Twitter/@Aus_HickmanBrian VanGorder has received mixed reviews during his tenure at Notre Dame, and yesterday’s loss to Texas was a major step in the wrong direction for the embattled defensive coordinator.Notre Dame’s defense struggled all night with Texas’ two-quarterback system, which saw true freshman Shane Buechele stretch the field in impressive ways, and Tyrone Swoopes regularly bulldoze through multiple Irish tacklers. Notre Dame gave up 50 points and 517 yards to the Longhorns new offense, which is led by Art Briles disciple and former Tulsa coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.After the game, Notre Dame fans were not happy with the effort, and VanGorder received a lot of the blame.Watched ND game again, they still lose. VanGorder fired yet? #VanGorderistheworst— Dun (@c_donlevy) September 5, 2016Today two doctors have asked me why the hell that VanGorder guy has a job a Notre Dame.— Stoneheart (@Candice4ND) September 5, 2016A good (bad?) time to remind ND fans Brian VanGorder makes $1M a year.— George Dohrmann (@georgedohrmann) September 5, 2016Brian VanGorder exists only to remind me that none of are perfect, and some of us are in fact totally inept at our jobs.— Christopher Crawford (@CVCrawfordBP) September 5, 2016Do Notre Dame a favor Brian VanGorder and resign… It’s so deflating seeing team after team light up the score board. #Irish #FireVanGorder— Lincoln (@lincolnhoward) September 5, 2016Vangorder and Brian Kelly should resign they truly embarrassed the program and the school tonight. @NDFootball @NotreDame— Billy o’Ryan (@BillyoRyan) September 5, 2016That was the worst #NotreDame defense I’ve ever seen. VanGorder needs to do his job. #NDvsTex— Samantha Rupert (@AtlanticAloha) September 5, 2016VanGorder’s signal calling vs. Texas #NDvsTex pic.twitter.com/q44KMwfmFt— Austin Hickman (@Aus_Hickman) September 5, 2016Goodnight, Tito’s. Goodnight, fast food receipt orders. Goodnight, Scotch and Brian VanGorder. Goodnight, Yoon. Goodnight, moon.— Bayou (@HLS_BayouIrish) September 5, 2016No chance VanGorder makes it through the season. He should be fired tonight. Don’t even let him on the plane— Brian Mann (@bmann_2017) September 5, 2016Criticism of Brian VanGorder was abound in the media reaction to the game as well. ND Insider’s Al Lesar blames the defense for “spoiling” a spectacular performance by DeShone Kizer.Before the game began, it appeared the guy following Longhorn mascot Bevo with a shovel had the worst job in the stadium.By halftime, it seemed more like that honor belonged to Brian VanGorder.Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator needed more than a shovel to clean up the problems the Irish had.[…]Kizer did everything he could do to firmly establish himself as No. 1 heading into next week’s home opener against Nevada. If he’s not, start the investigation.The real probe, though, should be with the defense.There was a sense it was going to be a struggle.But …? The Observer‘s Alex Carson was at a loss for how a defense with so much talent could perform so poorly.A year ago, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s defense wasn’t particularly good. It straight-up cost Notre Dame the game at Stanford, and if it had shown up during the first quarter against Clemson, the Irish maybe would’ve won that game, too.Of course, that defense had the best player in college football on it, Jaylon Smith. And it never really worked.Why did I think the Irish defense was going to be anything better this year?[…]VanGorder’s now starting his fourth year here, and it’s been a tenure chock-full of regression. A 2012-level defense shouldn’t be the expectation, no, but with the raw talent Notre Dame has on the field, there’s no excuse for giving up 37 regulation points to Texas. None at all.Notre Dame entered the year with national championship aspirations, and as we’ve seen with Ohio State and Alabama, September losses do not preclude a team from taking home the title.However, the Irish may be at a disadvantage in that it will not have a conference championship to add to its resume, while a number of other playoff contenders may have that shot.That may all be for naught, though, if Brian VanGorder’s defense does not improve from the first week performance.Notre Dame has Michigan State, Christian McCaffrey’s Stanford, Brad Kaaya and Miami, and a talented USC squad left on the schedule. Kizer and company are good, but they may not be able to score 47 every week.