Notre Dame offense showed its potential and flaws in the loss of Oklahoma state
Notre Dame showed the full range against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. There were times when it was the explosive, dynamic, high octane unit that I always thought it could be. When it mattered most, however, were the flaws that ultimately kept the offense from playing at the championship level.
For the head coach Marcus FreemanThe key to moving forward will be doing whatever it takes to make sure the right parts become the norm and aren’t just occasional flashes.
Notre Dame posted some excellent numbers against a Cowboy defense which was one of the best in the country. Notre Dame’s 35 offensive points were 11 more than any previous attack against the Cowboys. His 551 offensive yards were 100 yards longer than any attack on the OSU defense.
Notre Dame also had 509 yards, which is 202 yards more than any team against this Oklahoma state defense. It also had the most first-downs, the highest third-down pass rate, and the highest third-down conversion rate of any other offense against the state of Oklahoma.
In fact, by halftime, Notre Dame had already scored more offensive runs, passing yards and touchdowns against Oklahoma State than any previous opponent for an entire game.
The Irish offense was aggressive, explosive, multiple, and spent the first 30 minutes of the game dominating what had been an elite Oklahoma state defense. It was one of the best game plans and best-called halves I’ve seen from a Notre Dame coordinator in a long time.
Strategist Jack coan masterfully distribute the ball around, running backwards Chris Tyree was an important part of the game plan, wide receivers couldn’t be stopped and the Cowboys had no response for the Irish offense.
Oklahoma State found answers at halftime. He played the outside receivers much more aggressively which took away much of the RPO game that shredded the Cowboys in the first half. This forced Notre Dame to be more of a comeback offensive.
One thing Notre Dame tried to do in the first half, without success, was to lead the football. The Irish ran the ball 14 times in the first half, but those runs lasted just 16 meters. As we had seen all season, and for much of the past four years, when Notre Dame was facing a good rush defense, she couldn’t move the ball.
The combination of a game without racing and a group of receivers who, despite all their physical talent, have not been given the tools or have not properly learned the tools necessary to get out of a good press corner. We’ve seen it throughout the season, and it was an offensive drop in the second half of the Fiesta Bowl.
Offensive coordinator Tommy rees, who was masterful in the first half, had very few options to turn to against an Oklahoma state defense that had dominated their ground game, harassed outside receivers with aggressive covers and drove away. was able to drop seven and eight players in coverage for much of the second half.
In the last 30 minutes of the match, it was Notre Dame’s offense that found no answer.
This has always been the story of Notre-Dame. Flashes of brilliance and aspects of the depth board that are absolutely capable of playing at an elite level, only to be offset by other aspects that are lacking, whether from a talent or coaching standpoint.
Problems along the offensive line and wide receiver, from a coaches’ point of view, have been a major issue all season, and it’s not really a new complaint. While the wide receiver’s talent is often blamed, even from the previous head coach, that hasn’t been the problem in recent seasons. The unit lacked tools that can only be provided through preparation and coaching.
If Notre Dame is to overcome the bump as a program and become a title contender, he needs to improve on offense, as has been written on this site for a few years now.
Rees is a young ascendant coordinator who has shone for much of the second half of the season. Some point to him as the culprit for the collapse of the second half of yesterday. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Rees, a very competitive young coach, also blamed himself for the second half failures on offense, and I hope he does.
This is not how I see it. What I see is a coach who all too often this season would prepare game plans or call games with one hand tied behind his back, especially against the best teams on the calendar.
The key for Freeman will be making sure Rees has the resources around him from a training standpoint so that he has a full, more advanced arsenal to turn to in the bigger games. This means not only bringing in an offensive line coach and wide receiver coach who can recruit the best players, but also those who can teach at a high level.
If Freeman can make these hires to go along with Rees, Lance Taylor and John mcnulty the Irish will take a big step forward in 2022. Combine that with continued success on the scouting track and we’re not far off at all with Notre Dame finally having an offense good enough to carry the team to a title.
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