Post-game comments: Brian Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Post-game comments from Irish head coach Brian Kelly following Notre Dame's win over Purdue

Opening comments:

"I am very pleased with the way we responded in some adverse conditions. Offensively missed opportunities for the most part. We needed to play better. Everett is going to get a lot of the blame. Obviously, he's the quarterback. He'll tell you he needs to play better. But we got to block better. We got to catch the ball better. We got to run better. It's an entire offensive unit that was just not where it needs to be. Quite frankly, it's an opportunity for us now to critically evaluate where we are and what we need to do to get better. With that, a win, get to 3 0, first quarter of the season is down, we get a bye week, hopefully get some guys back and get ready for Syracuse."

On the injuries:

"Amir had an MCL (sprain), I know that. Cole Luke was, you know, neck. Trumbetti was neck and head from last week, chest. Of course, we know the Redfield situation. Baratti's shoulder slipped out again on him. He's (Lombard) had this high ankle sprain that really has not allowed him to be an inside productive guy for us. I think those were the injuries."

On if there was a letdown tonight:

"No, we didn't play flat. I thought our first drive was really precise. We did the things that we wanted to do. We missed some plays. We overthrow a launch play. We miss a block here or there. We were just a little off in areas. I think a lot of that is attributed to some areas that we're still learning. We're still trying to get there. But, again, Purdue I thought played very well, as well. We had some opportunities that we just left out there. The way they played tonight, I think they should get some of the credit, too."

On the issues on the offensive line:

"We're not sustaining. I mean, we're in position. We're falling off a block here. We miss a fit here. And maybe it's just the continuity took us a little bit longer. It's nothing big, but it's everything. It's going to get better. They will get better. It's just we're not where we need to be. We're going to keep working, keep grinding. We'll get there. We're just not there yet. We're on the three yard line, we're running a double team into the B gap, we slip and fall. Somebody fires through the B gap. Little things like that. They got to get cleaned up before we get to where we want to be offensively."

On the seven penalties:

"Crazy penalties. An off side penalty because you can't take the time to look at the official's foot, you know, to line up. Are you kidding me? Things like that. So they were little aggravating penalties for me more than anything else. A taunting penalty, which was uncalled for. You know, Max's penalty. He's trying to hold up in that situation. I know he was not trying to target anybody. We understand the rule. We understand the interpretation of the rule. We're not arguing with it. But he was trying to hold up the quarterback, slid quickly, and those things happen. So there's four of the seven penalties right there. Two of them are knucklehead penalties, and one of them was an aggressive penalty, and the other one we'll take care of that one internally."

On Drue Tranquill:

"He did great. He doesn't know what he's doing, but he's awesome (laughter). He's running around there. I say that kiddingly because he does know what he's doing. But we're trying to really keep it simple for him out there. He was such a locked in kid. We're able to do some things with him, and he's only been here, what, eight, ten weeks. Where would we be without that young man? It's really pretty incredible."

On the depth in the secondary:

"Well, we came out about 2 minutes and 5 seconds on the clock at halftime because we're trying to coach it up on the run. We're down. I mean, we're depleted at that position. You know the situation on our roster. We lost a two deep safety. We lost a starting corner. Then we lose another corner, two more safeties. There's no waiver wire, there's no trading in college football. We're trying to get young guys ready. That's what we're trying to do in the locker room."

On Jaylon's Smith 4th-and-two tackle:

"I thought Brian called a great game. We showed a lot of pressure against Michigan in third down situations. I thought he backed off a lot on third down situations tonight. We played a lot more coverage. I thought that caused some confusion for Purdue in third down. Then in some fourth down situations, I thought we brought some pressure. Brian mixed it up well tonight. I thought when we got into the fourth down situations, we dialed it up. Jaylon this week is part of those pressures. He has not been. We've had him focused on that job. That inside backer position has been a whole new thing for him. So we didn't want to put too much on him. But this week we really worked on a pressure package with him and were able to get it installed with him in this game."

On where his team heading stands into bye week:

"Well, I like a lot of things about the team. One is they love to play. They'vegot a great demeanor about the way they play this game. They're a group that pays attention to the things that I need them to pay attention to relative to preparation. But we're really young. We'll benefit from every day on the practice field. We will get better. So we're still not a finished product by any means. We're such a young team. At 3 0, we're extremely pleased where we are, but we know we're nowhere near where we need to be to be the kind of football team we want to be."


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