Is Firing Charlie Weis the Answer for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish?

Tim DoggContributor INovember 16, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - SETPEMBER 19: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks at a referee during a game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 19, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images we go again.  After a tough loss to a top ranked Pittsburgh team, Charlie Weis is on the proverbial hot-seat and Notre Dame fans are left to wonder, whats next?  

I understand everyone's disgust with what has happened to a Notre Dame team that was picked by many to be playing in a BCS game.  Heck, Lou Holtz even declared them a "Dark Horse" for the national championship!  

However, I find myself questioning whether Charlie Weis should be fired.

A humiliating loss to Navy, losses to Michigan and USC and now a tough loss to Pitt are hard to get over and I truly feel that changes have got to made.  But as a life long Notre Dame fan I'm not sure I am prepared to go through another "re-building" year or two. 

I will say that the lack of motivation and discipline shown by the Irish has been hard to endure and I feel that it is the responsibility of the coaching staff to make the necessary adjustments.

I think if Weis is going to keep his job the first person to be handed his walking papers should be defensive coordinator, Jon Tenuta.  Missed tackles, getting burnt in the secondary and inability to make necessary adjustments to what is happening are unforgivable.  

The offense is looking great despite their lack-luster performance in the red-zone.  In four losses this season Jimmy Clausen is averaging 332.75 yards passing.  The talent is there but there are a couple of very concerning issues.  

Is Jimmy Clausen going to enter the NFL draft?  Heck, Is Golden Tate going to enter the NFL draft?  Where has Kyle Rudolph been prior to his injury? 

For all of you out there that have been so hard on Notre Dame for their handling of Ty Willingham I would like to remind you that he was fired under then Athletic Director, Kevin White.  White resigned in June 2008 and current AD Jack Swarbrick took the reins.  

Notre Dame took a lot of heat for firing Willingham and I'm not sure that they should set a precedent of firing coaches after four or five years and no national championships. What is that saying to potential recruits?  Hell, what is that saying to anyone looking at taking the head coaching position at the University of Notre Dame?