Per Steve Lorenz Twitter:
To this I say, good luck Irish!
Until ND lights up Michigan next year.
ND will have a very good offense even with Al next year. Hopefully our D plays better than the bowl game.
as a starter when Golson is coming back?
Golson vs. Michigan in 2012 was 3 for 8 with 30 yards, 2 INTs and had a 19.0 QB ranking. I know it was bad weather, but still.
Reese was really good versus Michigan in his career (despite going 1-2). I think you count him as a big loss at least against Michigan.
it was his second career start. He got better as the season went along. It'll be interesting to see how he comes back from not having any practices in the fall and bowl season.
As soon as they knew he'd be back he/they have done all allowed to get him ready for next year. Don't think of it as a guy completely out of the nd loop but a player that broke both his legs and arms, as far as nd campus/practice goes. He can't be there in person. Basically, he has the playbook and I'm sure many WRs have used their "free time" to work with him as "friends" and through "zero urging" of BK. I'd guarantee he shows zero rust, at least no more than any player at the start of a new season. Kelly wouldn't let his QB just sit blind for that long, IMO. I'm sure a throwing schedule with pals (teammates), a playbook and workout demands "found their way to him" somehow. Or, rather, "came to him on his own accord".
ND does not play Michigan next year (a.k.a. 2015). AND they won't light up Michigan this year because of Mattison & Co.
The same Mattison and Co. that made KSU look like the Denver Broncos?
Most of their offense happened in the first half, then they were held to 3 points until the very end. They didn't break 300 yards passing. It was also mostly Lockett in the first half because our corners couldn't keep up with him. The defense wasn't very good, but wasn't nearly as bad in the bowl game as people seem to think.
That's pretty bad, isn't it? I'm not absolutely certain but I believe the last time Michigan force just one punt in a game was 2010 Wisconsin. It's tied for third-worst all time (there might be a lot of games in that tie though).
I think you can even make an argument that the only reason the score was held down as much as it was is that our offense was able to hold onto the ball in the first half and shorten the game, a process KSU was happy to continue on their own once they got up 15.
And the missed FG followed a dropped pass in the endzone.
the undeserved ND love here, but we didn't get better defensively in the KSU game as it went on----KSU simply ran out the clock when they knew we weren't going to score offensively.
Hey, ND won't have nussing on us next year! Book it!
Yep, let's judge Mattison on the bowl game and not the preceding 2.9 years.
didnt his dismissal have a clause about receiving his 2014 only if he looked for another job, since the deal was that we would cover the gross up between his um salary and new one? ND is probably interviewing, him so we have to pay.
the current ND offense, I would be stunned to actually see it work. Actually if Borges magically ran spread and tempo after one year it would be the all-time epic Troll of Trolling.
oh, my god
I'm not religious but I think I can send up a quick prayer for this one to the god of football comedy
Hopefully the saying "one mans trash is another mans treasure" doesn't hold true in this situation.
Here's to hopeless prayers... I'll send out some useless cosmic thoughts or something...
falls on his feet. This would qualify as such. An added bonus would be watching ND struggle. I have no doubt that Mattison could and would outscheme him in next year's game.
I hope he lands on his feet. Falling on them could do some serious damage at his size.
Whether he falls or lands on his feet, AB's finances will be strong. I believe he had one more year left on his Michigan contract. When he was fired I heard someone say that the amount Michigan owes him will be offset by what he is paid by his next employer, assuming he wishes to work next year.
I don't understand how this is possible.
He looked pretty good last time ND saw him.
Yeah and I'm sure Kelly is ignoring every other offensive performance under Borges.
That you don't understand
All the LOLZ aside, I wouldn't really want to face him next September. He obviously is familiar with our personnel and knows our defensive tendencies as well.
He isn't too happy he just got fired. Personal grudge.
What's he gonna do, bark the play calls with an extra edge of vehemance? I don't think "revenge playcalling" is a thing
No, but he might spend extra time this summer gameplanning for us. Al can be a crafty guy - some of his gameplans were very good (ND and Ohio this year come to mind).
And some were terrible (MSU and Nebraska come to mind).
"Crafty" people do not put up negative rushing yards in back to back games. Period.
I wasn't aware that Al recorded any rushing statistics last year
As offensive coordinator, it is his job to put the offense in the best position possible to gain yards and score points. It is also his job to help coach players to approach their full potential (which should be high, given our recruting classes).
Not only did our talented players not live up to their potential, but he did not do a great job putting them in positions to succeed, thus resulting in negative rushing yards.
I adamantly believe that there are better coordinators than Borges who would have done a beter job with this (and thus, you know, actually produced positive rushing yards).
I'd say all stats--most definitely including rushing stats--are what offensive coordinators are judged by---and those pesky wins and losses. How do you evaluate a coach? And are you really defending the Penn State and Nebraska game plans?
I've defended Penn State. It was an fine game plan that should have gotten us the win despite the awful ground game. Just knock one of 3 FG attempts and we win. We didn't struggle to move the ball or score despite the meme-worthy run game.
Nebraska was a stink-bomb of the stinkiest order.
The problem: On nearly every important carry at the end of the game, we handed the ball off to Fitz, which was a prospect that had almost zero chance of success.
Instead of running Gardner on the final three plays of our clock killing drive (you know, the guy who had ripped Penn State up all game), we slammed Fitz into the line three times and lost yards.
In the first overtime, we rushed twice with Fitz for almost nothing and then had Gardner "center" the ball for the field goal.
In the third overtime, on third down, we had Fitz slam into the line again.
Again, there was no indication that this was going to be successful. And while you are right, all we needed was a field goal on one of three occasions or a final defensive stop (which we got twice, in OT), it really felt like the playcalling went away from what you might call typical Hoke. It didn't really make sense to me that the guy who called for a centering of the ball (to attempt what wasn't at all a gimme: a 40-yard field goal on the road) was the same guy in the second half of the Ohio State game going for it on 4th down and calling 2-pt conversions to play for the win.
Id like to think he spent some extra time game planning for KSU. That didn't bear any fruit.
He also had a true freshman QB making his career debut in that game.
I'm not saying the guy's awesome, or that I'd take him over Nussmeier, but he was capable of delivering strong gameplans now and then.
No, but knowing our defensive personnel inside and out could be a thing. We're bringing back basically the same defense next year. Borges probably knows the strengths and weaknesses of our guys at a level that no other OC could pick up from film study. There's an advantage there. Him knowing Mattison's tendencies and Mattison knowing Borges's tendencies might cancel out, but I'd rather not have opposing coaches with such insane familiarity with our personnel.
A decided schematic advantage?
I laughed, but (as has been posted my some) one of Charlie Weis's problems was that he tried to install too many gameplans and plays; it worked fine his first two years with more experienced teams but really fell short his next couple of years with younger and less experienced teams.
For sure that would give him about 10 really solid plays to start the game.
He doesn't know Peppers first hand. That's enough for me.
I mean, we'd have the same edge. I have a feeling our defense (and Mattison) are pretty familiar with everything Borges likes to do.
All Mattison has to do is put 9 in the box 27 times.
Best comment of the day.
alternating QB is: Golson on running plays & Rees on passing plays.