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Chat Transcript: Talk Notre Dame football with Eric Hansen

2:59 pm, November 10, 2011



Eric Hansen answered readers' Notre Dame football questions in a live chat. Read the transcript.

 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame football with Eric Hansen(11/10/2011) 
12:01
Eric Hansen: 
Welcome to Notre Dame football live chat for pre-Maryland, post-Wake Forest. I'm ready for your questions. Please include your name and hometown with you question -- and your time in the 40-yard dash if you'd like. Please no 17-part questions. You should know the other non-nos by this time. Without further blather, let's roll.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:01 Eric Hansen
12:01
[Comment From Nashville Bob...Nashville Bob...: ] 
Eric, What is the latest on Filer? Heard he was done for the year....who is our NEXT MAN IN? ISHAQ?....Also any news on Gunner Kiel? Keep up the good work!
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:01 Nashville Bob...
12:04
Eric Hansen: 
Hi Bob
Filer played some defensive end against Navy and was in the interview room last night talking to reporters, so he's in play. Ishaq hasn't played as much lately -- because of tight games and.or the option. Darius Fleming has been on the field a lot. If the Maryland game is lopsided early, he'll get some opportunities. As far as Kiel, now that he's in play, Brian Kelly is personally handling his recruitment.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:04 Eric Hansen
12:04
[Comment From Jim ,Cumberland,MDJim ,Cumberland,MD: ] 
Hi Eric ,Keep up the good work.Will Hendrex get in the Game this week
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:04 Jim ,Cumberland,MD
12:06
Eric Hansen: 
I think Brian Kelly still wants to use him in lower-leverage situations. Wake did not qualify as that, because the Irish trailed most of the game and never led by more than seven points. If Maryland doesn't make this game a tight one, I think we'll see some Hendrix.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:06 Eric Hansen
12:06
[Comment From Geoff in Grand RapidsGeoff in Grand Rapids: ] 
Eric, thanks again for all the great insight. I have heard some rumblings of Ishaq WIlliams being homsick/unhappy. Any truth to these rumblings. I personally have given them little to no creedance personally....
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:06 Geoff in Grand Rapids
12:08
Eric Hansen: 
If he isn't a little homesick, he isn't human. I've been to his neighborhood in Brooklyn, and it's so much different than South Bend. I think it's common for freshmen to wonder about their future. But I think Ishaq can clearly see that Fleming and Filer will be gone next year, and his opportunities are plentiful.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:08 Eric Hansen
12:09
[Comment From Bob from Rochester, MIBob from Rochester, MI: ] 
Eriic, Last week game was really hard to watch. Do you still feel ND football is on the right track to eventually be a top ten team-someday?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:09 Bob from Rochester, MI
12:12
Eric Hansen: 
Bob, it's difficult to take one game and base the future on just that one event. What I did like about the Wake game is it's the first time in the Kelly Era (in six tries) that ND was able to come back and win after trailing at halftime. There were some things that were not impressive as well. But when you look at building a top 10 team, it starts with being strong in the lines on both sides of the ball. BK is doing a terrific job there of player development and recruiting. He has to continue the building process now at other positions. And eventually the quarterback, Rees or someone else, needs to play at a higher level.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:12 Eric Hansen
12:12
[Comment From Matt, Colorado SpringsMatt, Colorado Springs: ] 
Eric – I read a lot this week how people were frustrated about the Irish’s win against Wake Forest and it lack of style points. My question is when did this become about figure skating and not football? The Polish judge’s scores…ND total offense – 7, ND total defense – 8.5, ND defense after the first drive – 9.5, ND running the ball to kill the clock – 10
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:12 Matt, Colorado Springs
12:14
Eric Hansen: 
You do know Brian Boitano is coming to campus later this month? Maybe we can ask him. I think the frustrating thing for fans about that game were the turnovers and the ease with which Wake was able to move the ball in the first half. In the second half, ND made some great adjustments on the defensive side of the ball.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:14 Eric Hansen
12:14
[Comment From Chris - Buffalo, NYChris - Buffalo, NY: ] 
Hi, Eric! Why did ND agree to play Maryland at a "neutral site" in thier own backyard? If the Irish wanted a game in DC, why didn't they schedule one against a school a little farther away (i.e. Washington State in Texas a couple years ago)?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:14 Chris - Buffalo, NY
12:17
Eric Hansen: 
Chris, it's a great question. I know Jack Swarbrick wants to make these off-site games meaningful, and playing Washington State in San Antonio didn't exactly make sense. But neither does playing a team 6.8 miles from its campus. Perhaps playing North Carolina or Virginia Tech there might have made more sense. I was a proponent of the off-site home games in the beginning, but I am beginning to think it's an idea that needs to run its course soon -- or at least not be an annual event.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:17 Eric Hansen
12:17
[Comment From StigStig: ] 
Whoops, Coach Kelly got after a peer at the post game presser when a "negative" question was asked. Do you remember your first dress down from a coach and do you cringe for your comrades when you hear a question that you know is going to be blasted? Love the chats
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:17 Stig
12:19
Eric Hansen: 
Hey Stig,
It's something that happens, and it's just part of the job. It's happened to me -- and usually it doesn't have to do with the question -- the coach sometimes is upset about something else. In my case once, the coach was upset with an article I had published that day. My first job out of college was covering Bob Knight and Indiana University basketball. I learned a lot from that experience, to say the least.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:19 Eric Hansen
12:20
[Comment From Al from PhillyAl from Philly: ] 
Eric, Glad to hear Kiel is in play. How do you think recruiting finishes this year?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:20 Al from Philly
12:21
Eric Hansen: 
Al, I think ND is in really good shape, because they've filled a lot of their needs and they can afford to wait on the remaining elite players. Kelly doesn't have to get panicky and take a player down the list. I think a strong finish on the field can't hurt either.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:21 Eric Hansen
12:22
[Comment From Newt in Washington DCNewt in Washington DC: ] 
What are your thoughts about the handling of Joe Pa at Penn State? Also, I wanted to mention for all Irish fans that are coming into town this weekend, check out ND commit Ronald Darby at Potomic High vs Westlake at 1pm on Sat. I will be there then head to FedEx field for our game. Go Irish!
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:22 Newt in Washington DC
12:25
Eric Hansen: 
Newt, thanks for the tip for the fans. As far as JoePa, this was a sad story, but much more tragic for the victims. I think Penn State did what it needed to do to stop the bleeding. I saw former ND Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown posted this comment on Twitter earlier today, and I agree: "JoePa will be all right. Let's pray for the kids."
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:25 Eric Hansen
12:26
[Comment From Mark, Orange County, CAMark, Orange County, CA: ] 
Hi Eric thanks for the usual high quality work that you do. What can be changed so that the Irish defense has the same intensity from the their first series to their last. I really was disappointed with their play in the first half of the WF game. Even the TV announcers said the team looked as if they did not want to be there
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:26 Mark, Orange County, CA
12:29
Eric Hansen: 
Mark, Thanks. I'm not sure it was the intensity as much as it was having the right X's and O's. The Irish were able to solve a lot of issues in Wake's passing game when they took the drop linebacker off the field and plugged Jamoris Slaughter in at nickel. The question then becomes, why wasn't that the game plan coming out of the chute?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:29 Eric Hansen
12:29
[Comment From Bonk Virginia BeachBonk Virginia Beach: ] 
Is Heggiemania ready to begin yet, with Bruce almighty cracking the 2-deep? But on a serious note I was aprehensive about golic jr and goodman coming back for a 5th year. But their play last week made me think otherwise, Do you see any others besides KLM, Cave, Goodman and Golic Jr being invited back?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:29 Bonk Virginia Beach
12:32
Eric Hansen: 
I think it's cool that Bruce Heggie has found his niche as an offensive lineman. What a testament to that kid. As far as the fifth years, a lot of it is going to depend on the recruiting numbers and how big this class gets. I would think the only locks are Lewis-Moore, Cave and Slaughter, but there's wiggle room for a couple of more. I really think Golic is a great guy to have on the team for a lot of reasons -- he sets the bar high with work ethic, he's a great team chemistry guy and he's great for recruiting, because he loves, loves Notre Dame.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:32 Eric Hansen
12:32
[Comment From Nick (Chicago)Nick (Chicago): ] 
Sir, What can you see as a difference in the way Mr. Kelly handles Notre Dame and its Daily whirlwind, compared to Mr. Weis. Do you see things that he does that make you think he "gets it"?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:32 Nick (Chicago)
12:36
Eric Hansen: 
Nick, I think it was a huge adjustment for both of them -- as it would be for anyone. You can prepare all you want, but until you're in it, you just don't fully understand it. I think their challenges were extremely different. I would say BK's biggest challenge is not to overextend himself. I think he has to -- at least publicly -- take more responsibility when things go wrong. I think when you get to year 3, you at least know how to navigate things and not become overwhelmed by them.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:36 Eric Hansen
12:37
[Comment From tim nt,nytim nt,ny: ] 
great work as always. curious if you've heard any rumblings on potential prospects ready to commit.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:37 tim nt,ny
12:43
Eric Hansen: 
Tim, I really haven't, but most of the guys that are in play are committed to taking all their visits, and a lot of them will take this all the way to January or even February. I know there is one prospect who is close to his decision, but the name escapes me. I will get it for you before the end of the chat.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:43 Eric Hansen
12:43
[Comment From Jimmy, LaPaz, INJimmy, LaPaz, IN: ] 
Eric, What do you think of the portion of the fanbase that thinks it's blasphemy to have fieldturf, a jumbotron, and change the helmets for a special game? Do these "fans" live in the real world? Or are they a vocal minority?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:43 Jimmy, LaPaz, IN
12:44
Eric Hansen: 
I don't think there's a vocal minority. I think there's a real split, but I see it trending in the favor of the changes. My take is you can marry tradition and progress. And if it gives your program a better chance to win, then by all means, do it.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:44 Eric Hansen
12:45
[Comment From mike from torontomike from toronto: ] 
Eric - is Diaco's stock rising and if so have other programs started sniffing around?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:45 mike from toronto
12:47
Eric Hansen: 
If Bob Diaco were to leave for another job, I believe it would be for a head coaching job or an assistant's job in the NFL. Remember, he has only been a coordinator for two and a half years. My read is that he's a guy who knows there's a lot to learn before becoming a head coach, and he's in a good place to learn it.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:47 Eric Hansen
12:47
[Comment From Sousider from Lower ChiSousider from Lower Chi: ] 
Were you at Wake ? what did you think of their turf and Video Board / i was there and thought they were great and that the atmosphere was awesome. They have a long tradition as well and had no prblem "updating". Also lots of standing screaming Deacons with no ushers getting in anyones way of enjoying the game. That and the fried chicken, biscuits and gravy made for a great trip. I think Kelly is on target with these changes coming to ND. Your thoughts ?
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:47 Sousider from Lower Chi
12:49
Eric Hansen: 
I was at Wake and loved the videoboard, but not quite as much as the fried chicen and pulled pork. But it was close. I didn't get a sense Wake sold out its tradition to add those things. It was a cool atmosphere. I did not notice the ushers, or lack thereof, but everything about that campus/area impressed me.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:49 Eric Hansen
12:49
[Comment From Richard, Rochester, NYRichard, Rochester, NY: ] 
Eric, I assume Ishaq Williams knows he dodged a bullet. Question--do you think some reporters (from other publications of course) are beginning to recognize that they are forcing Brian Kelly to become much more guarded in responding to their questions? Frankly, some questioners seem in a "gotcha mood" with their questions. And, not to question writers from the SOuth Bend Tribune, Al Lesar certainly seems to be stretching to criticize Kelly and your headline writers do neither the Tribune nor ND any favors (re: Penn State and recruiting).
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:49 Richard, Rochester, NY
12:56
Eric Hansen: 
Richard, there's a lot packed into that question. Let me try to get to them. As far as Ishaq, I'm not sure he looks at it that way. I don't know that BK becoming more guarded is necessarily the function of reporters, at least not individually. Look, it's a situation where there's 35-45 people interviewing him every Tuesday and Wednesday. Every word he says is parsed and dissected,and often it's done by people who don't cover the team on a regular basis. I think there's a happy medium somewhere between being guarded and being open. BK will find it. It's difficult, because on most beats I've covered, a coach can take a handful or reporters in confidence on some issues. The sheer numbers on this beat make that difficult. .. As far as Al, I'm not sure which column you're talking about. I think Al is fair and honest. That's why I like working with him, If you have a question about a particular piece, write to him. He'll answer you. As far as the Penn State headline, it probably hurt the story.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:56 Eric Hansen
12:56
[Comment From Dan from Ballwin, MODan from Ballwin, MO: ] 
Do you think Kelly's theatrics have worn thin on his players? I've seen numerous times when a player turns and walks away from him while he's still barking at him and I don't take that as a good sign of respect. Hope I'm off base. Really like your work btw.
Thursday November 10, 2011 12:56 Dan from Ballwin, MO
1:01
Eric Hansen: 
Dan, thanks. That's a difficult read. And at this point, maybe that's the best reaction. Any time you have a coaching change -- and there's a big difference in coaching style -- that's a tough adjustment. When you've done something one way for 21 years as a coach, you're not likely to change unless it stops working. BK is a guy who is introspective. It will be interesting where that issue takes him this offseason.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:01 Eric Hansen
1:01
[Comment From MIke Thorold ONMIke Thorold ON: ] 
HI Eric, again great job, appreciate your hard work. Quick question. Do you have any updates on recruiting? IN particular Nelson Aghlor , and Marshell.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:01 MIke Thorold ON
1:05
Eric Hansen: 
Thanks Mike. Nelson wants to focus on his team's playoff run, then will amp up his focus on recruiting. So far, ND is his only official visit. Keith Marshall continues to take visits. Clemson will be his fourth official. The Irish are in play, but there's still work to be done there.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:05 Eric Hansen
1:05
[Comment From Jeremy Avon, INJeremy Avon, IN: ] 
Eric if Kelly is recruiting Kiel heavily what does that mean for Hendricks/Gholson? Too many QB's?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:05 Jeremy Avon, IN
1:06
Eric Hansen: 
Look on any college roster and you've got at least 5. If Crist doesn't apply for a fifth year, and at this point, I don't think he will, then ND is down to three QBs. Good quarterbacks know they are going to be walking into a competitive situation. The great ones are not afraid of it.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:06 Eric Hansen
1:07
[Comment From Steve from St LouisSteve from St Louis: ] 
Team has come out flat in two of last three games. Fluke or an alarming trend?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:07 Steve from St Louis
1:07
Eric Hansen: 
If they come out flat against Maryland, then I say alarming trend, but I don't think that will happen.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:07 Eric Hansen
1:08
[Comment From PZ In CarolinaPZ In Carolina: ] 
Hi Eric, first my forty when i was 30 was 8.2.... I was at the WF game and we ND fans saw a number of obvious flawed calls that went against ND - PI on a ball that was 3 yards OB, J. Gray touchdown reversal, PF on one of the lineman after interception when WF player was clearly in bounds... my question is which of these are reviewable and why isn't the ND coaching staff challenging these at the time the call is made since the WF Jumbotron clearly demonstrated in these cases that the calls were at least disputable if not flat out wrong? Through the season we seem to have missed similar opportunities. In other games I have seen the coaching staffs seem to have better awarenss on these miscalls. Thank again for your Thursday chats.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:08 PZ In Carolina
1:10
Eric Hansen: 
Awesome PZ, you and I should get together and run. Only the Gray touchdown was reviewable, and as you saw, it was overturned. The penalties are not. The Zach Martin personal foul was absolutely a blown call. But again, you can't have that reviewed. There were some weird calls going on in that game. Glad it wasn't just me who thought so.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:10 Eric Hansen
1:11
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
WF was my first chance to see TR and I was not impressed. The lad can't throw long. I knew he couldn't run.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:11 Guest
1:11
Eric Hansen: 
OK, duly noted. He has started 12 games. So if that was your first look at him, what cave do you live in?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:11 Eric Hansen
1:12
[Comment From JR, BloomingtonJR, Bloomington: ] 
Eric, When Mike Floyd doesn't play a major role our offense struggles, see PITT, USC, Wake...My question to you is, next year, who will fill the void he'll be leaving, I worry about our ability to move the ball without an established elite WR, especially given how difficult the schedule appears to be
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:12 JR, Bloomington
1:13
Eric Hansen: 
JR, absolute good point. I think it points to this team being built differently offensively next year. It also means the incoming freshman wide receivers will get a long look in August training camp. The biggest question is can Kelly play a non-running quarterback in post-Floyd ND football? I think it would be a challenge.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:13 Eric Hansen
1:14
[Comment From John (Cincinnati)John (Cincinnati): ] 
Eric, What is the status of Daniel Smith? Is he healthy and practicing? Lastly, who, in your opinion, are the next 2 or 3 recruits to give verbals?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:14 John (Cincinnati)
1:16
Eric Hansen: 
John, I'll defer on the recruit prediction. Me to predicting what 17-year-olds are thinking is what Bob Davie is to coaching. As far as Daniel, he's back on the field as a special teams player, finally healthy. His window to impress the coaches as a viable member of the wide receiver corps will come in the spring. I would not count him out.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:16 Eric Hansen
1:17
[Comment From dougie, South Benddougie, South Bend: ] 
Eric, my 40 time is 6.8, wind aided. Anyway, I have a hard time believing that Hendrix hasn't grasped the playbook as well as Rees and Hendrix has a lot more physical tools to offer the position. How long will it be before Hendrix gets a chance to raise the QB level of play? Even if he has a few growing pains, isn't that the same that we're going thru now? I have a hard time believing Rees is that much better than Hendrix and Crist.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:17 dougie, South Bend
1:21
Eric Hansen: 
The sad part about it, I think I'm too bulky to have the wind aid my 40 time. IN any event, the quarterback debate will continue to rage on into the spring. As long as Rees is high in the turnover column and his passing efficiency rating stays in the 130s, he opens himself up to competition. We'll likely never know what Dayne Crist would have don with this team. If Hendrix has absorbed enough of the playbook to be effective, how would you justify a change at this point? I think spring is the right time to open up the position and see what everyone can do.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:21 Eric Hansen
1:21
[Comment From Bill in NCBill in NC: ] 
What explains the team being listless and playing so poorly in the WF game. 10 minutes into the game we look at each other and say deja vu. It's USC all overagain.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:21 Bill in NC
1:28
South Bend Tribune: 
Eric had a technical issue. He is rebooting and will be back with you shortly. Thanks for reading!
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:28 South Bend Tribune
1:30
Eric Hansen: 
Back, sorry, now if only I could replace this Commodore 64 computer
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:30 Eric Hansen
1:31
Eric Hansen: 
Bill, I think the flatness, has more to do with strategy and scheme than emotion and execution. The good news is they got it right in the second half. If it happens against Maryland and BC, then we can re-evaluate.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:31 Eric Hansen
1:32
[Comment From Ed,GreensboroEd,Greensboro: ] 
Eric-two items.I was at the Wake game and was with fans who attend games in South Bend.They said it was "nice to be able to stand and cheer and not be told by usehers to sit down".Second, why has't Kelly fixed our punt units? since we are last in the nation in punt returnsi would think there would be an all out rush to block the kick.Our kids look like they are going through the motions.They really don;t give much of an effort.Your thoughts?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:32 Ed,Greensboro
1:35
Eric Hansen: 
Man, we have a lot of folks from North Carolina on today. Welcome. Next time you're all going to have to give a a scouting report on the best BBQ places. To your questions, I'm glad you were able to stand and cheer. I think that's the way it should be. As far as punt returns, there's a variety of things going on -- shorter punts, etc., I don't think it will be fixed until after the regular season -- maybe next spring. Sometimes, you just have to slap duct tape on a problem during the regular season. As far as a block, they tried that in the Pitt game and it ended up in a 15-yard penalty. It is baffling, especially given how strong ND is on kickoff returns.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:35 Eric Hansen
1:35
[Comment From Ryan from Charlotte, NCRyan from Charlotte, NC: ] 
Eric, great coverage! How do you see the final games playing out? Is there any way that you see Dayne Crist being invited back for a 5th year?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:35 Ryan from Charlotte, NC
1:37
Eric Hansen: 
Hey Ryan, I think ND will have an easier time with BC than Maryland. I think Maryland is going to stick with the Irish through the first half. I think the Irish can beat Stanford, but they need every star to align for that game and that starts with zero turnovers. I'm a realist, I think they lose in Palo Alto. As far as Dayne, I think he deserves an invite, but if there is no realistic shot at him winning the job, it's in his best interests to go elsewhere.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:37 Eric Hansen
1:38
[Comment From David in ColumbusDavid in Columbus: ] 
Will Teo play this week?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:38 David in Columbus
1:38
Eric Hansen: 
I think he will. He is certainly determined to do so.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:38 Eric Hansen
1:39
[Comment From Jim, LouisvilleJim, Louisville: ] 
Eric, thanks for the chats, I missed you the past two weeks. The inconsistency of this ND team is puzzling. They are young with a lot of freshmen and sophomores but they seem to lack upper classmen maturity and leadership. Outside of Teo, who are some of the leaders from the juniors and seniors? I think the team would be more consistent if the on field leadership were stronger.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:39 Jim, Louisville
1:43
Eric Hansen: 
Jim, I think when there's a regime change, sometimes it's difficult for the upperclassmen to have a strong voice. I don't think BK helped matters a couple of weeks ago with his comments, BUT he did learn from that. Some of the best leaders aren't playing -- Crist, McDonald and now Cave (injury) come to mind. Harrison Smith and Michael Floyd are also influential voices in the locker room. I'll say this in the defense in the upperclassmen, I think Kelly has wanted to take the reins at critical junctures and not give them to the players (or share). Perhaps that's something he will revisit in the offseason.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:43 Eric Hansen
1:43
[Comment From John, Newnan GAJohn, Newnan GA: ] 
Concerned about the availability of Aaron Lynch for this week's game, how is he doing?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:43 John, Newnan GA
1:44
Eric Hansen: 
Kelly said yesterday he's coming along, which sounds kind of vague, which might mean a week of rest. I'll ask again tonight.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:44 Eric Hansen
1:44
[Comment From larry St Joe MIlarry St Joe MI: ] 
Do you think because Kelly isn't giving much game time to Hendrix, he is planning on going with Rees and Golson next year? I don't think any of the three want to watch next year. Who will transferr? Thanks
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:44 larry St Joe MI
1:47
Eric Hansen: 
We talk about this every week. Every college has more than one quarterback on its roster. Most have 4, 5 or 6. As long as the coach is honest with you about your opportunities, as long as you have a fair chance to compete, most kids aren't looking for the emergency exit. Remember, if you transfer, you go to a school, with 4, 5, 6 QBs on the roster and a coach who didn't recruit you. How did that work out for Mitch Mustain?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:47 Eric Hansen
1:48
[Comment From Sam from CharlotteSam from Charlotte: ] 
Eric, always enjoy your chats. Why don't they just sit Manti and get him full speed for Stanford? If he exacerbates his injury or leaves early for the NFL, the extra experience for Fox or Kendall Moore or another middle linebacker will be valuable. Are we that afraid of Maryland and BC?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:48 Sam from Charlotte
1:48
Eric Hansen: 
I think some of it is up to Manti, and he wants to play.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:48 Eric Hansen
1:48
[Comment From Mark in Jenison, MIMark in Jenison, MI: ] 
What have you heard on Matthias Farley in practice? Has he shown to be the athlete and have the speed as advertised?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:48 Mark in Jenison, MI
1:49
Eric Hansen: 
Very fast, very smart, but hasn't been playing football very long. He's absorbed a lot this year. If he can get the nuances of the game down, he'll be an asset moving forward.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:49 Eric Hansen
1:49
[Comment From Tim from Rolling PrairieTim from Rolling Prairie: ] 
Hi Eric. Love you work. Already looking to the future, who on the current roster do you see playing inside linebacker? I think outside of Manti, we need someone who can work well in pass coverage. Your thoughts? Thanks!
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:49 Tim from Rolling Prairie
1:51
Eric Hansen: 
Dan Fox and Carlo still have eligibility remaining and lots of experience at the Will (inside linebacker). If you mean Manti's position. Kendall Moore and Jarrett Grace are the up-and-comers, though I wonder what Anthony McDonald would have been like had he stayed healthy. He's better than people think.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:51 Eric Hansen
1:51
[Comment From Don from San DiegoDon from San Diego: ] 
with Theo out will the passing game suffer----why not give Collingsworth a shot at punts My 40 time can only be measured vial sun dial
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:51 Don from San Diego
1:52
Eric Hansen: 
A sun dial, huh, I love it. I wish I had a fabulous prize to give away from that one. I really think Robby Toma is going to step in and do a really good job. So no, I do not think it will suffer.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:52 Eric Hansen
1:53
[Comment From Fish in Denver, COFish in Denver, CO: ] 
Hi Eric...do you find yourself on the NDNation boards? What do you make of all the angst and hand-wringing over there? Helmets, AstroTurf, Kelly's small-timeyness, Jumbotron...etc, etc. Thoughts?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:53 Fish in Denver, CO
1:55
Eric Hansen: 
Fish, I'm sorry I haven't been on the board, so I miss some of that stuff, but I really feel I get a nice pulse from the folks on this chat. I'm never sure how representative message boards are in terms of representing the prevailing feeling of the fan base. They can be a lot of fun, they're just not for me.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:55 Eric Hansen
1:56
[Comment From Chris (Elkhart)Chris (Elkhart): ] 
Hi Eric -- great job on the Irish beat. I appreciate your fairness and willingness to point out both the flaws and positives. Too often ND seems to polarize -- reporters as well as fans. ;^)
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:56 Chris (Elkhart)
1:56
Eric Hansen: 
Chris, thank you.
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:56 Eric Hansen
1:56
[Comment From Chris (Elkhart)Chris (Elkhart): ] 
Question: Other than Crist, which ND player(s) have disappointed you the most this year in terms of your preseason expectations? Which ones have pleasantly surprised you?
Thursday November 10, 2011 1:56 Chris (Elkhart)
2:00
Eric Hansen: 
I am not disappointed in Crist at all. I think if anything he's impressed me. There's not a lot of guys in his situation who would be as classy and supportive and a positive voice in the locker room. As far as surprises, George Atkinson III tops the list. A lot of young, unproven players we assumed would step up, so they are not surprises. Chase Hounshell and one older guy, Jamoris Slaughter, surprised me.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:00 Eric Hansen
2:00
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Eric do you think we will land another running back in this class? I know Mahone is on board, but it seems we struggle to land the big name RB will we come up empty again on Marshall and others?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:00 Guest
2:00
Eric Hansen: 
I do think ND will add another running back. I think Keith Marshall is the top talent there, but there are others.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:00 Eric Hansen
2:01
[Comment From Mike, Kansas City, MoMike, Kansas City, Mo: ] 
Eric, one play that has been hurting Notre Dame all year is the underneath pass were the running back or wide receiver drags in front of the linebackers and in back of the defensive line then runs for numerous yards, especially on third downs. Are the linebackers to slow? The coaches certainly are aware of this aren't they?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:01 Mike, Kansas City, Mo
2:02
Eric Hansen: 
Very astute observation, but I don't think it's speed. Sometimes it's scheme, sometimes individual breakdowns, but it is a problem that pops up fairly regularly.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:02 Eric Hansen
2:02
[Comment From tnt65, Atlantatnt65, Atlanta: ] 
Hi, Eric. My 40 time today is tomorrow.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:02 tnt65, Atlanta
2:02
Eric Hansen: 
I want to guy you a beer (or a coffee). Outstanding.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:02 Eric Hansen
2:02
[Comment From Will (Houston, TX)Will (Houston, TX): ] 
Hi Eric! I know BK said the team was preparing for a road game, and FedEx field is smack in the middle of Maryland's back yard, but I just don't think Maryland will fill the seats. Any feelings on whether this will be more like a road or home game for the Irish?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:02 Will (Houston, TX)
2:03
Eric Hansen: 
I think it will be heavy ND. This is ND's home game, as strange as it sounds, and on the East Coast there are a lot of Irish fans who never have had the chance to see a game in South Bend.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:03 Eric Hansen
2:04
[Comment From tnt65, Atlantatnt65, Atlanta: ] 
I am wondering if there is any evidence that the USC game has cooled some of the potential recruits. Any word on this?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:04 tnt65, Atlanta
2:05
Eric Hansen: 
Not at all. I think from what I heard, most of them were extremely impressed with the atmosphere. I think if there was a concern, it was the aftermath, with the locker room dust-up. But that appears to be moving in a positive direction.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:05 Eric Hansen
2:05
[Comment From Kevin in MinneapolisKevin in Minneapolis: ] 
what is the pulse with the team now that it has been a couple weeks since Kelly made is comments regarding my guys/vs not my guys?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:05 Kevin in Minneapolis
2:06
Eric Hansen: 
I think it takes some people longer than others to get over something like that, and I believe there was some hurt feelings. But I think this team wants to come together and finish strong, and I think that's a real good sign.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:06 Eric Hansen
2:06
[Comment From Curt Warsaw InCurt Warsaw In: ] 
Well do we see more 3-4 this week or 4-3? And why?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:06 Curt Warsaw In
2:08
Eric Hansen: 
I think you'll see more 3-4 on first and second down, 4-3 on third. The 3-4, when it's executed correctly, is difficult to run against. Maryland's best strategy is to bring balance to its offense. That's what USC did, but Matt Barkely doesn't play for Maryland.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:08 Eric Hansen
2:08
[Comment From Walt - St LouisWalt - St Louis: ] 
Serious question this time. Will BK ever pull Tommy Rees from a game for poor play? Doesn't seem like it to me and it has to frustrate Dayne, no matter how much of a team guy he is.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:08 Walt - St Louis
2:08
Eric Hansen: 
I do not think that will happen.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:08 Eric Hansen
2:09
[Comment From Jeff - Los AngelesJeff - Los Angeles: ] 
The Shamrock Series Helmets are coated in 24K Gold Leaf? Will they be delivered in armored trucks to and from Landover? Would they ever make the helmets look like weathered stone, ala the Grotto or guilded like the inside of the Basillica? I mean if we are breaking traditions...
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:09 Jeff - Los Angeles
2:10
Eric Hansen: 
As long as they don't have the Adidas logo on them, I think I can live with some of this stuff. Wait til you see the helmets and unis Maryland is wearing. They look like an egg McMuffin got spilled on a plate of lasagna.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:10 Eric Hansen
2:10
[Comment From MIke Thorold ONMIke Thorold ON: ] 
Eric will Kendall Moore see more playing time aside from special teams this week with Teo being dinged up? I really think his athletiscm is a huge plus for the D. Wish he could play beside Teo, instead of backing him up. I gotta believe he is better than what we are running out there right now.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:10 MIke Thorold ON
2:12
Eric Hansen: 
Kelly wants to groom Kendall as a MLB and not a Will (Fox's and Calabrese's position). Kendall, I believe, is getting more reps this week. I like him down the road. Really physical player and great kid.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:12 Eric Hansen
2:12
[Comment From Beth from PABeth from PA: ] 
Eric, I read that Mike Golic, Sr. was bashing BK to the ABC announcers prior to the Wake Forest game. Did you hear anything about this and if so, does this surprise you?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:12 Beth from PA
2:14
Eric Hansen: 
I did not hear that, Beth. I'll have to try and find that out, but it would surprise me. I will point out, though, as a radio talk show host, it is Golic's job to be analytical. He can't play favorites. Bashing and analyzing are two different things.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:14 Eric Hansen
2:15
[Comment From paulpaul: ] 
Does Gunner Kiel fit kelley's offense?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:15 paul
2:15
Eric Hansen: 
A quarterback of that caliber can fit in almost every offense -- but Navy's.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:15 Eric Hansen
2:15
[Comment From jdmemphisjdmemphis: ] 
Thanks for the chats eric...i run a 4.45 forty.....( you do mean feet not yards right?)......I love the new helmets!..logo should be a little smaller. I had hoped to see more christ/hendrix the last couple of games.....Will they make another appearance soon or just in blowouts?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:15 jdmemphis
2:17
Eric Hansen: 
Well at least, it's not inches. I think you'll see Hendrix before Crist at this point. But BK seems to want to make sure he is developing Rees, first and foremost.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:17 Eric Hansen
2:17
[Comment From John, ChampaignJohn, Champaign: ] 
Eric, I think the article about whether the "Lions' woes will benefit the Irish" was inappropriate, Maybe as a clinical psychologist who has treated PTSD from abuse makes me a bit more sensitive. It seems that any article that assesses how anyone can "benefit" from this terrible tragedy is truly inappropriate. "Adults" and institutions have already shown themselves to be selfish and self-serving. I know it is a reality ND may gain some recruits, but let's focus on things that are really important in this situation. Your thoughts?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:17 John, Champaign
2:23
Eric Hansen: 
John, it's an uncomfortable juxtaposition to be sure. I have a friend who was a victim of such an abuse situation, so I'm sensitive to it. I'm also a father and a grandpa, and the allegations sicken me. I think had Sandusky been the head coach, the road would have beenway more uneasy and likely avoided. I think the word "benefit" was unfortunate. In hindsight, we all do. I think the writer chose his words in the story very carefully and tried to be sensitive and still report the story, as he did with Ohio State and USC. Your points and questions are valid and worth discussing.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:23 Eric Hansen
2:24
[Comment From Irv from BostonIrv from Boston: ] 
Eric thanks again for the chats, you do a great job and we appreciate it. My question is Rees seems, for some reason more lately than ever, to be limited and Hendrix and Golston in particular seem to fit the system so much better. At the same I hear BK talk about how Rees is now recognizing defenses that would befuddle him against Pitt or USC weeks ago. That makes me think that with Hendrix and Golston in there at QB...we'd have to start that learning process all over again....your thoughts?
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:24 Irv from Boston
2:27
Eric Hansen: 
Irv thanks. legit question. The things is Golson and Hendrix are learning now. Also their skill set allows them to run away from some problems that Tommy can't. Because of their wider skill sets, teams aren't able to load up as much defensively in terms of coverages and looks.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:27 Eric Hansen
2:27
[Comment From Ed,GreensboroEd,Greensboro: ] 
Will be glad to give you the inside info on where to get good BBQ.Thanks for your time.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:27 Ed,Greensboro
2:27
Eric Hansen: 
Beautiful, thanks.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:27 Eric Hansen
2:28
[Comment From keith in gilbert, azkeith in gilbert, az: ] 
Re: M.Teo--Do you think he comes back next year??
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:28 keith in gilbert, az
2:28
Eric Hansen: 
I was 50-50 last week, I think if I'm pressed, he will come back.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:28 Eric Hansen
2:29
[Comment From Al from BostonAl from Boston: ] 
What's behind ND's push to have so many night games? So far, they have lost two of the three, and came close to losing to Wake-Forest. There is little doubt that one's depth perception (and possibly physical stamina) is greater during the daylight hours compared to the night time. Also, why the change in time with the Wake-Forest game ? Did ND think it could compete for viewers against the LSU/ALA game which had the 2nd highest CBS rating since 1989? If the game started at 7:00 PM as originally scheduled, many viewers might have tuned in for the first hour.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:29 Al from Boston
2:30
Eric Hansen: 
Al, ND has not control of the kickoff times on the road. TV feels ND will be a big draw in prime time (and that usually happens). The only night games they've had control over are USC and Maryland. Exposure trumps all in those situations, but it's also something players and fans have been asking for. As far as the print media, afternoon deadlines are much better, but no one asked us.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:30 Eric Hansen
2:31
Eric Hansen: 
Folks, that's going to do it. My son just texted me from the hospital and my new grandson/granddaughter is about to arrive. Thanks for all your great questions -- and your 40 times. We'll do this again next Thursday at noon.
Thursday November 10, 2011 2:31 Eric Hansen
2:31
 

 
 
 





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