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February 08, 2014

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SOUP

BAM!

Boss Cane

Stand Up⚡️💥🔥🗽

pompanocane

top ten

hazydavy

Bring back Thug U

raizecane

I am Gladiator…..

SOUP

TonyCane...your research is beyond compare.

Thank U!

Go Canes

Great stuff Tony, thanks.

dj moonbat

When we get back to the point where I don't have to sweat the Duke game, I'll start worrying about catching up with FSU.

BEERicane

Great article.you make an excellent point about FSUs roster cap and impending exodus of talent to the draft. However, I am not encouraged by the fact we have to look to/rely upon such an exodus before we can expect to overthrow them. We should be able to just look at our roster/talent, say it's loaded, and should be enough to get the job done. This is another reminder of how far off we are and the crap Golden was expected to win with. The good news is this program is on an uptrend, and I think he can get it done. And I do believe of we are giving up 500 yds/gm again next year his boy is shown the door. Hopefully it doesn't come to that though.

30CINCO

#TrendingUp
#Dale

SOUP

Canes offensive coordinator James Coley, who has been a great asset in UM’s recruiting efforts, wasn't available to the general media on National Signing Day but shared some thoughts on this recruiting class with UM’s web site (hurricanesports.com):

### On quarterback additions Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier: "Neither one of them ever said, ‘Well, the other guy is coming.’ And you get that a lot," Coley said. ‘Tell me about the other guy that’s coming.’ That says a lot about the guy that’s coming. Those guys never said that.”

Coley said "Kaaya is a guy early who didn’t have a lot of offers but we knew he was going to be a guy that would be the best in the country and would get a lot of attention.

"We went into Mobile and went after Malik Rosier. I know he was a special player. He had a lot of toughness and understands the game. He has the ability to run and be a threat running but he can throw the ball.

"Two tough guys who are big-time competitors,... who are extremely smart. You want them to come here as freshmen and walk in with a little swagger, a feeling of, 'I can play here.' I think we did that."

### On offensive linemen KC Dermott, Trevor Darling and Nick Linder: "We felt those three are guys that can come in and not only play right away,… but they can go from being guards to tackles and smart enough to play center. They are flexible. We went into Dade and felt we got the best, went into Broward and felt we got the best, went into Palm Beach and felt we got the best."

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/02/saturday-notes-coley-on-um-recruiting-class-dolphins-canes.html#storylink=cpy

SOUP

By the way, UM slid to 12th in Rivals.com’s final recruiting rankings, compared with 10th for ESPN. Both are very good but would have been better if Travonte Valentine, Nigel Bethel, Brandon Powell and Reilly Gibbons hadn’t bolted.

What hurt UM in the rivals.com rankings was lack of four-star recruits (eight), compared with teams ahead of them, including FSU (13) and Florida (12). In Rivals.com’s top 18, only Clemson had fewer four-star recruits. UM had one five star recruit (Chad Thomas).

Overall, UM finished behind FSU (fourth) and UF (8th) in the Rivals rankings. But Miami was fifth among non-SEC schools, behind only Florida State, Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame, which is pretty impressive.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/02/saturday-notes-coley-on-um-recruiting-class-dolphins-canes.html#storylink=cpy

Ohio_Cane

Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 9m

RT @ESPNNFL: WOW! 21 of the 53 players on the Super Bowl Champion @Seahawks active roster came into the NFL as undrafted free agents.


Explain that. Lol

VA Cane

21 of the 53 players on the Super Bowl Champion @Seahawks active roster came into the NFL as undrafted free agents.

This gives you a pretty good idea about the flawed star system. I could care less about stars; I look at a players fundamentals first combined with his unique talent. I look at and see a lot more kids than the average fan as I am not a fan...I am a coach. I teach, I instruct, I develop and I mold young men on the field and in life. You have to have the ability to see the basics, develop and instruct to add to and greatly improve on said skills, and see it through as far into the future as possible.

Honestly, looking at the kids we have had since 2003, too many of them have poor fundamentals and apathetical attitudes. Stance, footwork, block, tackle, use of hands, catching, throwing, angles of pursuit, explosiveness, aggression....and thinking. I see it in some degree but not in depth. Perhaps more telling is the desire to learn, to grow and get better.

This tells me things about the Coker/Shannon/Golden staffs....they get good kids, but very few well developed kids...the great ones are getting away and the good ones are not being developed. They either do not know how it is done or they know it and cannot teach how it is done. A lot of our all time greats in the league....Ray, Ed Reed, ST (RIP), Reggie Wayne...AJ, Frank Gore.....Vince....none were developed by these guys. Now Sam Shields
Jimmy G, Olsen are good.....but not even remotely in the category as the first group...not close....and they got better after leaving UM. You can sign all the 5 and 4 stars you want....but if they are limited fundamentally, or you cannot develop them further, and cannot motivate them to succeed.....you do not succeed. Want proof?

Look at the record since 03....how many titles have we won? 0. Howard, JJ Erickson (he really lived on JJs talent but that's another story...I did not like him) and Butch (great coach and recruiter) were leaders, put together great staffs that could recruit AND TEACH/DEVELOP GREAT PLAYERS....many of whom were not 4 or 5 stars!!!! Those guys won our NCs...and lost about 5 more....but were always in the hunt and did not make excuses.

Now you can give me all the excuses....as a coach I hear them all....more competition in and out of state, university standards, NCAA sanctions, Twitter, SEC money, texting, stadium.....add to the list I know someone will....but the bottom line is this Show me the record....wins losses......and TITLES of any kind

Clappy, Onionhead, and Al Pa got and are getting good kids now.....whats the record say? Howard, JJ, Erickson and Butch (he won the last title we earned, Clappy lost the next one be real)whats the record say? I rest guys.

Lombardi said chasing perfection impossible but catching excellence possible....Parcells...you are what your record says you are....we now are an average mediocre run of the mill program.....its a fact.

However, the sky is the limit and I hope we get there. I am not saying anything bad about anybody.....all are good people. I am doing just like Tony.....the facts speak for themselves. I want to win and it takes everything you got to do it consistently.

"The truth will set you free!".

-Aunt Esther Sanford and Son

Go Canes

Cane taking care of Cane:

@AdamSchefter: Colts announced they hired former Browns HC Rob Chudzinski as special assistant to the head coach.

YooperCane

Awesome article! The perfect storm is on the horizon and it will take 2014 by storm.
Go Canes

SinisterCane

Now the with the 2014 Recruiting class behind us it’s time to change our focus to the upcoming 2014 Spring Game and Season. The debate over enough defensive talent or lack thereof has been beaten to death. Most Elite Freshman make some noise coming in and sometime go through a sophomore sump or injuries but by year 3 with the same coaching staff you’re the players should look like the players we hope they would be, so let’s focus on elite defensive recruits: 4*Deon Bush, 4*Anthony Chickillo, 5* Tracy Howard, 4* Tyriq McCord, 4* Jelani Hamilton, 4* Jermaine Grace, 4* Raphael Kirby, 4* Alquadin Muhammad, 4* Jamal Carter and 4* Artie Burns. With 10 players on the defensive side of the ball who are a 4* player or better per Rivals.com, should we expect a much improved defense in 2014 with a scheme that has been in place for 3 years? Al Golden stated that we’re trending upwards on defense, so why we are still last in the ACC in total defense for the second year in a row? It’s year 4 and it’s time for Al Golden defensive scheme and development of his players to speak for itself because if it doesn’t now, then when? If we’re still seeing more of the same in 2014 with the addition of 5* Chad Thomas, 4* Kiy Hester, 4* Anthony Moten, 4* Demetrius Jackson and various other 3* defensive recruits then Al’s philosophy/scheme has FAILED. Which such already bad track record from the past 3 years on the defense, 2014 will hold the key for future Elite defensive South FL recruits. If the “total defense” doesn’t start trending upward you might as well bring back the NCAA cloud. IMHO I think Al is trying to implement the New England Patriots defense which is not a bad thing if you have the personal to run to it. It’s time to win and show what your defensive philosophy made of, GO CANEZ

VA Cane

I really do like AG.....I have no problem with him checking on PSU job.....the man went to school there and he's from that part of the country....I am sure his parents and wifes parents live there. He showed a lot of character by working through a tough time. If I had an opportunity (I do right now)to double my money as an appraiser, I would leave my current position yesterday....and if they offer I am going....been a tough 4 years. I would never want to hold anyone back if it betters them.

Coker was a very nice man...very kind. Randy was a very good man, came up against a lot of odds.....he did not like people or society very much....but I liked him.

It is very hard to get a good coach and keep him. JJ was destined to move on....however he still considers himself a Cane first. I look at guys like him and Howard......if they only made more of them if the middle word in life! Butch was pretty damn good, but hard to pin down as he developed 2 championship teams here....one lost due to no fault of him....but he never made it in the NFL and UNC was never a powerhouse so to speak. Good coach. Erickson.....yes he won but it was handed to him on a silver platter just like Coker......and he really never understood how to keep the ship on course.....very undisciplined....but he did win.

Its a tough job. Lombardi, Noll, Walsh, Belichick, Bryant, Parcells, Gibbs, Halas, Madden, JJ, Howard, Saban....they know how to coach, to get the best out of what they have. Carroll has done very well...Urban...I do not care for him but he recruits and he wins....no denying. The bottom line for me is you have to know what it takes to WIN. I hate losing...HATE it.

Vince said" winning isn't everything, wanting to win is the only thing". Earnhardt "when you finish second, you are just the first to lose".

You have to be able to convey, to teach winning. From a perfect stance to the most complex aspects of the 46D and the modern passing game, it has to start with you. You build a foundation on correct fundamental football....and you build it for a long time.....then you add the ornamentation. From an appraisers point of view.....a million dollar home is only as good as its foundation, cause it holds up all the fabulous array of color and ornamentation. Its how you build a dynasty, a legacy.

As a coach, I am nowhere near any of the great I mentioned....all I have mentioned...every one. I will say that my kids are fundamentally sound, learn my way and execute it, do as they are told and succeed in life. I try to convey the lessons we learn on the field to the HUGE game off the field that is much harder. My kids have won a lot of games and titles...both on and off the field. They did it so 100% credit to them. I am proud to say I coached them....and I think I did a pretty good job teaching....and I am not finished my lifes work by far. These are just my opinions; if I got a toe or two please forgive me...and I apologize for the length I was just thinking aloud...

SOUP

BTW...I wanted to make a comment about all of the GREAT blogging on Canespace lately. Many have contributed and I am really proud of that. At the same time we ALL have to be careful about the personal attacks which have NO place here on Da Space.

It is entirely possible to state your case and make your point without having to discredit another's point of view. In fact I would offer that if the only way U can make your point is to discredit another then your position is weak.

If your argument cannot stand on it's own merits without having to bash another blogger then maybe U need to reconsider your position and make a more valid argument or gather more facts to support it?

The Canespace Way: Attack IDEAS, not each other! IJS

SOUP

Grading what we got:

DT = B+
DE = B+
LB = C
S = B
CB = D+
QB = B+
RB = C+ (only because we didn't get more depth)
WR = C
TE = C
OL = B+

This concludes my evaluations.

Posted by: herbieibis | February 06, 2014 at 01:55 PM

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE OTHER BLOGGER'S GRADES FOR THE 2014 CLASS?

fran

Vacane no need to apologze everything you say followes what my sons heard while exceeding their physical ability with great effort @ age group coaching in Miami Lakes and then Cooper City high school one in football one in baseball & soccer.
Appreciate all "U" do
Fran in debary

CGNC

The new stadium will get loud and crazy too, but the team has to perform better for people to want to go and see them.

Posted by: CGNC | February 07, 2014 at 07:03 PM

There IT is right there.

Posted by: SOUP | February 07, 2014 at 08:12 PM

Yeah was there for a night game we won against V-Tech - Sam Shields was on special teams then - it was LOUD!!!

SOUP

FROM BLU: STARS WAITING TO SHINE

• Jamal Adjamah, RB, Hialeah Mater Academy. If you told anyone when he was a freshman that this would be a player that would not be inking his name to a scholarship on NSD, nobody would ever believe it. Grades, talent and so much potential when he began at Southridge. If you watch him play, he still has everything he had before.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2775184/highlights/75358380

The Dude

Herbie,

What if Gray gets in as a RB? Then would you like the depth at RB?

SOUP

SOUNDS LIKE HE COULD BE A NT?

Nathan Kirchmier, OL, American Heritage – Plantation: Here is a very surprising NSD prospect without a place to land. If you’ve watched him perform, you understand that someone is missing out here. At 6-3, 300, he has plenty of size and athleticism. Won a state title this past year and has a 5.2 GPA. What are we waiting for, here?

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/904096/nathan-kirchmier

The Dude

It would be hard to give a good grade at RB and WR considering the talent pool in S. FL this year. We missed on some really talented guys.

Go Canes

If a consensus top 9-12 class gets a C average, I'd hate to see our GPA if had ranked 15-20.

Terrance Sullivan

Great stuff as always TonyCane. It's really puts things in perspective.

VA Cane

TY Fran, I appreciate your support. I love this site; it is the only place I have blogged on that you can talk about our Canes....and life. There are anxious moments....and I know I have stepped on toes more than once....but we do regulate ourselves fairly well....with the gracious help of The Boss.

I am 55 years old, and football has been a huge part of my life. Dad, Uncle Godfather all were pros....sadly I never made it....I was a Rohan wannabe....about 15 yrs too early...my first baby pic my Pop had a football in my hands. Fortunately for me my Dad was not a monster like Todd Marinovichs dad....I learned the fundamentals and skills...but school was always first. I guess I been at it for that long....well I started playing at 7....so 48 yrs....sadly I only played 11 years my career was over at 19...but 36 years of coaching has been grand....and I can say that my KIDS have been the ones who have achieved mightily; (Together Everyone Achieves Mightily)I have been very blessed by The Almighty to have been along for the ride....its been wonderful.

This place is so great; each person contributes to our TEAM.....and while I err and slip up with my words...everyone welcomes me and allows me to speak. You do not find that in life very often....hence I am grateful to each of you for being part of my CS family. Blog on wonderful people!!!!

BigWindyCane1

I hope Gray qualifies because he is a beast. Graycan play RB, and can play right away and contribute. I saw him play against the best, and he cannot be stopped.

TJL

Mine based on what we GOT not who didn't come:

DT = B+
DE = A (the 2 Booker T guys make this an A)
LB = B
S = B+
CB = C (only one with suspect speed)
QB = A (only for Kaaya) Its astounding to me we go to Bama and get a 3* with NO SEC offers and we don't offer 4* Winky Flowers from Jackson. We also screw up the recruitment of Treon
RB = A+ (got a 5* nuff said)
WR = B
TE = B-
OL = A (the three best in the tri-county area)

30CINCO

As far as the grades for the positions, I would agree with TJL.

We had positions at DT, OL, LB that needed to be addressed, we did. The guys that wanted to be here, I like. Grade on meeting needs A-.

Lots of guys can contribute early in ST or as backups. Quality guys that can be starters in the future.

Overall grade for class : B++

SOUP

You do not find that in life very often...hence I am grateful to each of you for being part of my CS family. Blog on wonderful people!!!!

Posted by: VA Cane | February 08, 2014 at 01:39 PM

There IT is right there.

VA Cane

I think you guys have the grades pretty close....what may interest me more than grades/stars is who will be able to come in and contribute immediately and will there be a change in O/D scheming.....to an aggressive attack mode (vs the Charmin ass wipe mode u soft) that will allow young talent to contribute.....we brought in good talent....but can we refine and sharpen their fundamentals and fit them into a dynamic attack and get positive contributions resulting in major success? We will see

TonyCane

Thanks for the comments, all.

Whatever ranking the player has, each one needs to come in and play to their maximum potential. Looking back at Bridgewater for instance, he was an (upper) 5 star player, yet came in ranked as a 4-star quarterback. And Manziel I believe had a 3-star ranking.

RCCF

I must say I feel waaaaaaaaaaaay better about our LB play even before they have touched the field…I really believe that they make HUGE strides and what is so wrong with putting DP52 in the middle besides height he is the smartest LB we have why not take advantage of it?

DL- I am thinking Chick permanently moves inside bulks a little more and the additions will help I still think maybe one OL may need to flip to DL…

DB- Did a GREAT job adding kids here way2go CANES
Offense didn't need a grade because well they are not the issue if Seattle's SB win proved nothing it proved that DEFENSE is what U need the Offense will shine in short positioning via DEFENSE…

small steps I mean I feel we are getting better but it starts with being honest with the deficiencies of the coaches and kids…put kids in position to win nothing else..if the 3-4 (swiss cheese) doesn't work Hey Genius the 4-3 wasn't broke…

12%Bus is ready to ride Optimism over All Love Winning Expect No Loses…

also shameless plug Esquire Network Friday Night Tykes GREAT show… I pick the NE Colts to take it all..(all the winning teams mock the U)..

RCCF

Go Canes

@mattyports: #Canes (11-12, 2-8 ACC) have lost seven games by five points or less.

SOUP

Go...IMHO Larranaga is working miracles just to keep this team in the games until the end with a chance to win.

Go Canes

@OS_Recruiting: Orlando Lake Nona WR Deondre Farrier gets offer from #Miami #Canes #UM
@iBe_Spacely
http://t.co/MKlem2KzvF

Go Canes

Agree 100%. He's one of the best.

raizecane

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE OTHER BLOGGER'S GRADES FOR THE 2014 CLASS?

Posted by: SOUP | February 08, 2014 at 12:54 PM

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IMO - giving out grades now is like giving a student a grade on a homework assignment before they turn it in. I will give my grades AFTER they have put some work in.

trianglecane

I am not confident we will get terrence gibson. He would have to wait three years before he would play. For this reason I think uf, fsu, or osu would be more attractive. Hope im wrong.

CaneRock

IMO - giving out grades now is like giving a student a grade on a homework assignment before they turn it in. I will give my grades AFTER they have put some work in.

Posted by: raizecane | February 08, 2014 at 05:22 PM

YUP!

CaneRock

On another note...ya'll don't think it's funny that Buffalo ended up with Khalil Mack, and we ended up with Jimmy Gaines...

Ohio_Cane

If Torrance Gibson doesn't go to UM or OSU, he's heading to Auburn.

Ohio_Cane

2015 QB Nick Tiano offered

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1548759/nick-tiano

Nick Tiano, Tenn, 6-5 228

We're his first offer.

Ohio_Cane

From CIS:

2015 DE Russell Ude

2015 4* SDE Russell Ude from Georgia is planning on visiting Miami soon according to Rivals.

"Miami has been showing a whole lot of love lately," Ude said. "Coach Al Golden is handling my recruiting along with Coach Franklin and they're staying on me every day. I hear from at least one of them every day."

Article: http://miami.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1607516
Film: YouTube Video:

Looks like he plays in an odd front in high school. I saw him at the 3, 5 and he stood up a few times. I would imagine with the lack of big bodies in South Florida in 2015 we are going to have to recruit nationally for our d-line.

jsy

Tony cane

how does our stars match up against duke, vt, and Louisville?

RBLCane

[]_[]!!!

Hassan

DT = B we lost out on a great one but got bigger and stronger
DE = A we got the best one in the country
LB = B+ Size and speed
S = B A couple solid looking players
CB = D- One guy, lost out big time on some locals
QB = A We got the best in the country
RB = A We got one of the best ever in Dade County
WR = B- Not sure how these projects will develop, Berrios is excellent
TE = A Considering our depth chart we have 2 kids that could be elite soon.
OL = A We got the best from SFLA what more could you ask for?

Ohio_Cane

@TheStateOfTheU: ICYMI earlier, NEW SOTU: Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Look Ahead: Offensive targets in 2015 #Canes http://t.co/x7EElUiPzb

SOUP

Blog = C-

The Dude

That's harsh SOUP.

SOUP

Dude...it is what it is?

hitter

### Encouraging news for those who want to see UM blitz more and play more man coverage: Al Golden said last week UM will be more aggressive in its defensive approach this season.

Here's how Golden answered when WQAM’s Channing Crowder asked Golden what he says to people who criticize him about his loyalty to defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio.

"It doesn't have anything to do with my loyalty to D'Onofrio," he said. "It has to do with: We were better this year than last year. And two seasons ago we played 14 or 15 freshmen on defense. Now we're
better. We've been trying to add to that and improve on defense during a very difficult time.

"Here's what our defense was good enough to do last year: They were good enough to win nine. Now we've got to get better and win more games. The offense wasn't good on third down [or] time of possession. Both of those directly impact defense.

"Anybody who wants to blitz and play cover 1, who wouldn't want to do that? We feel we have a group here that is going to allow us to be more aggressive. The deeper you are, the more athletic you are, the more things you can do.

"You can call all the pressers you want. If your fourth and fifth [rushers] aren't getting there, someone is hung out to dry down the field. We've made a lot of progress there, adding 14 guys [on defense] that can help us. Most of our guys that had interceptions, sacks, caused fumbles are returning. Why would we abort right now?"

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/


Golden thinks we don't know!

Go Canes

I agree with Hassan's grades right down the line.

SinisterCane

The defense won nine games???? didn't know Duke Johnson played defense. It seem every time now someone questions Al about NOFENSE he always take a jab at the offense

BEERicane

"It doesn't have anything to do with my loyalty to D'Onofrio,"

This is something a person who is defensive about loyalty would say.

trianglecane

*torrence* my bag.

dj moonbat

What I'm curious to see is whether they'll stop running so much Cover 4 once there's been an upgrade at safety.

It may be that D'Onofrio simply couldn't ever trust Highsmith/Rogers to diagnose a play, and had to just give them their quarter of the field and hope for the best. He had to do SOMEthing to limit those guys' significant liabilities.

I'm in the middle of the morning's second cup of coffee, so I'm feeling generous right now; maybe by this afternoon I'll be back to thinking it's all D'No's fault again. But right now, I'm thinking that although the changes in the front seven are going to make a big difference in the LEVEL of play, the incoming safeties actually offer the opportunity to change the defense's whole STYLE of play -- assuming that D'Onofrio is actually interested in doing that.

We may have to wait a couple years to find out, of course. It wouldn't be fair to fire anybody until then, naturally.

BigWindyCane1

Before D-No the Canes always had a top ACC defense. Even when the offenses struggled, the Canes defenses were solid.

If D-No's defense does not get a whole lot better by mid-season,then Golden will have no choice but to make some drastic changes or people will call for Golden to also go.

Golden missed on a couple of recruits, but they still got some really good players and a top 12 recruiting class. That should be enough to develop this team into a real contender for the ACC championship. Many good coaches would druel over the opportunity to coach these players.
The defense will have to be at least a top 5 ACC defense, or the Canes will struggle. The Canes will have more talent than any team they play except FSU. It's time for Golden and D-No to give us a Canes defense we are accustomed to.

Ohio_Cane


*torrence* my bag.

Posted by: trianglecane | February 09, 2014 at 09:41 AM
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LOL! This cracked me up. Love auto correct.

BigWindyCane1

I love CaneRock's comments about Khalil Mack and Jimmy Gaines. LOL! That says it all! I am still optimistic that Golden will reverse that and identify good players and recruit them to the Canes. I can vouch for the local talent he recruited because they are
Good players.

Go Canes

I agree with dj's post 100%.

SOUP

Golden: "Most of our guys that had interceptions, sacks, caused fumbles are returning. Why would we abort right now?"

Me: "Do U REALLY want the bloggers here to count the ways?"

Careful what U ask for!

CaneRock

What I'm curious to see is whether they'll stop running so much Cover 4 once there's been an upgrade at safety.

It may be that D'Onofrio simply couldn't ever trust Highsmith/Rogers to diagnose a play, and had to just give them their quarter of the field and hope for the best. He had to do SOMEthing to limit those guys' significant liabilities.

Posted by: dj moonbat | February 09, 2014 at 10:17 AM

http://coachjbird.blogspot.com/2013/08/finallydefense-some-defensive-ideas-and.html

j.w.

Happy Sunday, Canes fans. Named my kid's 8U softball team the Hurricanes after we selected green jerseys. They're a little darker than the Canes version, and we have black shorts/pants and hats, but it'll due. Now to find some Orange and Green socks to complete the look.

dj moonbat

I agree with dj's post 100%.

Posted by: Go Canes | February 09, 2014 at 10:55 AM


I'll assume that you are not adopting my usage of irony right there at the end re: when it becomes fair to fire defensive coaches.

Go Canes

I will just take you literally.

Check out the 1:48 mark of this highlight if you want to further illustrate your point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWs-9RpyLMA

LB

I have no idea about the talent. I'll leave that for the gazers. But going from the EE's, it seems those fellows are productive. So from a numbers standpoint (the totality of the team).

QB- Love it. This is Golden's strongest suit. He addressed it quickly, and the numbers haven't let up. If Kaaya can compete, that's three legit contenders to start. Team Grade: B- (since there isn't a proven starter).

RB- Love the starter (Duke), uncertain about the depth. New guy (Yearby) was productive. We lose Hagens, which no one is talking about. We need a big back. Grade: C (presuming Duke is health).

WR- The rich get richer. Losing Hurns will be offset with the emergence of Coley and the addition of productive newcomers (Berrios, Njoku). Grade: B.

TE- I'm not sold on Walford. I think Sandland can be productive, but he needs the attempts. We'll see. Grade: C.

OL- Kehoe is a beast, and his line is productive all three years. The freshmen look ready to kill. Grade: A.

DL- Pathetic production thanks to the coordinator. The newcomers look great, but I don't know if they can produce in spite of #DaffyDefense. Grade: D+.

LB- Kirby will be an upgrade from Gaines. Perryman remains. Figeroua should be better with an extra year, and the freshmen are productive. But again, D'Onofrio's #DaffyDefense knocks this grade down at least two letters. Grade: C-.

DB- Love the talent, hate the coordinator. Getting another productive safety helps. Grade: C.

ST- Not sold at all on the kicker. Losing O'Donnell will suck. Returners will always be in good supply at UM. Grade: C.

VA Cane

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Al Golden said last week UM will be more aggressive in its defensive approach this season.Here's how Golden answered when WQAM’s Channing Crowder asked Golden what he says to people who criticize him about his loyalty to defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio.

"It doesn't have anything to do with my loyalty to D'Onofrio," he said. "It has to do with: We we will be much better because I have fired Mark, and I am bring in VA Country Azz Cane; there is no doubt he is the best in the business and we are elated he chose Miami over Alabama and Ohio State. We got him in a bargain deal due to his love of Miami football; he calls it his dream job.

LB

From what I've been told privately, to what we've seen & heard publicly... I have absolutely no issues in condemning D'Onofrio, and wanting to smack Golden for keeping that idiot.

#DaffyDefense

dj moonbat

Check out the 1:48 mark of this highlight if you want to further illustrate your point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWs-9RpyLMA

Posted by: Go Canes | February 09, 2014 at 11:34 AM


That clip won't exactly show up on a highlight reel for Ray Lewis III, either.

CaneRock

"Here's what our defense was good enough to do last year: They were good enough to win nine. Now we've got to get better and win more games."

I hope He didn't mean that the defense SOLELY was responsible for those wins? Last I checked, there are 6 units on a football team...Offense,Defense,Kick Off Coverage,Kick Off Return,FG, & FG Coverage.


"The offense wasn't good on third down [or] time of possession. Both of those directly impact defense."

If you say you "have a group that's gonna allow you to be more aggressive", time of possession, and 3rd downs, can NOT! be an excuse MOVING FORWARD! Even the greatest team ever assembled in CFB, had an off day against BC in 2001. Like I've said before, EVERYTHING! has to be PERFECT! for His "buddy" to succeed.

dj moonbat

"The offense wasn't good on third down [or] time of possession. Both of those directly impact defense."

If you say you "have a group that's gonna allow you to be more aggressive", time of possession, and 3rd downs, can NOT! be an excuse MOVING FORWARD!

Posted by: CaneRock | February 09, 2014 at 12:07 PM


Just an interesting note here: in 2008, Miami was ranked 102nd in the nation in 3rd down conversion pct. (This year it was 96.)

The defense in 2008 was ranked 28th in total defense. (This year it was 89th.)

"Aha!" you're probably saying. "They did that with monsters on defense." Go look 'em up.

VA Cane

Well put about BC CR.....the defense saved the day Ed and the boys sure did.!!!

No unit wins 9 games, it takes all 3. We were lucky enough that the offense had pretty good moments against very average teams. I will give them kudos against FL....but it was still bend do not break. We were lucky overall to win 9 games several of them could have been losses.

I really see the problem as 1 the scheme, 2 the coaching and 3 the players.

Until you get a Wilfork, go 4-3. I like the 4-3 as it puts 4 on the line which immediately allows for more clutter against the run and I think it gives the LBs a little more shield. We got to get up on the ball and be ready more....CR remember what we said? On the outside I want to go man as much as possible....if you get good ones you can do it. I run man about 85%....but I got the guys. You don't know if you do not try man...he never gave the kids the chance. Other than FSU I did not think many teams had All Americans at WR. One of my big concerns is the use of hands.....my kids are very good with this...rips, pushing, grabbing and throwing....watch our guys especially Chick...he is belly to belly with the OT hands down trying to use brute force...don't work. Get into an attack scheme, go man....put the free safety man on the TE....and blitz...shit throw a 46 set in and bring the heat....you got to put these kids in schemes that are dynamic, teach them the tricks and go for it. Why hold back? You got your ass handed to you all year in that soft zone....you gonna get beat in man at times....it the odds....but damn do something that's gonna get you off the field, get more TOS....be aggressive. You got good kids.....teach them dammit instead of stunting their development with this BLAH D. I really question AG and Dno real knowledge of real defensive football. I have a saying you D should be offensive....attackwise and attitude wise. My opponents respect my offense cause them know we are coming at them, and are tough to stop. My opponents fear my defense because they know how I have turned they into psychopathic assassins....and they are going to feel pain and get hurt. I do love to see skill people helped off the field; not dirty or cheap...low fast hard often with head up until the whistle...every play. Go Canes lets really play D this year...tired of u soft.....want to see U HATE

VA Cane

I will give a lot of credit to RS on D; he had very good defenses throughout his career as a player, DC and head coach. I thought RS did a good job with the D.....I think he could have hauled in even better defenders had he not bee a stick in the mud head up his ass kind of guy regarding kids and recruiting.

VA Cane

Tony if you have the time, how about some of the D stats of RS? I know you are quite the researcher....and I am curious how RS ranked on the national level and maybe compared to the AG era.....RS did a pretty damn good job with Defe4nse....tip o my hat to the old boy!!!!

dj moonbat

I will give a lot of credit to RS on D; he had very good defenses throughout his career as a player, DC and head coach. I thought RS did a good job with the D.....I think he could have hauled in even better defenders had he not bee a stick in the mud head up his ass kind of guy regarding kids and recruiting.

Posted by: VA Cane | February 09, 2014 at 12:28 PM


We don't agree on much, but I agree 100% with all this.

SOUP

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Arkansas: According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, former Tampa Bay Bucs assistant and Rutgers defensive coordinator Robb Smith has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Arkansas.

WHY NOT PROMOTE SHANNON?

dj moonbat

WHY NOT PROMOTE SHANNON?

Posted by: SOUP | February 09, 2014 at 12:54 PM


Oh, c'mon. There weren't many bigger Shannon supporters than myself, and even I recognize the man can't be a college HC. His personality deficits are just too severe.

But you knew that already.

SOUP

Orlando Sentinel Super 60:

1. Only DT on the entire list and he is comitted to UMass?

2. #2 on the list is RB Jacques Patrick. Miami is on him BIG time.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/recruiting/os-2015-central-florida-super60-20130825,0,5750946.htmlstory

dj moonbat

Oh, it's the D-Coord. job.. Huh.

SOUP

dj...it is NOT for HC it is for DC at Arky?

dj moonbat

dj...it is NOT for HC it is for DC at Arky?

Posted by: SOUP | February 09, 2014 at 01:00 PM


Yeah, I got that a second after clicking 'Post'. I hate when that happens...

Go Canes

@LukeStampini: WR Jovon Durante "85% committed" to WVU. Miami coming after him the hardest. http://t.co/Kz4UMgLNhI

SOUP

It’s hard to imagine Jacques Patrick not being in a league of his own. The Timber Creek running back has 49 — so far — major universities eager to see him play football at their respective institutions.

Logic might tell you the phenom Patrick, who’s first college scholarship offer came from Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher when he was 15 years old, is the obvious choice for the Sentinel’s 2015 Central Florida Super60’s top player.

Well, he was, but he’s been unseated.

As a matter of fact every high school football player in the state of Florida is taking a back seat to Martez Ivey, the offensive lineman extraordinaire who has become the target of college scouts everywhere.

The Apopka tackle comes in at No.1 in the Sentinel’s debut of the 2015 Florida Top 100, and, of course, also sits atop the Central Florida Super60 in this latest update.

SOUP

The more coaches see Deondre Farrier's highlight reel, the more his offer list keeps piling up.

Miami is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, and as the offers have piled up Farrier started to second-guess his early commitment to USF. He committed to USF in December, but recently decommitted from the Bulls following an offer from Florida on Jan. 2. He also has offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina, Kentucky, UMass, Memphis, Minnesota and Tulane.

The Hurricanes offered the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Orlando Lake Nona wide receiver on Wednesday. While seniors were signing, Miami coaches were reaching out to juniors.
Farrier talked to running backs coach Hurlie Brown and wide receivers coach Brennan Carroll about his future.

Super Bowl photos: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8

"It was great. ... They told me they saw my highlight film and were very impressed," Farrier said. "They also told me they wanted me to be a part of their offense."

With the departure of Lake Nona's career receiving leader Ryan Sousa to the University of Florida, Farrier will take over the go-to role in the Lake Nona passing game next season. He will share those duties with fellow 2015 receiver Mehdi El Attrach (6-1, 190), another player who had a breakout year in 2013.

Both players will have the luxury of having 2015 quarterback Tucker Israel back for his senior season as well. Israel, who committed to Clemson on Monday, has to be happy with his remaining arsenal, to which head coach Anthony Paradiso will surely add others, like junior Chad Maycumber (5-1, 170).

Last year, Farrier had 55 catches for 909 yards and seven touchdowns, after a sophomore season in which he caught 36 balls for 485 yards and three TDs.

CGNC

Posted by: VA Cane | February 09, 2014 at 11:57 AM

LOL!

SOUP

Camden County (Ga.) cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent, who signed a National Letter of Intent with Auburn on Wednesday, was arrested on felony drug charges Friday night in Nassau County (Fla.).

Bessent, according a report from AL.com, was arrested on possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession with intent. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Bessent was a teammate of UCF signee Chris Williams. Both players were committed to Alabama, but Bessent switched his pledge and signed with Auburn, and Williams flipped to UCF earlier this week.

SOUP

Class of 2014 Recruiting Losers:

UCLA – The Bruins thought they had a chance at Adoree Jackson. He went to USC. They thought they might get Malachi Dupre. He went to LSU. They hoped to get Budda Baker. He went to Washington. It was still a good class for Jim Mora (ranked 18th), but he swung for the fences a few times and whiffed.

Michigan – The Wolverines felt the effects of a disappointing 7-6 season and their class slumped to 31st in the national rankings. Michigan needs some instant help this fall and, outside of top corner Jabril Peppers, it fell short.

Virginia Tech – The Hokies received a major blow when top DT Derrick Nnadi signed with FSU. They missed out on Isaiah McKenzie, who signed with Georgia. A top receiver commit, Javon Harrison, also jumped ship to sign with the Seminoles. Overall, the Hokies finished 25th nationally but could’ve finished much higher with a stronger signing day.

Willie Will in Nashville

The question I wanna know is...

Why is this class suppose to be better than the 2012 class?

VA Cane

We don't agree on much, but I agree 100% with all this

I thought it only fair to note this as he DID do a pretty good job with D as DC and as HC as it WAS his D that did well. I dint know we disagreed on so much....but that is cool as I will always respect and read your comments. You make a lot of good ones my friend!!!

CGNC thought you might like that little blip....that is a REAL joke huh?

SOUP

Why is this class suppose to be better than the 2012 class?

Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | February 09, 2014 at 02:00 PM

Because somebody said so?

They have bigger biceps?

They wear really cool shoes?

VA Cane

I think you guys in FL are quite familiar with these kids and are more qualified to grade them. I look at the highlights wherever possible, but for me I find it easier to get an idea when I see them live, once in the system....so I rely on your ideas opinions etc.

I think areas the new guys can help immediately will be on the O line and just about everywhere on D. The kids on the line are good sized and Kehoe will feed them gunpowder to get them ready. On D I think they can help if 3 things happen....get into the attack mode got to stop soft u....continue to work fundamentals teach new skills to go with their talent....not be afraid or unsure to let them get their feet wet....get them in the games regardless of who we play...JMO

CaneRock


Just an interesting note here: in 2008, Miami was ranked 102nd in the nation in 3rd down conversion pct. (This year it was 96.)

The defense in 2008 was ranked 28th in total defense. (This year it was 89th.)

"Aha!" you're probably saying. "They did that with monsters on defense." Go look 'em up.

Posted by: dj moonbat | February 09, 2014 at 12:20 PM

And if I'm not mistaken, the 2001 team was near the bottom for TOP (Time Of Possession).

At the end of the day, the only time TOP means anything, is if you don't score...if you don't give your defense points to work with. It's like saying we shouldn't go over the top for TDs...or that Duke should slide if He has a chance for a 60 yd TD...THAT'S CRAZY TALK!

Willie Will in Nashville

Why is this class suppose to be better than the 2012 class?

Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | February 09, 2014 at 02:00 PM

Because somebody said so?

They have bigger biceps?

They wear really cool shoes?

Posted by: SOUP | February 09, 2014 at 02:10 PM

That makes sense! Thanks Soup lol

TonyCane

Sorry, but Miami's defense had been subpar per their overall standards since 2007. 2006 was the last year that we had a defense that gave up less than 20 points a game.

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