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The end of the Charlie Weis era

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Well Charlie Weis is out at Notre Dame.  Notre Dame had an incredible aerial attack but couldn’t run the ball out on close games and had a horrific defense for most of Weis’ tenure.  In the end Weis didn’t beat better teams than Notre Dame and often were beat by inferior teams.

Despite that, I felt really down when they announced his firing.  From all accounts, Charlie Weis is a really good man who recruited athletes that the University of Notre Dame should be proud of.  He was also a great offensive coach but couldn’t hire effective defensive coaches or could not recruit good enough athletes on the defensive side of the ball.  Notre Dame’s front seven constantly lost the war in the trenches and you aren’t going to win too many games if you can’t stop the run.  You also won’t hold many leads if you can’t run out a game and Notre Dame could not.

Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis So what do you do now?  Michael Ventre of MSNBC asks the question, “Would even half of the Florida Gators be able to qualify to enroll at Notre Dame?”  He suggests that Notre Dame needs to lower academic standards to allow better players to qualify.  Dan Wetzel sees it differently, “When Notre Dame gets a good coach again, it will be good again. This isn’t rocket science. Had the Irish snapped up current Florida coach Urban Meyer, a former star assistant, when they could have, there would be no debate, Notre Dame would be Notre Dame.”   Weis signed plenty of players that USC and Florida and others wanted. He had a team that was good enough for nine or 10 wins. He just couldn’t coach them into a viable unit.

Now if I was Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner and for some reason, I was still committed to Eric Mangini as my coach, I would hire Charlie Weiss as my team’s offensive coordinator and see what he can get out of Brady Quinn.  Remember, Brady Quinn is from Cleveland if he can make him into a franchise quarterback or even a QB that can get the Browns into the playoffs on a regular basis, it would energize the Cleveland fan base.  While it isn’t as common now as it was in the 90s, there can still be a role for the superstar offensive coordinator.

Rock Bottom

Notre Dame is playing the University of Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl.  For me this is worse than last year’s 3-9 season.  I know a bowl game is supposed to be a step up but the Hawaii Bowl was the kind of bowl in the Lou Holtz era that Notre Dame would say, “Thanks but no thanks, we have to stay at home and wash our hair rather than go to a D level bowl game on Christmas Eve.”  Notre Dame will walk away $750,000 richer but even with a win, no one will respect them in the morning.