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Golden: "I have the utmost confidence in how we're running our defense."

A day after his team won their season opener at Boston College despite giving up 10 acres worth of yards to the Eagles, UM coach Al Golden defended defensive coordinator and close friend Mark D'Onofrio while addressing other issues.

Ultimately, Golden said the reason Boston College was able to put 441 yards passing on Miami was because there were a lot of blown assignments and poor communication between players, not what D'Onofrio was calling.

"We had some blown assignments that just led to wide open receivers. It's as simple as that," Golden said. "There are no excuses here. We have to do a better job coaching it. The kids have to do a better job executing it. Give Doug Martin and the BC offense credit. They really did a good job scheme wise and ran off the first 16 plays without us really distorting that all all.

"But then at the same time I want to give our staff credit for responding. Between play 16 and play 61 they didn't score at all. Hopefully, we can settle down and eliminate some of those mental errors and some of the guys will do a better job with communication..."

Golden was asked if he believes in the scheme D'Onofrio employed. It seemed to me -- and maybe the rest of the world -- the Hurricanes were sitting back in zone coverage while rushing just three or four linemen each play and not getting to BC quarterback Chris Rettig. D'Onofrio's scheme wasn't the problem, Golden said.

"Do I believe in it?," Golden said almost miffed at the question. "I know where the question is going. I will just tell you all the explosive plays basically came on blown assignments in man-to-man coverage. Everybody wants us to do this and do that. The bottom line is we have to execute what's called. And clearly, I have the utmost confidence -- not just confidence -- the utmost confidence in how we're running our defense."


> Golden was pleased with how many young players gained experience in Saturday's game. He said 58 of the 65 players that traveled to Boston College got in the game -- including 14 freshmen, 12 of them true freshmen.

"I'd like to continue make sure everybody has a role in the game and an opportunity to help us," said Golden, who said he played younger teams at Temple in 2007 and 2008. "They played with a lot of energy and a lot of spirit and were competitive. We have to get them a little more poised, a little more calmed down and hopefully get them settled in between Game 1 and Game 2. 

> No play may have demonstrated the difference between the 2011 Hurricanes and the 2012 version than Duke Johnson's first touchdown run when there was blocking help up and down the field to help him get in the end zone. Golden won't bad mouth last year's team, but he did say this about that 54-yard TD run on Sunday.

"It's all effort. Clive [Walford] was excellent on that play in terms of his blocking," Golden said. "If you don't care about your teammates and care about conditioning, you're not going to finish plays. Don't forget [Phillip] Dorsett was 45 yards away on the opposite numbers. He and long with Clive led [Johnson] to the end zone. I think [Jonathan] Feliciano -- even though he looked like he was in the HOV lane, he and those guys showed great hustle that they wanted to finish those plays."

> Duke Johnson finished with 135 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries and Golden noted that Johnson would have received more carries if he didn't break a pair of long touchdown runs. That being said, Golden doesn't appear to be eager to make Johnson the only guy who touches the ball in his backfield. The Canes will continue to share the wealth for now.

"Clearly we want to make sure we get them all touches and we want to be a little more balanced this week in terms of our run/pass ratio as well," Golden said. 

> As for quarterback Stephen Morris, Golden said the one sack UM allowed was his fault because "Stephen will tell you he should have found his outlet in the flat and he didn't." Golden said there were "other occasions [Morris] could have pulled it down and ran," and that Morris has "got to trust his speed." But overall, Golden said, "Stephen did a great job with the offense."

> As good as UM looked in its hurry-up offense Saturday, don't start believing the Canes are married to it. "I was just trying to take our greatest advantage and widen that gap. I hope it helped. We stayed in it for quite some time because we felt it was helping, wearing down the defense," Golden said. "But every game plan is different."

> Don't be surprised if you see more of redshirt freshman linebacker Eddie Johnson. He finished third on the team with five tackles and made a big play by forcing a fumble that was recovered by Ladarius Gunter."Eddie Johnson gets beat and then he hustles down the field and takes the ball away," Golden said. "That is type of the effort we are looking for."

> True freshman Ereck Flowers impressed Golden in his first college start at right tackle. "Ereck Flowers graded out over 90 percent. I thought he played really well."

> Safety Deon Bush led all true freshmen on defense with four tackles. Golden said Bush played 30 snaps on defense and 12 snaps on special teams. "I think Deon is making a lot of progress and playing well," Golden said. "So is Rayshawn Jenkins for that matter."

> Golden counted seven drops by the receivers in the Boston College game and said that was what bothered him the most in his game review on offense. But he is confident that unit will bounce back this week. "I think Rashawn Scott will play better, I know Kendal Thompkins will play better, Malcolm Lewis answered the bell, we will get Dorsett more touches and Davon Johnson did his job," Golden said.

> After participating mostly on the scout team last week, Golden said Seantrel Henderson will have a chance to compete "with the varsity" for playing time this week.

> Golden is not anticipating a return for defensive tackle Curtis Porter (appendectomy) this week. That hurts against a good rushing team like Kansas State.

> Golden reiterated that he is hoping freshman linebacker Raphael Kirby, who had a cast removed from his right leg last week, can return by the Georgia Tech game on Sept. 22.


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Blown Assignmentsnfrom players is a coaching issue that we had last year, look it up. Either get smarter players or coaches. But it looks like another year with our Defensive coaches getting out coach again. You can bet Kanas State team will not make the turnovers to save the Hurricanes game as Boston College did. Al, we love you, but your friend is killing our Defense.

Last year KSU QB Collin Klein looked kinda like Tim Tebow. This year will the Miami defense help him get nominated for the Heisman Trophy?

Blown assignments we happen during a game, you just have to minimize the amount. Generating a pass rush would help a great deal. I'm not worried about the Defense its the first time you saw that offense. I'm glad i didn't tee the team getting blown off the ball like last yr. That's when your in serious trouble.

Also coming up against Kanas State and Bill Synder. Last year, our coaches were totally out coach by Kanas State. Go back and read the Palm Beach POst, sun sentinel and. Miami herald. If are defense plays like they did against Boston College, it is going to be along day and season.

No pressure with 4 man fronts!

3rd and long with 3, yeah 3, man fronts!

QB has all day to throw!

I can see the blown assignments!

Golden is on Bath Salt!

Hairline fractures usually take at least 6 weeks to heal. Don't rush Kirby back so soon, better be safe than sorry.

Go to my twitter account at sensi27 to see video of Al Golden discussing Kanas state last year defeat, not a happy time.

Agree with all comments.....blown assignments is a coaching issue. Apparently nobody drilled them on what to do and when.

E Johnson looked pretty good for a freshman!
LB core looking pretty good this year!!

certainly looked a lot like last year on pass defense, when every opposing QB seemed to set a personal best. But, clean that up, and the Canes are going to give even the best teams a good game. It was the best game on TV yesterday. Morris was on target on virtually every pass, and his mugging for the camera after running for the first down and receiving a very hard hit was great! And, Duke!! You knew he was going the distance, twice! I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. GO CANES!

Tony David. And you expect freshman and sophomores to not make mistakes. Get off the coaches they did a good job and got a victory.

Itdolphin...yes, we won. But I will not get off a defensive coach whose unit gave up over 500 yards to an average team. If u want to be average then that is fine with me, but I want better from the Hurricanes. I want Accountability. If Boston College did not fumble the ball we would be 0-1 right now, and yes I expect mistakes, but not the same ones over, and over again. As coach Philbin said of the Dolphins we want intelligent players.

Agree with you itcdolphin. This is absolutely crazy to pile on the coaches, particularly coach D. They won and the D got many turnovers and a pick 6. For many players, this is the first college game ever! They will only get better as the season goes on.

We all expect the best from the 'Canes and even with a horrendous start, they STILL WON THE GAME! What more can you ask for?

You are going to have more 'blown assignments' when you have no pass rush. Opposing WRs have all day to get open. The opposing QB has all day to find them. They need to mix it up some, blitz more to keep the offensive line in their toes. It doesn't seem like this defensive line is going to overpower anyone.

Sunny dee were you there. No pass rush you got to be kidding.
Why don't you whinners blame the receiving coach for 7 dropped passes.

The secondary looks bad because we're not putting pressure on the QB. This is a process. It's gonna take at least two more good recruiting classes to get the personnel we need. Go Canes!

David did you watch the game?? Your comments say otherwise. Was in the stands and listened as the coaches at 14-0 gave the kids a plan and from play 30-61 BC did not score. Or are you nothing but a biatcher?? D made huge strides Saturday, it's a shame your so blind.

Some of you are like the JG Wentworth ad, I want it now

Thank you ltcdolphin. I've been reading for over 5 years and notice you post on the reg. What does ltc mean?

LTC was my rank when I got my first email address and been a dolphin fan since their first game and a cane fan way back in the Gustafson time

Tcdolphin...Yes, i am blind since birth, but i can hear the games fine. Honest yes. Last year the Hurricanes Defense was ranked number 47. Giving up 360 yards per game, and 5.5 yards per play. When do the coaches get accountability? The players? I'm not making it personally, and I agree with you that coming back from being down 14-0 was an approve net from last year, but as along time Hurricane fan I want to hear improvement from the defense unit, and after this first game Tht i hear the same issues from last year. So let's just see after we play Kanas state?

I dogged the d last year and thought that the dcor. Did not udjust like he was supposed to. Regardless of how the d got turnoversthey got them if you watched the spring game they were gang tackling and practicing get their hands on the ball. I applaud the d for getting turnovers that were momentum changers. We gave up a lot of offensive yards of course but we were not blitzing. The dcor just has to find a way to better implement blitzes better. Good job d. Ksu will present different challenges he will have to find a way of of effectively blitzing the run without getting exposed.

Getting their hands on the ball.

Cleveland scott and Clements have to be more productive for this O to go.

The team is stronger. Good job coach Swasey. The O line seems better. Good job coach Kehoe. But these repeated "blown assignments" means either coach D'Onofrio isn't getting it done or there's some other serious problem somewhere with our D. BC was WIDE open all day. Sorry but coach D needs to be on the hot seat.

you would think coming off a win like we did vs bc the fans would be more excited, but the way they're posting it looks like we got blown out like fiu or michigan did. it's the first game it takes a game or two for coaches to adjust to their team, especially a young team like ours. when u have a many freshmans playing you'll have mistakes, thats why they're freshman, and wouldn't see much playing time on most theam that have majority of seniors, juniors or sophmores. we just have to be patient. stop the negativity and enjoy the win. last year we lost really bad to bc, this year we beat them enjoy it.

The D will be fine. Luther Robinson made deep penetration in the backfield a lot he just has to make the tackles. Chick was double teamed a lot as well. What i would like to see is some deep shots to the receivers. K state will be 8 in the box. It took some growing up to erase the 14-0 lead. If those drops had been catches you could easily add 14 more points to the scoreboard our way. The D never gave up.

I agree with everybody comments. But we have better players on defense and its the same results, something else has to change. With that said coach G needs to look again at his best friend. The way we zone blitz or man blitz wideouts and runningbacks was wide the fu open. Lets improve team. Also seems like Vaughn Telemaq was outta position alot. Deon Bush, Eddie Johnson, Kevin Cain, Kacy Rodgers looked good out there.

If I recall correctly, 34 of the 65 or so went to BC had never played a college game before. Even then, how many missed tackles did we see? Almost none. We saw quite a few last year. Some of the plays on D were stellar and in a couple of cases BC got lucky too (like the second receiver catching the ball after it got tipped twice).

I cannot really believe all these criticisms of coach D. The D more than enough made up for their miscues yesteday.

The lack of a pass rush was concerning. I expected to see more of a push from the D-Line. Now I see why Coach Golden was saying during camp that none of the DT are separating themselves from the pack. They were not disruptive. Miami has always benefited from difficult to handle Defensive Tackles that require the OT to go 1-on-1 with the DE, and with Chickillo that should lead to havoc. But when they DON'T have disruptive tackles, then you have to generate a LB blitz package to keep the QB uncomfortable. That is a coaching issue. If the DT are faster and stronger then the problem is that they are too passive for that position. If Seantrel can't break into the starting lineup on offense then let him play DT.

However, some of the adjustments were spot on. And the conditioning was very evident on special teams and offense. Freshman DB need a strong pass rush to help them settle in, so we need to take that into consideration. KSU will run it more. It hink we will handle that type of offense better. KSU also gave up 418 yards to SW Missouri State, so we should be able to take it to them. That is followed by Bethune Cookman and then another run attack in Ga Tech. I feel a little more comfortable with this defense against the run. Also, we will have Portis back in a week or two, which will make the whole D-line better. We won't need to have stellar pass defense until Notre Dame, and we have time to fix that. So nobody needs to jump off the bridge. Things are going well considering and we will definitely continue to improve; each week those freshmen get more and more game experience. It should be an exciting year.

Sorry, I meant Porter, as in Curtis Porter.

First game.

First time away playing an ACC rival.

First time to implement the playbook.

First time to adjust to the tempo of the game.

First time to work with Coaches in a Game situation other then Camp.

First time on the road as a team.

First time as a Hurricane.

First chance to experience a WIN.

First time to see and review play performance with the Coaches on a real game sitution and get graded on performance.

That my friends is what 14 of these U of M players experienced as a FRESHMAN playing for the 'U'.

I acknowledge that there were blown assingments, and dropped passes, but to get a Win on your first time out as a 'Cane must be an intensly satisfying feeling.

Good job guys..

Good luck as you prepare for your next road trip and this one will not be as daunting. You got the first one out of the way.
In fact as you prepare and the season moves along you will feel that it gets a little easier ...

Great job to the Team and Coaches, and I am sure adjustments will be made.

Remember the Coaches want to win just as much as all these Wannabe Coaches and their blog advice above.
Go 'Canes Always

Oh, and where are all of the FIU fans now? Talking trash a few weeks ago.....it is awful quiet now.......

Well said UGoCane

To all my hurricane fans that made it up to the game, welcome home and I'm jealous that you guys were able to go. Duval St was fun as hell and the fishing was good. As always IT'S GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE!!!!

GOLDEN & CO.!!!!!

All cry babies that blame the d coach are way off base. It was truly amazing to listen and watch in the first quarter the coaching and adjustments on D. And look what happened.
Check out what Coach Golden has to say and then shut your traps.
Witnessed good coaching and players learning and stepping up on the fly.

Canetillidie it was rocking. Half that stadium was canes fans. That place is small and the benches are less than 5 yards from the seats. You could stand at an entrance and listen and watch what goes on at the sidelines. Was awesome to watch but more importantly see the players respond. Good times ahead.
By the way at the end of warmups they ran one on ones to get everyone fired up. Golden in the middle calling out players. Not seen that before.
Something good going on with Canes football.

Get that D.C. Out of town. He is horrible. He is the same clown last year in the first game of the season that let the other team run the same play over and over again and never made any type of adjustment until it was too late.

Did any of you watch the studs on the Auburn d-line last night, especially their ends??? No comparison...UM doesn't have that kind of athlete. Hopefully Golden can recruit some guys who can collectively dominate the line of scrimmage and then just about any scheme will look great.

Any one that say that the defense did a good job is crazy or is too happy over a victory that could of went the other way. I recall Boston college dropping a Touchdown pass right in the end zone and fumbling after catching a big pass about five yards from the end zone. BC helped the defense. I saw a lot of individual talent making plays after being out position and completely tricked by the opposing offense. Same things last year. Different players same DC.. Al your good friend have to go.

Red, so who caused the fumble? The end zone catch would have been a lucky one for BC as well. There was good coverage at that time. The D made a huge stop on 4th and goal. There were many positives and it is way too early to call for the DC's head (unless of course you are a closet gator fan). The D will improve from game to game. Just watch.

Matt its bill or another troll. Same type of comments and words. Foolscthatvdont know anything and know less about football.

i flew to boston to watch b.c. play miami.miami was lucky to leave boston with a win.i don't want to say someones not telling the truth but it looked like most of the game the secondary was in a zone pass coverage,not the man to man coverage everyones talking about.and no one said anything about the droped b.c. passes that were numerous.if frank beamer or jimbo fisher watched the game they canot wait to play miami.i have friends to.but i,am not going to defend or blame somone for not doing my job.

Game one, al golden is not going to slam his D coordinator to the media. That would tear down the team from the inside out. But im sure be knows his guy does not ajust very fast to anything and that makes the D look like they dont have it together as much as they can. There are some good new guys on D, just get it done coaches.......go canes

Perhaps those 2 hit the showers at PSU 2 often!

The o coordinator allmost called a perfect game until about five minutes left to go when he called those two pass plays in a row. Yeah bc dropped passes and missed one over the tip but we dropped a lot of passes too. That pick six by Denzel crushed bc. The d adjusted when it needed to. I would like to see more from Eddie Johnson and Tyrone Cornelius. I think 31 is gonna have a big game next week. Very team we play until va tech has some type of mobil qb and that another great test. Let's look forward to next week. I'm surprised the fla dude is not on here trying to tell us about that vaunted offensive attack of bowling green. The least fla could have done is covered the spread. Lol

please once agin, do tell Us how thw Cane Dominate Defense will be winners for than 6 imes this year ?

qUe ?


UGoCane part of what you said was first time on road with Team is putting it a little lightly.
These guys where on a Chartered flight as a football team probably for the first time also!

I have confidence that the DC SUCKS!!

Dave, dude STFU already!! Dang the D-line didnt get pressure all day.You are right about that andf that only.
So on 3rd and 3 you think sending 3 DL men was a bad Idea? They only needed 3 yards you idiot! the amount of time he needed to move the chains we could have sent the House and wouldnt get him.
The D kept everything in front of them. College football these days on the Road holding to Field Goals is huge.
Didnt see and QB scrambles down our throat, and plenty of very good tackling. Thats an IMPROVEMENT.
You need some Knowledge man.

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