Notre Dame football vs. Cincinnati: Offensive Grades for 2021 Week 5
It’s no secret that the Notre Dame offensive line has been a mess. It’s gotten the Irish quarterbacks, Jack Coan in particular, into a lot of trouble as he’s been under constant pressure. There is no push on the line and that’s making it difficult for the running game to get going. It’s one of those situations where if one unit fails, then the rest are going to struggle to succeed.
Michael Carmody was back at left tackle this week, while Tosh Baker was unavailable for this game. There was definitely an improvement at the left tackle spot, but there were still issues across the offensive line that impact the entire offense. For instance, letting a free rusher crush Tyler Buchner leads to a bad throw and an interception and short field for Cincinnati points.
A lack of rushing game means that Cincinnati can sit in pass coverage. It goes on from there.
Barring a miracle, the Notre Dame football team will likely be on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff, so what is left to accomplish?
Cincinnati only had two sacks, which was by far the best from a statistic point of view for the offensive line all season long. Seven tackles for loss, meanwhile, leaves plenty of room for improvement.