Charlie Weis has surprisingly kept his mouth shut about what his Irish are going to do this year. After hyping up his play-calling and hope for a national championship in 2007 Weis is hush this off-season.
Has Weis learned his lesson or is he not speaking because he knows how talented and good his Irish will be this year? I think it may be the latter.
Charlie is going into his 5th season at Notre Dame with 4 solid years of 4-5 star recruits to throw at his opponents. The Irish have as potent an offense as any school in the country. Jimmy Clausen being able to throw to Golden Tate (1080 yds 10 TD), Michael Floyd(719 yds 7 TD), TE Kyle Rudolph(340 yds 2 TD), Duval Kamara, Deion Walker, John Goodman, Shaquelle Evans is enough to make a coach's mouth water.
Jimmy also has the option to hand the ball off to a plethera of RB's in Armando Allen, James Aldridge, Robert Hughes, Jonas Gray, or Cierre Wood who has looked spectacular in practice.
Did I mention Clausen will be protected by the most experienced line in the country? Paul Duncan, Eric Olsen, Sam Young, Chris Stewart, with Dan Wenger will be solid enough to give Clausen time to show that Hawaii Bowl arm and open up lanes for the running backs to explode.
The DB's return leading 2008 tackler(110) Kyle McCarthy, Robert Blanton, Sergio Brown, and Raeshon McNeil. In addition, Harrison Smith moves from LB to his natural safety position and Darrin Walls returns to the Irish after a year absence. This unit has been highly touted and expected to be part of a top 10 pass defense.
Notre Dame's biggest contributor this year may be the depth and experience on this team in additon to some of the nation's best talent that has suffered a 10-15 record in the past.
The depth allows for more competition in practice and competition is going to keep players going 110%.
The depth also allows for some subbing in the games to help keep guys fresh. Last year ND allowed only 1 touch down to USC over their last 8 games in the first quarter. The problem is their defense is too worn down. The offense couldn't get things going last year which left the defense on the field almost all game. That same defense couldn't sub guys in due to the lack of depth. With an O-Line that can support an offense and a deep defense the Irish should be able to settle their defensive woes of the last years.
So Charlie keep your mouth quiet and sit back and enjoy your last few days of the 2009 college football season's greatest secret.