If you’re a Notre Dame Football fan, let me give you some advice that you probably already know. Don’t believe a word coming out of Brian Kelly’s mouth about Tommy Rees being his starting quarterback.
This is not to say that when the Irish open up the 2013 season against Temple, that Rees won’t be the starting quarter back.
Kelly has a long history of changing quarterbacks at any point in a game or at any point during the season and last season was no different. If not for Rees coming off the bench, Notre Dame doesn’t play for the national title against Alabama.
At some point in this upcoming season, Kelly will have to call upon backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix to win a big game. Hendrix brings some of the same qualities that Everett Golson brought to Notre Dame last season. Hendrix like Golson can get out of the pocket when he’s being pressured and can also run the option all things that Golson could do that Rees can’t.
While now squarely looking towards the 2013 season, the Irish coaching staff will tell you all they need their quarterback to do is manage the offense and Rees can do just that.
But if you have a quarterback that just manages the game, you also need playmakers on offense. With last season two big playmakers Tyler Eifert and Theo Reddick long gone, who’s going to make plays for Rees?
At some point this season and I’m betting it will take no longer than the big tilt against Michigan on September 7, Kelly will have to go to Henrix to make plays with his feet and arm to win a game. Once he goes that direction, all bets are off the rest of the season on who will be his starting quarterback.