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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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SHANNEN IS THE WORST COACH IN THE HISTRY OF THE U

I'M TIRED OF THIS

FIRE HIM NOW

Posted by: Miguel | October 27, 2009 at 02:53 PM

Who is this Shannen you speak of? You can't fire someone that isn't on the team.

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??

Posted by: Steve | October 27, 2009 at 03:03 PM

Stop wasting your time here and whine somewhere else!

UF opponents are 42 and 45 as of right now

UM opponents are 52 and 34 as of right now

SOS for UF not as strong as the gators would like to make it seem.

You must be in the "were young " camp colt 45. Excellent response to a legitimate problem though colt45. Keep drinking the koolaid. Um is in deep trouble

After reading all your comments, the answer is you need to get your swagger back. Keep the coaching staff and bring back Ed Reed and Ray Lewis and let them teach swagger. Swagger will erase the coaching, the interceptions, the lack of a pass rush, and will increase attendance. I promise....ha ha ha ha...

SWAGGER IS SOMETHING YOU CAN'T COACH....HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

I was so Fu***** pissed off when coach settled for a 3 point kick in OT..
You could see what Clem was planning to do...
and they did..
I'm still pissed off but what can you do?
Hope for a strong finish and continue into next year, all the way!!
The TEAM looked FLAT, and COACHING SUCKED ASS!!

Where's your "Swagga" now? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Sincerely,

The Clemson Nation

Totally agree with Manny's blog on the Clemson game

Please stop all this crap that the U has no money. That is horsesh1t.

Huh??? Regardless of how much people make they don't just throw money into what would amount to a slush fund. Your assumption that former players should just stroke checks is absurd. And relatively speaking the athletic department is broke. Money is tight everywhere. NFL players with their extremely short careers don't have any responsibilty to financially coddle the U.

NOT ONLY THEY SUCK ASS THE LICKED BALLS ALSO!

Posted by: Pedro | October 27, 2009 at 04:12 PM

something you have become as master of.

Please stop all this crap that the U has no money. That is horsesh1t.

Huh??? Regardless of how much people make they don't just throw money into what would amount to a slush fund. Your assumption that former players should just stroke checks is absurd. And relatively speaking the athletic department is broke. Money is tight everywhere. NFL players with their extremely short careers don't have any responsibilty to financially coddle the U.

Posted by: Steve | October 27, 2009 at 04:13 PM


Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field

When Shannon was hired if you asked any cane fan if they thought the canes would be the third team in the ACC Coastal after three years they would laugh at you and then laugh at you some more. Randy Shannon is a travesty.

fire Shannon another year of this and I will stick a fork in my eye.

When Shannon was hired if you asked any cane fan if they thought the canes would be the third team in the ACC Coastal after three years they would laugh at you and then laugh at you some more. Randy Shannon is a travesty.

fire Shannon another year of this and I will stick a fork in my eye.

Posted by: Steve | October 27, 2009 at 04:40 PM

Why wait

Baby cakes Arod is one athlete and also one of the richest athletes in the world. That's weak to think that Arods untold millions are anything close to representative of what NFL guys make. He is off the chart rich. You have your head in the sand.

look man, I'm not a gators fan, but lets suppose urban meyer would have been coaching the hurricanes vs. clemson...

Posted by: johnny | October 27, 2009 at 06:30 AM

U Wish

One of the worst blogs I have read on this game. If you are going to associate yourself with the Miami Herald, you shouldn't be so ignorant. Did you really think that Miami was that much better than Clemson, because Vegas surely didn't? You came in as a 4 point favorite AT HOME. You are underdogs in that game if it is in death valley. We have very similar talent, with the difference being we had the best player on the field. Shame on you for trying to undermind Spiller's talent. This is the 7th straight game he has had over a 60 yard play, and IS THE ALL TIME LEADING PLAYER IN ALL PURPOSE YARDS IN ACC HISTORY.

When Shannon was hired if you asked any cane fan if they thought the canes would be the third team in the ACC Coastal after three years they would laugh at you and then laugh at you some more. Randy Shannon is a travesty.

fire Shannon another year of this and I will stick a fork in my eye.

Posted by: Steve | October 27, 2009 at 04:40 PM

Don't stop at just your eye

interesting to see a clemson fan talk smack on this blog, about UM swag. UM swag was the result of 5 NCs out of 10 times playiong for the NC over the last 25 yrs. What have your sorry orange and purple players been doing over the last 28 years since your one and only NC? What have you done, other than to rub a rock evry home game? What? Pretend you have been there even though you havent been. but once. Act like you belong. even though youdont. OK, you beat us. congrats.

and i find it hilarious that UM loses and the haters pilr on. It's so funny and predictable. Now pedro, you are nothing. less than zero. Juts like the other losearts. UM lost. Um is 5-2. UM is rebuilding. Mistakes will be made.1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 were rebuilding years. Just like 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

UM will win a NC in the ne3xt decade, making it the ONLY team in history to have won a NC in four straight decades- 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s.

You heard it here. patience. Bad coaching mistakes were made in the last game. They acted like they did not want to lose. Clemson, as much as they are under achievers, played to win.

what will clemson have next year? CJ will be gone, Jacoby will be gone. One of their bookend des will be gone. Its over for clemson.

THAT IS WHOSE IN TROUBLE.=NOT UM.

Sure this has been said but the coaching decision on 3rd and 3 with about 4 minutes to go was very dumb and way too cautious. The defense didnt stop Clemson all game long but all of sudden they are going to stop them, the sensible thing to do was to try to run out the clock!

My disappointment with Jacory Harris was when he made no attempt to tackle the linebacker that intercepted him. In fact, he ran away almost like he was afraid.

Joe Rose ...Sean Spence out with knee injury; Whipple yelled at himself?

> Posted by Joe Rose on October 27, 2009 01:29 PM


Shannon also reiterated that there was no friction between him and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple just before halftime against Clemson, when television cameras caught Whipple yelling on the sideline with 20 seconds left and as the team walked toward the locker room.

"You know what happened in that situation . . . that’s what’s amazing about TV. They don’t understand. Whip was upset at himself because he didn’t have the right personnel on the field. It wasn’t me and him going at it. I was just telling him to calm down and that it was going to be OK. He was yelling and screaming at himself."

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He's talking to U Cane Tards because he knows U'll buy it !

Not only is Shannon an overmatched Head Coach, He's a FLAT OUT LIAR !!!

SHANNON Called the Timeout because he's was confused as always ... Whipple wanted to ground it, SAVE THE T.O. and have 2 plays to get 10-15 yards and a SHORT FREE 3 ... Whipple's been doing this since Shannon was in POP Warner.

Personnel ? HAAAA !!! U need a certain personnel to ground the ball Coach Shannon ? Pure BULLSH!T !!!

All those "former" Shannon Hires know whats up... And if any of U Cane Fans buy the B.S, that Randy is selling, Ur far far worse of than I thought.


WHY ? Why can't this schizophrenic fool just admit he made a mistake... over and over and over again ?

Screaming at himself Coach Shannon? No, as Whipple was walking to the locker room his anger was DIRECTLY venting towards Shannon because U cost Duuuhhhhhh U 3 points, and Whipple knew that eventually it could cost the "Team" the game... Duuuhhhhhh, hence the difference between a 37-31 Victory in Regulation rather than a 40-37 loss im O.T.

Then there was Coach Genius tying Whipples hands behind his back to close out the game with 3, THREE straight runs to put the game in the hands of his Mirage Defense ... (then in O.T. yet again)

Sooooo, chalk up not just 1 for Shannon, but 2 in the same game ...


U Get What U Pay For Cane Tards ... Re-up him ASAP .


U watch Ur boy "Whip", get a Head offer and run without looking back after this latest soon to be yet again end of the season collapse ...

It's called History Professor Shannon ... U don't learn from it, Ur doomed to repeat it again and again... But U never "Second Guess" Urself right ?


Don't pizzz down my leg and tell me it's raining Coach RS/BS

The comments are all over the place but one consistent thread is that the coaches let us down in this game. I can deal with young players not executing all the time, but I can't take coaches not be prepared to go for the throat and put the players in position to win and win big.

This is the first time I'm salty with Shannon. I've been giving him the benefit of the doubt, but there's too much talent for us to play this damn conservatively! I'd rather lose trying to go down field and score big than lose by playing NOT to lose. Get it right or get gone!

Keep your heads up young Canes! Play ball despite the coaching lapses.

Don't have the balls to post my comments? Figures.....

manny

once again you only tell half the story. you said whipple didn't go for the big play other than benjamins 69 yard td. then do you not count the 11 plays over 15 yards or more big plays because those are big plays.

you said miami passed only 6 times after the opening touchdown drive of the 3rd quarter. check your facts. after the td miami had only 5 more plays in the 3rd quarter. 3 passes, 2 runs. the passes inc, sack, completion and fumbel. is that the coaches fault? in the 4th qtr miami had 11 plays. 7 runs. 4 passes.

so miami had 16 plays after the 3rd qtr td. thats 7 passes and 9 runs. should they have thrown all 16 times? for your info the passes went like this

completion,sack,completion-fumble,completion,sack,interception for td,completion for td. seems to me the problem wasn't how many passes that were called, it was 2 were turnovers and 2 were sacks.

your a hack not a football analyst.

manny

you are pathetic. you said whipple didn't go for big play. canes had 11 plays of 15 yards or more. those are considered big plays.

you said harris didn't throw enough after the first td of the 3rd quarter. how about they didn't run enough plays because of turnovers.

after the 3rd qtr td miami ran 16 plays. 7 passes 9 runs. the passes were comp,sack,completion and fumble,completion,sack,interception for td, 69 yard td.

manny your're a hack not a football analyst.

UM will finish 7-5 this season, with the only wins coming against Virginia and North Carolina. Depth issues continue to plague this program.

Much of this decade has been underwhemling for the Hurricanes in the last six regular season games of each season:

2003: 4-2
2004: 3-3
2005: 4-2
2006: 2-4
2007: 1-5
2008: 4-2

stop comparing this to the late 90s when butch took over anyone forget probation and he still had us in the sugar bowl lets see where randy has this progam in 5 years gator bowl if were lucky

Sebastian 1, different situations. Despite Butch's best efforts, it's hard to recruit or compete when you're under severe NCAA sanctions. So view 1997 as Butch's first year and compare that with Shannon. I think this team compares quite well to the 1999 Miami Hurricanes.

Miami 1999: PF 206 PA 148 (record 4-3)
Miami 2009: PF 211 PA 165 (record 5-2)

SHANNON Called the Timeout because he's was confused as always ... Whipple wanted to ground it, SAVE THE T.O. and have 2 plays to get 10-15 yards and a SHORT FREE 3

WHY ? Why can't this schizophrenic fool just admit he made a mistake... over and over and over again ?
Screaming at himself Coach Shannon? No, as Whipple was walking to the locker room his anger was DIRECTLY venting towards Shannon because U cost Duuuhhhhhh U 3 points, and Whipple knew that eventually it could cost the "Team" the game... Duuuhhhhhh, hence the difference between a 37-31 Victory in Regulation rather than a 40-37 loss im O.T.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | October 27, 2009 at 06:45 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myL1XIQIDAY&hd=1

I like the timeout right there. because it’s gonna take you, after a long run, … your offensive line has to run 20 yards down the field … if you would spike the ball you may have 5 seconds left on the clock right now.
-- color commentator brian griese

Mark Whipple from the sideline calls a timeout. now, in college the clock stops when you get a first down. I think Mark Whipple was still thinking he was on the sidelines with the philadelphia eagles and wanted to call a timeout right there. but it ends up calling a timeout and now they don’t have a timeout. … critical mistake there by the miami coaches.
it’s understandable. you know, you come from the NFL where the clock doesn’t stop.
-- color commentator brian griese

RACK ONE'S BRAIN


Hey Coach Whip, how's the view ?



YO MANNY, YOU MIGHT WANT TO ADD ONE MORE SUBJECT TO YOUR "GRADING THE CANES" SECTION...THE CROWD...IT STUNK! C'MON CANESTERS, YA'LL NEED TO BRING YOUR POSTERIORS TO THE USIN' THE LORD'S NAME IN VAIN GAME, C'MON NOW!!!

YOU CAN TELL PEDRO NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER PLAYED FOOTBALL...WHAT A WIMP...WHAT A DWEEB...WHAT A CHUMP...HE OR SHE IS SUCH A COURT JESTER.
AND SHEHOE, YOU WANNA' TALK ABOUT QB DEVELOPMENT, WHO DEVELOPED THAT HUNDRED+ YARD PASS THAT HOEBOW THREW...TO THE OTHER TEAM!!! BWAAAHAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAA!
I'M TELLIN' YOU, THE REST OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS SEEING THROUGH THAT THING YOU CALL AN OFFENSE, AND I'M TELLIN' YOU, THAT LEAVES GAINESVILLE FAN WITH AN EXREMELY DREADFUL OPTION...HOEBOW THROWING THE BALL. BWAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! JACORY WAS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF HOEBOW...WHEN HE WAS IN THE 9TH GRADE!!! BWAAAAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! GET IN TOUCH WITH REALITY GAINESVILLE FAN...

pedro ur an ass

oh no is wake going to beat us too !

dump Shannon, and hire a "Black" coach that can coach. Since we need a "black" coach to lure players into the U it seems, at least hire a competent one!

Lane Kiffin turned around Tennessee in half a season. 2 seasons of Shannon....no January bowl.

“No surgery or stuff like that,” coach Randy Shannon said of Spence’s injury, without going into specifics. “It’s a wait-and-see deal. But Sean won’t play this week.” - Marble Mouf

translation: his season is toast

"Damm I think THE WHIP is gone at the end of the season Randy has lost all his credibility with everyone. Why would he lie and then try to cover it up."-pedro

it's been his M.O. For his entire miserable tenure. Dude is STILL clueless about timeouts. Keep your head in the sand for three more years canefan. Randy is a smoldering chemical fire waiting to explode. The upside is that the collapse has begun. The vast majority of UM fans have stated that this his judgement year. Show some sack and drop the blade canefan. Randy is a disaster.

WHIP wasCLEARLY smokin mad at Randy. The coordinator merry go round is but one item on long list of things that call for Shannons firing. Screw the race card fools. Randy sukkkkks

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/basketball/story/1303543-p2.html

A UM official confirmed that offensive coordinator Mark Whipple indeed was upset late in the first half Saturday because coach Randy Shannon called UM's last timeout with 20 seconds left. Whipple had a play designed to gain 10 to 15 yards, and planned to call a timeout after that.
-- barry jackson

Randy has lost all his credibility with everyone. Why would he lie and then try to cover it up.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | October 28, 2009 at 09:04 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog_of_war

perhaps, Randy Shannon fell on his sword to protect Mark Whipple …

FOG OF WAR

WHAT R U STONED.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | October 28, 2009 at 09:39 AM

I abstain …

TEETOTALER

I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT. YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING THAT KOOL-AID FOR A LONG TIME NOW.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | October 28, 2009 at 10:02 AM

PURE FOLLY

U nailed it..This game speaks volumes about this program and where it is still at. Its unfortunate they were ranked so high at 10. not sure what crack heads put them there a ranking of 20 is more like it. Regardless you can keep losing to teams like Clemson.

This is a response to gocanes! It wasn't randy shonnon who called the the time out it was whipple, randy got upset with him because in college the clock stops after each first down so it was they other way around Randy was upset with W@hipple.

Administration/Alumni are strongly considering replacing Shannon with Whipple. They realize he will likely leave soon, and have lost confidence due to the defensive struggles. Recruiting and the negative publicity associated with firing RS are they only things keeping him.

Shannon can't even manage timeouts. Someone get this guy a playstation so he can practice.

Shannon is up for the Bryant Award for coach of the year. Looks like some of you don't see the big picture.

enough of this about RS

the bloggers that talk about Lane Kiffin--- what is Tennessee's record?

the bloggers who talk about RS-- I can name you several other coaches whose excpectations hav been huge but have choked the big salalmi:

Charlie aka malpractice weis
Jim Levitt-USF (how many times will USF be ranked in the top 5 only to lose the following week??)
Ron Zook
Pete Carroll yes Pete Carroll.
any fiu, fau coach
the UVa coach
I dont know about you all but do you think UM fans would be happy with Frank Beamer's record? 26 years as coach and no NCs, despite having tons of NFL talent?

My point is, yeah RS has made some mistakes. BOTH Wipple and RS are responsible for NOT running out the clock with 3yds to go. Lovett for sure s-ks.

UM has had TONs of key injuries. How could you not consider this in your arguments? Had UF's Defensive injuries (several players incl Spikes didnt play against MSU) occurred against LSU, even Tenn, They'd have 2 losses as well.

Manny- how did Navy beat Wake? I can see not being able to stop their triple option, but Wake couldnt outscore them?

Bottom line, is these college kids PLAY DOWN or up to opponents. Historically, all teams play their brains out against UM. That is the only way VTech has always had UM's number- They then turn around and lose to lesser teams--recall 2001, 2002?

give the coaches a break. The haters here overhyped this team. The team is injured but still is 5-2. At 3-0 people were talking about JH winning the Heisman and UM playing for the BCS. At 4-1 BCS talk was still there. For all you shor term memory defects: Dont forget how many people predicted 0-4 start, 1-3. So far, we have exceeded the expectations. Nobody had us ranked in the beginning of the season. With 2 losses we are still ranked. FSU is no where to be seen. Even Clemson, picked to be ranked and even compete for the NC, is not ranked.

recall how Clemson was picked No.5 preseason in 2008, and to play for the NC.

Dont believe the hype. We are still rebuilding. Stay with Jacorry. tighten him up- the worse that can happen is to reign him in and he loses his confidence. PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE

Wow! Are you guys really Cane Fans, How in the hell you guys don't say crap when we are winning and now that we lost two games against two good teams you scary ass bandwagon fans jump off. Come on these guys are way better than last year by far and we have a wonderful team. As for you Randy Shannon Haters go ahead and wish for Randy to get fired because when that happens all of this good homegrown talent won't be coming to the U remeber the U had a bad repetation with South Florida Schools until Randy came back now we are doing good again please give them a chance. At the beginning of the season you listened to the media and thought that we wouldn't be this good at this point but we are. But i will agree with you guys we have to be more aggressive and get a better defense of line
GO CANES i won't bail out on you!

WOW, MANNY I WAS THINKING IT BUT YOU NAILED IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD. I DON'T LIKE CRITICIZING THE COACHES, BUT I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE OFFENSIVE SCHEMES WHIPPLE WAS USING OR THE DEFENSIVE SCHEMES LOVETT WAS USING. DON'T GET ME WRONG CLEMSON HAS LOST ONLY THREE GAMES BY A COMBINED TOTAL OF 10 POINTS. TO TCU WHO IS UDEFEATED AND GT'S ONLY LOSS WAS TO MIAMI. THE OTHER WAS TO MARYLAND BY THREE POINTS. CLEMSON COULD VERY WELL THEMSELVES BE UNDEFEATED, BUT HONESTLY BOTH WHIPPLE AND LOVETT LOOKED COMPLETELY OUT OF SINK. THESE ARE COACHES I HIGHLY RESPECT, NONE HIGHER OF COURSE THAN COACH SHANNON. PSALMS 14

Whipple was upset with Shannon for the timeout. So freaking what? Shannon probably saw something Whipple didn't OR Shannon simply made a mistake. God forbid any human to make a mistake, huh?

Sure wish all you negative Nancey's would televise your day at the office/home/wherever so we can criticize every little mistake you make. Some of you are pathetic.

Mistakes happen all the time, and it blows my mind how you couch potatoes nit-pick every little thing. Here's a mistake for you:

Urban Meyer lining Tebow up in shotgun on a 4th and 1 against Ole Miss last year just to get stuffed which caused UF to go another season without being undefeated...

We live and learn.

GO CANES!!!

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