Interesting article and comments about ND (Whom also recently gave Holtz an honorary law degree-seriously?) and will Kelly's offensive/defensive philosophies work at this level.
“I think everything starts with defense,” Holtz said. “Your offense isn’t always going to be there – the wind, the rain, competition. But defense is always the basis.
“When you run the ball and you’re physical, it makes your defense more physical as well, although there are some people who run the spread and can play great defense.”
“Year two is about utilizing the players that we have that can help us win football games. Our philosophy has been laid down. A way of doing things on a daily basis has been laid down. Last spring I don’t want to say it was throwing it against the wall and making it stick. In year 2 it becomes more about players than plays and really fitting what we do in all three phases to the players we have.
The next question was, “Do you run the football more?” “Heck no!” Kelly quickly retorted. “It means possess the football. If it does mean run the ball, I’m all for it. We can’t have any three and outs, we have to sustain drives.