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11 Dec 2009
An easier 2010 schedule and a good record coaching close games throughout his career may set up Brian Kelly for early success at Notre Dame.
Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 11 Dec 2009
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17 Dec 2009, 10:50am by
Well, I'm not an insider, so I can't read the whole article, but I think not having an experienced, NFL-caliber QB coming out of the gate could easily mitagate the factors mentioned.
It's way too early to be evaluating schedule strength for 2010 - I remember hearing a lot of pre-season chatter about how easy Notre Dame's 2009 slate was, and how even a pretty ordinary performance would make it a lock for the BCS.
An "ordinary performance" probably could have gotten them at least close to the BCS. They were poor all year and still managed to get to 6-6. An ordinary performance would have likely garnered wins against Michigan, UConn, and Navy at least.
I've said so before, and I'll say so again, ND needed to hire a coach with a track record of being successful as a HC at the colleg level. They hired one. There is every chance he'll be successful in the short, medium, and long term. Get ready for 10+ win seasons for ND being the norm :(
A good hire, at last, for ND.
Kelly seems like a very good coach, but I don't think the problem with ND the past decade has been the coaching. Or, at least, not primarily the coaching. The alumni want a program with results like Florida and the administration wants admission standards like Stanford. Something has to give.
You say that, but it seems to me they've had some pretty good talent, at least on offense. They're about to have their second successive starting quarterback drafted in the NFL first round; they have a wide receiver who will probably be a top ten pick and another who could well go in the first round. They've had various other players drafted, and yet others who have played in the pros after going undrafted. Weis's recruiting classes were usually very highly rated by the specialist press. My suspicion is that Weis failed largely because he has no understanding of defense or anything to do with defense. That manifested itself in the shape of recruiting the wrong defensive players and hiring the wrong defensive coaches. Several of his teams had high-powered offenses (including this one, when everyone was healthy - the injuries to Clausen and Floyd were bad luck at the wrong time), but none of them had a defense that didn't pretty much suck.
It is worth a try on getting Brian Kelly on leading the team. Let us see what he could give to ND.
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