Notre Dame Football: QB Controversy Should Continue Despite Big Win vs. Miami

Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMarch 29, 2017

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 06: Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes against the Miami Hurricanes at Soldier Field on October 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Everett Golson led Notre Dame to a dominant 41-3 win over Miami last week, but this alone should not end the quarterback controversy for the Fighting Irish. 

Coach Brian Kelly has maintained that Golson is the team's starting quarterback. However, Tommy Rees has been needed twice to come off the bench and lead the team to victory.

Against Purdue, Rees was brought into a tie game and led the offense down the field on the last drive for a game-winning field goal. A couple of weeks later in the matchup against Michigan, the junior once again came in for relief of Golson, this time in the second quarter, throwing a touchdown pass on his first drive.

However, when Rees was given the start against Miami after Golson broke a team rule, he only had three plays to prove his value before the sophomore finished out the game. 

The fact that this game ended with a 41-3 blowout gives Golson plenty of momentum for the rest of the season. He completed 17 of his 22 pass attempts for 186 yards and added 51 yards on the ground. Normally, this would be enough to keep a starting job. However, you have to consider other factors.

First of all, this is one of the worst defenses that the Irish will play all year long. Miami is currently 103rd in the nation in points allowed and has allowed over 30 points to every team not named Bethune-Cookman. 

Regardless of who played quarterback, the running attack was dominant and the defense kept them in good field position throughout the game. 

Going forward, Notre Dame must figure out which player is better for its team. The defense, ranked No. 2 in the nation in points allowed, is good enough to give either one a good chance to win. However, the offense still needs someone who can lead the team down the field when they need it.

Golson has a lot of talent and has shown poise in his brief career, but Rees is the one with experience. Even with past turnover problems, he must be given a chance to prove that those issues are behind him. 

Rees has already proven that he can be trusted with the game on the line. He has matured since last year and will be a key part of the team in the future. 

Even with Golson's obvious skill at the position, he should have little job security as the team attempts to run the table and play for a national championship.