CONN-Man: Charlie Weis's Job On The Line Against UCONN
Now some of you might think that I am writing with a bias towards my school UCONN as well as a strong dislike of anything Patriot related like Charlie Weis. Well it could be a combination of both that has me predicting that UCONN will come in to South Bend, Indiana to play in one of the most coveted football stadiums in history and win. This will be the breaking point for Charlie Weis that will solidify the reasoning to fire him if not now, but at the end of the season. It is ironic how this is both Charlie Weis's final home game of the season, and probably of his coaching career at Notre Dame.
As a "Disciple" of the Belichick regime Weis was touted as an offensive genius. This helped him land the Notre Dame Head Coaching job. His first two seasons they did very well with Brady Quinn as the QB going 19-6 and scoring 239 more points then they gave up. The reason they did so well was the Quinn was a very talented NFL prospect. So it only makes sense that he would do well under a system of a former stand out NFL offensive coordinator. This made Charlie Weis look like an amazing football coach, and that is the problem. He looked like a great football coach, but he is not a good college coach.Brady Quinn was not his recruit, he got lucky. It was Tyrone Willingham who recruited Brady Quinn and most of the players that Charlie Weis had starting for him in his first two seasons in which he went 19-6, outscoring their opponents by 239 points.
They say that you cannot truely judge the performance of a college coach until they have had 5 years under their belt. This is because by that time their systems are in place and the roster is filled mostly with their own recruited players. This is why Charlie Weis is not a good Head Football Coach at the collegiate level. Since Brady Quinn (who was Willingham's recruit) left, the Irish under Charlie Weis have gone 16-19, a winning percentage of .4571429, and they have given up 55 more points then they have scored.
A college coach is only as good as his recruits that he brings in and for Charlie Weis he has failed at this. He brought in an overrated Jimmy Clausen from southern California to be the QB and it has been nothing but a disaster. He may be putting up good numbers this year but the team is not winning at 6-4 so far. They are not winning now, and have not been winning since Clausen has been there because as I stated before they have given up more points then they have scored. This means that it isn't just the QB Clausen who isn't getting the job done, it is the entire team. This proves that overall Weis has failed at recruiting. To put it as simply as can be, a college coach's job is recruiting, and if they fail at that, they fail at their job.
This is exactly why Charlie Weis is officially on the hot seat. A seat that will get even hotter after they lose at home today at 2:30pm to an underrated UCONN Huskies who have a solid pass rush as well as a clock controlling running game duo of Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon. Jordan Todman averages 5.2 yars per carry for a total of 826 yards on 159 carries and 12 touchdowns on the season. Andre Dixon averages a similar 4.6 yards per carry for season totals of 730 yards on 158 carries and 7 touchdowns. Overall it is a very powerful running game that will give the ND defense a lot of trouble. You can't rely 100% on your running game unless its pop-warner football, and it is for that reason if the former ND transfer and current UCONN starting QB Zach Fraizer can deliver when called upon to pass, without committing careless turnovers, then UCONN will win. GO HUSKIES!
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