Quick Hits: Brian Kelly's Navy Week press conference

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — An undefeated season is out the window.

As for those College Football Playoff hopes? Maybe not.

But for Notre Dame to even be considered for the four-team playoff at season's end, the Irish must win each of their seven remaining games. That starts on Saturday, with a home game against surging Navy (4-0).

Sixth-year Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly met with the media on Tuesday to preview the Navy game and more. Here are the key points from his address. 

• Following a devastating 24-22 road loss at Clemson, Kelly was asked on Tuesday whether he still believes Notre Dame can qualify for the College Football Playoff. "I don't know," he replied honestly. Kelly did say, however, that the team now has no margin for error and is focused on what it control, which is winning each week.

• Kelly was simple in his response to a question on how Notre Dame plans to respond following a disappointing loss. "The response is to win. That's the response that you're looking for," he said.

• Junior free safety Max Redfield, who returned to action against Clemson and finished with a team-high 14 tackles, will start against Navy, Kelly confirmed.

• On the injury front, sophomore tight end Tyler Luatua, who missed the last two games with a concussion, has been cleared to practice fully on Tuesday, Kelly said. Guard Quenton Nelson, who sprained his ankle in the loss at Clemson, will get his walking boot off on Wednesday. Kelly said they feel "pretty good" that Nelson will play against Navy.

• Despite his struggles early this season, Kelly remained supportive of junior wide receiver Corey Robinson. "Corey Robinson is going to get the job done for us," Kelly said. Kelly added that he had a long conversation with Robinson on Monday and that he needs to believe in himself and attack the football to have success. Robinson has caught five passes for 60 yards through five games.

• Kelly cited the cornerback position as a spot where Notre Dame has to improve going forward. Specifically, Cole Luke needs to be more consistent, and KeiVarae Russell's hard work in practice must translate to the field, Kelly said. He added that he expects Russell will have a breakthrough game at some point.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly exits the field following the 24-22 loss to Clemson on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2015, Memorial Stadium at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN