Breaking Down ND’s One-Back Power Game

Notre Dame's run offense may consist primarily of zone plays (outside zone was the top run check last season), but the Irish are not afraid to dial up power run plays from a variety of formations and personnel groupings. With Brian Kelly acknowledging that Notre Dame will likely run fewer option plays this season, the […]

NCAA Football 14 Demo: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Last week, EA Sports released the NCAA Football 14 demo for PS3 and Xbox. I once again decided to download the demo and write a brief review for the gamers who frequent this site. After playing the demo a few times this past weekend, I'm cautiously optimistic that NCAA Football 14 will provide a better overall gaming […]

Attacking the Boundary with the Switch Concept

For those of you who like X's and O's, the folks over at Spread Football were kind enough to post notes from the 2013 Notre Dame Coaches Clinic on their site. The notes are very informative and fun to read during the football-starved offseason. While there are a number of interesting tidbits from this year's clinic notes, […]

The NFL Draft Confirms That It’s Good to be “Tight End U”

When the Cincinnati Bengals selected Tyler Eifert as the 21st overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, he became the first of six tight ends taken in the top 100 picks. He also became the second tight end the Bengals have drafted in the first round in recent years, joining 2010 first-rounder Jermaine Gresham. The NFL has […]

Irish Archives: Lou Holtz and “300 Fullback Dump”

Welcome to the first installment of a new Subway Domer off-season series called Irish Archives. In this series, I will breakdown plays from some of my favorite Notre Dame football games of the last 25 years. Let's begin by looking at Rodney Culver's touchdown against Miami in 1990. Although the 1990 Notre Dame-Miami game is probably best remembered […]

USC Preview: A Look at How the Trojans Attack the Perimeter with Quick Passes

Earlier this week, Lane Kiffin announced that Matt Barkley will not be playing in Saturday's game against Notre Dame. With Barkley out, the Trojans' upset hopes now rest on the arm of redshirt freshman Max Wittek. Wittek only has nine pass attempts for the season and has taken limited snaps in his young career. With […]

Tommy Rees Caught on Tape, Part III

Tommy Rees has been clutch in his role as the Irish backup quarterback this season. On Saturday, he led the Irish on a game-tying drive at the end of regulation and a game-winning drive in overtime. He finished 4-for-4 passing with a touchdown. The once-maligned signal caller is now a big reason why Notre Dame […]

Stanford Preview: A Look at the West Coast Tight End U

Stanford visits South Bend this weekend after surviving an overtime shootout with the Arizona Wildcats. Redshirt junior quarterback Josh Nunes had his best performance of the season, going 21 of 34 for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Not surprisingly, his two favorite targets were his tight ends, 6-8 Levine Toilolo and 6-6 Zach Ertz. Toilolo […]

Michigan Preview: How Denard Robinson’s Running Ability Sets Up the Passing Game

Via UHND On Saturday night, Notre Dame will get one last chance to beat a Denard Robinson led Michigan squad. In the last two games against the Irish, Robinson has tallied nearly 1,000 yards of total offense and engineered back-to-back game-winning drives in the closing seconds. As Brian Kelly put it earlier this week: "He's a superior football player. […]

Breaking in the Corners with Cover 3 and Cover 4 Defenses

Bennett Jackson and KeiVarae Russell will be making their first starts at cornerback on Saturday. While Irish fans can take some comfort in the fact that neither corner will be facing Robert Woods, defending Navy's flexbone offense requires sound play from the secondary. One of the ways I expect Bob Diaco to take pressure off […]

Tommy Rees Caught on Tape, Part II

With Brian Kelly suspending Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese for the season opener against Navy, Notre Dame will have a first-time starter under center in Dublin. Although Kelly indicated that Rees will have an opportunity to “climb the depth chart,” he will have to show the coaching staff that he can make better decisions on and […]

Tommy Rees Caught on Tape, Part I

With Brian Kelly clearing Tommy Rees to participate in summer workouts, the debate whether he should be Notre Dame's starting quarterback will continue well into fall camp. Rather than debating whether Rees should be the starting quarterback, I decided to breakdown some game tapeYouTube clips and write a two-part evaluation of his ability to read […]

NCAA Football 13 Demo: A Brief Review

Last week, EA Sports released the NCAA Football 2013 demo for PS3 and Xbox. After wasting a significant portion of the last 25 years playing football video games, it comes as no surprise that I spent two hours downloading the demo just to squeeze in 20 minutes of gameplay after putting the kids to bed. […]

Keeping it Simple for QB1

Tommy Rees’ legal issues this off season have drastically increased the chances that Notre Dame will have a first-time starter under center in Dublin. While the thought of Andrew Hendrix or Everett Golson starting at quarterback have most Irish fans salivating, neither one has a fraction of Rees’ game experience.  Hendrix and Golson have all […]

The Blue and Gold Game: A Look at Multiple Tight Ends in Action

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece on Notre Dame’s offense and the use of multiple-tight end formations. In case you missed it, you can read it here. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to rewatched the Blue and Gold Game, I thought I’d breakdown a few plays to illustrate how the coaching staff will use their tight ends to create mismatches this […]

Multiple Tight Ends and the Potential Evolution of Notre Dame’s Offense

It’s no secret that Notre Dame football faces a number of questions this offseason. Who will start at quarterback? Who will replace Michael Floyd? Will the lack of depth and experience at corner derail a rising defense? How will the defensive line perform without Aaron Lynch? While the answers to these questions are critical to […]

Report: Mike Ragone to Play for ‘Notre Dame Light’

News broke on Thursday that the NCAA granted former Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone a sixth year of eligibility.  But instead of suiting up for the Fighting Irish next fall, Ragone will reunite with Charlie Weis and play for the Kansas Jayhawks.  He’ll join quarterback Dayne Crist as the second former Weis recruit to transfer to KU in recent months.   This is great news for a […]

The Haydenization of Notre Dame Football

With the recent addition of Bob Elliott to the Notre Dame coaching staff, Brian Kelly continued the trend of hiring assistants with ties to the University of Iowa and legendary coach Hayden Fry. Elliott will coach safeties and joins Bob Diaco, Kerry Cooks, and Paul Longo as the fourth member of Brian Kelly’s staff who […]