News, Off-Season, Personnel »

By · April 3rd, 2009 · 2,596 views
Curb(ing) Your Enthusiasm

What I appreciate most about the Notre Dame fan base, and what normally annoys anyone who doesn’t bleed Blue and Gold, is our unending devotion to the Irish and our blind support of the football team—including to the point of humiliation (see: 2007). If we sit around long enough and think about the team enough, we start to rationalize why Notre Dame should go undefeated …

News, Off-Season, Personnel »

By · March 21st, 2009 · 3,332 views
Spring Cleaning for the Fighting Irish

Spring cleaning…for anyone who isn’t a spitting image of Danny Tanner, this term evokes many feelings of disgust, hate, and loathing. At least, that’s what I feel when I think of spring cleaning. It’s a tedious task that usually takes up an entire Saturday–a Saturday that could be spent watching TV, playing video games, or watching videos of Jerome Bettis clown-stomp the Florida Gators. However, …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · March 18th, 2009 · 10,568 views
Improving the Irish Rushing Attack: Personnel, Predictability, and Synergy

At times during the 2008 season the Irish offense looked like a passing juggernaut. Other times Notre Dame sputtered when faced with a short field, frequently failing to produce an effective rushing attack. This led to poor red zone and third down efficiency that cost the Irish more than one game.

In fact, many of the problems with the 2008 (and 2007) offense were due …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · March 4th, 2009 · 10,939 views
Notre Dame Run Blocking: Positives and Negatives of the Zone Blocking Scheme

As discussed before, three topics contributing to the success and demise of the 2008 Irish offense will be discussed this off-season. The first installment, Part 1, detailed the positives and negatives of head coach Charlie Weis’ offensive philosophy and play-calling approach. The second installment consists of three segments detailing Notre Dame’s struggles running the football.

The first segment, Part 2a, outlined the level of rushing …

Miscellany, Staff »

By · February 22nd, 2009 · 2,504 views
Should a Rivalry Dictate a Season?

A year ago, I wrote an article discussing who Notre Dame’s true rival is. It was an open and shut case and nobody can deny that throughout their respective histories, Southern California is Notre Dame’s biggest rival. However, with the instability of Weis’ tenure at Notre Dame, most people are pegging Charlie’s success this season on two things: total wins and losses and the team’s …

News, Off-Season, Staff »

By · February 17th, 2009 · 19,833 views
Irish Off-Season of Change: Coaching Responsibilities Redefined

A relatively young off-season has brought a host of changes to the Notre Dame football program.

The Irish landed a solid, albeit not great, recruiting class and three new coaches were hired to replace offensive line coach John Latina, defensive line coach Jappy Oliver, and offensive coordinator and running backs coach Mike Haywood.

A more detailed discussion of these coaching changes is forthcoming, but the …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics »

By · February 10th, 2009 · 7,140 views
Is a Running Game Necessary? The Impact of Notre Dame’s Ground Woes

After two of the most prolific offensive seasons in Fighting Irish history, the Charlie Weis-led Notre Dame offense produced two inconsistent and wholly underwhelming campaigns in 2007 and 2008.

The efficient, passing-centric offense led by quarterback Brady Quinn has been replaced by a one-dimensional vertical passing attack that struggles against relatively average defensive units.

As noted and discussed here, most of the blame for this …

Off-Season, Personnel, Recruiting »

By · February 5th, 2009 · 3,705 views
Notre Dame Recruiting Signing Day Recap

Signing day has come and gone, leaving a clearer picture of the 2009 recruiting class for the Fighting Irish. Head coach Charlie Weis and his staff reeled in the 20th ranked class according to Rivals, and 24th ranked class as judged by Scout. The writing staff here at Clashmore Mike weighs in on each recruit.

Offense

Alex Bullard

OG, 6’3″, 275 lbs
7th ranked OG …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · January 16th, 2009 · 14,173 views
Offensive Philosophy And Play-Calling: The Weisian Approach

The off-season is here, and, save a few recruiting tidbits and coaching changes, there isn’t much for Irish fans to talk about.

In light of this, I’ve decided to dissect some of the offensive woes for Notre Dame the past two seasons. Even though Notre Dame’s offense exploded to destroy Hawaii in their season finale, many Irish faithful have lamented over the ineptitude displayed in …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · January 6th, 2009 · 2,576 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Hawaii

Better late than never I guess…

The Fighting Irish played arguably the best 60 minutes of football in the past 24 games Christmas Eve, beating the Hawaii Warriors in all three phases of the game.

Notre Dame dominated in time of possession (33 to 27 minutes), total offense (478 to 359 yards), average yards per play (7.7 to 5.6 yards per play), passing yards (413 …