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Take your finger off the panic button

Red Alert! Red Alert! The Miami Hurricanes lost a football game!
Red Alert! Red Alert! The Canes got embarrassed in Norman, 51-13!
Red Alert! Red Alert! This is unacceptable!

Do most of you realize how ridiculous that just sounded? Yet, of the 400-plus messages left on this blog and others related to University of Miami football, I'd estimate about 90-percent of them sounded just like that madness above.

Did The U get thrashed yesterday by the fifth-ranked team? Yes.
Did various parts of the team -- namely the quarterback position and secondary get exposed? Yes.
Did Randy Shannon and his assistants make the wrong move by taking Kyle Wright out of the game? Yes.
Did the game plan stink? Yes.
Is it time to collect everything green and orange in your house and burn it? Absolutely not. Listen up Canes fans, it is time to take your finger off the panic button!

University of Miami football fans are passionate about their team. I understand that. I was born and have bled in this city all my life and spent many a Saturday at the OB myself. But this quick jump off a roof mentality has got to stop. The reality is this football team lost to a superior team and the score was lopsided for a few reasons. I'll get into those later. But the reality is this team is better than last year's 7-6 squad. And this team can also end up running the table the rest of the season. It's not out of the question. The ACC, last time I looked, wasn't exactly loaded with great teams.

I know you are wounded. Randy Shannon and the talk got you all excited. Some of you believed this was 2001 all over again (I don't know how). And then, the Canes ego got blasted with a shotgun yesterday. Here's the problem, though. As Canes fans, you need to stop comparing this team right now to anything accomplished in 1983, 87, 89, 91 and 2001 -- or even those other seasons when Miami had superior talent than this team. It's just not fair. Did you honestly expect Randy Shannon to take this team from 0 to 60 -- or 7-6 to national champs -- in less than 3.1 seconds? The University of Miami is not a Ferrari or the suped-up race car today that it once was.

Yesterday proved that again. But what yesterday also proved is that Miami isn't that far away. Did we forget it was 21-13 in the third quarter? All, Oklahoma did was expose Miami's weaknesses. did get out of hand? Yeah. But it was 21-13. Miami was in the fight. Yes, they picked on the secondary, made Miami's quarterbacks look average at best. But isn't that something we already knew was a problem? Didn't we know the secondary got beat several times by Marshall last week? Haven't we known Miami's passing game has done about diddly squat in the last three years? Why did we believe all of a sudden those issues were going to vanish against arguably Miami's toughest opponent in the last three seasons?

The bottomline is this: This team isn't as bad today as the film Randy Shannon poured over last night. It just isn't good enough to beat teams like Oklahoma. Not yet. But it is good enough to thrash the Marshalls and FIUs of the world. The strength of this team -- its defensive line and running game is good enough to not only keep Miami in games, which is what it did all last year, but likely win most of them. The Canes don't have just one star in the backfield anymore. They've got two. Colin McCarthy is growing up everyday. Calais Campbell and Kenny Phillips? They're still here.

Look at the rest of Miami's schedule and honestly ask yourself if there is a game the Canes simply cannot win? Ask yourself if there is another Oklahoma on the schedule?

FIU? They're 0-2. Played Maryland halfway decent yesterday and lost.
Texas A&M? Needed triple OT to pull of a win at home against Fresno State.
Duke? Basically winless in 2-plus seasons.
North Carolina? Butch Davis isn't ready yet to win a big game.
Georgia Tech? The Yellow Jackets are likely the toughest game at home this season.
Florida State? The Seminoles have their own issues and were down 17-3 yesterday to UAB.
North Carolina State? Barely treading water these days.
Virginia? They beat a beaten down Miami team 17-7 last year. They only beat Duke by 11 yesterday.
Virginia Tech? In a game vs. an opponent much like Miami's, they were trailing 24-0 to LSU yesterday at halftime. The final beatdown was 48-7. Need we forget the 17-7 season opening win over (gasp!) East Carolina.
Boston College? The last time Miami lost to them, I was 6.

Feel better yet? Have you thought about taking finger off the panic button?

Randy Shannon and his coaches have to go to work today. They need to figure out who is going to play quarterback the rest of this season. They need to find ways to get the receivers involved in something other than blocking. They need to get their secondary and pass defense to play better. But they don't need to hit the panic button. And neither do you.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: I realize my comment yesterday saying Kyle Wright was "yukking it up" has caused a bit of a stir. I  want to apologize to Kyle myself. In my quest to pound out my locker room report as quickly as possible yesterday and get the rest of my work done, I used the wrong word. I fumbled. I certainly don't want anybody to get the idea Wright was having his own personal party yesterday in the wake of the team's 51-13 loss to the Sooners. All I was trying to convey, was that Kyle was feeling better than he has most of this fall. He got to play. He moved Miami's offense. He's hopeful it made it a difference with playing time. And yes, while most of his teammates appeared down, he seemed a little happier. Not a lot. Just a little. Good enough to crack a few smiles with his family and friends after the game. It was a bad choice of words on my part. That's all. My bad Kyle. My bad Canes fans.

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Excellent comments. Hopefully some people will calm down now.

Thanks for clarifying the Kyle lockerroom situation Manny... and I agree, we can still run the table if our coaches learn how to adjust... and I don't mean from game-to-game, but from series-to-series.

You are right, we don't have "NC year" talent right now, but we DO have enough talent to look better than we did in the second half yesterday... if only we had made the proper adjustments to counter what was happening to us on both sides of the ball.

It's not the loss, it's the way we lost. I thought UM played to win. I'll never figure out why the coaches pulled our 2 best offensive players yesterday, Kyle(ABC game MVP!),and Javarris(where was he on the goal-line?), while at the same time left Randy Phillips on an island all game. Strange.

To Patrick Nix: 100 push-ups for you for getting caught on national TV shaking your head after another well crafted 3 and out. Disgraceful.

Awsome post manny, u wrote down exactly what i was thinking. People need to realize that u cannot create a national championship team in one year. Howard took a couple of years, Jimmy was i believe 8-5 his 1st season and didnt win one until 87. It took Dennis 1 year, but with jimmys kids. Butch came in and struggled, but then HE recruited all the studs and he still didnt win one. Then chocker came in and did win in his 1st year, but that was all butches recruits. And cmon, i could have coached that team and still win a national championship

Shannon is rebuilding, just look at his verball commits, there all studs. We all need to wait, is it fustratng? yea, but we need patience. Right now shannn is playing with all chockers crappy players, and he needs to cope with them. But i kno that when shannon get the recruits that he wants in here, we WILL get our 6(7*) national championship, and much more

You may be right about not panicking but let's face it. We easily can lose 3-4 more games; our QB's are the reason.

We will lose to Texas A&M/Georgia Tech/VT/BC. This is just not the year. Next year will be THE YEAR!! Also, even though FSU has looked bad, who are Cane fans to speak about someone elses team looking bad. They might beat us also.

Manny, you're just speaking as a fan when you had explanation for the rest of Hurricane schedule.

I agree with a previous post. Cooper is a speed guy. While at the 1 yard line why not use the bigger runner in James to get into the end zone. Despite getting in after 2 penalties and numerous attempts it looked embarrasing. I thought Kyle looked sharp and I disagree with the coaches saying that Kirby gave us a better chance to win than Kyle. I love my team and was loving every minute when we were down by only 8 points. Mo' was swinging! Oh well...

ACC play begins soon and this will be our measurement for success. Non-Conference loss is no big deal especially in a re-building phase.

Great comments, and clarification on Wright. Let's hope someone will explain why Wright was pulled after showing some promise!

The "personal foul" on Gooden really seemed to be the play that swung the momentum. We hold them to a FG there and it might have looked a whole lot better.

BTW....I was very impressed with KW. Came into a tough situation and actually made some plays. I think he is the QB for the rest of the year.

I don't think we'll beat GT and VT, and even if we do, we won't beat Clemson for the ACC title.

Yesterday exposed the fact that we don't have the personnel to compete with top-tier teams. Nix is falling into line with his predecessors with being very conservative with his playcalling. Kyle's awareness of the pocket was horrendous yesterday, and I'm going to be waiting for Marve to take over before I start getting my hopes up for the Canes to return to the BCS picture. We didn't just hit the panic button, we hit it three years ago, and haven't let up. But I think Randy will bring in an excellent class this year, and hopefully he'll bring in guys that can dominate the line of scrimmage.

I AM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW A TEAM THAT IS NOT ON PROBATION, HAS ALL THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS, LOOKED WORSE THAN THE MIAMI TEAM THAT WAS ON PROBATION??

I AM CONFIDENT AND I ALREADY KNOW SHANNON'S RECRUITING CLASSES ARE BETTER THAN COKERS ALL PUT TOGETHER.

I HOPE KYLE STARTS THE REST OF THE YEAR. KIRBY I WAS WITH YOU THE WHOLE WAY BUT YOU BLEW YOUR SHOT, WET THE BED, THREW IT ALL AWAY WITH THESE PERFORMANCES. SORRY BUDDY YOU LOOKED LIKE A DEER IN HEAD LIGHTS.

WHY NOT USE JAMES EARLY??? I AM STILL THINKING ABOUT THIS PROBOBLY UNTIL NEXT GAME. WHY NOT USE JAMES IN GOALLINE OPPORTUNITIES?? I WAN AN ANSWER!!!!!!!

I DONT WANT KIRBY TO PLAY NEXT YEAR AND I CANT WAIT UNTIL KYLE, LEGGET, RANDY PHILIPS LEAVE.

GUYS COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS REAL SIMPLE EITHER YOU GOT IT OR YOU DONT. IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT I MEAN HERE IS AN EXAMPLE. OKLAHOMA'S FRESHMEN QB HAS IT. HE CAME IN AND LOOKS BETTER THAN ANY QB I HAVE SEEN IN A WHILE.
WHEN YOUR A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (KIRBY) AND A REDSHIRT SENIOR(KYLE) AND YOU STILL DONT GOT IT, YOU KNOW WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET IT DONE NOT THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR OR AT ALL. WHEN MARVE COMES IN ITS EITHER GOING TO BE THE SAME THING EITHER HE HAS IT OR HE DOESNT.

WE LOOK LIKE THE DOLHPINS WITH FIELDER AT QB.

O U HAS HAD 3 DIFFERENT QB'S AND HAVE STILL BEEN SUCCESSFUL ALL 3 YEARS, THAT TELLS YOU SOMETHING.

OH ONE MORE THING I WISH SOMEONE CAN MAKE A VIDEO ON YOUTUBE OF HOW MANY TIMES RANDY PHILIPS GETS BURNED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER.

Manny you are right! other bloggers blaming Donna and facilities!! Stop it!! Bigger schools with bigger facilities had just as embarassing losses yesterday, too. Randy has us on the right track it will take some time. Go Canes!@!!

Yeah that was an awful call on Gooden. They called it "unnecessary roughness", even though Gooden hit Bradford in bounds. That's the way the game is played...the QB starts running, and if he doesn't get his butt out of bounds, he's going to get leveled. The momentum really did swing at that point.

Manny says: "But the reality is this team is better than last year's 7-6 squad."

Please elaborate.

Patrick Nix is not the answer for this offense. Why were we running shotgun sweeps and QB sneaks instead of lining up in the I-formation playing smash mouth football? Our offensive line is suppose to be improved. Put Gordon at fullback and let him block for James or Cooper. And Wright is the best fit for this offense. Let Wright finish out the year, and get Marve ready for next year, at least we'll have an "experienced" backup in Freeman.

And the Defensive coordinator needs to be in the box so he can better see the field to make the necessary calls a la Shannon. I don't know what happened to the all american, next Sean Taylor/Ed Reed Safeties, but they were either out of position or blew some assignments because Phillips shouldn't have that isolated.

Absoulutly correct! I have been a Canes fan since 1981. I lived only 1 mile from the OB and have seen most of the big games this great University has played. I want all Canes fans to remember one thing.....There is a reason Coker is not here anymore. He and his staff did not recruit well, and sat on the laurels that Butch Davis created for them. Now, just like in Butch's first few years it is time for a "tough love" approach by Coach Shannon and his staff. It will take a few years, but Randy has done an outstanding job keeping a lot of the South Fla. talent in Dade county. He is a tough guy who understands adversity, and integrity. I believe in him, and so should you. Our main problem on offense all starts with a weak o-line. If you open holes, great athletes will run through them. If you pass protect, great athletes will be able to complete passes. Our receiver corp will need to step up and actually catch the balls that seem to bounce off their hands the last few years. When all this comes together, we will win again. Give Coach Shannon a chance. Even a great offensive mind like Steve Spurrier struggled his first few years at South Carolina. But look at them now. He has his players on campus now, and they look like they can compete with any other SEC team. Have patience and faith and the "U" will rise again!

"But it is good enough to thrash the Marshalls and FIUs of the world." NICE, OH BOY!

The strength of this team -- its defensive line (NO PRESSURE ON THE QB, FEW SACKS, NO CONTAIN ON RUN PLAYS) and running game (FUMBLE FOR A TD, NO SCORES) is good enough to not only keep Miami in games, which is what it did all last year, but likely win most of them.

The Canes don't have just one star in the backfield anymore. They've got two (I AGREE).

Colin McCarthy is growing up everyday (I AGREE).

Calais Campbell and Kenny Phillips (ABSENT MOST OF THE DAY AGAIN, NO PICKS AND CONSISTENTLY OUT OF POSITION)? They're still here.

Confused - FSU had to come back and beat UAB yes UAB!! We got beat by a number 5 team. FSU came way to close to being beat by UAB, yes UAB!! They should have never been in the game. And Marshall who truly was never in the game with us gave WESTVA a pretty good game. So put things in prespective and give the canes some time!!

Nobody is panicking. Nobody is saying that we can't win the ACC. Nobody is saying the season is over. Nobody is calling for Shannon's head.

All we are saying is we got whooped (again)on National TV by a far superior team. That is not a positive feeling. What part of that don't you guys get?

It doesn't make you less of a fan for saying the truth about your team. When they play well we all brag about it. When they play poorly, we should be able to say that too, not pretend it didn't happen.

And, oh by the way...the punting was terrible. There are probably 10 HS kids in Dade County alone that will have better punting averages than the Canes punter this year. Ouch!

I said 9-3 record this year and I'm stickin' to it! Go CANES!!!

Our main problem on offense all starts with a weak o-line. Posted by: Miami Mike | September 09, 2007 at 11:26 AM our main problem = overreliance on Kirby's ragarm. Coach Nix deemphasized our bread & butter: Thunder & Lighning.

Nix didn't fumble the handoff, Nix didn't bounce out passes. Nix did't under throw the deep ball. Face it when your are over matched in all facets of the game and get beat by superior talent we need to give the coaching staff some slack

Face it when your are over matched in all facets of the game and get beat by superior talent we need to give the coaching staff some slack

Posted by: formulacane | September 09, 2007 at 12:11 PM our "overmatched" Canes only trailed by 8 in Q3. face it, Coach Nix coached scared. G2 cut him slack? fine. scrutinize henceforth? you bet!

Excellent post.

Hey Manny, I posted on the last blog. Thanks for the clarification. I appreciate the job you do, and I know short cuts have to be made for deadlines.

You are right about taking the finger off the panic button. I saw some things offensively yesterday that have me encouraged. I think once Nix gets a good feel for the QB situation and the capabilities of all his players, we'll be fine. It'll take a few more games. But overall, I was impressed with the Oline, and the LB's. DB's have a lot of work to do. Randy Phillips, man, keep your head up. Keep working hard. You're always around the ball, you're just a step away most times. Trust your instincts, and trust your techniques. And, catch those INT's when you get an opportunity. You'll be alright.

I hit the panic button, bring on Marve now, all new wide receivers , bring on allen bailey, bring on everyone that is not cokerized and let them play , win or lose, it was still bad, no sugarcoating.

I agree with these sentiments. There is nothing a coach can do if his players are worse then the opponents, and that's what we have at most of the skill positions right now. I thought it was bad coaching too, but receivers had SCREEN PASSES bouncing off their hands like they were a brick wall. What adjustments can you make for that?

We need those Northwester receivers and those Booker T Washington receivers to get on campus as soon as possible, and bring their confidence and speed with them. Everything is moving in the right direction for us. The payoff will come later.

The disparity in the speed of the teams was jarring yesterday. I remember when it was the other way around.

Nix's No. 1 job is to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers --- Coop and James --- and take the ball out of the hands of the QBs. I think we'll be seeing Wright and Freeman play a lot all season. I'd still redshirt Marve and hope he plays well enough during the spring and in summer camp to get the starting job in 08. It's going to be tough to score when the QBs play at this level. But when you can run the ball and stop the run (and create turnovers), you can win a lot of games.

Very good blog. I support your assessment and conclusion.

I thought it was bad coaching too, but receivers had SCREEN PASSES bouncing off their hands like they were a brick wall. What adjustments can you make for that? Posted by: ChicagoCane | September 09, 2007 at 12:57 PM try something else.

Great post Manny, props to U for clarifying the Kyle Wright situation and being a man about it to admit that U were wrong. I was very dissapointed at the way that the U finished the game.

There's an old saying that says that you "finish the way you started," it appears to me that they simply quit and rolled over at the end. RS will not tolerate that type of behavior and you can best believe that this is the last time you are going to see a Shannon coached team play like that again. Late.

How can Boise State move the ball up and down the field on this same OU defense and the U gets zilch? Are we ever going to get innovative and non predictable? Either the defense read too many press clippings and forgot to show up or that Freshman QB at OU is one of the best in the nation.

Wright finally looked good - so why pull him?
Why use the smaller, less experienced speed back at the goal line instead of James?

This was a total whipping - no body looked good - the coaching was no better than the offense and defense.

Here is a link to a Sportsline article written by Gary whatever.

http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/10340519

This guy does not even cover college football for CBS but wants to give the nation his stupid 2 cents worth. I had to let him know how I felt about his article.

I know the Canes did not perform well yesterday, but I still believe we are headed in the right direction. We may have had a few dumb penalties, but at least we did not have a game full of them like in years past. Like Manny pointed out, we missed out on a couple of big momentum changing plays that could have kept us in the game.

Wait........Wright looked good?


If I'm not mistaken...KW was in for 3 series.

The 1st...he was OK.


Then 2nd and 3rd....it was right back to the same 'ol KW.


I don't know why you bother arguing which QB is better. It's like picking which way you want to die. Do you want to get hit by a car, or do you want to be burned alive. Either way...you're still going to die, and it's still going to hurt.

Manny your right,

The one area where OU was clearly superior, and everyone should have expected, was cornerback play. If we had the corners that we are accustomed to having at the U, that would have been a much closer game. On the OU end of the ball their corners were all over our guys, especially on Legget.

I don't put the blame on any of the coaches, unless of course there is someone else on the team who can cover better than R. Phillips. Although if Wright doesn't reclaim the starting position then I think the coaching should be brought into question because while we can all enjoy Freeman's enthusiasm and leadership, Kyle is the one with the arm.

One positive note:

Shannon's discipline is working so far. After being embarrassed, I didn't see any fighting or poor sportsmanship on our part.

Also the rest of the ACC is no better and we can win it. GT will be tough but we will be better by the time we play them.

A reasonable post. Does anyone know why Lance Leggett still gets trotted out there every game? I believe that my statistics sitting in the stands, 0 catches for 0 yards, are equivalent to his.

Hey that taking the names off the jersey's really worked some magic, huh?

Greatest day as a georgia tech fan when team announces Patrick Nix is leaving.

Worst day as a UM fan when told Nix was hired by UM.

Same ol Reggie Ball "offense" with Freeman. At Tech best ballcarrier in ACC never got ball in some games. Best receiver in the game never thrown the ball in some games.

No imagination, poor choice of plays. Never plays to strength.

Will be a long season.

Shame, I think the head coach is the real deal. Hope they prove me wrong.

Even if Miami doesn't run the tables on the rest of the season, the fact remains that it will take atleast two seasons to clear up Cokers mess and get better players and experience. Did you really think a new coach was the answer. If so then wake up from the fantasy. Randy brings respect back to the program from a coaching perspective. The recruiting will continue to improve and Miami will return to the national stage. So relax, let others talk, because within a couple of seasons, we will all say that "we'r baaaacccck!!!!!

Manny you are the rock! I was part of the 12% club -- but only if they won this game. Yes, yes, it did not work out but there are the rest of the sched to look forward too. These are kids that are playing for our vicarious hopes and dreams and damn if I will abandon them now.

We are in it for the long haul (not too long) and we clearly need the kids to mature a bit more. Believe it or not, I thouht we had a good chance deep into the first quarter but that fumble opened the floodgates.

We have talent but we need to execute. I guess we need to seasn these kids somehow and so throw in the freshmen and rookies to learn and handle the pressure.

Hell no we won't give up. Bring on FIU -- no fights please and give Kyle, Marve or Kirby the ball and throw and throw until we get it right!!!

i think GT put up 69 yesterday...Manny or anybody whats the most that offense scored when Nix was there????

Canes fans ought to cross their fingers tonight. Former tight end Kevin Everett is having emergency spinal surgery after taking a vicious hit today on the field in the Bills' loss.

"Bring on FIU..?? " The U is several years from regaining any ELITE status. Look at what is happening in Ann Arbor. It's great that Randy Shannon has locked up some many early verbal commits, but let's get real here. Florida used to be the CREME de le CREME for Blue Chippers...Not anymore, Texas and California kids are just as fast. FSU is also lacking some talent.

I counted Kenny Phillips out of position to make plays, a dozen times yesterday. I keyed on him because I wanted to compare his skills to his brother Jarvis. The SOONERS were just better off the ball. Much of this in my opinion falls on the coaching staff.

The scrimmage against FIU next week should be interesting. Or is it a scrimmage ? Maryland has playmakers and after a slow start for FIU, those guys made a game out of it. I would think Miami wins next week, but isn't that why the games are played ??

The U is several years from regaining any ELITE status. Posted by: HarryCane | September 09, 2007 at 09:24 PM hey soothsayer, predict the close of tomorrow's dow jones industrial average ...

It's great that Randy Shannon has locked up some many early verbal commits, but let's get real here. Florida used to be the CREME de le CREME for Blue Chippers...Not anymore Posted by: HarryCane | September 09, 2007 at 09:24 PM hey genius, didn't florida win the 2006 national championship ...

http://www6.miami.edu/communications/events/destino2008/ UM hosts historic debate

Manny:

Thank you for clarifying the comments on Kyle Wright, and for apologizing to him on the blog. I don't know if you ever have the opportunity to speak with and develop "off the record" relationships with these players, but I believe that an apology to him in person is also in order.

That said, I started to compose a post yesterday that was rather bitter toward you and your locker room comments. As on-line media has beome the norm, there seems to be more and more suspect journalism - speed sacrifices quality content. I came away from yesterday's blog having lost a lot of respect for your profesionalism.

I reserved comment, not judgement, yesterday by deleting my post before submitting it. Today, I will stand up and say that your blog has changed my mind. By your comments, you proved to be a stand up guy, and you do have quickly regained my respect as a writer and a quality reporter.

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Onto the game...

I was actually not as upset after the game as the score indicated I should be.

I was pleased by Kyle's performance, disappointed by Kirby's ineptitude, and I don't understand our play calling.

Offensively, I don't believe our team will ever achieve the expected level of success until we have a quarterback who can read a defense at the line of scrimmage, make an adjustment before the snap - call an audible - and execute a play that exposes the defense's weakness. There is always a weakness. That is how teams with less physical talent compete. As many bloggers have correctly noted, we had less talent.

Defensively, I was - of all things - pleased with the way we tackled. TGood and Kenny Phillips were all over the field. McCarthey's aggressiveness - even if it led to some missed assignments - was encouraging.

To the poster who wrote about Calais being dominated - well I saw him being dominated by double teams all day. We was constantly lined up against a tackle and tight end and he was usually clipped by a tight end and a running back on most plays.

Of all the encouraging things, the lingering questions are HUGE (one from offense, one from defense, one intangible):

1) Why did we shut it down? Oklahoma didn't and then they chose to embarrass us. Remember Stoops, karma is a b*tch, and you just earned some very bad Cane karma.

2) Why did Kirby go back in the game? I have now seen enough to think he should have little to no chance of starting games the rest of this season, but next season as well. Kyle may never do enough to earn the lifetime lore of Canes fans, but he did enough to prove that he is the better game manager - including directing traffic on the line of scrimmage and moving well in the pocket to avoid a sack or a big loss. Two of his incompletions were throwaways when he was under pressure and didn't see anything down the field.

3) Why didn't we change our coverage schemes? Randy Phillips was outplayed by one of the best in the nation. I think he might one day be a serviceable corner, but he is not an elite, blanket cover guy. He tackles well, and he is not afraid to stick his nose in the pile, but he will never be a shut-down corner. Yet, we treat him that way.

FIU should be a good rememdy for us. Who is the home team?

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Lastly, God be with you Kevin. You are in my prayers and in the prayers of the entire Hurricane family.

PATRICK NIX IS A JOKE. PITCHING THE BALL 5 YARDS BEHIND THE LINE WHEN WE HAVE THE BALL ON THE OU 1 YARD LINE. RUNNING UP THE MIDDLE DOWN 30. STARTING FREEMAN. RUNNING COOPER REPEATEDLY AT THE GOAL LINE INSTEAD OF JAMES. CANES FANS, WE HAVE ANOTHER WERNER/OLSON SITUATION ON OUR HANDS. SHANNON HAS TO TAKE THE BLAME FOR THIS HIRE. I SHOOK MY HEAD WHEN HE MADE THE HIRE, AND MY FEARS ARE JUSTIFIED. GEORGIA TECH'S OFFENSE WAS MIDDLE OF THE ROAD IN THE ACC, AND NIX WAS ONLY THE OC FOR ONE YEAR. HE PROVED NOTHING. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE RANDY TO SWALLOW HIS PRIDE AND ADMIT HE MADE A MISTAKE AND MAKE THE RIGHT CALL AND CONTINUE THE SEARCH FOR AN OC THAT THE "U" NEEDS TO TURN THIS PATHETIC OFFENSE AROUND!

FROM ALL I READ RANDY PHILLIPS SHOULD BE PLAYING SAFETY. DVD IS A TRUE FRESHMAN. WHAT DID THE COACHING STAFF THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN IN OKLAHOMA?? SHARPE, PHILLIPS, BRUCE JOHNSON WERE WASTED SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE CB POSITION. DVD AND WIGGINS ARE MY HOPE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE AT CB, AND OF COURSE OUR STAR RECRUIT PATRICK JOHNSON!

One more thing...

We have to admit that Lee Corso was correct. That jacka$$ predicted the OU would blow out Miami with lont passes.

Everyone else thought it would be close. I hate it when he is right.

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