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Golden not happy with left tackles -- or punter, or... you name it

Al Golden was intense today. He didn't seem pleased with much of anything. With Georgia Tech coming up at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Sun Life Stadium, he has precious little time to prepare his troops for Tech's triple-option offense.

Golden seemed especially disgusted at the play of UM's left tackles -- starter Brandon Washington and backup Seantrel Henderson. On this week's depth chart, there's an "OR'' between the names of Washington and Henderson at left tackle.

Golden said Henderson played "15 or 16" snaps last game.

"We’re not getting enough out of the left tackle,'' he said. "It’s just as simple as that. We’ve tried multiple guys over there. I don’t like the way it looks and it’s going to get fixed. Art [Kehoe] knows it. Jedd [Fisch] knows it. And I know it, and I can’t look at it anymore. We need to play better at left tackle."

Golden was asked if Henderson ended up starting at left tackle, would that slide Washington over to guard, his former position. But the way the coach answered, no one was good enough yet to play left tackle proficiently, let alone going to another position on the line.

"We just play the best five. That’s it. Whoever the best five are, they’ll play, and we’ll go from there.

"It’s a function of ‘Who do you want me to take out right now?’'  So he [Henderson] is going to have a chance to compete over Brandon, over at the left side, for the very reason you’re asking me the question. Maybe he should be giving us more. He hasn’t demonstrated that he’s better than the other four. Maybe he’ll have a chance to compete over there at left tackle.''

Pretty harsh words. Golden obviously is trying to light a fire under Henderson -- and Washington for that matter, who had what looked like some sort of cast or heavy-duty wrapping on his left hand/forearm. But Golden usually is pretty frank about these things, and is also obviously disappointed in those players. The Canes had a great first half passing the ball, but were stifled in the second half.

UNC held the Canes to 44 yards rushing for the game, and the Canes allowed two sacks Saturday. The Canes are 37th nationally in sacks allowed (Georgia Tech is the ACC leader in that category, by the way). Two weeks ago, they were 20th. Three weeks ago, they were 10th.

Golden continues to praise right tackle Jon Feliciano.

"Very well,'' he said, when asked how Feliciano was doing. "I don’t want to go ranking them. I think guard [Harland] Gunn has performed the most consistent. [guard Brandon] Linder was [like that] the first three games and I think Gunn has taken his game up to the next notch. Now it’s time for [center Tyler] Horn and Linder to try to take their game up. I don’t think there’s anybody in that building that would say right now Felic isn’t really doing an excellent job for us.''

BOTTS BEWARE

Golden also expressed his dissatisfaction with punter Dalton Botts, who had been having a fine season -- until last Saturday. Botts punted five times for an average of 34.2 yards, and put UNC in some very favorable field positions. In the fourth quarter, a 23-net-yard punt gave the Tar Heels the ball at the UM 27-yard line. It only took the Heels four plays to get a touchdown and narrow the score to 27-17.

Golden said he will put place kicker Jake Wieclaw in as punter this week if Wieclaw outpunts Botts in practice. What did Botts do wrong? His punts were "short and there wasn’t a lot of hang,'' Golden said. "His last one was his best one so hopefully he’ll build off that. [He's] Just not relaxing through the swing, not rhythmic and he just has to settle down and relax.''

Golden: "Dalton [Botts] struggled the other day and we can’t have that in a game of that magnitude. Period. We’ll let them compete all week. We’ll probably figure it out by game time."

NEXT ON HIT LIST: RAY-RAY

Golden on safety Ray-Ray Armstrong: "He’s got to be more consistent. He has definitely improved from Week 1 to Week 2 but there are still too many glaring plays in there where he just has to become consistent. He has to learn how to prepare. That’s a process. If you don’t submit to the process you can’t get better. Until it becomes a habit you can’t get better. So, it’s a process each week, to gameplan, prepare, do all the mental work and let it rip. And that’s where we have to get with him.''

Here's the gist of where Golden is going. He does not want the Canes thinking they are better than they are because of one road victory. He seems to think that's what happened after Ohio State, and he does not want to go there again.

"Hopefully they’re not as high as they were after Ohio State,'' he said Monday. "We’re trying to keep them consistent."

SPENCE AT IT AGAIN

Congratulations once again to linebacker Sean Spence, who was named Atlantic Coast Conference Linebacker of the Week for the second consecutive week. Sean made the game-saving sack against UNC and had 14 tackles.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love how Coach Golden holds everyone accountable. He rarely give praises to players and is constanley is challenging the players to get better. About time some one called Ray Ray. Reminds me of JJ.


Oh yea

FIRST!

I like it, too. He does want to light a fire, but he also is a really smart guy. This team isn't good enough to rest on any victory, especially one that almost didn't come to pass. I was standing behind an end zone as UNC was driving at the end of the game Saturday, not believing what I was seeing -- or actually, believing it. It was like a repeat of a bad dream. I honestly thought UM might lose. I don't blame Golden for being fiery this week. This is a big game.

I think it is only a threat, but having Wieclaw handle punts would not be good. It will negatively affect his field goal kicking as I did Bosher last year.

I like the accountability but honestly what did he expect at left tackle? Figs and BWash are GUARDS! If ANYTHING he should be more disappointed in guys like Bunche, J. Johnson, and B. Jones. Seantrel has an EXCUSE, he was hurt. Brandon honestly should be commended in my opinion because he's NFL worthy at Guard and he's taking one for the team playing RT then LT and he's not doing BAD IMO. Of course he misses an assignment every here and again but he SHOULD! He's a PHONE BOOTH guy not an edge/island guy! I thinks its mostly coach speak to get them motivated.

Woa, woa, woa. That talk about Ray Ray is a two-way street. As SS he must shoot gaps, disguise blitzes, intimidate folks, know where the TE, FB are at all the time, stunt, etc. Some of it is freelance, but he has to learn the overall defensive scheme, and I'm not sure if there is an actual scheme. Some of that is coaching. And Ray Ray was all-everything in high school and played QB. I dunno, he could be out of position.

But, that VT QB run was his responsibility all the way. The MLB I can understand got blocked and caught up. But he also has to rove the field and let receivers know his presence. Right now nobody is scared of Ray Ray and he's 6-4, gotta be over 200 lbs.

Spence has to get in his head because Spence understands the game. The DC isn't going to do anything, because he is sorts "stuck."

As for Spence: Keep it up. Don't let up. Keep playin' hard.

EMBRACE THE HATE!!!

[]_[] GO CANES []_[]

LETS GO BOYS,IT IS TIME TO GET A #2 IN THE ACC AND BEAT THE HECK OUT OF THAT TRIPLE HEADED ATTACK IN GA.TECH. GOOOOO CANES.C.A.N.E.S.!!!

Jimmy was the same way....very light in the "compliment" department...it worked though...

YOUR RIGHT B.W. IS A GUARD I DON'T KNOW Y THEY MOVE HIM.
LET'S TELL DA TRUTH THAT D-LINE NOT GETTING NO PUSH.
LET'S GO CANES:(

Coach is "coaching" and that's what I like. You already read comments how the team "let-up" in the second half. Bring the wood and leave splinters! Let's Go CANES!

First--I think the 'Canes beat the 'Heels because they (the 'Canes) had NO interceptions and only THREE penalties, and they got FOUR sacks and a huge TURNOVER.

Harris--good job, man, glad to see it.

Second--Gotta love Golden, Fisch and the whole coaching staff. They're getting much better play from the players, and they're intent on getting them to the level at which they should be playing. These guys seem a whole lot more for real than the two previous coaching staffs. Give it to 'em, coach!

Good stuff Susan. I love it that coach G is calling these guys out Ray Ray and Telemaque need to step up. They are giving up way too many big plays due to freelancing and bad angles. Its time to start Perryman and Walford and Clements need more touches. Go Canes!!

LakeWorthCane: R U serious? A whole lot more for real? What's different now from the RS years?

True, Perryman, Walford and Clements need more PT. Walford definitely needs to be used in total packages, including wildcat.

But, come on, man...Love the whole coaching staff.......

Great article Susan you pulled some great information from Golden.
Carlo

I hope golden gets these guys to play better but when you constantly throw players under the bus in the media sometimes it may have a negative effect.Ask Bill parcells how that worked out in dallas not very well.

B-wash is such a good Guard he can play tackle, i do agree though he looks a little out of place at LT. the problem i see is When Henderson out preforms Him at LT where do you put B-wash? Gunn and Linder are both Sharp, but from what i've seen the past few years neither are the Caliber that Washington is.

On the mark, Coach Golden! You know where these guys can be, and your approach will get them there!
Let's support the Canes Saturday at Sun Life. Crowd energy is always a plus.
Go Canes!

It's not throwing them under the bus IMO. It's all accountability. These guys will NOT be allowed to rest on their laurels. They will have to EARN it everday in practice...next man up...who's getting on the bus...who makes the 'soft' tape?? Golden is really working it. The Canes have been in EVERY GAME this year. Last year we would have quit. That alone is the greatest improvement I've seen. A few plays from 6-0. I cant wait to see us play a cold weather game...we looked like frozen dolls during that Wisconsin bowl game and the Notre Dame bowl game last year. Good job guys!! Remain TOUGH.

Seantrel can and should be be a dominant player at LT. I hope he embraces the challenge and does it.

Good things ahead for the Canes. We have the coaches to take us to the ACC championship, and then to higher levels nationally.

AND, great work, Jacory. I am proud of you! Keep up the smart play and great decision making. The O has the weapons to put a hurt on all the opponents this year.

ATTENTION CANESPACERS:

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.

ATTENTION CANESPACERS:

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.

Oops!! Somebody's cover has been BLOWN!!!

Seantrel has to be hurting from surgery, so I'm thankful for anything we get from him.

You guys are right...Ray Ray and Telemaque need to puck it up.

Loving this staff right now. Such a difference from last year.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/17/2458779/university-of-miami-med-school.html

The CANESPACE punk aka SOUP is an a-hole, he got too big for his worthless blog and once he began recieving benefits he started giving free t-shirts and stuff to first responses to his frequent NEWLY posted blog. One day, I was the first and he erased it and after I told him why, he simply said HE WAS in charge and HE (almighty SOUP punk) decided who got the prizes in his blog...That was my last time visiting the PUNKS blog, and I knew that bighead SOUP would be talking to himself one day...jajajajaja

"Submit to the process" says it all in my book and the sooner some of these guys do it, the better this team will be. I am excited about where this program is going. Yes we have an outside shot this year but the future looks bright even if we get sanctions with Golden in place. GO CANES

Blah blah blah. Just win baby

If we play like every down mattered then we will be good. Take a play off and it could be the play we needed to win the game.

I liked the fact that the DC finally "let the dogs loose" a little bit in letting the players blitz more. I remember going back and forth with this clown "JOrtiz" on the blog last week (who for some reason hasn't commented after the UNC game) about the blitz. Looks like this season ticket holding, arm chair coach knows a thing or two about football, huh buddy? Anyway, this Golden character kills me. All he seems to be worried about is his offense. True Lamar Miller needs to get more help upfront, but nobody can stop Miami from scoring except for Miami. He should be worried more about his Defensive Line and put the best "Linemen" on that side of the ball. That's something Butch Davis was known for at the U, as you can see with North Carolina's defensive line, they were flat out nasty. I understand the injuries, but why he has "three" converted OL from DL riding the bench, still doesn't make sense to me. And why is Clements not playing more at safety since that seems to be a weak part of the defense week after week? Makes no sense why he's only being used for his physical toughness and blazing speed on special teams coverage. Before anyone gets on my case about this, indulge me for a second. Anyone remember Sean Taylor (God rest his soul)? Taylor was a converted safety from running back coming into the U out of high school, as he was behind Gore, McGahee, Peyton, and Portis. All he talks about is consistency and the only thing consistent is an inconsistent rotation on defense. Looks like he's just getting guys experience and playing time, so they're better prepared for next season, the ones that are coming back of course. Hope Al proves me wrong, but we'll see until after the Boston College game. As always, Go 'Canes!

"SolarFriend", what are you talking about. Nobody is posting by that name here, until you showed up. Do you have opinion on the Canes, or just on bloggers? I hear there are plenty of other Canes blogs out there if you are getting stressed about that one.

You just gave his site free press. I bet some folks are gonna google his name and go to his site now. That is called backfiring, "SolarFriend".

Its funny how fans love to give praise to golden by saying he is much better than the previous two coaches. OC and keyhoe are the differences here. I think Golden has done an above average job. The DC is very questionable to say the least. Last year we crushed unc, gt and we also beat maryland. Lets be real about what we see on the field. The offense looks better and thats it. If we win Golden is doing a spectacular job. if we lose then he cant win right now because of the players he has. If this dc can get on track we could be doing winning these close games instead of losing them.

Great Job coach Golden... call those players out(Ray Ray).. he needs to step it up.. there is no room for to many errors against the 3pl option. come out and lets get loud!!!! we win by 10

The canes seem to be getting their stuff together. They need to play REEAAAAL disciplined assignment football vs the triple option of GT. remember their wr is also a stud and he can burn us deep.

The Dolphins on the other hand make me cringe. Sparano has to go, Ross has to go and the entire office needs to go-----

This upcoming weekend they are still going to go through with their "celebrate the gaytrs day"

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IS THEIR FRONT OFFICE THAT STOOOOPID?

GO AHEAD HAVE YOUR GATR DAY ON MIAMIS HOME FIELD> ANd as a (former diehard Dolphin fan) I will tell you

I hope to God the dolphins go 0-6....or...... that Teblown throws 4 ints in front of their so called so florida gator fans, and gets pulled.

Sc==r-ew the dolphins front office. this little gimmick wont bring fans to the table. You, Ross and your minions are a bunch of los-ers

It's funny How B Washington got moved to tackle to better the team and now you saying he's not a good enough tackle and you like the 2 guards you have now. LOL. You gonna through the best Lineman on the team under the bus because Sentrel is Healthy. I hope you aren't that dumb. B washington just went against one of the best D line man in the Nation. I saw Gunn and Linder getting man handle by their guys they were blocking. Tell me you are not that stupid to take one of them off the field to start, B Washington who easily would have been a all american this year at Guard. SMh

It's funny How B Washington got moved to tackle to better the team and now you saying he's not a good enough tackle and you like the 2 guards you have now. LOL. You gonna throw the best Lineman on the team under the bus because Sentrel is Healthy. I hope you aren't that dumb. B washington just went against one of the best D line man in the Nation. I saw Gunn and Linder getting man handle by their guys they were blocking. Tell me you are not that stupid to take one of them off the field to start, B Washington who easily would have been a all american this year at Guard. SMh

Ripping your All-Acc guard who is taking one for the team by playing RT and then LT is just stupid, a potential 1st round pick is going to the bench? Gtfoh!! Didn't that RT that he loves so much commit a critical penalty two weeks ago?

Is he happy with the DT play? The CB play, the MLB play? How about the defense getting ripped by the same QB option play three weeks in a row. How about stopping the bubble screen? I love the passion but know how to harness that anger. Brandon Washington is not the problem....what game was he watching?!!!

Other than QB, left offensive tackle is the most important position on the field if your QB is right-handed. Want to get your QB slaughtered - have poor play at left tackle and get your QB blindsided. This is why Golden is so concerned about the position.

Considering that with just a couple of positive plays, we could be 4-2 instead of 3-3, and considering that K-State is a WHOLE lot better than advertised, and considering there is still that dark cloud of eventual punishment hanging over this team, I'd say that Al...and the team have hung together pretty well.
The preceding was the world's longest sentence. LOL

GO CANES!

Posted by: 1.5 yards | October 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

+1 on all that.

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