Brian Kelly's sideline demeanor, which has actually improved slightly since his first year at Notre Dame, is unacceptable. His red-faced tirades against players and coaches are a bad look. Especially for Notre Dame.
While his behavior can be questioned, the coach may deserve a pass for his handling of the QB situation and defense of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
It's hard to argue the impact playing both Kizer and Zaire had on Sunday's game.
But Kelly has to have known that whoever he sat is most likely going to transfer. And if Kizer does decide to go pro, that would most likely make Notre Dame's 2017 starter Brandon Wimbush. While Wimbush showed some flashes in limited playing time last year, he's highly untested.
Kelly would never admit it, but he not only has to plan for the coming week but look out for the program in general.
Though I'd argue that as disgruntled as Zaire might be, it would be in his best interest to stay invested in the program.
He's one play away from being the starter. It was Zaire who was the starter last year before a season-ending injury against Virginia thrust Kizer into the spotlight.
Also should Kizer go the NFL route, it'd be Zaire's job to lose next year.
As for the defense, what is Kelly going to do?
He can't hit the waiver wire for more players. Is he really going to let his defensive coordinator go after one game?
The best-case scenario is the Irish can do things schematically to hide obvious deficiencies on defense.
One thing that helps is they play a favorable schedule. But this defense could make a lot of average offenses look good this year.