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Golden on Duke's injury, struggling passing game and more after season-opening win over FAU

Hurricanes coach Al Golden addressed the health of star running back Duke Johnson, receiver Rashawn Scott and the struggles of Miami's passing game in it's opener.

Here is a transcript of his press conference.

> On team’s overall performance... “I thought we played really hard. I thought Florida Atlantic played incredibly tough. They were very physical, well-coached. I thought their punter was amazing - I thought he changed the field for them all night. As I just said to our guys, give them a lot of credit. Any time you play one of these rival games in the state, that’s what you’re going to get. Give Florida Atlantic a lot of credit – they played hard and they made us earn it. We were overzealous a little bit with some penalties early in the game. We dropped some passes that we hadn’t been dropping. Our timing wasn’t where it needed to be in some instances, but I thought our guys played hard. We didn’t play smart all the time, weren’t as good as we needed to be on third down on offense, but I thought our defense played really, really hard, played physical, and ran to the ball well.”

On the performance of Duke Johnson... “I don’t know what his overall numbers were...I’m guessing 20 touches. That’s kind of what we need him to be, somewhere around there. I thought he did a good job with that. He’s healthy. He cut two guys down on the [Herb Waters run] where we scored. He’s a very unselfish player.”

On his assessment of the team’s passing game... “I didn’t think it was as sharp as we have been, for sure. We were really humming coming into this week in the pass game, and obviously it wasn’t where it needed to be. We need to go back to work. We’ll go back tomorrow, watch it, and we’ll get back on the passing game. We certainly didn’t do a good enough job on third down.”

On managing an excited team playing in its season opener... “All of those things you think about, we don’t think about until it’s the eventuality. We don’t talk about any of that, because all of these first games – they’re hard. We have idea what they were going to do. We saw three different quarterbacks. Opening games are hard – you have no track record to go by, really. I thought they were well-coached, tough as can be, physical. I thought they were excellent on special teams, and I thought their punter gave us a long field all night. As well as Pat [O’Donnell] was hitting the ball, this kid changed the field for them. That was the big difference in the game.”

On nerves affecting the passing game... “That’s something that’s disappointing to me. Monday and Tuesday, I thought we were really sharp in the passing game. It’s a shame. It is. We didn’t look like we had our timing, so we have to get back to work on that. Obviously that was reflective in our third downs – not where we need to be. We need to be on more third and shorts too, we weren’t in enough of them.”

On the play of his team’s pass rush... “We have more depth and we have more guys that can rush the passer now. Certainly Quan [Muhammad] made a difference, I thought [David] Gilbert made a difference. I thought we had more power inside, so I think that helped. We need to get takeaways, but we were physical, we were running to the ball. We made some errors, but I thought we played hard. I really did. We didn’t put the defense in good situations too often, and they battled their way out of it. We need to do a better job on offense on third down - that would really help us in time of possession and help our defense.”

On rotating young players in... “Those guys, there were a lot of freshmen that were redshirting that we were not going to play. Those guys that played, we made the decision in camp that they’re going to help us at some time this year and help us significantly. That’s why we played them. We have to get Stacy [Coley] to forget about this one. He had a tough first quarter – he just has to forget about it and move on. He’s very talented, he just needs to relax and let it come to him. He has worked really hard, but I think he was pressing a little bit. Obviously he and Stan [Dobard] and Gus [Edwards] and Artie [Burns] and Corn Elder and [Jermaine] Grace, and all those guys, they’re all in the mix. They’re all going to be helping us this year.”

On Rashawn Scott’s catch and injury... “It was a great catch. I don’t know what his status is - hopefully not too bad.”

On the performance of Eduardo Clements... "I’m happy for him. We had the first scrimmage, then the second scrimmage, now it’s the first game - these are all baselines, and he’s moving up every time. He’s in better condition. He’s feeling more confident and we’re feeling more confident that he’s ready to go. He has had a great attitude. I’m happy for him that he got going on that.”

On Duke Johnson being issued a concussion test... “That’s our protocol. We follow a strict protocol for anybody that we think is woozy or got their bell rung. We have a great concussion institution, and we have great sideline protocol with Vinny Scavo and Dr. Kaplan. We just do that to make sure that we’re protecting any kids that have any kind of head trauma.”

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BS.....I know what I saw, both games.....morris struggled and diskel wasn't even playing....

Florida wasn't playing 100% and UM was last night against a much weaker team.......

golden/dnofrio will get their walking papers next week.......UM will lose.....

you heard it here first.....

Galloinda,

Everybody who makes stupid predictions that have precisely zero chance of occurring is always going to say it first. That's what separates you idiots from other people.

Neither UM or UF covered the spread.

Driskell very mistake prone and his decision making is both slow and bad with a bit of pressure. If we allow him to camp back there it won't end well, but with pressure he is good for 2-3 turnovers.

well see.....I have been right about everything starting with the 2013 de-committs.....I called almost everyone.

morris is in a little slump and golden knows it....I saw it last night....with floida's secondary, morris will need exceptional timing with his receivers to go vertical......they are not there yet and 7 days wont make a difference. floridas backfield is in much better shape and thats where this game is gonna be won.....

dnofrio will be exposed in a big way if UM cant stop the running attack of florida.....florida gains late in the game......they went down the whole backfield lineup today (another 5 seconds and floida scores on the run today)....gonna grind UM down.....

I finally figured it out!
U heard it here first!
Gallo and calvin wear tampons.

Thats why they are always so negative....

They must have a heavy flow.

ok well see....you watch mack brown and kelvin taylor take dnofrio apart......then driskel will open it up downfield......

Florida looked ready today.....UM looked sloppy last night.....and if morris was nervous against a nobody team like fau.....he will get spooked with all the florida crowd at the stadium.....

morris should have been much sharper.....I would be very concerned....

If Florida can't run the ball, they will get destroyed, same goes for UM. It's that simple. This game will be won upfront...period. With the heat and FL's banged up OL, UM will win.

what are you talking about....today was a scorcher and Florida wasn't even tired....

kelvin taylor - mack brown - matt jones vs duke johnson - clements - edwards....florida wins hands down

6 in the secondary with the #1 recruit in the state in vernon hargreaves.....he got a INT today.....

UM will lose this game

bye bye golden.....bye bye golden...bye bye golden, we hate to see you goooooooooo, lol

I cant wait to hear what excuse will be given after the florida game.....I am sure he has one up his sleeve for emergencys, lol

No one on this board knows jack as far as who will win or what will happen. We will see what happens when they play. Period.

At least Gallo is finally admitting he's a gator fan. But I would like to know how Florida looks sharp and Miami looked sloppy? Florida had multiple fumbles and won 24-6, Miami had one turnover and won 34-6. There's not too much of a difference there. I don't think anybody's worrying about our running game seeing that we have one of the best backs in the nation.

Jimmy Gallos would you like some Ice?

But really, Florida has a good team and we might lose. But it will be a close one and we have a real shot to pull it out. These rivalry games can go either way. If you think Golden's job is on the line next week you are insane. However, if we lay an egg it would be very discouraging. But I think it will be a tough close game.

Bad play on my words about singing the gators out like we did bosworth gallo. Change your tampon

Gallo...if UM wins next week will U follow the gators back to gainesville? Is calvin still posting? Toledo scores 30 today. Better hope those shortlegged gators can keep up.

Posted by: Abe Lincoln | August 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

chomp, chomp.
dems gators are coming to town.


well see.....I have been right about everything starting with the 2013 de-committs.....I called almost everyone.


Posted by: Jim Gallo | August 31, 2013 at 03:59 PM

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"They had one in Gus Edwards.....but now a Golden casualty....

Posted by: Jim Gallo | August 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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Yeah Gallo, "you are always right" as only today on this very thread you claimed Gus Edwards was no longer with the Canes, because of something Coach Golden said or did. Never mind that Gus played in the game last night. How nice it must be to live in your world of absolute delusion...LOL!


But really, Florida has a good team and we might lose. But it will be a close one and we have a real shot to pull it out. These rivalry games can go either way. If you think Golden's job is on the line next week you are insane. However, if we lay an egg it would be very discouraging. But I think it will be a tough close game.

Posted by: JaxCane | August 31, 2013 at 04:41 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This post seems like the only reasonable, open-minded take regarding next week's intra-sectional game. hUh

And AU CONTRAIRE to what Cane good ol' boy's want to believe.

Toledo (9-3) is a STRONGER opponent than F.A.U. (3-9) No if's, but's or perhaps! Heck, Toledo even plays in a STRONGER conference than the Owls.

By the way, the Gators DOMINATED on defense and their running game was very good. Florida held Toledo to " 205 total yards. "

Even Florida's QB had a better pass completion percentage than Stevie. Yeah, yeah Stevie had some of his wide-outs drop a few passes (4) and what not.

However, I witnessed TWO drop passes by Gator receivers, too. dUh And I didn't view the entire game. So maybe another Gator wide-out or two dropped a Driskell pass.

And as some Cane bUbba mentioned above. The team with the STRONGER defensive/offensive lines will win next Saturday's game!

After watching Floriduh and Toledo, I know we are going to win..They had no vertical attack..

Going off both Florida and Miami's performances, I'd have to OBJECTIVELY say that the MIGHTY gator's have the STRONGER lines. hUh

Also, mighty Florida had FIVE STARTER's m.i.a. against Toledo and THREE of those starter's will be back in the saddle against the Hurricanes. Eh. What say.

Nevertheless, Miami still has D'Onofrio and that has me very, very concerned. Yeah, yeah call me a bloody WORRY WORT and what not.

Mack Brown 112 yards and two touchdowns...That's cute.

Already the Canespace SPACE KADET's are yapping about a Miami DOUBLE-DIGIT victory and what not.

At least in this forum, ONE loyal Hurricane bubba already said it would be a CLOSE, TIGHT ball game. hUh

Nevertheless, Miami still has D'Onofrio and that has me very, very concerned. Yeah, yeah call me a bloody WORRY WORT and what not.

Posted by: D | August 31, 2013 at 05:11 PM

Why would that worry you? Your not a Cane fan so...Yeah the Gator's defensive line looked good against Toledo but Miami has a much better offensive line


Mack Brown 112 yards and two touchdowns...That's cute.


Posted by: Duke Johnson | August 31, 2013 at 05:11 PM

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Yeah that is fresh seeing that M.B. is a SECOND/THIRD string running back.

Can you imagine how Florida's starting RB would've done against Toledo, i.e., probably over 150 yards rushing, for example.

Calvin. The plain and simple one is YOU.

Jacorry able to antcicpate and more accurate than stephen morris?

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You are an idiot

I guess all those pick sixes and ints in the red zoneare perfect examples of his accuracy and ability to ANTICIPATE

Your not a Cane fan so...Yeah the Gator's defensive line looked good against
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The TYPICAL Cane Good Ol' Boy reply.

If a loyal, staunch Miami fan points out a few OBJECTIVE, criticism's. He is AUTOMATICALLY a troll or a fan of another team. Go bloody figures'. Eh. What say.

The coup de grace will be the COACHING STAFF of both teams. And which ever squad has the stronger head coach and assistant coaches will be the winner.

Can you imagine how Florida's starting RB would've done against Toledo, i.e., probably over 150 yards rushing, for example.

Posted by: D | August 31, 2013 at 05:17 PM

Oh is that how that works? Then why did Duke Johnson average over 200 all purpose yards last year as a backup? Duke had more yards than your boy at the start of the second quarter last night! haha

Your not a Cane fan so...Yeah the Gator's defensive line looked good against
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The TYPICAL Cane Good Ol' Boy reply.

If a loyal, staunch Miami fan points out a few OBJECTIVE, criticism's. He is AUTOMATICALLY a troll or a fan of another team. Go bloody figures'. Eh. What say.

The coup de grace will be the COACHING STAFF of both teams. And which ever squad has the stronger head coach and assistant coaches will be the winner.

Posted by: D | August 31, 2013 at 05:21 PM

Actually, I didn't say you weren't a Cane fan because you said something objective. (Which you didn't) I said you're not a Cane fan because no real Cane fan would refer to that team up north as "the mighty gators"

I 've watched both teams play and I waited before I made my critique of both teams and here is what I feel.. If the Canes get there short passing game to go with Duke running the ball than the game will not be close because the gators cannot get into a scoring shoot out.. The Gators are not FAU and will come to play but I cannot see them being able to stop both "Duke running" and Morris passing unless Morris is not patient and keeps trying to make the home run throw.. The Gators will be ready and prepared to stop Duke and play off the receivers so the key will be getting positive gains running even if it's 4 yards and then throwing the ball short to move the chains and the sustaining drives by converting on short yardage.. If Canes go up by 14 pts this games is over.. Now on Defense it's simple if Canes stop the running game of the Gators and force Driskel to beat them this game is over. Driskel has to have a good running attack Miami doesn't. With all that being said I see Canes 31 Gators 17 with Driskel being sacked 5 times and picked off 2 times. The only reason the Gators get 17 pts is due to a late touchdown and a turnover by the offense that leads to a Gator sore. Morris throws 2 tds ,Duke scores 2.. Canes return to top 20!! Go Canes !! The talk is over!!


kelvin taylor - mack brown - matt jones vs duke johnson - clements - edwards....florida wins hands down

UM will lose this game

Posted by: Jim Gallo | August 31, 2013 at 04:27 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

So, now Gallo, the self proclaimed Miami fan, is claiming that kelvin taylor - mack brown - matt jones are all put together better than Duke Johnson. The man has once again gone on tilt, because his Gators looked like refried sheet today. And of course he predicts his Gators will beat the Canes...shocking I tell you!

Also, the great know all, see all Gallo has told the world that Duke isn't capable of carrying the ball 25 times a game...never mind that he carried the ball 19 times last night and didn't play a portion of the 3rd quarter or any of the 4th quarter, which had he played the entire game he would have had over 25 carries.

Seriously, is this nut squeezer ever right?

How can you say you are a Cane fan and not brag on Duke Johnson even a little? The kid has 1200 yards in his last five games. But instead you point to running backs on a rival team who had less yards in more time. Dude, if you are going to do this fake Canes fan gig, at least do it right.

Who wore number five last night?

Yeah, Morris threw for over 3200 yards last year because he can't do it with his arm....

Posted by: JaxCane | August 31, 2013 at 02:33 PM

Calvin, you really would love for the Gators to beat the Canes. I don't post much, I enjoy reading the blog. I have never seen a so-called Canes fan consistently (every post) bash his team. Regardless, if you dislike the coaching staff, you cannot like a team and every post is NEGATIVE!!! Drop the charade and admit you are not a Canes fan (it's ok)

Posted by: Cane88 | August 31, 2013 at 02:42 PM
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Those 3200 yards were mostly against weak defenses, i wasn't impressed, i look for other things when it comes to qb'ing, not stats.

If i was a gaytor fan, as if i would hide that from yall, lol, i could careless, i just call it like i see it. I look at coach goldie the same way he looks at the team, you heard em or maybe you didn't but he kept saying at the pre-game press confernece "they have to decide what they're brand is going to be" than this "they have only 14 games to do that" so it should be clear why i call coach goldie and outsider. UM is fraternity, he must cross the National championship sands in order to become accepted. Every one before him since 83 were apart of a national championship team at UM at some point be it as a coach or player, until he does that, him and his minions that he brought are not part of the family plain and simple.

If he left today, 14 & 11, see yah. If we beat the gaytors come next week, he'll have earned some respect from me as of right now though, i'm not impressed. james coley, as long as he stays aggressive and smart i'm cool with that, we'll see what happens come next week. Coming out with the flee-flicker was old school style, we normally did that on 2nd down back in the day, but that showed me something about coley, he's ready mentally, now will the offense come together like it did under jedd, time will tell.

Posted by: TK SWANN | August 31, 2013 at 05:31 PM

lol, your post referenced above, come on man, did you let them spike your drink, the gaytors have a stronger core of wide-outs although young. Even if they get down by 14, unless it's in the 4th quarter, but the problem for us will be, who are we going to use to wear the defense down, if coach goldie is thinking duke johnson is that guy, he's fooling himself., we better find a bruiser and do it quick, would've been good to see what danny dillard would've been able to do as well. But if we can't run the ball in the 4th quarter, we're going to have to stay aggressive in the passing game.

This is a game that i want to see play out from a talent standpoint alone. Our receivers vs they're db's and no touch smo17.

Beware many are syaing the gaytors didn't go deep all game today, like i said before, several are saying we didn't show everything last nigh, but somehow they act as though the gaytors did too, lol. This ain't brent pease first rodeo.

to all the morons who think that d'o and goldie have a clue about setting up a good defense.

I am watching Alabama take apart VT by ALA using four down linemen with the DEs on the outside of the box to contain end runs and two guards over the offensive guards, LBs within 3 yards of the LOS and man to man pass coverage.

Now, we all know you morons and goldie and d'o are smarter about football than Sabin because he only has back to back National Championships and undefeated seasons and well goldie and d'o have a 50% win loss record and the worst defense statistically in the country.

It is amazing how moron Miami fans and goldie accept their own mediocrity and wallow in their stupidity especially after 5 NCs and in the hunt for 3 more decades ago.

I wonder if goldie and d'o are smart enough to even copy alabama's defensive setup when the Canes play VT???

BTW, when VT used the same defense, they would stop Ala,
but then, like d'o and goldie on third and long, VT would idiotically switch to d'o's three down linemen and zone NO pass coverage. And Ala would convert third down to a first in ten. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Yeah, I'm watching the same game and the only reason Alabama is crushing VT is because of special teams and logan thomas being logan thomas

to all the morons who think that d'o and goldie have a clue about setting up a good defense.

I am watching Alabama take apart VT by ALA using four down linemen with the DEs on the outside of the box to contain end runs and two guards over the offensive guards, LBs within 3 yards of the LOS and man to man pass coverage.

Now, we all know you morons and goldie and d'o are smarter about football than Sabin because he only has back to back National Championships and undefeated seasons and well goldie and d'o have a 50% win loss record and the worst defense statistically in the country.

It is amazing how moron Miami fans and goldie accept their own mediocrity and wallow in their stupidity especially after 5 NCs and in the hunt for 3 more decades ago.

Posted by: CaneFan'72 | August 31, 2013 at 07:21 PM
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lol, you beat me to it, but i was getting ready to also say to those same morons who keep thinking just because they here 3-4 that we're running the same defense, saban is running a way more aggressive version of the 3-4, you don't really see 3-4's playing aggressive press-man as well with 2 hand jams. Coach goldie doesn't want our db's doing to hand jams, he always says "don't get to far in their" so we teach them the 1 hand jam technique which is not aggressive man the once in a while when we do run it.

Look at bud foster's defense tho, bud foster belongs on any field. Has saban frustrated, lol, i'm looking at V-tech's defense and like beamer said, he took our blue print, look at their d-tackles getting up field disrupting Bama's whole offense, they're not sitting back like notre shame did and got picked apart, this is why i said had the gaytors played Bama for the title it would've been a whole different game, it could've went either way but no way were they going to sit back in a soft 3-4 like shame did and get torched.

Only the lame brain Calvy would attack Morris claiming he is an average QB...the kid will be drafted in the first round of next year's NFL draft after his upcoming record breaking season. Last night would have produced flat-out spectacular numbers for Morris had his receivers not had a case of first game dropsies.

Never mind that after the Manning QB camp everyone was raving about Morris and saying he was the best QB of all the country's signal callers--Calvy believes he's the final word and knows more about quarterbacking than the Manning brothers.

Calvy told us how terrible Miami's defense is and is always reminding us of last year's 116th ranking, but last night FAU only had 170 total yards and 6 points against our Canes starters. This will probably have the Canes ranked in the top 20 of all defenses in the country and possibly as high as the top 10. If that happens standby for Calvy and his many aliases to tell us why that doesn't matter.

Can we hire Bud Foster.

He got them boys biting out there.

Oh yeah, Calvy also knows more about defense than Chip Kelly...read on and enjoy Kelly demolishing Calvy's BS:

New Eagles coach Chip Kelly has heard a lot of questions about whether Philadelphia will have a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. He says those questions miss the point (get it Calvy--you are missing the point...AGAIN!).

Kelly says that what the Eagles will run is a defense that best uses their talent and best fits what they need at a given time in a given game. And he says that in the modern NFL, there’s no team that always has a three-man front or always has a four-man front anyway.

“No. 1, it hinges on the players that you have,” Kelly said. “Then No. 2, it hinges on the situation of the game. There are no purists. No one runs a 3‑4 defense every single down. No one runs a 4-3 every single down. People have elements of both in there.”

Kelly said determining whether the Eagles use more three-man lines or more four-man lines will be based on evaluating his own personnel and evaluating what opposing offenses are doing.

Bud need to walk up to the booth and Buddy Ryan that clown offensive coordinator and on the way up slap Logan Thomas.

I swear to God True Cane, I've been thinking the same thing for the last hour and a half! i mean how much$ would it take lol! Thats what U call annually getting the best out of what U have. Their defense has given up 21 points, but the offense is as inept as last season. Their defense looks better than last season's.

If Bud Foster was our DC this year, we'd play for the NC...this year. There would be no need for any excuses.

We'd wipe the floor with the Gators next week.

3 years in and I've yet to see Orson Pieere or Curtis Porter make a play in the backfield?? Chicklo to tell you the truth shouldn't be starting. I wonder if Pierre or Porter tries to disengage from there block at the LOS.

Posted by: Clue

Agreed bro. Porter with the injuries couldn't lift like Interior lineman need to. If We could at least get one guy to push blockers backwards consisntently a lot would change. And its a good thing UFelons don't run the hurry up

Let me help both of u out!! Um d-line is not really playing GAPS. The d-linemen are reading blocks and playing off of that to the ball. I would like for them to attack and get up field, but we don't. When we start hitting gaps and getting up field you will see Porter and Olsen make plays in the backfield!!

I hate watching these teams take our shat as if they invented it, had Clemson tried this tradition crap on us we would've ran up the tunnel to meet them cowards.

Harriet,

Va tech will not be a cake walk for us this year. if im va tech administration im talking to beamer about retiring and promote bud.

Bud Foster is a great DC but that doesn't mean he'll be a good head coach. I'd keep him right where he is.

MIAMI-31
FLORIDA-21
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The Good:
The defense looked bigger and faster thats for sure (considering the competition), so I'm happy from an eyeball standpoint.

The youth movement looks promising: Burns, Grace, Dobard, Alex Fig, Flowers, Jenkins, AQMuhammad, Coley, Waters, Duke, McCord, Howard etc all looked great out there. Golden has done a good job recruiting. Good enough to beat most teams (VT, UNC, UV, GT, Duke etc) handily with creative, chess-like coaching, so the youth excuses have and still remain BS. LBs and DBs looked very big and capable. Cornelius, Armbrister, Burns, Crawford are all big and fast (considering the comp of course). Alex Figs is aggressive and confident, Howard looked confident, add Deon Bush and its on.

James Coley's game plan was vanilla for two reasons--one good news and one bad news. 1) the bubble screens and quick hitches were attempts not to divulge his strategy for next week, we were playing an inferior opponent and they were low-risk--high reward (with our talent) in a game like this one. 2) As Cal has said, he called the plays because he noticed that Morris attention to detail had wavered and they were low risk high reward from a "I'm scared to call this with the way he's reading the coverages in the middle of the field" perspective. One of Morris' INT was wrongly called incomplete when the FAU clearly caught it.

My only knock on Morris is that he likes to play hero ball. He wants the glamourous/spectacular play and doesn't have the patience to work the ball down the field in increments (intermediate passes) as TK SWANN pointed out is the key to our success next week and against the better teams on our schedule. The question is will Morris stay focused and control the game, because he has the physical ability to do so. If you've ever met him, you'd see immediately that he absolutely loves attention (not knocking him, just referencing).

We won

Duke Johnson is a beastmaster

And D'no should do better in the booth.

The BAD:

Stephen got bored again and the OC Coley dialed back somewhat because of it. Not a good job from a senior and the scouts are watching this trait of his (maturity, poise, and patience). Its not his body, its his head. People are wrong about the lack of confidence stuff though. SteMo has never been scared or at a need for confidence. He beams with it---the downside is that it also contributes to him getting bored with his OC's game plan...thats when INT's come.

We couldn't get consistent pressure on the QB with our 1st and 2nd down starting front 4. Without blitzes or AQM in the game, the pocket is still clean, no matter the level of competition. Huge issue.

Our O-Line still only engages one person on run plays. When they pull the rarely get up field and knock off more than one man. Figs does, but no one else really. Watching SEC football, u see this often--leading to big plays. Whenever they show that power, intensity and effort--Duke scores easily.
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This game against Florida is even going in. Its gonna come down to coaching and the outcome will be a clear indication of strategy. No more excuses.

Al Golden and D'No will not be fired after this game, no matter the outcome. They'd have to lose five games this season for that to occur. Golden is entrenched up to 5 losses. D'No entrenched up to 4. The national media is in love with Golden and want to see him succeed despite being UM's coach. If he can coach a little bit, this team is poised for success--just not NC's because he isn't that talented (IMO).

UF didn't show their vertical pass game today either, and also on purpose as Coley did. Remember this name: Trey Burton--we better stick him all game--he is super confident, aggressive and talented. He is their weapon--watch.


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