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Kelly wants Irish offense to speed up, still control clock

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Brian Kelly came to Notre Dame with a history of using fast-moving, quick-strike offenses. But this year, the Irish ground game has been very effective at controlling the clock. The Irish are 14th in the nation in time of possession, and dominated the clock for key stretches at Oklahoma.

That said, Kelly wants to see the Irish run more plays while holding the ball. He pointed to quarterback Everett Golson taking too much time off the play clock before calling for the snap, and said the coaches need to call more plays that don't require a check at the line of scrimmage.

"The time of possession versus the amount of plays that you run are numbers that we look at," Kelly said. "We want our time of possession to equal a certain amount of plays. And we're falling a little behind that matrix. We need to continue to possess the football but we have to run more plays."

The goal is to get the amount of plays per game above the 60s, which is what Notre Dame is averaging.

"We've got to accelerate the play call, personnel groupings -- we're running a lot more personnel groupings," he said. "Last year, we were set in our rotations. Some of it's coaching, and the other part of it is we've got to run some plays that you don't check, that you call and haul. And we've got to get our quarterback not walking around out there. He's got to move a little bit quicker.

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