Brian Kelly Blames Injuries on Navy's Cut Blocks

By DJ Byrnes on November 4, 2013 at 11:45a
Purple Brian Kelly.

Brian Kelly is a angry little man; this much is known. Usually, he's taking out anger with his own failures on a gang of teenagers and young adults, but not this time.

After nearly escaping defeat at home via the hands of an unranked service academies, Brian Kelly saw his already lengthy injury list grow — especially on the defensive side of the ball. Kelly has a theory as to what happened:

Q. Coach, I was curious, a lot of leg injuries the last two weeks; how much do you attribute that to the cut blocks?

COACH KELLY: I can attribute it to Kona Schwenke's injury. He got cut, and it caused that injury. I can contribute it to Ishaq Williams' ACL. He was cut, and it caused that injury. And Sheldon Day, his reinjury, all of them contributed specifically to those. You know, it's unfortunate. It's the style of offense that the academies play. It is what it is.

Cut blocking within five yards of the line of scrimmage is legal in the NCAA.


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Hovenaut's picture

Chill, coach. 
Have a drink...

Donny T's picture

They really misspelled "Fighting" on their cups? 

TheShookster's picture

Its Navy's fault Notre Dame players are injured, but definitely not Brian Kelly's fault that someone taping practice in 50mph winds fell to his death.
This guy is the worst kind of person.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

igo43's picture

Best. Reply. Evah.

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" - WWH

Buckeyeneer's picture


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sharks's picture

Mr. Kelly is a shade of purple I've not seen since that big dinosaur roamed PBS weekday mornings.

A man got to have a code...

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I'm just mad ND won the game - I love it when they lose to the service academies.

Yeti's have feelings too.

osubuck57's picture

Gonna love it even more when they make it into another bowl they have no business being in and get their butts handed to them on a silver platter.It won't be his fault though...


bodast67's picture

If this is how the Services Academies play, then game plan accordingly to avoid the blocks and protect your F*$king players asshole !
Go Navy, Go Bucks ! 




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Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

This whole thread, man. 

Squirrel Master's picture

a movie I had to see but man was it tough to make it through in general. Practically a silent film. But anything that Bill Murray does I have to watch. That was probably the best scene of the whole movie, although Scarlett was nice too.
he was the only reason I watched Zombieland even though I did enjoy it also (someone told me he was in it, so I had to).

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

TNbuckeye91's picture

yeah anything with both woody harrelson and bill murray is a must watch

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Don't we open with Navy next year?

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BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

It's completely legal what Navy was doing. With that said, it is for that reason that I was concerned with them being on our schedule next year...a week before the Va Tech game.

jmw's picture

I hear what you are saying, but Va Tech might not be that great of an opponent.  Back to back losses to Duke and BC make me wonder if Beamer will be the head coach next year.  If that plays out, we may be seeing a re-build the next couple years. 


Squirrel Master's picture

It won't matter, after this team finishes undefeated this year (NC or not), OSU will be a top 4-5 team with Braxton at the helm. With a playoff, that is all they need no matter what OOC is.
I doubt the playoff committee would keep out a 3 year undefeated B1G team if VaTech was on their schedule. Unlike this year, undefeated should get us in on its own without a ton of help.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Rjpfish2's picture

Shut up Kelly, you crybaby. ND-Navy have played one another for 86 years in a row. Cut blocking is legal and it's been going on for a really long time.  Why not complain about giving up 331 rushing yards to a team that DUKE(!!!) has beaten 35-7 this year? The Irish were even beaten by the much better 2009 Navy team that gave tOSU a scare. Rick Dobbs & Co. only managed 186 on the ground vs. tOSU and the Midshipmen ended up 10-4 that year.

Knarcisi's picture

What will his excuse he when they play the Coast Guard?

Knarcisi's picture

Those guys were throwing invisible blocks ... Trying to fake out our LBs!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Deal with it Coach!  Cut blocks are legal and that is what Navy does.  You schedule them, that is what you should expect.  I personally like their style.  They are undersized, but a really tough squad.  They sure played us tough a few years ago.  Glad we were able to get the win!
Go Bucks!!

unholy bucknut's picture

I hope Kelly gets smashed by a scissor lift this week in practice. There is nothing that I hate more in this life than crybaby whiners.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Don't the Buckeyes have Navy on their schedule for 2015? The coaches will have to be aware of those cut blocks.

igo43's picture

As much as it pained me to do so, I cheered for Bama (gag) in the NC Game last year specifically due to the arrogance of Domer fans, in spite of the fact their program was an abomination for years. I was cheering for Navy to beat them on Saturday and was very disappointed ND pulled it out. I've never really cared for Brian Kelly nor Notre Dame, but this quote takes my dislike to an entirely new level. I sincerely hope they're crushed by Pitt, BYU and Stanford, even though I know it's most likely Stanford that has the best chance of beating them. I guess we'll see how BYU does against Wisky; maybe I'll feel better about their chances after that game.

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" - WWH