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Good moves, now to the playcalling

Greetings from Dallas. I'm still here out west, covering the big high school game this week when Miami Northwestern travels to Southlake Carroll to play in that No. 1 vs. No. 2 prep matchup.

I'm sorry I didn't give some of you a heads up about not having a live Q&A this week. But I've been a bit busy here in Southlake since I drove back in Sunday. But enough about that, let's talk Canes.

I've got to say I was happy to see coach Randy Shannon deliver on his promise he'd do what was best for the team at all times and make some major changes. He did that Tuesday, making moves to improve his starting lineup.

Here's a quick recap:
- Kyle Wright moves back to the starting role at quarterback.
- Randy Phillips, still sporting OU receiver treadmarks, gets moved from corner to backup safety, the spot he really was meant to play.
- Sam Shields, the team's best receiver, moves back into a starting role.
- The experiment of having a 6-4, 260-pound tight end return kickoffs ends. Richard Gordon goes back to his main duties, blocking. DeMarcus Van Dyke or Shawnbrey McNeal are expected to replace him.
- And Daren Daly, who was attrocius on kickoffs, gets replaced by Francesco Zampogna.

Everything should be perfect now right? Hmm. Not quite. To me, personnel adjustments are just phase one. Look, I'm not an offensive or defensive coordinator. I only play one when I got my PlayStation 2 controller in my hand and John Madden Football or NCAA Football on. Kind of just like most of you. But I don't think it took a rocket scientist to figure out Miami's playcalling this season needs some work.

Did former starter Kirby Freeman ever throw the ball down the middle of the field -- even once while he was in there? No to my memory.
Any of you have an idea why in God's name was Miami's pass defense still playing man-to-man in your face defense -- even after falling behind 14-3 and proving it couldn't handle OU's speedy receivers?
Why was Graig Cooper running sweeps inside the OU 5 and Javarris James not in for the goalline smashmouth situations?
Why was Miami running a no-huddle shotgun offense when it obviously couldn't do anything in it?

To me, the Canes need to go back to basics. When Kyle Wright was in there Saturday and having success, his receivers were doing simple little routes. Darnell Jenkins? Go downfield 10 yards and turn around. Completion! First down! Ryan Hill? Ditto. What a concept! When Miami was running the football successfully, it was Javarris James up the middle, and Graig Cooper following his brigade of blockers on sweeps.

Look, offensive coordinator Patrick Nix and defensive coordinator Tim Walton are young, talented guys. Coach Randy Shannon wouldn't have hired and promoted them if he didn't see something he liked. UM's personnel was obviously were outmatched against OU. They couldn't provide miracles. But they could have made adjustments. There were flaws in Miami's gameplan before the 51-13 loss. 81 passing yards against Marshall? A wide open middle of the field against the Thundering Herd? Surely, Kyle Wright can ought to find ways to get 10-yard completions against FIU this week, right? Surely, Miami's safeties don't have to play in the box nearly every down against FIU, do they?

Just some of my thoughts people. I know many of you have shared the same. Since this is all fun anyway, what did you see as far as playcalling that you'd like to see removed from the playbook? What about what would you like to see Miami do more of? Is there still more personnel moves Miami needs to make? Have some fun. Play coordinator.

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LMAO at FIUDefense. If ignorance was bliss, you must be the happiest person alive. I will be seriously disappointed if FIU scores more than 7 points in this game. Our O is terrible, but your weak arse D will make us look like NC candidates.

I'm predicting more of a 38-7 game. All 38 points coming by mid-way through the 3rd. This game won't be close.

Canster dont let the penn state game fool you FIU's defense is not weak. and i think we will put up 13 on you guys... still think you will score 27. but saying your O will look like NC candidates... well what was it you were saying about ignorance and bliss?

As Drago would say:

"I MUST BREAK YOU....YOU WILL LOSE."


Why were the Canes running an option at the goal line? When in the history of the Hurricanes did you ever see an option play attempted? Also why are we lining up in the shot-gun formation when it's 1st and goal from the 6?

Finally, the coaching staff has to figure out a way to adjust during the game. When they saw first hand the delay hand off from the shot gun formation wasn't working, why continue to call the play for the remainder of the game?

Hopefully we see better decisions from the coaching staff this weekend and every weekend thus forward. I also hope my gut feeling of Randy is wrong and hopefully he is the right fit for this program.

GO CANES!

CJ, I wasn't using the FIU game against Penn State as the basis for my prediction. I was using the fact that Marshall's O is much better than FIU's and we held them to 3 points. I'm also predicting 10 of those 38 points coming by way of the defense, (i.e. pick for 6 and/or fumble recovery in the red zone). Like I said, very disappointed if FIU scores more than 7.

And FIUDefense, didn't Drago lose that bout?

Yes he did lose that bout to Rocky...

But this is not a movie. It's payback time.

Wow what a matchup!!!

The winner gets to declare themselves as the fifth best team in Florida!!!

Can't wait to see what happens.

Why is Leggett still playing?

In 3+ year, Leggett has not made a play on one ball in the air. He's useless out there.

Just because you have experience doesn't mean you're the best option. Reggie Wayne started as a freshman. We have all these young receivers. It should be Shields and Hankerson, with Kayne coming off the bench. Legget should never play again.

My view is they should do the U's version of w va. That is where are best personnel is , they need a 2-3 yrs, plan starting now to develop a dynamic running attack, they add a good qtback and receivers. note what ou did to us with some of that equation. Imagine a goal of a running attack , our version of w va, a good qtback and dynamite wide receivers, that should be the plan, starte down that rd, by building multi formation running game, now, I do not think west va's D is as good as ours. There combinations of their running backs and qtback is approx. equal to ours , but they have a plan on running the ball, we need both but first we have to take the step to have one phase ,we have had nothing for yrs yet I but our athletes are as good as w. va's , getting all the recruits in the world will not help without an on field plan, Shannon has a great approach with the discipline, the competion, now lets see an on field plan.

I haven't read EVERYones entry but I read about half.

I read these posts that say PASS PASS PASS against FIU as if this is going to be like a scrimmage against a team that has no possible way of winning this game. Well guess what GURU's? FIU is capable of beating the Hurricanes. This Hurricane team cannot take ANY team lightly. They simply aren't talented enough and we still arent organized or fine tuned enough to where we are executing flawlessly. I don't care if FIU lost 79 - 0. They can still upset us. So how about playing hard THE WHOLE GAME

EFF - treating it as a practice tune up to work on the passing game. Thast the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

Yes I love the forward pass also but don't forsake the ground game altogether. The passing game will start to work now that we have our QB back(Sorry Kirby but you should have played a different position because you're not a good QB.) We will find out who can catch and if Leggett keeps dropping em - SIT HIM.

Offense: Spread the ball out. 4 receiver sets with Shields, Hankerson, Jenkins, and Farhqueson. Also 3 receiver sets minus Hankerson with Cooper running routs out of the backfield. Running the ball with James and Cooper would be a "No Duh" situation. Everyone knows they are already good and can run on FIU. When the canes do however run the ball give most reps to McNeal and Thomas. I would love to say give it to Robinson but it's too late now that he is at LB. Too bad when the guy runs a lot like Eric Dickerson.

Defense: The biggest test will be finding a reliable corner to replace Philips. I would start with Armour or Grant. I would also use FIU as an experiment on blitz packages. I would like to see some corner blitzes and some from McCarthy.

Manny,

What's the current status on Doug Wiggens? Was he redshirted?

Go Canes!

Oh there are a ton of ohio state fans here in seattle this weekend for the UW game. My brother-in-law was upset he didn't bring his gator hat, and for once I wish he did. LOL!

Offense: Spread the ball out. 4 receiver sets with Shields, Hankerson, Jenkins, and Farhqueson. Also 3 receiver sets minus Hankerson with Cooper running routs out of the backfield. Running the ball with James and Cooper would be a "No Duh" situation. Everyone knows they are already good and can run on FIU. When the canes do however run the ball give most reps to McNeal and Thomas. I would love to say give it to Robinson but it's too late now that he is at LB. Too bad when the guy runs a lot like Eric Dickerson.

Defense: The biggest test will be finding a reliable corner to replace Philips. I would start with Armour or Grant. I would also use FIU as an experiment on blitz packages. I would like to see some corner blitzes and some from McCarthy.

Manny,

What's the current status on Doug Wiggens? Was he redshirted?

Go Canes!

Oh there are a ton of ohio state fans here in seattle this weekend for the UW game. My brother-in-law was upset he didn't bring his gator hat, and for once I wish he did. LOL!

Just heard a rumor that there will given out free tickets for the FIU game in the FIU alumni tent before the game starting at 1pm.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Images/Catalog/ProductImages/248H.jpg Green,

I applaud your loyalty to UCG. Posted by: FIUDefense | September 14, 2007 at 10:10 AM what's ucg?

http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2007/09/kevin-everett--.html#comment-82630961 I don't agree with those of you who bash the SS blog while promoting Manny's at the Herald. ... If you're bitter that the SS moved Omar to cover the Dolphins, get over it. But in the end, its pretty immature/selfish/ignorant to bash the SS blog and Shandel simply because he's a new face Posted by: TICAL | September 13, 2007 at 07:11 PM once upon a time, omar kelly's unbroken blog ruled the blogosphere ... HUMBLED

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Business/IndustryInfo/story?id=3585400&page=1 along with alpine nj, fisher island's zip (33109) tops forbes most expensive real estate list ...

http://www.music.miami.edu/festivalmiami/ 24th Festival Miami

http://www.theacc.com/genrel/091407aaf.html ACC's Gameday Operations Center ... forerunner of ACC-TV?

http://www.561sports.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=1179 popular Hurricane fan Laus (aka Josh Giggey) apparently died from a botched appendectomy : ( 23, newlywed ...

Green,

UCG is short for:

University of Coral Gables.

Good luck today, I smell a possible upset.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/maryland_terps/blog/2007/09/orange_bowl.html Just heard a rumor that there will given out free tickets for the FIU game in the FIU alumni tent before the game starting at 1pm.

Posted by: UMCane305 | September 15, 2007 at 02:15 AM despite a ticket dump, roughly 8,000 attended fui v. maryland. fui small potatoes draws flies ...

Green,

UCG is short for:

University of Coral Gables.
Posted by: FIUBlueandGold | September 15, 2007 at 08:49 AM is that an insult? the University of Miami resides in one of the USA's toniest communities : ) what do U expect from bush league u ... does fui prefer usw or sht?


http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v133/62/110/10601093/n10601093_33719174 pep rally photo by OrangeCane. notice our lush campus ...

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v133/62/110/10601093/n10601093_33719174_4394.jpg link

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v133/62/110/10601093/n10601093_33719179_5641.jpg pep rally photo by OrangeCane. notice our lush campus ...

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v133/62/110/10601093/n10601093_33719184_6895.jpg pep rally photo by OrangeCane. notice our lush campus ...

Not an insult...

Just a fact. I was at the Maryland game and they did not correctly scan attendance. The south side of the OB was filled from 15 yd line to line, rows 10 - 45 ?? roughly.

It was more like 15,000, otherwise the OB is not a 72,000 plus seater. Most info. published was not accurate because students were allowed a guest, for which the scanner did not grab.

ESPN Classic replays U from 9a-7p sep 20. can't get enough of U ... ALL CANES, ALL DAY

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/maryland_terps/blog/2007/09/orange_bowl.html baltimore sun's heather a. dinich: "I'm guessing the attendance to be around 8,000. The capacity is 72,319."

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v446/Xeroc/UM/emptyOrangeBowl2.jpg photos don't lie ...

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