Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wanted to make it clear that his comment about the program needing to be more focused and disciplined 24 hours a day, seven days week after Saturday night's 41-30 loss to No. 11 Michigan (2-0) wasn't a hint that there was some problem with the No. 21 Irish (1-1).
"Our guys have to understand that week in and week out, you are going to get everybody's best shot, and you can't play the way we played on the road and expect to win," Kelly said. "We have to be demanding and (have) attention to detail. My comments are coaches, players, everybody has to understand it's 34-30 with nine minutes to go in the game, we got a chance to win it and we've got to be technically better. We've got to coach better and play better in crunch time. That goes for everybody.
"When you are coming playing for a national championship, the bar is high. The expectations are when you go on the road, you don't lose to Michigan. That's really the standard that is set."
Notre Dame's defense didn't live up to the standard it set last year as it led the team to a 12-0 regular-season record and a spot in the BCS national championship game.
Michigan finished with 460 offensive yards and it's 41 points were the second most either team had scored against the other in 41 games in the series.
The most yards Notre Dame gave up last year was 379 to Oklahoma, and no team scored more than 26 points against the Irish last season. It took three overtimes for Pittsburgh to get to that total in a 29-26 Notre Dame victory.
But Kelly was more concerned about what his offense didn't do in the loss.
"This happened to be one of those nights where they made some plays, things happened their way, the quarterback was on and sometimes you've got to go through some of those games," Kelly said. "We did that last year on the back of our defense. I just felt this was one of those nights where our offense had to bail out our defense.
"But in no way am I saying our defense can't play championship defense. I think it can. It wasn't this night."