Quick Hits from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Navy Week press conference
We're back again.
Notre Dame's College Football Playoff hopes may be up in smoke, but the season isn't over. And before the Irish host Navy on Senior Day on Saturday, eighth-year head coach Brian Kelly met the media for his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Here are the highlights from Kelly's address.
-- Kelly's wrap-up of the Miami loss: "Obviously Miami played very well. We learned a lot from the game." He added that the team is moving on to Navy.
-- Kelly, on Navy's triple option offense: "I think everybody knows how prolific they are and how difficult they are to stop."
-- Kelly said that first-year defensive coordinator Mike Elko's history in facing the option and ability to stop it is something they vetted in the interview process.
-- Kelly said that against Navy's offense, you have to be prepared for every potential look going back as far as a decade. The eighth-year head coach added that when the Irish hosted the Mids in 2015 Navy's offense showed looks that hadn't been on film in six or seven years.
-- Notre Dame's defense used a full practice session during the bye week to practice defending Navy's option, Kelly said.
-- Kelly, on what Notre Dame took away from playing in a frenzied environment inside Hard Rock Stadium last weekend: "We learned a lot from the environment. I think that was a great lesson to be learned."
-- Kelly reiterated that junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush's left hand was not an issue in his performance last Saturday. Wimbush has not had any treatment on the hand this week.
-- Kelly: "Our guys are clearly focused on the preparation for Navy."
-- What does graduate student left tackle Mike McGlinchey mean to Notre Dame? "He's what you'd want from a student-athlete at Notre Dame," Kelly said. "He graduates, he stays with his teammates, he captains this football team for two years." Kelly said that McGlinchey embodies what it means to be a student-athlete at ND.
-- What does Notre Dame need to do to improve its rushing defense? "We have to have a better attention to detail. Our fits have to be better. We have to get off blocks." Kelly added that the Irish need to win one-on-on match ups and when they get an opportunity to make plays, they have to make them.
-- Kelly acknowledged that Notre Dame did not force a turnover against Miami, something it has been known for all season. "We're right there. We're going to get our turnovers," Kelly said.
-- How is quarterback Brandon Wimbush bouncing back from a disappointing performance against Miami? "I think he's a competitor," Kelly said. "A competitor wants to be at his best when his best is needed, and he wasn't." Kelly said that Wimbush is concentrated on being his best against Navy.