Two years ago when BK was announced as the replacement of Charlie Weiss their were many on this board that were both concerned he was the next Rockne and wishing he was standing on our own sideline. You know who you are...you are the Edward G. Robinson's of MGoBlog.
After the abomination that was Charlie Weiss I never imagined anyone could be worse when dealing with the media and representing a University but ND found themselves this puple faced Grimace who routinely throws his players under the bus in post game pressers. Last years team was split in loyalty as players recruited by Weiss and supportive of Dayne Crist watched in horror as the kid was vilified by his coach by halftime of the first game. The behavior eventually (purple face) had to be addressed by the ND administration. It is one thing to get upset with a player and give it to him accordingly (see Schembechler) but to humiliate and embarrass both you and the player in the process is uncalled for...I would call Brian a Jackass but why disrespect a Donkey like that?
Besides his poor temperament BK's in game coaching decisions also leave much to be desired. Kelly despises running the football. Running the football in the BK system is a necessary evil as it limits his goal of 60 passes per game. Third and two and Kelly would prefer to spread you 4-5 wide with a 60% chance of throw for the first to 40% run...even if he is playing Navy. Because Kelly insists on throwing 65% of the time the defense is constantly on the field. Although talented the defense does not disguise anything that I can tell. By the third quarter the ND defense is gassed and predictable and plays less then inspired.
So now the offensive coaching staff has been pilfered by Urban Meyer (O-Line coach and Running Backs coach to OSU and three coaches on the offense total) and words like, "synergism" and "shared vision" are coming out of Grimace's mouth now. Purple Face will evaluate anything but himself and you have to love the spin of Urban Meyer raiding your staff as a chance to evaluate...
“When you do not reach the goals that you’re looking to reach, it’s not just about your players,” Kelly said. “You have to evaluate players. You have to evaluate systems. You have to evaluate coaches. And today was to announce what I believe are some significant improvements within our staff that are going to allow us to move forward. We believe our foundation has been set.”
So I believe it shows itself when you get into the practice area, it shows itself on game day. And when you have that, where everybody's on the same page, that's where it becomes, nobody sees it. 'Boy they look pretty good today.' Well, it's probably because we're all on the same page."
Brian Kelly is in a most delightful of ND schadenfreude coaching death spirals to date. His demise is inevitable because at the end of the day he just cant be anything but himself both on and off the field.