Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/9/12

The Good - Tommy Rees. In a nutshell he was about the only good to come out of yesterday's game for the Irish. Rees replaced beat up starter Everett Golson with less than two minutes to go and promptly led Notre Dame right down the field for a game winning field goal.

Rees is now in the perfect role now as the experienced backup. He's simply not good enough or the right fit for Brian Kelly's spread offense to be the starter anymore. But he's seen a lot in his first two years and won a lot of games for Kelly. Coming off the bench for the young Golson puts Rees in the right position. It likely won't be the last time he has to come off the bench for Notre Dame this year.

The Bad -  Notre Dame's offensive line. The Irish mauled Navy last week and have been optimistic about this unit with Harry Hiestand now in charge. It's supposed to be a team strength this season. But it's apparent now that the recipe for Notre Dame's opposition will be to load the box and make Golson throw the ball. So they have to do better job of giving young quarterback more time to throw the ball until he can keep defenses honest. They will have no shot at Michigan State next Saturday night if this unit doesn't step up.

The Ugly - The game in general was ugly but Kelly shielding his players from the media after the game gets the vote here. Kelly sent out captains Manti Teo and Zack Martin to speak with the media that follow the Irish. Rees and Golson and the rest of the team were made unavailable.

Really? Kelly has never done this before at Notre Dame. So what gives coach? Your team wasn't good enough yesterday but the bottom line is they won. One would think talking to Rees or kicker Kyle Brindza would be a natural. Both would make for a nice story. Perhaps Golson isn't really hurt that bad. And Kelly is using injury as an excuse because his new starter wasn't good enough yesterday.

Whatever the reason it's a bad move. It's a given there will be growing pains with Golson at the helm. He's young and inexperienced. But he is the future if Kelly wants to move this program back to the top. Hiding him and Rees from the media isn't fooling anyone. Will he be unavailable the next time? Because you better believe with a young quarterback in charge there will be a next time.

 



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