Notre Dame Football: Week 3 Offensive Grades vs. Purdue
Jack Coan is limited at quarterback. That’s something that we all should have known before the season started. His arm isn’t as strong as a lot of elite quarterbacks, and he isn’t mobile. He also has some strengths that have been on display. Coan is a good decision-maker, who rarely makes terrible mistakes, for instance.
But, Coan simply can not succeed behind this current offensive line. He just can’t escape the rush, especially when it’s immediately on him. He might make good decisions under pressure, but there is no way to do that from his back.
Add in newfound accuracy issues, possibly due to his dislocated finger, and you have a quarterback who threw for under 50%.
A lot of talk has started, calling for Tyler Buchner to get more playing time. The benefit of that is that Buchner is mobile, meaning he can extend plays in the face of pressure. The concern is that he’s a true freshman who didn’t play his senior year of high school, so he’s still adjusting to the speed of the college game.
Certainly, when he does get into the game, it would be nice to see Buchner throw more.