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Grading The Canes: Clemson

I couldn't make it to Saturday's game -- I had a wedding -- but I spent my Sunday night breaking down the game on my DVR. Before I get to the grades, a few thoughts:

UM-Clemson -- My overwhelming sense from this game was a flat out lack of aggression and confidence from the Canes, whose reputation has always been quite the opposite. It was almost as if they were playing not to lose. I'm not just talking about the three running plays by Javarris James in the fourth quarter when UM was trying to run the clock out. I had less of a problem with that and more of a stink with the overall attitude. Where was the pressure on Kyle Parker? Why did John Lovett not go after the redshirt freshman with more than just his four-man front? Where were the deep downfield passes from Jacory Harris? Yes, he connected on that 69-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin. But why did that feel like the only time Mark Whipple went for the big play? Bottomline, one team came in the 10th-ranked team in the country according to the BCS and the other was 3-3. Yet, you couldn't tell which team UM was supposed to be. That should speak volumes to you about this program and where it is still at.

-- Three times the Canes took over on offense with the lead (following a defensive stop) and three times they looked uncomfortable having it. The sign of a great team is that when it has its opponent reeling, it goes for the jugular. Even against UCF two weeks ago, you didn't get that sense from this Miami team. Ditto in the Oklahoma game and ditto against Georgia Tech. If you want to really be the best, you have to have that attitude. This Miami football team is improved. It is Top 25 worthy. But it still isn't back to Canes standards. And Randy Shannon knows it. 

-- Before you go handing CJ Spiller the Heisman trophy like a certain pair of radio announcers were about to do Saturday night (I was listening to the broadcast on my way to the reception) let's take a look at what Clemson's star running back really did Saturday. He ran back a kickoff 90 yards for a score. Not sure if you guys noticed it, but there was nobody within 25 yards of Spiller when he caught the low-line drive kick from Alex Uribe (Orlando Franklin might have been able to bring that kick back for a score). Spiller also had a 56-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Parker on a play when a gimpy Sean Spence (who shouldn't have been on the field) tried to cover him with no help. And Spiller had a 48-yard burst in the fourth quarter to move Clemson deep down field (he had 33 yards on his 13 other carries). I'm not saying Spiller isn't a great player. I'm just saying he wasn't Heisman-esque or the reason UM lost this game.

-- Enough with the Kool-aid drinking. Miami is flat out weak when it comes to pass blocking and not nearly deep enough at linebacker. In fact, other than running back and receiver, this team really has no real depth right now. For all the talk about Ben Jones, Brandon Washington and the other young linemen Miami has and how light bulbs are coming on, there is a reason Matt Pipho was still on the field for every offensive snap. Those other guys aren't ready. Ditto for Spence. He came back out in the third quarter (50 percent at best) and only got pulled after he got burned for the 56-yard score. What else does it say when the Canes would prefer to have a banged up Spence instead of a 100-percent Ramon Buchanon?

And now to the grades...

> Quarterback play: Before you go ripping Jacory Harris for his three picks, remember this is a guy working with an average at best offensive line and still just a sophomore. Is he making bad decisions? Yes. The interception before halftime was pathetic. The lob pass taken back for a touchdown by DeAndre McDaniel was Kirby Freeman-esque. But Jacory is still better than anything this program has had at quarterback in awhile. And frankly, I think this dink and dunk offense Mark Whipple had him in Saturday doesn't play up to his strengths or Miami's big and fast receivers. Harris finished 17-of-27 for 256 yards, 2 TDs and three picks. But he might have done a little better if he hadn't thrown the ball just six times after UM scored on the opening possession of the second half. Yes, he threw the ball just six times. It goes back to that aggression talk earlier. Grade: C.

> Running backs: If any unit deserved a helmet sticker for their effort Saturday, it was the Canes backfield trio of Graig Cooper, Javarris James and Damien Berry. Together, they produced 210 yards on 31 carries -- a whopping 6.7-yard average against one of the country's best run defenses. So where did the Canes falter? Picking up blitzes. James and Cooper both were slow getting to blocks and it led to two costly sacks in this game that derailed drives. Grade: B.

> Receivers/tight ends: Big ups to Leonard Hankerson, who has clearly taken a step forward yet again. He finished with five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, including a beautiful one-handed grab on the opening drive. Too bad we didn't see him again after his six-yard touchdown catch. At least I didn't see him. Travis Benjamin also looked good, hauling in the 69-yard touchdown. We've seen him do it more than a few times now, beating his man one-on-one and getting wide open downfield. It's a shame we don't see it more often than once every two or three games. Grade: A.

> Blocking: If all Miami's starting five had to do was run block, they'd probably be one of the better units in the country. But unfortunately, stopping hard charging defensive ends and picking up blitzes simply isn't their strength. Orlando Franklin, who moved outside to left tackle on several plays, provided evidence why he's a guard, getting beat twice on what turned out to be big Clemson plays. Much maligned right tackle Matt Pipho had a better effort. But collectively, it wasn't a great night. When you can't run screens well or give your quarterback nearly as much time as the other team does, you aren't winning the other half of the battle up front. Grade: C.

Marcus Robinson celebrates his 56-yard fumble return for a score > Front seven: Except for one 48-yard Spiller run, the Canes run defense was spectacular. Linebacker Colin McCarthy was all over the place. He absolutely crushed Spiller, causing a fumble in the first half. Darryl Sharpton did a good job swarming to the football. In all, the Tigers finished with 84 yards on 34 attempts for a 2.5 average. Take away the 48-yard burst and Clemson had 36 yards on 33 attempts. Now let's talk pass rush... There wasn't much. Allen Bailey provided nearly all of it. His sack, strip and fumble led to Marcus Robinson's 56-yard fumble return for a score. But other than that, Kyle Parker had time to Facebook his friends in the pocket. Miami blitzed him on occasion. But it wasn't nearly enough to disrupt him. And the four offsides penalties? Just bad. This game just provided further proof UM's defensive line, while better against the run, still has a long way to go. Grade: C.

> Secondary: When you don't get much of a pass rush, it's really hard to cover downfield for more than five to six seconds. Miami fell victim to that way too often. But the big breakdowns were in the middle of the field. I'm not sure if it's Darryl Sharpton's responsibility or Colin McCarthy or Randy Philips, but Clemson's tight ends had a field day in the middle of the field. They combined to catch nine passes and quite a few on third and long for first downs. The game-winning touchdown catch by Jacoby Ford? Middle of the field. John Lovett might want to look into that little problem. Grade: D.

> Special teams: Anytime you give up a kickoff return for a score, you've had a bad day. But aside from Alex Uribe's mental gaff -- he was supposed to squib kick it instead of giving CJ Spiller a head start in a foot race -- Miami's special teams was very, very good. By that I mean Matt Bosher. He had two long field goals and did a great job on kickoffs and punts. He got plenty of hangtime to negate the punt returns (Clemson didn't have any) and he even was able to salvage good field position despite having to kickoff from his own 15. Grade: C.

> Coaching: Here's where the biggest breakdowns happened. Not only did the Canes have to burn timeouts again because they didn't have the right personnel on the field, this team was never in the right mind set. Both Lovett and Whipple needed to be more aggressive in this game. Lovett with the blitz and Whipple with his best weapon -- his receivers. Neither called for their best weapons enough. Grade: D.

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I agree Whip must stay, the scary thing about how the defense played is that I read an article saying the U is no longer interested in Jeff Luc. A top 10 team does not give up over 40 points and expects to win. The fact is that the offense did play well even if they looked conservative they put up over 30 points. I only have 1 thing to say, we had a great recruiting class in 2008 with all these guys know in there 2nd year. Next year is no guarentee, every team is thinking the same thing. Look at the top 5 teams, they also have something in common with recruiting top 5 recruiting classes. If we are going to get back we better stop dreaming that we don't need these top recruits from the south.

Why are you guys killing Lovett? He is Shannon's puppet. Butch Davis passed him over because he is a terrible DC. The man was coaching special teams last year. Shannon brought him so that he could dictate the defense. Miami is running the same D, Shannon ran. The difference is the players. Miami needs a major infusion of talent on the D. Why isnt Shannon recruiting any JC players? Miami has hit big in the past on JC players. Cortez Kennedy and Bryant McKinnie ring a bell. Miami desperately needs some on Dline and Oline. Anybody that thinks Miami is going to win a NC with the current Oline is kidding themselves.

I love how people kill Coker about the Oline even though 4 of the 5 current starters were recruited by Coker. Funny that in 3 classes, Shannon has not yet found one stud Olineman. I thought Stoutland was going to open the Northeast and Midwest with his recruiting ties.

In the FSU game, Miami threw on first down many, many times and just really opened up the offense. However, the problem really wasn't on offense as much as the D could not pressure the QB. I can understand why they have a focus on DL in recruiting.

i agree with pedro keep whipp get rid of the rest including the head coach he plays not to lose this guy will always just be a good recruter and lovett was to dumb to see when you got pressure it worked it hard to keep supporting the team when their happy being around 500 every year some people need to stop comparing this to when butch davis took over we were on probation then

pedro- you matter as much as that pimple on my rectummm

coaches- why whyw why why did you kick the ball to CJ spiller when we are up with 2 min left in the half whhhhhyyyyyyy oh whuuuuuuuuyyyyyyyyyyy??????????????????????


coaches why did you run it 3 times with 3 yds to go when you have a 6-8 receiver, and so many receivers???? why whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?????


coaches why did you put a linebacker on to cover world class sprinter cj??? whyy why why whyw?????


Kirby hocuutt: youre job as an ad is to call out the coaches. whether they like it or not, they need to becalled out just like a coach calls out a lb when he misses a tackle, or a qb throws a pick. The cosches need to sit in your officde aND FRIGGIN ANSWER THE TOUGTH QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND WHATS THE DEAL WITH SEC REFS?

AND... NAVY BEAT WAKE. IF UM CANT BEAT WAKE. I WILL STOP WATCHING UM FOOTBALL. PERIOD. I WANTO TO SEE 40 + PTS. PERIOD.

OR ELSE, RS ISZ ON THE CLOCK

Shannon has to go. Period. Can't coach, can't recruit. Forget about having another first rounder. This guy recruits average players. So we get average results.

Wat was with all the tight sets. Spread the field Byrd, Aldarius, Hank, and Benjamin. How in the world can you stop all of them.
Posted by: SoFloSportsFan | October 26, 2009 at 01:24 PM
U want J. Harris to leave on a stretcher ?
Spread the field gets U 5 blocking 6 .
J-12 goes down and U lose every game there after.
Another glaring example of Ur lack of depth .
Posted by: J-12 Can't Hide Forever | October 26, 2009 at 01:55 PM

Let me educate you in the world of sports. You put your best playmakers on the field period. In a 4-receiver and 1 rb/te you have 5 blocking 4 d-linemen and 5 routes. Your telling me UM with the best WR corp in the nation cant move the ball that way. If the defense blitzes your RB picks up the blitz and you throw a short route, football 101. Ask Bradford how he won his heisman. I believe he had more picks than TDs when he threw the ball 15 yards in the air last year. pass the ball short and let your playmakers make plays. Then again it doesn't matter how many points you score if cant play defense you wont win.

9-3 maybe 10-2....this would be a good year!

Jacory is RATED the 10th best QB in the COUNTRY and he is only a SOPH!!!!!

Congrat J12 on being on the DAVIE BRYAN AWARD...

LATELY I BEEN WONDERING...DONT YALL REMEMBER HOW CONFIDENT WE WERE DURING GAMES IN THE PAST...TRASH TALKN, DIRTY PLAY, WEN SUMONE GETS HIT ON OUR SIDELINES ALL DA PLAYAS SURROUND HIM TRASH TALKN AND INTIMIDATING THE OPPONENT, THE RAINBOW SHIELDS, AND OF COURSE DA SWAGGA........THATS THE PROBLEM WITH MIA AND FSU THESE DAYS, NOT ONLY DO THEY PLAY SOFT BUT THEY LOOK SOFT IN MY OPINION!!! DISAPLINS GOOD BUT DONT TAKE DA FUN OUT THE GAME...WEN U SCORE A TD DONT GIV THE BALL TO THE REFS AND RUN TO THE SIDELINE...JUMP UP AND DOWN PUSH AN IN-THE-WAY OPPONENT OUT DA WAY AND SHOW OUT 4 DA CAMS...THEN SAY F*** DA REF ONCE HE THROWS DA FLAG...DAS HOW YA GET FIIIRRED UP AND DATS MY TYPE FOOTBALL

Damn, if Randy Shannon could have just gotten a little love (help) from the refs Miami could have won this game. That's how you win the close or "ugly" games.

All you ever read on this blog is a bunch of hate on the U I bet most of these bloggers are the punk ass fans that don't even buy the cheap tickets to go to the game! BANDWAGON PUNKS!!!! keep watching the games from home and then write your weak ass opinions on this and all the other blogs you guys aren't fans and you know who i'm talking about!

Our fan base is pathetic!! Of all these people talking smack on this blog I bet you not even half of you went to the game! Our team went into this game at 5-1 and we could not even put 40,000 people in the stands!! What a pathetic bunch of fans we are!! What a disgrace to be a CANE fan!! We might as well be playing on the road every game because we have no home field advantage and it is a disgrace to our team!! If I am a top notch recruit why do I want to come to the
'U' and play in front of no fan base when I can go to UF and play in front of 90,000 plus!! Get your heads out of your ass CANES fans and start coming out and supporting your team!!

Miami always wins the penalty contest. When it comes to getting stupid penalties, the Canes are world class. Bailey rips off his helmet so Miami can kick off from its own 15 to a guy who has already returned one for a TD. That's a "look at me--screw the team" kind of action that you can count on every game. For utter stupidity, the dumbest penalty would be a substitution penalty after a time out. Where is the discipline that Randy is fond of talking about?

Dade and Broward counties have 4 million people and the University of Miami can't consistently generate a true home field advantage. I know attendance is old news and the OB wasn't much better. The official attendance numbers were close to 43,000, but there is no way they had anywhere close to that many people in the seats. Manny basically says the team didn't play inspired football, but we all know that a full stadium can set the tone for a game. When Miami beats Clemson next year, they will have to face 84,000 Clemson fans in Death Valley in a state that only has 4 million people.

Good stuff Manny, I totally agree with you. Lack Of Aggression on both the Offense and Defense. Wow, great stat. Did you say Jacory only threw 6 second half passes? unbelievable. I also agree that we take our foot of the gas pedal way to soon instead of going for the jugular. We have done that all season and saturday it bit us in the butt. At the end of regulation, one first would have iced the game. Instead 3 straight runs with the wrong RB. D.Berry should have gotten 2 and passed for the other. Manny, this is not Lovetts defense. It's Randy's. It's the same since he was cordinating. All you have to do is look at lack of turnovers. They have been on the decline since Schiano left due to lack of aggresion. Pressure burst pipes. Pressure causes turnovers. When are we going to get it. Defense 101 is get off the field on 3rd downs by any means necessary. Clemson converted way to many 3rd downs.

wonder why people want show up was driving 4 hours to every home game since 1991 quit after last year and want return till i see some changes the only good coach on the field is mark whipple

sebastian. U and pedro are both idiots. We don't need racist fans like you. U don't like the fact that a black man is a head coach.

randy shannon....bawhahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahaahhaahahahha
hahahahahahah
llolololmaomlmaolmao what a jokebahwhahahahahaahha
babwghaggagaahahahahhaa

manny u hit the nail on the head..on your veiw on the game....great job..cane4life

Jacory's TD/INT ratio is looking MARVElous. This is not a good sign.

What are we looking at now? THIRD in the freakin' Coastal Division of the ACC? Maybe 4th. What a difference a day makes.

By the way, recruitnicks . . . do you still believe that STARS don't matter? Was CJ Spiller a three-star? I don't think so!

Manny and the intelligent commenters here (basically everyone except one individual) have all made great points, but here is something I don't think anyone else has brought up:

Randy Shannon will never be the sort of coach who spews fire and brimstone and who energizes his team to perform beyond their ability.

A few people here mentioned the lack of "going for the jugular," and it has become crystal clear that Shannon is just not that type of coach. It's not a part of his mentality, but the reality is you need that perspective to go out and be a champion.

Think of Kellen Winslow, Jr. in the locker room talking about how they were "soldiers" and didn't "care about anything except this U." Or Jeremy Shockey giving fiery quotes to the press. Or Ed Reed rallying the troops in a defensive huddle.

In order for those moments to occur, you need a head coach who stokes the passion in his players and gets them in the necessary mindset to come out and crush their opponents.

I watched the pitiful, less than five minute long press conference Shannon game after the game. He didn't look like a CEO. He wasn't promising to have his team prepared so that we don't lose any more games this season. He wasn't falling on his sword. Heck, I would have even been happy to seem him fuming and irate with what happened on Saturday.

Instead, he looked like a disappointed father. The pee wee coach whose son keeps dropping passes. A little embarrassed, maybe, but more sad than angry.

Every weekend, I see coordinators and assistant head coaches from other teams on the sidelines getting their players riled up. The only time I've ever seen Shannon get emotional was just before halftime when he was screaming at his OC on network television.

Until Shannon learns to get mad the right way, until he learns to pump up his athletes and get them to understand the ardor required to be a football player at the U, the disappointing losses will keep coming.

Unfortunately, we all know Shannon will never be that type of coach. We also know that is exactly the kind of coach the U needs. Sometimes you just need that guy who's going to let your team deck themselves out in army fatigues because you understand that what happens off the field and on the sidelines is just as important as what happens between the hash marks.

Video of Shannon-Whipple arguement...good stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myL1XIQIDAY&feature=sub

Make Whipple Head Coach and fire Shannon? Is Whipple HC material? It looks like he can get pretty excited about mistakes. Would he be able to recruit down here. Does Kirby have the stones to fire Randy Shannon?

One final thought to drive the point home:

Do you think these clips would have come out of a Shannon locker room, where players are fired up and ready for battle?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I82BPA5QAaQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG_f1GzmwHo

Now that's what swagger looks like.

You know, when I look at the clip, I think Whipple was saying he was going to clock it and save the time out and use the middle of the field. Has anyone heard anything definitive, on who called the time out?

I loved it when Winslow stood over that Vol after he nailed him in the ribs. Won't see that from this group, I don't think RS approves.

I miss that about our program....we need a pay for cheap shot system in this program.

Where was james in the first quarter..

Cooper is good but James should have been in

Every one asked me in Atlanta Why dident Harris throw more .He should have been more aggresive

Atlanta Bob

broward/dade:

I agree 100%, we need to get back to those days if we want to be in the hunt for a NC. These refs love flagging us anyway, we might as well get some enjoyment out of it.

Thanks for the report Manny.

Tough loss for a young team, learn from it and move on.

It's Great To Be A Miami Hurricane!!!

To Pedro, time for bed puppy.


SWAGGER:

Rainbow shields to exceptional athletes.

Earn your U. live up to the tradition.

Talk sh**. Back it up.

Showboat.


Stomp their logo.

Jack people up.

Play with aggression, emotion, and heart. Get pumped!

Develop camaraderie.

celebrate, impose, and intimidate.

Fly around, reek havoc, create turnovers.

Be a family.

Be confident.

Play without fear.

Dominate.

Live up to hype.

Don’t play down to competition.

Win big games. How? Pete carroll philosophy (play loose and have fun). Lane kiffin fits the Miami mentality perfectly.(not saying he should be our coach. Just saying he fits the mold and mentality.

Recruit athletes.

keep character in class and in community. Its War on the field. (That doesn’t mean penalties though. Or a brawl like FIU.)

Build a new orange bowl. This was one of the greatest in football. the fan base was one of the best. Landshark will never be the same. We need the college atmosphere. We cant fill the stands because of it and nor would I expect it to be filled. It will establish the pride, tradition, pageantry, fanbase, and big primetime tv games that have been missing from this once great program. There was a time when teams didn’t come into our house runnin their mouths and came up shellshocked when they were beaten down by Miami in the orange bowl. No team ever walked away a winner from that place. It struck fear into its opponents.

Here are examples of swagger: UGA dancing as a team after the TD vs UF, Miami stomping on the Louisville logo, Tennessee jumping on the sidelines during the auburn game, kellen winslow’s soldier rant, Jeremy shockey destroying people, sean taylor obliterating receivers, ed reed’s speech rallying the troops.

Its whats missing from this program.

The U represents something special. I feel like players think that because they signed their LOI that they earned the right to play for and represent the U. playing for the U means something more. And I get the feeling that they think theyre obligated and given the right to and taking for granted the honor that is The U. live up to the hype. Don’t rep it if you didn’t earn it.

LATELY I BEEN WONDERING...DONT YALL REMEMBER HOW CONFIDENT WE WERE DURING GAMES IN THE PAST...TRASH TALKN, DIRTY PLAY, WEN SUMONE GETS HIT ON OUR SIDELINES ALL DA PLAYAS SURROUND HIM TRASH TALKN AND INTIMIDATING THE OPPONENT, THE RAINBOW SHIELDS, AND OF COURSE DA SWAGGA........THATS THE PROBLEM WITH MIA AND FSU THESE DAYS, NOT ONLY DO THEY PLAY SOFT BUT THEY LOOK SOFT IN MY OPINION!!! DISAPLINS GOOD BUT DONT TAKE DA FUN OUT THE GAME...WEN U SCORE A TD DONT GIV THE BALL TO THE REFS AND RUN TO THE SIDELINE...JUMP UP AND DOWN PUSH AN IN-THE-WAY OPPONENT OUT DA WAY AND SHOW OUT 4 DA CAMS...THEN SAY F*** DA REF ONCE HE THROWS DA FLAG...DAS HOW YA GET FIIIRRED UP AND DATS MY TYPE FOOTBALL

Posted by: broward/dade | October 26, 2009 at 07:36 PM

^^^as gangter as broward/dade’s post is, it is the truth. This is why the U is such a great program. I loved the swagger Miami used to show. Those days are far away right now. I do like the character, class, and integrity that Shannon has established though.

Heres my concern with Shannon:

Manny and the intelligent commenters here (basically everyone except one individual) have all made great points, but here is something I don't think anyone else has brought up:

Randy Shannon will never be the sort of coach who spews fire and brimstone and who energizes his team to perform beyond their ability.

A few people here mentioned the lack of "going for the jugular," and it has become crystal clear that Shannon is just not that type of coach. It's not a part of his mentality, but the reality is you need that perspective to go out and be a champion.

Think of Kellen Winslow, Jr. in the locker room talking about how they were "soldiers" and didn't "care about anything except this U." Or Jeremy Shockey giving fiery quotes to the press. Or Ed Reed rallying the troops in a defensive huddle.

In order for those moments to occur, you need a head coach who stokes the passion in his players and gets them in the necessary mindset to come out and crush their opponents.

I watched the pitiful, less than five minute long press conference Shannon game after the game. He didn't look like a CEO. He wasn't promising to have his team prepared so that we don't lose any more games this season. He wasn't falling on his sword. Heck, I would have even been happy to seem him fuming and irate with what happened on Saturday.

Instead, he looked like a disappointed father. The pee wee coach whose son keeps dropping passes. A little embarrassed, maybe, but more sad than angry.

Every weekend, I see coordinators and assistant head coaches from other teams on the sidelines getting their players riled up. The only time I've ever seen Shannon get emotional was just before halftime when he was screaming at his OC on network television.

Until Shannon learns to get mad the right way, until he learns to pump up his athletes and get them to understand the ardor required to be a football player at the U, the disappointing losses will keep coming.

Unfortunately, we all know Shannon will never be that type of coach. We also know that is exactly the kind of coach the U needs. Sometimes you just need that guy who's going to let your team deck themselves out in army fatigues because you understand that what happens off the field and on the sidelines is just as important as what happens between the hash marks.

Posted by: DenverCane | October 26, 2009 at 11:20 PM

^^^This is the greatest post ive ever seen someone write in my entire life. DenverCane, I wish I could meet you in person so I could shake your hand. I completely agree with your view.

I think shannon’s behind his time. He’s living in the past. He shows no emotion on the sideline. He seems to do about as much coaching as bobby Bowden does. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great man. But he’s lived a sad life. I almost feel like he’s cold to the world and doesn’t show happy or excited emotion. Can anyone else see us winning the NC and him just standing there quietly somber looking while his team runs on to the field in jubilation?

I think it would be perfect (even though I know it will never happen) if he went back to being UM’s D coordinator, Lovett was fired, and either whip or another big name became the head coach. (maybe someone from the pete carroll coaching tree.)


Enough of Louis murphy and all these other player's d**n comments.

This team needs to get back to the days where teams respected The U.

look man, I'm not a gators fan, but lets suppose urban meyer would have been coaching the hurricanes vs. clemson, what would the outcome of this game be? do you seriously think he would have just sat back after that INT in the endzone, run some time of the clock and give the ball back to an offense they haven't stoped all game? Had the gators been in this situation, do you think he's going to take the ball from his best player, would he really have tebow hand the ball off 3 consecutive times? thats the difference between him and shannon, shannon is not where he thinks he is yet. IF shannon was the gators coach I guarantee you he would have lost a few games already because for one, the gators have had a few close ones and randys conservative play would not have prevailed, and two, his offense would not revolve around his best player (tebow) because he would say something like, "this is a team, its not about one player". All I know is that urban meyer won the national championship in his second year, and won another one 2 years later, and he has his team in position for another one this year..

I just don't get it, we were not able to stop that offense all game, and after that huge INT in the endzone in which we caught a huge break and were pretty much handed the opportunity to secure the win, shannon decides to play conservative, take the offense out of the game and give the ball back to the same offense we haven't stopped and hoping his defense does the job. I seriously think even coker would have pulled this one off

has anyone asked randy about the timeout at the end of the 1st half? what was he thinking? it was after a 1st down nonetheless...

whipple was obviously furious (as was i)...it completely derailed our momentum and led 2 jacory's int

Posted by: go canes! | October 26, 2009 at 07:51 AM

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/caneswatch/2009/10/25/did-randy-shannon-mark-whipple-argue-on-sideline-no-no-no/

Television cameras showed an upset Whipple yelling after UM called a timeout with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The timeout was the Hurricanes’ last of the first half and may have cost UM a chance at a field goal.
But Shannon said Whipple was mad because “he didn’t have the right personnel on the field.”
“Coach Whipple, he’s emotional on the football field,” Shannon said. “A lot of things happen. The media blows it out of proportion.”
Asked directly if Whipple was shouting at him, Shannon quickly responded, “No, no, no. He was upset he didn’t have the right personnel on the field. That’s all.”
-- jorge milian

DISINGENUOUS

Posted by: green impostor | October 26, 2009 at 09:53 PM

assumed identity …

ERSATZ

Screw this teams defensive coaching. Four three cover two defense with no blitzing isn't going to beat anyone, and we do it EVERY GAME. thinking our front four can just handle anything, that isn't just lovett, that's Randy Shannon, I know it is, he has done it for years. This team is agonizing to watch. The only game we went on the field where the other teams talent matched up was Oklahoma. And now, because other teams have real coaches, we are out of the nc race and the acc race. Already. Did any of u see Dabo sweeney? Or bud foster for vt? During the game. No, I would rather have calm uncaring Randy Shannon. I'm begging with u, please don't give him another contract. We need an OFFENSIVE MINDED COACH.

One last thing, how did u guys like it that when the game was on the line, instead of using our best talent, we did the I formation basically with two receivers the entire fourth quarter. Sick.

did not like the 3rd down calls on d
played with our hands in our pockets in the 1st half...
kick off coverage has been bad all year
time out at the end of the half was the right call...
we were out coach sad to say......
dont put this one on the kids .....
run qb when we need the big play. the time was right i know he is the only qb right now but now no acc and no bcs bowl game ...$$$

I still believe in the team. Too much crying after 1 game. JMO

Well said Manny.

Painful to watch especially since here in Wisconsin I have to pay extra to see the U play. There was no pass rush. That guy sat back there and picked the defense apart. Why do the same mistakes continue to plague this team? I hate to say but even SpongeBob would have cried about this one.

Something isn't adding up in this post. I did not see the game, so that's fine. But the post said a couple things that don't mesh. You trash the offensive line for not being able to protect the passer and pick up blitzes, and then say we should have been more aggressive and throw the ball down the field with the game on the line. Those routes take time to develop, and you just said the line couldn't protect the QB. Then you follow that up with the incredible day the 3 running backs had, averaging 6.7 yards per carry (incredible number!), but you blame them for trying to run the ball with the game on the line.

I know you want aggression, but that doesn't necessarily mean throwing the ball. If the running game is the one getting big chunks of yards, then that's what you go to. No?

Anyway, I didn't see the game, so I don't know. But the comments, at face value, are inconsistent.

never seen miami with this many injuries seems like this every year since randy took over how about a strength coach to go with head coach i here shannon made the calls on the last drive in regulation theres your sign

johnny:

Good comparison....I'm sure the same would go for Pete Carroll at USC. How many 4th down plays have they gone for to end a game? I guess it's just the continued maturation of Randy Shannon.


Wait until next year, wait until next year.

Has UM became the Chicago Cubs of College Foootball?

ha (CANEMAN)i am black DUMB--S this has nothing to do with black or white its about the team and if you read most of the blog you would see over half fell the same way


LOL. You wrote exactly what any Miami fan would want to hear. Excuses. You got beat by a better team. Simply put. Out-coached and out-played in all areas. And to bring down CJ's effort is insulting. He made your special teams and defense look like a joke.

Is there an issue with the way they practice, it almost seems like we repeat the same mistakes every week.

I remember the open practices being the tamest events I've ever attended. I've played and coached, I would've gone insane on my team if they were that quiet. I've observed more quiet in church. Kehoe's big mouth is needed at the U.

Whipple looks like he can really work someone over. I'd love to see him tearing into a kid.

As for Lovett, my only question...how many TE hooks do you need to see before you make an adjustment?

SHANNEN IS THE WORST COACH IN THE HISTRY OF THE U

I'M TIRED OF THIS

FIRE HIM NOW

im glad im not the only person whos watching tightend after tightend and and a linebacker on cj one of the fastest guys in football the fans see this how come the coaches cant call JIMMY JOHNSON back he can better than this

Whipple will bolt out of UM just like Bill Young did. Lovett should get a bus ticket this afternoon. He's a puppet. Dude was a SPECIAL TEAMS ASSISTANT last year. Anybody think I'm bothering to pay for an overpriced ticket, then get bent over for parking just to see this mess is out of their mind.

UM football is in serious trouble. It goes way beyond the line play. I'm talking about the program. The present staff is terrible and the university simply doesn't have the cash to buy their way out of this like major programs do. I honestly believe that Shalala diest care if UM ever wins another game. Maybe she would like to see a winning team but it's clearly not anywhere near the top of UM's financial priorities.

Could anyone please give me a logical explanation of how they planning emerge from this? Spare me the "Jacory" and "this team Is young" garbage!

Anyone??

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