according to someone covering the brian kelly press conference. no link yet. imagine that there will be one soon. the rees to floyd combination is pretty deadly.
landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Rees looked way better on Saturday. Hopefully Kovacs hits him as hard as he hit Carder.
Let's chant this whenever he gets sacked.
or else ND fans wouldn't be able to claim that they would have won if Crist was in
I feel more confident going against Rees than Christ
Of course, but does Crist also scare you more than Rees?
I kinda think he may be right. Because if you think about it Rees was a back up to Crist for a reason, right? I mean there are a lot of circumstances in which a quarterback does well in relief but then struggles as a starter.
Christ would be tough to defeat.
Yes Jesus would be hard to beat. Thank god we don't have to play him. Crist and Rees are both talented but I think we stand a good chance.
Crist just isn't an accurate passer. But Carder is better than both ND QBs.
Carder might be better but he did not have the type of targets that Notre Dame will have on Saturday. Michael Floyd will not be easy to stop.
I hear the South Bend police have no trouble stopping him
In all seriousness, he is one bad mama jama.
I hope TWolf is 100% by the time Saturday rolls around or its going to be a LONG evening at the Big House. I just don't think Avery or Floyd have the skill/speed/ability to keep up with him.
Must keep pressure on Reeses Pieces to compete on D. I don't care if were disguising blitzes all day (night) with Kovacs.
But somehow Rogers shut him down last year?
He did have some big catches... 5 for 66... and I'm guessing the double coverages on him had something to do with their TE getting 8 for 164.
If I remember correctly, cam Gordon had more to do with that stat line (of the TE).
But he is a quality WR. It was the Carder to White show against Michigan as White accounted for 119 of WMU's 279 total yards.
Any word from mgouser IRISH after losing to USF? Any word from mgouser IRISH after losing to us the past two seasons? no. I guarantee you though, he'll be here if ND wins on Saturday.
an informative diary.
Yeah dude. I'm talking about being there after something bad happens to ND. You'll never see it. Of course he posted an informative diary. Did it last year too. He'll also make a bunch of passive aggressive comments throughout the offseason, as he will if ND wins.
He posted like 12 times on the thread labeled "down go the Irish" (night of their loss to USF) and he stayed classy about it. http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/down-go-irish#comments
Listen, let me be really clear about mgouser IRISH. After losing to us the past two years, he didn't get on and say "Good Game". I GUARANTEE YOU he will log on and compliment our play if ND beats us Saturday. That is my point. Yes, he will be wishing us a good game, and complimenting our play, but he will be doing it after a ND win. Something he failed to do the last two years after ND lost.
Get my drift?
And yet, somehow, I like Irish as a poster more than you. I wonder why?
Do you want to jump onto the internet after a MICH lose and congratulate the other team's fanbase the moment the game is over?
Irish is level-headed, insightful, and respectful 99% of the time. The reason he wouldn't come on here after an ND loss should be obvious: he's still stewing over it (as any fan is when their team loses), and is sensible enough to stay away for awhile. Nothing good awaits him on this board for several days following the game, regardless of the outcome.
When Michigan loses, especially to a rival, I don't even want to be reminded of the game. No chance in hell I would go to the opposing blog site and have my face shoved in it too.
IMO, he's been a great poster. All of his posts are informative and its always good to have viewpoints of the opposition when they are coherent and non-confrontational as his have been.
Personally, I don't feel the need to have a supporter of another team congratulate me on a Michigan victory. First, I personally do not play football for Michigan so what would he be congratulating ME for? Doing a good job watching and cheering? Second, I sure as hell would not want to take the time to post when I'm sitting and stewing about losing. Maybe later, I guess, but not soon thereafter.
Does this matter? I'd be pretty pissed right after those games if we lost in similar fashion the last two years. Not sure why you need validation after we win.
Have you ever gone onto Bucknuts and congratulated them after they beat us? This is not a rhetorical question.
I'm assuming Bucknuts is an OSU message board? No, I don't go on rival message boards.
If my mother gives you a handjob, would you like me to pen you a handwritten note congratulating you on the accomplishment?
Your mom doles out handjobs to strangers?
I'm only asking because I've been a little pent up lately, and well, you know.....
It depends . . . If gremlin is just a regular John Doe like most of us then, no, probably not. However, what if gremlin is Lloyd Brady??? Would a congratulations be in order? Hmmmmm . . . its actually a tough question!
People on this board seem to have a lot of love for Irish.
And in general, he is pretty tolerable.
However, the weeks leading up to this season, he was a typical ND blowhard, spouting off like he KNEW they were BCS bound.
That's where he started to piss me off.
Of course, after the USF loss, he was on here acting much more humble. I do have to give him props for even showing up though. And his diary breaking down the ND depth chart was very informative.
Overall, he definitely makes some positive contributions to this board. But he needs to watch his tongue sometimes if he wants to continue getting all the positive favor he currently has on this blog.
In Kelly's and the collective ND mind, he offers the greater spark.
I think they come out desperate on Saturday night and really bring it to us... in the end it's Mattison that could end up the hero. Him and that Denard kid.
They did seem to have a better rhythm under Rees, but I wouldn't trust him if I was ND. I don't feel he handles pressure all that well, so hopefully we really get after him.
I think Rees benefits from happening to be the guy during ND's win streak last year. But if you go back and look at the stats, he wasn't all that impressive. And, as Dr. Saturday pointed out, that winning streak was more about the defense coming together.
...and the obvious choice, though I don't think it much matters to us. Our job is to get to the QB and pressure him. Without that, we are going to get killed on the defense.
More concerned about Floyd and the rest of the WR corps but this seems to be the right decision. Rees just gets things done for them.
Crist must be fuming.... and it's not like you are going to work in a couple "change of pace" packages for him considering his "talents" are very similar to Rees.
Crist's only chance to get in at this point is an injury or a total fail on Rees's part to move the offense (which I doubt will occur during the next 2 games - UM and Sparty)
I used to enjoy me a Reese's pieces, until I noticed the apostrophe. This chocolate-covered peanut butter belongs to someone! If a guy ever comes up to you and demands your food and says his name is Reese, you better give it to him.
Mitch Hedberg was the man... too bad he didn't make it out of his twenties..
Cutest infestation ever.
My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, I said "No, but I want a regular banana later, so ... yeah".
I think Pringles original intention was to make tennis balls... but on the day the rubber was supposed to show up a truckload of potatoes came. Pringles is a laid-back company, so they just said, "Fuck it, cut em up!"
I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.
It will get you in the end almost every time.
He was actually 37 when he died.
...Reese's Peanut Butter Cups take on a whole new unsavory meaning.
Rees would win the job. Told ya so
He'll make mistakes and we'll have to capitalize on those. But when he's not making mistakes he's going to be throwing bullets - the kid has gumption (I think that's still a word and I just turned into my father) and doesn't seem to get fazed.
Maybe in the Big House for a night game w/ GMAT blitzes, he'll make those mistakes early, and we can see how he looks when he gets frazzled.
I don't follow Notre Dame very closely, but isn't Rees the 14-year-old kid that we pulverized last year after he came in when Crist suffered a concussion? He lasted about two series and was so awful that they had to put in the legacy Montana kid. He must have improved exponentially since then if people here are afraid of him.
I think people are more afraid of the weapons that he has around him, mainly Michael Floyd.
That being said, as a passer/decision maker I think Carder is better than Rees. But Jordan White, although good, is no Michael Floyd and I think Floyd will probably have a big game.
I do expect Mattison to bring the pressure and make Rees beat us with good throws while under pressure.
I seriously can't see what people see in Carder. He's a kid that folded like a house of cards the first time he got hit, vocally got upset with his teammates, and sat out of offensive huddles on the sidelines because he was mad at his offensive line (per ABC's sideline reporter).
So he doesn't have high character. Doesn't mean he's not a very accurate passer. And in his defense, he was getting killed out there.
Immaturity and anger issues aside, he was throwing crisp passes, especially on timing routes that rely on being used to your wide recievers.
He's also the kid that led them to wins in their final 4 games last year, beating Utah, USC, and Miami.
And the kid who threw three pics in the loss to Tulsa.
Like I said above, I think he benefits from happening to be the QB during their win streak. That win streak has both Rees and ND as a whole overrated. Utah got drubbed by the only elite teams they played last year, losing 47-7 to TCU and 26-3 to Boise State. Miami just had their coach fired and didn't show up, and USC was an absolutely dropped ball on what would have been the game winning TD from beating ND despite not being any good last year (Rees threw 3 pics in that game as well).
Rees is certainly not the deer in the headlights he was for a couple drives against us last year, but he isn't exactly Joe Montana either.
Utah: 13-20, 129 yards
USC: 20-32, 149 yards, 3 INT
Miami: 15-29, 201 yards
Army: 13-20, 214 yards, 1 INT
He's a nice good luck charm apparently, but acting like he's responsible for those wins (which didn't exactly come against Murderer's Row) is a bit of an overstatement.
How is stating a fact: "He started their final four victories", crediting him with responsibility? I didn't say he was good - I didn't state an opinion. The guy I responded to didn't seem to be aware that Rees played after the Michigan game.
You wrote that he "led them" to four straight wins. I guess to me that implied that he did something to actually cause his team to win those games, or had gotten dramatically better than what we saw briefly against Michigan. That's the only reason I pointed out that he in fact did very little of note in any of those games.
I'd argue that's an appreciable upgrade from the guy we saw play against Michigan.
He only played one series against us and threw a pick. Here are some numbers from last year:
261.8 yards per game, 21 TD, 12 INT
259.5 yards per game, 30 TD, 15 INT
The first one is Michigan's pass defense. The second one is USC's. After four drives in that game he had one interception and one first down. Basically the only difference in his performance is that in one game he got benched and in the other he didn't.
but he's grown up a bit. Much more accurate than Crist. One of his INTs was a near-perfect pass that bounced off of the WR's head, accounting for a Kelly head asplosion.
The guy was running a crossing route and the ball hit him in the head. Even if he's looking back the throw is high and behind him. The receiver is to blame for the pick, but from basically a few yards away that is far from a perfect throw.
And the second pick was right at the defensive back.
Rees racked up a ton of yards throwing every down against a team playing prevent defense.
that's not a bad pass. If, as a WR, you turn your head, your shoulders naturally turn as well. I won't argue with anything else you've stated.
That would be the one. And I agree. Crist is taller/bigger, has a stronger arm and can throw better downfield and back across his body. He also has more experience and played better under pressure last year against us in South Bend. Brian Kelly seems to like Rees better than Crist for whatever reason and screams at Crist all the time. I believe this has undermined Crist's confidence to the point he has regressed. He is more afraid of making a mistake than he is thinking about what the right thing to do on each play.
ND's decision to start Rees has much more to do with Crist doing poorly than Rees doing well. Both threw picks on Saturday and both threw picks against us last year. And Rees' stats on Saturday include that final 90 yard drive when South Florida was playing in a prevent package. We should not be afraid of Rees. He is not as good as Clausen was and probably not much better than he was when we saw him last year. He also is unlikely to be any more effective against us than Carder (WMU) was on Saturday. The key will be to take away Floyd (at least, keep him somewhat contained) and shut down the run. If we do that, we win. Tommy Rees is not some special player who is going to beat us.
I think he was actually in for 1 play, then Montana came on.
I don't even think Mouton's interception on that play was his fault, it was Kelly's. If you bring in a true freshman and call a flea-flicker, the kid's going to throw the ball whether the receiver is covered or not. Mouton read it and made a great play.
Shred the memory of that game and performance, I'm sure Rees has.
Rees threw two picks against South Florida on Saturday. One arguably was not his fault, but he is not some special QB weapon we need to fear. He is also not materially better or worse than Crist.
And anyone who saw the game Saturday would say Rees was materially better than Crist
Yeah that stat line was impressive -- 294 yards in one half against a team that was something like 17th in the nation in pass efficiency D last year. He was doing something right.
I actually think I prefer this. He's younger, and although the O hummed better with him last game, a sophomore (I believe he is one) will get rattled easier if we bring heat.
Which is the more effective method for getting player's in line.
I'd tell him straight to his face to F off. That's the kid I was at that age. Actually, I'd still react the same way. Yelling is one thing, but being a total dick, losing your composure like that, GTFO. It's counter-productive.
Something tells me the "Brian Kelly Losing His Shit" image will be deployed a copious amount this season.
Im relieved to have Rees starting rather than Crist. If for no other reason than last years results from the UM-ND game.
so what happens if we blitz the hell out of reese and he is a rattled mess by half? do we see crist? Love these QB controversies :D
It's a short-sighted, panic-laden move by Kelly. So, Kelly watched Crist all Spring and all Summer and in Fall camp and decided he was the better of the two at this point in his development, but after one not-so-good half of football in the season opener he changed his mind? Great. Kelly better hope he doesn't need to go back to him anytime soon, because that is going to make him look like he really has no clue what he is doing.
and that they're switched in and out multiple times.
The noise from the crowd needs to be echoing in Rees' head a week later. We can certainly help him make a few mistakes.
Crist scares me more, if only because of how he performed during last year's M game (prior to his head injury). He was scary. Then again, turned out most QBs were scary against M. So what do I know?
Our blitz on him will result in him throwing many terrible balls. even worse for him he will have to go to a sideline and get screamed at by Brian Kelly.
Not suprisingly, I guess, Kelly has shown really bad form re the QB flip-flop. Guy has one bad quarter, in bad weather, and you publicly berate him, then say "I wish we had more players like Rees." What a dick.
Also, remember, Crist did lead one great drive -- until his RB fumbled. Minus that play, the halftime score would have been 9-7. Crist threw one terrible INT, and Rees certainly looked better on Saturday. But jeez. That was mostly after ND had time to adjust after the delay. ND came out more motivated and had to play for its life. Crist's confidence must be shot.
I'd rather take my chances against Rees. He seems solid but less lethal. If M can contain (if only somewhat) his pitch-and-catch with Floyd...
The weather was sunny and about 90 degrees during the first half. Only started raining during halftime.
I know I shouldn't enjoy reading the Buckeye produced Michigan Monday so much, but it is normally an excellent read.
best line from this week's michigan monday:
Despite that bit of good news, however, very little about the Wolverine defense jumped out at me. There was very little pass rush from the front four, and Michigan had to go to the blitz to pressure Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder. However, when they did blitz, it was extremely effective.
It looked like the Broncos' coaching staff wasn't even aware blitzing was legal. Maybe they were thinking that they were playing in a high school all-star game. However, since there were never any stoppages of play for verbal commitments, you would've thought they'd have figured it out eventually.
Our defense last year was abysmal and yet, with the help of Denard, we beat those pricks for the 2nd time in 3 RR tries. Let's not discount what we bring to this game.
We also missed two field goals in that game. And the guy who supposedly totally would have won if only he hadn't been knocked cross-eyed by Kovacs just got benched as a senior.
We have a bunch of young guys who are substantially improved and/or now available to play (Ryan, Gordon, Avery, Robinson, etc.) and three running backs who are now 100% healthy. Notre Dame looks like the exact same team from a year ago, with the same purple-faced lunatic prowling the sidelines.
christ is the better qb so ill take it
I wonder if Vegas moves this after the news?
It was UM +4.5 on Sunday, I believe. So, apparently the QB switch is worth a point for us.
Just curious: How does Vegas have us as underdogs in this one? We return our entire team, they lose a few players, and we beat them last year. Also, the overwhelming sentiment is that the nw coaching staff (let's exclude RR from the discussion - just the staff) is going to do a much better job on D and special teams than the old staff. So, how are we underdogs?
There are just so many ND homers out there they have to give UM points to even the bets. Same reason ND was ranked in the top 25.