Notre Dame stays up-tempo
From the start of the season, it was clear that Brian Kelly wanted to speed up the tempo of this offense. In reality, this Notre Dame offense is gutsier in more ways than we’ve seen before. It’s no longer a surprise on fourth and short if the Irish decide to go for it.
It’s almost a forgone conclusion that Navy will win the time of possession in this game. It wouldn’t’ matter what style Notre Dame decided to play with, the Midshipmen will keep the ball as long as they can.
It’s a perk of the triple option and it’s the best way to beat Notre Dame. Navy’s going to want to keep the Irish offense off the field as long as they can.
Ian Book and the rest of the offense must play with minimal errors, not just staying away from turnovers or ill-advised plays. The Irish need to capitalize on every opportunity they are given.
A big change that Notre Dame had to make from the first few games was that they had to convert field goals to touchdowns. That’s exactly what offensive coordinator Chip Long’s offense was able to do.
If you’re looking for Notre Dame’s offense to run smoothly, you’re not going to want to change much of what they’ve been doing.
The Pitt game was a little sloppy, but outside of that, the offense has looked strong. You cannot change the pace that this team plays with. Whether it’s through the running game or using the receiver core, changing the pace could take away from their playmaking abilities.
The Irish offense won’t change a thing, forcing Navy to find a different way to beat them.