I find this year’s Denver Broncos to be a fascinating case study. Peyton Manning is one of the best QB’s ever to play the game. At this point in his career he has more experience than most coaches. He understands the offense and could probably call out coverage and audibles in his sleep.
After getting shellacked by the Rams in a game in which they attempted about a thousand passes, what did Denver do? They determined that they were putting the entire offense on Manning’s shoulders. They needed to rededicate themselves to running the football. Despite injuries at the RB position, they made a concerted effort to establish a credible running threat in order to make their quarterback’s job easier again. Using this strategy they’ve pulled out of their midseason slump. Manning, who looked like crap 3 weeks in a row, is back to form.
If this was the right move to make with a seasoned, experienced, Hall of Fame Quarterback, why is Notre Dame different?