Tommy Rees - Offensive Coordinator

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotreDame?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NotreDame</a>'s search for a new offensive coordinator is over and that they will promote quarterbacks coach Tom Rees to fill the post (FREE) <a href="https://t.co/1ngbxTmh8T">https://t.co/1ngbxTmh8T</a></p>— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) <a href="https://twitter.com/ISDUpdate/status/1217189354172551169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“After an extensive national search, I’m proud to name Tom Rees our next offensive coordinator,” said Kelly. “Tom’s ability to connect with our players and staff and accepting and embracing the incredible opportunity in being the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame made him the right choice. While Tom’s leadership ability and knowledge of the game was evident, it was his humble approach to his own development and desire to continue to grow and learn that were also key factors that set him apart in a talented pool of candidates.”

Since his return to his alma mater as the Bob and Leslie Mohr Family Quarterbacks Coach, Rees has helped the Irish compile a 33-6 record and the most wins (33) in program history in a three-year span (tying 1988-1990 seasons).

In three seasons overseeing the quarterbacks, Rees has seen his pupils set numerous program records, including season completion percentage (68.2% – Ian Book), rushing yards in a game by a quarterback (207 – Brandon Wimbush) and (5 – Ian Book). Furthermore, Book and Oklahoma Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts were the only two quarterbacks in the country in 2019 to account for 500 rushing yards, 3,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in the regular season.

Taylor’s promotion as run game coordinator comes after a season in which the Irish averaged their fourth-highest yards per carry (4.9) in the last 25 years. Senior RB Tony Jones Jr. set a school record for longest rush by an Irish player in a bowl game, rumbling 84 yards for a score against Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.

“Lance’s ability to gain consensus within the staff by implementing a running game plan that fits our personnel and is tactically and technically sound makes him a great fit for this position.” Kelly stated.

The promotions are effective at the conclusion of the University’s standard employment process

https://und.com/kelly-promotes-rees-taylor/
 

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Has anyone checked in on Bryan Driskell yet?

I have never listened to his podcast, but I know his next one (probably published tonight or tomorrow) is going to be appointment listening.

He is sitting at home spitting on his recording equipment right now lol.

He might even get himself banned from the ND beat over this.
 

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On the record right now that, while I will obviously root for his success, I think this is going to be an utter disaster. Not going to comment further because I don't feel like getting into a back and forth but just want my opinion on the record.
 

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This will be pressure packed for both he and BK. Fair or not, he will be more scrutinised than when he was QB. His real test comes in November.
 

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This is fine. Makes sense in some important ways - continuity, locker-room support - and Tommy’s clearly a comer.
But I will be curious to find out if they talked with Moorhead and how far down the road those talks got.
 

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I always thought the ideal solution was a veteran coach to Co-OC with Tommy. I'm assuming Kelly went for that but nobody wanted to do so.
 

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This will be pressure packed for both he and BK. Fair or not, he will be more scrutinised than when he was QB. His real test comes in November.

It is definitely fair to judge Kelly harshly on this if it doesn't work. Unless it comes out that Moorhead and Monken rejected the job, Kelly had two proven stud hires, one of which is as close to a home run as you can ever have, fall into his lap with no serious competition for them. If he passed on them he's got some splainin to do
 

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I always thought the ideal solution was a veteran coach to Co-OC with Tommy. I'm assuming Kelly went for that but nobody wanted to do so.

I always thought Joe Moorhead was a pipe dream. To go from a SEC head coach to glorified mentor? That is a huge step in the wrong direction for his career.
 

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Former players are happy for him, think he deserves it and current players want to play for him. Idk if we promoted the offensive version of Clark Lea, but I'm interested to see what we have.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great news for Notre Dame. He’s as sharp as they come, has played the game at a high level, and a Coach players are gonna go out and play their ass off for. Congrats Coach Rees, deserved. <a href="https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR">https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR</a></p>— Quenton Nelson (@BigQ56) <a href="https://twitter.com/BigQ56/status/1217199430928986112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 

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Has anyone checked in on Bryan Driskell yet?

I unfollowed him on twitter recently and I'm glad I did. Basically anybody he disagreed with who posted something he would just say "BAD TAKE" repeatedly. It was really a poor showing from him, I guess maybe I shouldn't have expected more than I did.
 

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Former players are happy for him, think he deserves it and current players want to play for him. Idk if we promoted the offensive version of Clark Lea, but I'm interested to see what we have.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great news for Notre Dame. He’s as sharp as they come, has played the game at a high level, and a Coach players are gonna go out and play their ass off for. Congrats Coach Rees, deserved. <a href="https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR">https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR</a></p>— Quenton Nelson (@BigQ56) <a href="https://twitter.com/BigQ56/status/1217199430928986112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Quenton has spoken. I believe this means we all have to like this hire now.
 

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I have a feeling this is going to work. Everyone keeps saying in regards to coaching that you have to take chances on the up and comers. Now we are and some fans hate it I'm sure. I think this has the potential to be an absolute home run.
 

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This just has the BVG feel when he was hired. You aren’t sure what exact type of coach you are going to get. Much like then I was not excited nor disappointed. I just had my unknowns. I waited until to see what happened and I’ll do the same again this time. Hopefully we get better results.
 

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On the record right now that, while I will obviously root for his success, I think this is going to be an utter disaster. Not going to comment further because I don't feel like getting into a back and forth but just want my opinion on the record.

You have spoken
 

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This just has the BVG feel when he was hired. You aren’t sure what exact type of coach you are going to get. Much like then I was not excited nor disappointed. I just had my unknowns. I waited until to see what happened and I’ll do the same again this time. Hopefully we get better results.

What? BVG was a big name hire at the time with tons of experience including a top 5 defense as an NFL DC under his resume. This is nothing like that.
 

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Coach Tom Rees as OC??

It's official, we have acquired the schematic advantage.

Seriously tho, I'm all on-board with Coach Rees!!
 

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On the record right now that, while I will obviously root for his success, I think this is going to be an utter disaster. Not going to comment further because I don't feel like getting into a back and forth but just want my opinion on the record.

IMO, this is the correct way to do things. I think there are going to be a LOT of people that will implicitly root for him to fail just to be vindicated. Or whenever something goes wrong their reaction will be to blame Tommy.
 

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What? BVG was a big name hire at the time with tons of experience including a top 5 defense as an NFL DC under his resume. This is nothing like that.

Yeah, this is analogous to the Clark Lea hire on almost every level. People just don't want to say that because Lea has been a success. At the time he had zero experience and was a completely unknown quantity that was hired because:
1. He was smart.
2. Players liked and respected him.
3. They wanted to emphasize continuity.

We'll see if it does or does not work out as well.
 
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