Tim Benz: Twitter shame-police are making me defend Notre Dame's Brian Kelly

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At one point during his tenure, McKay was asked what he thought of his team’s execution.

McKay famously quipped, “I’m in favor of it.”

Since roughly 1976, that joke was allowed to be funny. Now, it isn’t anymore because Kelly (ironically) mangled its “execution” while trying to spit out the one-liner on Sunday night during a postgame interview.

“Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight”

— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 6, 2021

This was Brian Kelly’s response. pic.twitter.com/OUtlZtkNZP

— Robert H (@RHockenbraugh) September 6, 2021

Personally, I was only off-put for these three reasons.

2.) He forced the poor attempt at humor on a game that was actually entertaining.

3.) He should’ve let Pirates manager Derek Shelton use the line first. It would’ve been more fitting for him to try.

However, Kelly’s heinous crime of political incorrectness is much worse to the virtue signalers on Twitter. Hence, a barrage of faux outrage at Kelly ensued Monday.

Brian Kelly was attempting to quote the late John McKay...1976 was a different time, man pic.twitter.com/b7bWYlWLpK

— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) September 6, 2021

@ProFootballTalk, ND HC Brian Kelly just channeled his inner John McKay & told a nat’l TV audience he’d be in favor of his team’s “execution”!

— Jackson Kruger (@JacksonRKruger) September 6, 2021

Brian Kelly coach for Notre Dame said his team should be EXECUTED after this game ! People let see where this goes tomorrow . It’s a new World AMERICA pic.twitter.com/6nqI97u3FN

— Robert Morrow (@RCWORROW) September 6, 2021

Just saw this. Yes, actually *blatant* plagiarism. If he'd gotten the laugh he wanted, he never would have mentioned McKay. And yes, in very poor taste. Don't try to be John McKay, Bri.https://t.co/I9OqJFbh35

— Korby Siamis (@ksplanet) September 6, 2021

brian kelly just said “i believe in execution. i think our entire team might need to be executed”

— string (@propjoesays) September 6, 2021

Wait...Soo Brian Kelly is IN FAVOR of having his team of teenagers/young men KILLED off executions style because of their effort tonight? #NotreDameFootball #Excuse_Me #WTH #Saywhat #Explain #FightingIrish #ND pic.twitter.com/JGmPUqeJP4

— NickiRings21 (@NRings21) September 6, 2021

Brian Kelly just called for his entire team to be executed.

Brian Kelly is actually insane. pic.twitter.com/gS1OvzCJiv

— Justin Fried (@JustinTFried) September 6, 2021

There were even some who thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to bring up the death of Declan Sullivan — a student videographer who was killed during practice when the hydraulic lift he was using collapsed due to high winds — as an appropriate point of reference.

Hmm. Interesting morality leap there, isn’t it? Frankly, I find an attempt at making that connection far more offensive than anything Kelly said Sunday.

Anyone under 50: WTF did Brian Kelly just say?

Over 50: Brian Kelly botched a great line.

— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 6, 2021

Yeah. Exactly. And I don’t think the 50-plus crowd is wrong for having that reaction. I’m in the corner of ESPN basketball announcer Fran Fraschilla.

All Brian Kelly did was botch his TV audition. https://t.co/o1nv9zP1JY

— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) September 6, 2021

Mina Kimes of ESPN tweeted something to chew on as well.

This Brian Kelly thing is just peak 2021 stuff. Bunch of people mad about the possibility of other people being mad; very few people are *actually* mad. Everything is culture war. It's all so boring.

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 6, 2021

OK. Fair enough. So if people aren’t genuinely mad enough to be worthy of a tweet, put down the phone for once and don’t bother commenting at all then. Let this one go.

What I really don’t get are all the people falling back on the “it’s 2021, not 1976” mentality. In other words, that joke has been allowed to be funny since 1976, but now it’s not. Why?

Since McKay was one of the more quotable coaches of all time, it’ll be no problem posthumously canceling him by digging up some of his best one-liners.

Wait a minute. This guy actually admitted to liking O.J.?

As I write this, my WiFi connection is a little shaky. Is my sarcasm coming through strong enough? Because I’m laying it on awfully thick.

I bet O.J. would hit “like” and “retweet.”

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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Grading Jack Coan's Performance In The Win Over Florida State

CalBearsMaven 07 September, 2021 - 12:01pm

STATS: 26 com., 35 att., 74.3% comp., 366 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT

Coan was harassed throughout the game but he remained poised, and when Notre Dame was behind or needed plays to be made he made them. After Notre Dame fell behind 14-7 in the second quarter Coan led the offense to back-to-back scoring drives to put the Irish up 17-14 at halftime. He went 4-5 on the two drives for 61 yards and added two positives gains in the run game.

Florida State opened the second half with a long touchdown and that is when Coan truly went off. Coan went 8-8 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter. After Florida State took that first second half lead Coan responded with two great throws to Kevin Austin for 29 and 37 yards, the second being a perfectly placed touchdown pass.

Those two throws were also notable because those were the throws Coan was missing in the first half. Coan went 14-19 for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half, but his big misses were on down the field throws to Braden Lenzy and Austin on a deep balls where both players had at least a step. 

On the two third quarter throws Coan got the ball out much quicker, which was a clear adjustment to the speed of his receivers while also knowing where his arm strength is.  

Coan was also money on third down in the second half. He went 3-6 for 32 yards on third down in the first two quarters, throwing one touchdown and converting just two of the third down opportunities. In the second half Coan went 4-4 on third down, throwing for 104 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown pass came on 4th-and-1 when he hit Michael Mayer on a corner route for a touchdown.

So on third and fourth downs Coan went 9-12 for 178 yards and four touchdowns.

Coan did a good job handling the pressure at times, including his early third quarter throw to Austin that kicked off the first drive of the half. Florida State had an edge rusher come off the edge unblocked but Coan knew he had a one-on-one to Austin that he wanted, so he slid away from the edge rusher, set his feet and let loose with a downfield throw.

Coan was very aggressive in this game, throwing seven non-hail mary throws that went at least 20 yards past the line of scrimmage and he had four more attempts (all completions) that went at least 15 yards past the line, including his 41-yard touchdown score to Mayer. That throw didn't go to 20 yards simply because of how quickly Coan saw the defense blew the coverage and how quickly he got the ball out to Mayer.

In the game Coan completed 7-12 throws that traveled at least 15 yards past the line, which included the hail mary at the end of regulation that resulted in his only interception of the game. Coan threw for 199 yards on those seven completions. That's good for 16.6 yards per attempt (18.1 if you remove the hail mary attempt) and 28.4 yards per completion.

Coan completed an impressive 74.3% of his throws despite having two easy drops by Mayer. If those plays are made Coan is likely over 400 yards and he's at 80% completions. Coan's 74.3% completion rate was the best road mark by a Notre Dame quarterback since 2013, when Tommy Rees completed 77.3% of his throws against Air Force.

Coan wasn't perfect with how he managed the pocket, and there were times he rushed through his reads in a way that made me think he was concerned about the pass rush that was getting to him. He had a couple of opportunities to get rid of the ball downfield on some pressures but he rushed his reads a bit and took a sack.

Coan's timing with his reads was always where I want it to be, which is to be expected for an opener, and even more so in an opener when a player is on a new team. There were about 3-4 more throws he could have made if he would have worked through his progressions a bit cleaner.

I'm not sure if Coan had the ability to pull the ball on the RPOs that Notre Dame ran (he always handed it off) and I'm not sure if he had the freedom to pull the ball on handoffs when the backside of the line crashed. If he didn't then he needs to be given that freedom in the future because the inability to protect the backside edge was one of the many issues Notre Dame had in the run game.

Coan was not as sharp in the first half as I would want him to be. He completed throws but his ball placement wasn't nearly as good as it was in the first half. I loved that he took shots and that he gave Wilkins a chance to make a play, and his wideout rewarded that confidence, but Coan needs to get that ball at least four more inches to the outside. He also underthrew Kyren Williams on a fourth down that kept his back from having the momentum to get to the perimeter and move the chains.

Throw in Coan's underthrows in the first half and you have enough to knock his grade down to an A-, but that's a pretty picky grade. It's hard to find too much fault in a performance as good as Coan's, but those areas need to get cleaned up.

Here is Coan's passing chart against Florida State. The top row are throws that traveled at least 20 yards past the line. The second row are throws between 11-19 yards past the line, the third column is throws 1-9 yards past the line and the final row are throws behind the line.

The left column are throws that went to the left and were at least two yards outside the left hash to the left sideline. The right is the same in that direction. The middle column are throws that were between two yards outside each hash to the middle.

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Notre Dame Football at Florida State review: 3 studs, 3 duds in Week 1

Slap the Sign 07 September, 2021 - 03:00am

Sep 5, 2021; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Jack Coan (17) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Many fans and media pundits believed that the Florida State Seminoles would stick with the Notre Dame football program on Sunday. However, many did not believe the ‘Noles would take the Irish into overtime.

The Irish barely escaped with the win, thanks to these 3 studs, and almost failed because of 3 duds. Let’s start with the studs.

The transfer quarterback from Wisconsin quickly shed any game manager label by throwing for 366 yards and four touchdowns. While a Badger, the former Notre Dame lacrosse commit averaged 8.0 yards per attempt. On Sunday night, his average was 10.5 yards per throw. It is an indication of Coan’s ability and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees’ desire to push the ball down the field.

Coan accounted for about 84% of Notre Dame’s offensive yardage on Sunday night. It is safe to safe that he was the most valuable player for the Irish against the Seminoles. Without him, Notre Dame might not have survived.

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