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And Another Thing


Just shut up

Brown's outrage phony, misplaced

I'll give Notre Dame co-defensive coordinator Corwin Brown the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he's just not an adage guy.

If he were, he surely would have known this one: "When you win, say little. When you lose, say less."

Boy, did he kick that one square in the pearly whites.

Three days after Navy came into Notre Dame Stadium and popped the Irish for the second time in three years, Brown was in high dudgeon Wednesday railing that Navy coach Ken Niumatatolo said after Saturday's game the Irish didn't bother to prepare for the Middies.

"To say that we didn't prepare well or we didn't have a game plan, that's crazy," Brown said.

Wrong, Coach. What's crazy is you acting all outraged over something Niumatatolo never said.

Let's parse what the Navy coach actually said after Saturday's game, shall we?

"I think the one thing that helped us this year was last year, because we knew they'd line up the same way," Niumatatolo said. "We didn't execute very well last year, and coming into this year, they did a great job against us last year defensively, so we had a pretty good clue that they were going to come back and do the same things as they did last year, and we had some things."

Note the italicized portion. I italicized it because (call me crazy, Coach Brown) this sounds like a compliment, not a slur. And where in any of the above did Niumatatolo say or even infer that Notre Dame "didn't prepare well"?

What he said was that because Notre Dame stuffed them so well last year, the Navy staff figured they'd play the same defense against the Middies again. A sound and reasonable assumption.

So why Brown's outrage?

Well, maybe it has something to do with the fact that Navy ran for 348 yards against a Notre Dame defense that was bigger, stronger, faster and hugely more skilled in every way. I'm just sayin'.

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