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Lou Somogyi 14 months ago
A look at various themes and players after Notre Dame improved to 7-0 with another white knuckler against Brigham Young.
Thanks Lou. Next week is going to be difficult and telling. At least, I'm not worried that the team will not fight to the very end. Whatever the result, this team will leave it all out on the field.
We have a redzone back if we wanted to use him as such......We have the Hendrix Dozer that can be the ND equivalent of the Belldozer for OU
Better clean up on those bubble screens out wide......OU will eat us up with those.
Can anybody dissect the miscommunication among our secondary on BYU's second TD? How in the world did a defense now known for it's synchrony flub who was supposed to be on that guy? It was a flashback to the ND defense of yesteryear. I assume it was a good learning experience, and that film study will enable us to NEVER make that mistake again. But I'd like to understand what happened in the first place. Thanks.
A very thought provoking article with many points to ponder.So a few comments :1I was not one of the fans that had the here we go again felling.I am even more confident now in Kelly and his staffs ability to make halftime adjustments.2.special teams must be better next week against OU.It seems like such a waste not to capitalize on Neals game breaking abilities.Finally,Mahone has the ability to be the big back the Irish will need in short yardage situations near the goal line.
Speaking of our surprisingly large committee of capable ball-runners, any insight as to how/why their cornerback was able to chase down Theo when he popped out of the pile, still not down? Theo just ran out of oxygen, having started his sprint from further back? Isn't Theo considered as fast as he is strong?
Lou, perhaps a question Tuesday to BK about lack of ST production is in order. Any chance Tausch gets a look at PK this week?
Lou, I've been bothered by the fact that we don't have the "Bus" to close out those first and goals. Why not get one of the sure handed linebackers or even a reserve lineman to tote a few balls and use them in those near the goal instances? After all, we're not asking them to finesse, dodge or outrun anyon. They just have to wrap their arms around the ball and plow forward.
From what Brian Kelly indicated in his Sunday teleconference, the injury to Tausch was a little more severe than anticipated, so I don't know if we will see him this year.
I was going to plan to touch on special teams because I believe if ND is to have a chance to win this game, it must do something there. Forced a fumbled punt or kickoff, block a punt, fake a field goal, make a big-time return ... something. In these type of match ups, special teams and turnovers almost always become the determining factors.
Game against OU on Saturday kind of has the same feel as when the Irish went down to Tallahassee undefeated in '02. But I was in like 7th grade when that game was played, so what do I know. Either way, I'm hoping for the same result.
Special teams, although critically important, have a different impact than they did just a few years ago. Now special return teams are more concerned with not screwing things up, i.e. illegal block, fumble, risky return, etc.
I remember when a running back or receiver was a part time punter, often hit it low and the returnee was off to the races. Modern day punters are specialists and are more talented and trained than in the past. Center snaps are bullets to the punter, punting technique is advanced and blocking schemes give the punter ample time to make comfortable, controlled contact with towering hang time. And don't forget, in today's era snappers get a scholarship to do nothing else.
Returners rarely get a chance for a decent return, unless there is a lucky bounce, the kick is so long it out kicks the coverage or a line drive is occurs. So, yes, Devonte has few if any decent return opportunities no matter how many teammates drop back to block.
Same with kickoffs, with high hanging kicks that enter the end zone and rarely should be returned when you start at the 25 yard line anyway. Remember, GAIII's two brilliant touchdown KO returns last year were made from a different starting point - yes, those 5 yards were significant.
In summary, patience is important, as special teams must be very careful to not force the big return with the risk of losing field position or giving up a turnover.
I'm afraid Norman will be our Waterloo. If Reese starts we are toast. If Goldson plays, he has to be on his game.
He is our best chance to keep the offense on the field. Go Irish.
Did Golson pass the test today?
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