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It should come as no surprise that the position of quarterback made this slideshow.
I'm not of the philosophy that dogging Tommy Rees' talent will help the situation. He doesn't have an NFL arm, but he has shown some promise. At the end of the Michigan game, for example, Rees put the Irish in position to win with a touchdown on their last drive. And the soon-to-be junior quarterback has played slightly better this season, statistically at least, than in his rookie year.
However, if Rees is the player most capable of running the Irish offense, then the number of turnovers, in particular the turnovers in the red zone, was inexcusable.
Rees ended the year with 14 interceptions, many of which came at crucial points of the game or in the red zone.
Rees also had his worst performances when the team needed him the most—the young quarterback just hasn't been able to get in done against elite competition.
Tyler Eifert, the team's starting tight end and second-leading receiver, is returning, but Michael Floyd, Rees' favorite target, is leaving, so the starting quarterback won't have the luxury of having a dominant wide receiver to throw to.
Whether Rees gives the team a better chance to win games next season than Everett Golson or Andrew Hendrix will, that is for Brian Kelly to decide. But if Notre Dame wants to be successful next season in playing an extremely tough schedule, the quarterback will have to play much better, whoever it is.