Dec 5, 2008

Things That Suck, Weis, And The Future

Two words. Fuck Dell. OK, maybe it's not entirely Dell's fault this time, but their products are built to break down. I finally have my computer up and running and I'm ready to start posting again- but what about? This week has knocked me off of my rhythm and has put a damper on next week. But, like the trooper I am, I will give you a short commentary of what just happened and try to give some insight on the short-term future of the program. Briefly.

So Weis is still the head coach. I'm not surprised. Despite some delusional Irish fans dreams, there was never a long list of top coaches willing to come to Notre Dame. Meyer, Stoops, and Saban were a few of the names I kept hearing- and I was shitting myself with laughter. It's OK to dream big, but there was no way we were going to land any of these guys unless the Pope himself commanded Meyer to take the ND job. (Apparently Benedict cares for football about as much as John Paul). I won't get into the reasons why Notre Dame decided to retain Weis, but I will say that I am grateful that the cloud of uncertainty has been dissipated.

I also think that it was a smart move- for now. I have stated in a couple of different posts that I felt that the 2008 team resembled the 2004 team in a lot of ways. So in keeping with that frame of mind, and looking at the schedule for 2009, I feel that Notre Dame can replicate the success they had in 2005 next year. The biggest difference is going to be in 2011 and 2012 (assuming the Mayans are wrong about the end of the world). The cupboards will not be bear like they were in 2007 and 2008. The biggest question left, is what changes will be made with the staff? I expect a few (or more thatn a few for that matter) but I wouldn't be surprised if it was only one guy. I'd be dissapointed if it was only one change, but not surprised.

Enough of all of that. The Weis debate has been beaten to death around the Irish message boards, blogs, and the mainstream media. It's done, and I'm moving forward. The team should take the same advice.

The season is not over. One more goal can still be accomplished. A bowl victory. After last nights Louisville-Rutgers game, the bowl scenario for ND becomes a little clearer. No Sun Bowl. The most likely destination for the Irish is probably the Texas bowl against Rice. I'll leave speculation and possible previews aside until something is in writing, but I am almost certain that this is were ND is going to land.

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Dekom said...

I'm sure Charlie is a decent human being and is kind to small animals and children. However he is a train wreck of a coach. I suppose the best we can hope for is that he becomes a "Bobby Bowden"- a figurehead who relies on very talented coordinators. Latina should have been fired last year, and bringing in Powlus to teach Clausen how to win is akin to having Trump give classes on humility. Let him do PR or better yet, run the alumni chapter in Uzbekistan.
My fear is that CW's singular talent is the ability to win enough games to avoid being fired, thus chaining this program to 10 (more) years of quiet desperation.

Anonymous said...

I just don't understand how we had one of the greatest offenses in 2005 under a "bad" coach. I keep telling myself we will be back to that level.

SubwayDomer26 said...

Those are valid points. What gets me excited, is that ND will have a much better defense in 2009 than the one they fielded in 2005. A better defense in 2005 would have meant a national title game appearance.

Anonymous said...

Along the Powlus now allows you to see which assistant coaches land which recruits. Powlus and Haywood have had weak performances. If recruiting allowed Weis to keep his job, maybe the same standard would do the team some good when applied to these two.