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Brian Kelly: Let's control it ourselves

Each Sunday, Brian Kelly answers questions for roughly 20 minutes from a single moderator.  Shortly after, the interview is uploaded to UND.com

It’s sort of “The State of the Irish” and recap of the previous game.

Here’s part of Kelly’s thoughts from today:

(on Mark Dantonio’s heart attack) “Gee, you think about it…18 to 21 years olds impacting your future on a day-to-day basis.  It can stress you out a little bit.  The exciting part is being in a stadium with 70,000 – 80,000 people and the adrenaline and excitement of that. There are trade-offs.  There’s no question, you have to take care of yourself in this profession.”

“I think you look at all the plays that can impact giving you a different outcome.  We’ll focus on the things that we can correct and look to correct those. That’s nothing they can control.  What they can control is covering the play at the end of the game.”

(on addressing the blown calls by the refs with his team) “We expect that everybody is in it to do the right things and make the right judgments. There’s no do-overs.  I’ve always felt let’s not let the official dictate the games, let’s control it ourselves.  I just have never found any way to get a football team better by complaining about officials.”

“We have to do a better job of controlling the football.”

“We keep letting those big plays occur defensively.”

“I think we’ve only given up 2 sacks in 100 pass attempts.” 

“I thought they (special teams) played well.  I thought we controlled the field position.  By in large, they (special teams) are playing well.”

“I’m not worried about the red zone.  I’m worried about 3rd & short and 4th down situations when we have the ability to convert, but that we’re not converting.  Those ball possessions kinds of downs are really where we’ll spend a lot time this week.  Not that we won’t focus on red zone, that we’ve got it all figured out, that’s not what I’m saying, but we have to do a better job on those ball control throws that act almost as running plays for us.”

“I thought we took it to Michigan State at the line of scrimmage when they wanted to run the ball and we got pressure when they went 7-man protection.”

Notre Dame hosts Stanford on Saturday.

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