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Grading the Canes: UNC Report Card

RALEIGH -- About to head home with a bunch of Canes fans here from Raleigh-Durham Airport. A couple quick thoughts and then the grades:

Jacory Harris -- In the grand scheme of things Saturday's loss didn't mean a ton. After Georgia Tech beat Duke, all UM was playing for was a chance to play in a BCS Bowl. There was no guarantee that would happen even if the Canes finished 10-2. Now, does it really matter if they play in the Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl or Meineke Car Care Bowl? Not to me.

-- Regardless of how bad Jacory Harris played Saturday, don't look for it to weigh on him very long. Harris was down in the post-game press conference. But he has a room full of 100 teammates and coaches that have his back. If Robert Marve or another quarterback who was capable of really running the offense was around, we might have seen Jacory sitting on the bench after his third pick. But there isn't that guy. You're going to have to live with Jacory's mistakes for now. He's just a sophomore. I have faith he'll get better.

Before I go, here are my grades for yesterday's 33-24 loss to the Tar Heels.

> Quarterbacks: Although it really wasn't all of his fault, the Hurricanes lost Saturday because Jacory was at his worst. It wasn't just some of his throws, it was his decision making. He admitted so himself. Not only did he force balls into double and triple coverage, he didn't put the right touch on passes either -- preferring to float the ball in instead of firing it in. Does Jacory have the arm to fire it in? Yes. Does he do it enough? No way. That's something offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has to focus on more with Jacory next spring. Like I said, he can't take all the blame for a career-high four picks. LaRon Byrd got out-jumped for the first one even though he had four inches on the UNC safety who picked off the pass. Byrd admitted as much afterward. Still, it was worst his day as a Cane. Grade: F.

Graig Cooper > Running backs: Miami didn't have a great day running the football. But when you only carry the ball 25 times and throw it 50, it's hard to. North Carolina's front seven is one of the best in the game, but still struggled stopping UM's running game consistently. Graig Cooper finished with 63 yards on 15 carries. We never saw Javarris James. But Damien Berry had a really good day. He had six carries for 46 yards. My question is this: with UM trailing 23-17 in the fourth quarter why didn't we see more of Berry and less of Jacory throwing the football deep? That's something I wish we could ask Whipple, but will never get a chance too. Still, a decent day for the backs. Cooper had 7 catches for 37 yards and Berry had two grabs for 50. I think it's safe to say we should have seen more of them than we did, especially after UM got back into the game in the fourth quarter and when Jacory was still struggling. Grade: B.

> Receiving: Nine different receivers caught passes Saturday. But none other than Leonard Hankerson's key fourth down grab in the third quarter that led to Miami pulling to within 23-17 really stand out. The fact Byrd got outleaped for a ball was inexcusable. He dropped a key pass on the opening drive. Hankerson dropped a touchdown too. North Carolina's defense was good. But I still expected more from this unit and they didn't deliver enough. Grade: C-.

> Offensive line: There are more than few misleading stats to make you believe Jason Fox and company had a decent day. One, UM's offense produced 435 yards. Two, Jacory Harris won only sacked twice. Here is the stat you really need to look at QBH: Quarterback Hurries. Jacory was hit or pressured 11 times. UNC's T.J. Yates? 3 times. It's hard to feel comfortable in the pocket when one out of every five throws is under pressure. Grade: D.

> Front seven: These were on the verge of being heroes Saturday. But as linebacker Darryl Sharpton said afterward, when the Canes needed a stop down 30-24 in the fourth quarter "we fell apart." Ryan Houston, contained most of the afternoon, ripped off five consecutive carries on the game-sealing drive and tallied 32 yards. That was the ball game. Sharpton finished with nine tackles and Colin McCarthy had a season high 13. Ramon Buchanon had a career-high six tackles. But where was the pressure? Josh Holmes had a sack. But Miami only pressured Yates three times. That's not nearly enough against a beat up UNC offensive line. Grade: C-.

> Secondary: DeMarcus Van Dyke wanted to redeem himself after last year's fiasco. Didn't happen. He got burned by Greg Little on a 29-yard touchdown pass. No, he didn't get any safety help. But what else is new with this UM secondary? Ultimately, UM didn't get enough pressure on Yates. But he shouldn't have been 17 for 31 for 213 yards and a touchdown. Miami had one pass breakup -- and Ramon Buchanon achieved that when he deflected a Yates pass as he threw it. That's called not getting the job done and playing too far off the ball. Grade: D.

> Special teams: Matt Bosher was once again MVP. He averaged 46 yards a punt and had one pinned inside the 20. He made a 39-yard field goal and had a touchback on a kickoff. He even made a tackle on Greg Little to prevent a kick return for a score. UM also did a pretty decent job fixing its punt protection woes. The decision to have guys point out who they'll be blocking before the snap only led to one delay of game penalty and five clean punts. And Mike James and Graig Cooper did a decent job giving UM good field position. The bad? There was a huge block in the back penalty on Thearon Collier's punt return in the fourth quarter. Instead of having the ball at the UNC 46, Miami started at its own 35 with 11:41 to play. Still, a better day overall than last week against Virginia. Grade: B.

> Coaching: Remember when some of us were thinking Mark Whipple might be gone after this season? Probably not going to happen anymore. Not only is his star pupil second in the country in interceptions, but the offense isn't as good as it should be week in and week out. But my biggest beef -- aside from Whipple continuing to call for Jacory to throw deep even after Miami had rallied to bring the game within one score -- was the clock management before the half. Miami was on the UNC 32 yard line and there were 14 seconds left on the clock when Jacory was sacked to end the half. UM had one time out left and didn't use it and instead the clock ran out. If UM connects on a field goal there, it's a 33-27 game in the fourth quarter and Miami still has a chance on the final drive. Instead, it was a nine-point game and out of reach. Grade: D.

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Harris a UNC all-american, great game he had for Carolina. Has an opportunity to tackle a guy after an interception and stops and lets him run right by him for a t.d.
There d.b's are playing 10 yards off our receivers and instead it's bombs away.I don't care how bad our OL is our pass patterns take to long to develope and as a result interceptions.
Van Dyke has no help on a slant, where was the saftey? I guess we finally decided to blitz when they were on our thirty yard line.
For the most part the defense played pretty good but we can't cover a TE for nothing.
We also have no go to wide receiver.
Once again we let an average offense and team beat us. When is this maddness going to stop. When are we going to stop getting beat by average teams, When are we going to stop giving games away and when are we going to quit getting out coached and lastly when are we going to quit blowing timeouts early in the halves. No excuse It JUST STINKS!

HIGH RISK = HIGH REWARD

HIGH RISK = Throwing the ball 40+ times/ throwing the ball downfield.

HIGH REWARD = Oppurtunity to score big and often

it makes me laugh how the same people that want us to put up 5 TDs in a hurry are the same that complain about pics

I admit, I wish that Jacorys pass selection was better. But I still like the agressiveness that allowed us to score quicky againt Clemson and UNC after those pic 6's. Not to mention the 2 minute drills vs. FSU and Wake.

In his type of offense, we prob shouldve expected 1-2 pics per game this year. Four, however, is excessive.

When Jacory gets this offense down pact, watch out.

Posted by: nealtrom | November 16, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Not ONE NFL guy? Are you dellusional? That defense is STACKED with NFL guys.

Allen Bailey
Brandon Harris
Joe Joseph
Colin McCarthy
Eric Moncur
Randy Phillips
Darryl Sharpton
Sean Spence

If Bailey comes back this year and that is a HUGE if (I wouldn't) then he could go on to be a first rounder the following year. Joseph, McCarthy, Phillips and Sharpton will not be first or even early rounders but they WILL be on NFL rosters next year, every one of them. You are a pathetic excuse of a football fan nealtrom!!!!!!!!

Manny, the time out to end the first half could have made a difference if Bosher kicks a 49 yard field goal. We still need a touchdown late to win.

But without a doubt,50 passes versus 25 runs is an imbalanced attack. I use the word "imbalanced" very carefully. Crazy, especially when your young QB is having a bad day and you've got so many good running backs.

The problem is not the talent on the field. There are teams out there succeeding with far less talent on the field... and far less 'NFL' guys, as nealtrom argues. The problem is the talent in the coaching positions. The coaching staff seems to be coaching these kids like they have already accomplished something. The coach HAS to know when a QB is not having a good game and change his course of action... meaning make an adjustment. Harris seems to be becoming unglued or is just not that good anyway!!! Which is it?

Manny, a timeout to end the first half might have led to a Bosher 49 yard field goal, but we'd still have needed a TD to win.

However, without a doubt, 50 passes vs 25 runs in imbalanced. I used the word "imbalanced" intentionally. It's a crazy approach to football when you're QB is having a bad day, throwing 4 picks, two for TDs, and you have so many horses in the backfield.

When will Damien Berry get 20 carries and a chance to break out in a conference game? Hopefully versus Duke to warm up for USF and then the bowl game.

Whipple seems stubborn. He's proven to be very imaginative, but he's gotten stuck lately. They need to control the ball early, protect it and lead in some games. If we had been up by 10 UNC would have been dead.

One more point, Whipple is letting teams hang around. Since the VT game, the offense has sputtered early, keeping teams in the game longer than they should be, even with FAMU and UCF. Look at the picks Jacory had vs. FAMU.

There has been a lack of rhythm to the offensive game plan, perhaps due to defensive adjustments as other teams learn Whipple's plays. Yet, our running game has been consistent, except for Javarris James versus Clemson with five minutes to go in regulation.

Whipple will learn his players strengths and weaknesses and must adjust to capitalize like Ohio State discovered with Terrelle Pryor.

Jacory Harris can run. They have to loosen the reins and get a capable back up QB.

I still support J12 100% and feel strongly tht he'll have a strong finish (Duke/USF/bowl) and make big strides in 2010-2011. But I don't for the life of me understand why Whipple was calling deep plays and not running Berry when UM was down 23-17 in UNC territory??? UNCs front 7 had no respect for Coop but no answer for Berry. yet Coop remained the feature back and Whipple (via Jacory) kept slinging it deep... Just baffling. I said weeks ago that most Cane fans would be BEGGING for BERRY to be the feature back the more they see Berry... Some of you agreed but some still clung to the myth that Coop is our best back (heck Lamar Miller might be our best back but we're 'saving' him cause we don't 'need' him right now). BTW, Bama played Mark Ingram as a FR - Saban didn't 'save' him for 2009... But most of you now agree that Berry is Whipple's/Jacory's greatest asset/relief if we would consistently give him 15-20 carries per game. He even makes our O-line look good. Bottom line, Berry is CLEARLY our most effective back in every phase but he wasn't on the field when we needed him most. He nearly single-handidly gets us to 7-7 and then disappears from the field. Why??? My biggest frustration with this staff (and there are plenty)is our staff's inability to utilize the talent we have. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a guy like Streeter outperform Hank's 2-3 big drops per game and blow by DBs but instead we'll wait till Hank drops another 6-7 before turning to a talent like Streeter... Arthur Brown CAN'T do worse than Sharpton - not possible. Wake up UM staff! Please!

nxt year berry da feat bak an i garentee u u giv dat boi 20 car a game an hell av 150 yards rush and b a 1st rnd pick 4real.
and da o-line gon b better wen #65 leav dat guy garbage as hell..watch out 4 b washington and company cause fox overated too

How can you complain about a guy that is averaging 5.5 ypc and is our 4th leading receiver? Berry is good but Cooper is the man in this back field.

Don't know how u guys feel, but it was evident J12's lack of arm strentgh on those 4 picks.

nxt year berry da feat bak an i garentee u u giv dat boi 20 car a game an hell av 150 yards rush and b a 1st rnd pick 4real.
and da o-line gon b better wen #65 leav dat guy garbage as hell..watch out 4 b washington and company cause fox overated too

Posted by: br/dade | November 16, 2009 at 12:12 PM


In english this time?

Great assessment Manny. Jacory went to the well too often w/ the long ball. He needs to improve on his decision making right away and his arm strength in the off season. I like his touch, but you also need velocity. Coach Whipple should give him the green light to take off once in a while if his receivers are covered. This keeps the linebackers and D-backs off balance. Jacory is also staring down his receivers. That's a recipe for ints.

I'd like to see Tommy Streeter in those jump ball situations. In Jacory's defense, his receivers didn't help him out on a few of his throws.

Arthur Brown....get him in there. Our linebacking corps looks pathetic "at times" and wore out at other times. Look at the tackling.

Turnovers.....nonexistent. That should tell us something.

Overall: I'm pleased and thankful for the improvements this year. Gotta go 9-3 w/ a win in a bowl as the topping on the cake.

Manny,

You usually are right on, but this is just stupid:

Now, does it really matter if they play in the Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl or Meineke Car Care Bowl? Not to me.

Yes, look at the payouts. Would you rather play ND on New Year's Day or BumbleF---U in the middle of the day the day after Christmas in Charlotte? Get serious bro.

Coach Shannon,
Would like to schedule the Canes every year. However, with the high competition in the SEC and a couple breathers on our schedule, we can't add a Pansy team like UM. We don't want to negatively affect our SOS by playing U either. Plus, you have enough on your plate already with the Almost Competitive Conference bottom teams.

I'm sure you now see how easy it is to make it to, and win your conference title game. Ohh those cupcake Big East days. Miss 'em don't ya?

Good luck!
XOXO
Jeremy

To be successful, your quarterback needs to be a leader (both on and off the field). Marve was anything but, and it showed. Indeed, he was a distraction with his arrests and petty selfishness...

Harris all the way. If you want Marve back, I have a simple suggestion: buy a Purdue jersey, wait to watch him (maybe) play over the next year or two, and stop posting here since you have no clue what you're talking about.

Posted by: DenverCane | November 15, 2009 at 08:25 PM


Never suggested Marve should be the QB, only that he was physically more gifted than Jacory. You are absolutely correct when it comes to leadership traits because JH has demonstrated that this is perhaps his strongest attribute. In an ideal world, give me Marve's arm and wheels and blend them with JH's leadership skills.

However, I suggest that you be semi-objective in assessing JH's performance. Can't blame all those interceptions on thre O-line! Not to mention numerous other close calls on ill advised throws that could have just as easily been intercepted (and reversed the outcomes of several of our close wins). Don't get me wrong, JH has also made numerous other outstanding throws that have been critical to Miami's successes this season and has had other drops at times when he has thrown perfect passes.

I'll keep my green and orange and wear it proudly, just as I have over the last 40 years as a season ticketholder and constant traveler on the road with the Canes. As noted in my previous blog, I hope JH will prove me wrong and lead the Canes to the conference championship and contention for a national championship in the near future.

Larry Coker: Now at the University of Texas at San Antonio. this says it all. Miami hires coaches that are losers and as a result, we have losing teams.

The only way Miami will return to prominence is to hire a "name" coach. If randy Shannon lost his job tomorrow he would wind up at some loser school as a head coach or he would have to take an assistant's position. He's a no name, no talent coach - just like Coker.

Oh well the blogs were good by the Canes faithfull until the freaks showed up again just after 2:00. Now back to football. 9-3 record still decent but losing to North Carolina a basketball school 3 years in a row is down right wrong. I know the "U" is full of injuries on the defensive side of the ball but 2 pick sixes in one game no thanks to an offensive line that is just, well, offensive just takes the air out off the "U"s strong start. Miami should not have lost 3 ACC games this year. GOOOOOO! CANES!!!! FINISH STRONG!!!

Damn great stats. 10-13 in ACC play. This year it should be 6 and 1. V-Tech loss fine but the others, just not good. 3 and 3 is not what this team should be in conference play. Next year at Ohio State and G-Tech plus North Carolina and V-Tech still on the schedule. Maybe 2010 is still not the year. Hope I am wrong. GOOOO! CANES!!!

How can you complain about a guy that is averaging 5.5 ypc and is our 4th leading receiver? Berry is good but Cooper is the man in this back field.

Posted by: GoCanes2001 | November 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Who said I'm 'complaining' about Coop? I like Coop as a situational back but he IS NOT a feature back and Berry's CLEARLY better. Against UNC's 5th ranked Defense Berry avg. 6.8 ypc on 6 touches while Coop avg. 4.2 on 16. Berry had two catches for 50 yds. while Coop had 7 for only 37 yards. On the season, Coop has 99 carries to Berry's 61 but Berry avg's 6.5 ypc to Coop's 5.5. Coop has 16 catches on the season for 6.8 ypc. while Berry has 5 for a 13.6 ypc. Take out the longest run and longest catch for each guy and Berry still has big statistical edge over Coop. How about TD's? Berry has 7 rushing TDs to Coop's 3. Coop is horrible in short yardage (he finally barely made a 3rd and short by the nose of the ball on Sat.). Berry took a 3rd and one and was in the 2nd level running over the UNC safety. Berry takes a screen, runs past a guy, over another and all the way to the 2 - Coop just doesn't have the same speed/power. Coop might outperform Berry in the wieght room but on the field Berry is more powerful and unlike Coop Berry accelerates with his first step (which is why he does more with small holes). In the spring, Berry tore up our D while Coop was bottled up consistently. Not sure what you're watching 2001 but I GAURANTEE YOU that opposing team's watching Miami's game film are wondering why in the world Miami doesn't make Berry the feature back (though they're glad we're not). Other ACC teams have to just laugh at our use of talent...

Agreed that Harris is in love with the deep ball. Not sure who's fault that is,Whipple's or his? Bottom line he should be throwing quick 3 step drop passes to get himself in a nice rhythm THEN go for a long ball if it is there. He just doesn't seem happy taking what the defense gives him. He will improve his decision making process, if you want a reference point...look how awful Jimmy Claussen was last year (with a bad O-line and questionable running game) as compared to this year (with great recievers but with the same questionable talent around him): 2008- 25TD,17INT in 2009 - 21TD, only 4INT. It can happen that's all I am saying.

How can you complain about a guy that is averaging 5.5 ypc and is our 4th leading receiver? Berry is good but Cooper is the man in this back field.

Posted by: GoCanes2001 | November 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Who said I'm 'complaining' about Coop? I like Coop as a situational back but he IS NOT a feature back and Berry's CLEARLY better. Against UNC's 5th ranked Defense Berry avg. 6.8 ypc on 6 touches while Coop avg. 4.2 on 16. Berry had two catches for 50 yds. while Coop had 7 for only 37 yards. On the season, Coop has 99 carries to Berry's 61 but Berry avg's 6.5 ypc to Coop's 5.5. Coop has 16 catches on the season for 6.8 ypc. while Berry has 5 for a 13.6 ypc. Take out the longest run and longest catch for each guy and Berry still has big statistical edge over Coop. How about TD's? Berry has 7 rushing TDs to Coop's 3. Coop is horrible in short yardage (he finally barely made a 3rd and short by the nose of the ball on Sat.). Berry took a 3rd and one and was in the 2nd level running over the UNC safety. Berry takes a screen, runs past a guy, over another and all the way to the 2 - Coop just doesn't have the same speed/power. Coop might outperform Berry in the wieght room but on the field Berry is more powerful and unlike Coop Berry accelerates with his first step (which is why he does more with small holes). In the spring, Berry tore up our D while Coop was bottled up consistently. Not sure what you're watching 2001 but I GAURANTEE YOU that opposing team's watching Miami's game film are wondering why in the world Miami doesn't make Berry the feature back (though they're glad we're not). Other ACC teams have to just laugh at our use of talent...

Posted by: CanezVA | November 16, 2009 at 03:26 PM

Not sure I'm watching? C'mon dude.

Berry is very good and he is definitely better in short yardage but Graig Cooper is the better all around back. He's always getting positive yardage, he's a very good receiver out of the backfield, and he is a constant threat to bust one loose. Berry has looked great but let's not go overboard.

People always love the backup...until he starts. Last year, it was Jacory Harris. Everyone saying oh my God Jacory Harris is so good, he should be starting. Now, the guy is starting and now he's all of a sudden not that good.

Berry is very good and he is definitely better in short yardage but Graig Cooper is the better all around back. He's always getting positive yardage, he's a very good receiver out of the backfield, and he is a constant threat to bust one loose. Berry has looked great but let's not go overboard.

People always love the backup...until he starts. Last year, it was Jacory Harris. Everyone saying oh my God Jacory Harris is so good, he should be starting. Now, the guy is starting and now he's all of a sudden not that good.

Posted by: GoCanes2001 | November 16, 2009 at 03:55 PM

I still like Jacory and already posted that I think he'll have great year's in 2010-2011. His issues are fixable and the coaches are as much to blame for calling deep throws when the run game and intermediate passing game was working. When Marve was the starter, he was not a leader, not able to bring a team from behind (Jacory's done this 4-5 times now). Jacory had a bad game but the kid is for real.

Berry's for real too and I have no doubt that he would significantly outperform Coop (and already has - review the games and stats) with 15+ plus carries a game. I said weeks ago that eventually our fans and our staff would realize how good this kid is.

2001, h/o 4 the ride,

Please shut up. you come on here calling people out like you know what youre talking about. Even with injuries we have enough talent to be better than what we are. Im a die-hard cane, not a south fla fan but thanks for your idiotic assumption.

Are you really trying to use a transitive property to prove those teams are actually good? By that poor logic that means that since: tenn ALMOST beat ala theyre a good team/ since miss st ALMOST beat uf theyre a good team/ since wake(who wont even make a bowl game) beat Stanford theyre a good team/ Since ncst(who wont even make a bowl game) beat pitt theyre a good team. That is completely retarded. Lets just ignore the fact that a team has 7 losses and say “but they almost beat a good team!” That makes sense.

Also ive already said previously(in other posts) that the picks and lack of protection sucks. Jacory has consistently thrown interceptions all year. He could’ve easily had 4+ against wake. You act like this was the first game he’s ever lobbed up passes straight to the defence. One game alone didn’t give him the 2nd most interceptions in the country. He’s done this all year but he always makes that one game winning play that makes you forgive him. But all he’s doing is offsetting his previous mistakes. Yea the Oline is weak(with the exception of fox and franklin) but J12 doesn’t exactly give them much help by holding the ball too long, waiting for and then forcing the deepball, and then presenting no threat of the run. The defense doesn’t play the passing game honest. They just pin their ears back and go. The lack of a consistent run game doesn’t help either. But you obviously fail to see the repeated mistakes that the coaching staff makes week in and week out. Poor decision making, clock management, and game planning.

And as far as the fire? How do you not see that? There’s no ed reed in that locker room. there’s no one on the team who gets pissed. No one who riles up the troops. No one who refuses to let his team lose. No one who terrorizes their opponents. They come out flat most every game and unfocused. Explain to me how that’s not lack of fire? Did you not see the effort by harris to make that tackle on the interception return? Curling up into a ball. Wow. Please, by all means explain.

Allen Bailey
Brandon Harris
Joe Joseph
Colin McCarthy
Eric Moncur
Randy Phillips
Darryl Sharpton
Sean Spence
matt bosher

^^^out of all those guys: bailey, harris, mccarthy, bosher, and spence will be beastin draft picks. joseph moncur phillips and sharpton will be lucky to be drafted and might be out of the league within 4 years.

Damien Berry is the best RB. He is eplosive and has the one thing that Coop doesn't have and that's vision. He hits the hole and bam he runs through arm tackles. Coop is a dancer. Even sometimes hits the whole and turns around so tacklers hit him in the back. PLAY DAMIEN BERRY!

2001, h/o 4 the ride,

Please shut up. you come on here calling people out like you know what youre talking about. Even with injuries we have enough talent to be better than what we are. Im a die-hard cane, not a south fla fan but thanks for your idiotic assumption.

Are you really trying to use a transitive property to prove those teams are actually good? By that poor logic that means that since: tenn ALMOST beat ala theyre a good team/ since miss st ALMOST beat uf theyre a good team/ since wake(who wont even make a bowl game) beat Stanford theyre a good team/ Since ncst(who wont even make a bowl game) beat pitt theyre a good team. That is completely retarded. Lets just ignore the fact that a team has 7 losses and say “but they almost beat a good team!” That makes sense.

Also ive already said previously(in other posts) that the picks and lack of protection sucks. Jacory has consistently thrown interceptions all year. He could’ve easily had 4+ against wake. You act like this was the first game he’s ever lobbed up passes straight to the defence. One game alone didn’t give him the 2nd most interceptions in the country. He’s done this all year but he always makes that one game winning play that makes you forgive him. But all he’s doing is offsetting his previous mistakes. Yea the Oline is weak(with the exception of fox and franklin) but J12 doesn’t exactly give them much help by holding the ball too long, waiting for and then forcing the deepball, and then presenting no threat of the run. The defense doesn’t play the passing game honest. They just pin their ears back and go. The lack of a consistent run game doesn’t help either. But you obviously fail to see the repeated mistakes that the coaching staff makes week in and week out. Poor decision making, clock management, and game planning.

And as far as the fire? How do you not see that? There’s no ed reed in that locker room. there’s no one on the team who gets pissed. No one who riles up the troops. No one who refuses to let his team lose. No one who terrorizes their opponents. They come out flat most every game and unfocused. Explain to me how that’s not lack of fire? Did you not see the effort by harris to make that tackle on the interception return? Curling up into a ball. Wow. Please, by all means explain.

Allen Bailey
Brandon Harris
Joe Joseph
Colin McCarthy
Eric Moncur
Randy Phillips
Darryl Sharpton
Sean Spence
matt bosher

^^^out of all those guys: bailey, harris, mccarthy, bosher, and spence will be beastin draft picks. joseph moncur phillips and sharpton will be lucky to be drafted and might be out of the league within 4 years.

Posted by: ooster | November 16, 2009 at 04:28 PM


You again? You have the balls to tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about? Please.

And what are you talking about? Where did I say anything about anyone beating anyone?

What the hell do you know about who they have in the locker room and who does what, you moron? Fire. What a complete moron.

And did your moronic post not say that we did not have 1 single NFL player on defense, now you are saying we do?

Yes, you're a typical South Florida moron. Now go call Joe Rose and tell him about your brilliant "We have no fire" analysis. God, what an idiot.

I still like Jacory and already posted that I think he'll have great year's in 2010-2011. His issues are fixable and the coaches are as much to blame for calling deep throws when the run game and intermediate passing game was working. When Marve was the starter, he was not a leader, not able to bring a team from behind (Jacory's done this 4-5 times now). Jacory had a bad game but the kid is for real.

Berry's for real too and I have no doubt that he would significantly outperform Coop (and already has - review the games and stats) with 15+ plus carries a game. I said weeks ago that eventually our fans and our staff would realize how good this kid is.

Posted by: CanezVA | November 16, 2009 at 04:26 PM


I'm not saying you specifically were talking about Jacory but yeah you are correct. I think he's the real deal and he'll be fine.

I think Berry might be for real as well. You may be right and he very well may outperform Cooper but strictly running the ball. I disagree. I think Cooper is the better back. It's just that you make it sound like we got Mark Ingram riding the bench or something. They're both very good.

Oh, I'm sorry. That was some other retard saying that we have no talent on D. My fault.

Well, anyways, a stupid post is a stupid post.

BTW, our defense has been rocked by injuries on the defensive line, LBs, and secondary. We have lost Ojomo, Moncur, Forston, Futch, Spence, Armstrong, and Phillips is playing with one arm. That definitely has affected them.

you need help buddy. i'd swear you were a fan of another team. or at least i'd hope so cause i'd be ashamed you were a fan of the same team as me.

clearly the post applied to 2 people, not just you. the teams referred to "h/o 4 the ride" NOT YOU.

you again? dont have the balls... <<

yea buddy, we clearly have the fire/drive. please. as if you need to be in the locker room to know. and even if there was a leader like that it doesnt really help if none of it translates to the field.

nor did i ever say at any point ever that we didnt have any draft prospects.

dont really know if your accusing me of being from s. fla or a USF fan but either way im neither.

i guess the moderators gave up on banning the idiots...

Harris may be an incredibly gifted athlete, but they guy doesn't seem to play with his head. he throws into double and triple coverage, seeing something that isn't there (an opening for the ball). on his first interception return for a touchdown, he had thrown that exact pass a play earlier, and was lucky it wasn't picked off. and yet, he came back and did the same thing again. and this after the team had been given new life with the fake punt. he plays as if he has no respect for the opponent's defense, which is too bad because against the tar heels, they have defensive backs who are better at what THEY do, than harris is at what HE does. scary to think, but the canes may well be looking at 6-5! frankly, i wish they would bench the guy for at least a game.

<< wtf are u talking about have i ever said anything to you b4 this? as if calling someone out on A BLOG took balls. pathetic.

yea we have injuries but we're losing because of other reasons.

you need help buddy. i'd swear you were a fan of another team. or at least i'd hope so cause i'd be ashamed you were a fan of the same team as me.

clearly the post applied to 2 people, not just you. the teams referred to "h/o 4 the ride" NOT YOU.

you again? dont have the balls... <<

yea buddy, we clearly have the fire/drive. please. as if you need to be in the locker room to know. and even if there was a leader like that it doesnt really help if none of it translates to the field.

nor did i ever say at any point ever that we didnt have any draft prospects.

dont really know if your accusing me of being from s. fla or a USF fan but either way im neither.

i guess the moderators gave up on banning the idiots...

Posted by: ooster | November 16, 2009 at 05:00 PM

How would you think I'm a fan of another team? Where have I said anything bad about the Hurricanes? I, unlike you, have been critical of their play lately and I point out the injuries on defense, the poor offensive line play, and the bad decisions that Jacory makes under pressure.

What do you provide? We have no fire. Good Lord, dude. And the worst part is that you are serious.

Again, what the hell do you know about who is a leader and who does what and what is going on in the locker room, huddle, etc.

If they banned idiots, you my friend, would be the first one off.

cause they try to fuel fires. i have been critical forever not just recently so i dont know what your basis is for believing that im a fairweather fan and havent been voiceing concerns from the beginning. that doesnt mean youre hating or not supporting. it means you demand excellence and you actually care. you arent satisfied and look for improvement. i am tired of mistakes that arent due to injuries. you have half the people on here talking about how the team isnt hungry and for some reason youre the only one who fails to see it, my friend.

i love how you look at one single post and conclude that i have never provided any previous concrete points and arguments. give it a rest man.

cause they try to fuel fires. i have been critical forever not just recently so i dont know what your basis is for believing that im a fairweather fan and havent been voiceing concerns from the beginning. that doesnt mean youre hating or not supporting. it means you demand excellence and you actually care. you arent satisfied and look for improvement. i am tired of mistakes that arent due to injuries. you have half the people on here talking about how the team isnt hungry and for some reason youre the only one who fails to see it, my friend.

Posted by: ooster | November 16, 2009 at 05:14 PM

Yes, be critical. Say what you think is wrong from your analysis. Mistakes that are not due to injuries is a problem. You know who resorts to saying the team is not hungry or they have no leaders? People that don't know what the hell they are talking about. And you saying that half the people on here have said that just proves my point even further about how dumb this fan base is.

That's what the problem is? Seriously? Not that the offensive line can't stop a 3 man rush. Not that. Not that Jacory has been making bad decisions and throwing picks that have absolutely killed us. Not that. Not that our D has been getting gashed by poor offenses. It's not that, right? It's that this team has no hunger. Just ridiculous.

no, its people who understand the game of football and understand the history and tradition of this program. ive seen teams that play impassioned. The U of old played that way. this team as of right now doesnt have that same mentality yet. when youre the lone man out and calling the fanbase dumb obviously youre the one who has issues and doesnt know what theyre talking about. you assume all UM fans are uneducated and low-class south floridians. and thats why you seem like a rival fan. youre lashing out with needless hostile attacks because someone provided an opinion you disagreed with. its really immature and unnecessary. just let it go.

reiterating my earlier point that ive already said those things ages ago. stop looking at just one post and assuming that i dont think those are also reasons for the struggles.

All you clowns are crazy talking about the CANES are back and we are doing much better. I love the canes and always will but the facts are the facts. WE ARE TERRIBLE. I still believe Jacory and our offense will be ok- but our defense is terrible and thats not like us to have a terrible d. We have so many athletes on the defensive side of the ball yet we fail to create pressure. Anytime you lose to a 3-3 clemson team at home then lose to a terrible N. Carolina team- whats up with everyones thinking- WE ARE THE U. We use to have people crapping their pants before we played them- games were over before they began- yet you all are happy with 3 or more losses- I'm SICK- Shannon these are your recruits- nobody else to blame.

Can we still hope for Butch Davis to come back?

Duke has all the motivation for this week's game. Beat UM and they are bowl eligible and they will know they have turned the corner for a very bad program. The difference is Duke has a coach who is improving the program. Miami is stuck with a coach who could not manage the clock in a game to save his life. Shannon thinks it is OK to lose again to an unranked team with half the raw talent of Miami. Coaching makes the difference and Miami does not have it. If interceptions are to be a regular part of Miami's game plan, they should have tackle drills for the offense. Opponents have more than 400 yards of interception returns; Miami has six yards.

Ok. I read most of this blog. Some great points (for AND against UM), some uninformed comments, some dudes who we wont even be able to find when we're back to playing top 10 football.

.........G O ' C A N E S...........

Coaching makes the difference and Miami does not have it. If interceptions are to be a regular part of Miami's game plan, they should have tackle drills for the offense. Opponents have more than 400 yards of interception returns; Miami has six yards.

Posted by: UTAHCANE | November 16, 2009 at 07:40 PM

Great insight - great post UTAHCANE. We also have no clue how to actually jump routes and anticipate throws.

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