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Tommy Rees has the opportunity of a lifetime this season, His first chance to respond to graduating a starting QB and offensive line.  He's had a QB and an offensive line hold over for his first season + extra bowl game as offensive coordinator. Like him or not he did not mess it up,   it being an ND  team and offense at its most experience.  Now he has has to build his own core.. Be the architect, the innovator. Show his spin on the BK offense, which we know Kelly will be close by, but we also know that Kelly doesn't spend much time around the call sheet anymore.

I'd love to hear the names Chris Tyree, Styles and Colzie called.

The easiest names to call will be Kyren Williams and Michael Mayer. However, if those names are called too much, defenses will tilt towards them 

Of course you all the veterans too. Slots(Davis/Keys) Veterans(its gotta be now) types in Austin and Lenzy. Then these QBs which I think its 60/40 Coan for game one starter and an Offensive line who has enough on paper to compete.

 

Somewhere there's an offense in there that takes ND back on a nice run.

 

Its Rees job to find that offense. The season hinges from a mediocre floor to a good to very good ceiling based on how well the offensive puzzle is solved.

 

 

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I’ve said it before. In my opinion the entire season rests on Rees. His ability, or lack thereof, to be innovative and optimize production from the players he has will make or beak the season.  
ND has talent all over the offense, with meaningful depth. While maybe lacking college game time experience in some areas, the talent is there. 
Tommy boy, it’s up to you. 

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As of right now I’m completely fine with the way he’s called games. It’s actually the style I prefer to win games. The only problem I saw was second half adjustments being made earlier and opening it up a little more. 
He had a mobile qb which I would of thought he would had ran more bootlegs, qb draws, play action etc. But I’m sure he didn’t want Book to get hurt with the limited qb playing time behind him. Which is for another topic that infuriates me. 
we had Kyren, Tyree, And the bowling ball whose name is slipping me name. Along with a talented and experienced offensive line I can see why he ran as much as he did. 
But his gameplan for the bowl game has got to be better. Well, maybe Bama was just too much. But right now, Rees gets a solid B+ in my book.  No pun intended. He now has to hit a homerun with Moore , and win a playoff game and all will be right in Domerville. 

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2 hours ago, coltssb said:

As of right now I’m completely fine with the way he’s called games. It’s actually the style I prefer to win games. The only problem I saw was second half adjustments being made earlier and opening it up a little more. 
He had a mobile qb which I would of thought he would had ran more bootlegs, qb draws, play action etc. But I’m sure he didn’t want Book to get hurt with the limited qb playing time behind him. Which is for another topic that infuriates me. 
we had Kyren, Tyree, And the bowling ball whose name is slipping me name. Along with a talented and experienced offensive line I can see why he ran as much as he did. 
But his gameplan for the bowl game has got to be better. Well, maybe Bama was just too much. But right now, Rees gets a solid B+ in my book.  No pun intended. He now has to hit a homerun with Moore , and win a playoff game and all will be right in Domerville. 

It was not just against Alabama. In both the ACC Championship Game and the CFP, the offense did not score more than 14 points. 

Kelly may not have the play sheet in front of him but his fingerprints are all over the offensive scheme and he is the one constant for an offense which has scored 14 or less points in four play-off games. Over the past several years, other CFP schools have made a conscience decision to field more explosive offenses and Kelly seems to playing catch-up.

IMO, Kelly needs to step away from the offense and let his OC (be it Rees or whoever) have a free rein with personnel and scheme like he has with the defense. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, jbrown_9999 said:

It was not just against Alabama. In both the ACC Championship Game and the CFP, the offense did not score more than 14 points. 

Kelly may not have the play sheet in front of him but his fingerprints are all over the offensive scheme and he is the one constant for an offense which has scored 14 or less points in four play-off games. Over the past several years, other CFP schools have made a conscience decision to field more explosive offenses and Kelly seems to playing catch-up.

IMO, Kelly needs to step away from the offense and let his OC (be it Rees or whoever) have a free rein with personnel and scheme like he has with the defense. 

 

 

 

I agree about Kelly fingerprint on the offense. But that’s sometimes the case with a head coach. But if he is still trying to push for long chunk plays, then yeah, get rid of him as a finger print. 
Rees also called a good game against Clemson the first time. I know they had three defensive starters out, but With ND’s recent history of big games, nobody gave them a chance. So kudos to that game. He’s really only called 13 games or so. Two bad games against Bama and Clemson and the rest were decent. I’m not on that firing just squad yet. 
I was mad when they hired him but am willing to see what can do this season. As Faith put it, this is his chance to show what he can truly do. He’s going to have to be creative more this year than last year. 
 

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Problem I had with Ian is he knew he could run a decent 40 time so instead of throwing the ball in a tight spot. Problem is Bama an Clemsons linebackers and safeties could out run Ian.

this was a play vs BC thats covered. Ian backs out totally changes the direction of the play and throws a bootleg touchdown. Works vs BC. NOT vs BAMA

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I’ll say it and say it again. Book just couldn’t see over the line.  He preferred open air and that cost us lots op big plays because he couldn’t see and play pocket qb. Which is why I want Phil in so much. Even if he wasn’t ready yet. Also, I still firmly believe that BK’s offense is better suited for taller qb’s. Hence, why I think Angeli will eventually start and be better then the qb’s they have now. Just my hunch. 

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I figured I 'd summarize after a few days here.

 

  • Rees wants to mix explosiveness with efficiency. In other words you cant get in good field position to take a deep shot without a few first downs. At the same time you can't expect to make 8 first downs on every drive.
  •  Rees Compared your 5 skill players to the 5 on a basketball team. Sometimes you'll have a bigger more powerful lineup. Sometimes you'll have a smaller quicker lineup. Sometimes you'll mix and match to get a match-up
  •  Rees agreed with Freeman on recruiting. You'll always have the guys who fit right away to ND. But he said the key is getting a guy like Owusu who didn't realize he fit and he worked at fitting.
  •   He finds value in using his career low moments as things for the  players NOT to do. Very self aware. Made a Busch light(beer joke) about which company would have promoted his name image likeness. He also gives alot of advise about how to handle hard classes.
  • Said an interesting thing about Xavier Watts. Said he's more the body type we've had Success with, enough speed but with good body control as well. Think he was referring to the TJ Jones' instead of the Lenzy's
  • Hinted that Pyne called him and said the Jayden Thomas was doing well. Could have been just an example but I don't think he'd be that specific by accident
  • Rees when asked when this years over, what do you want people to say, He said, "I was more aggressive"

He said a lot in about 60 minutes worth of interviews while the coaches are on vacation. Players on with Balis and then with Player led workouts afterwards.

Feel free to listen to  BOTH the podcast and watch the video above. They both asked Rees different questions. Irish BreakDown about scheme and strategy more. Shamrock podcast  about recruiting and culture more.

 

 

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On 7/20/2021 at 8:22 PM, coltssb said:

I’ll say it and say it again. Book just couldn’t see over the line.  He preferred open air and that cost us lots op big plays because he couldn’t see and play pocket qb. Which is why I want Phil in so much. Even if he wasn’t ready yet. Also, I still firmly believe that BK’s offense is better suited for taller qb’s. Hence, why I think Angeli will eventually start and be better then the qb’s they have now. Just my hunch. 

He also didn't read coverage as fast as other QBs. Kelly often says , no QB looks over the line. You are VERY CORRECT though Book waited so long to decide that may times the play was over and he had to extend it, outside the pocket. 

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2 hours ago, FaithInIrishForever said:

He also didn't read coverage as fast as other QBs. Kelly often says , no QB looks over the line. You are VERY CORRECT though Book waited so long to decide that may times the play was over and he had to extend it, outside the pocket. 

Maybe there lies the problem haha. Doesn’t the qb call out the Mike anymore?  Isn’t that looking over the line?  Knowing where he is. Or are you saying he is saying that once the play is going they are just throwing to a space. But I find that hard to believe too. Because once the play starts the qb has to see the first step of where the safety is. I know what you are saying but the qb has to be able to see over the line to make that call or lease you are just throwing blindly to a spot every play. 

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3 hours ago, coltssb said:

Maybe there lies the problem haha. Doesn’t the qb call out the Mike anymore?  Isn’t that looking over the line?  Knowing where he is. Or are you saying he is saying that once the play is going they are just throwing to a space. But I find that hard to believe too. Because once the play starts the qb has to see the first step of where the safety is. I know what you are saying but the qb has to be able to see over the line to make that call or lease you are just throwing blindly to a spot every play. 

He just means even if your 6'5 your looking around bodies. QB's would need to be over 7 feet tall to completely see over the offensive line during a play. QB's read alot of things, the mike, how many are deep, are they playing close, off etc. Am I running the play, am I checking with the sideline am I changing the play, etc.

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8 hours ago, FaithInIrishForever said:

I figured I 'd summarize after a few days here.

 

  • Rees wants to mix explosiveness with efficiency. In other words you cant get in good field position to take a deep shot without a few first downs. At the same time you can't expect to make 8 first downs on every drive.
  •  Rees Compared your 5 skill players to the 5 on a basketball team. Sometimes you'll have a bigger more powerful lineup. Sometimes you'll have a smaller quicker lineup. Sometimes you'll mix and match to get a match-up
  •  Rees agreed with Freeman on recruiting. You'll always have the guys who fit right away to ND. But he said the key is getting a guy like Owusu who didn't realize he fit and he worked at fitting.
  •   He finds value in using his career low moments as things for the  players NOT to do. Very self aware. Made a Busch light(beer joke) about which company would have promoted his name image likeness. He also gives alot of advise about how to handle hard classes.
  • Said an interesting thing about Xavier Watts. Said he's more the body type we've had Success with, enough speed but with good body control as well. Think he was referring to the TJ Jones' instead of the Lenzy's
  • Hinted that Pyne called him and said the Jayden Thomas was doing well. Could have been just an example but I don't think he'd be that specific by accident

He said a lot in about 60 minutes worth of interviews while the coaches are on vacation. Players on with Balis and then with Player led workouts afterwards.

Feel free to listen to  BOTH the podcast and watch the video above. They both asked Rees different questions. Irish BreakDown about scheme and strategy more. Shamrock podcast  about recruiting and culture more.

 

 

My favorite takeaway was at the end of the Irish breakdown interview, when rees said that he would consider it a disappointing year if he wasn’t more aggressive. He said he wants to go for the jugular and have a more aggressive overall attitude/game plan.  

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39 minutes ago, Domers23 said:

My favorite takeaway was at the end of the Irish breakdown interview, when rees said that he would consider it a disappointing year if he wasn’t more aggressive. He said he wants to go for the jugular and have a more aggressive overall attitude/game plan.  

 I think I'll add another bullet point.

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