New assistant head coach John Tenuta has been a mastermind of defenses for a long time. When Charlie Weis met up with Tenuta to discuss the possibilities of him roaming the Irish sidelines next season, it seemed too good to be true. But once the agreement was made, Notre Dame Football changed for the better defensively.
According to Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel, Tenuta is considered one of top assistant coaches in the nation that will have an immediate impact of his respective school. He was rated # 2 behind Texas' Wil Muschamp. Here's what Mandel had to say,
"One of the biggest surprises of the off-season was that Tenuta -- one of the nation's most respected defensive coordinators at Georgia Tech, who was, at one point, rumored to be following Les Miles to Michigan -- wound up taking a non-coordinator job.
However, while Corwin Brown remains Notre Dame's coordinator, it's clear Charlie Weis went out of his way find a spot for Tenuta (secondary coach Bill Lewis was moved to an administrative post), whose blitz-heavy defenses he's faced first-hand past two seasons. And Tenuta will almost certainly play a significant role. There's no question the Irish's long-struggling defense could use his type of spark."
Tenuta's help with the linebackers and the defense as a whole with Coordinator Corwin Brown, will give the Irish a mean streak that hasn't been around South Bend, since the late 80's, early 90's.
Our first glimpse of Notre Dame's new look defense will be displayed April 19th, during the Blue and Gold game. Tenuta and Brown will bring back the fight in the Fighting Irish!