Posted September 06, 2013

Brian Kelly asked Bill Belichick to dissect Notre Dame football

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Bill Belichick was invited to analyze Notre Dame's program. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was invited to analyze Notre Dame’s program. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Shortly after Notre Dame’s lopsided loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game, coach Brian Kelly began brainstorming methods for reviewing his program’s strengths and weaknesses. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports reports one of Kelly’s wishes came true: He talked three-time Super Bowl winner Bill Belichick into consulting on Notre Dame football.

Kelly and Belichick first met last February at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California. That’s when Kelly popped the question:

“I asked him if he could spend some time watching games and we could discuss,” Kelly told Yahoo! Sports.

Belichick was immediately intrigued at the prospect of studying Notre Dame’s program.

“I just really enjoy talking football,” Belichick said. “So much goes into the entire process that it’s impossible to run out of things to work on – coaching, playing, practice, preparation, scouting, technology, how the whole structure fits together.”

In March, the Patriots coach went to work breaking down game film with Notre Dame’s coaching staff, analyzing its schemes and dissecting the program’s deficiencies. Kelly said the most valuable time Belichick spent was coaching his coaches how to coach.

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When it came to Notre Dame’s defensive approach, Belichick thought the program inhibited its players from reacting to changes they saw in opposing formations just before a snap. Kelly said his staff has embraced Belichick’s advice and made some tactical changes.

“And that, to me, says everything you need to know about Bill Belichick,” Kelly said. “It’s not just about scheme, it’s about understanding the concept of the game and making those adjustments as the game unfolds.

“With the players, we were a little bit, ‘This is your job. Do your job.’ Instead of, ‘You can do your job.’ “

Belichick said the time spent at Notre Dame helped feed his hunger for digesting college personnel and schemes.

“There are so many great college programs, and I feel fortunate anytime I can gain exposure to some very smart coaches, share ideas and, frankly, learn a tremendous amount myself,” Belichick said.


6 comments
LPM
LPM

In the end it's all about the match-ups.  Duh!  Alabama just has better players.

x72
x72

Brian Kelly should still be in prison

Samuel
Samuel

Once upon a time, Notre Dame had a Belichick disciple revamp the football program and provide "a decided schematic advantage," as he told his players.

That went well.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

Knowing BB's penchant for keeping his answers short, I'm guessing that he simply said "it sucks".


tfaw
tfaw

@x72 I read that he was responsible for that kid getting kid a few years ago during that windstorm.  I am stunned they did not charge him with at least manslaughter and that the school did not let him go.  Notre Dame lost its way because of this issue and the one where the girl got raped and then committed suicide.  

NDfan33
NDfan33

@tfaw @x72 You two are idiots. That accident was exactly that, an accident. Fully reviewed by both the school and the government. Your ignorance is again on display claiming someone got "raped." The poor girl who committed suicide was never raped and never reported a rape. She reported a sexual assuault (groping of her breast to be specific)--an improper act, but entirely different than a rape). And once again, that was investigated by the school and local authorities as well. There probably was some misconduct there, but you don't kick someone out of school over an accusation that can't be proven. Crappy situation, but could you imagine if a school, or government, convicted everyone based solely on accusations and no evidence? Give it a rest.