If you asked any Notre Dame fan heading into week 4 of the season if they would take a 3-0 start, they would obviously take it.
But, some of these same fans now after watching the first 3 games are questioning the offensive validity of this team. Unfortunately, a lot of that responsibility is centered around the QB.
The rumor was floating around today that Wimbush could be in trouble for his starting job against Wake Forest, as his last two weeks have been sub-par at best. That rumor became a little closer to true as Kelly held his press conference today and let us know that a change would be made, but not in the starting role.
Both QBs are penciled to play and split time, but losing your starting job shows Wimbush and the rest of the team mediocrity isn’t tolerated.
As a fan, I love this. Too often we are “reactors” in this situation and coaches make the change after a loss. One loss in today’s CFP ranking could mean the difference in a tournament berth or playing in a bowl game.
Great example: Alabama.
For much of Wimbush’s time, we have seen arrant throws and nothing near the great decision making in the run game as in years past. With this said, the offense finds ways to stay stagnant, even in the best situation. This has led to these mediocre performances and scores for a team everyone feels has a schedule and shot at being one of the best in the country.
Hold the phone, I can’t put all the blame on Brandon. A good portion lies in Kelly and his staff. Yet again, we fail to notice the best situation for Wimbush and continue to force a play style on him that I don’t think allows for a College Football Playoff performance. The gauntlet in the schedule (Stanford and At Virginia Tech) are approaching and the Irish have to know what chapter Ian Book is on.
Starting Book gives him confidence and puts Brandon on watch for his job, which I feel creates competition. Being your best every day or you’re going to be a second string.
I’m all for this and especially heading into these two games next week and the week after. This would allow for an alternative gameplay that nether team has seen much of up until now.
Lastly, the weapons and targets are getting to be too small in quantity of production. There should be more passes thrown to the two y’all receivers and more RPOs for Wimbush to decide to run or throw.
Kelly is getting ancy for a more high-octane offense and knows his defense will struggle through the latter half if something isn’t done.
Kudos to him for stepping up and making a tough call.
All in all, I think that Book gets the start and the Irish fix some things heading g it of Winston Salem, NC. Look for a 28-10 W and the Irish controlling the game.