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Gameday blog: UNC 28, UM 24 (F)

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
> UNC's 1st Drive: The Tar Heels get some field position help when the opening kickoff by Bosher goes out of bounds. A few plays later, Brandon Tate strikes with a 37-yard catch and run to the UM 11-yard line. On fourth and goal, Ryan Houston puts UNC right back into the game with a 2-yard scoring run with 9:38 left in the third quarter. UM 17, UNC 14.

> UM's 1st Drive: The Canes get great field position at the UNC 44, but can do nothing with the ball. Marve gets sacked by Mark Paschal on first down back at the 31. Two plays later, UM punts, giving UNC possession at its own 19.

> UNC's 2nd Drive: After picking up another first down on the ground, UNC tries a reverse to Brandon Tate that loses a yard. Two incomplete passes later, UNC punts and Miami takes over at its own 47.

> UM's 2nd Drive: UNC's defense keeps coming up with stops. After Marve picks up one first down with a scramble, UM is forced to punt. Sam Shields come through with a heck of a play catching the punt and pinning UNC at its 1-yard line.

> UNC's 3rd Drive: Pinned on its own 1, UNC can't move and is forced to punt from its own 1 when Spence smacks down UNC's running back on 3rd and 10. UM gets great field position when a UNC punt is return to the UNC 27. But the return gets negated on a block on the back by Romeo Davis. UM starts its drive on its 36.

> UM's 3rd Drive: Robert Marve comes through again. Faced with a 3rd and 11, Marve scrambles and finds Dedrick Epps in the flat for a big 3rd down conversion down to the UNC 22-yard line. Big, big, big, play. Graig Cooper then moves the ball even deeper with another solid run up the middle. UM caps the drive with a Marve to Aldarius Johnson touchdown pass with 9:59 to play. UM 24, UNC 14.

> UNC's 4th Drive: Right when it looks like UM is going to put the 'Heels away, UNC's speciality -- the big play -- strikes. On third and 10 at his own 26, Sexton finds Nicks down the center of the field for a 74-yard scoring strike. Bruce Johnson had the coverage on the play and missed the tackle. There was no safety help. UM 24, UNC 21.

> UM's 4th Drive: The Canes catch a break when the ensuing kickoff goes out of bounds, giving UM possession at the 40. After Graig Cooper picks up a couple first downs on the ground, UM gets called for holding at the UNC 39. Faced with a third and long, Marve forces a deep pass that gets picked and returned to the UM 43.

> UNC's 5th Drive: UNC picks up one first down and move to the UM 29. But on third and long, freshman Brandon Harris sacks Sexton back at the 36. On fourth down, Jay Wooten's 53-yard field goal attempt sails just wide left with 3:50 to play.

> UM's 5th Drive: Miami runs the ball three times trying to run the clock, but a holding penalty on Jason Fox hurts the team. Miami s only able to eat up 49 seconds off the clock as Butch Davis uses all three of his timeouts to leave 3:01 to play.

> UNC's 6th Drive: UNC partially blocks Bosher's punt and takes over at its own 44. On first down, Sexton picks up a 13-yard completion to the UM 42. Two plays later, Sexton finds Nicks for about a 22-yard gain when Bruce Johnson misses yet another tackle. But UM catches a break when Nicks get flagged for an offensive face mask. The ball is moved back to the UM 35. Sexton then finds Tate for an 11-yard gain and first down to the UM 24. On second and 9, UM's Chavez Grant collides with Brooks Forster at the 15-yard line. Referees throw flags and ultimately rule pass interference on Grant at the UM 14. Two plays later, Foster sneaks behind DeMarcus Van Dyke and makes a leaping catch for a touchdown with :46 left.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
> Couple of injury notes... backup running back Damien Berry left the game midway through the first quarter with a lower left leg injury... receiver Thearon Collier had his abdomen looked at after taking a hit and dropping pass late in the first quarter... right tackle Reggie Youngblood is having his lower left foot looked at by trainers.

> UM's 1st Drive: The Canes start at their own 11 after Jojo Nicholas gets flagged for holding on the kickoff. Graig Cooper, just like a week ago, gets the Canes rolling with three long runs including a 31-yard scamper to the UNC 9. On the next play, quarterback Robert Marve finds Kayne Farquharson in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown. Miami scores in 8 plays, going 89 yards. Impressive. UM 7, UNC 0.

Butch_davis_randy_shannon> UNC's 1st Drive: The Heels pick up a first down on three straight runs when UM's defense wakes up. Colin McCarthy and Chavez Grant pick up the first tackle for loss. Two incomplete passes later, UNC punts and Grant picks up the second big hit of the game when he absolutely lights up Melvin Williams on the return. It springs Travis Benjamin for a 38-yard punt return to the UM 48-yard line. That block just edged out Jason Fox for the biggest hit of the game so far. On the second offensive play of the game, Fox destroyed defensive end Robert Quinn.

> UM's 2nd Drive: The Canes once again move the ball down the field, picking up first downs on two third down conversions including another nice run by Graig Cooper and Benjamin. But on 3rd and 11 at the UNC 25, Thearon Collier drops a pass at the first down marker. Matt Bosher's 42-yard field goal attempt goes wide right.

> UNC's 2nd Drive: Penalties, penalties, penalties. Carolina moves the ball and then picks up a 36-yard run by Shaun Draughn deep into UM territory. But it gets negated by a holding penalty. Carolina eventually is forced to punt. Punter Terrence Brown the bobbles the punt and falls on the ball at the Carolina 11 giving UM great field position.

> UM's 3rd Drive: Following an incomplete pass to an open Dedrick Epps and a 1-yard run by Cooper, Marve finds Cooper on a middle screen and Coop does the rest, avoiding two tackles on his way to the end zone with :39 left in the first quarter. Joel Figueroa had a key block to spring him. UM 14, UNC 0.

> UNC's 3rd Drive: Cameron Sexton comes in the game quarterback, replacing Paulus, and instantly sparks the Tar Heels offense. Carolina caps a 7-play, 58-yard drive and scores with 12:49 left when Greg Little follows a pack of blockers into the end zone on a 6-yard run. UM 14, UNC 7.

> UM's 4th Drive: Jacory Harris replaces Marve at quarterback with 12:46 left in the half and the offense goes three and out. But Carolina keeps the drive alive with a running into the punter penalty. Miami takes advantage of new life. Harris connects on one key passes on third down to Farquharson and another 14-yard gain to freshman Davon Johnson. UM caps a 14-play, 62-yard drive that chews up 7 minutes, 42 seconds with a 35-yard field goal by Matt Bosher. UM 17, UNC 7.

> UNC's 4th Drive: Sexton picks up a first down on his first play of the drive. But the Heels offense fizzles and the drive ends when DeMarcus Van Dyke bats away a third down pass.

> UM's 5th Drive: Marve comes back in at quarterback, but UM goes three-and-out before draining the clock and punting it. Carolina takes over at its own 7 with :25 left.

HERE ARE SOME FIRST HALF NOTES...
> Miami's starting offense featured Aldarius Johnson and Khalil Jones at receiver, Chris Zellner and Dedrick Epps at tight end, Robert Marve at quarterback, Graig Cooper in the backfield and Jason Fox, AJ Trump, Xavier Shannon, Joel Figueroa and Reggie Youngblood starting from left to right on the line.
> Miami's starting defense featured Steven Wesley, Dwayne Hendricks, Joe Joseph and Eric Moncur starting left to right on the line, Darryl Sharpton at strongside linebacker, Colin McCarthy at weakside, Glenn Cook in the middle, Chavez Grant and Bruce Johnson at corner and Anthony Reddick and Jojo Nicholas at safety.

PREGAME NOTES
> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston is definitely out for this game. He's not dressed out.

> Checking in before kickoff here at Dolphin Stadium where Miami is about to open ACC play against former coach Butch Davis and the North Carolina Tar Heels in what will be overcast and maybe rainy conditions. I've got my pregame keys to the game as well as this week's market watch and prediction to share with you.

But before I do, some interesting comments from ESPN analysts Kirk Herbstreit moments ago. Herbstreit said he believes the Canes' ceiling is winning the ACC title this year. Lee Corso, meanwhile, picked the Canes to win today by at least two touchdowns.

KEYS TO VICTORY
> WIN THE BATTLE UP FRONT: This is where Carolina can win the game. Next to the Florida Gators, this could be the most physical team UM faces all season. North Carolina's strength is its defensive line. Up front, Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas are two of the best defensive tackles in the country. Butch Davis teams have always been good at shutting down the run. We know that's going to be their focus today. Carolina only has three sacks this season -- but had two last week against Virginia Tech, which means they could be getting better at rushing the passer. If Miami can own the line, they'll own this game.
> CONTAIN BRANDON TATE: With starting quarterback T.J. Yates out, nobody is expecting either of Carolina's quarterbacks to Mike Paulus or Cameron Sexton to be flinging the ball deep down field. Davis is going to play this game conservatively and try to get the ball in the hands of his best playmaker and that's Tate. The 6-1, 195-pound senior had 54-yard touchdown run last year against Miami and leads the nation in all purpose yards (265.7 yards per game) and is explosive on punt returns. Miami can't let Tate have a big day.
> GET OFF TO A BETTER START: Last year, Miami fell behind North Carolina 27-0 before a rally fell short. Last week, UM gave up an early score and responded with a scoring drive. Although UM has shown some toughness in being able to come back in games, this UM team is still a young team. You can't keep putting yourself in a hole and expect to come out of it every time. This is a game Miami should win because Carolina is without its starting quarterback. But come out slow and give a Butch Davis team confidence and you give Carolina a chance to win a game it shouldn't.

MARKET WATCH
> As usual, we take a look at the guys we expect to blow up, guys who are on the bubble and guys who probably won't factor into this game.
BUY 'EM
> Steven Wesley, defensive end: Eric Moncur was the star last week at A&M. I think Wesley will be the guy this week. He's been UM's most consistent end and stopper in the run game. I think the Canes turn up the pressure today and Wesley racks up a few sacks and maybe recovers a fumble.
> Dedrick Epps, tight end: Epps caught 3 passes for 48 yards last week and has five catches this season, but still hasn't gotten into the end zone. I think when UM gets into the red zone today, Carolina will be focused on stopping the run. Epps will get some chances to catch touchdown passes.
ON THE BUBBLE
> Xavier Shannon, center: You might as well as include Orlando Franklin, Chris Rutledge, A.J. Trump and Joel Figueroa in this group considering the interior of Miami's offense will be tested today by UNC's defensive tackle duo. If these guys have a good day, UM has a good day. If they struggle, Carolina has a chance to win this game.
> Bruce Johnson, cornerback: Guess who is probably going to be covering Tate? You got it. Bruce, who has nine tackles this season, is going to have to do a good job wrapping up and making sure the rest of the secondary doesn't give up a lot of big plays. Carolina's offense has generated three scoring plays this year of 50 yards or more and has nine passes of 20 yards or more.
PASS ON IT
> DeMarcus Van Dyke, cornerback: What's happened to DVD? He's gone from projected starter to lost in the shuffle. Today could be an opportunity to bounce back. But he may not see the field very much other than special teams.

> My prediction: UM 30, North Carolina 13. I'm expecting a close game for three quarters before Miami's defense starts creating turnovers in the fourth quarter that lead to a few easy points. It's going to be a battle though. Carolina is going to be real physical.

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I blame NIX and Shannon for this loss, not the players.

The play calling is conservative and unimaginative, whihc ultimately leads teams to stack the box and shut down the run.

On the 2nd to last possession, we had the ball with under 4 minutes to go and a 3 point lead. You just knew that we were going to run the ball. Not only did we run it, but we ran it up the middle 4 times in a row (one called back for penalty)!!!

I swear it's almost like we keep handing down the same play book from one O.C. to another the last 6 years and say "Here, you try to make it work..."

I said five years ago (when we left the Big Easy) that we would never win another Nationla Championship. Nobody has proved me wrong yet...

Secondary sucks right now not sure if its because of talent or coaching.

Shannon is mishandling the QB situation he just doesnt seem like he belongs at the helm of this program. It hurts me to say this but i dont see us finishin this year with a winning record. 4 or 5 wins at the most

SHANNON IS KILLING THIS TEAMS MOMENTUM BY PULLING MARVE. YOUNG(DC)CANT BLITZ EVERY DAMN DOWN.
Aug. 28 Charleston Southern W 52-7
Sep. 6 at Florida L 3-26
Sep. 20 at Texas A&M W 41-23
Sep. 27 North Carolina L 24-28
Oct. 4 Florida State L
Oct. 11 UCF W
Oct. 18 at Duke W
Oct. 25 Wake Forest L
Nov. 1 at Virginia W
Nov. 13 Virginia Tech L
Nov. 20 at Georgia Tech L
Nov. 29 at NC State TBA W

6-6 IF WE ARE LUCKY! IF SHANNON KEEPS PULLING MARVE WE WILL HAVE A 5-7, 4-8 SEASON.& MARVE MIGHT TRANSFER

Don't check duke as a win, we barely beet them the last 2 years

not every coach is saban or richt. i guess we should just kill ourselves because we lost. miami fans are insane.

THIS SEASON VS D1 TEAMS WE HAVE BEEN OUT SCORED 7-37 IN THE 4thQ

THIS IS THE 3RD GAME AND THE FIRST ACC GAME.. YES, IT WAS A PITIFUL LOSS THAT SHOULD NOT OF CAME DOWN TO THE FOURTH QTR.. BUT HAVE SOME FRIGGIN FAITH...

MARVE IS A MAN AMONGST BOYS... THE O-LINE IS GOOD ENOUGH, FOX MIGHT BE THE BEST TACKLE IN THE ACC.. COOPER IS A MAN AMONGST BOYS... WHEN JJ COMES BACK THE U WILL HAVE THE BEST BACKFIELD IN THE NATION...

BESIDES PLAY CALLING THE BIGGEST PROBLEM ON O IS A LACK OF CONSISTENCY FROM THE WR... PICK FOUR AND ROTATE THEM... SUBBING IN 7 DIFFERENT RECEIVERS ON THE SAME DRIVE THROWS OFF TIMING... MY CHOICE-KAYNE, AJ, SHIELDS, COLLIER...

THROW THE BALL DOWNFIELD... IT OPENS UP THE RUN GAME AND GETS THE D ON THEIR HEELS...

AS FAR AS THE D... COACH YOUNG; WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ATTACKING, BLITZING D FROM THE PAST TWO WEEKS???

EVERYONE IS BLAMING THE SECONDARY, BUT WHEN THE QB HAS 5 SECONDS TO THROW WITH NO PRESSURE A 3RD STRINGER CAN MAKE A PLAY...

ITS SIMPLE... BLITZ... DISGUISE THE BLITZ... & BLITZ SOME MORE...
WHAT HAPPENED TO SPENCE? IT SEEMS THAT HIS PT HAS BEEN CUT...

THE D IS MISSING A DOMINATE MLB... COOK IS SLOW AND CAN'T SHED A BLOCK... THE FRONT FOUR HAS TO PRODUCE SACKS WHEN ONLY RUSHING FOUR...

THE TALENT IS THERE, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL, BUT TO OFTEN THE U LOOKS TO BE PLAYING AT 3/4THS SPEED... NO ATTITUDE, NO LEADERS, NO FANS IN THE STANDS... & DEF NO SWAGGER...


LAY OFF SHANNON HE'S GOT THIS TEAM HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION... BUT I WILL SAY THIS... IF THE U FOLDS LIKE LAST YEAR IT MIGHT BE TIME TO LOOK FOR A NEW CAPTAIN...

HERES TO 10-2... GO CANES!!!

Attention Canes Fans--

Dolphin Stadium holds in excess of 70,000 fans. There were less than 36,000 fans in the stands today. You're a sorry excuse for true fans. All you had to do was go to the stadium and cheer for your team. Maybe if you had provided some semblance of a home field advantage you wouldn't be crying right now. I enjoyed walking out of the stadium in my Carolina jersey watching all of the spoiled Hurricane 'fans' walk out with thier head down. I stormed the Kenan Stadium field in Chapel Hill back in 2004 when it really was an upset to beat 'The U'. I was there last year when we did it again. Today, seemed like old times, an exciting game but exactly what we expected.

Swagger? More like Stagger.

Tools.

we lost this game cause we didnt make adjustments. which falls on the coaches shoulders. the problem on offense is that coop was gettin too much workload in the first half, ya know running, blocking and receiving. the holes were there in the second half but he just didnt have that burst and strength to continue to make big plays. thats when you play the other 50 running backs they talk about; adjustments. as for defense i actually think shannon had his hand on them not blitzing as much. shannon didnt like blitzing all that much when he was d coordinator. u gotta admit when they blitz from different areas it causes havoc and we get some vicious hits. didnt see any of that today. qb had way too much time with a young defense. it didnt look like bill youngs defense is all im sayin. we have young players but we have a very young head coach too. shannon needs to develop a more aggressive attitude like the past great miami coaches or he's gonna throw these players talent away

Manny, you were right on the interior line. They got pushed around all game. The running game was stuffed all day and Marve had to go out of the pocket to buy time. Nix critics, tell me what UNC did different offensively than Miami other than open holes for their RBs and make the catches.

Shannon needs to develop a more aggressive attitude like the past great miami coaches or he's gonna throw these players talent away

Posted by: cano


100% CORRECT.. HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE A DISCIPLINARIAN BUT THE TEAM LOOKS ANYTHING BUT... THEY LOOK TIRED AND UNMOTIVATED...

what game were u watchin jp? they only gave up 30 or 40 yards rushing. they didnt get pressure on the qb which is why we got torched on d which leads to what unc did differently. they actually threw the ball DOWNFIELD instead of 50 screens for 2 yards every completion. thats really considered a running play so we really didnt throw the ball at all while carolina threw almost twice as less and still outgained us by about 100 yards. this is not miami offense

JPHurricane:

It's not what they did differently, it's what they didn't do. Like, trying to run out the clock with 4 minutes to play by running up the middle every single friggin play, knowing the opposing team had all three timeouts. It's about being predictable. And is anybody else sick with that whole Shotgun formation where Marve goes one way and Coop goes the other? It's been used to death, and I can't think of one friggin time it has worked.

We continue on this road, guaranteed 6-6 season at absolute best. And Duke might surprise people (although I wouldn't be surprised) if they go ahead and beat us too. Let's face it, with Nix running this offense into the ground and continually holding back Marve from fully developing as a QB, I see us sucking for many years to come....or until RS gets canned and we get a real coach. There, I said it.

I think everyone needs to just calm down and take a deep breath. I think this actually was a good thing for UM to lose a game this way. I think this loss bring a little dose of reality to this team. They probably started reading the press clippings and believing the hype surrounding them. They still have a long way to go. They are on the right track I believe. I agree with most people here on Marve staying in the game. Let Jacory do the mop up duty if they are way ahead at the end of the game. I was impressed with how Marve showed mental toughness and came back after that INT. The way he lead that last drive with the opportunity to win gives me some encouragement. Graig Cooper I'm also impressed with. They made some good plays, there are things that they should be able to build on as the season goes on. Hopefully they learn from this. Now for the things that are not so encouraging. Our defense was terrible for the second straight game. UM could not stop the run, UNC ran straight up the middle, gashing the defense for chunks of yardage at a time. The secondary simply sucks right now, They only have one INT on the season and that was from Moncur against TAMU. They are not forcing turnovers and they have a tendency to give up too many big plays. Now having said all that, I think all this talk about firing Randy Shannon and clowning the coaches is just absurd. Everyone is forgetting how bad this team was last year and how he is having to play a lot of young players who will make some mistakes. I believe Shannon is the right man for the job. He will get it turned around. UM should have won this game, but they got to learn how to finish games. The season is not lost, contrary to the fairweather opinions of ALOT of our fans. Last week all the talk was UM was on the way back, now they lose a tough game and all of a sudden they are the worst team in the NCAA. Fans lets just try to gain some perspective.

Canes can chomp on my ample, grapefruit-sized Man Beads...

Right now Nix is licking my chocolate colored rose bud instead of gameplanning for F$U...

forgot to say they need to play marve until he cant go anymore or until they have the game obviously won. jacory's a good kid but it throws the whole chemistry off. i actually think marve wouldve gotten a td out of that drive instead of 3. the game is about momentum. we gave them momentum too many times.

Firerandyshannon.com is already a registered domain!!!!
DOESN'T THAT SAY IT ALL?
Attention Nix...You can not run the ball on 3rd and 14 and expect to win.
We have georgia tech's coaching's leftovers. Let's put shannon back with the defense, and start shopping for a REAL HEAD COACH. The coaching staff is pissing away some of the best freshman talent in the country. These kids know they're good, and I guarantee they know their coaching is the problem. I feel for these kids.

As soon as Bill Young removes my Man Rod from his mouth, he's going to figure out how many more times he can have Glen Cook impotently blitz into the middle of the O line before he gets a concussion...

Oh and by the way...FIREPATRICKNIX.COM is also taken already!!! WOW!!
That's really sad.

This 4 point loss is a tribute to the players that they were that close in spite of the head coachs fumbling bumbling dumbling every aspect of the game. We are lucky to only lose by 4. Mike Leach wins this game.

To the UNC Fan walking out with his shirt on.
Your are a piece of garbage just like every other UNC ALum

Duke might surprise peoplePosted by: Casual Observer

I AGREE...DUKE QB THAD LEWIS.. IS THE TRUTH.. HE PLAYED AT HML & I KNOW HIM PERSONALLY.. HE'S A GREAT QB FOR DUKE...

Young still has my Man Rod in his mouth...

I'VE BEEN POSTPONING MY FEELINGS ON JACORY.. I'M A LIL BIASED... THIS YEAR MOP UP DUTY... NEXT YEAR HE NEEDS TO REDSHIRT AS LONG AS MARVE IS HEALTHY.. HE'S A CLASSY KID AND IT WILL BENEFIT HIM( HE NEEDS TO ADD WIEGHT) AND THE TEAM.. IT GIVES THE CANES AN EXTRA YEAR OF A FUTURE GREAT QB..

had the pleasure of watchin this game again. our coaches have to grow up real fast. the talent level is much greater than the coaching level. by far.

Manny get that idiot CanedAgain Blocked from posting anymore.
We need something good to happen but with Nix calling the plays its not likely. I have never seen a more stubborn coaching staff than this one. Keep it up guys. Another mediocre year is upon us if they dont let Marve do his thing.

Herbal minded-
Duke was a C__t hair away from winning last year. I am predicting based on this game plan against UNC they will Beat us this year.

UNC they will Beat us this year.

IF THAT HAPPENS.. THAT WILL BE THE LOWEST POINT IN UM HISTORY!!!

UNCslavelabor- Take a look at the scoreboard, tool. Now, go cry some more about how you should have won. I'd say you choked, but, it's not choking when losing to UNC is a habit.

The only joke is you. What kind of loser mkes time to go onto another teams blog? Get a life, and enjoy your win. You will not be so lucky next year.

UNC they will Beat us this year. I MEANT DUKE

IF THAT HAPPENS.. THAT WILL BE THE LOWEST POINT IN UM HISTORY!!!

Posted by: Herbal Minded

Shannon needs to stop blaming the secondary (which deserves much of the blame) and set an example by taking some responsibility himself. The offensive play calling for most of the fourth quarter was horrific. When you play not to lose, you generally lose. Running the ball on second and third and long over and over is inexcusable, especially when they have he box jammed up. The have a gem in Robert Marve and I can't understand why Nix doesn't let him loose.

Manny, is the secondary really as bad as they seem? They just can't cover. I mean, aside from Brandon Harris (who is scrappy and has nothing but upside), these guys really suck.

U is a joke
How did you taste on the lips of your boyfriend?

Herbal-
Duke is 3-1 with Cutcliff ( Ex SEC ) as coach.
They will be tough and we will of couse overlook them/

I've read a lot of these comments tonight, and unlike other times I think nearly everyone here is in agreement that the coaching, (Shannon & Nix) specifically are the problem. So, at the very least I think the problem has been identified. The next logical step is to actually do something about it!
If this freshman class goes to waste it wont matter who recruits the future talent; they simply will not come to the U. This is a much more desperate time than it appears.

Jason-
Once the cupboard is full again ( talent ) we will get a good coach. UNC was so lucky to get Davis but he wont stay long once Notre dame or Penn State call. We can pull a better coach than Shannon

I hope so slave labor. I just read the heralsd article and shannon is quoted as praising butch davis, and blasting our defense! Are you for real shannon? Sure the d needs some help, but it's you and nix that pissed away the game! It's comments like that, that expose shannon for the true ass he is.

Let me check it

Jason-
Can you post that link?

Here it is...

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/colleges/um/story/704351.html

Ok i think if shannon ripped his defense its wrong. Second why wont nix in games against solid teams with a defense take shots downfield. Don't tell me wrs can't get open kayne and aj got open they just never took there shots. You can only throw so many 3 yrd passes and passes at the line of scrimmage before teams stop playing you honest. What was up with having marve go one way and handing off to coop it was the one run that didn't work all day. When they had to let marve throw downfield he almost won that game for us. nix is the problem and you know randy is gonna protect him till he fires him. last year he protected tim walton and then after season fired him and hired bill young. This year he will protect nix and fire him at end of season and find a real o coordinator. God knows they need one.

Taking marve out for a series and putting in Jacory has not lost us one game yet this season. Jacory manufactured points for this game and the last. I put the blame on NIX for just being way too conservative. How many times did we do a play action deep pass in the game? Nix needs to loosen up and let it fly.

It all came to me after going to the game yesterday then watching Bama destroy UGA. It's all about coaching! UM and Bama were 1 & 2 in recruiting this year. Both teams are playing 18-19 true freshman. But Bama is 3-0 with two very impressive wins on the road. Our coaching needs to step up to the level of talent we have. This is unacceptable.

Kickoffs: the other team will always get the ball at their own 40 because we can't find a kicker to put in the endzone.

Offense: will never put teams away because Nix can't call plays. I need RS to take his a** in an office and let him know that he's out if the play calling does not get more aggressive and exploit the talent.

Defense: has to get more pressure from the front 4 and call more blitzes. DB's have to play tighter and knock the WRs off their routes.

Stadium: Why charge $50 to have folks sit in the upper deck when the lower level is empty? Who the hell is going to pay $100+ every week for a mediocre, inconsistent product (at this point). And get real on parking. $25??? That's crazy for a college game.

Overall: Must beat the teams you're supposed to beat and do it with conviction. That's the only way to build confidence for a young team. I'm nervous as to how they will respond from here. The coaches need to point of their mistakes, but they also must take blame for their lack of adjustments and poor play calling.

Go Canes!

Folks don't forget UM has young players AND a young, inexperienced head coach. Both are on a steep learning curve. Don't believe coaching makes a difference? Check out what Nick Saban and Butch Davis have been able to do in two short years. Don't tell me that Alabama and UNC out recruited UM last year. Still, we must give Shannon his fair chance. Is this team better than last year's? The verdict is still out. Both teams beat up on a mediocre Texas A&M team before running into reality. On paper this group is better then last year. We will need to see if this team gets better each week. A win next week against FSU and all will be forgiven. A loss and the chants for Shannon's head will grow louder.

I have upper bowl seats along the 10-15 yard line for next week's game . They were $65 a pop or $260 for a family of four. Add in $25 for parking (a major rip off), a soda and a dog for each person and you are well over $300 for a game. That is a tough number to crack when people are losing jobs and homes. Still, I would have expected at least 45,000 against UNC. While I do not believe the stadium will sell out against FSU it should be considerably louder than it was yesterday. Let's see all those Broward and Palm Beach fans show up. You know, then ones who gripe that Marlins Stadium will be too far for them to attend. Seems to me they don't show up for games even close to home.

Most of the lower bowl seats have a donation required to buy the ticket for that seat,thats why you can't move down.My season tickets $350 each, $750 donation for the seat I have 2 seats,plus $175 parking pass,plus I drive almost 4 hours each way to get there, so suck it up .

Mediocre team this year. I figure 5-7, but it's a better 5-7 than last year because overall play is better. Last year's team would have never made that drive at the end. Still, it's frustrating to watch us lose games that we could win. Going 7-5 or 8-4 would help us in recruiting because it would show the uptrend. I don't see us hitting 7-5 this year.

Oh, and let's never run that silly counter draw play with Coop peeling back from a Marve roll-out to other side ever again! That didn't fool anyone.

No more wide rceiver screens, 5 times a game

toughest lost over the past few years by far. they needed this win and played well enough for the most of the game to do so. Here are the areas where the canes will have to do better to win close games, fsu is the game of the year now, they have to find a way to beat the noles next week:

1. Find two cornerbacks and two safeties that can cover. They may not be on this roster yet or may be out hurt. Things need to be shaken up in the secondary much like they were on the offensive line last week. the only safe starter out there should be reddick.

2. Miami has to find a kicker (who may again not be on the roster) who can kickoff into the endzone. Not one kickoff yesterday got near the endzone. Field position is important, and the second half starting field position was huge. Giving the opponent a short field every time is also demoralizing for the defense.

3. I am going to call out the defensive, not offensive coaches. There were three different occasions in the second half where i dont understand why miami rushed three or four and dropped back in coverage. The LBS look lost in coverage, but are active at blitzing. If it were me with another teams THIRD STRING QB, id be blitzing from the moment off the bus to the final gun of the game. The defense let a couple of big plays, including the big one to hicks and two other huge third and long conversions occur because a blitz was not called for some unknown reason.

4. Punt blocking. They have to find 10 guys who can block 10 guys from the other team. They havent found them, and those guys could be hurt or not on the roster.

5. Kickoff coverage; this goes with number 2, but they havent found 10 guys who can cover kickoffs well. maybe they are not on the roster or hurt.

6. This team doesnt have the depth to suffer injuries to those already out and add fortson, collier, youngblood, damion berry, randy phillips and telemaque. I hope some of those above can find a way to get healthy this week. Until the injuries and depth get better, second halves and fourth quarters are gonna be bad this year.

7. I liked the offensive scheme in the first half. Cooper needed more carries in the third quarter, but he needed to be fresh for the fourth, so not having javaris james hurt this game since its obvious that the coaches dont trust any other running backs available outside of cooper. if javaris james cant play against fsu, the canes are in trouble.

8. My coaching complaint: trash whatever is being said at halftime and do something different to get the team ready to go in the third quarter. canes will lose another two games at least this yr just because of third quarter and 4q meltdowns if this isnt fixed.

go canes, still a better team thanlast yr. they have improved and will continue to.
posititves:
marve, nice game for his third start. neither int was his fault. khalil jones gave up on the route on the first one, and kayne dropped the second one.
o line played well and gave the qbs time against a great d line.
aldarius johnson and sam shields with collier and benjamin need tobe on the field more, those are the playmakers.
cooper has got to play more. find a way to keep him fresh and get him even more touches

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