The forgettable 4-8 record from 2016 was marred by poor tackling, porous pass coverage, the firing of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder four games into the season and five blown leads in the fourth quarter that all led to losses.
Kelly was fully aware that something had to change defensively through the spring and summer if his team was going to find success in the fall, starting with the season opener Saturday at home against Temple.
At the time of Elko's arrival last December, Kelly admitted that the experiment of hiring VanGorder — a veteran defensive coordinator with a heavy NFL background — became a flawed idea and he said, "we needed to go back to collegiate.
Brian Kelly kind of shrugged his shoulders and laughed when he was asked to list the most necessary areas of defensive improvement if this is to become a turnaround season for Notre Dame.
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