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Coaches Talk Anonymously About Notre Dame for 2020

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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 2020, 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 2020

"The last two seasons have been an impressive resurgence for Brian Kelly."

"It seemed like everything was going to fall apart and that job was going to eat him up, and he re-emerged by doing the hard things. They blew up the staff, and from what we hear, he's been willing to change a lot, too."

"Putting (Tommy) Rees at OC is a really shrewd move. You can't overemphasize how popular this will be with their hardcores if it works out."

"Rees gets the benefit of having a veteran quarterback back, otherwise this could've been a disaster."

"The receivers are gone, and they don't have anyone dynamic in the backfield. This where you see the gaps in recruiting."

"Defense needs to be their identity. This is probably the last year they have (Clark) Lea. He's a phenomenal mind."

"They're smart and they're physical, which is something a lot of defensive coaches struggle to balance."

"If their standard is playoff or nothing, it could be hard with the schedule."

"When we prep for these guys, you have to look at their entire schedule. Are they playing to stay healthy? Are they in a lighter stretch? It's different than a P5."

"They're going to face more athleticism late in the year with the ACC teams. That could help them get further along on offense."

"Outside of Clemson, there shouldn't be a team this roster looks noticeably slower or smaller against."