by Mike Coffey
With the hangover of the Oklahoma loss still lingering, I managed to break through the ennui and come up with five … er, three questions for Aaron Horvath over at Strong and True, and he’s shared his thoughts with me below. My inquisitor this week was Irish Insider’s Keith Arnold, so check out my responses there. The other exchanges between the usual suspects can be read at Subway Domer, UHND, and Her Loyal Sons.
Do you agree with the decision to keep the redshirt on Malik Zaire? Why or why not?
Whatever the coaches decide about the quarterback position I strongly back. Fans have had the opportunity to watch the Irish play five games, 20 quarters. The coaches have had all of spring and fall to decide who the quarterback should be. On top of that they know just a little bit more than we do about football.
This question really makes me laugh sometime because it all comes down to the age old thought, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” No matter who the quarterback is, Notre Dame fans will have problems with the quarterback even if the team goes 12-0 and loses in the national title game.
The defense continues to have problems this season. What are two things you hope to see from them as the season continues?
As the season continues I hope the Irish defense continues the strides it has made the past few weeks. The first thing I hope to see from the defense as we enter the sixth game of the season is pressure on the quarterback. Secondly, I want to see more bump coverage from the corners. This is just a personal preference and I understand that if the defensive coaches would rather have the corners off the line of scrimmage it has to line up with the game plan and to cover up other players or to lessen the impact of an opposing teams’ top player.
What’s your position on the Alma Mater kerfluffle that has blown up in the Observer?
This Alma Mater craziness is way overblown. First off, some of the former players have talked on twitter about how the team doesn’t stop playing when a student leaves, but honestly I don’t care about any of this.
My personal thought on this is “who cares?” If you are a student you support your football team. I don’t remember once booing my team as a student at IU on the gridiron or during a six-win season in basketball. It is a complete joke in and of itself.
While I have the ability to have an avenue to talk about this, the language that was yelled from the student section and other sections of the stadium at specific players was appalling. These kids are your classmates or in the case of the non-students, 18-22 year olds. This was just sad.
So in ending, does anyone not remember that the Irish went 12-0 last regular season? Some Irish fans just disgust me.