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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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Mike Leach, Norm Chow. We need to get a big name coordinator. Yeah right.

Small fickle fan base, limited number of big dollar donors, facilities that can't even compare to UCF, 35,000 fans a game.

When everyone understands that we will from now on be a low budget program, then realism will reappear in Miami.

I think Manny quit. We havent heard a word from him. After that pathetic performance we should at least be hearing how young the Canes are, and how they WON the game and beat some #113 ranked school. Come on, let us know what excuses the players and coaches are spewing now.

How about getting a head coach first? Then they can hire a better coordinator.

Randy Shannon couldnt guide a blind kitten to milk.

Great job Manny as usual. U know I get to put my 2 cents in so here we go. In order NIX has got to improve his playcalling and must get the passing game in a rhythm. The Offense has been the problem for 4 yrs now and has gotten better under NIX. How about more post routes, deep corners, slants and skinny posts. He needs to utilze Benjamin, Collier, D. Johnson, Shawnbrey and Cooper all are weapons with speed the way UF do with there weapons. Also use more misdirection.

Yes I think it's time for Jacory to start. The team seems to have better rhythm with Jacory. He see's the field better and don't turn the ball over. Simply put, the kid is special.

Defense played a great game saturday. They just need to be more consistent. I actually thought the secondary played there best game of the year. The corner were actually seeing the ball and making plays on it.

Marve should stay in the starting lineup I think he earned it and has played well in tough games. However I wouldn't be surprised If Jacory Harris over takes him eventually and becomes a starter. One thing I have noticed is that Marve has a tendency to lock on to a receiver and once his first option is gone he has a hard time finding his 2 or 3rd option. Jacory Harris in the other had in the limited time I have seen him play has shown that he is reading the defense and when his first option is gone has checked down to his 2 or 3rd read, that is something I find very impressive from a true freshman. So as he develops more strength and matures I can see him displacing Marve from the starting lineup if the light doesn't come on for Marve. Jacory reminds me of a young Ken Dorsey with a better arm.

Silly canesrule, dics are for chicks!

BITTER, ANGRY, JEALOUS, MEAN

COME ON GAYTORS, GET UP AND GO

Go 'canes!

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"Another thing you two rejects, stay the hell off of your phones tonight! If I catch you blogging again tonight, your both fired!" "Yes Mr. Tebow!"

"Man I hate that guy canesrule." "You got that right coke!" "You know if we had finished High School, we'd probably be at the game tonight!" "Well, at least if the Gaytors win, we can rush over to Eye on the U and blow that site up tonight!" "Hooray...I gotta get started...Go Gaytors!" "Yeah whatever...go gaytors..."

NOTHING SAYS LOSER LIKE HANGING ON A RIVALS BLOG 4 WEEKS AFTER THE GAME IS OVER

Go 'canes!

Randy Shannon we have a job for you at the Archer Road Quiznos. I suggest you take it because in 2 years you will be without a job and no one in their right mind will hire you.

Canes progression: Last year D coordinator fired
This year O coordinator fired
Next year it is all on WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAnnnnnndy Shannon.

Poor guy is so dead it isnt even funny. It is inevitable. Just depends on how dumb the Canes athletic association is. It is obvious to everyone else across the country so those fools at the U athletic association have to see it too.

I had to swat Two-Bits on the nose with a rolled up newspaper for leaving a steamer on our beloved U!

OOPS, I CRAPPED MY PANTS

Go 'canes!

Posted by: CokeCanes | October 13, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Step right up, step right up!! Guess his age, win a prize!

UHHMM, LET ME SE, UHHHHMMMM, 14

OOOHHH SORRY, THE CORRECT ANSWER WAS 13

THE OVERLAPPING PIMPLES AND HIS UNCONTROLABLE TEMPER TANTRUMS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE GIVE AWAY

Go 'canes!!

We beat LSU!!

EVEN A BLIND SQUIREL CAN FIND A NUT ONCE IN A WHILE

Go 'canes!

This is Jeapardy!

I'll take college football for 200 Alex!

This Florida University has never gone undefeated in a single season, ever, in football, ever!

WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

CORRECT

Go 'canes!

I wanted to point something out really quickly before we get back to the game. Cokecanes uses the same name on the Gaytor Clause website!

WHAT A F'ING LOSER

LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN, WHAT A F'ING LOOOOOSER

HAHAAHHAAHAAHAAAHHAAAAA LOOOOOOOSER

Go 'canes!

WILL YOU PEOPLE JUST SHUT UP PLEASE!THE U SUCKS WE ARE 3 3 DEAD LAST IN THE ACC OUR DEFENCE SUCKS OUR OFFENCE GETS WORST EVERY WEEK ,GET DA PICTURE WE BARELY BEAT UCF HEEEELLLLO!FACE IT

We need to keep recruiting and make sure we bring in another top class. Shannon needs to prove he can be a top recruiter year in and year out. One great class of Miami high schoolers does not prove anything. More importantly, one great recruiting class is not going to win a national championship. We have to continue to bring in great players and have depth at every position.

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YOU COULD WIN A BRAND NEW CAR....!!!

VOTING ENDS TONIGHT.

THANKS.

Posted by: john | October 14, 2008 at 01:14 AM

I WANT MY MOMMY!! WAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Go 'canes!

Taken from canesports.com
About Nix
"Nix seems to be running out of time to prove he is a piece that fits.
Saturday was a disaster for him at Dolphin Stadium.
His play-calling seemed so lost. Very little worked. He continued getting himself in horrible down-and-distance situations with horizontal passes over and over on first down that Central Florida already knew were coming, a horrible pattern for Nix for two years now.
He got away from the running game that was working so well early. And then, when he tried to bring it back, he couldn't make the right call or get the right level of execution.
Nix must prove now that he can handle the task. Time is running very short."

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