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.
Mike and Tom take a (belated) look at the candidacies of first-time semifinalists Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison and Walter Jones, and wonder what the Dallas coaches were thinking on Monday night.