Notre Dame Football: Why the Irish Offense Must Improve to Continue Success

Zachary Arthur@Zach_ArthurSLCCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2012

Notre Dame needs to play better on offense and it starts with figuring out their quarterback problems
Notre Dame needs to play better on offense and it starts with figuring out their quarterback problemsGregory Shamus/Getty Images

Notre Dame football is back.

The team stands at 4-0 and has already knocked off two ranked teams. You wouldn't know it based on their average offense, though.

College football is being rewarded with Notre Dame's success, and it would be great to see them continue to build on their body of work. They've made game day on Saturdays even more fun, so their winning ways are a positive for everyone.

Unless of course you're a member of the team playing against them, or if you just can't stand them.

Either way, Notre Dame is undefeated and ranked as the No. 9 team in the country. Their defense is what has put them in position to win games, but they'll need more out of their offense.

The Fighting Irish are averaging 25.8 points per game, No. 77 in the country, and will be asked to put up more points with their upcoming schedule.


The Defense Needs Help

Seven of their next eight opponents average more points per game than Notre Dame. It's unfair to ask the defense to continue to be as great as they've been, without the offense making an effort to get better themselves. 

Defensively, Notre Dame currently ranks as the No. 3 team in points given up at only nine a game.

Holding the No. 10 ranked Michigan State Spartans to three points and the No. 18 ranked Michigan Wolverines to six points is unbelievable.

If the defense can continue to play at this level then everything will be perfect, but you have to expect a slip-up in one or two games coming up here.

The offense needs to be able to step in and pick up the slack or they'll see their total in the loss column rise.


It's Time for Notre Dame to Show They Have Somebody That Can Throw the Football

Stale, slow, stagnant and dry.

Those were the first four words that came into my head when I thought about how the Fighting Irish look on offense.

Their most important problem is at their most important position.

You would think that Notre Dame would have the quarterback situation figured out after four games, but you would be wrong about that.

Everett Golson has been starting all year, but his careless decision making has gotten out of hand. In their last game against Michigan, Golson threw two interceptions in his first eight throws and was pulled in favor of Tommy Rees.

Rees played consistent football and had a two-yard rushing touchdown that gave the Fighting Irish the win. Still though, he didn't make any mistakes with the football, but he didn't do anything that made him stand out as the definite starter either.

The Washington Post released a story by the Associated Press about the situation. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is sticking with Golson, but will do anything to get the win:

I’ve made this pretty clear every time that this has been brought up: You want to go with one quarterback. But we have a freshman quarterback who’s experiencing being a young quarterback. So any time I can prop him up with a veteran to win a football game, because we’re in this to win it, then we’ll do that.

Hopefully they figure it out quickly because sticking with one quarterback would truly help their team.

They have the defense, now it's time to put the offense together.

If they can do that, then this could be a scary team moving forward, and a good Notre Dame team makes college football that much better.