Notre Dame Athletics | April 16, 2020
There’s a time to move on. Tommy Rees did.
After an illustrious career as starting quarterback for the Irish, Rees put the Golden Dome in the rearview as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Notre Dame lore, just the third signal caller in Irish records to eclipse the 3,000-yard passing mark in a season and reigning program Offensive Player of the Year.
He headed to Northwestern and then the San Diego Chargers, beginning his rise through the coaching ranks as an offensive assistant. The former QB1 at Our Lady’s University now spent hours in meeting rooms with coaches instead of playing for them, overseeing drills instead of running them, working out of an office instead of a locker room. And all the way, he picked up pieces of wisdom that would influence his career, like the emphasis on attention to detail from Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and his staff.
“His attention to detail on the littlest things was incredible, and something that, when I did the work, I learned how much detail and pride it took to make sure to do those things right,” Rees explained, noting that his direct supervisor in San Diego, current Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, displayed this meticulosity in a way that Rees tries to emulate.
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