The secret to comedy is timing.

Michael Elkon’s sarcastic header (“Notre Dame Lost! Let’s All Overreact!”) kinda resonated with me – until I read about Corwin Brown’s overreaction to Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo’s postgame comments about the Irish defensive game plan.  Those guys are losing it.

I’m officially off the fence now.  Charlie Weis must stay.  He’s working on becoming the most embarrassing hire in Notre Dame history.  And considering said history includes George O’Leary and Gerry Faust, that’s saying a lot.

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  1. dean

    I found this little nugget interesting in the Corwin Brown link:Brown also criticized the way Niumatalolo coaches his players to block, point to a play last season where linebacker Brian Smith sustained a sprained knee because of an illegal cut block…
    Sounds a lot like what Beamer (I think) said about the Yellow Jackets. What is it about the triple option that necessitates cut blocks? Or are the cut blocks more of Paul Johnson’s brilliance?

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  2. Section Z alum

    but weiss looks so magisterial in his sideline sweats!

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  3. DawgPhan

    Well you know after Beamer made his stink Tech was called for 3 illegal blocks in the Wake Forest game, well at least 3 that I remember. I think that the option needs to get people on the ground and cutting the legs is the way to do it.

    Also Johnson schooled the officials this off season on his block schemes so they would know what they were looking at. Could it be that the blocking schemes required for the option will be what kills it. The more coaches that send in tapes and complain about it publicly the more times the Jackets will get called for it…and 15 yarders to a running team hurt.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Cut blocking is legal. It is only illegal in certain situations (an example would be on an interior defensive lineman who is engaged with a blocker and then cut by another blocker). One cut block that is clearly illegal, what used to be called a clip, usually happens when an outside receiver cracks back on a linebacker or safety on the corner during an option running play that is going wide. That is what Tech got called for in its game against Wake. Players just have to be disciplined enough to not do it and that’s a coaching issue. Beamer actually had a point as it appears that the refs are not attuned so much to crackbacks anymore as very few schools run the option offense. Question: If the refs start calling it with regularity on Tech, will that prevent Tech’s ability to effectively run its version of the option?

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    • dean

      I think that the option needs to get people on the ground and cutting the legs is the way to do it.
      I still don’t see where getting the person on the ground is imperative to only the triple option. Doesn’t every team track pancake blocks? If a defender is on the ground he’s completely out of the play.

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      • Will (the other one)

        Cut blocking and pancake blocks aren’t the same.
        Pancaking, usually, means the OL guy was lower than the DL guy, and pushed him back so hard the DL guy went on his ass.
        Cut blocking is more apt to but a defender on his face, as the blocker goes very low, and lets forward momentum trip up the defender. It’s not just an option thing–the OL coach for the Broncos (who was with the Falcons briefly) during the TD/Elway years was notorious for using cut blocks.

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  4. Dog in Fla

    “Weis not listening to critics –

    Overall, the Irish are 1-10 under Weis against teams that finished a season in the Top 25….

    Weis has never beaten a team that finished with fewer than four losses….

    We’re so irrelevant — that denotes a bit of hypocrisy here — we’re so irrelevant, why would we be such a big story?” Weis responded

    Why should he listen to critics? Truer words were never spoken by a man who’s got an $18,000,000.00 golden parachute set and ready to go based upon all of his accomplishments, those of his agent as aided and abetted by whomever was supposed to be looking after the interests of the whomever(s) that get to make the payout(s). It reminds me, although about twice as much is involved, of the Georgia Tech contract with its basketball coach.

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