime in only on the "10-win season" streak aspect... There are 14 possible games in a Notre Dame season - 12 regular season, 1 semi-final and 1-playoff championship game. This has been the measurement of the last 5 years, other Power 5 schools can play 15 now - which REALLY should put 10 wins in a different box...that is like a historical average BELOW the school's historical totals.... 2019: 10-2, no playoff, max games 13, max wins 13, achieved 10 (maybe 11) Embarrassment game: Michigan 45-14 Other loss by 6 to UGa... 2018: 12-1, playoff semifinal destruction, max wins 1
  8. Brian Kelly took 12 seasons at GVSU to win a title. He hardly built things overnight there... He won no championships anywhere else (although Chuck Martin did quite well after Kelly at GVSU)... Kelly is going to be the all-time leader in wins at Notre Dame. Let that sink in and mull it over to understand just why the program is where it is now and is never coming back from that level...Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Devine, Holtz...all will be listed BELOW Brian Kelly in the annals of wins as Notre Dame Head Coach....of course he will be way lower on win %, but the first thing people look
  9. Two observations... 1) Dumbest. Fake. EVER. 2) At least we only gave up 30 to Clemson...
  10. Urban Meyer at Notre Dame could have been the first time a coach died on live TV from having a stroke during a game. He was 90-8 at tOSU and STILL doubled over in pain and on one-knee in 2018 at that place with THAT record...at ND he might have been the same as Ara or even Leahy; but with far worse medical condition, and more likely 10x the stress that even Frank Leahy felt due to the invasiveness of modern press coverage alone. Meyer probably saved his own life by choosing to go to UF and then tOSU and never coaching at ND...
  11. Dabo @ ND would have been fired after 5 years and a mediocre, Weis-like record (35-27) or Daviesque (34-25). Saban @ ND would have been on par with his results at Michigan State, solid, but unspectacular...also a very close to Weis-level record (Saban at MSU was 34-24-1...shockingly close to Davie or Weis in the final analysis...) Meyer @ ND would have died of a stroke on the field or at practice in his third or fourth year. The bottom line is this - ND still can and has had 'special' regular seasons (2012, 2018) but they lack the ability to maintain any kind of success in post-season
  12. All I know is that I was screaming at my TV for someone, ANYONE, to rotate over to the slot WR on the 2nd of the 3 second quarter TD bombs...I could see it from my seat that there was one-on-one coverage and a HUGE disadvantage for the Irish...why could no one on the defensive staff see the same thing? I knew before the snap (and told my boy who was watching the game with me) that we were beat on the seam route and it was likely a TD. I took no joy at all in being right about it, just shocked that the staff was unprepared for that to such a degree. Maybe Jullian Love being hurt and held o
  13. Kelly at GVSU....took him 12 YEARS to win a playoff game...he made it and lost 4 times before getting it "right" and winning titles in his last 2 years there... Kelly at Cincy...his 2008 team went 11-2 and got beat in the Orange Bowl...his undefeated 2009 team got waxed in the Sugar Bowl (granted he did not coach in that game, but realistically it would have made ZERO difference as Florida was clearly better)... Kelly at ND...has lost every major game against top competition...after 9 years we are apparently no closer to competing in elite level games than we were 6 years ago...lost to A
  14. If nothing else (tongue in cheek firmly), at least Brian Kelly has seemingly learned to NOT go for 2 too early in games (see Clemson, NW for examples of past foolishness...) 2014 FSU 2015 Clemson 2017 Georgia All close losses...but still losses...it is time to break through and play with AND beat the big boys in a late season / post-season match-up. 12 hours from now I will either be rage drinking into numbness or party drinking into same...happy drunk is so much better...
  15. Irish 31 Tigers 17 Notre Dame uses a strong passing game to loosen up the Clemson D-line, getting off to a hot start and a first half lead of 17-7 at the half...A one score game late in the fourth, ND 24 Clemson 17, turns to a 14 pt statement win with a late sack, fumble, scoop and score from Okwara. Notre Dame seeks redemption against Alabama in the 'ship!!! (*or we get bit by the stupidity bug, turn the ball over and get nothing on the ground while being boat-raced out of the tourney...which is what most people expect...I feel this team is really a better whole than the sum of
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