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 2021, 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 2021
“Just based solely on their personnel losses, we’re expecting them to take a significant step back. That’s not a value judgment on the program overall; it’s more that they maxed out in a lot of areas last season. They graduated a ton of guys — it happens — and now this is the year you see how consistent they are in development."
"They lost something like eight guys on defense, but the upside there is Marcus Freeman gets to start with a pretty clean slate and some decent talent. Really curious, does he run his stuff or Clark Lea’s? Marcus had other places he could’ve gone; you would assume they’re letting him do his thing. Not sure if they can fit a 3-3 stack right away."
"Offensively, they’ll be consistent, very similar to last year, just without the personnel. They turn over most of the offensive line."
"The quarterback from Wisconsin [Jack Coan] is a good player, solid, nothing spectacular, but a good fit for what they like to do."
"Watch for offensive line play; that will be a huge indicator of their ceiling this year. If they can bring along a new unit, Coan is good enough to move the ball."
"It will be a down year compared to last season, but I think it’s really, really important for this staff to show consistency when coordinators leave and talent turns over. ”
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