OC likes QB chemistry, seeks consistency

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Chuck Martin likes the chemistry of his quarterback group through the first-third of the season. Just don't bother asking Notre Dame's offensive coordinator about any big-picture plans.

"I have no idea," Martin, speaking for the first time this season, said Wednesday. "If you've got a crystal ball and you could tell me, that would be awesome. We're all just trying to figure out a way to beat Miami. The plan for the future is to try to figure out what's going to shake down. I believe we've got four good quarterbacks, which obviously one quarterback plays at a time so to me, I don't know.

"I wouldn't have predicted the first four games would've went this way. We played two different quarterbacks in every game. ... We're 4-0. We're doing everything we can to try to win the game, I guess. We'll figure out what's going to happen at Miami, then we'll see what happens at Miami and move forward from there."

Martin isn't too worried about Everett Golson losing confidence after being pulled for Tommy Rees in both of the Irish's home games. The fact that head coach Brian Kelly has started Golson over three other talented options is all the validation one needs, Martin said, and the growing pains his No. 1 signal caller has suffered are not uncommon for a redshirt freshman.

"Keep accentuating all the good things he's done, because he's played a lot of snaps, he's done a lot of good things," Martin said of Golson. "We said from Day 1, 'You're not going to be a great quarterback as a freshman. It's very rare [a freshman's] great all the time. You might be great in spurts or great on plays or great for a period of time, or even a whole game you might have a complete great game.' But just to play, there's so many new experiences for him."

The fast-talking Martin said the offense is still searching for consistent execution in all phases, though he's less concerned with establishing a true identity than he is with some of the younger players not showing the same sense of urgency early in games as they have lately.

"The good thing so far is the only time we've really had to throw the ball was the two-minute drive against Purdue and we did it when we had to," Martin said, "and the only two times we've had to run the ball was the fourth quarter of two games against two good opponents and we've grinded the clock pretty good."