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July 21, 2015

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IraqiCane

First?!?🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Terrance Sullivan

Good luck to our Student Athletes and Coaches in Russia in the Games. I know U all will make us proud. Go Canes. 45 days until Season Opener Kickoff. Go Canes.

UMike

If "freelancing" is still a problem going into year 5...isnt that a coaching problem? If that excuse is valid, if players are in fact still freelancing, that would indicate the staff has created a scheme that is to complicated and have yet to change it (or admit it), or they have been recruiting kids not smart enough to learn and execute it. Either way thats on he coaches.

Name 5 things you think need to change in order for Miami to be "back"...or at least relevant again...

Go Canes

@ChristyChirinos: Miami's Al Golden happy to talk football, and only football. And he says he doesn't feel pressure heading into 2015: http://t.co/O8x7phifzZ

Go Canes

@ChristyChirinos: UM's Golden isn't interested in looking back--but he knows '14 wasn't good enough, plus lots of notes from Pinehurst: http://t.co/rZq0zU6wy1

Go Canes

As far as the continued freelancing goes, I ask this question. If at the end of last season a DB or LB was doing it, not every play but enough to cause a couple of big plays, who do you replace him with?

I think I read somewhere recently we played all of last season with only five linebackers. Think that was a combination of lack of depth, talent and redshirting guys who wouldn't have helped.

What decreases errors, increases production and adds discipline more than anything is depth and competition.

First time I see it in our front seven in years. LB, O-line, running back and TE positions are seeing it too.

Unlike the doom squad, I expect this team to be more consistent and focused this season because they have to be. Competition is everywhere...finally.

UMike

Go Canes..all good points..but if you have had 4-5 years to recruit, you should have a 2-deep that can execute your scheme. I'm not trying to trash the staff (although everyone knows where I stand)...but to me, that is still on the coaches. I know were were handcuffed by the NCAA and lost out on some kids...but the ones we did sign are all kids the staff choose, and choose to run their scheme.

I know we have talent..especially along the DL, I guess I'm just over heard the same exact excuses and/or answers year after year.

Go Canes

And as far as Big O the buffoon and the GT game. Let's look at some stats instead of an individual play he had no clue how to dissect or analyze when he asked about it.

Miami 28 pts 371 total yards
#18 Clemson 28 pts 353 total yards
#8 Georgia 30 pts 463 total yards
#2 FSU 35 pts 465 total yards
#8 Miss St 49 pts 577 total yards


Those are just the ranked teams. They bludgeoned other teams with the kind of numbers they dropped on Miss State.

We scored there points in the second half. That's why we lost. Not because of one goal line play some moron on the radio thought he'd make a point about.

SinisterCane

It will always falls back on Golden because he is accountable for the Football team, If he finds success this season then it be to his credit.

Gin & Tonic (with a twist of lime and what not)

Go Canes..all good points..but if you have had 4-5 years to recruit, you should have a 2-deep that can execute your scheme. I'm not trying to trash the staff (although everyone knows where I stand)...but to me, that is still on the coaches. I know were were handcuffed by the NCAA and lost out on some kids...

Posted by: UMike | July 22, 2015 at 08:15 AM

Too many kids brought in to just fill out the roster.

1mg of Epi

One consistent theme we've been hearing for several years now is that the D is too complicated and the kids don't get it. If this is the case, how would there be anything but freelancing.

Depth is absolutely an issue. No doubt. I think though that manifests in getting beaten physically more so than mentally, which is what freelancing/missed assignments is... Mental errors.

Comparing Us stats vs GT to other teams is specious at best. There are so many factors that go into stats like total yards... Turnovers, field position, score of the game near the end etc. O asked legitimate questions, questions that every other media member has asked over the last few months. At the very least it's refreshing to hear an interviewer not pander to the coach.

UMike

Go Canes..I agree with you the O could of done more in the GT game...they didnt do us any favors. But sitting in those stands watching it was very frustrating because they would run the same plays and no matter the down or distance or where on the field, our D never adjusted.

I didnt listen to the interview so I cannot comment on that...but I was in Atlanta and saw what I saw lol

30CINCO

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UMike

Just hope the staff is less stubborn this year....would go a long way with the talent we have.

30CINCO

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1mg of Epi

Unlike the doom squad, I expect this team to be more consistent and focused this season because they have to be. Competition is everywhere...finally.

Posted by: Go Canes | July 22, 2015 at 07:54 AM

The doomers agree. As was the case last year, there is no reason why 2015 can't be the year the turnaround started.

Go Canes

So a five GAME sample size against Georgia Tech's toughest opponents of the season is spacious at best, but calling out a coach about a single PLAY in the first quarter of a game against an incredibly difficult offense to defend is legitimate.

Ok.

SinisterCane

Winning cures all

CaneRock

Should've been 6 LBs.

Skai Moore in two years at USC:

149 (82 Solo) Tackles
7 INTs

Da U N Houston


Go Canes..I agree with you the O could of done more in the GT game...they didnt do us any favors. But sitting in those stands watching it was very frustrating because they would run the same plays and no matter the down or distance or where on the field, our D never adjusted.

I didnt listen to the interview so I cannot comment on that...but I was in Atlanta and saw what I saw lol

Posted by: UMike | July 22, 2015 at 08:52 AM


I think the point that Go Canes is making which I agree with is that GT ran/runs all over everyone. And everyone uses that one play as the staple "Defense" which we run and that is not the case if you look at the full games. By no means is our defense elite last year, but that one play can not be considered the staple play of our D. Was that a terrible Defensive play call for the goal line, YES!!!, Was the play that Seattle called in the Superbowl a terrible call YES. That's the game of football. And did we make adjustments, your guess is as good as mines, but the point is Clemson, Georgia, FSU and Miss State didn't "make" adjustments better than we did.

And I will add, I played a triple option team in college (not as sound as GT) but you do want to line far enough (5yrds) to read your keys and dissect the play as the triple option is all deception and repetitiveness. They lull you to sleep as our coach use to say. But you do need to trust your keys and attack to keep the gains to 2-3 yards.

SinisterCane

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‏@FlowPulls80 Golden compared last year front to the same as 2012 vs GT.....@IraHeatBeat @JoeRoseShow


Go Canes

@PeterAriz: BREAKING: Joseph Yearby is back on campus and with the team, I’m told. #Canes @CanesInSight

30CINCO

Posted by: Da U N Houston | July 22, 2015 at 10:49 AM
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Great post!

I remember watching that game and seeing the adjustments being made to the run game, only for GT to call a pass play and kill us because the corners and LB's were looking for the next run play.

SinisterCane

^^^^
Awesome news

30CINCO

@PeterAriz: BREAKING: Joseph Yearby is back on campus and with the team, I’m told. #Canes @CanesInSight

Posted by: Go Canes | July 22, 2015 at 10:51 AM
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Awesome news indeed!

1mg of Epi

that game and seeing the adjustments being made to the run game, only for GT to call a pass play and kill us because the corners and LB's were looking for the next run play.
Posted by: 30CINCO | July 22, 2015 at 11:02 AM

There was no adjustment on that play. The D lined up for that play as they had for all the others. It was a soft zone with a late arriving defender.

1mg of Epi

So a five GAME sample size against Georgia Tech's toughest opponents of the season is spacious at best, but calling out a coach about a single PLAY in the first quarter of a game against an incredibly difficult offense to defend is legitimate.

Ok.

Posted by: Go Canes | July 22, 2015 at 09:18 AM

Comparing stats vs common opponents is completely useless. In fact, comparing year over year stats for one team vs common opponenets is pointless.

If We go into the fourth quarter up by 24, you can be sure the opossing O is going to start chewing up yards as they move into some version of a hurry up. The defense will give up yards as it settles into a variation of the prevent. There are so many ways that specific stats can be skewed one way or another that no, common opponent comparisons are meaningless.

As far as Os line of questioning goes, I think your being unfair. First off, that one play was representative of alignments that we have seen for several years. Is any one play ever the sole reason for a loss? Nope. But the question spoke to a larger problem that everyone from bloggers here to professional media both local and national have been scratching their heads over for since Al has been here.

The problem isn't that O asked an unfair question. Saying so is just misdirection. The problem is that the head coach of our beloved U had no answer.

30CINCO

I'm not sure if you misunderstood. There were adjustments in that GAME. Whether the LB hit A,B, or C gap, vs whether the safety hit A,B, or C gap, or whether, the defensive end dove in on a play or he had the edge, etc.

Like it was said earlier, against GT, to avoid getting cut and creating a big pile of bodies at the LOS, you have to line up off the line. it's ok for the MLB to be 5 yards off the LOS against the triple option, even on the goal line. As a defense, do you want to line up against the same formation, in the same area of the field the same way every time, probably not. Should the safeties been closer, sure.

Again, that one play alone that you are stuck on, does not mean it's representative of over X number of snaps in a season.

1mg of Epi

Regarding that play, I was referring to the secondary being deep. They had not been moved up. BTW it's refreshing to see a little Xs and Os discussion here. There isn't much of that.

30CINCO

Remember that line of yours: "If VT hadnt fumbled, they would have done XYZ". Well, if I recall, the play at the goal line, where Bush hit the RB and CAUSED the fumble. Were they lined up 10 yards off like you have been stating, nope! Does that one play mean every play is representative of the whole season, nope.

In the GT play,the secondary was not deep as a whole, the safeties were next to the MLB, too far back indeed. The corners were up on the WR's.

TheeMackJones


Go Canes..I agree with you the O could of done more in the GT game...they didnt do us any favors. But sitting in those stands watching it was very frustrating because they would run the same plays and no matter the down or distance or where on the field, our D never adjusted.

I didnt listen to the interview so I cannot comment on that...but I was in Atlanta and saw what I saw lol

Posted by: UMike | July 22, 2015 at 08:52 AM


First. That go canes is the PAR EXCELLENCE Golden apologist. Nothing more, nothing less. So I don't even bother or waste my time with him!

Oh. One more thing. What about the Nebraska game. An away game which that Herbie Cornhusker team ran the BASIC same running plays, play after play after play. And Golden and D'Onofrio MYSTERIOUSLY didn't make any apparent changes at halftime.

Chit, Miami's safeties were like 15 or 16 yards off the LOS on running plays and DP was something like SEVEN yards off the LOS. lmfao

By the way, that game was the game which TWITTERS showed how FAR OFF the LOS the Hurricane back 7 was playing. Literally LOL

TheeMackJones


Too many kids brought in to just fill out the roster.

Posted by: Gin & Tonic (with a twist of lime and what not) | July 22, 2015 at 08:43 AM

Voila! In Coker's early tenure and Davis' late seasons, Miami had QUALITY depth on both sides of the LOS. Golden recruits players whom will be four year SCOUT team players. And last season's record is a serious indicator of CHASING off quality players or recruiting players whom aren't 2nd team-esque or whom will be major contributors after two or three seasons.

Oh. One can BLAME Golden for RUNNING OFF quality depth the past four seasons. And one can blame Golden and D'Onofrio for players BOLTING for the NFL during after their first season in Coral Gables.

TheeMackJones

Well at least the ACC media pigskin hacks and I agree on Miami's finish in the Coastal Division. I, too, SEE-r the Hurricanes finishing in THIRD-PLACE. Too many questions still surrounding the program and the LOST of key starters and backups. Miami's demanding overall schedule won't help Golden matters either. At least Miami probably won't play too many NIGHT GAMES this season. LMFAO So that should be at least TWO or three victories.

TheeMackJones

I am still sticking with my early June prediction.

Miami, Florida Hurricanes 7-5

And a yet to be determined FOURTH-TIER obscure bowl game. Hopefully Miami won't have to play in Gotham City and FREEZE their bloody arse's off. lol

TheeMackJones


As far as Os line of questioning goes, I think your being unfair. First off, that one play was representative of alignments that we have seen for several years. Is any one play ever the sole reason for a loss? Nope. But the question spoke to a larger problem that everyone from bloggers here to professional media both local and national have been scratching their heads over for since Al has been here.

The problem isn't that O asked an unfair question. Saying so is just misdirection. The problem is that the head coach of our beloved U had no answer.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | July 22, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Another VOICE of REASON somewhere in muggy South Florida! Or an enclave nearby.

TheeMackJones

Didn't some former Hurricane player mention that Golden would make a SUPERB SALESMAN. Well Albert is at it again. With the recent smoke and mirrors antics in Carolina Blue.

Let's wait and see how Miami stacks up against both Nebraska and mighty Cincinnati and FSU. Because those are the only legitimate opponents in the opening five games.

Go Canes

Some of you are laughable. Honestly.

It makes perfect sense to harp on one play in a game where we gave up fewer points and yards than three Top 10 teams, then call that positive result flimsy, pointing to the ONE play to support your argument.


Go Canes

Oh. One can BLAME Golden for RUNNING OFF quality depth the past four seasons. And one can blame Golden and D'Onofrio for players BOLTING for the NFL during after their first season in Coral Gables.

Posted by: TheeMackJones | July 22, 2015 at 12:10 PM


This one is an absolute classic.

TheeMackJones


If anybody wants to feel really good about the direction this team is heading... Then do yourself a favor and don't listen Goldens interview w Golden. He just talks in circles doing his best to evade answering anything.


Zagacki played the good company man and tried to answer for Al with his questions, but he just came off like the suck up he has to be.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | July 21, 2015 at 01:36 PM


Thank Zeus and Buddha too, for the likes of UMIKE, 1mg of EPI and like-minded kin. For they keep the Golden loyalists in CHECK with their refreshing takes and what not.

Again, as I allude to above. It was all a Golden SMOKE and MIRRORS in Carolina Blue.

TheeMackJones

Well there were THREE players, among a horde of others, Golden SUBTLY ran out of Coral Gables. And one was a 2nd round NFL draft choice and the other two players both STARTED for their respective new schools in 2014. Matter of fact, one of those players won TWO PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Week awards and made conference HM. Go figure.

TheeMackJones

" Why did a team that produced seven draft picks in 2015 -- the second-most since 2006 -- and had six others sign free-agent deals, go 6-7 last year? The Canes finished under .500 for only the third time in 35 years. " Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
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Oh. One more thing. ONLY two of Miami's starter's last season were ONION HEAD recruits. And both were starters and drafted by the NFL, i.e., 3rd Round and 4th Round selections.

Head coach in his FOURTH season and he leads the program to a losing season. Now that's rich.

By the way, ALL the starters were Golden and D'Onofrio recruits. So that EXCUSE most Canespace fandom, but NOT all, come up with... Well those players are ONION HEAD's malcontents and what not. LOL

CaneRock

Please, look at the plays that preceded the play in question...Denzel was 7-8 yards off the ball most of the plays, AND the Center was Uncovered. Just DUMB if you're playing a team where you have to take away the fullback first.

CaneRock

And if ya'll think Golden's interview with Big O was bad, you should listen to Raphael Kirby's. He practically had NO answer to why D'Onofrio lines up with a 3 man line on the GL.

1mg of Epi

Remember that line of yours: "If VT hadnt fumbled, they would have done XYZ". Well, if I recall, the play at the goal line, where Bush hit the RB and CAUSED the fumble. Were they lined up 10 yards off like you have been stating, nope! Does that one play mean every play is representative of the whole season, nope.

Posted by: 30CINCO | July 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM

After the VT game I voiced my concerns that after the most complete domination we've seen in a long time, they came out in the second half reverting right back to the soft zone hybrid prevent. As a result we started giving up yards in chunks.

My fear was that if we continued to play those alignments we would have trouble winning games the rest of the season.

I was correct.

The goal line play we keep talking about was representative of the philosophy we've seen here for the last 4 years.

1mg of Epi

Please, look at the plays that preceded the play in question...Denzel was 7-8 yards off the ball most of the plays, AND the Center was Uncovered. Just DUMB if you're playing a team where you have to take away the fullback first.

Posted by: CaneRock | July 22, 2015 at 01:24 PM

Exactly. Again, The goal line play is representative of the defensive philosophy.

1mg of Epi

Some of you are laughable. Honestly

It makes perfect sense to harp on one play in a game
Posted by: Go Canes | July 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM

You're the one who brought this back up today!

Maybe the question would've been asked after the season... If Al bothered to hold a end of year presser.

SinisterCane

Space is on fire

30CINCO

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | July 22, 2015 at 01:42 PM
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Lets see. There were a total of 62 defensive snaps in the VT game. Just for rounding purposes, lets say snaps 31-62 is representative of the second half.

According to you, it was "soft zone hybrid prevent alignments" that had you so worried.

How many of those 31 defensive plays, ie, the second half, do you recall it being a "soft zone hybrid prevent" exactly? If you dont remember, throw a number, 80%? 90%? 95%?

Go Canes

We basically pitch a shutout on the road at Va Tech and there was concern?

Lol.

CaneRock

The best I've ever seen us play GT, was in 2009. I'll go out on a limb and say that we probably held em' to their lowest, or one of their lowest yardage totals, since PJ's been there. We played em' in our base Miami 4-3 that year. Played em' pretty good in 2011 also.

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