Brian Kelly came out this week and said that he thought that Notre Dame’s QB situation was better than any other even Ohio State. Which is just completely ridiculous. If nothing else it is proven by the fact that Ohio State are National Champions and that Notre Dame were playing in the Music City Bowl. First off you have Braxton Miller, two time B1G10 offensive player of the year, who could walk into all but 5-10 programs and start at quarterback. Then you have JT Barrett who came in after Braxton Miller’s injury and threw 34 TDs and ran for 11 TDs on his way to finishing fifth in Heisman voting. Finally we have arguably the most impressive of all, Cardale Jones who threw 7 touchdowns against 2 interceptions versus three teams ranked in the top fifteen and lead Ohio State to victory in the inaugural College Football Playoffs Championship Game.
“There are certain areas that I think at the quarterback position, maybe other than Ohio State, I would take our two quarterbacks,” Kelly said per BlueandGold.com. “I would take our two over Ohio State’s, but in terms of depth, I don’t know that anybody has a better situation than we do with the two quarterbacks that we have.”
Yet Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly reckons that Everett Golson who despite having a full year off to focus on football, still managed to turn the ball over 28 times last year. (Golson was ruled academically ineligible last year and spent the year focusing on football). This is the same player who in a defining moment of Notre Dame’s season against Arizona State managed to turn the ball over 6 times in one game. It ended up costing them their season and killed any playoff hopes. For Brian Kelly to come out and say that he preferred Golson and Zaire is one, disrespectful and two, is just plain lying. I know talking to the press can be annoying and lot of what coaches say is part of mental games but did Kelly get JT Barrett and Everett Golson mixed up when he was watching last year’s film? Notre Dame’s other quarterback, Malik Zaire is unproven although he has shown flashes at times but still did reach any where near the same level as the Cardale Jones or JT Barrett. So for Brian Kelly to think that either of his two QBs are in the same grade is ridiculous. Malik Zaire and Everett Golson in action