Notre Dame Assistant Blasts Navy Head Coach

November 12, 2009 – 10:09 am by McD


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.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Notre Dame Assistant Blasts Navy Head Coach”

  2. USC’s not very good??? They’re not a typical Pete Carroll USC team, but I think they’re still pretty good.

    Note to Corwin: You can devise a game plan all you want, but it’s not going to do dick for you unless you teach your players not to over pursue and how to tackle. Both of these things were the problem against Navy (and, pretty much everyone else they’ve played this year).

    Also, there’s this little thing called “half time adjustments”, where you see the fullback on the other team running roughshod through your secondary, and then you make the adjustments in your defensive scheme in order to stop it.

    By MJenks on Nov 12, 2009

  3. MJ,
    I feel bad that we’re beating up on Notre Dame this week, since you’re my favorite commenter (sorry Mom). To be fair he said “most” of the teams on that list, so you could say USC doesn’t apply.

    Maybe you could answer this since you’re an ND fan: Do the coaches there have any clue whatsoever?

    By Phillips on Nov 12, 2009

  4. Phillips: Nope.

    To back that up, listen to Cholly’s presser from this past week. I mean, aside from where he threw Ian Williams under the bus. If you can get through the “tough guy from Jersey” act, you’ll see that he’s really grasping at anything.

    It’s kind of funny how “9-3 isn’t good enough” has suddenly become “well, you know, ultimately, it’s up to the players on the field.” Yep, that decided schematic advantage is why our redzone scoring efficiency is so awesome. Oh, no, wait…it’s because the incredibly talented line-up at the skill positions just isn’t executing properly.

    I do give Cholly credit in that he seems to be a good person and all. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that he’s not head coaching material. But, seriously, cut the crap. Take responsibility for the loss. Back up those tough guy words with some actions, or just pack it up and head off to Miami or New England or wherever.

    By MJenks on Nov 12, 2009

  5. It’s always a beautiful thing when the arrogant get their comeuppance. Mr. Weis, step right up.

    By LR. on Nov 12, 2009

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