The demise of Charlie Weis

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Charlie Weis is an outstanding offensive football coach and an outstanding recruiter. His track record proves that. The fact that he already has at least six offers to return to the NFL as an offensive mastermind is proof enough. But he was fired at Notre Dame because he didn't pay enough attention to defense. In the end, the oversight cost him his job.

I would argue that Notre Dame had talent on defense, contrary to what many critics have said. All of this season's losses were by seven points or fewer. But the defense was atrocious, it says here. Weis didn't leave his defense in the right hands.

Former St. Rita star Darius Fleming showed flashes. Ethan Johnson and Ian Williams were widely recruited players. Man'ti Teo was the leading defensive recruit in the nation last year. Remember, Weis stole him from USC. And linebacker Brian Smith received some All-America consideration. And several defensive backs were nationally recruited.

Please understand this about the recruiting process. Many critics now argue that Notre Dame doesn't have as much talent as Weis or Lemming or others think, that the Irish recruiting classes are overrated. But USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, Alabama and Texas were recruiting the same players. If Notre Dame didn't get them, they would have signed at another elite school.

So either all of the other schools were wrong, too, or the players that committed to Notre Dame weren't developed as freshmen and sophomores.

Notre Dame's offense was high powered and productive. Weis did what he was supposed to do as offensive coordinator. And he did well in recruiting. All of the major scouting services ranked Notre Dame in the top 10-15 in recent years. I would argue that the Irish were more talented than 11 of the 12 teams they played this year.

No, critics can't point to a lack of talent. The defense was neglected. The defensive players weren't developed. You'll see talented athletes on defense next year, no matter who the new head coach is, and you'll wonder why those same players didn't perform better in 2009.

In my next blog, I'll tell you who my choice is as Notre Dame's next coach.

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HIS DEMISE WAS FROM THE BOOSTERS WANTING TO MUCH FROM HIS TEAMS!
THE MAN RECRUITED VERY WELL!
COACH CHARLIE LOST SOME PRETTY CLOSE GAMES, BUT THE LOSS TO NAVY AND U-CONN, AND THEN STANFORD SEALED HIS FATE!
I LOVE THE HISTORY OF NOTRE DAME FROM KNUTE ROCKNE AND WINNING ONE FOR THE GIPPER, THE RUDY STORY, LOU HOLTZ, HIRING HIGH SCHOOL SUCCESSFUL COACHES, THE CAMPUS, THE FANS, THE ROARING OF THE CROWD, THE NBC CONTRACT, THAT IS WHY THE FOOTBALL TEAM ISN'T IN A CONFERENCE, BUT I DON'T LIKE THE RUNNING OF COACHES OUT OF TOWN, THANK YOU COACH CHARLIE FOR ALL THAT YOU TRIED TO DO FOR YOUR ALMA MATER, GOOD FORTUNE IN THE FUTURE, SEE YOU BACK IN THE NFL!

I agree with you 100%. ND has recruited as good as any program in the country with few exceptions ie. USC, Texas, Florida, LSU. Coach Weis did neglect the defensive side of the line of scrimmage because he is way too offensive minded. It is not by luck that he has some of the most prolific offensive players in the country with Clausen, Tate, Rudolf and Floyd but has relative no names on defense. However, he really does have some players on D. It has been debatable by some but Sergio Brown was massively neglected and the program never truly developed his skills. Corbin has the backs playing with a don't get too bad mentality instead of seek and destroy. It is a shame but Brown will prove himself in the NFL but it is true that he will have to take the longer road to get there. Fleming will be an absolute playmaker and another kid that you hear nothing about except on special teams is Steve Filer but he is another kid that you will hear a lot from in the by next season.

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