Over at SB Nation I broke down how Notre Dame’s two new coordinators will change up their schemes in the coming year.
The offense is a Spread RPO attack which will feature a new QB (Brandon Wimbush) yet return two NFL OL on the left side of their line and their top wideout in Equanimeous St. Brown, so it should be pretty easy to build a nasty system around teams inability to stop inside zone runs without dedicating defenders that will be needed elsewhere.
Meanwhile new DC Mike Elko is instituting a defense heavy on using backer-force, which if you can do it well is really hard to move the ball all the way down the field against, and if you do it poorly you get torched first by steady gains in the run game and then by play-action when your safeties start getting triggered.
I like both hires and Bill Connelly has noted that Notre Dame was honestly quite a bit better than 4-8 last year, in potential if nothing else, so I think the Irish should make a good comeback this year. If not, that’ll be a fun coaching search to track.
One of the saddest days in my life was watching back when ESPN had those two twin brothers that would do commentary on sports movies and they peeled back the curtain on the story of “Rudy.” The movie turns out to not be terribly accurate, you see. I was further disturbed to find out that many people don’t think the real life Rudy is that great.
Still love the movie though, I don’t care if you think less of me, the soundtrack is one of my all time faves.