Notre Dame is poised on the verge of a national championship. The Fighting Irish have overcome the odds to go 12-0 this season, a record which is largely due to their defense, which ranks No. 1 in the nation in points allowed per game. As the Irish prepare for their battle royal against the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide, the last thing Brian Kelly needs is a tectonic shift among his defensive coaching staff.
Reports are circulating (via IrishCentral.com) that Bob Diaco, Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, could be interviewing with rival Boston College for a coveted head coach position. According to EagleAction.com’s Mark Blaudschun, Diaco went east to interview this Monday. With their upcoming championship battle against Alabama, the Fighting Irish do not need change on the defensive line.
Kelly himself has even addressed the topic (via ESPN Chicago), saying, "First of all, it doesn't surprise me if they want to talk to Bob Diaco. I think he's the finest defensive coordinator in the country, so I think Bob is a bright football coach. We have conversations about it, and all I can tell you is that it doesn't surprise me that he's part of it."
Here are three reasons why Brian Kelly can't afford to lose Bob Diaco to the Eagles.
Timing, as they say, is everything, and the timing of this move is just bad. Diaco and Kelly have built a rock solid defense, and defense wins championships. With the Fighting Irish allowing just 10.3 points per game, Kelly can finally shift his attention on the offense, which has been hot and cold this year. If Notre Dame is to truly become a dynasty, they need the current lineup in place for one more year to really get things off the ground.
Can Notre Dame afford to lose Bob Diaco next season?
2. Winning Formula
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and there is nothing wrong with Notre Dame's defense.
Although they may appear to have captured lightning in a bottle this season, their upcoming recruiting class boasts a healthy roster of 4-star defensive players who will need the training of an experienced defensive coordinator to help them transition to the college level, and Diaco's experience will make all the difference to these young recruits.
Now that Brian Kelly has locked up his rock-solid defense, he needs to shift his focus to the offense, as I mentioned above. He can't do that if he's training a new defensive coordinator.
Kelly needs to convince Diaco to stay at least another year to allow him time to truly focus on building a championship-quality offense.
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