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Another victory for the Defense

  • Wow, Pitt was able to be fully prepared for Tommy Rees in one week's time.
    I bet Purdue is even more ready for TR.
    I knew the defense was going to play well, but wasn't expecting ND's offense to be shut down.
    I really thought that they'd fare much better.
    Great effort by Eifert and Jonas Gray. The outcome could've been different without Gray's determined run and Eifert's clutch grabs.
    It's gonna get harder and harder to win with TR even with the lights out defense that 6yard speaks of.
    If they want to win with Rees, they better incorporate the double TE set a lot more often.
    He is doing great finding his TE, but the offense is nowhere near as dynamic as it's designed to be.
    If Kelly does make a change, he should go to Hendrix first. The coaches already pissed away the National Championship by not playing the young players the first 2 games. I'd go with Golson next year and save his eligibility. If Hendrix underperforms like Rees and Crist have and isn't that dynamic QB I think he is, you bring in Golson this year. This will get him where he needs to be so that he goes into next season with some valuable experience.
    The defense can get even better.
    Shembo is playing much better. He is fast on the field.
    They need the 4-3. One more DT is more beneficial to the team than either Fox or Calabrese.
    Calabrese did make a couple nice plays, but he should be used sparingly.
    Get the extra DT out there and you'll see the D get even better.
    I think utilizing Utupo and Moore at ILB would be the only reason to remain in the 3-4.
    Otherwise the 4-3 is the way to go.
    Lynch/KLM/Nix/Tuitt
    Hafis/Cwynar/Johnson/Schwenke
    When Diaco and Kelly figure it out, this D will be awesome.
    Hopefully we see Newman and Stockton next week.
    Hopefully Utupo and Moore get to see some action on the inside.
    More Ishaq and Filer on the outside.
    But if they go with TR it'll either be a win by the skin of TR's teeth or a loss where the D gives up 17 points because of turnovers and bad field position.
    Now is the time to change it up with a dual threat.
    The offense is very 1 dimensional. It's becoming painful to watch.

    This post was edited by lafortune 3 years ago

  • GO AWAY LADOUCHE!! You are very 1 dimensional, you are becoming painful to read. It was pure bliss when you decided to stay away for a couple of days.

  • Yeah, it's spineman, the internet bully that can't argue the points.
    He likes to resort to name calling.
    Are you in middle school?
    I can't believe people still use that word.
    Spineman you must be the biggest loser in the world.
    I bet in person you got no spine.
    This is your power trip.
    What did I say that offended you?

  • Get real, lafortune! BK has said that neither of the two young QB's are even close to being ready to start. You can slam Tommy all you want but he is a young QB and has led this team to a 6-1 record as a starter because he IS THAT GOOD. There's a reason BK is putting his ~$3M coaching job on the line and in TR's hands.

    Hmmm, let me see...should I listen to lafortune on who is the best QB to start for ND or Coach Brian Kelly? GEEZ, this is a tough one but I'll go with my gut and believe Coach Brian Kelly has better insight on making the call.

  • He also said that Lynch and Tuitt weren't ready.
    They were.
    It cost ND 2 games in the loss column.
    So Kelly does make mistakes.
    If Kelly can be wrong about Lynch and Tuitt, he can also be wrong about the starting QB.
    ND is much better than 15 points against Pitt, but not with Rees.
    I want ND to run the table.
    It's really gonna be dicey with Rees.
    All the defenses on the schedule will be ready for Rees.
    You saw the blueprint for shutting down ND against Pitt.
    Unless Kelly adds some wrinkles to this one dimensional offense, it will be impossible to run the table,
    even with having this once every 50 year defense.
    ND doesn't need to be walking on a tight rope.
    They are capable of putting lots of points on the board.
    The O is leaning way too much on the D.
    Why can't I voice my opinion without getting people so infuriated?
    I'm not calling for anyone's head. I'm just saying that certain players can make a big difference.
    Let's stop worrying about hurting a player's feelings and put the best personnel and scheme forward to get the Ws in convincing fashion.
    We don't have to play this vanilla offense and we don't need 2 ILBs. 4-3 is the best way to go until we have 4 dynamic, playmaking LBs.
    If 1 ILB is not quite there yet, ND should go with 2 DTs who are there now. Next year, we may have 4 outstanding linebackers and the 3-4 will be the best way to go. Even if T'eo goes pro, I think that Utupo, Moore, Grace, and Rabasa will make a great ILB rotation next year.
    It's gonna be interesting to see if Mighty Joe Schmidt can earn a scholarship. I hope he does.
    I'm very optimistic about going predominantly 3-4 next year.
    But I feel this year should be predominantly 4-3.
    I'm not trying to piss anyone off, just trying to get people to think about this possibility.
    Many coaches for many teams make many wrong turns even though they want to win and have the best of intentions.
    They come up with a scheme and stick with it regardless of whether the scheme fits the present personnel.
    ND has a fantastic D, but it can get even better with a few adjustments.

    This post was edited by lafortune 3 years ago

  • Clausen left ND with a sub-.500 winning percentage. Crist is sitting on a sub-.500 winning percentage now. Rees has a .857 winning percentage and you want to bench him for a QB that's NEVER taken a snap in a college football game? In what realm of reality does that make sense?!?

    What are you basing your judgment on that either of the two young QB's will do better? I cannot stress this enough - I like Tommy Rees' winning percentage! He is getting and will continue to get better...he IS our best shot at winning football games.

  • The D is so good, and the offense could be, too.
    15 points won't always be good enough to win.
    It seems that TR has been figured out.
    If the o line isn't gonna be at the top of their game, ND better have a couple TEs in the game to help with some blocking.
    Opposing teams are really gonna have his number.
    Something needs to change to avoid a 15 point output on a weekly basis.

  • Drew1063 said... (original post)

    Clausen left ND with a sub-.500 winning percentage. Crist is sitting on a sub-.500 winning percentage now. Rees has a .857 winning percentage and you want to bench him for a QB that's NEVER taken a snap in a college football game? In what realm of reality does that make sense?!?

    What are you basing your judgment on that either of the two young QB's will do better? I cannot stress this enough - I like Tommy Rees' winning percentage! He is getting and will continue to get better...he IS our best shot at winning football games.

    You are missing the point of the topic...that is, Rees is not winning the games, the defense is! Crist would have a better winning % had he played the entire UM game last year, finished the Tulsa game with a win (that Rees lost for ND and you don't count), and had the refs not given the MSU game away last year after the clock turned to 0. And against USF had Gray not fumbled an excellent first drive by Crist, and then the TD pass dropped by Jones and a holding call both before he threw the INT, he would have gotten off to a nice start at ND this year with another W. The first loss of this year has to fall some on Rees as well because he turned it over twice in the second half. Clausen would have a great winning % if the defense played half as good as they have when Rees started.
    Putting in a different QB would increase the chance of the offense playing better, because it is almost impossible to turn the ball over more than Rees has from last year and now into this year.

  • Nah, I'm not an internet bully, nor am I in middle school. I also happen to think that I'm a pretty decent person, lol.

    However, you I find extremely funny. Starting posts, answering yourself multiple times. You do provide ample comic relief. Are you related to one of the ILB's? You really do push them alot. Anyway, I'll sit back and wait for your next "insightful" post.

    Lovingly yours,

    Internet bully. LMAO.

  • Something did change...Tommy made adjustments during the game and completed 13 of his last 15 attempts! PITT had a great gameplan but ND won when past ND teams would've lost that game. Tommy was getting knocked around for three quarters of that game...this may come as a surprise to you but no QB is going to do well when he's getting hit every play. Want to know how to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots? Get in his face every play...that's what PITT was doing to Tommy until he adjusted and beat it.

  • @TheHawkND: It's always someone else's fault that Crist lost a game BUT it's always someone else that causes Tommy to win - REALLY?!? Seriously? That's getting kind of old when DC is 4-6 with the SAME 21 players that TR is 6-1 with.

  • Drew1063 said... (original post)

    @TheHawkND: It's always someone else's fault that Crist lost a game BUT it's always someone else that causes Tommy to win - REALLY?!? Seriously? That's getting kind of old when DC is 4-6 with the SAME 21 players that TR is 6-1 with.

    So you don't think the defense improved at the end of last year? You think the defense played as great against Navy as they did against Army and USC? You think the loss to USF and Tulsa was because Crist was a starter and did not finish the game? Seriously???

  • TheHawkND said... (original post)

    So you don't think the defense improved at the end of last year? You think the defense played as great against Navy as they did against Army and USC? You think the loss to USF and Tulsa was because Crist was a starter and did not finish the game? Seriously???

    Do you ever get tired of making excuses for DC's losses? Forget the fact that he put up a big, FAT goose egg in the half he played against USF and Tommy came in and almost got Dayne the win. Tommy dropped 20 points on them in one half to Dayne's ZERO points! Dayne was yanked for good reason and does not deserve to start...neither do the two young QB's on the bench. I don't have to argue with you - Tommy is the starter and is 6-1. BTW, what major D-1 college team do you coach?

  • TheHawkND said... (original post)

    So you don't think the defense improved at the end of last year? You think the defense played as great against Navy as they did against Army and USC? You think the loss to USF and Tulsa was because Crist was a starter and did not finish the game? Seriously???

    give the D credit for Tommy's 6 wins yet you can't blame them for Tommy's lone loss ... shows you have an axe to grind against Tommy for some odd reason ... yeah man I hate winning I liked it a lot better when Crist was going 4-6 ....

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  • mh2365 said... (original post)

    give the D credit for Tommy's 6 wins yet you can't blame them for Tommy's lone loss ... shows you have an axe to grind against Tommy for some odd reason ... yeah man I hate winning I liked it a lot better when Crist was going 4-6 ....

    Defense shares the blame for that loss for sure. But they are not wholly responsible. They lost the turnover margin. They had a chance to put the game away when the ball was turned over on a fumble when the player was never even touched! We all know who turned the ball over.

  • Did you see the way Kirk Cousins coughed up the ball when Lynch plowed him from behind? That's what happens when "unblocked" DT's hit your QB full speed from the blindside. If you are blaming Tommy for coughing the ball up in that circumstance then you will have to blame every QB to play the game because a hit like that will knock the ball out 9 out of 10 times.

  • Drew1063 said... (original post)

    Did you see the way Kirk Cousins coughed up the ball when Lynch plowed him from behind? That's what happens when "unblocked" DT's hit your QB full speed from the blindside. If you are blaming Tommy for coughing the ball up in that circumstance then you will have to blame every QB to play the game because a hit like that will knock the ball out 9 out of 10 times.

    When he turned the ball over late in the UM game, he was not even close to being touched. Ball just fumbled right out of his hand. Had a chance to put the game away and they were in the redzone. Led to a 7 point drive by UM and a big momentum swing.

  • TheHawkND said... (original post)

    When he turned the ball over late in the UM game, he was not even close to being touched. Ball just fumbled right out of his hand. Had a chance to put the game away and they were in the redzone. Led to a 7 point drive by UM and a big momentum swing.

    You're really scraping the bottom of the barrel to defend your point of view if you're using a freak occurrence as evidence.

  • TheHawkND said... (original post)

    When he turned the ball over late in the UM game, he was not even close to being touched. Ball just fumbled right out of his hand. Had a chance to put the game away and they were in the redzone. Led to a 7 point drive by UM and a big momentum swing.

    Every QB to play the game has had that happen to them at one time or another. We led 24-7 starting the fourth quarter and Tommy put us up 31-28 with 30 secs left. If ND's D couldn't put that game away then there was nothing Tommy could do or nothing Tommy did to cause that loss.