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Golden: Canes defense is 'as simple as it can be'

CORAL GABLES -- UM coach Al Golden spoke to reporters at his weekly press conference for about 30 minutes Tuesday and as usual was brutally honest about his team's struggles.

Al GoldenHow brutal? Well, after saying Sunday the offense would likely have to score 30 points a game or more for his team to win games, Golden said his defense (ranked 82nd overall, 97th versus the run and 50th in scoring) is running about as simple a scheme as you can get.

"It's so simple that we can't go simpler than we're going right now," Golden said. "I don't have any doubt we'll be able to do more in the future. But for us to operate at 100 percent right now on defense, we can't install 100 percent [of what coaches want to do]. That's a function of transition [to a new system], a function of playing young guys.

"The reality of it is we have enough talent that if everybody plays the same call, has the right gap and we play as a unit we'll be okay. Will we be dominating right now? No. We have to take the ball away, be good on third down, red zone. There is no excuse right now. We are what we are. And if we're going to improve from last week we better stop freelancing in some areas we're freelancing. They run a post pattern into post coverage [for a 60-yard TD] and it scores. We were so badly out of place that they score. Those are the things we need to fix, everybody on the same page."

The Hurricanes have sustained quite a few injuries and have been hurt by suspensions on defense. The Canes has been so decimated and hell-bent on trying to solve their woes, defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said Tuesday his unit has actually rotated 28 players in at different spots in five games.

Linebacker Sean Spence said the Canes, who ranked 22nd in total defense, 84th versus the run, third versus the pass and 27th in scoring defense in 2010, were nowhere near that total last year.

"It was 12, maybe 14 guys who really played for us on defense most of last year," Spence said. "I know I didn't come off the field at all. The new system they brought in I think is better at getting guys experience, allowing them to play and keep guys fresh. But we just haven't had any real consistency."

That of course hasn't been by design. D'Onofrio would prefer to have a much smaller rotation. Golden said Tuesday he would have preferred to redshirt his entire freshman class. But injuries and suspensions have taken their toll, hurting chemistry and putting players into games that simply aren't ready.

"There hasn't' been a lot of consistency from Week 1 [with personnel]," Golden said. "If Armstrong had been playing three weeks ago, he might be able to make a play on that play [on that 60-yard touchdown pass versus Virginia Tech] and it just happened to be in a money game. We're dealing with that in a lot of different places right now and we're going to deal with it again next week when Olivier [Vernon] comes back. Hopefully if everybody stays healthy that will be the last of it.

Still, Spence said, the defense can't make excuses for their past failures. Spence said players have had since the spring to get learn D'Onofrio's defense and players simply aren't executing what they've been taught.

"I don't think guys are confused. I think they know the defense. They just make mistakes. We have breakdowns," Spence said. "You can see a lot of great things on film. We just have breakdowns at the wrong time and it makes the defense look bad."

So what are the improvements Spence has noticed on film? "Little things. Strip attempts. Everybody running to the ball. Being physical on tackles. The things we do in practice is finally starting to show up in games," Spence said. "We have to fix those little things or make that one play to get off the field and we'll win the game."


> Even though former offensive tackle Jermaine Johnson is taking snaps on defense in drills, two sources said Tuesday not to expect to see Johnson on the field unless it is "a complete emergency." Although UM has moved three former defensive linemen -- Dyron Dye, Jeremy Lewis, and David Perry -- to offense, Golden reiterated he plans to leave them there and give true freshman Corey King playing time at the battered defensive tackle spot.

“Perry, he's an end, not quite big enough for a 3 technique," Golden said. "I like what I’ve seen with Corey King recently so I would rather go that way so that we’re building and playing with someone that’s going to be in the program for quite some time” Golden said. "Corey is very strong, at 26 or 27 reps of 225 as a freshman, which is elite strength. He's 285 and he plays with leverage."

The issue for King, Golden said: “He doesn’t know whether the ball is pumped or stuffed, but other than that, he’s okay."

Defensive line coach Jethro Franklin said of King: "He's strong, extremely strong for a kid his age. He's strongly mature, if that's a word. He's still learning the position and what have you. But he has things you can't teach, bend, strength, flexibility and he has good knowledge of the position. I'm real excited for him."

As it stands, expect Micanor Regis, Darius Smith, Adewale Ojomo (Golden said he expects him to be okay for North Carolina) and Olsen Pierre -- back from injury -- to get the bulk of the snaps at tackle.

> Golden can't talk about the team's recruiting efforts specifically, but he put out a pretty clear Help Wanted advertisement Tuesday: "Given the number of older guys we have I don't see us wholesale redshirting for a couple of years. Even next year; this class is going to be ginormous because we're losing a lot of guys. I don't see us redshirting a lot of guys in the near future. If you're a young guy and you want to play for a top 40 institution, in the defensive line , linebacker and secondary there's great opportunity to come here and play early."

Does Golden care what his class ends up being ranked? Not really. In fact, don't be shocked if a lot of no-names end up in UM's class (in part because of the losing and because of the NCAA sanctions).

"Everybody says put a fence up and all that, but if we're going to take 20-25 kids a year we have to make sure we get the right 25," Golden said. "The thing I'm most proud of that we did at Temple is (A) we developed players and (B), didn't listen to anybody. Because they weren't supposed to be any good, any of them. And we got guys that fit our system that we believed in. We got the right guys. You have to get the right 20, can't just get any 20. Because what we did at Temple is we selected well. If you look at our percentages, we selected well based on our returns."

> Lamar Miller may be ranked third in the country right now in rushing, but that means little to Golden. He thinks Miller has a long way to go in terms of development.

"I think the young man knows that," Golden said. "He knows there's another level for him in terms of his mental toughness, in terms of conditioning. You can name the guys -- we defended all of them through the years. Thomas Jones had this incredible approach to his body as his greatest asset, to his off the field makeup, to his longevity, to his ability to stay healthy. Lamar's not there yet.

"Lamar ran one way against Ohio State and against Virginia Tech and he two weeks in there where he was battling bumps and bruises. He hasn't quite developed the stiff arm yet so he's not always taking a shot on the shoulder. Many times he doesn't use the weapon, use [his] hand, get them off your body. Certainly he can improve in pass protection. If he does in prove in pass protection. If he does improve, now he becomes a screen runner, a draw runner, a third down back who is catching a check down in his development. Now, the backfield was full last year. It's a little less full now. He's getting the reps and is developing. He's got a long way to go. What he does well - he can start and stop really well, change direction, can make you miss laterally, is 215, 216 pounds so he can finish runs. He finished runs really well the other day."


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We need to get players who are talented and many skills, players rated 4 or 5. We have not had a 5 in a long time, one who wanted to run track. I dont tnink some injured players on defense are really that good, they are over rated in my opinion. We dont have corners that react quick enough to ball, no comment on slow QB, no feet, but thats another story.

Herbert did you read what Golden said. Player rankings mean very little. The best recruiting class that UM has had in the past have been the ones with 2 and 3 star player, who were the right players for the program, and improved over their 3 or 4 yrs at the U. The 2001 squad was made up mostly of 3 star players. You can recruit looking at Rivals, or Scout rankings, you just can't.

@michael: exactly, athletes improve a great deal over time. lower rated athletes have have not experienced their full potential at the high school level.

maybe that are just codes so that he can remember some points of their.

Tremendous credit to Golden, for he has a very tough job ahead, far more than he bargained for, yet appears energized, full of enthusiasm, and not at all deterred. If there ever was a right man, at the right time for a big challange, he is the man. In time, he will succeed.

Tremendous credit to Golden who will now look successful if he keeps dah U at 6 losses or better for the rest of his time here.

I say if he has 5 losses in any year give him a 5 year extension because he is making chicken salad out of chicken crap.

Miami is sinking and burning real fast. It is obvious to everyone but the delustional few in South Florida. So if Golden can keep Miami at 5 losses a year, that would be remarkable.

Yes, RawDouche. With the Gatr maggots at 7 losses, all is right in the universe.

That, and you live with mommy and steal hubcaps for a living.

Posted by: Sucking Gatr Trash

Fade away. You antagonize these d-bags. I see you posting all over their site which makes you a bigger moron then them.

I've never been a fan the ratings services because they are wrong in their assements of high school players sometimes. I don't know what their actual records are, but I bet it is not as good as you might think. Point is, coaching staff must dor their homework on potential recruits and decide for themselves if they are worth an offer. I think Golden and his staff will excel at this. just give 'em time folks.

@Herb Walden well Herb I done seen alot of 4 & 5 star recruits that wasn't hitting on nothing lol. They we're overated, but for instance look at Sean Spence he came out a 3 star. But now look at him he's playing like he was a 5 star recruit. It's crazy but I tell you all the Defense has to do is play with more aggression. It's a shame and pitiful but they need to make teams go 3 and out. I don't expect it to happen every series but if they can do it every 3 to 4 series and keep the teams out of field goal range that would be great.

You have to recruit players for your particular system. That's the key to winning championships.

You have to recruit players for your particular system. That's the key to winning championships.

It sounds like coach is looking for football players and not football recruits. That's the way it should always be. As said by many a coach, "You start listening to the fans and doing what they want you to do; before long you'll be sitting with them." Let's go CANES!

I think what gets lost is ratings don't mean much if you have a certain player type that will fit your system. As far as ratings, remember the class we got in 2004 was full of 5 stars. Charlie Jones, Bobby Washington, Willie Williams,etc. Kirby freeman was the 2nd best quarterback in Texas. The only guy that really did anything from that class was Calais Campbell and he was a little known guy from Denver. It's the same way belichick can take these unknown guys and turn them into stars. You come up with a scheme you want to run and you find the guys that fit what you do. Golden sid the same thing with Muhammad Wilkerson and the other guy that was drafted in the 2nd round kid. It's why you see guys in the NFL have good careers and go to different schemes and they stink cause they don't fit that system.

In our stud Class of 2001 how many 5 stars did we have recruited on that team?..That being said Coach G has to have his Class reflect his Coaching philosophy...Belive me the recruits across Florida, and the country are looking at Miami and thinking this is a chance to lock into a program and play now..Remember Butch and the rebuild..BINGO..
We should not have our frustration override our judgement especially when replacing such a large number of seniors...
Attitude, guts, smarts,speed, respect and class, plus a never say stop engine, is what Coach G is looking for, and he WILL find them...I think recruits are looking at the 'Canes in a different way, even with sanctions, our proof are the players on Sunday who continue to showcase our "U".
Good luck at N.C. and WIN guys.. we are with ya.
Go 'Canes.

Player rankings mean squat when it comes to understanding how your defense works. You can be great on the field without being the fastest and strongest. Along with recruiting talent, you have to recruit players that are smart and can mentally understand what happens on the field and what you're teaching them.


Don't be gullible

"Da Skreetz" is Soup, aka 86Cane

The "information" is nothing that can't be figured out by reading blogs, web articles, etc.

Why is it presented in obviously fake "street talk". Why wouldn't Soup "translate" it? It's obvious, because it's him. He thinks this "street talk" gives it an air of authenticity. If he was really getting some inside information by an insider that talked like that, he would just repeat the information instead of presenting it in it's supposed original "street talk" and let the info stand on it's own merit.

Just to clue you in 86, NOBODY talks like that in the 305.

You have been busted. I'd say nice try, but you're so obvious. Your ten regular bloggers are just humoring you the way a mentally ill person is humored.

No recruit with any skills are looking at Miami. Why with sanctions right around the corner? It's already hard to find a Miami Hurricanes game on TV or even the internet. Once the sanctions hit, this team will be forgotten. Look at the kids in Miami-Dade looking at other schools across the country, even FIU. Miami is in deep trouble. Recruits need visibility and want to play for a program that has a chance to go all the way. They want to be seen in the big games, under the lights, on a standard television station. The more exposure the team gets, they get, the better for their professional careers.

Miami is on a terrible downward spiral now. If Miami were a stock, you would be SELL SELL SELL. Get out before it hits 0.

Someone said we need football players not recruits
I say we should get soccer players
Women soccer players
The women are the only good program at Dah U
Allow then on the football team to make it tougher, we need all the help we can get
Someone said Golden deserves tremendous credit
I say give him a lifetime contract
Continue to pay him even after he leaves UM for a good program
Continue to pay him even after he retires
What a great coach, what a nice looking tie

never in my life have ive come across fans similar to the U, most of which never played football or any other team sport, you guys are very insensitive and very stupid, no need for me to inject big words describing the fans that walk the street of miami,,these are kids, 5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars, it does not matter, they are still kids who are playing a very brutal sport, who are not getting paid, many of which will not even make it to the pros, and if the administration and coaches are not behind them, some of them make not even graduate,,and for you guys to talk so low of them. how canthese kids truly get properly evaluated, you take a 6 foot 165 prospect from miami, how can he truly be compared with a 6 foot 155 pounder from Cali,,,he cant,,we dont need the stars, we players who are willing to listen, who are to play hard, be in their assigned gaps, and if these 3 and 4 star players do not want to that,oh well, weed them out, and who know, maybe these future restrictions will help the U get back on track, because from i see, its a lot of players who wear the U as a sense of entitlement based on past performances. Look at TCU people, and looked at all of those past recruiting classes, you may see 1 4 star or 2, for the vast majority was 1, 2, and maybe a couple of 3 stars, and they went undefeated with these players


FSU? 2-3, 0-2 in the ACC. Lost to Wake Forest. In fact, FSu has lost to Wake 3 or 4 times in the last 6 years! LOL. and they were ranked #6?

UF? Other than beating FAU and UAB, what have they doen other than sht all over themselves?

You scarred, pimple. Scared because you know this is the second coming of Jimmy and Butch. the parallels are amazing. The yrs preceeding the dynasties of 1986-1995 and 2000-2005 were marked by bad losses to UCLA, Arizona, then East Carolina twice, Syracuse.And our young defenses couldnt stop anything.

Then, Edgerrin james brought back the swag. And then BAAAAAAAM! In your face m--- fff the canes were back. Just when everyone wanted us to go away and dissappear. Scared yet/ You should be.

Hey Al, good post, except when you say that the players are not being paid. That is true in most of the land but not here, cane players have been getting paid for a long long time dating all the wat back to Uncle Luke and now Shapiro. Getting paid for sucking, only in Miami.

Posted by: corpus

So all we need to get back to the Jimmy and Butch days(besides Jimmy & Butch) is a running back with swag. Genius!!! Someone get our AD and Coach Golden on the phone ASAP>>!!!!!

We are the canes
corpus says we are better than FSU and UF
He must be right, check who won last time we played those two
Everyone is scared of us
We have Jacory at QB and our excellent coach says we have a simple defense
That is a scary thought
Isn't that a nice tie

All I can say is young men step up. I know football is a very rough sport and I also know that the training is very crucial. And I would love to see These young guys just go out and Win. On one of the old post I'm feeling like Brando Washington i'm sick and tired of loosing. And the rest of the team should be too. @Charles Adams good point sir.

Raw pimple we haven't missed a game yet..ever heard of Cable and the internet..maybe not since the trailer can't be hooked up..
You say sell, sell, in what market?..A flea market?.How many players does FIU have in the NFL?..the real 'Canes will see the picture the wannabe's will not and fade away...Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are in our faces every Sunday... when they say "the U" it means something to every recruit watching that NFL game..Coach G is in the mold of JJ, Butch, and Schelly, get the right personality and sc*** the 5 star's. Get the young prospective 'Canes seperated from the rest.Sanctions or not...
To answer 10 years of Mediocrity your posts make no sense at all, as Henny Youngman said "Go away please, take yourself, and leave space for others to post, you are taking up too much room.."
Go Canes.

more than anything else I would want from this University of Miami, FL football program is to keep Al Golden and whoever he wants to keep on his staff. The man says all the right things. I hope all the sanctions The U is about to endure doesn't sway him any other place. I know it will be difficult, but damn, this guy is going to be great! Jimmy Johnson Great!

So far all of Miami's games have been on TV and three of them were on National TV; two in primetime. What the hell are you talking about, Rawpimple.

Do ya'll think Randy Shannon taking the FAU coaching gig will effect recruiting for UM once we are sanctioned? What if they get Mike Leach? We r screwed.

First of all we play alot games on tv. Dating back to when I don't know when bc its on almost every Saturday. Secondly recruits don't mean anything 1 2 3 4 5 star its about heart and will. It's about playing with a chip on your shoulder and making the person beside you better.

For all Yall hating Canes and Canes right now let this man coach. He turned a bad program at Temple around and he can and will do it at UM. He knows we want be a championship contender this year or next bc its a process. Yea we are playing a lot of redshirt and true freshmen and sophmores. It's great experience for them. You have to go through growing pains to reach success. Golden also knows how to recruit bc that was recruiting effort to keep and get attention of recruits nationally (advertising).

U don't understand its a U thang

We are the canes
We don't need good recruits
We have Lewis and Reed on TV
We don't need Jimmy or Butch
We have the best coach in the history of college football
We have plenty of swag
We just need more wins

Soup, No not in any way would Randy Shannon taking a job at FAU hurt us in recruiting or Mike Leach for that matter. Kids want to go to winning programs and play for winning coaches that will hopefully better prepare them for a chance to go to the NFL. In Al Golden we have that at the U. If Randy should take that job then good luck to him but there is no way it will hurt recruiting.

I agree with U 100% BigD

Does anyone know if the UNC Cane game will be on ESPN or some ACC channel?

Internet ESPN, ESPN3.

Thats right soup. A running back with swag that would take over a game like Edge did against #2 UCLA. Everything will fall in its place. In fact I believe lamar will get even better. He is poised to run for 1600 plus yds. I really felt that with UM running for > 1000yds we'd be scary, like 10-2 or 11-1, but never in my wildest dreams did I think UM's defense would be that bad.
That said, in 1998(99?), when Edge had that monster game we also lost to East Carolina, and otehrs.

Corpus, this season does look just like the 97 team or 98 team doesn't it. We were really good on offense but our defense was well like this one.

I would rather have us get burned 2 times a game for touchdowns, as opposed to watching teams nit pik us all the way down the field and score...our defense is sucking wind because of this wacked out defensive scheme. Has coach D ever heard of trying to disguise the defense on occasion? Put 8,9 guys on the line..you can always drop 4 into coverage, all out blitz, drop into zone...PLEASE, have some imagination coach D

All teams go through adversity before "breaking out". This is true for Miami at this time. I have a gut feeling we will win this week. Like coach said with tears in his eyes...."There getting it....there understanding what it means to be tough". I predict a 7-5 season and a bowl win.

the Unc game is on ABC

Thanks Brocker and Eudo

Shannon at FAU would help the U..I'm still in shock over how poorly he recruited..as seen in Golden having to play so many freshmen and first year jucos. What he's doing this year will be good practice for the upcoming sanction years however......
Haven't missed a game yet this year, Rawpimple, even Bethune-Cookman was televised. Go somewhere else to post your nonsense...same to you 10 Years of mediocrity and counting...you need to find a blog for retards

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