While the story of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football over the last 8 years has mostly been about Brian Kelly’s inability to win a national championship with the Irish, there’s another story that basically goes hand in hand with that emptiness.
Yes, of course I’m talking about the quarterback situation.
It’s been a mess for almost the entire Brian Kelly era. The phrase “quarterback competition” has become synonymous with the Notre Dame offseason. So, in the wise words of David Coverdale... here we go again [insert a 30 years younger Tawny Kitaen].
BRANDON WIMBUSH IS NOT MOVING TO RUNNING BACK
That probably should have been the first sentence of this article. It’s a completely ridiculous idea that would only reinforce the terrible theme Notre Dame and Brian Kelly have cultivated at the quarterback position over the last eight years.
Sure... let’s move our most experienced quarterback to a position that he has never played before and hope he “gets it.” Let’s start the season off against the Michigan Wolverines with a mostly unproven Ian Book, a lesser version of Wimbush in Avery Davis, and true freshman Phil Jurkovec (who did not enroll early).
It’s absurd and unrealistic. It would also see Wimbush transferring with two years of eligibility. It’s not happening (so please just stop).
WIMBUSH VS BOOK
Again, unfortunately, Notre Dame is going to have another quarterback competition this spring - and most probably fall camp as well. The bigger problem is that we’ve seen Brian Kelly screw this thing up too many times. The most recent is also the most comparable... that whole Zaire vs Kizer debacle in 2016 that ultimately led to a 4-8 season.
We could go back and forth all day and night about Ian Book vs Brandon Wimbush (and I'm sure we will over the next 6 months) but right now, I think the most important thing is that we are heading into another spring without a QB1 under center. YAY US!
Say your prayers and take your vitamins, because the Notre Dame interwebs are about to become a Royal Rumble. I really, really hate this (every year) but the importance of the quarterback position is on the extreme level of "duh." Think of it this way... What if DeShone Kizer had been the quarterback for the Irish in 2017? Would Notre Dame go 12-0 with Kizer?
I think so, and that's why we are where we are today. The only thing I know for sure is...
BRANDON WIMBUSH IS NOT MOVING TO RUNNING BACK.
Deal with it.