Sometimes, when it comes down to a one score game, we tend to fixate on one play that could have changed the game. Although the theory is basically correct, it's never that simple. In Notre Dame’s 36-28 loss to Michigan State- it was still very simple, but it involved many more plays and decisions other than punting the ball away in the last few minutes of the game.
Brian Kelly was tragically wrong, while Brian VanGorder was just awful.
As all of that is true, and so is this: IT IS TIME TO SCRAP IT ALL. A firing is in order, but it won't happen. Brian Kelly is not going to fire Brian VanGorder tonight. So, what in the hell do we do now?
The offensive line was vastly overrated and we should all be admonished for thinking the line would be so great after losing 3 starters from last year.
Despite all the talk about injuries and Redfield and whatever- the defensive backs are in disarray. Why? Why can't they tackle? Why can't they play zone?
The list can go on and on, and the more you think about it, the more you want to punch a hole in the wall.
This team has MASSIVE problems, and it starts with coaching and decision making. Notre Dame has always been a team and a program that has one distraction after another surrounding it. This needs to be Notre Dame’s Come to Touchdown Jesus moment.
Huge sweeping changes are needed, but they have to be implemented by Brian Kelly. I don't have the answers and right now, I don't think for a second that anyone on that staff does either. When that’s the case, something drastic and something substantial needs overhauled.
Let’s not fool ourselves into believing that this is a worse situation than what it is. This is a talented team that needs more direction, more focus, more teaching, more guidance- well... Just more.
Less of BVG, would be a great start.