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Bradford or Jones? It doesn't matter

The Miami Hurricanes don't know who is going to start at quarterback Saturday night for Oklahoma. It could be Heisman trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford. Or, it could be freshman Landry Jones, who set a Sooners record with six TD passes in his last start.

Sam Bradford

Here's the truth: It doesn't matter who is throwing the ball if the Hurricanes defense doesn't turn things around quickly. Nationally, UM ranks 85th in scoring defense (27.33 ppg) among 119 FBS teams, 86th against run (159 ypg), and 89th in passing effeciency defense. They haven't been getting to the quarterback (4 sacks in 3 games) or creating turnovers (two fumble recoveries and one interception) either. But the biggest problem? Tackling.

"Watching film this week was real tough," linebacker Colin McCarthy said. "Tackling, getting guys on the ground is really what we're struggling with. People are in the right situation, in the right position. We're just not doing what we're supposed to. Watching the film was ridiculous. Coach said of the [272 yards] we gave up to V-Tech, 163 yards were after contact. We have to fix that."

Fixing it will become a priority this week -- moreso than worrying about what the eight-ranked Sooners do. And what Oklahoma has done has been pretty impressive. Their 40.67 scoring average ranks eighth in the country and their 18th-ranked offense is dangerously balanced attack (196 yards rushing per game, 256 yards passing).

"We can't just focus on the pass because they've got guys who can run the ball real well," said cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, who was torched by Bradford and the Sooners offense in a 51-13 loss as a freshman. "It's all about assignment and technique, assignment and technique for us."

> Look for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to announce his starting quarterback later this week. Stoops said Bradford, who visited specialist Dr. James Andrews over the weekend for a second opinion on his injured throwing shoulder, has been making positive improvements throughout practice. "We just have to feel comfortable that he's healthy, that he feels good enough to make the throws he needs to make and that he's ready to do it."

> Don't expect to see senior safety Randy Phillips back for the Oklahoma game. Word is his injured forearm is going to need some time to heal. Miami will likely go with a mix of Jojo Nicolas and Jared Campbell in his place.

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at least give the kids a chance to show that they have hearts and want to win. this is the truning point for them. Good team just play like sh** against VT on live TV. It only one game. It's been 3yrs the last time a team went 13-0 to win a title. Sh** LSU won it all with 2 loses in a season.

i think these kids answer the bell this week!!

New to this site and awsome! I also belong to Dolphins site to.

TOO MANY LOSERS on this BLOG....PEDRO, SAMMNOLE, GREEN, etc...

CANES will survives this loss and will have a stellar year toward 2010 NC. They are much improved and while they can't win them all, they can win.

CANES will redeem themselves on Sat and show the nation, they are back but beating a very good OU team. It all starts with protecting J12 and playing with emotion on defense.

GO CANES...

all you poser fans...shut your f'n mouths...

CANES...4...LIFE...CANES...4...LIFE
ITS A NEW WEEK GUYS AND I HAVE NOTHING BUT FAITH IN THESE GUYS! YES WE LOST A GAME, SO WHAT, EVERYBODY WILL LOSE, THER WILL NOT BE AN UNDEFEATED TEAM THIS YEAR. SO AT LEAST WE LOST EARLY AND IF WE WIN OUT, WHO KNOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN! I REALLY THINK WE WILL COME OUT AND PLAY WITH A LOT OF EMOTION, I KNOW THEY DONT WANT TO FEEL WHAT THE FELT LAST WEEK AND CAOCH WILL HAVE THESE GUYS READY! WE WILL MAKE THE PROPER ADJUSTMENTS AND WIN BY 2 TOUCHDOWNS!! THIS IS OUR BOUNCE BACK GAME AND I THINK THEY WILL TAKE US LIGHTLY LIKE WE DID VT AND WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT!! GO CANES!!!!
CANES...4...LIFE...CANES...4...LIFE

pedro - Could you please grow up? This board is for adults not children.

Take a look at yourself, your acting like a child.

the defensive rankings are misleading, not only have we played 3 very good offense while others are playing cupcakes but we have had Ojomo, Moncur, Andrew Smith, Olivier Vernon, DVD, Randy Phillips, Marcus Forston, all hurt at some point.

Obviously Pedro is not a real UM fan...

The best way to get him off this blog is not to achnowledge his post. So please, make this the last post to mention his existence.

PS Sammy: If we suck, then how good are your 'Noles? Just curious.

2-1 in conference play is pretty good... take a chill pill. We got a decent conference schedule coming up. We'll be ok.

Don't sweat the "D" Bag guy's! Sometimes his Mom leaves for work and forgets to give him his Ritalin!

I know he can be hyper sometimes, but he looks so cute in his tinfoil helmet!

His real name is Butters (I like to call him "D" Bag!), but he LOVES to be called "Professor Chaos"! It gives him imaginary powers or something!

I honestly think if the Gators ever went undefeated, "D" Bag might be able to get on with a normal life. Who knows, he could get a girl or a job or something.

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153471/?searchterm=Professor+Chaos

Hey "D" Bag!

Go 'canes!

Do yourself a favor Pedro/Curse of Kehoe and just squeeze the trigger already!!

That was a fake SammyNole earlier. SHHHH....It's pretty quite in Tally right now, we actually have a shot still at the ACC title game, you? You can win all the rest of the games and if VTech does too you still ain't in.

Can't tackle and you are playing college ball? When the fug you gonna learn? Yikes!

That was a fake SammyNole earlier. SHHHH....It's pretty quite in Tally right now, we actually have a shot still at the ACC title game, you? You can win all the rest of the games and if VTech does too you still ain't in.

Posted by: SammyNole | September 29, 2009 at 02:07 PM

Why don't you go practice your new WARCHANT, OOO,,,OOO,,,OOO,OOOshi*********************

You have no chance, your team is baddddddddd!!!

I can't stop laughing, your team is 0-2 vs teams from Florida and you will end up 0-3.

You will lose your next 3 games, mark my word!

Michael H:

Can't blame injuries for the VT loss. There will always be injuries and every team has to deal with them.

We got whipped...the positive take away is that now we get to find out what we've got.

Every other time the U goes to lane stadium it's the same old story, turn overs, blocked punts, penalties, poor tackling, just a complete horror story. We have a history of making ordinary teams look great. Until we get a stud defensive tackle, who can collapse the pocket, teams will continue to run on us. we haven't had a great d.t. since Wilfork was here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuPoZGPs5U8&feature=channel

This guy is sitting in sec 416, row 14! Would someone PLEASE handle this! Look around his room while watching the videos! Dragon Ball Z???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtUg_Zj_j9g&feature=channel

I can't make this shyt up!

Go 'canes!

http://twitter.com/Manny_Navarro/statuses/4477011474

Totally forgot about our UM chat this afternoon.
-- manny navarro

CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/sports-wire/story/1256849.html

One more Florida loss or Colorado win would eliminate the Marlins.
-- AP

OUT, OUT DAMN SPOT

Posted by: green | September 28, 2009 at 10:55 PM

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CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY

Manny,

Can you please just have your IT guy ban SammyNole/Pedro/Lazaro/Jesus's IP address? The way his comments are always clustered together (and his unimaginative way of selecting aliases) make it too obvious.

Seriously. It will take five seconds and make your comments readable. Consider it a favor to your loyal readers.

Can someone please second this motion?

Manny,

Can you please just have your IT guy ban SammyNole/Pedro/Lazaro/Jesus's IP address?

Can someone please second this motion?

Posted by: DenverCane | September 29, 2009 at 04:04 PM

a wayward gaturd assumes various aliases to sow dissension …
disagree …
but defend his right to say it …

FREEDOM MEANS

U have to be the biggest idiot that has ever posted here

Posted by: scamwich | September 29, 2009 at 04:28 PM

give me liberty or give me death
-- patrick henry

HIGH-PRINCIPLED

Manny dude, you gotta start cleaning house too many spamming morons like Pedro to make commenting on here enjoyable.

If Bradford had a 3rd degree separation on his throwing shoulder, there is no way he is playing.

I know because I suffered the same injury in 2008. A 3rd degree separation is akin to an ACL injury, meaning he tore the ligaments or a ligament. The Doctor may say that surgery is optional, but the shoulder becomes unstable. Thus surgery is the best thing for him, if he wants to take hits on it and feel comfortable with what he wants to do.

If Bradford is in there, 2 or 3 hits and that will be it for him. To me, it is clearly not worth it and it is best that he has the surgery now to be ready for next year.

So it will be the other guy.

it wont matter, this defense gets worse each year. nobody is teaching the kids. they are out of place, no gang tackling, standing around confused, like GT last year. shannon must go. we need a proven head coach. how long do miami fans suffer waiting for shannon to learn his job

Bradford is probably wishing he would've gone to the NFL last year. I'm not even sure if he was eligible, but this injury will probably cost him some money.

keith2...a couple of more performances like last week and I'll be convinced Shannon needs to go. I'm hoping we play well (again, not wins and losses), but at least some effort.

I don't see how this can be any fun for you. People usually do things they like with their free time. This is what you choose for yourself?

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