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Fisch talks drops, Duke, Stephen Morris, Carolina D

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch discussed the Notre Dame game and looked ahead to this week's North Carolina matchup on Monday.

The Hurricanes (4-2, 3-0 in ACC) were plagued by drops against the Irish. Fisch agreed drops seem to be the only real negative that has affected his offense this season.

"It definitely has hampered us at times from really the Boston College game," Fisch said. "We kind of looked back and I think we had seven drops in that game and we had seven drops in this one. I think there are games where we are getting better at it. I don't think we were dropping it in the games that we had our bigger games in terms of production. We had less drops [in those]. This one got us. Against Kansas State we dropped a pretty good amount. It is one of those things that you have to work through and be able to find ways to catch the ball and execute the plan."

Fisch called Saturday's performance against the Irish "weird" because the offense performed well but only produced three points. "We look back on the game and we had two offensive penalties the whole game, we didn't turn the ball over, no interceptions, no fumbles," he said. "I thought Stephen Morris did have a good game, and we walked away with only three points. What do you tell them? How does that happen? Well it happens because we didn't execute. We didn't finish. You can throw a beautiful ball, but if you don't catch it then you don't finish."

> There weren't many changes on the Canes' depth chart on offense. But there was one notable new addition: freshman Robert Lockhart is now listed on the two-deep. Fisch said Monday he would "like to have a role for [Lockhart]" in Saturday's game against North Carolina.

"I'd like for him to have an opportunity," Fisch said. "He's done a great job competing each week and improving. He has a good understanding now. I think we can use him as one of our weapons. He has a better understanding now and I think we can use him as another one of our weapons."

> While freshman Duke Johnson continues to rank in the top five in the ACC in all-purpose yards (1st, 168.3), kick return average (3rd, 27.9), and rushing (5th, 63.5), his overall production rushing and receiving has begun to slow down a bit in the past three weeks. He's scored just one touchdown in the past three games and had 57 yards combined total offense versus the Irish. Fisch said Duke's drop in production Saturday was just a case of not being able to get things going on offense at all.

"Obviously, you would like to hit on some of those bigger plays because that would have given us more plays and not dropped the ball on the third down," Fisch said. "When you get more plays, you get more opportunities to run the football, you get more opportunities to get the ball in Duke's hands. I think in terms of our ratio to plays run and his touches, it was good, I just don't think he didn't have enough touches because we didn't run enough plays."

> Duke has had some drops during some games this year. Is that unlike him?

"It is certainly not like him in practice," Fisch said. "I don't even know if I could think of a play that Phillip dropped a ball in practice. It is not like him either. It's not like Duke. Duke didn't drop that slant against Kansas State all week long when we practiced it. It just happens to be sometimes that it happens. No, it is very unlike Duke to drop it and it is very unlike Phillip to drop it. I don't expect it to be an epidemic by any means."

> Fisch said the accuracy of quarterback Stephen Morris "has really improved."

"One of the things that we were talking about going into the season was that we all knew he had a very strong arm, but how was his accuracy going to be?," Fisch said. "That was an earlier knock maybe. I think it's A, hard work; and B, I think his ability to be accurate is due to how hard our wide receivers practice during the week. If you are always running full speed, then you are practicing that way and you become more accurate. When you have guys practicing at different tempos all the times -- and that is an issue we had until this season -- our guys practice full speed everyday. Phillip runs that route that fast Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Therefore were able to become more accurate throwing it on Saturdays.

"I think we have been able to convince Stephen to trust himself. Trusting yourself means that if you believe somebody is coming open, throw it then. You don't have to wait until you see them come open every time. That's part of it. Trusting yourself means that if we tell you that he is going to run by the safety 40 yards down the field, trust it and let your feet do the talking -- meaning throw it on one hitch, don't wait until three or four hitches and wait and wait and wait. That's a huge difference. I think that's why he is more accurate and more confident and our receivers are doing a great job running routes in practice."

> One player who continues to gain the trust of Morris and Fisch is fifth-year senior Davon Johnson, who is now fourth on the team with 16 catches for 262 yards.

"DJ's done a really great job," Fisch said. "He has made some of the tough catches and some of the easier catches that sometimes when you are wide open and thinking about it. You're thinking about 'I got to catch it.' He has been very mature. It think his age has shown up, his maturity. He has been around the program for a while and I think that's helped him and I think that's helped his consistency."

> North Carolina's defense isn't as highly touted as Notre Dame's, but they still present a good challenge, Fisch said. The Tar Heels rank 26th in scoring defense (17.83 ppg), 20th in total defense (312.33 ypg) and 11th against the run (86.33 ypg).

"They are very fast up front, their secondary is good," Fisch said. "Obviously, Butch [Davis] did a great job recruiting, so they are very talented players. They do a great job schematically -- really a great job. It is going to be a challenge for us. It's going to be an all day challenge for us.

"Their defensive line is excellent, they are very active. Their secondary does a great job of ball-hawking. I think they have a number of interceptions, a high number of takeaways and a high number of sacks. So our [offensive] line is going to have to do a great job. I think our line is giving up a sack once every 34 passes, which is double compared to last year when we're 1 for 17. It is going to be an all day event on Saturday. They're not a big man team. They play zone. They're very aggressive and their safeties are very good."


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Another article on the offense? They crapped the bed on Sat. but we'd also be win-less without 'em.

Its getting to the point where there's an elephant in the room and we still can't get answers of accountability.

DC- Gregg Williams
strength and condition- Ray Lewis (maybe he retire lol)
AD- Alumni player
DL- The Rock, Warren Sapp, ect.

Posted by: rchy12

I'm liking some of these choices.

AD - Alumni Player - Kosar(needs the $), Toretta, J.Kelly,Walsh, and I think this one would be great personally - Joaquin Gonzalez.

DL - Cortez Kennedy(ring 89), Russel Maryland(rings 87/89), The Rock, W.Sapp(ring 91 & needs the $) etc...

DB - Deon Sanders, Ryan McNeil(rings for 89/91)

I'm all for Gregg Williams coming in as a DC. He runs a true aggressive 4-3 D.

GO U!!!

I like Fisch as the OC.I felt as bad for him as myself watching our terrible performance...against ND last week.Perplexed to see only 3 points when I know Fisch is actually pretty creative and good.Nonetheless...the DC ...D Onofrio has shown no such success all season long in having his defense play 1 GOOD game.Can t wait till the day comes when Golden demotes his pal...as he ll never fire him.Golden s too SOFT for that move.

this is hilarious, weeks ago when I was jumping down D'Nofrio's throat other fans were telling me to calm down and give him time......and I agreed to lay off. Now everybody is talking about accountability, demotions, firings, and new hires.

DinoFried have some dignity and LEAVE!!!
next game against UNC. his D will give up another 500plus yards at least 41 points and we will still be young Next year we will recuit more players to subs for the departing ones and we will be young. EVERYBODY plays freshmen sophomores etc...IT IS COLLEGE then they are GONE.
LOOK 120 teams in the NCAA we get top 20 or top 10 classes with all americans all state players and we are dead last in D...GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

At least if we were mid of the PAck in D and we had all inexperienced players BUT LAST!!!!!!!!!

The D line stinks and our DBs get whipped in man coverage. If the scheme is that terrible how did we hold nd to 13 points at the half? The problem is the lack of talent on d, not the coaching.

DC- Gregg Williams
strength and condition- Ray Lewis (maybe he retire lol)
AD- Alumni player
DL- The Rock, Warren Sapp, ect.

Posted by: rchy12

I'm liking some of these choices.

AD - Alumni Player - Kosar(needs the $), Toretta, J.Kelly,Walsh, and I think this one would be great personally - Joaquin Gonzalez.

DL - Cortez Kennedy(ring 89), Russel Maryland(rings 87/89), The Rock, W.Sapp(ring 91 & needs the $) etc...

DB - Deon Sanders, Ryan McNeil(rings for 89/91)

I'm all for Gregg Williams coming in as a DC. He runs a true aggressive 4-3 D.

GO U!!!


The hell are you morons smoking?

Thank you Junk, a voice of intelligence and reason.

We here about being young on defense everyweek. Jadaveon Clowney is a sophomore and completely dominates. They are making excuses and not adjustments. These kids are talented enough not to be allowing 500 yards a game on defense
I didn't read one comment where D'Onofrio says "I need to do a better job coaching and getting the kids ready to play" they come out and play the excuse card. "These are young players, we have freshman lining up". "We're trying to build something"? I guess other programs around the country are trying to play games and not build anything.

Look! FSU brought in Jimbo Fisher look at their program today. USC Trojans brought in Kifin and even after getting probation the program is on sound footing. There are numerous examples I could mention throughout the NCAA. I will admit Golden and his staff deserve more time to build a winner but D'Onofrio needs to step up and admit he's made mistakes and everything that's gone wrong defensively cannot be blamed on being a young team. The numbers allowed are ridiculous and it's time to call the Coaches out for not adjusting.

Also I thought Golden wouldnt use young as a excuse.

The DC needs to go ASAP. Brandon McGee 4.25 forty yard dash. Thomis Finnie 4.37 forty. These kids can play bump and run. We dont zone dog enough, we dont play ANY zero coverages. These are not the days when we had 4 DL who could put pressure on the qb.

Im done, I cant even watch this fn game bc of the defense so Ill go to my alumni homecoming Alabama A&M University (6-0)Saturday. Oh yea they going to beat Auburn for their homecoming. Hell I get so pissed every game even the GTech game I went too, I bout left when we allowed 36 straight points.

Leggo Canes

Championships...whats up man! How are you doing? Too many people on here suggesting we run plays from their Madden playbook.

Shid my patient has ran out. Actually they went into overtime with this crappy defense.

Since last year i havent seen not 1 adjustment made from week to week. We are still running the same BS since last year. I gave him a pass since it was his 1st year and we had converted RBs playing db. Now we have true corners and safetys and he still doing the same stuff.

Its not hard to play to the strengths of your players, shid they have 4.3 4.4 speed in the secondary. Not only that Lbs at 4.6 4.7 speed and freshmen ends running 4.7 4.8.

Mane release these monsters and see the difference. Example Javon Clowney a beast, and he is a sophomore. Its a simple solution.

MANNY Please interview the DC and ask him why we not improving on defense. Ask him do he think its his scheme bc that hasnt work in a 1 1/2.









ASK HIM DO HE KNOW THIS http://www.facebook.com/FireMarkDOnofrio?ref=stream


Nice rchy12!!

Why are all of you complaining? D'Onofrio had a good defense last year with more experienced players. Now he's got extremely young players, but with more talent. Our D is terrible, but it's bound to get better. If UM doesn't get hammered, watch out in two years. The improvement will come soon this year, when it counts the most. I trust in the entire coaching staff.

Not a whole lot other than reading the usual nimrods posting all their quick fix idea's. I like to fell out when I saw some idiot's post that we should get Rob Ryan and Rob chudzinski. Like they would ever come to college when they are making more now as coordinators and are in line for HC jobs in the NFL. It's nice to see their are a few intellectually gifted Canes such as you, myself, tally cane and a few others.

Linksys, I don't know who you are but you have some sense.

You know - if you ever played football there are practice guys and game guys. Often the guys who glow in practice aren't the ones who do it in games. It's the games that matter. Find the gamers.

Who was u watching last year lol

u are right on that one bruh

championships......gotta love all the suggestions people are throwing around here, even got CANTILLIDIE saying we should get Deion Sanders as DB coach and that he has an '89 'ship ring, only problem is Deion went to FSU.
Newsflash guys, we've sucked for a while now, this thing isn't going to get fixed overnight. We had players in this program thinking playing for the U meant taking stolen vacation money from Shapiro. We brought in some guys that know what they're doing.

People......let's be happy we're 4-2 and contending for an ACC Championship. I'll take that this year. Wait for bigger and better things down the road.

We have talent
We have fans
We have players
We have a HC
WE have a OC
We need a Stadium
We need a DC
We need a DL coach
We need some D-Linemen
We need a AD
We need our Green jerseys back
We need our Nike combat Jersey
We need our Army Fatigues
We need this victory Saurday
We need all the Canes to show up and cheer
We need 3 more years

The defense that held GaTech to 7 points. Held FSU to 23 points. Held USF to 3 points. Held KState in check with 28 points. Held Ohio State to 6 points. I'm not even sure all those points were the D's fault, some of those points may have come off of turnovers or special teams mistakes.

The D had some low points last year, but they had a decent year even with suspect guys that never really lived up to their potential like Vernon, Forston, Ojomo, and Regis. D'Onofrio is going to be alright. The guy coached a first rounder and second rounder on defense at friggin' Temple in 2011.

LOL at D corch citing his Temple defense numbers..Yeah buddy let Miami play those same opponents that Temple and your stupid scheme faced and Miami would be ranked number #1 in defense...Miami Ohio, whatever State Univ, Nobodycares Univ??LOL..

Stephen Morris should have started last year, do your thing Saturday, run when its good for you, try a pump fake NC might bite on it since they are so fast.

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