The metrics of new Notre Dame offensive line coach and run-game
coordinator Harry Hiestand's impact at his previous coaching stops are
a muddle of sometimes deceptive numbers that scream for context.
Former Notre Dame All-America offensive lineman Tom Thayer has never
been shy at providing context, screaming or otherwise.
He gets paid to do so for the Chicago Bears, as the analyst for the
NFL team's radio network. He doesn't get paid to do so when it comes
to Notre Dame, but he can't help himself.
"My brother-in-law, John Scully, was an All-America center (at ND),"
the 50-year-old Thayer said via telephone. "We're both big Notre Dame
And Thayer is a big fan of Irish head coach Brian Kelly's latest
addition, the 53-year-old Hiestand, who was finally officially
anointed Wednesday after spending roughly two weeks in ND's
uber-thorough, uber-protracted, George O'Leary-inspired vetting
"I like the way he pays attention to detail," Thayer said of Hiestand.
"When you're coaching the offensive line, no detail is too big or too
small not to be coached - whether it be footwork, hand placement, head