Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was not an offensive guy.
When he first came under the wing of Brian Kelly back at Division II Grand Valley State, it was as the defensive backs coach—the position he first held under Kelly at Notre Dame. Martin then moved to defensive coordinator and engineered some of the Lakers' best defensive performances resulting in national championships.
When Kelly left for Central Michigan, Martin took over the reins at GVSU, and his teams earned three trips to the national final, winning two and setting a Division II record with 40 consecutive victories in the process, all with great defense.
Clearly, the OC position is a new gig for him. Luckily, Kelly—widely seen as an offensive guru—calls most of the plays. Still, those who were familiar with Chuck Martin, while he was at Grand Valley, see shades of Martin peeking out in the Notre Dame offense.
End-zone fades, shovel passes, bubble screens, all Martin trademarks, are starting to click in the Notre Dame offense. As the Kelly machine takes 100 percent control of the on-field personnel, don't be surprised if Martin's role as an offensive play-caller expands.
Once he gets his sea legs and has the proper personnel in place, there will be very little the tandem of Kelly and Martin won't be able to accomplish with a healthy Notre Dame offense.