Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Linebacker

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This installment of Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy takes a look at a player and position group about which the Irish have a lot to be excited in 2015. There is probably no more dynamic position in all of defensive football, as linebackers are called upon to do all things. They've developed into punishingly strong, fast players who are able to drop into pass protection on one play and de-helmet the quarterback on the next. For Notre Dame, its linebacking corps is full of proven talent and … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Defensive Line

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One of the key reasons the Irish were comprehensively bested by Alabama in the 2012 title game was the superiority of the Crimson Tide's defensive line. A strong defensive line takes the line of scrimmage away from the offense, disrupting the timing of the running game and taking away the holes through which the backs are meant to run. A dominant one collapses pockets and generates batted balls, tackles-for-loss, and quarterback sacks. They demoralize an inferior offensive line and ultimately … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Offensive Line

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At the end of the day, none of the other position groups matter much if the O-line doesn't establish a line of scrimmage. Without lanes, the running game stagnates and depends upon defensive miscues. Without an adequate pocket, the quarterback cannot progress to the open receiver or intelligently choose to advance the ball with his feet. Without communication and discipline, the offensive line foments flags, sacks, and blown-up plays. Notre Dame was able to win, early, last season, despite an … [Read more...]

Injury Time with Doc Griggs


This season, we here at HerLoyalSons are pleased to present a new feature, Injury Time with Doc Griggs. Well, we’re not pleased about injuries, but you get the general idea. Doc Griggs, no stranger to HerLoyalSons, is a 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he played, as a walk-on, for Lou Holtz. A graduate of Tulane University’s School of Medicine, Doc Griggs is at the center of a multi-media empire of wellness and public health, literally pounding the streets with his message to … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Tight End

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In this installment of our massively popular, in Finland, series, Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy, I address the tight end position. Hello, tight end position! If there's any group on this year's squad where the Irish lack experience, this is it. And, for those of you who have been following the Boys from the 'Bend for a few years, it's unlike the Irish to have a lack of experience at tight end. Perhaps a victim of its own success, "Tight End U" has four former tight ends in the NFL right now and … [Read more...]