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  • ‎Make Defense Great Again: S03E03: The Notre Dame/Cincinnati "Dollar Package" w/ Marcus Freeman, DC at Notre Dame on Apple Podcasts

    Above link is a podcast with Marcus Freeman where he breaks down his defensive scheme in extreme detail.

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    • I'm about 30 minutes into this, and yeah he's pretty impressive. Says that he's not interested in getting into a chess match, wants to focus on fundamentals, playing fast, and knowing what you're doing. Also stresses that recruiting is a top priority for himself as a coach because he acknowledges that in cfb you can walk into a game with a loaded deck.

      On fundamentals, he stresses that toughness and grit is a fundamental. He disagrees with the adage that toughness can't be taught. He thinks it can be, and thinks that it's something that can be built.

      Funnier than you in 2012.

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      • Originally posted by greyhammer90 View Post
        I'm about 30 minutes into this, and yeah he's pretty impressive. Says that he's not interested in getting into a chess match, wants to focus on fundamentals, playing fast, and knowing what you're doing. Also stresses that recruiting is a top priority for himself as a coach because he acknowledges that in cfb you can walk into a game with a loaded deck.

        On fundamentals, he stresses that toughness and grit is a fundamental. He disagrees with the adage that toughness can't be taught. He thinks it can be, and thinks that it's something that can be built.
        This is everything I want from a coach at the college level.
        "The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood." - Lou Holtz

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        • Originally posted by greyhammer90 View Post
          Also stresses that recruiting is a top priority for himself as a coach because he acknowledges that in cfb you can walk into a game with a loaded deck.
          .
          Nice quote but probably a bad indicator of what will be his desire to be head coach at ND.

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          • Originally posted by greyhammer90 View Post
            I'm about 30 minutes into this, and yeah he's pretty impressive. Says that he's not interested in getting into a chess match, wants to focus on fundamentals, playing fast, and knowing what you're doing. Also stresses that recruiting is a top priority for himself as a coach because he acknowledges that in cfb you can walk into a game with a loaded deck.

            On fundamentals, he stresses that toughness and grit is a fundamental. He disagrees with the adage that toughness can't be taught. He thinks it can be, and thinks that it's something that can be built.
            I'm glad you guys understand this well enough to keep listening. I made it about 15 mins and realized this isn't a podcast for me. I need it extracted out a level further or dumbed down more. I understood maybe 20% of what they are talking about.

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            • ISD tweeted this the other day. Not a casual listen but a in depth listen

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              • Anybody else feel like getting excited about the future of the Notre Dame defense under Marcus Freeman on a Tuesday morning?

                From a way-too-early 2022 mock draft via Dane Brugler of the Athletic:

                17. Los Angeles ChargersAhmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
                26. Cleveland BrownsMyjai Sanders, edge, Cincinnati
                Gardner is the 4th CB off the board, and Sanders would be the 5th EDGE guy.

                That's TWO projected first round picks for UC... that's crazy!

                (He also has Kyle Hamilton going 8th overall to the New York Football Giants)

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                • I’m always good for a pitcher or two of off-season hype. It just sucks we have to play those two guys this year, lol.

                  As long as Freeman sticks around for awhile, 3-4 years, I think we’re going to see this class he’s recruiting do very very well.

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                  • Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                    I’m always good for a pitcher or two of off-season hype. It just sucks we have to play those two guys this year, lol.

                    As long as Freeman sticks around for awhile, 3-4 years, I think we’re going to see this class he’s recruiting do very very well.
                    I really hope he wants to settle into ND. We know he can coordinate and recruit, I just want to see him make it through a few recruiting cycles and use the players he's bringing in. Then I want to see him get a shot to be the next head coach because he has all the charisma you could want in a lead man. Hopefully he's good at finding offensive personnel.

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                    • Originally posted by Trait Expectations View Post

                      I really hope he wants to settle into ND. We know he can coordinate and recruit, I just want to see him make it through a few recruiting cycles and use the players he's bringing in. Then I want to see him get a shot to be the next head coach because he has all the charisma you could want in a lead man. Hopefully he's good at finding offensive personnel.
                      It'll be interesting that's for sure. Kelly's contract is through 2024. Is Freeman willing to be the DC for the next 4 seasons while he waits for his shot at the HC at ND. Or, would he leave after 2 for a HC gig and try to come back. Or maybe not come back at all. I'd love to see Freeman as the next HC so hopefully those are discussions they've already had. And like others have speculated around here since his arrival, that might have already been what got him here.

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                      • I think the possibility of Freeman being the next HC was at least a topic that was acknowledged. Promise him? Probably not. Expect him to be? Probably not either but I don’t think he takes our DC job over LSU unless he believes it is on the table. If you can guarantee yourself one of the top 8 jobs in the country you’ll be on the shortlist, you take it.

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                        • Originally posted by Dale View Post
                          I think the possibility of Freeman being the next HC was at least a topic that was acknowledged. Promise him? Probably not. Expect him to be? Probably not either but I don’t think he takes our DC job over LSU unless he believes it is on the table. If you can guarantee yourself one of the top 8 jobs in the country you’ll be on the shortlist, you take it.
                          My (optimstic) thinking is he didn't need to move schools to get a shot at a P5 head coaching job in the very near future so his stint at Notre Dame isn't *just* a pay raise and another rung on the ladder.

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                          • https://notredame.rivals.com/news/notre-dame-s-vyper-de-position-and-an-offseason-full-of-change
                            Marcus Freeman arrived at Notre Dame in January and heard the murmurs.

                            A defensive end who didn’t even start last season kept coming up in conversation as the first-year Irish defensive coordinator learned about his new personnel. Look for No. 7 when you watch last year’s film, he was told. That player, junior Isaiah Foskey,has rare natural gifts that were evident in a 2020 part-time role.

                            “When I first got here, everyone said, ‘He’s the potential first-round pick,’” Freeman said.

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                            Isaiah Foskey is set to replace Daelin Hayes at vyper defensive end in 2021.
                            He has since learned the other player at Foskey’s vyper defensive end position – sophomore Jordan Botelho – has a mean streak unmatched by any teammate.

                            “He plays with the effort, attitude and reckless abandon that we need everyone on defense to play with,” Freeman said. “That’s why you’ve seen him flash, why you’ve seen him make some havoc plays.”

                            Those two former four-star recruits are the enticing starter kit for Notre Dame’s 2021 pass rush. Despite their relative lack of experience, they feel closer to two linchpins rather than starter and backup despite playing the same position. There’s enough buzz about their potential to think Notre Dame can avoid drop-off at that spot after losing fifth-round pick Daelin Hayes.

                            But first, they endured a spring of education. Freeman is keeping the vyper role from predecessor Clark Lea’s scheme. He is, though, tweaking its responsibilities. Foskey and Botelho spent the spring learning new duties in addition to building on their pass-rush skill.

                            “He’s putting the vypers into more linebacker/defensive end positions, so I’ve been working on a lot more drops and covering,” Foskey said in April. “But I’m still a pass rusher. I’m working on technical stuff, working with my hands, being physical at the point of attack.”

                            The Blue-Gold Game and spring practice footage Notre Dame released the last few weeks offered a peek at the vyper usage. They will still be important pass rushers, of course. Freeman will also ask them to drop into coverage more. In some snippets of the three-minute practice video, the vyper was aligned on the second level.

                            “It’s a little more multiple in coverage,” defensive line coach Mike Elston said. “We do a lot with that position now. We didn’t do as much dropping that guy, and a lot of it was zone or matchup. There are a lot of different coverages we execute with them now.”

                            Foskey and Hayes combined for 72 coverage snaps last year, per Pro Football Focus. Even if that number doesn’t go up too much – this is still a pass rush position with two of the defense’s best athletes, after all – coverage was a spring emphasis.


                            “I see corners doing it, chasing the hip and staying with them,” Foskey said. “It looks easy when they do it, but when you go out there it’s more challenging. That’s just more stuff I have to work on – getting hands on a guy when he’s about to break on a route, staying close to his hip.”

                            If the spring game is any indication, many of the vyper’s coverage snaps will be disguised or not obvious pre-snap. At times – mainly on third downs – a linebacker and three defensive linemen rushed while the fourth lineman dropped into the flat to cover. Often, that cover man was Foskey or Botelho.

                            On one second-quarter play in the spring game, Botelho took two steps toward the rusher and then dropped into underneath coverage, picking up running back Chris Tyree. Quarterback Tyler Buchner’s pass to a blanketed Tyree was incomplete.

                            But pass rushing production is still the priority. Foskey and Botelho each had a sack in the spring game. Botelho’s came one-on-one against tackle Tosh Baker. Foskey’s was on a stunt where he looped inside.

                            As tantalizing as their physical skill sets are, neither is close to fully developed or boasts loads of experience. Foskey played 23.5 snaps per game last year and has only 336 in his career. Botelho saw action on defense in one game as a freshman.

                            A starter’s workload is more than a 50 percent increase of Foskey’s 2020 usage. Hayes played 433 snaps in 12 games in 2020. Julian Okwara, the vyper before Hayes, played 571 snaps in 13 games in 2018. Botelho feels like a sub-package lock and could surpass Foskey’s 2020 usage as a backup. It’s likely they will be deployed together on third downs.

                            Foskey still finished second on the team with 4.5 sacks last season, but some of those were when he came unblocked. For Notre Dame’s pass rush to push upward from three straight years ranked between 30th and 40th nationally in sacks per game, it needs both vypers to win one-on-ones with frequency.

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                            “Foskey hasn’t played a whole lot of football,” Freeman said. “That’s a point of emphasis. We need to continue to get his football intelligence up and get him reps and reps and reps.”

                            Botelho’s development, meanwhile, requires harnessing his motor in addition to refining pass-rush technique and learning other spots.

                            “We talk about being disruptive,” Freeman said. “Jordan is one of the leaders of being disruptive. He’s playing extremely fast. He plays with a violence that sometimes you have to say, ‘Slow down a little bit.’

                            “He’s a guy we’ll use at multiple positions. We’ve experimented with him at linebacker, at vyper. He’s a guy you can move all over the field.”
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                            • Jordan better get at least .4 personal fouls per game.
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                              • Originally posted by NorthDakota View Post
                                Jordan better get at least .4 personal fouls per game.
                                The defense as a whole is going to be A LOT more penalized under Freeman lol.

                                But they're also gonna cause more havoc plays and (hopefully) create more turnovers, all while still being as stout as Lea's defenses in the red zone.

                                I'll trade the extra penalties between the 20's for more chaos all day.

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                                • Originally posted by IrishLion View Post

                                  The defense as a whole is going to be A LOT more penalized under Freeman lol.

                                  But they're also gonna cause more havoc plays and (hopefully) create more turnovers, all while still being as stout as Lea's defenses in the red zone.

                                  I'll trade the extra penalties between the 20's for more chaos all day.

                                  As long as the trade is 1:2 or greater, (penalties:havoc plays), We're all good. And I'd also like to see more forced TOs.

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