The Notre Dame football team needs to make a change at the quarterback position, especially with their woes up front along the offensive line.
Going into the 2021 college football season, growing pains were to be expected when it came to the offensive line. After seeing four starters from one of the best groups head to the NFL via the draft, and free agency, four new faces were thrown into starting roles for the Irish.
All season long, the offensive line has had their issues, and it began in the opener when Blake Fisher went down due to injury. Notre Dame football has had to use third-stringers at times, and overall, the lack of push up front has affected the quarterbacks in a big way and has rendered star running back Kyren Williams ineffective as well.
Sticking with the quarterbacks, Jack Coan was expected to come in and be the leader of this offense, bringing a wealth of experience, and become a bridge between Ian Book and the next long-term starter. That has not worked out, and him playing behind this shoddy offensive line just is not working anymore.
Drew Pyne gives Notre Dame football the best chance to win
Drew Pyne nearly won the starting job out of camp and is a former four-star quarterback who served as Book’s backup as a true freshman last season. He has a strong arm, is not afraid to take shots downfield, and it seems the offense runs better and is more explosive with him under center.
While he has not set the world on fire this season, Pyne has been solid, helping the team to a huge victory against Wisconsin, and coming in and making some big plays against Cincinnati in the loss as well. I believe that if he is given the keys to the car, which seems likely, and gets a full week of practice as the starter, he would have much better results than he has had this season.
The Notre Dame football team took their first loss on Saturday against Cincinnati, and here is how the defense graded out in this one.
I believe Coan is an excellent person and a true leader for this team, but he would be best served to help the younger quarterbacks along at this point. He just does not have the mobility to make plays behind this offensive line, and in Pyne, the Irish offense seems more energized, and he can make plays happen when the protection breaks down.
Going forward, he gives the Irish the best chance to win.