18S Films: 7 Highlighted Plays from the Spring Game

We haven't opened the doors to the 18 Stripes Film Room in a while and with actual football (we can call it this, right?) being played inside Notre Dame Stadium recently I thought it was a good time to take a look at 7 plays that caught my eye early on in the spring game. [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Film Room|7 Comments

18Stripes Film Breakdown – Winning Plays Versus Syracuse

I know there's a ton of recency bias in this statement, but Saturday's win in Syracuse had to be one of the top-5 most satisfying in the Brey era. Alstein did a great recap here, but I wanted to take a second to walk you through a few critical plays that tipped the scales in [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball, Film Room|17 Comments

2018 Recruiting: WR Braden Lenzy Signs With Notre Dame

Braden Lenzy returned to the fold when he signed with Notre Dame today, during the first-ever early signing window for football. Lenzy first committed to the Irish almost ten months ago, shortly after visiting for the first junior day of the 2018 cycle. He flipped to Oregon in June, reportedly due to confusion about how [...]

By | December 22nd, 2017|Film Room, Football, Recruiting|30 Comments

Film Room Live: Secondary vs. Georgia

Our Film Room articles have always been one of our most popular features - I know I've learned a ton from the smart guys on here who actually know what they're talking about with this stuff. We're trying something new with the film room that we hope brings another perspective, something we're calling "Film Room [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|18S Reads, Film Room|16 Comments

Film Room: Iso-Cam – Return of the Fullback

Chip Long came in talking about running the ball. But I was skeptical. After years of listening to Brian Kelly talk about emphasizing the run game and then seeing him abandon the run at the first sign of an extra defender approaching the line of scrimmage, I’ve learned to ignore the rhetoric and see what [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|Film Room|33 Comments

Film Room: Notre Dame Playaction, Naked and Long

Last season, playaction passes were so insignificant that I actually forgot to tally that particular stat for my playcalling article. I have now tallied it and of the around 300 snaps I have charted just under 6% were playaction. This frequency will almost assuredly increase with Chip Long. Chip Long showed two different categories of playaction [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Film Room|8 Comments

Film Room: Pin And Pull

Last season, for whatever reason, Notre Dame did not threaten the perimeter much in running plays. The biggest “stretch” of the outside, in my opinion, was probably the “give” option of power-read or inverted-veer that was ran a fair bit. Things will be different this season for the Irish. Chip Long will be using a gap/zone [...]

By | May 21st, 2017|Film Room|2 Comments

Film Room: A Blast From The Past: The G-Scheme

In 1988, a third year coach edged his team to a national championship led by a brutalizing rushing attack. He employed an option-based running attack with dynamic athletes at fullback, running-back, and especially the quarterback. He was blessed to have in his corner such talents as Bobby Daugherty, Kenneth Goldsmith, Richie Harris, and Patrick Baynes. [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Film Room|7 Comments

Film Room: Decoding the RPOs… And The Option?

The topic of interest for most Irish fans is likely the Run Pass Option (RPO) of Chip Long. They are exciting: you can throw a 20 yard pass on a running play; but also divisive: there can be decisions to throw while having a triple team at the line of scrimmage. Ian Boyd  wrote a nice [...]

By | May 9th, 2017|Film Room|15 Comments

The Chip Long ND Offense: Part 1 Intro

“So those will be some new things, but at the end of the day, we're not going to change the entire offense and teach a new system to this group.” - Brian Kelly in December. However, last Saturday had little resemblance to Kelly's offense of last year. Regardless of what Brian Kelly and Chip Long choose [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|Film Room|10 Comments

18 Stripes Films: Iso Cam – Notre Dame vs. Elko

Remember in 2015 when Notre Dame played a scrappy Wake Forest team? At the time I didn’t pay much attention to the Demon Deacon defense. Of course now that Mike Elko is Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator that 2015 match up becomes more intriguing. In this edition of Iso Cam, we’ll take a look at the [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Film Room|43 Comments

Lacrosse Playbook: Beating the pants off Michigan

Our 18Stripes colleagues do a fantastic job breaking down football film, so we figured we'd take a shot at explaining a few of the more interesting lacrosse plays fans will witness this season.  We will call these segments Lacrosse Playbook since all the other good names were taken. Joe Keegan (twitter: @joekeegs) wrote a fantastic piece [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Film Room, Lacrosse|6 Comments

18 Stripes Films: Breaking Down the 5 Out Offense

From the second half of the UNC game onward, the Irish have found their stride on offense. In the last few games, Mike Brey has favored a lineup featuring Bonzie Colson has the lone big man. Since the change in the starting lineup, ND's offense has been humming. The Irish offense scored over 80 points against [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|Basketball, Film Room|7 Comments

Film Room: The Run & Shoot and a (Chip) Long Trap

Notre Dame recently hired Chip Long, the first-time playcaller from Memphis, to be the offensive coordinator for Notre Dame. Most speculated that the only reason that Notre Dame would force out Mike Denbrock is if Brian Kelly is going to take direct control of play calling and direction of the offense, however it is now [...]

By | January 14th, 2017|Film Room|6 Comments

Defensive Line Review

There was a time during the 2016 pre-season where I was sure this unit was going to do good things. Many were down on the defensive line overall, and particularly at certain spots. I thought they’d surprise and overachieve. I was way off. If you are depressed or in a bad mood please do not [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Film Room|27 Comments