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|14 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

Film Room: Elko Brings a New Twist to a Familiar Scheme

Over the holiday season, I took on a little project. I decided I would take a look at the scheme incoming Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko employs. I charted 111 defensive plays from games against Clemson, FSU and Temple. Through this I was able to get a good sense of how Elko coordinates a [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|18S Reads, Film Room|40 Comments

30 Seconds of Defense with Rex Pflueger

Mike Brey's Notre Dame program has always hung its hat on highly efficient offenses. This year appears to be no different. The Irish are currently the 8th most efficient offense in the nation per KenPom. Where the Irish have struggled is on the defensive end. Due to combination of the lack of athleticism, a lack [...]

By | December 4th, 2016|Basketball, Film Room|5 Comments

Film Room: Iso Cam – Kizer Throwing Motion

DeShone Kizer has been a bit of an enigma this year. At times, he has looked like a sure fire first round NFL draft pick, big, strong, athletic, confident, decisive, accurate. Other times he has been inconsistent, indecisive and struggled with accuracy. The ups and downs in his play are due to a variety of [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|18S Reads, Film Room|20 Comments

Film Room: Army Triple Option Preview

Game one of the service academy doubleheader is in the books and it wasn’t pretty.  The Irish will look for redemption on Saturday in the Shamrock Series game against Army. Last week we went through the basics of Navy’s triple option offense.  At a high level, both Navy and Army run very similar offenses.  Navy [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|18S Reads, Film Room|3 Comments

Film Room: The Navy Post-Mortem

I’ll cut right to the chase – the defense was bad on Saturday.  Really bad.  The substitution penalty and the decision to kick the field goal probably cost Notre Dame the game against Navy, but the defense was absolutely brutal. This is a strange thing to write because the defense played so well against Georgia [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Film Room|10 Comments