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What was he against NCST, like 0-14 with 2 or 3 ints. But he did win a bowl game.

Posted by: The Herb | January 29, 2020 at 10:11 PM

But the sun was in his eyes.

He DID beat FSU in Tally. I was there with Mrs. 86 and Canechic and her son. I called it and we won. The rest is HISTORY!

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Hurricanes legends discuss what’s missing in UM program, what must change

BY BARRY JACKSON AND DAVID WILSON
JANUARY 29, 2020 08:26 PM

When a current Miami Hurricanes player complained privately about several of his teammates breaking curfew before at least two games this past season -including the loss to FIU - this question kept coming to mind:Would this type of thing happen with the great UM teams?

A couple of former players insisted to me that it would not. The reason? As Canes greats Bennie Blades and Ed Reed said Wednesday, the players on those teams policed themselves.

“How can we right a ship if you’re not willing to right the ship?” Blades told me on Wednesday, while making the rounds on Radio Row in advance of Super Bowl 54. “It comes down to players. Don’t give coaches credit or discredit for what players do.


“The night before the game, your mind should be on the game itself. Jerome Brown, Melvin Bratton, Alonzo Highsmith, Winston Moss, all those guys would say, ‘Coach, can we talk to the players for a minute?’”

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Blades said he could only imagine “the rippings we would have gotten” from teammates if those players broke curfew or did something to cost their team before a game.


“It’s all about us in this room,” Blades said of players policing each other. “And that’s what it needs to get back to - police each other.”

Blades’ nephew, cornerback Al Blades Jr., is a mature, diligent young man who comports himself well. But there were a few teammates, including Jarren Williams, who decided they would go out late the night before the Golden Panthers game, long after they were supposed to be in their room for the night, according to a player on the team (not Blades).


In a Fox Sports “ReUnion” Special that aired Wednesday night from Lummus Park on South Beach, Canes great Ed Reed also spoke of players policing themselves on his elite UM teams.

“It was that accountability in the locker room first,” said Reed, who was joined by Canes legends and fellow former NFL greats Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis and Reggie Wayne on the panel.

“You wouldn’t make it out that locker room if you didn’t do the right thing. When I was there, them lights would go off, you’d hear that, Whoa.’ You’d hear that noise you heard when we played against Florida down there ... but for me, man, I wanted to uphold that legacy. We wanted to be those guys. We only had 16 scholarships when we came. Coach [Butch] Davis said, ‘Y’all will be the guy to change this back,’ and I didn’t want to leave without a national championship I could’ve came out with Reggie and all them, first round and everything -- I actually would’ve went higher -- but I would’ve never got to Baltimore.


“God don’t make no mistakes and I would’ve never won this national championship for the school, for the team, with the team, so that accountability starts in the locker room. It wasn’t the coaches policing us. They didn’t have to, but they did their job and we had to listen, like Reg said. You have to be coachable. These youngsters today think just because you go to Miami these teams are going to lay down. No! They hate you. They don’t like you. We knew everybody, every game was a national-championship game.”

But the issue is bigger than that, Wayne said. It’s also not wanting to let down your teammate.

“We did everything together,” Wayne said. “Wherever we went, we went together. It didn’t matter, so when you do everything together, when you get out there in between those lines, I didn’t want to let Reed down. He played on defense, right? I didn’t want to let him down and if I did something wrong, I didn’t take it personal because he corrected me. Like a lot of guys get sensitive. We did everything together. We took coaching. It didn’t matter if our teammates corrected us on something. We took it in stride, we critiqued ourselves and we went out there to get better.”

Irvin said: “You spend that time together eating and hanging out, but in those times you’re committing thoughts to what you want to do. Like, Dude, we’re going this year. This is where I think we miss a lot right now because when you don’t hang together, you’re not planting those championship seeds and that’s what needs to be planted. It doesn’t start in September when the season starts. That thing has to start right now, going through offseason training and you’re looking at each other, talking, Dude, this year’s going to be different. We’re going to do it this year. You’ve got to start making those commitments.”

And Lewis said: “It’s the self critique that’s made us so great. That’s what you’re talking about, right? It’s what made us great in Baltimore. Man, we critiqued each other. Coaches didn’t have to critique. Coaches just had to put in the game plan. From the game plan, when me and this man got on the field together, I’m looking at him saying, ‘Hey, 2-0, stay backside, I’m going front side and ain’t nothing getting past us…. What we’ve done needs to be taught all over again because it’s leaving us.”


And players cited other issues.

A few other highlights:

Irvin said: “If you win in Miami, you got this city for the next 40 years.”...

Jimmy Johnson joined them for a short time: “As much as I love the U, I love you guys.”...

Wayne said good-naturedly to Irvin: “I’m still the best receiver in Hurricane history.”

NEW O-LINE COACH WEIGHS IN

New offensive coordinator Garin Justise, appearing on WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline, told Joe Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr., that when he was coaching at FAU, he told himself that he would take a job at UM if he ever got the chance.

When he goes to high schools now as a UM assistant, “there’s no more, ‘that guy is probably too good for you, coach.’ It’s a pretty amazing power of the brand. It’s a national brand.”

He said playing up-tempo, which will be the Canes’ new approach, “is a great equalizer” to teams that try fancy blitzes.

Justise said “it helps to have a mobile quarterback” and UM has a couple of those now.

Of new quarterback D’Eriq King, he said “the thing that makes D’Eriq great is the play within the play” in terms of avoiding sacks and negative plays.

Justise was told that King is a “tremendous athlete, leader, person.”

He said his new offensive linemen “have been responsive to me. I’m their third offensive line coach in three years so there’s trust involved.”

Asked about his players having to block Greg Rousseau (15.5 sacks last season) and Temple transfer Quincy Roche (13 sacks) in practice this year, Justise said when he arrived, “I said we need to gain confidence” and admitted blocking Rousseau/Roche won’t help in that area.

But on the positive side, “they’re not going to see anything better than what they see in practice.”

Here’s my Wednesday piece on Teddy Bridgewater explaining to me what went down with him and the Dolphins, and a Preston Williams update.

Here’s my Wednesday piece on my conversation with Jason Taylor on numerous issues, and the Dolphins finalizing a position change.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is interviewed by sports commentator Michael Irvin during Super Bowl Opening Night presented by BOLT24, the national kick off for Super Bowl LIV festivities at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on Monday, January 27, 2020. Irvin discussed the UM program on Wednesday.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is interviewed by sports commentator Michael Irvin during Super Bowl Opening Night presented by BOLT24, the national kick off for Super Bowl LIV festivities at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on Monday, January 27, 2020. Irvin discussed the UM program on Wednesday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR ADIAZ@MIAMIHERALD.COM
When a current Miami Hurricanes player complained privately about several of his teammates breaking curfew before at least two games this past season -including the loss to FIU - this question kept coming to mind:Would this type of thing happen with the great UM teams?

A couple of former players insisted to me that it would not. The reason? As Canes greats Bennie Blades and Ed Reed said Wednesday, the players on those teams policed themselves.

“How can we right a ship if you’re not willing to right the ship?” Blades told me on Wednesday, while making the rounds on Radio Row in advance of Super Bowl 54. “It comes down to players. Don’t give coaches credit or discredit for what players do.

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“The night before the game, your mind should be on the game itself. Jerome Brown, Melvin Bratton, Alonzo Highsmith, Winston Moss, all those guys would say, ‘Coach, can we talk to the players for a minute?’”

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Blades said he could only imagine “the rippings we would have gotten” from teammates if those players broke curfew or did something to cost their team before a game.


“It’s all about us in this room,” Blades said of players policing each other. “And that’s what it needs to get back to - police each other.”

Blades’ nephew, cornerback Al Blades Jr., is a mature, diligent young man who comports himself well. But there were a few teammates, including Jarren Williams, who decided they would go out late the night before the Golden Panthers game, long after they were supposed to be in their room for the night, according to a player on the team (not Blades).


In a Fox Sports “ReUnion” Special that aired Wednesday night from Lummus Park on South Beach, Canes great Ed Reed also spoke of players policing themselves on his elite UM teams.

“It was that accountability in the locker room first,” said Reed, who was joined by Canes legends and fellow former NFL greats Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis and Reggie Wayne on the panel.

“You wouldn’t make it out that locker room if you didn’t do the right thing. When I was there, them lights would go off, you’d hear that, Whoa.’ You’d hear that noise you heard when we played against Florida down there ... but for me, man, I wanted to uphold that legacy. We wanted to be those guys. We only had 16 scholarships when we came. Coach [Butch] Davis said, ‘Y’all will be the guy to change this back,’ and I didn’t want to leave without a national championship I could’ve came out with Reggie and all them, first round and everything -- I actually would’ve went higher -- but I would’ve never got to Baltimore.


“God don’t make no mistakes and I would’ve never won this national championship for the school, for the team, with the team, so that accountability starts in the locker room. It wasn’t the coaches policing us. They didn’t have to, but they did their job and we had to listen, like Reg said. You have to be coachable. These youngsters today think just because you go to Miami these teams are going to lay down. No! They hate you. They don’t like you. We knew everybody, every game was a national-championship game.”

But the issue is bigger than that, Wayne said. It’s also not wanting to let down your teammate.

“We did everything together,” Wayne said. “Wherever we went, we went together. It didn’t matter, so when you do everything together, when you get out there in between those lines, I didn’t want to let Reed down. He played on defense, right? I didn’t want to let him down and if I did something wrong, I didn’t take it personal because he corrected me. Like a lot of guys get sensitive. We did everything together. We took coaching. It didn’t matter if our teammates corrected us on something. We took it in stride, we critiqued ourselves and we went out there to get better.”

Irvin said: “You spend that time together eating and hanging out, but in those times you’re committing thoughts to what you want to do. Like, Dude, we’re going this year. This is where I think we miss a lot right now because when you don’t hang together, you’re not planting those championship seeds and that’s what needs to be planted. It doesn’t start in September when the season starts. That thing has to start right now, going through offseason training and you’re looking at each other, talking, Dude, this year’s going to be different. We’re going to do it this year. You’ve got to start making those commitments.”

And Lewis said: “It’s the self critique that’s made us so great. That’s what you’re talking about, right? It’s what made us great in Baltimore. Man, we critiqued each other. Coaches didn’t have to critique. Coaches just had to put in the game plan. From the game plan, when me and this man got on the field together, I’m looking at him saying, ‘Hey, 2-0, stay backside, I’m going front side and ain’t nothing getting past us…. What we’ve done needs to be taught all over again because it’s leaving us.”


And players cited other issues.

A few other highlights:

Irvin said: “If you win in Miami, you got this city for the next 40 years.”...

Jimmy Johnson joined them for a short time: “As much as I love the U, I love you guys.”...

Wayne said good-naturedly to Irvin: “I’m still the best receiver in Hurricane history.”

NEW O-LINE COACH WEIGHS IN

New offensive coordinator Garin Justise, appearing on WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline, told Joe Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr., that when he was coaching at FAU, he told himself that he would take a job at UM if he ever got the chance.

When he goes to high schools now as a UM assistant, “there’s no more, ‘that guy is probably too good for you, coach.’ It’s a pretty amazing power of the brand. It’s a national brand.”

He said playing up-tempo, which will be the Canes’ new approach, “is a great equalizer” to teams that try fancy blitzes.

Justise said “it helps to have a mobile quarterback” and UM has a couple of those now.

Of new quarterback D’Eriq King, he said “the thing that makes D’Eriq great is the play within the play” in terms of avoiding sacks and negative plays.

Justise was told that King is a “tremendous athlete, leader, person.”

He said his new offensive linemen “have been responsive to me. I’m their third offensive line coach in three years so there’s trust involved.”

Asked about his players having to block Greg Rousseau (15.5 sacks last season) and Temple transfer Quincy Roche (13 sacks) in practice this year, Justise said when he arrived, “I said we need to gain confidence” and admitted blocking Rousseau/Roche won’t help in that area.

But on the positive side, “they’re not going to see anything better than what they see in practice.”

Here’s my Wednesday piece on Teddy Bridgewater explaining to me what went down with him and the Dolphins, and a Preston Williams update.

Here’s my Wednesday piece on my conversation with Jason Taylor on numerous issues, and the Dolphins finalizing a position change.

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Hurricanes legends discuss what’s missing in UM program, what must change
BY BARRY JACKSON AND DAVID WILSON
JANUARY 29, 2020 08:26 PM
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is interviewed by sports commentator Michael Irvin during Super Bowl Opening Night presented by BOLT24, the national kick off for Super Bowl LIV festivities at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on Monday, January 27, 2020. Irvin discussed the UM program on Wednesday.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is interviewed by sports commentator Michael Irvin during Super Bowl Opening Night presented by BOLT24, the national kick off for Super Bowl LIV festivities at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on Monday, January 27, 2020. Irvin discussed the UM program on Wednesday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR ADIAZ@MIAMIHERALD.COM
When a current Miami Hurricanes player complained privately about several of his teammates breaking curfew before at least two games this past season -including the loss to FIU - this question kept coming to mind:Would this type of thing happen with the great UM teams?

A couple of former players insisted to me that it would not. The reason? As Canes greats Bennie Blades and Ed Reed said Wednesday, the players on those teams policed themselves.

“How can we right a ship if you’re not willing to right the ship?” Blades told me on Wednesday, while making the rounds on Radio Row in advance of Super Bowl 54. “It comes down to players. Don’t give coaches credit or discredit for what players do.

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“The night before the game, your mind should be on the game itself. Jerome Brown, Melvin Bratton, Alonzo Highsmith, Winston Moss, all those guys would say, ‘Coach, can we talk to the players for a minute?’”

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Blades said he could only imagine “the rippings we would have gotten” from teammates if those players broke curfew or did something to cost their team before a game.


“It’s all about us in this room,” Blades said of players policing each other. “And that’s what it needs to get back to - police each other.”

Blades’ nephew, cornerback Al Blades Jr., is a mature, diligent young man who comports himself well. But there were a few teammates, including Jarren Williams, who decided they would go out late the night before the Golden Panthers game, long after they were supposed to be in their room for the night, according to a player on the team (not Blades).


In a Fox Sports “ReUnion” Special that aired Wednesday night from Lummus Park on South Beach, Canes great Ed Reed also spoke of players policing themselves on his elite UM teams.

“It was that accountability in the locker room first,” said Reed, who was joined by Canes legends and fellow former NFL greats Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis and Reggie Wayne on the panel.

“You wouldn’t make it out that locker room if you didn’t do the right thing. When I was there, them lights would go off, you’d hear that, Whoa.’ You’d hear that noise you heard when we played against Florida down there ... but for me, man, I wanted to uphold that legacy. We wanted to be those guys. We only had 16 scholarships when we came. Coach [Butch] Davis said, ‘Y’all will be the guy to change this back,’ and I didn’t want to leave without a national championship I could’ve came out with Reggie and all them, first round and everything -- I actually would’ve went higher -- but I would’ve never got to Baltimore.


“God don’t make no mistakes and I would’ve never won this national championship for the school, for the team, with the team, so that accountability starts in the locker room. It wasn’t the coaches policing us. They didn’t have to, but they did their job and we had to listen, like Reg said. You have to be coachable. These youngsters today think just because you go to Miami these teams are going to lay down. No! They hate you. They don’t like you. We knew everybody, every game was a national-championship game.”

But the issue is bigger than that, Wayne said. It’s also not wanting to let down your teammate.

“We did everything together,” Wayne said. “Wherever we went, we went together. It didn’t matter, so when you do everything together, when you get out there in between those lines, I didn’t want to let Reed down. He played on defense, right? I didn’t want to let him down and if I did something wrong, I didn’t take it personal because he corrected me. Like a lot of guys get sensitive. We did everything together. We took coaching. It didn’t matter if our teammates corrected us on something. We took it in stride, we critiqued ourselves and we went out there to get better.”

Irvin said: “You spend that time together eating and hanging out, but in those times you’re committing thoughts to what you want to do. Like, Dude, we’re going this year. This is where I think we miss a lot right now because when you don’t hang together, you’re not planting those championship seeds and that’s what needs to be planted. It doesn’t start in September when the season starts. That thing has to start right now, going through offseason training and you’re looking at each other, talking, Dude, this year’s going to be different. We’re going to do it this year. You’ve got to start making those commitments.”

And Lewis said: “It’s the self critique that’s made us so great. That’s what you’re talking about, right? It’s what made us great in Baltimore. Man, we critiqued each other. Coaches didn’t have to critique. Coaches just had to put in the game plan. From the game plan, when me and this man got on the field together, I’m looking at him saying, ‘Hey, 2-0, stay backside, I’m going front side and ain’t nothing getting past us…. What we’ve done needs to be taught all over again because it’s leaving us.”


And players cited other issues.

A few other highlights:

Irvin said: “If you win in Miami, you got this city for the next 40 years.”...

Jimmy Johnson joined them for a short time: “As much as I love the U, I love you guys.”...

Wayne said good-naturedly to Irvin: “I’m still the best receiver in Hurricane history.”

NEW O-LINE COACH WEIGHS IN

New offensive coordinator Garin Justise, appearing on WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline, told Joe Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr., that when he was coaching at FAU, he told himself that he would take a job at UM if he ever got the chance.

When he goes to high schools now as a UM assistant, “there’s no more, ‘that guy is probably too good for you, coach.’ It’s a pretty amazing power of the brand. It’s a national brand.”

He said playing up-tempo, which will be the Canes’ new approach, “is a great equalizer” to teams that try fancy blitzes.

Justise said “it helps to have a mobile quarterback” and UM has a couple of those now.

Of new quarterback D’Eriq King, he said “the thing that makes D’Eriq great is the play within the play” in terms of avoiding sacks and negative plays.

Justise was told that King is a “tremendous athlete, leader, person.”

He said his new offensive linemen “have been responsive to me. I’m their third offensive line coach in three years so there’s trust involved.”

solarcane

Soup sorry about the double post,not to swift with this phone

TonyCane

Coker had the worst qb to wear a Canes uniform, in Kirby Freeman. What was he against NCST, like 0-14 with 2 or 3 ints. But he did win a bowl game.

Posted by: The Herb | January 29, 2020 at 10:11 PM

By 2006, Coker should have been running the Paul Johnson offense. He had plenty of HBs, but only six scholarship wide receivers.

Freeman and Wright had virtually no one to throw to, along with a lesser offensive line.

solarcane

Freeman and Wright had virtually no one to throw to, along with a lesser offensive line.

Posted by: TonyCane | January 29, 2020 at 11:26 PM

I think Olson,Leggit, and Shields all had 500 yrds or more receiving which would be about where Harley Osborn and Jordan ended up.
We have sucked at throwing and catching with the very best of them.

TonyCane

Foargot about Olson. The issue in 2006 was not the talent of WRs on the roster...it was that there were so few we had absolutely no margin for error when it came to injuries or suspensions. And we had both that year.

VA Cane

Good posts all. tony i think kids get frustrated when things do not go as planned...I think they saw Enos frustrated and they felt he gave up...so they did too. It is acceptable for frustration on both sides...it happens. But when a coach gives up quits....the kids see it and do the same. That is wrong...coach got to be an adult and while things may be tough and frustrating...he still has to lead the kids...he cannot quit...and i think enos did!

Like what the old guys said....I think Reg W said guys get sensitive....you cannot be that way...you got to understand your leaders will point out faults...to help you! ER KD were the leaders...and guys followed them. we really lack leadership from coaches and players.....that makes a big mess. I hope Berrios is right rock bottom. That kid never quit...played his heart out! We have to have guys step up lead....a War on Losing....when you hate it you then can do something about it!

BigWindyCane1

Solar,

Good article posted about the Canes alumni. I like it, but I do think the former players are simplifying things too much. I hope the current players understand what they are hearing.

The former players definitely put in the extra work in practice and the film room, and Ed Reed was a film junkie. They also put in a lot of extra workouts during and after practices and during the offseason.

The former Canes players worked hard and they played hard, but they were serious about winning and they didn't break curfew the night before the game.

IMHO, another thing the former players aren't saying about "players policing themselves" is that when the players asked the coaches to leave and closed that locker room and turned the lights off for a players only meeting, IT WAS ON! I am not saying there was a "Code Red" (i.e., movie "A Few Good Men"), but I don't think they were drinking tea and eating crumpets.

If you weren't doing your job, that "players only" meeting in the locker room will be physically painful, and there is no one to cry to or run to. A player either mans up, takes the criticism in the spirit is was meant and improve, or cry, pout and transfer. That culture isn't for everyone.

BigWindyCane1

Looking at the top 25 recruits from Florida for 2020, it appears that Clemson, LSU, Georgia and Florida got more than we did. The Canes still got their fair share, and hopefully, we got the right recruits and we develop them appropriately.
https://247sports.com/college/miami/LongFormArticle/Football-recruiting-Florida-rankings-top-25-Gervon-Dexter-Elias-Ricks-Jalen-Carter-Demarkcus-Bowman-143018448/#143018448_1

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