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Without further ado, let's talk about Tommy Rees. And where to begin?
We could talk about him throwing two interceptions on his first three passes across the first four offensive plays of the game for Notre Dame—two interceptions which led directly to 14 points in less than three minutes for Oklahoma.
Or, we could talk about his complete lack of ability to complete any passes under pressure.
There's also his penchant for completely missing receivers on deep routes.
What about the near constant miscommunication with his receivers?
All of these are good things to harp on, but harping won't do Notre Dame any good at this point in the season. Rees was 9-of-24 for 104 yards, two TDs and three INTs. Granted, all three of the interceptions thrown today were tipped at some point in the air, but we're still talking about three picks—all of which led directly to Oklahoma touchdowns.
In the first half, Rees was a bad, but at least serviceable 6-of-13 for 52 yards. As painful as it was to watch, we were then subjected to an even worse performance in the second half (3-of-11 for 52 yards)—which finished with an 0-of-9 stretch for Rees.
It's just hard at this point to do or say anything that hasn't already been done or said. We just have to sit back and shake our heads. There are no easy answers. We can't magically wish Rees extra abilities. We can't will Everett Golson's eligibility to be reinstated. We can't divine or conjure up the next Joe Montana.
Instead, Notre Dame's coaching staff will need to develop a game plan that revolves around the talents—and, more importantly, the limitations—of the current Irish quarterbacks in order to win games.
That's a lot easier said than done, especially when faced with the prospect of finishing the season undefeated from this point on to reach a coveted BCS bowl.
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