Irish must do their job vs UNC

Notre Dame has had some signature moments where the coach expressed their way enough for the viewer to know the situation even if the sound is all the way down.

There was Lou Holtz grabbing Huntley Bakich’s face mask and “leading” him off the field. How about Brian Kelly and the ultra-red face.

Tommy Rees has joined the company of gif-worthy Notre Dame coach “moments”.

During Saturday’s 24-17 win over Cal, Rees was caught on camera telling quarterback Drew Pyne to… ahem… do his job (yes I cleaned it up a bit).

Freeman speaks about Rees communication with Pyne

I agree with head coach Marcus Freeman. None of this is a big deal. It’s a big deal because it was caught on TV plus Rees is a coach at Notre Dame and the university has it’s share of detractors.

Lets be real. Football is the most over bloated “makers of men” sport so Rees communication with Pyne was probably on the lighter side.

This week the Irish will face North Carolina’s explosive offense. Of late, North Carolina has been the home of NFL quarterback with Larry Fedora leading Mitch Trubisky to the NFL while current coach, Mack Brown, sent Sam Howell to the next level.

On Saturday, the Irish could possibly be facing the best of the three in freshman Drake Maye.

May has started his career in Chapel Hill with a 3-0 record on the strength of 11 touchdowns and only one interception. If there’s one “yeah but” it is the fact that Notre Dame will be Maye’s stiffest challenge to date. Fans of Florida A&M, Appalachian State, and Georgia State please don’t be offended.

The Tar Heels are going to force you to score which means Notre Dame needs to take chances on offense. It sounds like Marcus Freeman has accepted that the conservative game plan on offense might have to end.

“We’re going to have to thrown some balls down the field. We’re not going to get away with running 5 yard outs and RPOs.

Head coach Marcus Freeman on the need to throw the ball downfield

If the Irish can extend the field with their passing game, the running game should be there. In their last two games, that Tar Heels have given up 288 (App St.) and 235 (Georgia State) yards rushing. That should be good news for Chris Tyree and Audric Estime.

It’s important that the Irish show more after getting their first win last week. There’s plenty of time left in the season to turn things around as long as people do their jobs.

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