Chip Long has been an integral part of the recent success at Notre Dame. He was brought on after the 4-8 season and has helped revamp the Notre Dame offense. Now that he has been at Notre Dame for a few seasons, there are no excuses to flounder. Fortunately for Chip Long and company, this has the makings of the best Brian Kelly era offense yet.
Notre Dame looked to be much improved once Ian Book took over for Brandon Wimbush last season. That was until they ran into an absolute buzz saw that was Clemson.
It wasn’t that Notre Dame couldn’t move the ball, they just never capitalized on opportunities. But the Spring has brought some new life and excitement into the offense.
The Spring had all eyes on Ian Book to see if he had grown from a very good game manager to a high end QB. The biggest problem for Book was his inability to push the ball and take shots down the field. There were multiple times Miles Boykin beat the coverage but Book just never took a shot. But this Spring we were able to see Ian Book push the ball more. While he will likely drop his completion percentage in 2019, he should have better numbers by spreading the ball around to Notre Dame’s play makers.
One of the most exciting play makers will be running back Jafar Armstrong. Armstrong made a name for himself early in the 2018 season. But due to injury and the return of Dexter Williams, Armstrong didn’t quite recapture the magic of those first few games. Again, the Spring was a great time for Armstrong and the Spring game was a major sticking point. Armstrong could be the second coming of Theo Riddick as a do it all back. He can catch out of the back field and drop his shoulder for a few tough yards. He has Tony Jones to compliment him and Notre Dame has a solid offensive line in front of them. With the return of Chris Finke, Chase Claypool and Michael Young, this offense is loaded. The reason I bring up all these players ties in to Chip Long, it’s time to shine.
Big Year For the Notre Dame Offense
Chip Long now has talent all over the offense and this is his players after years of recruiting. There is no excuse now for an offensive collapse because this is a team he helped build and mold to fit his system. While there will be more pressure to succeed, don’t expect Coach Long to falter.
Chip Long has started to become a proven commodity. With Brandon Wimbush at QB and Josh Adams, Notre Dame had one of the best rushing attacks in the country. Once the offense was sputtering with Wimbush, Long switched the offense up and adapted to Book. Long has proven he can change and keep the offense fresh throughout the season.
While 2019 is exciting, 2020 features almost everyone back. 2019 is the break out year for Chip Long and his offense. He finally has his players and weapons, now is the time to capitalize and build off the playoff collapse from last season.
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