Irish defense has opportunity to create legacy

Notre Dame's defense has heard every criticism. And there's nothing the Irish would like better than to prove everyone wrong, writes Adam Rittenberg.

Updated: November 22, 2006, 4:02 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Derek Landri and Joe Brockington don't need your help. They can fill in the blanks on their own.

Like the other members of Notre Dame's defense, Landri and Brockington know exactly what the outside world -- media, fans, opponents -- thinks of them.

Here's a hint: It's not much.

"Everyone's talking that our defense is still the downfall of the team," said Landri, a senior defensive tackle who has seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss this season. "Apparently, there's ...

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