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Cleared to practice, Golson needs to elevate his game

Oct 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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As expected, Everett Golson passed the final portion of concussion testing, clearing him to play this Saturday against BYU. Now, the sophomore quarterback needs to make the strides on the field to reward Brian Kelly’s faith in him.

Golson’s first season has been like many other rookie debuts: a work in progress. As the Irish were apt to do when discussing Tommy Rees‘ early appearances, it’s worth noting that Golson’s W-L record is sterling. He’s 5-0 as a starter, with his lone no-decision coming when Golson took over the offense after Rees took the offense’s first three snaps against Miami. But Golson has hardly been winning games for Notre Dame, having been relieved by Rees against Purdue and Michigan, then again after getting his bell rung against Stanford. Golson obviously hasn’t lost any games, but the offense has tagged along with the dominant defense, often times celebrating a victory in spite of the team’s offensive production.

An obligatory look at the stats gives you an idea of where Golson is through his first half-season playing quarterback at Notre Dame.

He’s completed 79 of 135 passes, a 58.5% clip, for 968 yards. He’s thrown four touchdown passes and three interceptions. As elusive as Golson is, he’s still been sacked 10 times. After failing to run for positive yardage through four games, Golson has carried the ball 21 times for a respectable 92 yards against Miami and Stanford. He’s also lost four fumbles, three coming against Stanford.

For the sake of an obvious comparison, through Tommy Rees’ first six games, he completed 100 of 162 passes, a 61.7% clip for 1,106 yards. (A slighty lower per throw average.) He tripled Golson’s touchdown passes, throwing 12, while more than doubling his interceptions with seven. He too was undefeated in those games, coming in as a reliever against Navy and Tulsa, and playing his worst in a rain-soaked victory against USC.

Instead of kicking another hornet’s nest, that’s where the comparison is going to end. Rees and Golson both play the same position, just as your reliable, hand-me-down Volvo and fit-filled Jaguar convertible are both automobiles. Each have their own admirers. When the the temperamental Jag ends up in the shop, you yearn for the days of the ol’ reliable Volvo, safer than a tank. When the Jag flies around you burning rubber, you start thinking that maybe a few extra trips to the garage aren’t so bad as long as you have a chance to feel the wind whip through your hair.

Credit Brian Kelly for show patience this season, especially as the leverage keeps cranking up. Letting Golson work his way through the slumps of Saturday night was admirable, and a decision not many people in Notre Dame Stadium would’ve been able to reach. Perhaps it was his belief in his defense (or his relief QB) but letting Golson work his way through the tough spot could be a launch point for the young quarterback playing another stingy defense.

Kelly talked about seeing progress when not many of us saw it.

“This is just the development of a young quarterback who is taking to coaching and understanding,” Kelly said. “Everett had his best four plays of the game with the last four plays that he was in there. I think probably his best play… he threw a ball out to T.J. that seemed to flutter.  He had somebody in his face.  He set his feet.  He stayed in the pocket.  He didn’t try to escape, which he did earlier in the game.  So that learning curve is taking place, series by series.

“That throw is something that he’s developed into by being out there.  That’s the value and the benefit of him playing this year with four seasons of competition.  That’s what I see and those are the things that keep me moving towards seeing the positive things.  I know there’s others.  He’s got to take care of the football.  He’s got to set his feet.  He plays sloppy at times but boy, he competed his butt off.  I couldn’t be more proud of the guy and the way he competed.”

Kelly stuck with Golson Saturday night, letting the young quarterback fight back from a tough situation. Now it’s up to Golson to reward his coach with more progress, putting together a complete game against the Cougars.

  1. dickasman - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Don’t worry Keith, he will. I think Stanford guys knocked the “dumb” outta him you know how smart those stanford guys are. So hopefully, he plays bit smarter and harder which will be good for us.

    How long will it take him to learn to read defenses? Seems like he had a lot of wide open receivers but he was not looking that way? Can we like cut tommy in half and then cut golson in half then super glue the halves back together so they can both read defenses and make the necessary throws and escape when necessary?

    C’mon eve, drop the source mag n sit yo azz down n learn to read the defenses son!

    • ndlv - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Dickasman, you may get a lot of thumbs down, but I agree that this would be an effective offense if it was possible to take the best of each quarterback. If the ND QB could read defenses like Tommy, but had the arm and elusiveness of EG, then this offense would be rolling. But, as it currently stands, Kelly’s rotation of using Golson most of the game, and Rees when he needs him, seems to be working. In this system, it is harder for the defenses to set up a gameplan to expose Rees’s flaws.

    • bernhtp - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      I think there was a brief but effective Vulcan mind meld during the helmet-helmet contact.

  2. dickasman - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Eve, buddy, if the blitz comes, the side blitz is coming has one on one, ok? Now count til ten.

    • hyde - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      It’s Everett, Ev or EG, not Eve.

  3. jomilly - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    damn, kinda hoping he didnt pass. Well 3 turnovers is the over under, anybody want in on that action.

    • nudeman - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      Dude, seriously?
      He has rec’d hardly any love for several plays where he extended the drive and had the S defense chasing him all over the field. Yes, he coughed it up, and that’s inexcusable. But he never threw into quad coverage, and didn’t have any ridiculously bad decisions.

      On the turnovers, BK and Niklas share the blame for the end zone fumble. 9 out of 10 QBs would have fumbled that. The snap that squirted out of his hands was a big error, as was not running out of bounds and taking on the defender instead.

      But the ledger was not all negative, or even mostly negative. The TD pass he threw to Eifert was big league. And don’t forget that when he was concussed, he was leading another drive and it’s not a stretch to say that he’d have at least led them to a FG like Rees did. Maybe even a TD.

      Keith wrote in an earlier post that “EG could not beat Stanford”. Disagree. He was on his way to doing just that.

      • dmacirish - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        i agreed with your previous comment (on another post) about liking the dynamic that coach is using for the rees/golson combination. but i must say nude, you are giving far more leeway to golson then you ever did to rees. you say he was on his way to win the game – where was he the other 3 1/2 quarters? he could have had the game won already had he held onto the ball.

        blaming the coach for the sack/fumble in the endzone is absurd at best. take the safety, throw the ball away (intentional grounding for safety), run out of the endzone (mobile quarterback and all), call an audible. this is an immature quarterback (for the college game) that is learning the ropes – let him take the blame and the glory.

      • joeschu - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        dmac – The reason Golson is getting that slack is apparent right in the article:

        “…while more than doubling his interceptions with seven…”

        Interestingly, instead of the “deal with it,” response, the playcaller actually admitted to wanting that call back.

      • madmick69 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        Let me see if I can put this in perspective. BK gets some of the blame for calling the play. Niklas gets some of the blame because he was the one who got whipped by the end on the play. And EG gets some of the blame for not feeling the pressure, not getting rid of the ball and not holding onto the ball. Not hard to figure out, the linebackers had Niklas’ number all day long.

        Bottom line is that any QB needs some help to be effective. Offensive line, play calling all that contributes. Part of the problem with EG though is that once he starts to move to extend the play his field vision drops off. On the play that he scampered for 23 yards and fumbled, before he took off down field he missed a wide open DaVaris Daniels and by wide open I mean there was nobody in the frame with him. The deep safety was closer to the opposite hash then he was to Daniels. He hits DD on that play and it’s at least a field goal possibly 6 if he put the ball on a line and not loft it to him.

        Slainte,

        GO IRISH!!!

      • alsatiannd - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        You forgot the biblical weather conditions.

      • dmacirish - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        i understand the thought process and since you are all trying to break this down i will break my statement down to a few words in an effort of clarifying it.

        no one gave rees any slack (weather, help from teammates, coach bad play call, etc.) but i find that a lot of people are giving golson slack. i can personally guarantee that we would not have seen the above post from nudeman – along with the 61 thumbs up – last year regarding rees and his early perfomances.

        *disclaimer i have not given the post a thumbs down

      • 1notredamefan - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Were you there? When Golson was in it was obvious we were in mud, as soon as Reece came in you knew (and believe me you needed to be there) that he would pull it out!! The future is Golson but the now is exactly what we have been watching since week 1!!!

  4. mtflsmitty - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Is there plenty of room for growth? Sure. But KA just wrote ~1,000 words to provide analysis, but failed to make any mention of the outstanding touchdown throw to Eifert, placing the ball perfectly where only Eifert could make the catch. That was the throw the won us the game.

    I like TR’s grit and as you guys said earlier in the week, he’s got ice water in his veins. But the completion to Theo was thanks to the catch, not the throw. The same can be said about TJ’s TD. That was about the catch, not the throw.

    • c4evr - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      ‘placing the ball perfectly where only Eifert could make the catch’… translation: he threw the ball over 9 feet high within 4 feet to the left or right of approximately where TE would be – that’s not exactly threading the needle. TR did no better with Riddick and TJ making monster adjustments to poor throws. O still has a long way to go. Maybe it’s time to start looking at screens and draws, hmmm? Seems like every 3rd throw last year was a bubble screen to the wideout. At least then EG would have the ball out of his hands before he starts holding on to it too long.

      • tburke9601 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        could it possibly be, and I am pretty sure will get a bunch of thumbs down, that they are saving some of the playbook for the OK game and the USC game? I mean do we want to show our hand to teams that we dont have to; when we can come out in those games and have the upper hand. No offense but if we can beat Stanford without a screen game and without a deep ball being thrown, then why use it. Save it for OK.

      • nudeman - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        c4
        You’re crazy
        Go back and look at that throw to Eifert. You describe it as if it was a high lob that he had to change course and run under to catch
        Not exactly
        He ripped it on a line and put it in a place where only Eifert could catch it

      • madmick69 - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        That play was probably the cleanest play of the entire game, good protection, Golson looked everyone off keeping his head and eyes to the left. When he came back to Eifert, he didn’t think about it he just ripped it and the pass was perfectly placed because of the coverage and Eifert made a hell of a catch. So I’m not seeing how you can say that ball was terribly thrown…if he was going to Eifert where was he supposed to throw it? For the record, threading the needle is exactly what he did, he couldn’t and didn’t throw it to Eifert, he threw it to a window where Eifert went and got it. Did you watch the game? Mayock and everyone else was talking about how he needs to to put the ball up and let Eifert make a play on it, “give him a chance to go up and get it.”

      • ndfaithful - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        Golson’s pass to Eifert was a thing of beauty. Equaled only in the game by Eifert’s strong and majestic catch. It was nearly perfect execution by the whole team on that play and terrific teamwork. It kind of reminds us all of the up-side of a stellar young athlete with a lot of talent around him.

  5. mtflsmitty - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Thumbs up for me…errr…I mean you, Nude. You’re brilliant, and probably dashingly good looking too.

    • nudeman - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Correct on both counts
      And that observation doesn’t make you gay, btw

      • mattnef - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  6. mtflsmitty - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    The more this year progresses, the idea of being completely snake bit in 2011 come into sharper focus. Two examples to contrast the two seasons.

    - in 2012 TJ makes an amazing catch at the goal line in a critical point in the game. We win. In 2011, he gets plunked in the head with a well thrown pass as he runs a crossing route at the goal line. We lose.

    - In 2012 our defense makes a legendary goal line stand. We win. In 2011 we fumble at the opponent’s goal line and they take it 99 yards for a score. We lose.

  7. ndfanwabashman - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    I think Stanford did what BYU, and every other defense, will do this year. Match up one on one with the receivers, blitz and stunt with multiple looks, and dare the quarterback to make the right read. Rees can make the reads, but can’t make all the throws. Golson can make all the throws but just isn’t make the reads in time.

    I agree he has to step up, but each snap of live action he gets, the better he will be. Once he can make those snap decisions on where to go with the ball, this will be a dangerous offense. It’s an exciting time to be a fan.

    • brazilianirish - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Although simple, one of the best descriptions of our offense I saw here. Thanks. And Yes, It’s an exciting time to be a fan…

  8. jomilly - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Cmon, eg holds the ball to long. He can’t read defenses. In the end zone, blame whi ever he held the ball to ling.

  9. yaketyyacc - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    reality is about to set in. we got to 6-0, and in all likelihood wll get to 7-0 and maybe up to 4 or three depending on this week’s game results, in the rankings.
    enjoy it.
    Oklahoma will prove that ND’s lack of an offense also means that we were riding the luck of the defense, and that our two quarterbacks, while fair, do not make one quarterback that is great. excuses for poor offensive line play does not create victory.
    you cannot win a chamionship without a great defense, but defense alone will not do it. and so we will not win or rise higher then 3 or 4.
    we have enjoyed the euphoria, and the “perhaps” this is the year. enjoy BYU, and get ready for reality.

    • 9irish - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:15 AM

      Well, that’s very uplifting. I think the Irish DO have a habit of playing to the level of the competition, so don’t be closing the book yet. All of the others have obvious weaknesses, too.

    • ndgoldandblue - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      While I don’t share your pessimism, I do have a bit of caution. And I agree on one thing: the offensive line play. But I ranted about the O-line on a different post. I’ll just say this, I don’t think the quarterback issue would be as much of an issue if the offensive line gave Everett and Tommy more time to throw the ball. Remember overtime? The pass Tommy threw to Riddick was a bit of a prayer because the D was already in his face. If the Irish can do a better job of pass blocking, I think we’ll see a jump in production from the quarterbacks. And can Troy Niklas please show up in the game? Thank you. That is all.

      • nudeman - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        Actually, after last week’s performance I’m fine if Troy DOESN’T show up
        Stay home and study, dude

  10. zorichmidriff - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    BLAH BLAH BLAH. MORE OF THE TOMMY REES DRANKIN GAME. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

  11. georgegipp - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Keith, you have been sounding like a broken record for weeks now. We get it. You think Golson needs to improve. Now. The steady drumbeat of articles you’ve written on the subject dates back to September 23rd’s “Five Things” where you wrote, “While Everett Golson remains Notre Dame’s starting quarterback, it’s time for the youngster to grow up in a hurry.” Noted. Got it. Understood. Thanks for the 4 weeks of brilliant insight punctuated only by misleading (if not factually correct) anti-Golson nuggets about how the team is going to revolt or Golson is going to be replaced as starter.

    Eric Hansen offered an instructive perspective in his chat today: “I know you want every freshman to play like Tom Brady, but this was a kid who was on scout team last year, barely learning the ND offense. It’s a process. It’s like cooking spaghetti. Even if you’re hungry 4 minutes after you put it in boiling water, if you don’t wait until it’s ready, you’re going to be sorry.” 10 more articles on how Golson needs to get better now is neither helpful nor insightful. It won’t make the pasta cook any faster.

    Last year, you wrote compellingly about how true fans should rally around the QB rather than attempt to tear him down. While it is seemingly difficult for you to follow your own advice, at least wait a few more games for the spaghetti to cook.

    • c4evr - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:09 AM

      Perhaps KA still has a lingering hope that EG will display Tony Rice-like moments that would prove once and for all that he can lead this team to the promised land. With the mixed bag of results so far, it won’t be long until people start chatting up Kiel as the savior for next guy in. To be fair, Golson has had a handful of moments (like his athletic 1st quarter move to extend the 3rd and 9 play from Purdue’s 10 yd line and pass for a 30 yard gain), but he has been mostly inconsistent… uncertain may be a better word. I think he showed what he’s capable of in the last drive of the first half against Miami. He was sharp, decisive, and the offense moved methodically down the field. Against Stanford, he was hesitant and often held the ball too long. So forgive Keith for reminding everyone that the one key obstacle to reaching this team’s goal is the QB.

      • 9irish - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:18 AM

        Damn…I’m just tired of hearing about it. Kelly obviously has some insight about these things, and I think he plays them against each other. I think Rees is really the better QB right now, as long as he doesn’t START. Takes the pressure off or something. Neither one of them feels like they are the starting QB right now…and that might not be such a bad thing…right now.

        I don’t give a damn which one does it….as long as they win.

        Go Irish

  12. yaketyyacc - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    georgegipp there are ways to make spaghetti cook faster: use the microowave, a nu wave or turn up the gas. and maybe that is what Keith Arnold and I are trying to do. WE WANT NOTRE DAME TO GO UNDEFEATED. we are just challenging the team to play better.
    Remember Frank Leahy putting his head in the door of the dressing room at half time with ND ahead of North Carolina by a 7-0 score, and saying, “Excuse me, I thought this was the ND dressing room, not the LADIES room. final score: ND 42 NC 7.
    we are trying to light a fire under the offense. if we are to get to 12-0 the offense has to step up — NOW.

    • tburke9601 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Does the entire ND team check out the msg board? nothing you or KA say will motivate the offense to play better. We all want them to play better, but the challenge has to come from inside the team not you or KA.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        tburke,

        You couldn’t be more wrong. The FB team spends Saturday mornings reading this blog and the comments to improve their game. So, in the spirit of helping out…here’s a play for them to use against BYU

        X O O O O O TE Y
        QB Z

        TB

        …now everybody that is in a spot not referred to as ‘O’ or ‘QB’ run down the field in a crazy random pattern. Then ‘QB’ scrambles around until one of the letter guys gets open. Then throw them the ball.

        This should work. We used it on the playground in 4th grade all the time and the defense could NEVER stop it.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        sorry, the blog comment playbook HTML doesn’t always work..the you get the idea. GO IRISH!

      • tburke9601 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        nice play, we scored 5 touchdowns using that in middle school! The other teams pash rush sucked!

  13. phillyj - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Oh Keith. There you go again.

  14. ndrocks2 - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Golson’s faults are magnified in part due to the fact that this offensive line is not very good. He runs for his life against any team capable of pressuring the QB. Rees, if he were playing more would suffer a similar fate if not worse due to his lack of mobility either in sacks or forced interceptions. The run blocking is not much better, other than Navy and Miami we have failed to take advantage of having three pretty good diverse backs. Fix the line and many of the QB’s problems would be taken care of regardless of who is back there.

    • 9irish - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Well, I don’t agree or disagree (that’s a safe thing to say). The pocket is always getting smaller, you just have to know when it is impending doom on you. I just got the feeling that Golson was on the run about 1/2 a second after he got the ball. Rees is a pocket quarterback, and he has improved.
      So I don’t know….maybe they need to run more rollout passes with Golson, ones that are almost a pass/run option from the beginning. But he was running out of the pocket way too fast. And he loses yards…or fumbles.

      They’re both very good. Just find what works. I can think of worse situations to be in.

      Go Irish

      • ndfan4ever - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Golson is missing the quick read. He had two wide open players for TD if he had picked them up sooner. Instead he starting to run out of the pocket and ended up throwing two incomplete passes. Golson still looks shaky out there that is why you don’t see more screens, and slants he just can’t pull the trigger fast enough and he is starting to think run first now instead of pass. He got to learn if he gets flushed out of the pocket and can;t make a gain then throw the ball away. On the first play last week with the ball on the 11 he got flushed and instead of throwing the ball away he ran out of bounds on the 4 yard line you can’t do that period. He is learning but it looks like he is pulling the ball down to fast to take of running instead of staying there and making a quick throw. He nneds to get better.

      • 9irish - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Yep, yep, yes sir. That’s what I thought too.

    • Robert the Bob - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      “Offensive line is not very good”. I think I remember early in the year we expected the O line to be one of our strengths. And our run game was going to dominate. So what is happening? Maybe our new coach, Hiestand, isn’t very effective? Or is it all about the new blocking scheme (not that I understand the x’s and o’s of line blocking)? And if it is the scheme, maybe it’s time to reconsider that change too?

      • Eternal Optimist - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        The running game is great! ND just has an offensive genius who is thinking pass-first. That may be the exact right thing to do, but I sit on my armchair at home and postulate that if you want to bring a young quarterback along slowly, wouldn’t you try to take some of the pressure off of him by giving it to Cierre Wood 20-25 times a game? I understand that the Irish are now in the part of the season where having a more deliberate offense may not be a winning strategy, but it didn’t make sense to let the guy flounder like he did Saturday.

    • ndfaithful - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      I’d also say that the converse is true. The O-Line’s faults are magnified by Golson not making the quick throw when it’s there and holding on to the ball too long. The cool thing is, they understand that they win and lose as a team. And from what we’ve seen so far – they’re a damn good team.

  15. dnice024 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Here’s a fresh, non-QB related post – take 15-minutes and have a listen to Manti’s interview on Rome:

    http://www.jimrome.com/guest/te-o-manti/34182

    The legacy grows. Much RESPECT.

  16. bearcatirishfan - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Did EG take a poop on Keith’s notes during a practice or something?

  17. irish1958 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    End zone pass: one read, three step drop. If open throw it; if not, throw it away.
    I really don’t understand why this is so hard to learn. Golson had a few other times he was running around the end zone but escaped. Holding the ball for 5 or 6 seconds, scrambling around looking for open receivers, checking down to the third or fourth receiver, is not allowed inside the five yard line. That fumble was just as much Kelly’s fault as it was Golson’s.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      I have a concern that Golson may not be developing as fast as we need him to. If you saw the documentary from NFL Films that ran prior to the Stanford game, there was a scene where Kelly was trying to talk to Golson and give him a point of instruction and Golson said something like,” I just want to go off by myself and get my head together.” It certainly seems that BK knows how to develop a QB, I just wonder if this particular QB is resistant to the teaching, for whatever reason. He needs to be a sponge soaking up the knowledge that BK can give him, not going off to be alone with his thoughts. Granted, this was one brief scene that I may have taken way out of context, but it has me concerned. Does Golson think “yeah, right coach, you can tell me all you want but I know what I’m doing.” If so, he wouldn’t be the first headstrong, angry young man in college. I hope there’s not an issue here.

      • dmac4real - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        “If you saw the documentary from NFL Films that ran prior to the Stanford game, there was a scene where Kelly was trying to talk to Golson and give him a point of instruction and Golson said something like,’I just want to go off by myself and get my head together.’”

        Uhm, no. Golson just got done throwing two picks. He was pist off. It was against Michigan. Kelly was not going over there to tell EG instructions, he was telling him that Tommy was going in, and that EG had to go by his teamates. EG’s response:

        “Coach. I just want some time alone to clear my hear.”

        Are you really blaming him for wanting to be alone for a little when he performed poorly in a nationally televised primetime game, with this being the first game his parents have been at? Its not like he was blowing off advice, he was simply upset that he got benched, and wanted to think it through.

      • ndfaithful - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

        I was also hoping he’d develop faster and take the world by storm. Heck, a Heisman candidate in his freshman season would be cool. However, I think the key phrase in your comment is: “as fast as we need him to.”

        By definition, he’s developing as fast as we need him to. Maybe barely, but as fast as we need him to. They are a glorious 6-0.

  18. irishking - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Grooming a young and inexperienced quarterback takes time and patience. I believe that Golson will eventually achieve steady, smart and consistent play. The only question is when. The Irish are fortunate to have Rees available to come in as needed. I just hope that Rees will not be needed against BYU because look at what is ahead the following week–the Storming Sooners of Norman. Golson has to achieve a desired level of steady and consistent performance on Saturday or it could be woe to the Irish.

  19. phillyj - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    COME for the manufactured QB-controversy muckracking, STAY for the tortured foreign car metaphors!

    • ndfaithful - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Jags are made by Ford. Does that make them domestic?

  20. bogtrottin - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    i think we can at least applaud the jag vs. volvo analogy. i thought that was pretty spot-on. although i can’t help thinking it’s really a bit more like jag vs. minivan.

  21. nd422 - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Golson sucks.

    • dmac4real - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      You suck.

  22. 1notredamefan - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Just wondering if anyone was in section 24 close to row 37 on saturday? If so give me a shout would love to hear from the couple that was sitting in front of us!

  23. 10of14 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Cut to the chase folks; EG has not won a single game this year. I was a “play EG” guy this summer, but Rees has won two games and deserves to start. EG “back peddles” on every pass and throws off his back foot. Against the SAME defense, Rees has a calming influence and it is obvious amongst his offensive teammates when entering the game. EG is elusive…so what…our offensive is not designed for a QB that runs for his life. I would take a 5 yard sack with Rees over a “lob pass” INT from EG. EG is the future…damn it, I am tired of waiting for the future…we are ND and WE will WIN now.

    • dmac4real - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      My goodness…..

      (Again, not Tommy Hating but….)

      Against the “same defense”, TR has two horrible throws that resulted in catches that bailed him out by Theo and TJ. Rees was solid, but not amazing. BTW, the Riddick throw was off his back foot. His Goodman throw was off his back foot.

      O, and how many “lob pass” INT from EG have you EVER seen? Whats that? Zero. My goodness, you are correct, that is appalling.

      SMH, fans these days….

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