While most of the talk surrounding the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the offseason was about suspensions, police trouble, injuries and the ever present quarterback controversy, the only thing anyone will be talking about over the coming week will be the physical manhandling the Irish gave the Navy Midshipmen in their season debut.
Notre Dame eschewed the spread offense that made head coach Brian Kelly famous during his stops at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan and Cincinnati, and instead attacked the Navy defense from multiple tight end one-back sets with a heavy emphasis on downhill running.
Quarterback Everett Golson played until garbage time, and completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 144 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In a stark departure from previous seasons under Kelly, Golson lined up directly under center for most of the game, with Notre Dame only occasionally using shotgun and almost never spreading the field with a true spread look.
Instead, the ...