When Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly isn't too busy publicly throwing his players under the bus after a loss or blaming a 4-8 season on his focus on fundraising, he's walking back his negative comments about a former Irish quarterback, now that said quarterback is prospering.
When DeShone Kizer made the decision to leave Notre Dame after the 2016 season and enter the NFL Draft, Kelly felt the need to hop on the radio and let the world know he thought Kizer was nowhere close to being ready.
"He should still be in college. ... He needs more time to grow in so many areas, not just on the field but off the field," Kelly said during an interview on SiriusXM Radio back in April.
But now that Kizer has ascended to the top of the Cleveland Browns depth chart and is set to enter Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers as the starting quarterback, Kelly would like to clarify what he really meant when he felt like knocking his former quarterback down everyone's draft boards.
“What I said was that he was the best quarterback in the draft and he has the biggest upside but would benefit from staying at Notre Dame,” Kelly told ESPN. “Once that decision was made, we were all for DeShone seeking out what his dream was, to play in the NFL. And that’s what he’s done. In a very short period of time he has gotten himself into a great position to be the starting quarterback."
“We’re thrilled for DeShone," Kelly continued. "We’re big fans. And hopefully he’s surrounded with guys that can get Cleveland back into championship caliber.”
We're sure you're just tickled by Kizer's success, Coach. What a convenient time for you to change your tune.