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November 20, 2013

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LA3

It seems like every time we get burnt on a play, AJ Highsmith is near. I hold no ill will towards him, but I'm glad he's gone after this year.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | November 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Golden and d'no says he plays mistake free

Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | November 22, 2013 at 01:16 PM

HE IS NEVER CLOSE ENOUGH TO MAKE PAY....thus no mistake!

SOUP

NEW BLOG IS UP!

CaneRock

Funny we wanna point out Highsmith in the UVA game, but we don't point out that Curtis Porter had to cover a SCAT-BACK on UVA's game winning TD!..THAT'S COACHING! And while I think Jenkins will be a good S here, He's PHUCKEDUP! waaaaaaay more than Highsmith in the last 2 games.

PS: Put the "sucks" label on some of the DUMASSES! that squandered and opportunity, and got kicked outta here, NOT! on a kid who's about to walk outta UM with 2 degrees!

UMike

I think they could have helped out in the Duke game since we needed a shoot out to have a chance to win.

Posted by: Meast | November 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

or at least to maintain possession longer and keep Duke's offense off the field

Posted by: CGNC | November 22, 2013 at 02:42 PM

yea..everyone knows a key to beating Duke is keeping their high powered offense off the field lol

CGNC


I think they could have helped out in the Duke game since we needed a shoot out to have a chance to win.

Posted by: Meast | November 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

or at least to maintain possession longer and keep Duke's offense off the field

UMike

With just over two minutes left in the game against Florida, and the Gators about to try an onside kick, Eduardo Clements looked up and “saw guys staring blankly” at the play card coach Al Golden was showing them.

A.J. Highsmith wasn’t one of them.

While Clements, a senior who had never been on the “hands team” that deals with those kicks, was convincing Golden to put him on the field, fellow savvy senior Highsmith was moments away from making one of the biggest plays of his career.

Gators kicker Austin Hardin booted the 15-yard bouncer and Highsmith smothered the ball, refusing to budge while UF players were trying to strip it away.

“What could be more valuable than what he did on the hands team last week?” Golden said Monday of Highsmith. “It’s not just what you guys see in the outcome, it’s what happens in the huddle beforehand and the poise and the presence and intelligence he has; and to be able to adapt in the huddle and say, ‘OK, guys. Here’s what we have to do.’ It’s not like you see a lot of onside kicks from Florida.

“It was great to see Alonzo step up and do what he did.”

Highsmith, who started his UM career in 2009 as a backup quarterback and switched to safety in 2011, is more than the heart of the 16th-ranked Hurricanes (2-0). He’s one of the brains, too.

Coaches and players point to his intellect on and off the field, and how he has become an unofficial player-coach of sorts, while still competing on special teams and in about 30 plays a game at safety.

“He’s one of the smartest players on defense,” Clements said. “He knows everything — every call, how to get the defense lined up. He’s in the right place at the right time every time, and he’s a guy you can rely on. Coaches are going to die with a guy like that.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/17/3631398/stepping-up-to-challenge.html#storylink=cpy

SOUP

UMike...I think it was Rodgers not Highsmith they were referring to when they said something like "He gets people lined up correctly."

UMike

Or maybe months ago..I know they were giving him a lot of praise about how smart he is and how is a coach in the huddle etc etc

UMike

Those may no have been the exact words..but something close lol

UMike

Ohio..they did say it..I think there was an article on MH about it a few weeks back or so.

Ohio_Cane

Show me where Golden or D'No said Highsmith plays mistake free and I'll start a petition right now to have both of them fired.

Meast

Golden and d'no says he plays mistake free

Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | November 22, 2013 at 01:16 PM
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I call BS.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | November 22, 2013 at 01:55 PM


Probably mistake free to not single him out to everybody.

What I have been thinking is that are some of the guys on the team that good? It's weird to explain but maybe we think they are better than what they really are. I'm mostly talking about the Shannon guys because I have never seen somebody miss that much on defense like he did. The guys that struggle are at key positions. DT, LB, FS, SS. Maybe his evaluations were just that bad but we are just thinking they are better than other schools because they play for UM. Since they didn't develop as players, they have remained stagnant and haven't improved. Yet we think they are still better than what they are. IDK, just a random thought that I have been thinking lately.

Does anybody get me? Lol.

Ohio_Cane

Golden and d'no says he plays mistake free

Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | November 22, 2013 at 01:16 PM
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I call BS.

SOUP

I AM GOING DEEP!

Sombody save me...

SOUP

COACHING
Steve Wilks is in his second year as Carolina's secondary coach and pass defense coordinator in 2013. Despite dealing with injuries throughout the season in 2012, he helped the Panthers pass defense improve from 24th in 2011 to 13th en route to an overall ranking of 10th in the NFL in total defense.

Veteran safety Charles Godfrey led a group that received contributions from a number of young players as rookies D.J. Campbell and Josh Norman and second-year players Josh Thomas and James Dockery combined to start 22 games. The secondary propelled the Panthers to a first-place finish in the NFL in average yards after catch, limited opponents to 38 pass plays of 20-or-more yards - which equaled the third fewest in the league - and tied a team record with three interception returns for touchdowns.

Wilks, a Charlotte native, returned home to Carolina from the San Diego Chargers, where he oversaw the secondary from 2009-11. He was promoted to assistant head coach-secondary in 2011 from secondary coach. The Chargers' pass defense vastly improved under Wilks' guidance. Prior to his arrival, San Diego ranked 31st in the NFL against the pass but jumped to 11th in 2009, first 2010 and 13th in 2011.

In 2010, Wilks and then San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera formed a formidable duo when the Chargers led the NFL in total defense and pass defense. San Diego limited opponents to a 76.2 passer rating, the fourth lowest in the league, and allowed 18 touchdown passes, the fifth fewest in the NFL.

He came to San Diego following three seasons as defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears. One of Wilks' strengths while with the Bears was his emphasis on creating turnovers.

From 2006-08, cornerbacks and safeties accounted for 42 of the team's 62 interceptions, including 16 in 2006 when Chicago - with Rivera as defensive coordinator - led the NFL with 44 takeaways, won the NFC Championship and advanced to Super Bowl XLI. The Bears' defensive backs also forced 20 fumbles during Wilks' tenure, the most in the NFL in that span.

SOUP

COACHING
Sean McDermott is in his third season as the Panthers' defensive coordinator in 2013. Facing stiff competition throughout the 2012 campaign with 11 of 16 games against opponents that finished in the top 15 in the NFL in total offense, including nine in the top 10, Carolina rated 10th in the league in total defense - an 18-spot improvement from 2011.

Despite ending the year with seven starters or significant contributors on injured reserve, the Panthers ranked in the top 10 in many defensive categories - including sacks, third-down conversion percentage, yards after catch, plays of 20-or-more yards allowed, and negative plays created. Carolina also tied a team record with three interception returns for touchdowns, the first time since 2007 that the team had multiple defensive scores in a season.

McDermott's unit played its best down the stretch, rising from 24th in total defense after four games to its final ranking of 10th. Over the season's final 13 weeks, the Panthers ranked sixth in total defense, eighth against the run and 11th against the pass, yielding 312.8 yards per game - 101.8 rushing and 211.0 passing.

An integral part of the defense's success was rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly, who earned Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after leading the league in tackles with a franchise record 205.

SOUP

DON'T LOOK NOW BUT:

A 23-year coaching veteran in the collegiate ranks Wesley McGriff joined the Saints during the 2013 offseason as the team’s secondary coach.

McGriff spent 2012 as co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks at the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss finished second in the Southeastern Conference and in the top 15 in the NCAA in tackles for a loss per game (7.7) and sacks per game (2.8). Linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America Team and SEC All-Freshman team, defensive tackle Isaac Gross earned conference All-Freshman honors from league coaches and was named to the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America first team and safety Trae Elston was named to the ESPN SEC All-Freshman team.

Prior to joining the Rebels, McGriff spent one season as defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, where he helped the Commodores to only their fifth all-time appearance in a bowl. His secondary produced 12 interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. McGriff helped defensive back Casey Hayward to become the first Vanderbilt All-American in four years, posting seven interceptions, the third-highest single-season total ever by a Commodore.

Before moving to Nashville, McGriff spent four seasons as the secondary coach at the University of Miami (Fla.). In 2010, the Hurricanes ranked second in the nation in pass defense, allowing just 164.3 yards per game. The Miami defense finished the season ranked 16th nationally and 21st in scoring defense. In 2009, the Hurricanes ranked 29th in total defense, as he tutored All-America defensive back Brandon Harris. McGriff also tutored current Philadelphia Eagles safety Kenny Phillips and Green Bay Packers defensive back Sam Shields. Phillips was named an All-American before becoming a first-round selection of the New York Giants in 2008.

WWIN

It seems like every time we get burnt on a play, AJ Highsmith is near. I hold no ill will towards him, but I'm glad he's gone after this year.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | November 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Golden and d'no says he plays mistake free

Ohio_Cane

Long list of recruits and from the list above, you would assume we are done. Only one player not committed is 60% or more and that's Dixon.

Posted by: herbieibis | November 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

herbie..we are not done yet. There will be 1 or 2 we loose out of current commits and we are still in play for Dixson, Cook, Hester and probably some JUCO's

Posted by: UMike | November 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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Not to mention that's just one guys opinions on how strong he thinks everyone is.

Def not done, as UMike said. I can see us getting 4-6 more commits and losing a couple to grades and flips.

SOUP

The New Orleans Saints added a coach with an aggressive coaching style to help implement a transition to a 3-4 alignment when they named Rob Ryan as the team’s defensive coordinator on February 9, 2013. Ryan arrives in New Orleans with 26 years of coaching experience, 15 in the NFL. Now in his 16th NFL season, he has spent the previous nine as a defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders (2004-08), Cleveland Browns (2009-10) and Dallas Cowboys (2011-12) and has four years of experience heading up defenses at the collegiate level.

UMike

Long list of recruits and from the list above, you would assume we are done. Only one player not committed is 60% or more and that's Dixon.

Posted by: herbieibis | November 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

herbie..we are not done yet. There will be 1 or 2 we loose out of current commits and we are still in play for Dixson, Cook, Hester and probably some JUCO's

SOUP

Golden acts like he owes them a depth of gratitude and plays them because of that.

Posted by: herbieibis | November 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

NAIL ON THE HEAD.

That is all.

Ohio_Cane

It's like he's getting paid to suck...

Sinistercane

If the Canes give 500 UF's to a team averaging 12 ppg then the defensive players have quit on NOFENSE

Ohio_Cane

Just saw this vid on CIS too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwk5tAhuk1I#t=67

Watch #30... Goodness.

UMike

I like Highsmith, he is smart, he obviously loves The U and he will always be a Cane..but he isnt a BCS level safety imo

Ohio_Cane

UMike,

First thing I looked up, I found this: http://i.imgur.com/QBlBzhD.jpg?1

Anyone remember that? Looks who's right there...

j.w.

Agree for the most part, Soup. All deadlines can be moved up little earlier depending on circumstances, and maybe they get an extra year or two under extraordinary circumstances (like Penn State currently). But the gist of it is absolutely correct.

UMike

Ohio..I could probably say that about a few players lol..I appreciate their time here and they will always be Canes..but it would be the end of the world if they were replaced lol

Ohio_Cane

It seems like every time we get burnt on a play, AJ Highsmith is near. I hold no ill will towards him, but I'm glad he's gone after this year.

herbieibis

These Shannon boys left on the roster were not going to be all world to begin with. Most of these guys were brought in for depth purposes or a last resort because we missed out on someone else. descent players but not a star among them. Golden acts like he owes them a depth of gratitude and plays them because of that. And no way we should be this bad on D with what we had coming back, period. Golden acts like we have only been bad on third downs, here lately, what games has he been watching. We've been bad all season.
Long list of recruits and from the list above, you would assume we are done. Only one player not committed is 60% or more and that's Dixon.

UMike

Ohio..same here..all that smack from USchool about Miami..I want BTW to just embarrass them lol

Ohio_Cane

UMike, agreed. I want BTW to shut them out. For no other reason than I'm a Canes fan and USchool are not.

UMike

And I would picked a Dade team over a Broward team any day lol..Although I lived in Broward when I got a little older, growing up in Opa-Locka and North Miami etc I was taught to not Broward. Im pretty sure the term was "cowards from Broward get sprayed in Dade" lol...Man Ive grown up a lot lol

SOUP

Williams originally gained his reputation as an innovator on defense during his first stint with the Titans/Oilers organization as defensive coordinator from 1997-2000. In his final season with Tennessee, the Titans finished first in total defense for the first and only time as an NFL club. The defense only allowed 191 points scored (11.9 per game) and recorded a franchise record 55 sacks. Over a two-year period of 1999-2000, Tennessee recorded 109 sacks and tallied 40 takeaways in 1999. During each of his four seasons as defensive coordinator for Tennessee, his units placed in the top 10 in rushing defense. Williams originally joined the Houston Oilers as a quality control coach in 1990. He stayed in that role for three seasons, before spending one season as special teams coach and three seasons as linebackers coach.

UMike

Ohio...I generally like all Dade Schools and South Florida schools...but my reasoning for that comment is Cane based lol

SOUP

Last year, despite fielding one of the youngest defenses in the NFL, the Titans ranked seventh in the NFL in interceptions (19) and 10th in sacks (39). Over the final seven games of the season, Tennessee ranked ninth in third-down defense, second in interceptions and fourth in sacks.

Ohio_Cane

Man I hope BTW blows the doors off U School tonight! lol

Posted by: UMike | November 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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Because you're a BTW fan, or because you're are Canes fan?

SOUP

I am so deep in reseacrh my entire home office floor is covered in paper printouts. I forgot where I started and where I am going with all of this? LOL

SOUP

But my biggest issue is that while we don't have all-world talent, we have enough talent to be better on D then we are.

Posted by: UMike | November 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

On this, I think, we ALL agree.

Meast

I agree UMike. We should not be allowing that many rushing yards and letting those guys put up those video game numbers. We should be no where near the bottom of the ACC on defense.

I also see it that some of those players were just not as good as many thought they would be. My biggest problem is that I don't think Porter, Highsmith, Rodgers, Gaines, Armbrister/Cornelius guys like that are any good. In 3 to 4 years, they have contributed nothing to this team except suit up. I just never saw it with the defensive players that Shannon brought in. Sometimes I feel that because a players wear a UM uniform, they should be better than most of the ACC talent but maybe that just isn't a case with most of these guys from the Shannon regime. He just wasn't a good recruiter towards the end of his HC tenure. Lazy and sloppy with the roster. I also think Golden had to take some guys in his previous classes just to have bodies and then booted them as soon as more depth was being created.

All in all, I just want to see UM win and I feel that this 2014 class is what will jumpstart everything.

UMike

D. Jackson just Tweeted "Sean White isn't a quarterback we fear over here"

Glad guys like this are coming aboard. Also, if you follow Bethel, all he talks about is shut outs, how they hate for teams to score etc etc..Im not sure we have guys on our D that passionate about playing D..maybe that is what Brooks meant by "nice guys"

jsy

U know I'm not a fan if dno but I really feel losing tommy motif was bigger than anyone ever recognized. He was the sc coach under butch and helped develop the early 2000s canes before going to lsu. It's interesting that our decline a few years after he left so all the guys he developed were gone and lsu rise begin after he got there and looking at lsu players the last few years compared to ours it's like boys to men. I know guys love Swasey and ppl love you tough but it's something to think about. If I was golden I would do all I could to get motif back first and foremost

UMike

Man I hope BTW blows the doors off U School tonight! lol

Go Canes

I agree if you put an asterik by year one and include the fact the head of the NCAA said the death penalty isn't off the table as they begin a three year investigation.

UMike

Meast...I agree with everything you said. In years past a guy like Highsmith would never see the field, and the same could probably be said for Rodgers. But my biggest issue is that while we don't have all-world talent, we have enough talent to be better on D then we are. I mean last and second to last in the ACC (in ACC play) in all D categories? That means UVA, Duke, WF etc etc have all played better D than Miami and in no way have more talent. I don't expect us to pitch shut outs every week, but poor offenses and average QB's and RB's shouldn't be putting up video game numbers against us.

Meast

I look at the UM team and just think that it is a combination of scheme and talent overall on the defensive side. Some of the guys I think should have no business being on any Miami team. I have said that repeatedly. We were an overrated team from the beginning. I'm not a fan of some of the starters on our team. Thats just me though.

Anyway, let us not forget that we don't have Duke or Dorsett. Duke undoubtedly is the best player on our team and whether you are a fan of Dorsett or not, he spreads the field and has been sure handed this year. I think they could have helped out in the Duke game since we needed a shoot out to have a chance to win.

UMike

I do think our post investigation recruiting is definitely getting it done though

UMike

If they arent getting it done at the end of year 3, and certainly year 4..there shouldnt be a year 5 imo

UMike

SOUP...yes I agree with the statement itself..

Ohio.. first, we are not 9-3 and there is no guarantee we will be. I like a 9-3 record, it is far better than what we have had recently, but when you lose 3 straight included 2 against teams we were suppose to beat, losing to Duke 18 etc etc etc.. that isn't getting it done. This schedule was tailor made for at worse a 10-2 record and spot in the ACCCG. If we were to finish 9-3 with losses to a legit top 10 Florida team, a legit top 2 team and lets say a close loss to a GT or VT then I would be happier lol...And we need to stop with the NCAA..the investigation has nothing to do with allowing Duke to rush for 300 yards lol

Meast

How many here agree with this statement:

A new head coach...

In year one owns NONE of the team.

In year two they own SOME of it.

In year three they own MOST of it.

In year four they own ALL of it.

In year five they get it done or they can't do it.

Posted by: SOUP | November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Agreed. Owning MOST of it doesn't mean you'll be good. You just have to use the guys that you inherited. Personally I will judge Golden when the ENTIRE roster is his and if the team is progressing with the guys that aren't his.

UpNorthCane27

How many here agree with this statement:

A new head coach...

In year one owns NONE of the team.

In year two they own SOME of it.

In year three they own MOST of it.

In year four they own ALL of it.

In year five they get it done or they can't do it.

Posted by: SOUP | November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM


Soup you just said it best end of discussion my brotha!!

VA Cane

Agree Soup......I am totally responsible for whatever happens on the field with my kids; win lose or draw I have to deal with, accept and change when need be. Just the way it is. Now my guys execute and are responsible for the wins totally....I am just the guy who has the reigns and lead them to that water......they have chosen to drink long and deep from the well of winning!!!!!

I know if I saw UM the last 3 games, how the players play, the scheme plan is executed and how coaching has responded on both sides of the ball......I would really think about my future. # game embarrassment putting dimmer on the season makes us look just like all the other generic teams since 2003.....generic, median, average.....take it if you like it. I WANT and HAVE to be champion every year....or at least think I was there, and want to be the best. There is no other way to think JMO

Ohio_Cane

If they own MOST of it..they should be getting it done in year 3 lol

Posted by: UMike | November 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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Is 9-3 and a bowl game post-three-year NCAA investigation not even close to "getting it done"?

SOUP

If they own MOST of it..they should be getting it done in year 3 lol

Posted by: UMike | November 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

That was NOT the question young man. Maintain your focus and please answer the question.

VA Cane

Tomorrow is D day. We play in the SB. I have never had such a prepared group of men. We have done fundamentals all week......stressing the importance....I told them about UM lack of fundamentals....my QB said "how can that be? how can guys that old not block and tackle"? I told them they have never been taught fundamentals, 40 times and press clippings, stars and 100 yd dash times, ratings from BS sites and stars and SWAG was what they are taught. My QB said "I thought UM was a hard school....if so why do their players play like idiots"!!!!! This is a 13 yr old kid seeing it!!!!

I told them you get to a point in your playing where you think basics do not matter are unimportant. I also said you have coaches who do not teach, but rely on things that do not work but they continue to believe they are working...its a process they say....LOL!!!

Well I know not how UM will address the serious flaws they have, but we are ready to win. We will win. We are physically, mentally and psychologically prepared. All we have to do is execute. We will run the ball all day, spread them out then double thrust with the run and pass. On D its 6 men going after the ball the qb the runners...they do not run much.....and 5 on 5 assault on WRs....we are going to beat, push, shove, bite kick whatever....but you do not get off easy. We call it Apocalypse Now time....its the end of the world for the pretty rich kids for suburbia they are walking into uncharted territory.....and will find out the hard lessons of TEAM football. Go Canes please beat UVA, cause we gonna win the SB for CS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UMike

How many here agree with this statement:

A new head coach...

In year one owns NONE of the team.

In year two they own SOME of it.

In year three they own MOST of it.

In year four they own ALL of it.

In year five they get it done or they can't do it.

Posted by: SOUP | November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

If they own MOST of it..they should be getting it done in year 3 lol

CalgaryCane

Posted by: SOUP | November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Aye.

VA Cane

The PROBLEM is, as others on this blog have stated so eloquently, while some recruits see a weak program that they can help rise back up with immediate playing time, I believe the truly "top" 4 and 5 star recruits see too many flaws in the coaching here to take the chance on their college careers by coming to this clusterf#*k of a system.

“Nobody on the defense makes you nervous,” he said. “They recruit the nice guys now.”

Roach and Nate combined thoughts make a lot of sense to me. We are getting talent that is over rated; they cannot block and tackle as it needs to be done. Too many nice guys on the field. Both O and D lack the dynamics required in the scheme to play the big dogs. Change is required to progress; if not live with it. I really think we need to look at the whole ball of wax people; schemes, coaching and players.....all have to get better.

Ohio_Cane

How many here agree with this statement:

A new head coach...

In year one owns NONE of the team.

In year two they own SOME of it.

In year three they own MOST of it.

In year four they own ALL of it.

In year five they get it done or they can't do it.

Posted by: SOUP | November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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100% correct.

SOUP

How many here agree with this statement:

A new head coach...

In year one owns NONE of the team.

In year two they own SOME of it.

In year three they own MOST of it.

In year four they own ALL of it.

In year five they get it done or they can't do it.

Account Deleted

All the D stats looked good compared to last season with the soft start to the schedule. TO's were up as well.

Once the tougher games showed the old D was exposed. No rush, no to's, no run or pass defense. Started with GT and headed south from there. WF and NC became a struggle.

Sack numbers show the same trend. If Va is really as bad as they appear the D will suddenly look better this week. Don't be fooled......

IraqiCane

Nate Brooks, who played defensive back from 1995-98, said the scheme would work if Miami had tougher, more talented players.

“Nobody on the defense makes you nervous,” he said. “They recruit the nice guys now.”


There it is...

UMike

For those of you on Twitter..follow @MsMiyayo305 ..smoking hot AND has Canes info and some inside stuff

UMike

Miami has dealt with many breakdowns throughout its three-game losing streak.

But one stands out among them all: the defense. In particular, the play up front. Miami has gone from respectable against the run to flat out bad during its losing skid and has not been able to get any pressure on the quarterback.

Miami is allowing an average of 100 yards more per game on the ground in its last three games compared to the first seven. Perhaps most concerning? There is no push into the backfield.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Canes have made contact with the opposing runner in the backfield on only 9 percent of rushes in the last three games, compared to 17 percent in the first seven games. And only 15 percent of opposing rushes have been for zero or negative yards in the last three games, compared to 23 percent in the first seven games. They have been much worse stopping the run up the middle, too. They are allowing 4.4 yards per rush inside the tackles in the last three games, compared to 3.1 in the first seven games.

"We've been on the field too long. We're not as good on third-down defense as we have been. We're not tackling as well," coach Al Golden said about his inconsistent run defense. "We haven't been taking the ball away. All of that is exacerbated by the fact we haven't been as good as we need to be on third-down offense."

There is no doubt the Miami offense can help out the defense by staying on the field longer. But that cannot be the only explanation for all the missed tackles, nor does it completely explain why sack production is down.

Miami had 22 sacks in the first seven games, compared to only four in the last three. Now granted, the Canes have doubled their sack total from a year ago, but they only have 10 in six conference games, the time of year when these stats matter most.

Indeed, when you take a look at where Miami stands in the ACC stats for conference games only, you understand how the Canes have fallen out of control in the Coastal Division. Miami ranks No. 14 in total defense, No. 13 in rushing defense, No. 12 in scoring defense, No. 14 in third-down conversion defense and tied for last in sacks.

These numbers look strikingly familiar to last season, when Miami had one of the worst total defenses in the country. Many have begun to again criticize defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio for the recent performance, leaving Golden to defend him to local reporters this week. Golden himself has taken heat from some fans, suddenly wondering about the direction of the program after a 7-0 start. Golden is 20-14 now as Miami coach. His predecessor, Randy Shannon, was 19-15 through his first 34 games.

It might not be entirely fair to compare, when you consider Shannon did not have to deal with the NCAA mess that Golden has since arriving on campus (although Shannon did have to deal with a dearth in talent left by his predecessor, Larry Coker). And Miami did self-impose a postseason ban that cost it a spot in the ACC title game a year ago. Still, Miami raised expectations this season after its unbeaten start culminated with a No. 7 BCS ranking. Miami was a tenuous No. 7 at best, given the close calls Miami survived to stay unbeaten.

However, allowing 549 yards at home to offensively challenged Virginia Tech and losing to Duke for the first time ever in ACC play cannot be acceptable for this program. The Hokies had 100 more yards of offense against the Canes than its next best output against an FBS team. And given all the advantages Miami has in football, there should never be a scenario where the Hurricanes lose to the Blue Devils. That loss could very well end up being the difference between winning the Coastal Division and staying at home Dec. 7.

Having said that, Miami still has a chance to win 10 games -- starting Saturday against Virginia. For the Hurricanes to get there, they need a much better effort all around. Most especially its defense.

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc

UMike

Michael Carvell (recruiting guy) is saying Miami will flip Cook.

Sinistercane

If only Al NOlen would stand up for his players like he does for his side b!tch NOFENSE. Get ready for another weekend of "don't blame NOd blame me or the players have to do a better job"

Coldcane

Soup Tsully...gimme a call please 407-346-8554

TJL

FSU=SEC:

http://deadspin.com/jameis-winston-isnt-the-only-problem-here-an-fsu-teac-1467707410

UMike


Cook OV to Miami on the 6th

Per Luke Stampini. Cook said his down to UF, FSU and Miami.

Also said Yearby is visiting WVU this weekend and maybe USF on the 13th

UMike

From CIS and Rivals..

Recruiting roundup: Rivals

Its really just a board with the the percentages of how likely % a recruit will be a Cane.
Brad Kaaya 90%
Malik Rosier 100%
Dalvin Cook 15%
Leonard Fournette 5%
Sony Michel 5%
Brandon Powell 100%
Bo Scarbrough 15%
Joseph Yearby 100%
Braxton Berrios 100%
Tyre Brady 100%
Johnnie Dixon 60%
Ermon Lane 10%
Darrell Langham 100%
Eric Lauderdale 15%
David Njoku 20%
Derrick Griffin 50%
Christopher Herndon 100%
Trevor Darling 100%
Jaden Gault 10%
Reilly Gibbons 100%
Nick Linder 100%
Chad Mavety 20%
KC McDermott 100%
George Panos 15%
Damian Prince 5%
Frank Ragnow 15%
Trey Carter 15%
Davon Godchaux 10%
Grant Harris 25%
Trent Harris 100%
Demetrius Jackson 100%
Courtel Jenkins 80%
Lance McDowdell 5%
Anthony Moten 100%
Claude Pelon 5%
Mike Smith 100%
Kentavius Street 40%
Chad Thomas 100%
Travonte Valentine 95%
Michael Wyche 100%
Vincent Jackson 10%
Melvin Keihn 20%
Terry McCray 90%
Darrion Owens 100%
Kenny Young 15%
Juwon Young 100%
Nigel Bethel II 100%
Daejuan Funderburk 20%
Marques Gayot 35%
Kiy Hester 25%
J.C. Jackson 50%
Ryan Mayes 100%
Dennis Turner 100%
Trayone Gray 100%
Ryheem Lockley 100%
Treon Harris 10%
Michael Farkas 25%


To be honest i could have made a better list
http://miami.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1576884

UMike

From CIS & 247...


New Cook Article on 247

- He's now 80% committed to UF, he's still making some decisions and wants to find his own for the next 4 years

- He's ov UM December 6t. "I just feel like over the past weeks, they've been coming at me strong," he said. "I just feel like I should give them a good look and try to show a little interest in the program."

- He's being recruited by Yearby and Darling hard but maybe who's recruiting him the hardest is Hurlie Brown. He's recruiting him really hard and he calls Cook probably every morning. Also, Cook calls him when he gets to school and they chat it up.

- Location is also huge for him. "I grew up a 'Cane. Who didn't grow up a 'Cane?" he said. "Everybody always wanted to be a 'Cane, but there's some decisions you've just got to make"

- Another factor is the struggles of UF. "When you're a top player coming out your class, you always want to go play on a good team and a top team," he said. "I just feel like with them struggling right now, it'll probably bring my recruiting down or something like that, I don't know."

- FSU is also making a huge push. He thinks the type of players and offense that they're running fits him perfectly in their system. He gets along well with the rbs coach and his style of coaching and loved his visit on the campus

- Lane keeps in contact wth him too. Lane texts him asking if he's 100% and Cook responds that he is, just a way to sell UF and they talk every day

- Da'Vante Phillips is also recruiting him for UF. He's like Cooks little brother and he'll have an impact on his decision along with family, coaches and other people like that

- He's going to the FSU-UF game but wont use an ov since he's seen everything he needs to see

- He plans to commit before the UA game. "Probably after the season or probably state game," he said. "I will probably make my final decision after the game. I'll probably put that hat on."

**** just got real!

http://florida.247sports.com/Article...rtainty-162083

UMike

Ariz workin...

**There has been message board talk about the solidity of Demetrius Jackson’s commitment due to his interest of Arkansas. The budding pass-rushing prospect will visit Arkansas on December 13th, but based on a conversation I had with him yesterday, I would be very surprised if he switches his commitment from Miami. Staying close to him family is an important part of the decision-making process for him and one of the major reasons he is committed to the ‘Canes. Also, Jackson told me he would like to be a Pastor when his football career is over.

**I had a conversation with the brother of 2015 Miami Northwestern CB De’Andre Baker yesterday, who told me his brother is a Clemson lean right now. Baker’s brother says that as of right now, De’Andre is looking to get away from home. Miami has a lot of time to change Baker’s mind, but that is where he stands right now.

**JoJo Robinson is a name that Miami fans have been hearing about for nearly two years now. Robinson was being recruited by Miami earlier in the process, but the staff has since slowed on him so unless something changes, don’t look for him to be a ‘Cane. LSU is a very possible destination right now with the Tigers recruiting him as a defensive back. The one time I’ve seen him play DB, I was impressed. Earlier in his career, he would play only receiver but I think his money position is as a nickel/slot corner.

**I have gone through this story a few times, but just for a refresher and for those asking, here is Tyre Brady’s path to becoming a Miami Hurricane last week.

Freshman Year – Brady attended Columbus, but left due to a number of issues, but mostly because of a low GPA. I was being told by Columbus coaches and players that had seen a lot of athletes over the years, that Brady was the most physically gifted talent that had ever come through Columbus.

Sophomore Year – Brady transfers to South Dade, but needs to sit out because of grades. We continue to hear about his talent level throughout the 7-on-7 and camp circuit, but he has yet to take a snap at the varsity level.

Junior Year – After a huge summer highlighted by an MVP performance for the WR group at Miami camp, the hype begins to build for Brady heading into his junior season with his grades reportedly good to go. A few weeks before the season begins, Brady receives the news that his mother was moving to Houston and he transfers to one of the top programs in Texas, Alief Taylor. Brady plays about half of a season in Texas before moving back to Miami and plays the final 3-4 games of the season for South Dade, playing mostly safety. He made plays here and there, but still hadn’t lived up to his physical ability.

Senior Year – Continues to make waves at camps and 7-on-7 events, but at this point those who had seen him were in “wait-and-see” mode. His grades were still fine and he was working his way up to full qualifying level. This season, he has shown flashes of his potential and has put up good numbers in his first full season at the varsity level. Miami continues to recruit him mostly based on James Coley’s love for him as a prospect. His grades are now where they are supposed to be and he commits to Miami a few months after dropping Kentucky.

**I was at Booker T. Washington practice yesterday and continue to be amazed at Mark Walton’s physical progression. I saw him before the season and didn't know how much bigger he could possible get. His lower body continues to strengthen and he has the build of a “Bama running back”. The Tornadoes have heavily increased his role throughout the season, which shows their belief in him as a younger player on a veteran team. It’s been very interesting to see him spread out as a receiver as well. Miami got a great one. It will be fun to watch him against Dade County over the next two years, as the offense will be built around him.

**The talk about Travonte Valentine being “gone” needs to slow done. LSU is still coming after him, but Miami is holding them off well. Remember last year when LSU took big swings at Artie Burns and Jamal Carter? The staff knows how important Valentine is to the future of this program and they will do everything in their power to hang on to him.

**West Virginia is making a hard run at Miami commit Brandon Powell, but Powell is as solid as can be.

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2154-The-Work-11-21

UMike

^^^^^^^ http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/college-football/no-easy-answers-to-miamis-woeful-play-on-defense/nbz7s/

UMike

Well before the start of Miami’s three-game losing streak, the debate raged over the root of the Hurricanes’ defensive woes.

Coaching or players? Talent or scheme? UM’s players, or defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio?

The fire grew even more after last Saturday’s 48-30 loss to Duke. Miami, which hadn’t lost to Duke since 1976 and had won eight straight ACC games against the Blue Devils, allowed 358 rushing yards.

That was the third -highest total in the past 10 years and the most since surrendering 376 last year to Notre Dame.

The Duke loss prompted irate calls to South Florida sports radio stations and profanity-laced social media posts from fans. It followed losses to Virginia Tech and Florida State that sullied UM’s 7-0 start and No. 7 ranking. Thanks mostly to a defense that has allowed 1,609 yards and 131 points in three games, the Hurricanes are all but out of the ACC Coastal race.

Former offensive tackle Eric Winston, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, expressed his frustration on Twitter during the Duke game.

“Hope Golden takes a hard look at his best friend and DC,” he tweeted, referring to the longtime friendship between UM’s coach and defensive coordinator, who were college roommates. “This isn’t a talent thing. The scheme is brutal. No imagination on his part. Bad.” He later called D’Onofrio’s defense “very vanilla” in an interview with InsideTheU.com.

The longer you let ex-players talk about UM’s losing streak, the more upset they become.

Former defensive tackle Damione Lewis said he supports Golden, but says UM doesn’t have the defensive linemen or outside linebackers to run a 3-4 defense. He called it “slow ball.”

“We’ve been traditonally 4-3,” said Lewis, who played 10 years in the NFL. “That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been. If you’re going to go against that, you’d better get it done. If you’re going against 30 years of winning, you’d better change things for the better.”

Nate Brooks, who played defensive back from 1995-98, said the scheme would work if Miami had tougher, more talented players.

“Nobody on the defense makes you nervous,” he said. “They recruit the nice guys now.”

While UM’s defensive production is up this year, a healthy portion of its sacks, tackles for loss and takeaways came in the softer part of the schedule. In ACC games, Miami is last in the conference in yards allowed (478.5 per game) and has surrendered the third-most points (34.2).

UMike

With three new commitments since the NCAA sanctions were announced last month, UM coach Al Golden said he’s noticed “a different response” from recruits now that everyone knows the penalties do not include any postseason bans and only the loss of nine scholarships over three years.

“I think most of the interest from the younger guys is that it's behind us now and not getting hammered,” Golden said Wednesday. “Remember, the kids that are [high school] juniors, all they've ever known about the University of Miami is that we've been in trouble. Since they've been recruitable prospects we've been under probation. So it's good to have that behind us now.”

UM's 2014 class includes 27 commitments and is ranked fourth nationally by Rivals.com. Golden said the Hurricanes were cut short last year on scholarships “for a variety of reasons” and the staff is now “trying to compensate this year by signing more than we did last year.”

Has the fact the defense looked so bad helped garner more interest from recruits who think the could help right away? Golden bristled at that question.

“We’re going to continue to need help everywhere,” Golden said. “People want to talk about the defense because all of us haven’t executed well enough the last couple of weeks. So I answer that question now I’m saying that the kids we have aren’t good enough. That’s not the case. The case, as I’ve been saying, is we’re going to continue to build until we have the depth to go through a whole season and there’s no drop-off.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/22/3770478/al-golden-says-recruits-are-more.html#storylink=cpy

UMike

When Cassie-Raye Stuart was first introduced to Denzel Perryman during the summer of 2012 by her manager at a sports bar in Coconut Grove, sparks didn’t fly immediately between her and the Miami Hurricanes linebacker.

“I’m not from here and I didn’t go to school at UM so I didn’t know anything about him and I didn’t care,” said Stuart, a former field hockey player from Rhode Island who came to South Florida to run track at FIU. “When you work at a sports bar you get a lot people asking for your phone number, and at first I didn’t want a lot to do with him.”

But Perryman’s persistence paid off. The two spoke on the phone for weeks, and eventually began dating. Last week, the young couple welcomed their first child — Ella Grace Perryman, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and who mom says “looks just like her daddy.”

“I can’t even explain the feeling,” said Perryman, a junior who turns 21 on Dec. 5. “It’ s just one of those feelings inside where you are like: ‘Wow, this is really my kid. I created this.’ ”

The Hurricanes (7-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will play their final home game of the season at noon Saturday against Virginia (2-8, 0-6) and fans will get a chance to say good-bye to 27 seniors, many of whom endured a 28-month NCAA probe and self-imposed bowl bans each of the past two seasons.

It could also be Perryman’s final home game. The Hurricanes’ leading tackler said Tuesday he won’t give serious thought to leaving early for the NFL Draft until the season is over. But the opportunity to take care of his young family likely will factor into his decision, those close to him say.

SCOUTS WEIGH IN

NFLDraftScout.com projects Perryman (6-0, 240) as a third-round pick in April’s NFL Draft and ranks him as the 10th-best available outside linebacker. Tony Pauline, a longtime NFL draft analyst and publisher of Draftinsider.net, has said Perryman has elements of former Hurricanes great Ray Lewis in his game, but adds: “The thing with him is going to be size, speed.”

Although he has racked up a career-high 91 tackles this season (the next-closest Hurricane is linebacker Jimmy Gaines with 64), Perryman said Tuesday he has made his share of mistakes on a Hurricanes defense that has given up a combined 131 points and 1,609 yards in three straight losses.

“To be honest with you I don’t have perfect games either,” he said Tuesday. “I probably don’t make enough plays. There are still things I need to focus on like run fits. This past game [against Duke] there were times I wasn’t in my gap and it caused big runs.”

UM coach Al Golden said Tuesday all he asks of his underclassman who might declare early for the draft is that “they go through the entire process of getting their evaluation.” He also was very complimentary of the growth he has seen from Perryman, who has only 1.5 sacks, four tackles for loss and one forced fumble in 2013.

“He’s really learned how to practice at a higher level,” Golden said. “If he’s a stick shift, he’s in third right now. He’s got a whole other gear to go to in terms of continuing to make interceptions [one career INT], caused fumbles … all those explosive plays that really personify what we’re looking for from that position.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/22/3770037/fatherhood-could-be-game-changer.html#storylink=cpy

UMike

Dear coaching staff,

Do whatever it takes to keep Trayone Gray!!! Don't let him slip away

Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | November 21, 2013 at 09:15 PM

I agree..and Im sure they are. This kid could very well be the best athlete in our class. If he played at Central or BTW his year, he would be a 4 or 5 Star.


I think we knew Stuckey would end up at Auburn...after decommited he tweeted something like "I bet I can qualify to Auburn"

Montreal-Cane

A statement from the accuser's family to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday said a Tallahassee police detective warned her ATTORNEY in January, after the accuser had identified Winston, that she should think "long and hard" before filing charges in "a big football town" where she'd be "raked over the coals" and her life "made miserable."

Montreal-Cane

OGV Coach L was very upset last night at Lecomte but he is freshman and he feels the pressure to replace the great Shane Larkin...

orange 'n green in the vein

Monty, he was really struggling with the length UCF had on the floor tonight it looked like to me, both around the basket and distributing the ball to the wings behind the arc off of his drives. If Willie says Elder can do better, I'll believe him until I see otherwise, the one thing I know that Elder wasn't having to face that Lecomte has is playing against grown young men of drinking age as competition to this point in his playing career overseas. I'd imagine Elder isn't afraid of absorbing contact against bigger guys and is better at playing through it though more than Lecomte right now.

For the time being, until the only college ready true point guard they have improves his ability to dish to the wing and draw defenders to get others open, the team is better off playing their best two guards as tall combo guards together for five minutes, then having Lecomte spell one for five minutes, then the other for the next five then back to the double two guard look to close out the first half, then in the second half doing the same for 15 minutes then play that last five minutes by ear depending on if you need the true point's 87% FT shooting percentage handling the ball with a lead or not.

At least that's what I see, but the guy calling the shots on the bench is the national coach of the year for a reason so I trust him to get it right soon enough.

laquinton

Early playing time at miami is the best thing they have to sell. I'm hoping they don't put too much weight on AQM. That kid and Tyriq will be special but like herb says Miami needs dominant space eaters AT DT. That's the only way . Kirby needs to step his game up as well . And Fig should be a good one . Cornelius is a senior right ? Good god those Shannon projects are almost gone .

Hassan

soup it ate my comment

The Dude

Okay WW, that's good stuff. Good stuff by many 'round here. Best website in the world. I think about it, this site stays open on my cpu and is never turned off. I am always reading this site. I have canespace fever! Have for many years, and hopefully many more! Keep up the good work everyone.

WWIN

we are back when freshmen stop coming in and starting. 

Posted by: trianglecane | November 21, 2013 at 03:46 PM

Well that means this season! Lol

You can kinda say Stacey Coley starts but he would start for a lot of teams. On the flip side, the majority of the good recruits don't want to come to your school without the possibility of starting or getting meaningful playing time, this ain't the old days. So the recruits that come in and ride the pine are not the recruits you would probably want.

CaneRock

The staff needs to get Erik Swoope out for the football team next year, kid has a football body.

CaneRock

Stuckey to Auburn.

Canesteelers

Soup great job and the article on pageqsports is 100% accurate. It is time to show improvement and accountability. I would love to hear the opinions of opposing coaches on how they feel about game planning against the Canes.

Ohio_Cane


Dear coaching staff,

Do whatever it takes to keep Trayone Gray!!! Don't let him slip away

Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | November 21, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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They ARE.

SOUP

No problem..I can tell by my inbox that you have been busy

Posted by: KYcane | November 21, 2013 at 09:56 PM

;-)

KYcane


http://www.pageqsports.com/2013/11/miamis-soft-bigotry-of-low-expectations/

KYcane

Soupster, did the eagle ever make it over to you?
Posted by: KYcane | November 21, 2013 at 08:16 PM

YES, I meant to tell U that the eagle has landed.

Thank U!
Posted by: SOUP | November 21, 2013 at 09:03 PM

No problem..I can tell by my inbox that you have been busy

Old Skool

In other news ....
Jose Canseco pulled over.
Found with diaper wearing goats in the car

Now we know where the Baaaa in Bash Brothers came from

SOUP

TWICE ON THE PIPE IF THE ANSWER IS NO?

SOUP

KNOCK THREE TIMES ON THE CEILING IF U WANT ME:

Robb Smith joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his first season with the team in 2013, where he will coach the linebackers.

Smith comes to Tampa Bay with 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, having most recently worked for four seasons (2009-12) at Rutgers University in various capacities, including three seasons under Head Coach Greg Schiano.

While with Rutgers, Smith worked as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach (2012), special teams coordinator and linebackers coach (2011), special teams coordinator/cornerbacks coach (2010) and special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach (2009). In his only year as the defensive coordinator, Smith continued Schiano’s efforts in making Rutgers one of the best defenses in college football. In 2012, the Scarlet Knights ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed per game (14.2), sixth in rush yards allowed per game (95.2) and 10th in total defense (311.6 yards per game). Smith also helped Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene become an All-American.

Under Smith’s guidance, Rutgers became one of the best special teams units in college football. In his four years with the team, they ranked in the top 10 in blocked punts each year: tied for first in 2012 (8), tied for second in 2011 (9), first in 2010 (9) and tied for eighth in 2009 (5). While Smith was at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights led the nation with 31 blocked punts. They were also one of the best in the nation in punt and kick returns for touchdowns, ranking tied for fifth in punt return touchdowns (5) and tied for ninth in kick return touchdowns (4). Their nine combined special teams touchdowns are tied for the fifth-most in the NCAA during that time.

Before coming to Rutgers, Smith worked at the University of Maine as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (2006-08), special teams/linebackers coach (2005) and defensive backs coach (2002-04). Under Smith, Maine boasted one of the top defenses in the FCS, highlighted by the 2006 team that ranked first in rush defense, second in total defense, third in sacks and fourth in scoring defense.

SOUP

Anybody watching UFC football vs Runtgers?

UCF 28 - Runtgers 14 at the half.

Montreal-Cane

Posts of the day:

Talking about Brad Kaaya... Heck yeah I would come here. Especially if I was confident and 18. I personally feel like i could throw UM on my shoulders and drag it to the top.

GO CANES!!

Posted by: trianglecane | November 21, 2013 at 04:13 PM

we are back when freshmen stop coming in and starting.

Posted by: trianglecane | November 21, 2013 at 03:46 PM

Triangle i agree 100%... post here more often...

Brad Kaaya is coming to UM no matter what...He knows what's coming and the weapons he will have on offense. I am in contact with one person really really close to the situation and stop believing in the BS
rumors...The 2014 recruiting class is amazing...

WWIN

OGV do you think Corn Elder will be better than Lecomte?

Posted by: Montreal-Cane | November 21, 2013 at 09:06 PM

That's a question for me, and the answer is yes!!! Lol

WWIN

Dear coaching staff,

Do whatever it takes to keep Trayone Gray!!! Don't let him slip away

Montreal-Cane

OGV do you think Corn Elder will be better than Lecomte?

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