Notre Dame football vs. North Carolina: Offensive Grades in Week 9
We all gave the offensive line hell when they could stop a nose bleed. Now, they deserve a ton of credit for their growth throughout this season. So, shout it out and give them the credit they’re due. This offensive line isn’t perfect, but it is rapidly improving and is good enough to help Notre Dame win games now.
Part of this is certainly due to the change in philosophy when Coan is in at quarterback. They’re running hurry up, which keeps defenses on their heels. The route concepts are also quick, for the most part, with three-step drops. This means Coan isn’t holding onto the ball and waiting in the pocket, where he isn’t always comfortable and is easy to sack. The pressure isn’t getting to him the same way, and it’s helping the offensive line. When Buchner is in the running game has an extra man to stop, and it’s making it easier to block.
The offensive line’s rapidly improving consistency and performance can help Notre Dame to go to and win a New Year’s Six game this season. Like much of the rest of the offense, it was a unit that had to hit the reset button. Now, they’re showing tons of potential for the future, including the rest of this season.
It wasn’t a perfect day, but they’re getting close.