Sep 9, 2007

Post-Game Notes...Penn State

Jimmy Clausen made his first career start Saturday at Penn State.

Well, at least it is Michigan week. I can not believe I can say that, but after Oregon's ass-kicking of the Skunkbears and our own beatdown at the hands of Penn State, ND and Meatchicken will face off with both teams being 0-2. First time in history.

But before we can get to that, let's get some closure on this last debacle.

Coddling Clausen

Charlie Weis did what I expected him to do with a freshman quarterback. He protected him early with quick passes and had him throw mostly swings and screens to start off the game. Good. The problem, was that he kept him doing this for most of the game. Getting Jimmy some completions and letting his confidence grow was a good thing, but I don't think Jimmy has or had a lack of it to begin with. Granted, the times ND threw the ball down field Jimmy was running for his life, but those were situations where the defense knew that the Irish were going to anyways. This anemic offense hobbled the team and itself in a variety of ways.

Flag Happy

You could sense after Paul Duncan was flagged for a false start before the first play from scrimmage, that this might be an ugly game for the line yet again. The Irish were flagged 14 time for 97 yards Saturday. Most of which were caused by a member of the offensive line. The rush off the ends for Penn State was so good, you almost can't blame Duncan for the ones called against him...almost.


For the second game in a row this year (and we've only had two), blitz protection has been abysmal. Give credit to the defensive line of PSU for taking on two O-Lineman at a time to allow the blitzing party. Clausen was sacked 5 times. Now while this is a slight improvement from last week, it is still absolute SHIT.

The New Laura Quinn

The Clausen family is the new quickshot for ABC/ESPN this year. Somebody had to of kept track of how many time they went to a shot of the whole family during the game. I really don't care if Momma winces in pain after her little boy was just thrown to the turf, show something else...please.

Give Brown A Break

The defense was on the field way too long. This was in part due to the ineffectiveness of the Irish offense. Another reason why the Irish defense looked so spent, was the fact that the punt team was comprised of a lot of Irish starters on the defensive side of the ball. We punted 10 times.


  • Jimmy Clausen. Jimmy showed a lot of maturity and poise while under attack from defenders because of an offensive line that lacked maturity and poise.
  • Tommy Z. 3 inches from taking it all the way. Add that with a solid performance and a forced fumble and Zibby is licking his chops about a wounded Skunkbear.
  • Darrin Walls. Shutting the Media up with one swoop is no easy task, yet he managed to do so.

I'll take that, bitch.

  • Pat Kuntz. Another week of brawling. He's doing a great job taking on those defenders.

Groin Kicks

  • The Penn State student body. They booed the Irish band and turned their backs while they played. Classless. I hope a Tuba is shoved up their asses in hell.
  • The Mackey Award. Carlson should have got it last year, and now he is in purgatory with only 4 grabs in 2 games... by design.
  • Travis Thomas. You are a captain, time to act like one and not like an asshole. Cheapshots are never good... in front of the ref while the ball is 50 yards away.
  • The entire ND offensive line. You all know why.


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more about the "classless" psu students and fans. How rude and disrepectful psuer fans are to turn their backs on our band. I live in Central PA, and they are the most obnoxious fans in college football. I was at the ND/psu game last year when we kicked their butts, and when their players got off the bus to head into our beautiful stadium, ND fans actually clapped for them. And when they were humiliated after a 41-17 loss, their stupid band comes out doing their assinine "oo-ah, let's go state" chant. Again, the CLASSY Irish fans yelled nothing but showed respect to them. Of course, I am so disappointed in ND's season so far, but I would MUCH rather be a fan of a respectful, disciplined, classy university then a fan of an undisciplined (the April 07 scuffle off campus at Psu involving Scirrotto & Co.- they should've had to sit out some games), trashy university that Penn State is. They actually think they're up with the elite of college football. Imagine Morelli up against LSU or USC's defense. Man, I would love to see that! Talk about a "deer in headlight" look. Moronelli stinks. Clausen looked way better than their senior starter.

CNY_Domer said...

Subway Domer,

In your opinion, how does Weis fix the offensive line? I just find it hard to believe that Paul Duncan is the best option at left tackle, Sam Young is showing signs of soph. blues, Dan Wenger is the weakest link. I believe that Nuss and Emeka need to get a look and the depht chart needs to be decided after every tuesday practice that includes live one-on-ones and inside drill for 25 mins. Finally, it appears that the current trend is to bring in 3-4 o-linemen a classes. Does ND need more line for depth or highly rated o-line.


Anonymous said...

classless, how about when charlie weis fake punted the ball when his team was up by 24 points. or how about when jimmy clausen was caught buying alcohol with an older person off-campus.