He has the weakest resume.
One can make a case for the other 5 that it was an upgrade but not so much in his case.
1 stinkin' year as a OC calling plays at a low level school? That qualifies you for OC at ND? WTF unless BK wanted a puppet OC but he already had one on Denbrock.
I guess we'll see what happens this fall but I tend to guess that we'll have a new co-ordinator that we'll love to hate.
"bad play calling cost us this game". You heard it here first.
Despite his run talk, he passes a lot. Bad idea with a new QB, a big OL and a good stable of running backs
BGI: You’ve talked in the past about establishing the run game; why is it so important to run the football effectively?
Long: “It sets up everything. Obviously by being able to play tempo and you’re able to run the ball, it’s that many more plays we can force our physicality on the defense, wear the defensive line down, force them to bring the safeties up, maybe get them into more man coverage by adding a guy into the box."
“In the spring game we wanted it as much like a game as possible, that’s why I tried to throw it every down, because he needed that experience."
He sounds like he hasn't a clue...
Basically, the only game experience Wimbush was going to get from Feb to August was the Blue Gold game he wanted to get him experience passing against a defense so he's ready when the time comes to pass during a game.
If we ran the ball every play in the Spring Game as he is want to do, Wimbush's first pass against a defense would be Temple.
Or are we good - no practice needed? Should we practice what we decide to play or something different?
aren't enough reps in a spring game to make any tangible difference in the passing game. So, it appears to me that the whole rest of the team may suffer as we go one dimensional on D and O...
For instance, we're installing a new D. If what Long said is true then we may have gotten minimal D reps stopping the run. The trade off I guess is more experience for the secondary...
The good news is that anything should be better than what we did in '16... Long, Elko and Polian have a lot to clean up...
I still crack up at the thought of kelly at O dark thirty doing hand stands and yoga.... I bet that after a hand stand he is his truest shade of purple.
That's not gonna work well
possible, that’s why I tried to throw it every down, because he needed that experience."
pressure. The defense was allowed to show looks the offense hadn't seen before, so they threw it alot to get him experience in pressure situations to force his decision-making and, humble him.
"He needed to get out there and quite frankly to get humbled"
You took two answers to two different questions and mushed the answers together. One question was about the offense, the other was about Wimbush's progression.
That's as close as I'm going to get and it may be completely wrong, but the question was about Wimbush.
looks like his feet are a tremendous asset. He's a shifty runner. We can't play not to get hurt. We have a ton of excellent backfield weapons with Wimbush being an added option. Running behind McGlinchey and Nelson should be our core game plan....
Why do I think we'll pass
"I'm going to lie the entire interview and not give you shit and Coach D will eat it all up."
game comments he really went cuckoo.
1 year OC experience at Memphis...time to win a title at ND.
You don't have to do the smart thing at Notre Dame because there's magic in the air. You just have to make some change, get the media hype machine going then get the mush heads on the message boards fired up and everyone rides on the glory train.
Haven't you seen the success this has garnered over the last 20 years? He has the imprimatur of Offensive Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. It doesn't matter that he's been an OC for a grand total of one year... at Memphis. Shit we recently had a lifetime Defensive coach who had spent most of his career in DII as the OC and very few people questioned the sanity of even that.
Start Googlin' quotes and get fired up! Be positive!!
That's all you need to read
Everything else is merely expository.
People talk a lot about the QB being the most important player on the field. That might be true in the NFL, but if I were drafting a college football team from scratch, I would draft in this order:
1.) Defensive linemen
2.) Offensive linemen
4.) Defensive Backs
7.) Running backs
You can quibble with the order, but if you don't control both lines of scrimmage, you're not going to win a national championship. You can definitely win a national championship with an average QB. Yet we continue to base our entire operation around the QB. Of course we do.
I agree with you, it takes dominant players in the trenches on both sides and that's the foundation you need for being competitive on a week in week out basis, but you have to have a good college quarterback too, regardless of the offensive system you run. I personally don't believe there is any specific order to your list that's correct. To be a great team you need all of those. Where the separation can occur if you lack in one area is great coaching. A great staff can find ways to compensate for a recruiting misfire at certain spots. I want to be clear, I agree with the overall idea of your post, but I don't think the quarterback position can be minimized like that. Look at teams like LSU. They routinely feature every other aspect you mentioned but their QB play has largely been abysmal for some time now and it's likely cost them National Championships.
1.) I think there's a bit of a chicken or egg problem - are the QBs above average or are the good teams making them look that way? Let's look at the QBs from the last 10 national champions:
Matt Flynn: I think you have to call him "above average" because he was drafted and stuck around in the NFL, but look at that team he was on. His 56% completion percentage is low by today's standards.
Tim Tebow: In my opinion, the best college QB ever
Greg McElroy: He looked pretty good, but who wouldn't look good throwing to Julio Jones?
Cam Newton: Single handedly brought his team to a national championship.
Aj McCarron: Like McElroy, seems pretty good, but how do you not look good on that team.
Jameis Winston: Very good
Cardale Jones: I consider him about average. And this is what I mean about how being average can work. He wasn't an above average runner or passer, but won a national championship and looked pretty good doing it.
Jake Coker: Again, looked decent, but was he anything special?
Deshaun Watson: Outstanding
So Tebow, Newton, Winston, and Watson are all clearly above average. The Alabama QBs are tough to tell, but let's call them at least above average and include Flynn with them. That leaves Jones and Coker as players I would consider "about average." So about 20% of national championships are won by "average" QBs.
How many of those national champions had average offensive or defensive lines? The only team without a bunch of draft picks along both lines was Auburn
2.) LSU's QBs have been well below average. Of course a terrible QB (and a head coach who doesn't understand basic clock rules) can lose you games.
I would say a lot of NCs have been won with average or even horrible NFL QBs. Yet, these QBs were largely high performing, if not exceptional college QBs that understood and executed their proprietary offensive system.
I believe the answer is you need players performing at high levels in all of those areas you mentioned.
Talent is always relative.
QBs. I mean they weren't terrible quarterbacks but they were just ok qbs that ran the offensive system they were given.
And OL can be well-drilled in his assignments and can be offered some assistance from a tight end, running back, etc., and can have plays called that ameliorate his weaknesses.
For both pass rushers and space eaters, you've either got it physically or you don't. You can "coach 'em up", but it still comes down to raw talent more than at OL. That's why you "draft" them first.
of course, "coach D" doesn't bother to question him about it.
does anyone have the numbers?
Since he is making the "pro-style" claim, should we assume that the Memphis qb (and this year, the ND qb) will be under center most of the time with possible exceptions on third down and perhaps two minute drills?