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Golden: "It's time to cut the cord,'' Edwards has NCAA Eligibility Center issue, Dewey will be on team -- and don't hit the quarterback.

 

   The second and final fall scrimmage takes place Friday night, after which Hurricanes coach Al Golden has indicated the final depth chart for the opener will be be decided. Friday's scrimmage, closed and under the lights at Cobb Stadium (adjacent to Greentree Field), will simulate a real game as much as possible -- Orange vs. White.

   "It's time to cut the cord with some of these guys,'' Golden said. "It can't be about yelling from the sideline. They're going to have crowd noise and music. They've got to learn to signal. They've got to be independent thinkers out there, work collectively in terms of safeties to corners, safeties to linebackers, linebackers to the front.

    "On offense, just getting the signal, playing fast and we'll see who can play.''

   Golden said there will be 40-50 plays with each group.

 ***   Golden stressed after the first scrimmage that tackling and completion percentage must improve. "We've got to get the tackling squared away -- fast, because that will rear its head in the opener. You don't want to be a day late on that. A bad tackling performance in an opener can destroy you.''

    Golden on his disappointment in the completion percentage: 

   "There's no excuse for the completion percentage to be the way it is. With the experience that we have, with the protection we're getting and the type of quarterback we have leading us, there's no excuse for that. So, that was disappointing. And we've got to get it fixed."

    Said quarterback Stephen Morris on Thursday: "I definitely think that's true. We definitely need to improve on completion percentage. The best way to do that is to take what the defense is giving you and not forcing anything." 

***    Morris included in his lists of "wants'' for Friday's scrimmage: "No stupid hits. No cheap shots." Overly eager freshman rush end Al-Quadin Muhammad got a bit too aggressive on a sack of Morris in Sunday's scrimmage. 

    Universal rule: You don't hit the quarterback if he's on your team.

    How hard did he hit Morris? "I was just stepping up in the pocket and trying to escape and he just caught me on my jersey and kind of pulled me down,'' Morris said. "Nothing big."

    It was to coaches. 

    "Did you explain to [Muhammad] you were on his team?'' a reporter jokingly asked.

    "I don't think I did,'' Morris said with a smile, insinuating that coaches took care of the situation.

*** Golden said he's "worried about everything right now. We have a long way to go between now and game week."

*** Golden said redshirt freshman quarterback Preston Dewey, who has not arrived at UM, "will be with us shortly and we're respecting his time and his privacy.'' 

    Last week, our Barry Jackson wrote in his Buzz Column: "We hear quarterback Preston Dewey, who hasn’t reported to the team, has a back injury that will sideline him indefinitely. It would be surprising if he ever takes a snap for UM.''

*** Freshman running back Gus Edwards, a 6-2, 225-pound bruiser from Staten Island, N.Y.,  has been missing from practice. "Gus has got to take care of a couple of Clearinghouse issues,'' Golden said. "There's nothing from an academic standoint that he's deficient in or anything like that. It's really just a Clearinghouse deal and as soon as he's cleared to go he's good to go. that should be any day now.''
    Edwards is still on UM's roster.

***  Another running back and new transfer, listed as 5-8, 198-pound junior DeAndre Johnson, has joined the Hurricanes roster from the University of Iowa. He is a Miamian and played with Stephen Morris at Monsignor Pace. In 2011 as a redshirt freshman at Iowa, Johnson ran for 79 yards on 18 carries in four games. He did not compete in 2012 and Golden said he believes he's eligible to play this season.

    "I like DeAndre,'' Golden said. "He's got a lot to learn in terms of how we do it here in the offense but he wants to be a great teammate, he wants to compete, he's trying to get into special teams. He's got the requisite speed, he's got a good build, 196 or 198 pounds. Guys like that are awessome to have on the team. They can always play a role for us."

***  Rashawn Scott wore a red, non-contact jersey Wednesday, but Golden didn't act like the injury was anything significant. "Maybe a foot,'' the coach said Thursday. "Unless it's really significant those guys have got to work it through with the trainers." 

    Scott walked by reporters, on his way to practice, without a red or yellow jersey, but it was unknown at that point if he would be limited for the session

*** The Canes practiced on the intramural field Thursday, when a light rain fell intermittently, with the early-morning start being delayed by about 20 minutes because of a lightning alarm. The media were not allowed to do any viewing of practice.

*** Greentree Field was torn up by Sunday's scrimmage and previous practices, and the divots were being filled in.

    "We're going to try to keep moving around,'' Golden said, not mentioning the field condition. 

   SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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Waiting for Manny and Susan to post his quotes everyday is hilarious. Its like guaranteed voluntary exposure, everyday here at noon.

Waiting for Manny and Susan to post his quotes everyday is hilarious. Its like guaranteed voluntary exposure, everyday here at noon.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | August 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Yea, I mean what else would you do with your life?

Strong Points of the 4-3

The 4-3 is a much more conservative defense, but that’s not always a bad thing. In the 4-3 the linebackers play more behind the line, and the team will rely on its four defensive linemen to get the job done up front. This means stopping the run can potentially be more effective than with a 3-4 defense, as a 4-3 team utilizes two defensive tackles who shift and stunt to confuse the offensive linemen’s blocking.

If defensive tackles in the 4-3 can make plays against the run that’s great, but many 4-3 defense are set up to allow the middle linebacker to make tackles. The middle linebacker must be very smart in this defense, and his reads must be spot on. He needs to have the size and power to stop a running back dead in the hole, and the speed to range from sideline to sideline. Think Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens, or Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears.

The 4-3 defense can be effective against the passing game, as long as you have a good defensive line. Whereas in the 3-4 defense a team will usually need to blitz at least one linebacker to get pressure on the quarterback, a 4-3 team can leave that job up to the defensive line and assign the linebackers elsewhere. This leaves options like the famed Tampa-2 coverage available, with 2-deep and the middle linebacker covering down the middle of the field.

All four defensive linemen must be good pass rushers, especially the defensive ends who are usually much smaller and quicker than their counterparts in the 3-4. A 4-3 team that can get pressure on the quarterback using only the four down linemen is a nightmare for offensive coordinators.
When healthy, Ray Lewis or Brian Urlacher are the guys you want at middle linebacker. They're tough enough to stuff the run, and rangy enough to cover deep down the middle.

4-3 Defense Vulnerabilities

But where its conservative nature can be a benefit, with today’s modern offenses it can also be a liability. The best NFL quarterbacks have a much easier time spotting weakness in a 4-3 scheme, as player assignments are more predictable and less muddled up by the defensive alignment. It’s easier to get mismatches and exploit them, and easier to guess what the defense if about to do.

Because of the complexities of offenses, 4-3 teams may need to rely more on nickel or dime sets, basically telling the offense what they think is about to happen. The offense can easily counter by running the ball out of sets with three or four wideouts.

If all is going well with a 4-3 defense it can be very effective, but when things go bad they can get very bad. The lack of flexibility and the lesser ability to disguise blitzes and player assignments can be like a golf ball set up on a tee for some offenses. Like the 3-4, it all comes down to player ability, and having the right guys in the right spots.

So Which Defense is Better?

Unless you’re ready to take a job as defensive coordinator somewhere, fortunately you don’t have to decide. Both have their positives and negatives, and teams succeed and fail with each. However, it does seem with the evolution of more wide-open offenses the 3-4 will eventually become the best option.

But if you are ready to take that job as defensive coordinator for a high school, college or even an NFL team, how do you decide? The immediate decision may be based on the defensive players you already have. As illustrated, the same personnel does not work for both defenses, at least not in the same positions. Changing defensive schemes means shuffling player positions and possible bringing in new guys.

Maybe someday some free-thinking defensive coordinator will invent something better, but until that day comes the base 3-4 and 4-3 defenses will stand as the best options out there. Fans will continue to debate the pros and cons of each defense, argue about personnel, and praise or defame the coaches responsible. But that’s why we love football. It’s a complicated game, without easy answers.

I've been posting here for about 6 days now and I already don't have a life according to the 24/7 365 regulars--aint that a By%#h. The pot calling the kettle black. When I come at noon, you've already been here since dawn---waiting for me to post--now thats what you call sad times.

"I've been posting here for about 6 days now"

Using that name.

That's the point.

Lady Calvina still trying to find his pud.

Not true, I used my real name off and on over the last 7 or 8 years when I posted here, and I've never been a regular. I'm nothing like you. U can say my real name on any Cane blog and people know me and have met me at games before. Like I said, I'm nothing like you, so stop projecting.

Let the best players play.

Harriet,

Reading your posts proves one thing...you really are all woman.

Al Golden is the best coach in all of college football and is in the process of returning the Canes to the pinnacle of college football...it's a Cane thang baby--you cowardly gators will never understand!

Just when will u beat a ranked team ? It's been 4 years.

Toledo at Florida (-24)

If there weren’t a trend, this probably wouldn’t be such a glaring red flag.

Florida trailed the FCS Furman Paladins 22-7 before bumbling around to gain an undeserved win . The big bad Gators were tied with Bowling Green late in the third quarter of last year’s season opener, and eventually stumbled to a win.

They needed a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the final seconds of the game last year to beat Louisiana-Lafayette, and struggled at home to beat a very bad Missouri team.

Toledo, meanwhile, can’t play defense—but can score on anyone with a deep and talented group of skill players. The Rockets return 13 starters (9 on offense) from a team that won 10 games last season.

If Florida struggles on offense early—a common denominator in previous clunkers against overmatched teams—there may be too much ground to make up.

Big time cane fan and knew some of the old coaches... Ive been reading these comments now for a week... Is Gallo and Calvin real? I'm being serious are you guys having real football conversations?

The 4-3 defense is the best defense out their, all you need are 4 strong up front, and the back 7 got it from there. The most dominant defenses in the history of college and the pro's have been from 4-3. The 3-4 has a shorter life span for players because it's asking bigger players to cover the smaller ones. After a while they all get burnt out, there is a reason ray lewis lasted as long as he did in the 4-3, in fact 4-3 defenses, look at ronde barber, sapp, many players have lasted a long time in the 4-3.

By nature, most coaches who go with the 3-4 don't Truly understand elite athletes and are conservative by nature. Only the coaches who run a 3-4 but add several 4-3 principles to that scheme is where it really works well. But i'll take a 4-3 and teach my 4 d-linemen to get up field and to the qb, forget all that exotic shat!

OUT OF ALL THE THINGS WRITTEN IN THIS ARTICLE HAS ANYONE NOTICED SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT AND THAT IF THIS IS A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME THAN 10-2 HAS JUST CHANGED TO 12-0. THAT WAS MUHAMMED SACKING MORRIS.. THIS YOUNG MAN HAD TO HAVE JUST BEAT ONE OF OUR STARTING OT AND THIS MEANS THIS YOUNG MAN KNOWS HOW TO GET TO THE QB.. ADD HIM WITH GILBERT, CHICKALO,AND PORTER OR EVEN PIERRE AND NOW WE HAVE PRESSURE FROM THE FRONT 4 AND THE SACK TOTAL SHOULD IMPROVE GREATLY.. NOW WE HAVE MORE 3&OUTS AND MORE POSSESSIONS FOR MORRIS AND DUKE TO EXPLODE.. SACKS WILL ALSO LEAD TO MORE INTS AND TURNOVERS WHICH MEANS MORE POINTS SCORED AND MORE VICTORIES.. DON'T TELL THE FRESHMEN NOT TO GO GET THE QB TELL THE DAMN OT TO F..KING BLOCK HIS MAN AND PROTECT THE QB!! GO CANES!!

CAlvin said coaches who coach a 3-4 dont understand elite athletes-

What a doosh

So, Al Groh, and all of those top D coordinators in theNFL who coach a 3-4 dont understand elite athletes?
huh?

hello?

Calvin- you should be a coach. because youknow so much. SO- drop your waffle house apron and go get some applications

TK swann is right. Once the D gets that prototypical Miami pass rush back, we back baby. Thats whats been missing since 2005

for the putrid gator who said UMhasnt beaten a ranked team in 4 years?

NOT TRUE>

UM beat ranked Oklahoma in 2010. Thank you for your stupidity. Makes my job easier


Can we PLEASE wear da black cleats again?????

Posted by: C_Facegood | August 16, 2013 at 08:16 AM

THIS.....and pants above the knees please!

You do not get hurt when you are in shape.
goldie has not gotten his players in shape.
He has to stop kissing their azzes and get the little
children to run, run, run.

Plus, get a new DC.

If any team scores more than 14 points on the Canes,
fire goldie and the DC. They are not major college coaching talent.

Swan I agree but if we had a pass rush last year would you think that we could have had a 10-2 season?

We know it.

Improve the pass rush and open up the offense with Morris doing his thing with Duke and a season of the return begins.
Go 'Canes

Does D corch have family that works for the herald??

Tubman you want to come over and play the muffin game? I sure you do cause your just like me... the biggest fool posting on this blog...but there can only be one so...so ill let you take it like a champ

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