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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
  16. I only recently was able to watch portions of the BCS nightmare again this year...and it was as bad as I remembered it, but two players really stuck out as being way, way, way off them performance in all the other games that team played...Te'o (obviously he was off but he missed more tackles and took more bad angles in the first half than he had all season) and Zeke Motta (who was a step behind on nearly EVERY play he was involved in during that first half throttling we took). No one on the defense played fast that night, and we had some serious talent on the field too. It was such an unch
  17. Common Opponents does not portend a Clemson blow-out win... Pitt - ND (19-14 win) struggled here, Clemson routed the Panthers (42-10) FSU - both teams blew out the Seminoles, but Clemson scored more garbage points - in reality, FSU was beaten soundly by both teams in this game and there is nothing more to gleam from it other than a clear indication that FSU was NOT even close to historical level of play this year....they were the de facto 2016 Irish...god awful! Wake Forest - both teams blew out the Demon Deacons, but Clemson again added garbage time points for a more thorough blow ou
  18. Given Meyer's current physical appearance, admitted health scares and issues and spott morals over the past 2 coaching stops (UF and tOSU) there is simply no chance in hell he ever coaches at ND. Throw in the fact that Brian Kelly has a chance in this year's playoff to cement his status and standing at ND for at least the next 2 years with a semifinal win and at least 5 years with a title, and there is little chance we would see a late-50's Urban Meyer come out of retirement to coach at ND, even if he was wanted. On a very real note though, if he could not take the stress at Florida and Oh
  19. Alabama (5 of 5) Clemson (4 of 5) Oklahoma (3 of 5) Ohio State (2 of 5) That's it, the entire list of teams that have appeared in more than one CFB playoff. Of the remaining 6 teams to even MAKE a playoff game, only 2 have won one game - Oregon over FSU and Georgia over Oklahoma. FSU, MSU, and Washington are all 0-1, one and dones... Speaking of the Sooners...and this is for some of my fellow "hold me I'm Irish" fans...they have now made 3 of the 5 playoffs and they sport a shiny 0-2 record thus far, with much of the civilized world convinced that they are going to be boat-raced to
  20. The 2015 game at Clemson gives some reason for hope...THAT was a national championship game team for Clemson that came very close to beating Alabama. We trailed them 21-3 into the 4th quarter and nearly came all the way back to force OT before falling 24-22 on a failed 2-pt conversion with 0:05 left. That Clemson D was also dominating and had major talent everywhere and their QB was a hot-shot Sophomore, Deshaun Watson. Our lads spent most of the game trying to shoot themselves in the foot with turnovers; but in the end, Kiser was able to hit RBs and crossing routes to move the ball effec
  21. No, they do not. Why? 2012 - Alabama 42-14 2015 - Ohio State 44-24 They should though... Why? 2015 - Clemson 24-22 loss, but down to the final minute 2017 - Georgia 20-19 loss, but down to the final minute again... 2018 - LSU bowl game win and unbeaten regular season I prefer teams to remain convinced that Notre Dame is an easy post-season mark. This year's team is different. They led almost every game from start to finish and even at SC, where so many times in the past things got out of control for great teams and great coaches, they answered the biggest deficit of the ye
  22. I believe Book's injury was something a bit more serious than "upper body / rib". He was missing throws in NY and LA that he was hitting earlier, and the ball seemed to be coming out differently too...just looked "odd"... Hopefully some serious rehab and rest can get him back to closer to normal for the playoff. 1) Rest Book and get OL healthier... 2) Develop game plan to use more misdirection runs to take advantage of aggressive fronts like Clemson or Alabama will bring. 3) Study the adjustments that helped to shut down USC's passing after the 10-0 lead was had...he had scheme
  23. There are a lot of unique aspects to Brian Kelly's record... 2012, officially never happened...we went 0-0 and Kelly's career record does not have those wins attached to it, although for those of us watching them in real time, they sure SEEMED real enough... However, he is one of only 2 Notre Dame Head Coaches (alongside Lou in 1988, because the 12th win in '89 was the bowl game and in '93 we only played 12 games total) to actually achieve a 12-0 start (or finish) for a season...and he has done it in actuality twice, if only once in official record. Throw in his 2009 Cincy team and he as
  24. Notre Dame seasons to start 12-0: 1988 2012 2018 1989 finished 12-1 but the 12th was the Cotton Bowl over Texas A&M. That is the entire list. Brain Kelly is responsible for 67% of them. That is not nothing...of course, another way to look at it is that the 2012 season was 0-0 and Kelly owns 1/2 of the 12-0 starts in school history. Either way, he resurrected the program from th 4-8 ash heap and may get a second bite at the Alabama apple to boot. The program has been part of the national conversation in 4 of the past 5 years for good things and was roundly mocked for rock
  25. Monday, January 7, 2013 42-14 there is only ONE way this stain is EVER removed....beating Alabama on the field...until then it is the perfect cudgel for the lazy media to use to color ND's program and teams. Until we beat 'Bama, this night keeps playing like a record album stuck on a scratch... Saturday, October 3, 2015 24-22 This is why ND fans believe we can play with and beat Clemson. We nearly came back to tie them in a game we trailed 21-3 and were being mauled in... Saturday, September 9, 2017 20-19 This loss to UGa gave us a ton of mileage in '17 until we shat the bed in M
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