Notre Dame’s offense was always going to require a rebuild. Now offensive coordinator Chip Long has a better idea of its scope. On Friday afternoon running back Josh Adams followed wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown in departing Notre Dame a season early for the NFL, declaring for the draft after a junior season that flirted with Heisman Trophy consideration and Notre Dame’s record books. In the end, Adams labored to the end line of a 206-carry, 1430-yard season that left him seven yards short of trying the school’s single-season rushing record. Adams announced his decision via Instagram. Adams closes his Irish career with 3,198 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns on 481 total carries. With left tackle Mike McGlinchey and left guard Quenton Nelson likely going in the first round of this spring’s draft, there was no guarantee of production for Adams by coming back to school, never mind injury issues that Adams has endured going back to a torn ACL suffered during his junior year of high school. Still, Notre Dame wanted Adams back for both his physical skills and his leadership. Adams was a late addition as a captain this season and would have been a surefire captain next fall considering the voices lost on that side of the ball. Of Notre Dame’s seven captains last season, only linebacker Drue Tranquill will return. Adams would have been critical in keeping off-season continuity going through winter workouts and spring practice.