Crewcut Charlie Weis was regarded as an offensive mastermind, but with Notre Dame off to an 0-2 start, some Fighting Irish fans are taking a skeptical look at their coach.
Patrons at the South Bend watering hole The Linebacker who watched Notre Dame stumble through a 31-10 loss at Penn State let their postgame concerns flow like beer.
"We got out-coached," Bob Couch, a resident of South Bend, told Mark Montieth of the Indianapolis Star. "Something's wrong. There's a problem there. I haven't figured it out. Whatever it is, you better figure it out real quick."
John Kruk, another South Bend resident, said: "Nothing against coach Weis, but he's supposed to be an offensive guru. I don't understand why our offense isn't doing that well."
Kruk added: "His offense has scored six points and they haven't scored a touchdown in two games. I can't blame the players for that."
John Scarbeck, another South Bend resident, wrote a letter to the South Bend Tribune. He questioned Weis' ability — or in this case inability — to recruit:
"If Weis's recruits continue to flop (including heralded RB Armando Allen and most of the offensive line), in this season and in the next one or two, the main question will be: when will N.D.'s board of trustees bite the bullet and buy out Weis's contract, which was foolishly extended through 2015. The vast majority of players on the field against [Georgia] Tech [a 33-3 loss at home] were recruited by Weis, and all have been coached by him."