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Will the Canes open up the offense?

One of the biggest criticisms the Miami Hurricanes received after their 26-3 loss to Florida last weekend was that offensive coordinator Patrick Nix wasn't aggressive enough with his playcalling. Canes fans were upset Miami didn't throw the ball down the field more.

Coach Randy Shannon explained Wednesday it was because receivers weren't getting open and that his quarterbacks have been taught not to force the ball downfield and into turnover situations. So, what are the Canes doing to get those guys open and open the offense? And is Miami going to try and be more aggressive as the season progresses? The short answer to both questions are I'm not sure and I don't know.

Wednesday, quarterbacks Robert Marve and Jacory Harris talked for the first time since the loss. And when I asked Harris if Nix had told either him or Marve there would be a change in philosophy and more passing, he basically said "No."

Jacory_harris"Running is the strength of our team right now and with the great backs we have we're trying to establish the run first and then open up with the pass," Harris explained of UM's offensive philosophy. "We're doing the same things we've been doing since the spring and since the summer. Why tweak the offense? Make defenses adjust to us."

Robert_marveHarris and Marve were two of the most prolific passing quarterbacks the state of Florida has produced in the last two years. As a senior at Tampa Plant, Marve broke state records for yards (4,380) and touchdowns (48) before Harris topped him a year later at Miami Northwestern with 49 TD passes. While both defended Patrick Nix's playcalling, both said the decision is not up to them and they wouldn't push the issue.

"It's not a part of us," Harris said when I asked him if he'd like to be more of a gunslinger. "We never overstep our boundaries and go over the head of our authority. We understand what going on at hand. We know we have five talented running backs and we know if we run the ball eventually the passing will open up."

"What quarterback wouldn't want to throw the ball more?," Marve said. "It's whatever man. It's up to the coaches. I trust them. If Coop grabbed the ball and went for 50, we wouldn't be talking about throwing the ball more. It doesn't matter. Just get points on the board and we'll get that done."

> Contrary to fans beliefs, Marve said going to the sidelines during the second quarter at Florida Saturday actually helped him out. "No it didn't take me out [of rhythm] at all," Marve said. "It showed me what they were doing. It helped me out in seeing what I needed to do. And what I was seeing on the field was right."

> Sophomore cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke had a rough game against the Gators, getting beat on a few passing plays that led to touchdowns. There have been rumors circulating Van Dyke met with Florida coach Urban Meyer after the game and was told by Meyer he would have been better off coming to Florida (he picked UM over the Gators). Van Dyke refused to talk about it Wednesday on the record and said all he wanted to focus on was Texas A&M. There is a Gator website that reportedly has a photo of the event taking place. Sources told me it did happen.

> The same could be said for coach Shannon, who if you listen to yesterday's audio clip, will clearly see he's become annoyed with questions related to the Gators and Urban Meyer's decision to kick a late field goal. Shannon repeatedly shunned off questions by saying "all I'm talking about is Texas A&M."

> To hear everything Shannon, Van Dyke, Marve, Harris, offensive tackle Chris Rutledge and running back Derron Thomas (who will obviously have an increased role with Javarris James out) were talking about Wednesday, just check out our UM audio section.

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"Hey canesrule at least you got one thing right the CANES DO RULE. -cj

What do you "RULE"? Do you "RULE" when talking about being relevant nationally? That would be a no.

Do you "RULE" when discussing ACC dominance? NADA !

Do you "RULE" when trying to win the lowly ACC Coastal Division? Again...a big fat NO.

Do you "RULE" the state of Florida? The Bulls would tool you.

Do you "RULE" when it comes to hiring your 4th choice coach? ABSOLUTELY

Do you "RULE" when it comes to having a pathetic fan base that takes a 30 minute bus ride to games? OH YEAH

Do you "RULE" when seeking to be the 107th best offense in the nation? Sorry, you finish second.

Do you "RULE" when it comes to having a dominant 2nd base field goal kicker? oh yeah

Do you "RULE" Miami Gardens playa? You own that joint.

IT's All ABOUT FIELD GOAL U

my biggest knoxk on nix .. is this shot run formation... to me thats getting to cute... ive seen several time when 1st and goal or near 1st and goal .. and he would come out shot gun five wide .. again to cute ...or even more predictable shotgun 4wide one back and run the ball ...this is early in games ... why not come out man on man and establish who is dominent . like power eye. or even some split back field .. but at least see if they can stop that .. before you get to smart trying to out think them .. p-nix just keep it simple and basic ...say if you have trip left .. often their arent enough corner backs to cover that .. and the outside db usually play back .. when he does the flat is wide open .. i know i use it on madden ..they need to get our offense on that madden .. it will sharpen there iq's on coverage schemes etc...video software is used all the time in training .. if a pilot can learn to fly using a flight simulator .. then madden could help our dismal passing attack ...

I wish everyone would leave the DVD situation alone.

All these kids know the coaches at all the Florida schools. They go to their camps. They are recruited heavily by them.

Just because DVD went to Miami over Florida doesn't mean that there is ill will between the two.

If Meyer were truly tampering, it wouldn't be during a 30 second exchange at the conclusion of a tough, hard-fought football game.

Remember fans, this "rivalry" is very different to the players than it is to us. Most were not born when the series was actually a rivalry.

-cheers

my biggest knoxk on nix .. is this shot run formation... to me thats getting to cute... ive seen several time when 1st and goal or near 1st and goal .. and he would come out shot gun five wide .. again to cute ...or even more predictable shotgun 4wide one back and run the ball ...this is early in games ... why not come out man on man and establish who is dominent . like power eye. or even some split back field .. but at least see if they can stop that .. before you get to smart trying to out think them .. p-nix just keep it simple and basic ...say if you have trip left .. often their arent enough corner backs to cover that .. and the outside db usually play back .. when he does the flat is wide open .. i know i use it on madden ..they need to get our offense on that madden .. it will sharpen there iq's on coverage schemes etc...video software is used all the time in training .. if a pilot can learn to fly using a flight simulator .. then madden could help our dismal passing attack ...

Posted by: if da u was biatch i'd marry em | September 13, 2008 at

"why not come out man on man and establish who is dominent " - if duhu

That all sounds warm and fuzzy. Problem is you can't do that when you're NOT dominant. NIx knows this and realized much like your fans that you're only shot was to be "cute" Quit drinking that Kool-Aid they serve over at Canespace.

IT ALL ABOUT FIELD GOAL U

" i know i use it on madden ..they need to get our offense on that madden .. it will sharpen there iq's on coverage schemes etc...video software is used all the time in training .. if a pilot can learn to fly using a flight simulator .. then madden could help our dismal passing attack ..."

Atta boy cane fan. Which is funnier, the comments or your "passing attack?" But honestly, calling that an "attack" is not very accurate. Sure looks like the 07 canes have re-emerged in 08.

"Hey canesrule at least you got one thing right the CANES DO RULE. -cj

CJ, Teabags little biatch Canesrule had to take a bathroom break from watching that circumcision video again, thought we wouldn't hear from him.

Gators 9-4 another Citrus bowl loss

Canes4life-5'ships = Canesrule

Dare I say this dweeb has at least two dozen posting names? The same guy who ASSURED the world that "Baby J" (got that right) and "Coop" would run for huge yardage? The same guy who predicted UM 31-UF 28? The same guy who assured us that "Moncur and Bailey will break tebow's leg"
Those guys played like Pu@@ies.

IT ALL ABOUT FIELD GOAL U

"Gators 9-4 another Citrus bowl loss" canefool

The Citrus Bowl? Way to go Einstein. Too bad they didn't play in the "Citrus Bowl."

How did the canes 07 bowl game work out for ya?

You SUCK and you still talk smack. IDIOT

Watching UNC last night was like watching the Canes of the late 90's and 2000 and 2001. How about Nix watching some of the old tapes of those years and puting in those plays that worked so well back then. What about using Tight Ends? We've always done well with them. Where is Rod C? If Nix doesn't work out then get him back here. GO CANES!

"Watching UNC last night was like watching the Canes of the late 90's and 2000 and 2001." - cane fan

FREEFALL

UNC did look pretty good...Butch can recruit, no doubt about that. The guy is also very good at getting people to buy-in to the things he's preaching.

The college football world U nimrod! What is your deal with U and Salad tossing? Are you that enarmored with homosexuallity. Experts say that one who talks about stuff like that is homophobic themselves and typically are that way. Look little fellow or what ever your boyfriend calls U these days it's 2008 it's ok if U come out of the closet, ok. The country has established hate crime laws to protect U. I mean that doesn't affect a Cane, but U being a Gaytor should have heard about that by now. It's ok it isn't like U have to come to Miami til 2013. And really dude or whatever U are Miami fans aren't studying the game last week we are moving on to more important things like the rest of our schedule. U might want to do the same thing or U won't get a chance to get within 2 national titles of us. Or U could stay on this blog and continue to get the crap kicked out of U by me.

Ta Ta little fellow.

cj = small weiner tough guy syndrome

U SUCK

Canesdrool U got the tough guy part right the Weiner thing well ask your mom about that. U seem to know alot about weiners and sucking them. Looks like someone taught U well.
Until your next rearend kicking, Later little fellow.

FSU looks pretty fast...I caught a piece of the game today.

Why does Bowden stay in it??? He doesn't even have a headset on during the game.

Can't wait to get into the ACC schedule. So many interesting match ups for us. How do we deal with FSU's vertical passing game, Georgia Tech's antiquated triple option, Wake's experience, etc....

look who F$U has played, so far...BB scheduled patsies, because of the suspensions.

cj- you talkk like a tough guy. A Dade county guy who somehow developed a love for the ga\\tors. Sorry to hear that. But you ainttough.And just because youtalk tough smack means s- to me. remeber, son, There are some of us up here in Broward Cty who would lobve to go down I-95 to kick the c-p out of soft smack talking displaced ga-tor. And just tell me where, son, I'll go Boyd Anderson or Dillard all over your soft ga-tor a--$. The canes own the gytors even though they lost the last game.
The gators have 2 NCs,
play a soft out of conference schedule and always have,
and Um is rebuilding.
Wow. Tough guys! Great team. Great conference. And yes, the punter/kicker planter BrandonJmes not once, not twice, but 3 times. Planted him. Pile drove him and Brandon is probably siting down to pee now.

The soft gators got x-posed by a bunch of freshman linebackers and linemen. Would love to see them play Missouri,, Oklahoma, USC,even USF. But they wont play outside their conference. They too scared to travel.

I don't know how Harris can say that running the ball is the strength of the offense. I hope he knows better. Very few, if any, teams can run against a 7 man front and it is a waste of a down to run it up the middle.
As we have known in the past, the pass can also open up the ability to run. Miami's receivers just have to get open by using different, unique patterns, you know, how we used to do it.
Nix is too afraid of his own shadow. We are just too predictable now.

Yo Jamie I think either you have read wrong or something cause for one I'm a Cane for life not a punk a.s.s Gator. Secondly if U are this Canesrule nimrod who is in love with Tebow and the rest I hate it for U. I don't understand how U percieved me to be a Gator fan as I have defended the Canes against this jerkoff Canesrule. If U are the Canesrule that is a Gator fan that poses as Canesrule you better go something better than this boyd anderson or who ever when U find out what a real tough guy is son. If this is a pure misunderstanding then that is cool as well.
Later Dude

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