#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Duke

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Twitter can be a fun (or depressing) and brutally honest (or unreasonable) place during Notre Dame football games. That's why we open up this space for the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter after every game.

During the game, readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and observations with the #NDInsider hashtag to be considered for our postgame fan recap. They joined us with their 140-character takes during the game.

Almost all optimism had been wiped away from Notre Dame fans during the 1-2 start to the season. But a home game at Duke should allow for the Irish to get back on track, right? Well, it's safe to say defensive disappointments were expected regardless.

@TJamesNDI did Duke score yet #NDInsider

— Adam Schlutt (@bigmaac24) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider should be a low stress, solid game featuring fundamentally sound defense. Wait which game we discussing here?

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) September 24, 2016

Two touchdowns on the first two drives for the Notre Dame offense allowed some Irish fans to find confidence in a 14-0 lead. But keeping in line with the theme of the season, Duke knotted the game up at 14 before the first quarter ended.

Score Early. Score Often. #GoIrish#NDInsider

— RyderCupFaninMD (@IrishFanInMD) September 24, 2016

Get ready for that to happen all day duke fans #ndinsider

— CDN (@cdn515) September 24, 2016

Guys, is this Heaven????

No, this is South Bend against a bad team.

Huh, could've sworn it was Heaven...#NDInsider

— Bryan Sharpe (@irisharpe) September 24, 2016

There aren't words for how bad this secondary is. They don't exist. #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) September 24, 2016

Ok, back to the football I'm becoming accustomed to. #NDInsider

— Bryan Sharpe (@irisharpe) September 24, 2016

Receivers allowed an inside release on a blitz. Bad defense. #NDInsider

— Pam Whittington (@pamelawhit) September 24, 2016

BK loves Van Gorder - I do not!! #NDInsider

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) September 24, 2016

Justin Yoon missing a field goal as time expired in the first quarter added just another sour note to the first 15 minutes.

@TJamesNDI Brian VanGorder right now. #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/zVga9Yfh1z

— Taylor Nielson (@SixIrish) September 24, 2016

#NDInsider not good enough. ESP for @NDFootballpic.twitter.com/heHnsZira3

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI this squad looks like a Charlie Weis era team with NFL quality skill position players and QB but... not much else #NDInsider

— Nah (@CoryRittner) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI more of the same with ND. Kizer looks great, defense looks terrible. #NDInsider

— Andy Whalen (@andywhalen) September 24, 2016

Notre Dame's defense was absent for much of the second quarter as well. The Blue Devils scored another 14 points despite one drive ending on a turnover on downs deep in Notre Dame territory.

For the forth week in a row it looks like team speed is not in ND favor. #NDInsider

— Dave Hodges (@BigD_AHTBF) September 24, 2016

I don't know if it's the TV, but ND stadium sounds dead, even after stopping a 4th and 1. #NDInsider

— RyderCupFaninMD (@IrishFanInMD) September 24, 2016

Why are we shooting ourselves in the foot on offense just because they want to get Malik in the game *facepalms* #ndinsider

— CDN (@cdn515) September 24, 2016

I love the Irish but this will never be acceptable #NDInsider#NotreDame#GoIrish

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) September 24, 2016

This might be one of the worst fundamentally coached ND defenses I've ever seen. #NDInsider

— Nate Gay (@CoachNate79) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI@mikevorel are those Boo's I'm hearing in Notre Dame stadium?? Embarrassing that DUKE is destroying the Defense.#NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 24, 2016

Notre Dame entered halftime trailing Duke 28-21, a deficit that even men's basketball coach Mike Brey wouldn't be pleased with it was his team facing that score.

@TJamesNDI Let the leprechaun coach #NDInsider

— Tim Lory (@tim_lory) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI Offensive play calling inconsistent. Def scheme is just awful, coverage and tackling is bad. Over the Brian Kelly era. #NDinsider

— Andrew Tulowitzky (@CoachTulo) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI save us purple Kelly. You're our only hope. #NDInsider

— CB (@birdimus16) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI Can Pat Haden drive VanGorder home after the game? #NDInsider

— Irish Fan (@sjenk26) September 24, 2016

Kelly's program is broken. And it's not just the defense #NDInsider#NDvsDuke

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI not sure if the drink can help make this game better. Time for changes starting with VanGorder #NDInsider

— Tim Lybarger (@tlybarger19) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider haven't felt like this since the days of Jerry Faust and Bob Davie. Not happy about it because we came so far. So Far.

— Nick Huber (@nhuber4) September 24, 2016

For just the fifth time this season, Notre Dame's defense held a team scoreless for an entire quarter. An improved effort allowed the Irish to tie the game at 28 heading into the final 15 minutes.

#NDInsider "Jarron Jones has played well" Tirico "Get him out of there" BVG

— Adam Schlutt (@bigmaac24) September 24, 2016

I'm not watching this anymore #NDInsider#DukevsND#GoIrish#BeatDuke

— Rockie Zeigler, CFP® (@BuyETFs) September 24, 2016

There is the difference Duke has 4 people around the ball and ND is lucky to get 1 there. #NDInsider

— Dave Hodges (@BigD_AHTBF) September 24, 2016

#NDInsider a sack, an int, two 4th down stops. What can't we do......

— Adam Schlutt (@bigmaac24) September 24, 2016

There's something about being down and pressure that brings out the best in Kizer #GOIRISH#ndinsider#NotreDameFootball

— CDN (@cdn515) September 24, 2016

Notre Dame took a 35-28 lead on a touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to Equanimeous St. Brown, but the Irish failed to hold onto it and allowed Duke to score the final 10 points of the game.

ND football is embarrassing #NDInsider#NotreDame

— Travis (@travissparkman1) September 24, 2016

Hate to hit the reset button on a coaching staff again, but it's time. #NDInsider

— Bryan Sharpe (@irisharpe) September 24, 2016

What. A. Joke. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@sb_hastings) September 24, 2016

Charlie Weis' Irish defeated Duke in 2007. #NDInsider#NDvsDuke

— Joel DeLorge (@JoelDeLorge) September 24, 2016

In the aftermath of another loss, Notre Dame fans continued to call for changes in the coaching staff. Some would get their wish on Sunday when defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was fired. Head coach Brian Kelly is clearly prepared to do anything to stop the Irish free fall.

@TJamesNDI nothing to say other than I really feel like Deshone Kizer is overrated #ndinsider and boy does it feel like the Weis era

— Ed Dwyer (@EDwye) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI Really need to look at whole staff. Good players and recruiting but no development. #NDInsider

— PAUL (@NDPaulSixOne235) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI Coach Kelly has lost this team, embarassing, changes need to be made now, not at the end of the season #NDInsider

— TJ Gillen (@tjgillen68) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI in retrospect, Coach Kelly should have called BVG's bluff and told him to publish the pictures. #NDInsider

— Irish Phog (@IrishPhog) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI@mikevorel It seems their efforts are just never quite enough. Is it fundamentals? Seems mental sometimes #NDInsider

— ND1990 (@remos90_nd1990) September 24, 2016

#NDInsider

1) Credit @Duke_FB for plan and execution, big emotional "program" W on road.

2) @NDFootball can't ignore need for big change https://t.co/SsWrvLjfzb

— Gordon Galloway (@GordonGalloway1) September 24, 2016

#NDInsider where does the team go from here? Coaching seems to be a large part of the issue. Not just BVG.

— Trey Guy (@burpeeguy) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI#ndinsider This team is SOFT!! They could be a pretty good flag football team... Bring back Rudy!! Time to play the 19 yr olds.

— wizard of Rob (@wizardofrob) September 24, 2016

@TJamesNDI Horrendous defense! Everyone shares blame coaches and players. Should be BVG's last year with ND #NDInsider

— Carl Sanchez (@calsan22) September 25, 2016

Notre Dame fans react following Notre Dame's 38-35 loss to Duke in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN