Notre Dame football vs. USC: Offensive Grades in Week 8
Mixing and matching offensive line units seems like it’s starting to work, more than halfway through the season. That’s especially true for the left side of the offensive line, which has gone through a lot of issues, infamously using four left tackles to this point in the season.
The pass protection, which requires a lot of thought in knowing your assignments and not being tricked by the defense. This unit, which had been allowing more than four sacks a game coming into the game and at one point was giving up around six sacks a game, only gave up one sack, which came off the right tackle. Only a couple of other times did any pressure impact, Coan, at quarterback at all. It also helped this unit that the offense played with a quicker tempo.
The run blocking wasn’t perfect, but it was improved enough to give Kyren Williams a shot. He took that shot and brought balance to the offense, which they desperately needed. There are still issues, but things are improving.