It wasn’t a thought that crossed anyone’s mind in South Bend in recent days, that Marcus Freeman would soon be looking for an offensive coordinator.
Down the road a year or two, sure, but right away because Tommy Rees was departing?
It came from nowhere early Thursday and by Friday the former Notre Dame quarterback reportedly has a new home.
It stings for Notre Dame, who has seen a lot of growth of its offense under Rees.
It feels almost as if Rees put down the foundation in order for the Notre Dame offense to reach a level it hasn’t been at in a long while.
5. Excellent Recruiter A quick look at Notre Dame in recent years shows that the biggest thing keeping them from joining the table of college football elites is their play at quarterback.
4. Ignore the Numbers/Ranks It’s easy to quickly look at Notre Dame’s offensive stats from 2022 and leave unimpressed.
3. Endorsed by a Super Bowl winning coach When Sean McVay was hired by the Los Angeles Rams and quickly got their offense popping, several NFL teams tried to replicate what they did and hired young, offensive minds to lead their teams.
2. Outstanding Schemer I’ll let you know right away that Tommy Rees will call no less than six plays his first fall in Tuscaloosa .
1. Rees with Alabama's talent will be scary Despite a slow start to the season offensively, Rees had Notre Dame’s offense humming by the end of things, even with Drew Pyne quarterbacking and no real playmakers on the outside.