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Kelly talks about team’s progress

Oct 16, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT


With the Irish set to face-off against USC, Brian Kelly went on the Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss the rivalry. While Kelly interestingly talked about playing USC’s Fight Song during the week to get his team ready for their annual battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh (a word I’m still struggling to spell correctly on my first shot), he had an revealing give and take with Patrick about the state of his football team.

When asked point blank how good his team was, Kelly was remarkably candid.   

“It’s a lot better than it was earlier in the year,” Kelly said. “We really have needed the time to figure out who we are as a football team. Offensively, defensively. Emerging new leaders and voices. It was a rough six weeks.

“We played a tough schedule, but we’ve come out of it as a better football team moving forward and I’m really excited about the second half of the season for us.” 

Kelly’s candor doesn’t take the sting away from two early season losses, but it doesn’t put into perspective some of the grinding that was taking place behind the walls at The Gug throughout the season’s early weeks. 

As we saw in Kelly’s very measured response after the loss to Michigan, it was clear that this team was still figuring itself out. 

Here’s the complete interview with Dan Patrick: 

  1. c4evr - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Blah, blah, blah… just beat USC.

  2. dickasman - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Burp, fart, poop, jizz, yeah right?

  3. NotreDan - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    15 seconds of quasi-honesty at the end. Better than none.

  4. nudeman - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The thing is after 6 games EVERY team is arguably better than they were at the start of the year.
    So that is essentially meaningless, IMO
    I still see a lot of the same issues, frankly.
    Poor QB play
    Porous defense with little DB speed
    Truly bad play calling (“3rd and 1? yeah Chuck, let’s call that deep sideline pass that never works”)
    Flat 1st qtrs.
    Pace of play of the offense

    Chances for improvement for each are (1-10)

    Poor QB play: 1 At this point, he is what he is and it ain’t gonna’ get any better
    Porous D: 7 Tuitt has got to be getting in shape now, and there is talk of Redfield finally playing S
    Play calling: 5 No idea here. Maybe yes/maybe no. I never though any team could be so bad at this
    Flat 1st qtrs: 6 Has to get better because it can’t get worse. There’s a ringing endorsement
    Pace: 1 The coach’s son is apparently trying to set a new Guinness record for # of audibles called in one year. This isn’t going to change. 6 games left in the coach’s son era.

    • NotreDan - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      After 6 games, I have a feeling we will get the sense (as spectators) that ND is trying to “catch up” to the playbook still.

      We may get some lucky bounces and win bigger than “just enough”.

      Who knows, maybe we’ll figure out a way to:

      SCRAP THE PISTOL, run the ball, and disguise a blitz. Maybe.

      • mtflsmitty - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:09 PM


        Is “SCRAP THE PISTOL, run the ball, and disguise a blitz.” your idea of the kind of thoughtful, critical analysis you’re craving? Really?

        You were fair the other day by acknowledging you get a little personal in some of your remarks. And I get it that you’re a fiery guy. I like the emotion. But because you want more aggressive writing/posts from others here doesn’t make your approach any more on target.

        Case in point: Last week there was a flutter in cyberspace that Greg Bryant’s dad was about to clarify what his sons future looked like. You pounced on it and ripped off a few posts about how he’s outta here, and how BK can’t keep any elite prospects. Then the article came out and Mr. Bryant put all rumors to rest. GB is staying put at ND. I did notice you went radio silent the following day, and never acknowledged that you were completely off base with your previous posts and you were flatly wrong. Hey you were blowing off steam. And no one actually holds you accountable for what you say here.

        Just please extend the same courtesy to other writing/posting here; especially those who are held accountable for what they write.

    • viktory2013 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Rees has 6 games left in his football career, 6 games left on national tv, 6 games left in the spotlight before he has to go real world and get a job, so you can pretty much figure he’ll be audibling 50 times a game and throwing out the game plan and heaving every bullshit pass he can conjour, as long as all eyes are focused on him; knowing full well there’s no replacing him now. Orgeron knows Rees is afraid of contact and would gladly throw it aimlessly rather than take a hit, so you can bet he’ll have them bring it every play. ND’s game plan is irrelevant at this stage because Rees basically has carte blanche out there, so the hope is SC doesn’t really believe and will lose interest if things don’t pan out right away.

    • mtndguy - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Nude I thought that Tuitt played much better in the last game. What are your thoughts, was that my imagination?

  5. oldestguard - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Good to know we have one ally on the selection committee…that will offset the one probable antagonist.

    I think our bye week came at a good time.

    ” Alot better..” to me means a shot at winning out from here.

    Tommy ….6 games…..whatever your best is, lay it out there

  6. papadec - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    oldest – I take it that you read the same three articles on espn that I did regarding the selection committee for 2014 & on. My reaction was probably not appropriate for the younger visitors here. It looked to me like they were more driven by political correctness than any other criteria. I can’t even start to comprehend how they can justify putting active Athletic Directors on a selection committee, let alone a coach or coaches who might have an axe to grind against a former employer, or two. Absolute BS!!!

    • oldestguard - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      I trust the computer better than some of the committee

    • irish4006 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Even with Archie Manning (the guy knows a thing or two about football), I wonder how involved he is in the college scene, how motivated he would be to watch hundreds of games and making an informed decision. It is turning out to be quite the circus.

  7. getsome99 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    We’re flipping out over Ty Willingham being named to the playoff committee but we’re cool with Condoleeza Rice?

  8. getsome99 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Fail 😟

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