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 2019, 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 2019
"Last year's team was by far the best of Brian Kelly's time in South Bend. They're athletic all over again, and the entire team identity was redefined by Ian Book. They changed over coaches and schemes, but it's really all about that quarterback. For the first time, they could be lethal in both the run and the pass from that position. As long as he stays healthy and builds on his passing, they will be a Playoff contender again this season."
"There's plenty of talent behind what they're losing at wide receiver and tight end. They have a really solid and dynamic group of running backs, and if they can replace the inside offensive line guys who graduated, they'll be just as good running the ball."
"The second reason for their turnaround is that they've got freak defensive ends, guys who can really disrupt. All of their best guys there are coming back."
"Their schedule ended up being a little lighter last year, but they're going to have a gut check with Georgia early on. In hindsight there's no shame in losing to Clemson like that; the trick is to try and close that gap against the elite SEC country teams that give them so many problems with defensive speed."
"Brian Kelly really found a second life with the new coaching staff. It was touch and go there for a while. The scheme didn't seem drastically different; it was all execution."
"They were far more intimidating up front on defense. Probably the biggest positive for the Irish right now is that they’re showing you can come be one of the most athletic players in college football at Notre Dame. That’s been missing in recent years."