The Notre Dame football team picked up the win against Navy on Saturday, and here are the grades for the offensive side of the football.
Playing offense against Navy can be frustrating. They limit your possessions and keep you on the bench for extended periods of time. At one point, the NBC broadcast announced that it had been about forty minutes of real-time between Notre Dame football offensive drives.
That’s a challenge because it means that you can go cold and end up needing to be nearly perfect without ever getting into a proper rhythm.
Notre Dame still managed to score 34 points on Navy, behind a strong running game and a great day from Kevin Austin. Overall, though, it didn’t feel like a 30+ point performance from the Irish. It felt sloppy and like Notre Dame was falling back on old, bad habits. Again, this is likely related to not being able to get into a proper rhythm throughout the day.
There are plenty of questions to be had about quarterback usage and playcalling going forward, but the truth is that there is a lot of improvement that has happened on this side of the ball during the season and a lot of reason to be exciting going forward.
So, here are the offensive grades for Notre Dame’s win over Navy: