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UCF thoughts

I just finished uploading all the audio and video interviews following today's game against UCF. As for my thoughts on the game...

> I know for weeks now many of you have criticized offensive coordinator Patrick Nix for his playcalling and the way the offense has developed. Today was the first time this season I honestly felt Nix deserved the criticism. Not only was UM's offense bad, but I got the sense in the postgame locker room scene players were honestly confused by whatever it was UCF was doing defensively. Robert Marve said UCF didn't do anything defensively he had studied on tape.

Jacory Harris said the same thing, saying UCF "made it look like it was dropping into a Cover 4 defense, but was really playing a Cover 2." It's one thing for a young quarterback to get confused and not understand what it is he's seeing. After all, this was Marve's fifth career college start. But how could UM get so caught off guard? Even if UCF threw a new, confusing defense it hadn't run before or UM didn't see on tape are you telling me it's an entirely new defense no one has ever seen before? At some point, Nix and the rest of UM's assistants have to figure a way to beat it, teach their players to adjust. Miami never did. Instead, UM basically abandoned the passing game and tried to run the football -- to no avail. What happened to not only making adjustments, but those trick plays? Couldn't have Nix thought to use something in his arsenal?

> As for Marve, he now has seven interceptions in his last three games and is definitely not playing like the young budding quarterback Miami wants him to be. He admitted he's taking chances because he's trying to make plays. I can't blame him. The majority of Miami's passing plays are either bubble screens or quick outlet passes. When Marve does get a chance to throw down field, I get the sense he's trying hard to make a play so Nix will cut him loose more. Nix needs to obviously make adjustments. The bubble screens aren't working and the few times Marve has gone downfield, he's been intercepted.

> Maybe, one of the changes should be who starts at quarterback. Jacory Harris didn't do anything to overtake Marve, but he certainly isn't taking chances on his own like Marve appears to be. He did make two nice passes downfield Saturday -- one was dropped by Thearon Collier and the other was caught for a first down. Maybe the best thing would be to sit Marve down for a week and give Jacory a chance. What do you think?

> Defensively, Miami obviously played a much better game than it has in weeks. They got to the quarterback, produced five sacks and held UCF to 78 yards of total offense -- including just four on the ground. But it's awfully hard to judge just how much this unit improved. UCF ranked 113th out of 119 teams in total offense coming in. Here's what I take from it: The Canes did play better in coverage and did wrap up better tackling in the open field. And, they also communicated better, which shows me they are actually learning from their teacher Bill Young.

> I was anxious to see if freshman linebacker Arthur Brown would see the field after being promoted to the second team. He never did except for special teams. I just think Brown simply isn't ready and we aren't going to see him unless another starter goes down. We'll have to see what happened with Glenn Cook, who was knocked out when his head hit the turf late in the game. Miami can't afford to lose Cook. Linebacker is absolutely the thinnest position on this team.

> I'm beginning to think Matt Bosher is getting a little tired handling all of the kicking duties. Saturday, he punted 11 times, kicked off four times, kicked a field goal and an extra point. He shanked two punts. Bosher has been great so far this season, but at some point he's going to need help. We've been told he's been getting time off in practice to rest his leg. We saw why on Saturday.

> Miami gave up three sacks Saturday, but I wouldn't entirely blame the offensive line. Robert Marve had plenty of time to pass Saturday. So did Jacory Harris. Both held onto the football for extended periods of time and didn't throw the ball away.

> Check back for my progress report Monday.

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First.

Don't replace Marve as starter. He needs the full year to blossom fully. Nix runs a complicated system that needs a two year continuity of players to learn. The light bulb just wouldn't turn on on the first year cause everybody has to buy in it. The knock on Nix's system is that it is hard to grasp and not exactly conducive to a very young team to run. It calls for the receivers to adjust depending on the defense.

If Marve didn't force those turnovers, the score would be much more favorable. If that first pass wasn't thrown for an INT, it would have been a more lopsided game.

UCF is a veteran team compared to the Canes -- we beat them anyway. Remember also that UCF played the Bulls tough. They are not bottomfeeders as we want them or think them to be. They probably circled this one game to play as hard as they can cause there is so much more prestige for them to win this one.

Manny, common now, our time will come in 2010. Be patient. Marve will get better and yanking him will not be the answer. We need a fresh batch of recruits as they gain another year under their belt. Injuries are killing us and we still don't have that depth to absorb the loss of a three or four starters.

Stay the course. Keep the faith o nation of doubting Thomases....

BTW, great job on this blog and the Canes feature stories you do.

It's a good thing UCF's quarterback is awful.

Why do I get the feeling that the Duke game will be a monumental struggle?

Duke is a good team this year. They have a better record than us this year (3-2) so far. If we can beat them on the road, I would put it as a pretty good win and one to be proud of (yeah...I said it :)

If anyone else recorded the game Saturday, go to about the 6 minute mark of the game. After one of our big defensive plays the camera goes to a sad UCF fan in the stands. He's upset and has his hands on his head. He's in a UCF hat. No problem with that right?? One problem................He's got a figgin "Lamespace.com" T-Shirt on!!!!!!!!!! See all those "Lamespace" scum are traitors and headed by the slimy G86, are nothing but sheep in wolves clothing.

as the season wears on..and injuries pile up..lack of depth rears its ugly head. we all know at least randy can recruit. next year the depth will be better and the following year..UM should have a stud squad all the way to its third string.
as far as Arthur brown..he's not the first out of state super star who is not as good as advertised ..and he wont be the last.something happens when they got on the field with Florida kids..the out of staters seem to get slower.

Way to go U. Nice survival against a pathetic foe. DuhU looks like c r a p in too many areas to list. The funniest part is seeing cane fan above talking about how Duke could be a win to be "proud of."

While you watched UF dismantle LSU you longed for the days of fielding a quality team. Your running backs s u c k. You meatheads talked all summer about how you would have a power running game. What a joke.

Uf has rushed for 543 yards in their last two games with Tim and Percy lightly factoring into that. That's how its done you ACC doormat LOSERS.

Yes we do, but I don't rreally like to have Daniel use Kehoe's steamer to wipe on my forehead. EEEEWWWW!!!!

OK we were so wrong. Da U did dominate UCF, allowing a paltry 78 yards total offense. If not for a biased officiating crew that kept giving UCF do overs on kickoffs and an errant pass that was returned for a t.d. by the Knights, DA U pitches a shutout. How the hell did Bill Young (the wizard of college defense) pitch a shutout against a team that almost beat South Florida? With no fewere than 4 true frosh starting and 7 true frosh playing heavily on defense? Remarkable turn around.

But the Gaturds won! LSWho was exposed as a poretend SEC powerhouse; Vandy the leader in the east was exposed by traditional SEC doormat Miss. State, as the Vandy we know and love, the traditonal SEC doormat, and in a battle of never weres, South Carolina defeated the Mildcats of Kentucky in a very unthrilling game. We (the Gaturds) should breeze through the rest of the SEC schedule, and have a rematch against traditonal SEC patsie Old Mrs. in the, dare I say it, SEC championship game. The Big 12 is the dominant conference this year, without a doubt. I say Texs v. USC for all the marbles at joe Robbie/Hurricne Stadium.

Gameday blows for not being in Gainesville yesterday, What are we chopped liver?

As far as Nix goes, he was horrible. In the first half after two running plays, on 3rd and 3 he calls another run and guess what we get stopped. They had 8 i the box and the play was doomed b4 it started...

WHEN WILL NIX/SHANNON ALLOW MARVE/HARRIS CALL MORE AUDIBLES?
That could help the offense tremendously.

Hold up I know we don't have any UF fans talking trash in here. Last week after you guys lost at home against Ole Miss there was no UF fan to be seen or heard from for about 1,000 miles. Now after a win against LSU you guys are back talking trash again? How about supporting your team when it loses? But I forget that UF fans are mainly rich kids that don't even understand the game of football and only cheer when they see their team has more points than the other at the end of the game. Support your team you Jort wearing, incest breeding, tobacco chewing, trailer park trash fans. If Miami sucks then we suck and I'll be the first one to admitt it. But I promise you we will rebuild and I promise you that you will never get to our level (5 National Championships).

if ucg the college

Posted by: Baltimorepanther | October 12, 2008 at 02:03 AM
you envy our name ...
THE University of Miami

COOL

stumbling, fumbling, bumbling ...
after 35 years ...
the tier-4 commuter school located in a flash flood zone can't even settle on a name ...
are you florida international, fiu, fiwho--cares ...

EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM

your beloved tropical depressions have the same record as FIU, but we are on top of our division, you guys are at the bottom.

Posted by: Baltimorepanther | October 12, 2008 at 02:03 AM
BCS v. non-bcs
Major League v. minor league

APPLES & ORANGES

the Sun Belt is as good as the ACC

Posted by: Baltimorepanther | October 12, 2008 at 02:03 AM
TV, NFL, blue chips disagree ...

SCRAPHEAP

I don't care about you afternoon storm program, you guys are past history like the 72 dolphins.

Posted by: Baltimorepanther | October 12, 2008 at 02:03 AM
networks, scouts, recruits certainly do ...

PAST IS PROLOGUE

Next year your recruiting class will be the last in the state, because all the Northwestern kids will wise up and will play for real coaches in front of real fans who actually attend the university that they represent.

Posted by: Baltimorepanther | October 12, 2008 at 02:03 AM
U get the pick of the litter ...
you fight over the carcass ...

CHOKEHOLD

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fiusports/2007/04/those_days_are__1.html
When the 2006 FIU season officially went in the tank after the Rocky 7 auditions against um at the OB, there were NOT 2,400 fans in attendance at the last 3 home games.
-- pete "the pied piper" pelegrin (4/07)

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/college/fau/blog/2007/09/fau_students_deserve_better_se.html
FAU announced a paid attendance of 11,398 Saturday. The key word is PAID. In previous years The Suit had gone with actual, or turnstile, attendance, despite most other programs going with paid.

So this year The Suit decided to join them, after watching FIU post attendances of 10,000-plus last season when it was more like 3,000 in the stands.
-- sunsentinel (9/07)

MAKE-BELIEVE

affraid to play FIU or FAU.

Posted by: Baltimorepanther | October 12, 2008 at 02:03 AM
we played ...
and beat the snot out of you ...

MISMATCH

what is too painful to remember …
we simply choose to forget …
-- the way we were

why should we help you?
making a name at our expense …

FEND FOR YOURSELF

and you repaid our generosity with dirty play ...
biting the hand that fed you ...

NEVER AGAIN

It is time to move on and get with the present and future, get an associate from MDCC and transfer to a public university to get a degree, then join the FIU or UF bandwagon and maybe USF and FAU because that is the future of college football in Florida

Posted by: Baltimorepanther | October 12, 2008 at 02:03 AM

BEGGARS CAN'T BE CHOOSERS

What would have happened if UCF had beat Miami? All you Shannon supporters would have gone nuts. Believe me people, Shannon has to be blamed for hiring Nix. Just admit he made a mistake. He's got too much pride to do that.

As for Duke, they do have a QB unlike UCF. I wouldn't be surprised if we get outcoached.

Green, cool down.......you're full of it. You defend Canes after a weak W. It shouldn't have been close.

"But I forget that UF fans are mainly rich kids that don't even understand the game of football and only cheer when they see their team has more points than the other at the end of the game. Support your team you Jort wearing, incest breeding, tobacco chewing, trailer park trash fans."

How can we be rich kids and dwell in trailer parks. Get your logic together cane 4 life. We like blumpkins and dirty sanchezes. Is that so wrong?

And we use Kehoe steamers to perform the Dirty Sanchez.
Mr. Two Bits joins the act when he is in town, and then we end end by singing our anthem, "We are the boys (who wish we were girls) of Old Florida." It is a hoot. Even straight people come to watch us.

I will be at the Duke game this weekend talking crap repping Miami to the fullest. Also yes the QUARTERBACKS NEED TO AUDIBLE! How many times did U guys see the UCF defense blitz the safeties or bring them up to the line and all we had to do is audible out and go deep right over their heads but now Nix would rather call bubble screens and garbage running plays that are never going to work. I HOPE NIX DOES IN FACT GO TO AUBURN.

A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/UCF-players-aren-t-telling-the-Canes-Miami-s-N?urn=ncaaf,114280

Thought you guys might enjoy this!!! I don't have an opinion on this but just read it.

Green, cool down.......

Posted by: FireNix | October 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM

ON FIRE

Green.......you're full of it. You defend Canes after a weak W. It shouldn't have been close.

Posted by: FireNix | October 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM
unrealistic expectations entail disappointment ...

SUSPEND DISBELIEF

Coach Shannon deserves a chance to succeed ...

HONEYMOON

Look at this babblng idiot Green going back and forth with FIU fan...

That says it all you imbecile.

Marve is the biggest farce in the history of DuhU. He flat out S U C K S

BWAHAHAHA

Manny... good write-up and agree that the Defense was outstanding.

Rushing... Allowing 4 yards for the day
Passing... Allowed 11 of 37 attempts for 74 yards

Total offense 78 yards for the day, when their average coming into the game was 282 yards for 5 games...

Held offense to Zero TD's.
Forced 3 fumbles and recovered 1
12 forced punts for the day
Special T... 1 blocked punt and a safety

All in all, for such a young defense... It was a great day to be a Cane.

Yes, Bosher had a bad day, but did anyone see if he got slammed prior to the shanked punts???

Not knocking Cooper but with only one RB, it is easy to key one player and shut down the run.... Hopefully JJ returns and it gives us 2 RB's for defenses to be worry about!!!

Being creative, I haven't seen a pass to the FB (Hill) yet!

Bubble screens work, but you can't keep going to the well when it becomes replay. Key missing element... you need a TE to spring the WR

Need to roll-out QB's (away from harm) more often and give them time to throw down field.

No team is a gimmy for us this year. Duke is a trap game, like UCF was...and give them credit.

Try to keep it positive.

GoCanes
Cat5

Didnt Jacory call an audible on that touchdown from the 5 yd line?

Just curious.

Good Morning cane bros and sis, something i been researching for awhile now tell me what you think>?

Heres my take 4 new coaches....next year if we have the $$$$$$$
OC Gus Malzahn tulsa, Qb coach
DC Bill young keep
Rb Don Solindger and Special Teams coach
Dl Clint Hurt keep, but bring a position coach for dt with some experience. LIke Don Dunn dt and nose guards for auburn.
Lb Mike Barrow keep
Db Torrian Gray Vtech or Stoops from arizona, Troy DouglasUSF, Tim billings Wake.
Te Pannuzio coach te only.
Ol Stroutland keep
Headcoach Shannon if Jimmy Johnson believes in him well shhhhhhh!t i do!

SWASEY ON THE HOT SEAT.
Swasey better shape up cause we are far from physical by playing the game or by our players appearance.

Everyone look at Kevin yoxall strength n conditioning coach! WOW

Good Morning cane bros and sis, something i been researching for awhile now tell me what you think>?

Heres my take 4 new coaches....next year if we have the $$$$$$$
OC Gus Malzahn tulsa, Qb coach
DC Bill young keep
Rb Don Solindger and Special Teams coach
Dl Clint Hurt keep, but bring a position coach for dt with some experience. LIke Don Dunn dt and nose guards for auburn.
Lb Mike Barrow keep
Db Torrian Gray Vtech or Stoops from arizona, Troy DouglasUSF, Tim billings Wake.
Te Pannuzio coach te only.
Ol Stroutland keep
Headcoach Shannon if Jimmy Johnson believes in him well shhhhhhh!t i do!

SWASEY ON THE HOT SEAT.
Swasey better shape up cause we are far from physical by playing the game or by our players appearance.

Everyone look at Kevin yoxall strength n conditioning coach! WOW

Green is kicking Gaturd steamer arse. Keep up the good work.

Rumor of Nix to Auburn is a rumor but if it is true... let it happen.

This is a growing young offensive team and playing musical chairs with coaching staff was the reason for 90 percent of our past troubles... Stability is everything but if we must change NC's, then it must be done at the end of this year, while most of the (Greats to be) Offense is still flexible and teachable...

If so, Dorsey is my choice. He has no experience at NC but he is a great offensive QB genius... who the Newbies would look up to for direction.

Once a Cane, always a Cane!!!

I'm out

Canes fans... Hold the fort!

Canes Win...

GoCanes!!!

Cat 5,

Forgive my ignorance but what the heck is a NC? National Championship? Offesive Coordinator? Defensive Coordinator? National Recruiter? Assistant Coach?

Unranked in over 2 Years, Currently 3-3, Third Best Team in the State (FIU, FAU & USF have a very valid argument), 4th Choice Coach, and another Bowl Ineligible Season underway.

- we are a young team

- we have an inexperienced QB who we were dumb enough to believe in based upon his preason play against the 112th ranked D in the nation

- it obviously wasn't the DC we fired, so it must be the OC

- we now play in a conference with teams ranked in the Top 25, albeit only 1 or 2, it's a lot tougher than playing in the Big Easy

- maybe if Randy could of, Nix should not have, Young may want to....... does it ever end?

IT'S ALL ABOUT EXCUSE U!!!
AND WE'RE DAMN GOOD AT IT!!!

How about reporting on Kirby's short list of Top 5 Candidates Duhhhh U can promote within after Randy's inevitable firing? Dare I say, we need at least a list of 10 potential coaches after the first 9 choices laugh at Kirby for even inquiring. Anwwhooo, here is my Top 10 coaches I think we should promote within to replace Mr. Please Don't Run Duhhhh Score Up On Us.

1) Katie Meier (Head Women's B-Ball Coach) She has more head coaching experience than Randy & maybe our opponents will be intimidated by her last name alone.

2) Lela Cannon (Head Women's Golf Coach) Maybe she can get us a mulligan with Bowl Selection Committee.

3) Boban Rankovic (Assistant Rowing Coach) Only beacuse his name ryhmes with Conan and we need a barbarian to motivate our 112th Ranked D.

4) Randy Ableman (Head Diving Coach) He's an expert in teaching our swim team to take dives, so he shoud fit right in with our 7-10 team under the "other Randy".

5) Jeff Thomsen (Assistant Women's Tennis Coach) Our football team already plays like they wear skirts, an easy transition.

6) Calvin Robinson (Track Associate Coach) He may be able to cure what ails the nation's slowest moving offense.

7) Tricia Taliaferro (Head Women's Soccer Coach) Our bandwagon fans may actually show up to watch a real game of futball.

8) Felix Hou (Assistant Volleyball Coach) Since we never can get to the endzone to celebrate TDs to begin with he can at least teach us how to spike the ball.

9) Stewart Cramer (Football Video Coordinator) We all know he has watched more game film than our entire coaching staff combined. Maybe he actually knows how to coach after watching what our opponents have done the past 4 years.

10) Danna Shila (Duhhhhh U Prez) At least we know she can't make any more mistakes than Randy has. And maybe, just maybe, she has enough leverage to get us into the ACC Title Game.

U GET WHAT U PAY FOR

If Nix does leave we need MIKE SHULA, MIKE SHULA, MIKE SHULA....Hes coaching Qbs for the Jags right now....he would be stupid not to take the OC job if offered!!!!

Manny, If the staff is not able to tell what the other team is doing in defense, how can we expect for our players to do it? This is the first time I see you writting something negative about Nix. He is young, and I think we just have too many young coordinators in Miami staff including our headcoach.

If Nix doesn't workout for Miami, I hope Randy does the samething he did with the defense. He needs to get another experience coordinator. Randy biggest mistake was too get a staff that was too young, and is trying to learn on the job.

small budget

Manny,

Progress Report??????

More like Regressing Reports.

The Canes are looking a lot like last year. Regressing as the season progresses.

Cant wait for those tough ACC games.

KEEP SHANNON---HIRE HIM TO AN EXTENSION NOW!!!!
10 years!!!!!

Old Mrs., a godawful team, beat the Gaturds. Da U has lost to a very respectable 5 and 1 North Carolina, who whipped the Irish yesterday, and a future top 10 FSWho, along with a loss to the SEC replay booth in Gainesville. We are one Jay and Daniel's c*nt hair away from being 5 and 1 (we could do nothing about the SEC crew at Gainesville, they won the game for the Gaturds fair and square).

Shut up tosses 9 salads. Your offense was HORRIBLE saturday. Truly horrible. You got sold a faulty bill of goods with that Marve. He has no poise, locks his eyes on receivers. He'll get roasted over and over. YOur still whining about officials Stool. LOSER . Enjoy the Poulan Weedeater Bowl. Oh wait, you won't be bowl eligible.

The U is a really bad team.

Make sure you give King Randy a lifetime extension.

Even if UCF threw a new, confusing defense it hadn't run before or UM didn't see on tape are you telling me it's an entirely new defense no one has ever seen before?

BLIND LEADING THE BLIND...... OR IN THIS CASE OUR 4th CHOICE COACH LEADING THE 4th BEST TEAM IN THE STATE

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