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Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

Posted on: September 11, 2010 7:52 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 8:06 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The job as head football coach at Notre Dame is not easy.  Not only are you in the spotlight every weekend thanks to your own television deal with a major network, but you've also got an entire country filled with Notre Dame fans watching and judging your every move on Saturdays.  To make matters worse, most of these fans seem to forget that the Irish haven't won a national title since 1988, and expect perfection from their team every week.

For the most part, Brian Kelly has seemed like the perfect man for the job.  As much a politician as a head football coach, he's proven adept at handling all the demands of such a high-pressure job.  Of course, you can shake as many hands as you want, at the end of the day if you're not winning football games, you're not going to last in South Bend.

On Saturday Kelly suffered his first loss with the Irish, and though his team played hard and held the lead in the last minute, Kelly did leave himself open to some second-guessing.

In the first half the Irish had lost Dayne Crist to some mysterious eye injury and had to replace him with unproven quarterbacks Tommy Rees and Nate Montana .  Still, at the end of the first half trailing only 21-7, the Irish found themselves with the ball at the Michigan 3-yard line with three seconds left on the clock.

Instead of taking the easy points and heading to the locker room trailing 14-10, Kelly decided to go for the big score.  What he got was Nate Montana completely overthrowing his receivers out the back of the Notre Dame end zone.

It was a decision that loomed large at the end of the game after Denard Robinson capped off his Heismanesque performance with a touchdown to give the Wolverines a four-point lead in the final minute.  Instead of trailing by one the Irish were down four and needed a touchdown to win the game.  The Irish drove down to the Michigan 27 yard line with time for one final heave towards the end zone.

Much like Montana before him, Dayne Crist ended up sailing his pass through the back of the end zone and into the Notre Dame marching band.  The game was over, Notre Dame had lost.

But had the Irish kicked a field goal to end the first half, they only would have had to try a 44-yard field goal to win the game.  There's no guarantee the Irish would have made the kick and won the game, but thanks to Kelly's decision to go for the touchdown thirty minutes earlier, the Irish will never know.
Comments

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

Throughout my time enjoying the Michigan-ND rivalry since it's revival in the 80's I cannot remember anything crazier than those two passes sailing harmlessly into the crowd at the end of the halves.  I had to laugh not only as a Michigan fan, but all the players were getting loaded up to jump and everybody simultaneously seemed realized the ball was going into the crowd wtf.  It was like the offensive and defensive players just executed the last move of an elaborate dance routine and were all looking for their separate exits off the stage.  Never saw anything like it.



Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

I was really excited that the Irish almost won that game yesterday, but the backup quaterback situation is very scary. Nate Montana is nowhere near his dad. He was taking way too much time throwing the ball and the Michigan DE's were taking advantage of it. Denard Robinson is a beast. There was no way the Irish defense was going to stop him from making some big plays. All we need to do is lick our wounds and get ready for Michigan State. GO IRISH!!!!



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:57 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

You are always welcomed back in the Queen City, BK.  Good luck the rest of the season, Cincinnati loves you and is pulling for you



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:34 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

Well Said.



Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:26 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

What if ND had tried a field goal at the end of the half and MICH blocked it and ran it in for a score - what then? ......ya see.....if's & and's just don't work.  - - what a entertaining game to watch.



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:07 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

bottom line, regardless if you're a Mich or ND fan, is u take the easy 3 pts.  it was a gift three pts too.  Mich lets up a long pass on what many thought was last play of half.  ND was handed a gift.  and Brian Kelly must have been thinking he was still at Cinci and thought "we'll score this td no problem."  Kelly will learn trust me.  ND faithful aint giving him the same leeway they gave Weis. 



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2010 9:25 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

Dear Moron.   It was an all Big 10 referee crew.  I see cheating at practice time has paid off has paid off.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2010 5:55 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

First of all I'm glad Michigan won.  They were the underdogs in hostile country with referees who nailed them with severe penalties and who decided ND did not deserve any negative calls.  it was an officiating farce.  Secondly,it was painfully obvious to the Catholic faithfuls that ND does not have a QB that will take them to a major bowl game. Outside of that , it was a great battle to watch.



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2010 5:17 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

By sayin  a field goal would have maybe led to a last minute game winning field goal for ND is assuming everying else would have remained the same. Don't blame a loss on the coach.  A leads to B, X leads to Y. Had ND hit a field goal at end of first half ...you're leaving the rest of the game in the hands of mere mortals instead of devine providence.  Well, it turned out how it turned out and I don't think God plays football or is a fan of a particular team. 




Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2010 4:42 am
 

Brian Kelly leaves himself open to criticism

ND would've trailed 21-10 if the field goal had been made.  Just saying.  It could've gone the other way.


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