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Notre Dame Football: Joe Montana's Criticism Shows the Irish Have Lost Their Way

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 9:  Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish player and Hall of Famer Joe Montana stands on the sidelines during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 9, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst INovember 1, 2011

Just when you think it can't get any worse for the Notre Dame football program it does. Lately it seems like everybody wants to take shots at the program while it is down and now that includes former quarterbacks that played at the school.

Quarterback Joe Montana played three seasons for Notre Dame and threw for over 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. His numbers were nowhere near as good as his hall of fame NFL career but he is one of the most popular members of the Notre Dame alumni. 

Last week Montana held a speech in New York and was asked if he would ever consider a position as an athletic director or coach for his former school.

He responded with, "You're asking me at absolutely the wrong time."

Maybe it is the wrong time. Notre Dame has once again underachieved this season after having high expectations. They've lost three games this season in games they easily could have won and turned the ball over 13 times in those three losses. The coaches and players are often criticized for lack of effort and many believe that head coach Brian Kelly, who is in his second year, is not the right man for the job.

Despite all of that Montana didn't stop there. He continued with, "What happened with my son and the reasons for leaving Notre Dame shouldn't happen to any kid," he said. "At this point in time, it's hard to be in their corner." Montana stressed "preparation, work and trust" as the keys to success. "I really believe that the way you come to work every day has more to do with your success than anything you do," he said.

His son Nate Montana recently transferred from Notre Dame to the Montana Grizzles. But during his stay in South Bend he was arrested twice for underage drinking and suspension of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Maybe it's just sour grapes coming from Montana with these comments or maybe he does have a point.

Notre Dame hasn't been the school they used to be for a long time. Recently they struggle to make bowl games and have only one double digit winning season since 2002. This season has been a nightmare as they turn the ball over a ton and have a hard time beating sub-par opponents with a talented team.

Brian Kelly was suppose to bring this program back to the top and instead is often criticized every week for something different. Whether it be cursing at players, not giving 100 percent effort or his 13-8 record in the one-and-a-half seasons he's been at the program.

The criticism from Montana doesn't help this program and it's just another sign that the Irish aren't who they used to be.

Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or

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