Not that there really needs to be another reason for ND to make a change....but, I was struck by the similarity between post game comments by UCONN and Navy coaches about ND being predictable and apparently unable to make mid-game adjustments.
Here are the two comments I'm talking about:
Remember the infamous "decided schematic advantage" quote? Connecticut coach Randy Edsall put that to shame by admitting that his team made very few adjustments on defense after the first drive. Edsall said the Huskies had noticed Notre Dame's tendencies from the shotgun and under center from studying film.
"We just stayed with what we did," Edsall said. "We played a little more three-deep zone. But the whole game plan was, when they were in the gun, we were going to bang the crap out their two outstanding receivers."
Obviously, Weiss is good at drawing up a game plan, but it's equally obvious that he is either unable or unwilling to adjust when that game plan is being shut down.
Following the game, Niumatalolo said the Navy coaches expected the Notre Dame coaches to use a similar defensive scheme as in 2008 when the Irish held the Midshipmen to 178 yards rushing in a 27-21 loss.
"I think the one thing that helped us, and I really hope this doesn't come across wrong, but I think the thing that helped us this year was last year because we knew that they'd line up the same way," Niumatalolo said.
Both of these comments illuminate the fact that Charlie and Co. simply get out coached. Not just on defense, but on offense as well.