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 2022, 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 2022
"Let’s say there’s no drop-off and things are about equal in terms of the game-day execution. If that’s the case, the difference between Brian Kelly and Marcus Freeman is going to be recruiting and development. A lot of us really think they’re going to recruit better under Marcus. If Marcus can recruit better and maintain the development with the standards there, he’s the better coach. This is the nation’s best development program by definition, because they can get elite players, they can get tough, big guys, and they can smart guys who are rougher, and put them all together."
"They do a really good job on offense. Tommy Rees is smart; he could be a head coach now if he wanted. The QB is more of what they want in that system. They’re better when they can run around at that position. The OL is just consistently good. Always a problem for creating pressures. The tight end [Michael Mayer] is the best offensive player on the team, honestly. The [Lorenzo] Styles kid started to really come on at the end, too."
"Last year, Marcus ran a little of Clark Lea’s stuff and a little of his. Now it’s all his guys, so I think you’re gonna see more hybrid 3-4 and less of the 3-3 stack."
"There’s a ton of pressure to win immediately and keep it going, but I think the real measurement is if Marcus can land those two or three difference-makers Brian’s guys never could."