As a Notre Dame Fan, I Still Support Charlie Weis

Jim MiesleCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish speaks to the referee during the third quarter against the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I know it’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

I must admit, after reading an article penned by a Trojan fan about the status of Charlie Weis, it got me thinking. And a bit riled up.

You see, it’s hard to explain what it means to be a fan of the Irish to those who are not. It requires loyalty and support beyond what a lot of fans possess. It means still going to games (and selling them out) even in the midst of the school’s worst season on record. Correct me if I am wrong, but USC has trouble filling the Coliseum for any game, including vs. Notre Dame.

Let me make this clear—I don’t believe in moral victories. A win is a win, and a loss is a loss. I will take the wins any way they come and I will take the losses just as hard, whether they are by one point, or fifty. And I don’t want to hear the names Brian Kelly or Urban Meyer, either.

Even after a second tough loss at home to Notre Dame’s biggest rival, I still support Charlie Weis. Just like I did the coaches that came before him.

And I will continue to do so until he retires, resigns, or is replaced. Hopefully it is the former and neither of the latter.

You see, Charlie Weis didn’t lose the game on Saturday, even though the media will paint it that way. He didn’t don pads and a helmet. He didn’t miss blocking assignments, blow coverage, or miss tackles.

In fact, I think he called an excellent game and put his team in position to win. They put four touchdowns on defense that had only allowed two through five games . His only bad decision, in my opinion, was to go for it on fourth down in field goal range in the third quarter. I think everyone watching the game knew they would try to run the ball. That was his only predictable play call the whole game.

Charlie Weis is in the fifth year of a 10 year contract. Based on what he has said about the Notre Dame job, I think it is the only job he truly wants. As a Notre Dame alumnus, I believe that Charlie just “gets it”. Say what you want about his coaching, but the offense is one of the best in the country. If you want to start pointing fingers, look at the defense. This is the group that has struggled the most during his tenure, and as such needs the most attention.

For the sake of argument, let’s throw out 2005 and 2006 (when he was playing with Bob Davie’s recruits, not Ty’s ). In 2007, Notre Dame had its worst season in school history. I am not going to argue that. In 2008, they posted seven wins, an improvement of four over the previous year. This season, there is still the potential to win 11 games (with a bowl). That would be improvement of another four wins in a year. That’s eight wins in two years. If that isn’t a sign of things to come, then I don’t know what is. If that isn’t progress, then I guess you and I have different definitions.

The true measure of how good this team and coaching staff is comes this weekend vs. Boston College. Following the heart breaking loss, and going against a team that has beaten the Irish six straight times, the players and coaches will have to refocus on the Eagles. Win decisively, and this team is headed in the right direction.