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The Athletic singles out two issues why Notre Dame has struggled in 2022

The Athletics Stewart Mandel exposed his mailbag and tackled a number of questions, the initial being what’s the largest issue that you see with Notre Dame? Most of us could have different answers to the question, but Mandel had two (subscription required). Learn below what these were and when they seem sensible.

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Entering the growing season without quarterback with starting experience

Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne (10) reacts to a flag through the Notre Dame vs. California NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

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Ahead of this season, the Irish have already been spoiled with veteran leadership at most important position in football and potentially most of sports. Mandel sees the truth that Notre Dame entered the growing season with two candidates that had no starting experience, which a lot of us thought they might overcome, because the first issue. He explained that even though past Irish QBs were struggling, they might still usually depend on a solid running game, which Mandel notes isn’t exactly the same group it’s been previously aswell, noting just 3.3 yards-per-carry.


Sep 17, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Drew Pyne (10) signals prior to the snap in the initial quarter contrary to the California Bearsat Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Completely trust this point. There exists a laundry set of transfer quarterback which could have stepped into South Bend and overran the reigns of the offense. The largest name being Caleb Williams, who the Irish kicked the tires on, however, not seeking other names like Jaxson Dart, JT Daniels, or Jayden Daniels has ended up being an enormous mistake. We all have been sure Marcus Freeman want to have that one back, especially the way the season has played out up to now.

Tommy Rees staying on the staff as offensive coordinator

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When Freeman was elevated to head coach, the question was if Rees was heading South with Brian Kelly. Rees opted to remain home and today most are questioning if that has been the proper move, Mandel for the reason that camp has he’s got never understood the reverence for him (Rees) being an offensive coordinator. Mandel cites his offenses being ranked 34th and 41st which he sees as nearly offensive savant material. Another point that has been made was Rees age clashing with Freemans and that getting the 30-year-old Rees and 36-year-old Freeman teaming up might not have already been the worlds greatest idea.


Apr 23, 2022; Notre Dame, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rees foretells quarterback Drew Pyne (10) during warmups prior to the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, I must trust Mandel in this assessment aswell. Despite the fact that Rees is probably not old, he’s got experience as a quarterback coach and some years under his belt being an offensive coordinator. Should Rees maintain this role for Notre Dame at this time, that answer is in the play up to now this year. That is clearly a big no (114th altogether offense in case you are wondering). There’s a lot more Rees could do as a play-caller, hes regressed every year hes experienced the role. For quarterback development, they are his two hand-picked players, in Drew Pyne and Tyler Buchner. Neither has progress much since arriving on campus, especially throwing the ball. The jury continues to be from Steve Angeli and its own over per year from when 5-star CJ Carr could sign with the Irish. This is actually the harsh reality of the problem at this time.

Can this be fixed?

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman on the sideline through the second 1 / 2 of an NCAA college football game Iagainst Marshall n South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Marshall defeated Notre Dame 26-21. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

You’ll need to think the quarterback issue will remain a concern until earliest this off-season. Are you aware that running game, we’re able to perfectly see an adjustment in scheme and production because the season continues on. The Rees issue is really a very different story. Does Freeman ride with the person he trusted to perform his offense or does he create a change in the off-season? (I highly doubt an in-season change is manufactured nevertheless, you never know.) Thats the million-dollar question right now. You’ll hate for Carr to rethink his decision if Rees were to go on, but imagine if Freeman hires a co-offensive coordinator? There’s potential which could work, Rees could move from the box to the field and also have more practical game-day duties rather than play-calling. Who knows that Freeman is thinking but we cant eliminate anything right now.

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