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Immediately following Notre Dame’s victory over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl, Irish head coach Brian Kelly said he had decided on who would be the next defensive coordinator to replace Bob Diaco.
And while Brian VanGorder was not officially introduced for roughly two more weeks, his hiring was still met with plenty of buzz.
VanGorder stressed his desire for Notre Dame to run “multiple” looks defensively, but it seems clear the Irish will deploy loads of four-man fronts in 2014. VanGorder and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks have also highlighted aggressive cornerback play as a key to a new-look, attacking defense.
Offensively, Kelly promoted Mike Denbrock to offensive coordinator, replacing Chuck Martin. Kelly, though, has said he will call the plays in 2014. Together, Kelly and Denbrock are aiming for a new-look offense of their own.
“With the athletes that we have we feel like we're in a position offensively to push the tempo more and to put our playmakers in positions where they can make big plays and do the things that all of us hope our offense looks like, one that's dynamic and can score more points and move the football consistently,” Denbrock said at his introductory press conference.