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Too much Floyd has been bad for Notre Dame

Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:41 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 12:42 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Through the first two games of the season Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd had 25 receptions for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns. Given the way that the Irish began the season with 10 turnovers and 2 losses, Floyd was one of the lone bright spots in South Bend. His numbers dipped a bit in a 31-13 win over Michigan State, as he "only" had 6 catches for 84 yards to lead the team, and those numbers dipped even further against Pitt, when he made 4 catches for 27 yards.

In that game against Pitt, only 1 of Floyd's receptions came after the first quarter. As you'd expect, once the Pitt defense -- one that came into the game as one of the worst pass defenses in the country -- figured out a way to neutralize Floyd, the Notre Dame offense did not look very pretty, though it did enough to win the game.

Well, Brian Kelly isn't all that interested in winning ugly, and he's looking to make sure that Floyd doesn't have another game like the Pitt one anytime soon. Which is why the Irish have been working on ways to make sure it doesn't happen again this weekend against Purdue.

"There are going to be some games as it unfolds that he's not going to get 10 passes," Brian Kelly told the Chicago Tribune. "It's just the nature of the game. That doesn't mean we're not going to continue to look at ways to get Michael the football.

"Certainly we're going to do that, and I think there's a number of ways that we can continue to make sure that he gets the appropriate amount of touches. But we just don't want (the Pittsburgh game) to be a consistent kind of scenario more than anything else." 

The question is, should they?

While Michael Floyd is the most prolific receiver in Notre Dame history, there's an alarming trend for the Irish and Floyd when he's making so many receptions. In his four years in South Bend, Floyd has caught 10 or more passes in a game six times. In those six games Notre Dame has gone 1-5, the lone win coming against USC last season when Floyd had 11 receptions for 86 yards.

And it's not as if Notre Dame is being blown out in these losses, causing the team to have to throw the ball more and feature Floyd. In the five losses, the Irish have lost by a combined 13 points, with one of those losses coming in overtime. So Notre Dame was in every single one of these games.

One way to explain this could be the fact that up until the second half of last season, following a 28-27 loss to Tulsa -- in which Floyd caught 11 passes for 104 yards and 2 scores -- the Irish defense wasn't very good. For every touchdown the Irish offense would ride Floyd to, the defense would give it right back.

Still, even since the defense improved, Notre Dame is still 1-2 in the three games Floyd has made at least 10 receptions. Most of that is the fault of turnovers, but either way, it's an alarming trend.

While it may not sound right, the numbers show that Notre Dame may be better off not relying so heavily on their biggest playmaker.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:43 am

Too much Floyd has been bad for Notre Dame

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Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:33 pm

Too much Floyd has been bad for Notre Dame

Agree 100%!!!!!

Floyd needs to keep dominating and if he's doubled or tripled we have a ton of options in the run game and with TJ, Eiffert, and my boy 6!

Play sound and we run the table the rest of the way!

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 8:21 pm

Too much Floyd has been bad for Notre Dame

There are other inconsistency's with the Irish, but overall improvements over last year are evident, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  The corners and safeties need some polishing, and our gifted freshmen DE's need improved technique, but this squad has performed well.  Loosing to USF and Michigan just sucked, the fingers were pointing in every direction, and coaching tantrums have been well documented to the point where Prozac was issued to alumni and fans. 

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers...shows the Notre Dame offense isn't polished, and should not in contention for polling consideration.  Penalties on both sides of the ball are also hampering, scoring opportunities and sustaining opponents drives.  Michael Floyd is a force to be reckon with playing for any offense in college...and abet premature, the NFL.  He will be most definitely be double teamed from 9/24/11 forward.  If he gets open field, it is almost automatic red zone or TD.  If the Irish quit bumbling and Rees tossing ill-advised passes, this team might do something. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:28 am

Too much Floyd has been bad for Notre Dame

Headline should be "Too many turnovers has been bad for Notre Dame".  So far this season, 15 turnovers with 6 of them in the redzone.  That's the difference between being 4-0 and ranked inside the top 10, and being 2-2 and unranked.  When there are more bets on the over/under ND turnovers then there are on the actual game, there's something wrong.  They have improved the last 2 games (both wins) by "only" having 3 against MSU and 2 against Pitt. 

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