Filling In the Puzzle Pieces
Jon Tenuta will assume an assistant head coach position and likely either coach the secondary or the linebackers. Like Lewis, a hell of a get as a position coach.
Tenuta is known for his attacking defenses at Georgia Tech that throttled ND's inept offense this past year (no big deal,) but notably held Notre Dame in check with Brady Quinn at the helm two years ago. In addition to successful stints as a defensive coordinator, he's also coached the defensive line, linebackers and the secondary in his career.
Remember when Ohio State couldn't not turn out an NFL db? That was Tenuta, a college defensive back, who helped Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer and Nate Clements into the first round of the NFL. Of course Corwin Brown coached DBs in the NFL, so ND will be getting a proven winner as a DB coach no matter who takes over for Lewis.Like Lewis, in Tenuta, Weis hired a coach that he couldn't (figuratively) beat on the field.
In fact, Tenuta almost seems over qualified and will likely not just contribute to the defensive scheme, but help Weis pressure test his offensive scheme, which has proven vulnerable to pressure. His tough guy mentality will also help restore the nasty play Weis is looking to cultivate. Even the past two years, Notre Dame has been known to have soft players.