Shortly after Notre Dame’s lopsided loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game, coach Brian Kelly began brainstorming methods for reviewing his program’s strengths and weaknesses. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports reports one of Kelly’s wishes came true: He talked three-time Super Bowl winner Bill Belichick into consulting on Notre Dame football.
Kelly and Belichick first met last February at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California. That’s when Kelly popped the question:
“I asked him if he could spend some time watching games and we could discuss,” Kelly told Yahoo! Sports.Belichick was immediately intrigued at the prospect of studying Notre Dame’s program.
“I just really enjoy talking football,” Belichick said. “So much goes into the entire process that it’s impossible to run out of things to work on – coaching, playing, practice, preparation, scouting, technology, how the whole structure fits together.”In March, the Patriots coach went to work breaking down game film with Notre Dame’s coaching staff, analyzing its schemes and dissecting the program’s deficiencies. Kelly said the most valuable time Belichick spent was coaching his coaches how to coach.
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