08 Nov 2010
Keith Arnold of the NBC sports "Inside the Irish" blog has been investigating a host of issues related to Notre Dame's struggles on the field this year. Standing at 4-5 following losses to Navy and Tulsa, Brian Kelly's honeymoon is already over in South Bend. And with Utah, Army and USC coming up, confidence in the short-term future of the program is low.
The long-term may be another story, according to Arnold, as long as Notre Dame can adopt a player development strategy that gets veterans on the field rather than underclassmen. Based on data collected by Arnold and an Irish blogger 'FunkDoctorSpock', I contributed the infographic that appears the linked article to visualize Notre Dame's development deficiencies in the offensive line and defensive front seven.
Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker were selected high in the draft, but both have troubling flaws in pass protection according to Word of Muth.