We all feel like crap, right? Good. Let's review the important facts.
"But what about those bogus Pass Interference calls?!?!?"
FACT: The Notre Dame defense gave up 41 points.
"Those Tommy Rees interceptions cost us the game!!!"
FACT: The Notre Dame defense gave up 41 points
I was in the stands last September as an emotional Notre Dame Stadium rallied around our resilient Irish time and time again during a 13-6 slugfest that personified the 2012 Fighting Irish season. It's time for a reality check - the 2013 defense is lacking leaders and a feel for the moment. Coverages are consistently blown, 3rd downs are consistently converted, inexperienced players are being exposed ... and the secondary is no longer protected by Manti Te'o. We all felt it last week against Temple, but the game in the Big House shone a bright spotlight on the missing aspect in the middle of the Irish defense.
Devin Gardner completed 64% of his passes and routinely found NOTHING in front ...