'Nobody Likes to Be Funny Anymore': Brian Kelly Explains Execution Joke Following Post-Game Interview

‘Nobody Likes to Be Funny Anymore’: Brian Kelly Explains Execution Joke Following Post-Game Interview

After Notre Dame’s 41 to 38 overtime win against Florida State University, one might think Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly might be happy. And while he wasn’t upset over winning, he was more disappointed with his players’ performances.

Being ranked in the top ten and only beating an unranked team by three points in overtime isn’t necessarily what a coach expects. Especially after seven of FSU’s 38 points came after their backup quarterback lead the team downfield after not stepping on a football field since 2017 due to a serious injury.

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Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly Thinks His Team Needs to Execute Better.

Unfortunately, while talking about his team’s performance during a post-game interview, ND’s Brian Kelly talked about the way they executed during the first four quarters of the game. “I’m in favor of execution,” Kelly began telling sideline reporter Katie George before he made an off-color joke. 

“Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight. We just didn’t execute very well.” 

Back in 1976, as Fox News reports, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay made a similar remark during the team’s inaugural season. As Fox News reports, When the former coached was asked about the team’s execution, McKay replied, “I’m in favor of it.”

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Brian Kelly Asks ‘Are You People Crazy’ After His Execution Joke Goes Viral.

During a follow-up interview with ESPN, Kelly explained that’s who he was mimicking when he made his joke. “It’s an old John McKay quote,” Kelly explained, via ESPN. “I was kidding. It was tongue-in-cheek.” 

Kelly then said, “It wasn’t funny? … I was talking and making a joke about it. It was taken seriously? Are you people crazy?”

Kelly then added, “It’s a John McKay quote that he used after a game. I was stealing one of his old quotes and being funny because nobody likes to be funny anymore. If you want to take me to town on that, please do.”

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