ND’s Kelly: ‘We stink right now’

Is it time to panic in South Bend?

Hardly.

But four practices into the spring season, new head coach Brian Kelly is anything but pleased with the progress of the team’s offense as it makes the switch to the spread.

And for the former Cincinnati head coach, it’s never too early to preach perfection.

While he has been pleased with the defense thus far during team drills, Kelly’s bread and butter will always come on the offensive side of the football — and he’s not overly excited as we begin the month of April.

“We stink right now,” Kelly said, according to the Associated Press. “We're just so far from where we need to be as far as attention to detail. This was a step back for us [Wednesday].”

The main target of Kelly’s criticism? Quarterback Dayne Crist, who has the inside track on replacing draft-bound Jimmy Clausen as the starter. Crist, who is recovering from a torn ACL last October, has been sloppy with his footwork and has struggled with his progressions, according to Kelly.

The head coach believes he may have installed too much of the new offense early on and said that he may scale back when ND returns to practice next week.

However, his impatience will continue to become an issue if things don’t eventually get straightened out offensively.

“We've got to do it now. It's got to be done the right way. You get 15 practices. That's all you get,” he said. “I can't wait until August to put this team in position to win in 2010. It's got to happen today.”

“I've got to go back and re-communicate the message and what the expectations are and how we practice and how we come to work every day.”

If anything, you can bet that the Irish offense will have a little more pep in their collective steps when they return to the practice field next week.

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