Irish head coach Brian Kelly has discussed how Golson returned to Notre Dame with an improved “conceptual awareness,” something that was lacking at times for him in the passing game.
“If I could give you the best way to explain it, it would be when he would explain his progression, it might take him 10 seconds,” Kelly said. “Well, you’ve got 2.6 seconds to throw the ball. Now, he’s precise in his communication.”
Quicker and more accurate communication should, in theory, lead to better and more clear-minded decision-making.
Zaire, too, has been working on his concision in communication, and quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur said it’s something they’re constantly working on.
Golson fumbled eight times in 2012 and lost four of them, but he only tossed six interceptions. Those numbers could increase if Golson is given freer reign of the offense than he had as a sophomore, but overall, the added experience should help.