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Most of you did not see the regional broadcast of the UCLA - Nebraska game yesterday, but if you did , you would be shocked with a comparison between UCLA and ND. UCLA has had only a few months with its new coaching staff and here is how they looked. They ran a hurry up offense with a redshirt freshmen qb making his second start. They ran their plays quickly. They were organized, efficient, played hard and aggressive. It is shocking. how after 2 years, ND still looks like they are in the beginning stages of a program and UCLA looked like they had played for the same coaches for years. Maybe, Nebraska is not as good as their traditional reputation, only a few more games will tell, but you have to wonder. how some coaches can do in a few months what Kelly hasn't been able to do in two years. ( now three)
This post was edited by irishm 22 months ago
It could be apples and oranges. Maybe they took over a program with a QB suited for the spread. Kelly didn't. Neither Crist nor Rees are spread QBs. Neither are very good QBs to be frank. Golson is a redshirt freshman that looked good and spots.
This post was edited by TX golf nut 22 months ago
Living here in Southern California, I've been keeping up on the dramatically developing transformation at UCLA under Jim Mora. Obviously early, but he's come in with an all-business approach that's resonating with kids he inherited from Neuheisel. Nevertheless, he still has "Lame" to deal with across town.
Pac 10 looked pretty good yesterday against the big 10
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I truly hope UCLA puts together a good season. I think Mora is a far better coach and person then Kiffin and would love to see them steal the spotlight out there for years to come. I think Mora can. He is still a young guy with personality, the NFL connection and family background as well. They're similar in that fashion but I think Mora is a better xo's guy. Just needs to get the same caliber players Kiffin has.
DUDE the struggled w RICK NEBRASKA OVER-RATED like every other team in big ten... they are ok
It's easy to be the head coach at UCLA. There is no pressure...so few people care about UCLA football. I'm saying this as a Cali transplant who enjoys rooting for UCLA because I hate SC. I'm happy to see UCLA doing well, but to compare what Mora's done to what Kelly is doing isn't fair. Notre Dame football is Notre Dame football; UCLA football is hardly a blip out here behind USC football, Lakers, Dodgers, UCLA basketball, and the Angels.
But he has the early attention of not only his players but of local California recruits. He's as good a shit as any in the pac-12 to beat USC within the next 2-3 years. He's someone to keep an eye on (Mora that is)
Nebraska is better than Purdue, just sayin....
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Excellent post Irishm
I'm waiting for someone to answer the part of your post about how "they ran a hurry up offense with a redshirt freshman qb making his second start and how they ran their plays quickly". Why is it ND cannot seem to do this? Would someone please explain to me why ND cannot do this?
I was sitting in shock at how good UCLA looked. It was beyond impressive.
My luck w/the Irish 20-6...GO IRISH!!!
I was thinking the same thing when watching the game, about running that type offense, etc. We seem to still be "a work in progress", as we always hear.
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UCLA looks to be running a fairly simple QB zone read offense, similar to Oregon. It likely has to do with the simplicity of the play calls and checks involved in their system to be able to just get to the line and snap the play. You also need to consider the opponent (Nebraska), who over the last 2 years now, has given up big numbers way too often. How about we all circle back to this conversation after UCLA plays a team with a good defense. When that happens, I would be willing to bet they slow their pace quite a bit.
Lastly, how often do we have to see posts about how awful we are as compared to xyz team? To me, you have to win football games with your defense. Why? Well, because occasionally, your offense may sputter or have a big injury (or may be starting a youngster at QB while facing a stout Defensive Line). It's getting old to see posts (not necessarily this one) stating that ND's football program is no better off under Kelly. That's completely absurd. I'm not going to sit here and say that Kelly will win a National Championship soon (or ever), but at least we have a pretty solid defense that will keep us in just about every game. Just look at our defensive stats since Kelly took over, and I think you will be a much happier fan. That was the first piece that needed fixing and Kelly has essentially fixed it (look at our Weis defenses... sad).
In 1988, we beat Navy, a squad that finished 3-8, by a score of 21-3. Defense won that game against a terribly outmatched and overwhelmed team. Why didn't we score 60 points?! Wait, maybe this is a better example - 2002 National Champions Ohio State. They played Purdue (who finished 7-6 that year including a bowl victory) to a 10-6 victory, needing a prayer of a touchdown completion at the end of the game to secure the 4 point win over the Boillers. Ohio State won that game with defense despite having a 5th year senior directing their offense.
My point is, the job of a head coach is to manage each and every game to earn a W. We earned a W on Saturday with a lot of leadership, top-shelf talent, on the bench with injuries. We managed a victory in spite of a late turnover and momentum shift. Holtz had plenty of games like this Purdue game, but we all forget because we look at his W-L record and National Championship. Every championship team has weeks like we had this past Saturday. It's football. We are not always going to play our best. But if you have a defense that can stop the run, you always have a chance, even when you aren't playing your best.
To me, Saturday was a tremendous game. So many teaching opportunities, yet still walking away with the win. A humble experience for the players to understand that every play, every rep is important. A great experience for Farley, Springmann, Day, etc, etc to get extended time in a pressure-filled environment. Don't take anything for granted. Luckily, our players are not like many of our fans who seem to take for granted a W in big time college football. They will learn from this experience, and it will make them a better team.
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