Kelly responds to Montana criticism

In an ESPN Chat on Tuesday, 4-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and Notre Dame alum Joe Montana was asked about Everett Golson being named the starter at Notre Dame and whether Golson could lead the Irish back to the BCS.

"Kelly can't figure what he wants," Montana responded in the chat. "Everyone of his QB's that he has, he claims is his next star but he doesn't last long with him."

"[Golson's] probably the least talented thrower that they have, so maybe they're looking to run the ball with him."

When asked about Montana's comments on Wednesday, Brian Kelly took a diplomatic approach.

"Joe Montana is an icon and he's entitled to his opinion about our football team," Kelly said with a chuckle. "I think that's all I'll say about that."

Montana's son Nate was a walk-on quarterback for both Charlie Weis and Brian Kelly. Nate Montana played briefly in 2010 against Michigan. He transferred to the University of Montana after the season.


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