It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used throughout the offseason or regular season.
In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2018, Athlon asked coaches around the nation to talk anonymously about their opponents.
Note: These scouting reports come directly from coaching staffs and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.
Coaches Anonymously Scout Notre Dame for 2018
“Brian (Kelly) didn’t get nearly enough credit for knowing when he needed to change — and then changing. Trust me, that’s a big deal in this business."
"I still think Brandon Wimbush is the answer at quarterback. I know (Ian) Book won that bowl game, but Wimbush does more things that can stress a defense."
"Brian is one of the best teachers of quarterbacks in college football. He’s not going to overthink it. They’ve shown they can win a lot of games with Wimbush. I’m not sure you can win a lot of games with the other guy, at least not yet."
"Losing (defensive coordinator) Mike Elko is going to hurt. He’s one of the best in our business, and had been under the radar until Brian brought him to Notre Dame. I know they elevated one of his guys (linebackers coach Clark Lea), but Elko is one of those guys that has a real feel for the game and what to call."
"I don’t buy all of that Brian Kelly hot seat stuff. You’re really going to run off a guy who has done what he has? It’s not 1979 anymore, you’re not the only team on television, your facilities aren’t exactly state of the art. They should be elated they have a coach of that caliber.”