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SIAP, but i wasnt n the board very much the week after the title loss.
the bama offensive players were saying in interviews after the game that the ND defense was extremely easier to read as they did things bama knew they would do during offensive shifts. this was very hard to hear because it seemed that our defense was ahead of the offenses all year, with teh exception of a bad quarter and a half against Pitt.
so how does diaco address this? do you foresee more changes within the defensive fronts to confuse the offense? i know that we had a top 2 ranked defense, but we need a defense that can run with bama.
it seems to me that we play a very bland type of defense but a very disciplined bend and dont break. which is very good for college ball because most teams dont go all the way down the field mistake free and ND will win most games. but now, we are trying to get to the next level.
even bama, who has more defensive talent then any other team does many things on defense to disguise their defense.
sorry to kinda ramble, but do you think we will see any changes in our defense?
It made my stomach turn the way we just stood in front of Bama and got puched in the mouth with out at least trying to keep them honest with an edge blitz here or there, or some stunts . I mean we were getting beat down field anyway because their QB had all day to throw the ball as a result of not creating pressure. i dont know what happened to Diaco in that game but we didnt make any adjustments. Hopefully it was a learning experience, sometimes you have to go away from your base/identity and make an in game adjustment. Not just watch the other team exploit your weaknesses play after play. You call a timeout and you challenge your players and look for those that are ready to step up and at least knock the hell out of somebody. The only problem in that game was that we had one player laying wood and that was #17 Zeke Motta and after awhile he got tired of doing it because no one else followed his lead.
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You can't fault Diaco for a defense that was phenomenal during the regular season. However, what he should have learned from this experience is that when really good teams have so much time to prepare against a good, vanilla defense, they will find the holes in tape study and exploit them come game day.
Where was the self-study? That is my biggest concern. Week-to-week, the Irish defense was quite formidable. However, he should have thrown some wrinkles into the game-planning for the Alabama game because nothing they did surprised the Crimson Tide. They did exactly everything Alabama expected.
I don't really foresee a change in how ND does things week to week, but I would guess that the defense would be tinkered with prior to the next big bowl game in such a way that ND does a few things that surprise its next opponent.
Biggest gift to any DC - physical, fast cover corners that can disrupt routes at the line; and defend down the field. Russell and Jackson are talented - but they are both very small, more suited for nickel/dime packages.
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