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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Navy


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The Good

Golson - aside from the one INT, which wasn't his fault. He played lights out - 6 TDs. Wish BK would have gone to more passing in the 4th instead of conservative. But really what a game -- he also checked down to Folston a few times. I think we're witnessing the best ND QB, all around, in a long, long time.

Folston - becoming a stud. Had a great game. Extremely dynamic runner and can do some exciting things. Improving on pass blocking. I understand why McDaniel goes in (considering he's a captain), but it should be all Folston.

Koyack - I could have put all the receivers here, but ben stood out to me. He became somewhat of a safety valve on 3rd down. It was good to see.

 

The Bad

The Defense - Coaching - wow. I could list all defensive facets, but they were really out of position a lot. We just seemed unprepared. It may have been playing so many young players, but this is what we have. It was still bad.

The DL. Navy's fullback averaged 8.5 ypc. Our DL was just unable to fight thru the cut blocks and stop the dive.

The LB. Jaylon seemed to stop Reynolds and his yards were way down, and Onwalu/Morgan/Schmidt/Martini seemed to make plays here and there, but there was no consistency. One good play out of two doesn't cut it. Every other play our LBs seemed confused. Was it the veer again???

The Secondary. Redfield a few times had his back turned to the ball carrier running by him. Riggs, while playing tight, was getting owned by a navy receiver. Just wow. Schumate, had some good plays but then was unable to get thru a block from a receiver. Just weak, confused play.

 

The Ugly

Special Teams - Punt Returns and Field Goals. I don't think I need to say much more.

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The good: ND won

 

The bad: ND's defense against the veer/triple option. I guess it doesn't matter who the D coordinator is at ND. Most other schools seem to have D coordinators who can figure this thing out though.

 

The ugly: No stomping of teams (other than Michigan, but everyone's doing that this year), no signature wins (hopefully that changes with the next game)

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Good-

Golson- Just about as good as a college qb as you would want. I do think he was overthinking some throws in the second half though.

Folston-He is definitely coming into his own. It's nice to see the running game moving forward

 

Bad:

BK's decision making.....I know they scored 49 points but trying long kicks in that wind was not smart. He also really does forget that they can run the ball sometimes.

Defense-They just looked lost out there. It's amazing to me how bad they struggle defending the option lately. Young or not, they have the talent to stop the option better than they have been.

 

Ugly-

Injuries....Hopefully everyone is ready to go next week. I doubt Joe is back but Morgan is more than capable. He's more athletic, and most likely won't be in position all the time, but he'll make plays.

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The Good: At one point Notre Dame led 28-7, with the ball, heading in for another score before halftime that would have sent the game to half with a 35-7 ND lead....

 

The Bad: everything that happened after Golson's INT, including allowing a Navy run of 24 consecutive unanswered points, trailing Navy for ANY portion of the second half and really looking stupid on several long runs by Navy players running free.

 

The Ugly: Happened across the country in Eugene, Ore. Stanford got run out of the building and now Oregon is in the catbird seat for the ridiculous X-beat-Y by Z, but A only beat Y by C argument as a cudgel to beat on Notre Dame for the rest of the season, even if they miraculously manage to get to 11-1. 9-3 is far more likely at this point...

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THE GOOD___

 

Our offense is IMPROVING every week---the addition of a go to back has given a big boost to the run game and given Golson some options---Koyack is getting better--the OLINE is getting better--the receiving core is getting better----Golson is kind of awesome

 

WE WILL SCORE BUNCHES AGAINST ANYONE!!!!

 

 

THE BAD___

 

Our defense is FADING---poor against UNC--bad 2nd half against FSU---very poor against NAVY

 

10 of the last 12 quarters featured poor defense----

 

PLAYER ATTRITION FROM INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS TAKING A TOLL---THE YOUTH WEARING DOWN----

 

We will make some plays but we will likely NOT play defense the way we did in the first four games in the last four games......

 

THE UGLY---Shmidt injury--that could send a sinking defense down again...

 

 

BOTTOM LINE----

 

GAMEPLAN to win with offense and more offense as we go down the stretch-------

 

36 points a game should get us to 11-1----OFFENSE MUST CARRY THE DEFENSE from here out

 

aloha

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Does anyone know why BK was chewing out coach Alford after the first missed FG. Seemed odd.

 

Because BK called 3 bone headed plays and the Irish had to try a FG that was blocked. BK had to deflect the scene away from him, so he starts yelling at Alford.....like it was Alford's fault the kick was blocked. Hey Kelly your play calling in that series was the reason had to try a FG.

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Good:

 

Golson- He's the reason why we can win every game. The guy gets it done when the games on the line and is only getting better with check down throws to go along with all the other throws he has in his repertoire.

 

Folston- Excellent combination of strength and speed. He's dangerous running and catching the football.

 

The 3 tight end set- Navy could not stop us out of this set.

 

Bad

 

Riggs- He got beat too often by a mediocre Navy receiver. Didn't really fight hard. Dropped the punt. Bad night.

 

Redfield- Didn't make many plays. Let a Navy guy run right past him for a long gain that should have been a 5 yard gain. Don't know why Shumate didn't play more.

 

The D coaching staff- People want to say the problem was losing Schmidt when we got confused, but Jaylon Smith did not recognize where to align when Navy went to bunch coverage and our DB's let receivers run right past them in coverage. This is a lack of perpetration by the coaching staff.

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Just a question. ...when ND beat Navy for 44 consecutive years no one was screaming about dropping Navy from the schedule. Now Navy has leveled the playing field lately and people are screaming about dropping Navy.

I guess some people want ND to play the sisters of the poor each week. Would that make you feel better?

ND has played Navy more than any other opponent. They know what Navy is going to do, they have seen it every year for the past 90 years. You would think the Irish would figure out how to stop Navy and the option by now.

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Riggs- He got beat too often by a mediocre Navy receiver. Didn't really fight hard. Dropped the punt. Bad night.

 

Redfield- Didn't make many plays. Let a Navy guy run right past him for a long gain that should have been a 5 yard gain. Don't know why Shumate didn't play more.

 

The D coaching staff- People want to say the problem was losing Schmidt when we got confused, but Jaylon Smith did not recognize where to align when Navy went to bunch coverage and our DB's let receivers run right past them in coverage. This is a lack of perpetration by the coaching staff.

 

Redfield didn't make a play all night, and let a Navy back run right past him for a long gain. I don't know why they took Shumate out, he was making more plays than Redfield.

 

Frankus - I thought so too. Our guys while young seemed unprepared. And gigs looked mediocre.

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Just a question. ...when ND beat Navy for 44 consecutive years no one was screaming about dropping Navy from the schedule. Now Navy has leveled the playing field lately and people are screaming about dropping Navy.

I guess some people want ND to play the sisters of the poor each week. Would that make you feel better?

ND has played Navy more than any other opponent. They know what Navy is going to do, they have seen it every year for the past 90 years. You would think the Irish would figure out how to stop Navy and the option by now.

 

I think it's coaching, and maybe it's a new DC. Other coaches seem to be fine stopping the option.

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Just a question. ...when ND beat Navy for 44 consecutive years no one was screaming about dropping Navy from the schedule. Now Navy has leveled the playing field lately and people are screaming about dropping Navy.

I guess some people want ND to play the sisters of the poor each week. Would that make you feel better?

ND has played Navy more than any other opponent. They know what Navy is going to do, they have seen it every year for the past 90 years. You would think the Irish would figure out how to stop Navy and the option by now.

 

By what logic did you reach the conclusion that dropping Navy- one of the last remaining teams that regularly cut blocks- would result in scheduling The Little Sisters Of The Poor?

 

We have elite modern athletes who have NFL futures. It makes no sense to subject them to the possibility of career ending injuries by playing Navy, a team that teaches football like it is 1950.

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Because BK called 3 bone headed plays and the Irish had to try a FG that was blocked. BK had to deflect the scene away from him, so he starts yelling at Alford.....like it was Alford's fault the kick was blocked. Hey Kelly your play calling in that series was the reason had to try a FG.

 

Wrong. Kelly called the perfect play on 3rd down, a flair to an uncovered Cam out of the backfield. It wasn't his fault that Elmer missed his block, and EG didn't deliver the ball and take a hit throwing to the wide open Cam.

 

It is getting frustrating teaching the game of football to Kelly hating guys like you. Watch more. Post less.

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