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February 08, 2014

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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-

Dude on a Pale Horse

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

Just out on ESPN News and Twitter...

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

ORLANDO SENTINEL FLORIDA TOP 100: ONLY ONE DT ON THE ENTIRE LIST!

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/recruiting/os-orlando-sentinel-2015-florida-top-100-20140208,0,3615314.htmlstory

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.

WWIN

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!

WWIN

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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