Improved offensive line key to Notre Dame's success

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It's never a good sign when the head coach ditches his beloved quarterbacks to stare down the offensive linemen during the day's first practice period.

It's even more troubling when, several hours later, the offensive line coach enters an auditorium and gets mobbed by reporters.

This was the sobering scene Tuesday for Notre Dame, which has yet to score an offensive touchdown and boasts the nation's worst rushing offense, averaging minus-4 net yards per game. It doesn't take a Mensa member to spot the problem: an offensive line that has allowed a nation-high 15 sacks in the first two contests.