There’s a distinct sound emanating from South Bend this week. It sounds something like this: “Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh, we lost to Navy but it wasn’t our fault, waaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!”
Notre Dame secondary coach Corwin Brown thinks everything went just fine against Navy on Saturday. Instead, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo’s post-game comments, as well as the Midshipmen’s (alleged) illegal cut-blocks, are the focus for Brown following one of the most ignominious defeats in Irish history. Here’s what Niumatalolo said:
“I think the one thing that helped us, and I really hope this doesn’t come across wrong, but I think the thing that helped us this year was last year because we knew that they’d line up the same way.”
In other words, Navy had a good gameplan because they, you know, paid attention to film and studied their opponent and it helped them win. Sun Tzu would be proud.
But oh no, Corwin Brown is not cool with that at all, saying, “Whether you think it’s the right thing to say or not, in this profession, with all the classy guys that I’ve watched and played under and studied, they would never say a thing like that,” Brown told reporters Wednesday night. “To say that we didn’t prepare well or we didn’t have a good game plan, that’s crazy.” “What I think is crazy is a lack of imagination for what they do.”
According to Corwin Brown, Notre Dame had themselves a genius plan on Saturday when they lost 23-21 to Navy. I think of all the possible things to say about Niumatalolo’s comments, that probably wasn’t the best choice. Hey, Charlie Weis, there’s a reason Bill Belichick doesn’t let his assistants talk to the media. Oh but it gets better:
“I don’t care what foxhole [Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator John Tenuta are] in, I’m jumping in the foxhole with them every time,” he said. “We had a damn good game plan. And that’s all I’ve got to say.”
Aside from totally misconstruing what Niumatalolo said, Brown de facto blames Notre Dame’s players for the loss. He says the gameplan was sound, so clearly by implication something else is responsible for the loss, and it’s either the gameplan or the players, right? And he certainly wouldn’t be blaming Charlie Weis for the loss. That’s his foxhole-buddy. Do I say it? Okay I’ll say it: must be a big foxhole.
Hey Corwin Brown, nobody likes a patsy who can’t figure out he’s been played. If you went off on your little rant with Weis’ permission, it was because he wanted some one other than himself and Tenuta to look like an idiot in the press. You may be expressing a common sentiment amongst the coaches, but you look like a bitter, childish loser doing it. And never, EVER admit you called the opposing coach to complain about a possibly dirty hit that was out of the coach’s control. Talk about f*cking unprofessional.
And it’s not like Notre Dame’s defense sucking is a new theme that just started last week. Michigan rolled up 430 yards of offense on the Irish (loss). USC had 501 total yards (loss). Washington got 450 (win). Michigan State got 459 and outgained the Irish even though they lost! So by the time Navy ran for 348 yards on Saturday, everyone in the world knew Notre Dame doesn’t play defense. Note – the other common fator among most of those teams: they’re not very good.
But I’m sure Corwin Brown would say they had great gameplans for all those games too.
Coach Brown: You lost. To a service academy. For the second time in three years. Your game plan sucked. Deal with it.