Blue and Gold Illustrated

May 2014 Edition

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BY DAN MURPHY B rian VanGorder 's voice cut through Notre Dame's prac- tice like a tornado warning on a warm Saturday morning in April. It was loud, incessant and re- petitive. In this particular case, sopho- more linebacker Doug Randolph hap- pened to be on the receiving end of the new defensive coordinator's critique. Randolph isn't alone, though. Being the object of VanGorder's barking bro- ken records has been a rite of passage for Irish defenders as they adjust to their new coach and new system. "What do you expect? We're learn- ing a new defense," said sopho- more linebacker Jaylon Smith, who acknowledged he might hear Van- Gorder 's voice echoing inside his head at night sometimes. "It's not like we know the defense and we're continuing to make the same errors. You've got to learn from what he tells you and not let it happen again." VanGorder's NFL résumé — he has coached for the Atlanta Falcons, Jack- sonville Jaguars and most recently the New York Jets — and his tendency to follow up any harsh criticism with a THE NEW GUYS A pair of former NFL assistants brought pro expertise to Notre Dame this spring One of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's strengths that stood out this spring was his ability to identify specific skills in individual players and find a way to put those to use in different roles. PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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