Notre Dame football: 2021 Week 10 offensive grades vs. Navy
As Notre Dame’s season has gone on, the Irish have adjusted to using multiple quarterbacks. In particular, they’ve been using Jack Coan as their primary quarterback, while Tyler Buchner offers a nice changeup off the bench. That’s something most people are comfortable with, for the most part, and as long as both quarterbacks are effective in their given roles there shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Unfortunately, Coan struggled against Navy. His numbers may not tell that entire story, but he looked lost at times against Navy. It was like all his issues from September came home. He was uncomfortable in the pocket, he held the ball too long, he missed open receivers in the endzone, and his accuracy abandoned him at times.
It was a disappointing performance against a defense that shouldn’t have bothered him too much. It was the kind of performance that makes you wish Drew Pyne was getting a longer look.
For Buchner’s part, he only played so much but was good during his time on the field. Buchner continues to help in the right situations, particularly in the running game when the defense is overcommitting to taking on Kyren Williams or the running backs more broadly speaking.
Still, the coaching staff isn’t interested in letting Buchner throw much, after the Virginia Tech game, which makes the playcalling a bit obvious when he’s in.
The points were there, but it was still a frustrating performance overall.