Notre Dame Football: Kelly Needs to Stop Messing Around and Stick with Rees

Barry Leonard@@barryleonardjrAnalyst IIISeptember 22, 2012

Sep 22, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (11) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with wide receiver Robby Toma (9) against the Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees came off the bench and led the Irish to victory for the second time this season. Rees proved once again that he needs to be the starting quarterback for the Irish.

Notre Dame defeated the Michigan Wolverines in Week 4 13-6. Rees scored the only touchdown of the game for Notre Dame on a 2-yard rush late in the second quarter. Though Rees only threw for 115 yards, he did not turn the ball over and looked confident running the Irish offense.

Rees replaced starter Everett Golson after he started the game with only three completions and two interceptions.

Golson, who has started every game for the Irish this year now, has three touchdowns and three interceptions on the year.

With Notre Dame sitting at 4-0, 2012 has the making to be a special season for the Irish. In order for that to happen, head coach Brian Kelly needs to stop messing around with two quarterbacks. Changing quarterbacks interferes with the flow of the game and most importantly, it takes away reps from the starter in practice.

It's rare to see a team that switches between quarterbacks throughout the season be very successful. It's only Week 4 of the 2012 season. That's still early enough to make a decision at quarterback and establish a routine.

Tommy Rees is the one with the experience. He came in during the Week 2 game against Purdue and led the game-winning drive against the Boilermakers. Rees also looked very solid against Michigan and protected the ball, something Golson was unable to do.

Time will tell how things will work out for the Irish this year. So far, this team looks like it could be a contender. The quarterback position is going to be the key. Brain Kelly needs to be confident that Tommy Rees is the guy who will give the team the best chance to win.

Golson will get his time, it just shouldn't be this year.