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Golden says "Boo me" not Stephen Morris; Howard defends D'Onofrio (w/video)

As much as Al Golden would like to bunker down and ignore the heat coming from the outside after back-to-back losses, it's hard to ignore the criticism being directed at two people in particular these days: quarterback Stephen Morris and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio.

Golden went to bat for both Tuesday and so did a few players who aren't happy with all of the blame being placed on D'Onofrio's scheme and play-calling or all the boos and chants for backup Ryan Williams that were made Saturday night.

"I'm taking the responsibility for Saturday, not Stephen Morris," Golden said Tuesday during his weekly press conference.

"I'm directly responsible for special teams - that's three turnovers and they happened in succession which compounded each time. Stephen, if he was allotted to have 68 plays, would have had his best game of the year. He had 53 plays, scored 24 points against a team giving up 16 points. He had [more than] 300 yards passing, doubles what they've been giving up. He was 16 of 27 with five drops. He could have been 21 of 27. He averaged 20 yards a completion. He didn't have any turnovers. I just think it's unfair, especially given what he's been playing with, dealing with and playing with [a sprained ankle] for eight weeks now.

"Again, boo me, be frustrated with me. But Stephen Morris? He's done everything, including stand and fight here the last two years. He's our quarterback and he's our leader, and he has my support."

Although Morris and teammates Asante Cleveland and Maurice Hagens said they didn't hear the boos when UM's offense was on the field, cornerback Tracy Howard said he and UM's defense definitely heard them and it bothered them. Howard, who was teammates with Williams at Miramar and won a state championship with him, said the boos for Morris were disrespectful.

"That's disrespectful. That's a sign of unloyal fans," Howard said. "Every player is not going to be perfect. Everybody is going to have their ups and downs -- especially the quarterback. The fans want the team to be good. If the fans want us to produce and be good they can't boo the quarterback. They don't know how he will take it, if it will lower his confidence.

"But the thing with Stephen is he's strong. That don't get to him. He's internally driven. We heard it, but we just blocked it out. I don't know why they did that to Stephen. He's a good quarterback. That's disrespectful."

Howard also had words for those blaming his defensive coordinator for Miami's struggles the last few weeks.

""The fans outside, they see the players messing up so they are automatically going to blame it on the defensive coordinator," he said. "Because sometimes in football as a fan, they don't really know football. So when they see guys being cut loose they think `Oh, it's the defensive coordinator's fault.' Really it's the execution from the players. I think we have to do a better job of having his back in the games. Outside people, they don't really know what's going on, don't know football to be honest."

"I feel like coach D'Onofrio calls great games. It's up to the players to execute."

Howard said D'Onofrio is "a great teacher."

"He knows the game in and out," Howard said. "He's taught me a lot about football since I got here. I think he does a great job telling us what to do and where to be at. And not just him, all the coaches. They relay it to us the best way possible.

"I get mad because I feel like if anything he calls great games. To be honest the fans should be more loyal. When we were 7-0 they were all happy. Now they want him out on his back. But that's the way football goes. I understand it. I'm not mad or anything. But I feel like they're being too hard.

"They're saying all type of crazy things about him. They're acting like we're a .500 team or something. We're not a .500 team. I feel like he calls great games. If they really understood football they might understand that."

Golden said flatly any decisions made on defense, offense or special teams -- from scheme on down -- basically go through him.

"I wasn't listening when people loved him either," Golden said of the critics. "It's always about change. You asked what has changed on defense. It was the discipline in making tough decisions not to change, to stay with it and do all the little things. Do we need to play better on defense than we did last week? There's no question. Absolutely, no question. Did we put them -did we put them in the worst position you have to be in as a defensive coordinator [with the turnovers]? Absolutely we did that.

"If people are upset with a coach or position - because we got them all this week. We heard we've got to catch the ball better. We got every email you can get. At the end of the day it's my responsibility. There's nothing that goes on in this building that I do not approve or sign off on, co-sign. At the end of the day I know that we have to fix a lot of things. I'm as disappointed as anybody in that loss, equally disappointed in the way it transpired. It's important we continue the continuity, and just move forward, keep pushing forward. It hasn't been easy. As a staff and organization let's push forward. And we do have handcuffs off with recruiting. My first recruiting class was six weeks. The next two years were hell [with the NCAA investigation]. It's time to move forward. We got to stop talking about all this other stuff and start focusing on Duke."

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Ding-Dong Haters,

We have a special delivery note for you:

"The fans outside, they see the players messing up so they are automatically going to blame it on the defensive coordinator," he said. "Because sometimes in football as a fan, they don't really know football. So when they see guys being cut loose they think `Oh, it's the defensive coordinator's fault.' Really it's the execution from the players. I think we have to do a better job of having his back in the games. Outside people, they don't really know what's going on, don't know football to be honest."

Laughing at the Haters!!

AL GOLDEN IS THE BEST COACH IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!

I only hope that the players and coaches realize that far more of the fans support them one hundred percent than the vocal ones doing all the whining. I suppose every school goes through this. I heard boos watching the Florida game Saturday as well and have heard the fans boo at FSU in the past. Just focus on closing out the rest of the year with more victories and remember that "It Is Great To Be A Miami Hurricane!!"

Bro, Howard was the softest defender of them all last Saturday playing on his heels trying to avoid contact as much as possible.

And as for the boos, it came when Morris ran out of bounds when nobody was near him to make a tackle. He could have easily gotten an extra 5 yards. The boos are also directed to the play calling of Coley.

No adjustments by the coaches the past 4 weeks. Terrible football all the way around. We are loyal fans, but we will let you know when we are not happy with what is being displayed.

Stop being so sensitive about boos and make some tackles, Howard!

Of all the games to boo Morris, the Va. Tech game was not the one. As Golden articulated, he played very well for most of the game and was not the reason they lost. They lost because of horrible defense, the fumbles, botched punt, and lack of running game. If the defense played well, they could have overcome the miscues.

I'm surprised Howard called out the fans. He grew up in Miami and played high school football in Miami, where they boo the players there too. If you don't want to get booed, you can either play better or go to a program that doesn't care how poorly you play or gives you a trophy just for playing. The booing should toughen you up not make you crawl into a hole.

BigD, I wasn't at the game, but if that was the only time Morris was booed then this should be a non-story.

I can honestly say I have seen more Hurricane games than any fan here since 1981. I WENT to UM and watched it all unfold and then unravel. Al is the man to turn this around. We are still 2 years away. Let the process unfold and try to avoid judging it in the middle of the process. We will get there but it takes time and will make us further appreciate what Howard, Jimmy, Dennis and Coker did here.

One last thing: You DO NOT boo an 18-22 year old amateur athlete in any sport. Buying a ticket to a Cane game does not entitle you to be a jackass. Lose the emotion of the situation and support our boys. It's just a matter of time. Trust the process.

Calvin, HTC,

So which is it going to be, use the recruiting excuse or "stop talking about all this other stuff"

LMAO, I told you the homie is losing it. Al, I ain't mad at cha, you only played the game how it was supposed to be played. Had your groupies up in arms about someone else wanting to hire you. LOL imagine that, they bit big dawg, you paid. But you can't change the fact that you are .500 coach in charge of the 500 CLUB defense.

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And we do have handcuffs off with recruiting. My first recruiting class was six weeks. The next two years were hell [with the NCAA investigation]. It's time to move forward. We got to stop talking about all this other stuff and start focusing on Duke."

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Did we put them -did we put them in the worst position you have to be in as a defensive coordinator [with the turnovers]? Absolutely we did that.

How many turnovers did we have in the second half? What improved about the defense? GTFOH

AL, you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all the time.

New phrase of the week..."cut a guy loose".

Ok I'll give our guys credit on they should have made the tackle on the 3rd and 17 touchdown. So if they make that take that means vtech gets 3 points instead off 7 making the score 38 and not 42. They gain 10 yards instead of 30+ and their total O is still over 500 yards for the game, and Logan Thomas's completion %%% is still a seasons best!

In the end the defense is still terrible vs average teams PERIOD!

And AG is right it is HIS bend and suposedly don't break scheme from Penn St, to UVA, to temple, and now in Coral Gables.

Have to agree.....WE LOST BECAUSE OF SPECIAL TEAMS.....GOLDEN IS THE COACH OF THAT PART....Not sure how you have two freshman retuning kicks in the rain....WHEN WE HAVE NOT PLAYED IN RAIN ALL SEASON....perhaps some seniors with experience who know this isn't "sandlot" football anymore. I personally would have placed more emphasis on protecting the ball then trying to break one long.

Hurns could have been back there....Clements as well.

Just because we complain about obvious inferior play is our right for supporting our team. As a fan of The U for over 50 years last weeks loss was embarrassing. The whole game VT were running the same plays with the same results ie. soft coverage, missed tackles and no pressure on their bad QB. If this team continues to play like this we will be lucky if we win another game this year. With that said, I still love my Canes!

Call me crazy but I'm 45 years old,if you have an issue with me I will address it like a man.
I will not have my boss(Golden) or players address it for me.

D'Onofrio needs to man up,take the heat and show he is a true leader and maybe, just maybe the players will stand up for him, make less mistakes and fans may lay off for a few weeks.

Nash bingo bruh

If Golden is signing off for the scheme ect.. and not makijg adjustments either, wel heneess to go too

New phrase of the week..."cut a guy loose".

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Yea, they eliminated "freelancing" because everybody was on to that one.

So if they make that take that means vtech gets 3 points instead off 7 making the score 38 and not 42. They gain 10 yards instead of 30+ and their total O is still over 500 yards for the game, and Logan Thomas's completion %%% is still a seasons best!

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Not to mention Tech just ran the ball there at the end to run out the clock. Both Tech and FSU could've easily had 600+ yards if they wanted to.

The turnovers hurt, but the defense didn't have to give up a touchdown after each turnover. Like it or not, next year's defense, at least on the line of scrimmage, will probably be worse. No big time D-tackles have been recruited in 3 years. 3 of the 4 rotating tackles will be gone. There's not a lot of talent behind them. The secondary should be improved, but I don't know about the linebackers. I think Perryman may be gone next year. There's going to be a lot of criticism next year, just like this year.

I stand with Al Golden. We spotted VT 21 points. Our defense had to pkay with their back against the wall and our Offense never even touched the field because the turn overs were all on special teams. If your mad at Golden, then just stop watching. Go watch a different sport or a different team because your not welcome here. Last year we went 7-5. This year we are 7-2 woth 3 games left. I support my players and coach. We winn the next 3 games and we end up 10-2. Wow, that would be a great improvement from last year. It is a process and takes time. If your to impatient to let it happen then go find another team. We are bbringing in a top 5 recruiting class. We are building. People forget that FSU wasnt good for several year but they built their talent without their fans questioning every move the coach made. Get over yourselves, those complaining really don't know about building a team from scratch. Goldden has built teams before. I LOVE OUR COACH. Win out, 10-2. That is both a successful 10 win season and a three game improvement from last year. 9-3 would even be an improvement and continue building.

Well said Tim.

Bro, Howard was the softest defender of them all last Saturday playing on his heels trying to avoid contact as much as possible.

Yes i saw the same...Howard was scared.

Talent was the issue vs Florida state. It should not be the issue vs horrible offenses like north carolina, wake forest, Virginia, and Va tech. Our defense is poorly coached! End of story!

Last two weeks have been disappointing. Obviously the turnovers were a big part but they didn't have to turn into touchdowns. Our defense was awful. Wide open recievers on third down taking short passes and running downfield. Lack of tackling killed us. I thought I was watching last years defense. Pretty obvious we got outcoached. I hope we can beat Duke.

Posted by: True Cane | November 12, 2013 at 03:04 PM

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Hey tough guy, a 19 year old kid just slapped the white out of your mouth. Why don't you ride on down to the campus and tell the kid face-to-face that you are right and he is wrong. I didn't think sooooo!!!!!!

Laughing at the Haters!!

Sorry but this is the one and only area where Al Golden is either being dishonest or is oblivious to the situation.

"I wasn't listening when people loved him either"

Nobody in Miami has ever loved coach D'Onofrio and for logical, self-evident reasons. Most fans think that he's a bad fit here in Miami, with a bend-but-don't-break defense that doesn't mesh with the type of players UM recruits. It doesn't bring pressure, doesn't allow for players to make instinctive reads, depends on solid tackling and EVERY player knowing exactly where they need to be on EVERY play.

It seems like a bad fit, period. And that's is completely supported by the numbers, Miami's defense has been horrible since D'Onofrio's been in charge.

I'm one who completely supports Al Golden and think he's done a great job, despite his poor win-loss record. But he's either not telling the truth or just clueless when it comes to his best friend, D'Onofrio. When he's asked about it Golden sounds like he's either in denial about the product or else digging deep to make every excuse in the book for his friend (which he does NOT do in any other aspect of his job).

To me, it is unfortunately a deal breaker. Golden's a great coach and the right man to lead the program but he can't do it with his friend. If he won't fire D'Onofrio, it's sad to say but he's not the right man for the job, because it's hard to imagine Miami will ever be successful with D'Onofrio as coordinator.

Great post Tim...Keep them coming!!

Tim not only do I stand with you. I endorse 100% your posting.

But I would add 1 comment.

What benefit did BOOOing did you derive other than give a sense of Negative Satisfaction to YOU the person BOOOing indicating your displeasure?

It did not help the team, players, Coaches or anyone.
It made you the person BOOing look like a Loser.

The Team as I have said needs our Support.

I attended the 'U' and I am sure that when our players are in class the students learning with them to a Man probably said "We got your back, don't worry we are all 'Canes. Go out and play hard." No one is deriding or booing them

Good point these are "Student Athletes".

The price of a ticket does not mean, act like an idiot.
How would you as a parent of a player sitting there like to hear your kid being BOO'd after working hard to make the team. It would hurt.

In closing. Let us not forget these are the same players we are hoping to win out the rest of the games!!.

Support our Team or STHUp.
Go 'Canes

Since when is a turnover in the opposing team's territory "spotting" them a touchdown? I'll give you the botched punt, but both fumbles occurred in VT territory. VT still went over 50 yards on both of the drives subsequent to the fumbles to score their TDs.

Other than VT's first drive, Miami could not stop them all game. VT ran the same attack that Maryland, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina, and others have run against the soft bend don't break defense for the past 3 years. How many times have we seen an opposing quarterback complete 80% of his passes against UM the past three years and have "career" days? I don't see how anyone can stick up for D'O...

CWhat a bunch of garbage. First, I don't agree with booing your team at a game. That's just me, OK, but if you don't like it, do better. Do they really think watching our team get destroyed is OK, and we should just sit there and not be mad. C'mon coach?, man up and as you say FIX IT

Also, not to beat a dead horse, but this philosophy only works if the opposing team messes up (turns the ball over, misses a wide open receiver, has a false start or holding call). You are leaving the game in your opponent's hands rather than trying to win the game yourself. It is the equivalent of a baseline tennis player with no shot making ability who just hits the ball over the net and prays that his opponent makes an unforced error. Maybe you will win a couple of matches but you will never win a championship.

This is what the herald is all about. Stir up anything to create controversy. Manny is the worst. I would think if anyone was booing it would be because we got whipped by an average at best team at home with the same look we SUFFERED through all last year. The saddest part is Golden won't bend and make necessary changes. The whole program suffers with that attitude.

Einhorn - great post.

Golden is correct about ultimate responsibility.
So fix it and produce againsr quality opponents.

I am glad Tracy is defending the DC. That is one player that has done so. The secondary coverages have been beyond terrible for a number of years. Last week was a prime disaster.

Fans are not doofuses when it comes to football, schemes, player choice, motivation and execution. There are many that are sharp and knowledgable, including a large number on this blog. Many have played ball.

Fact is that last week's uninspired, losing performance is unacceptable. Period. Any Cane fan wants more from their team and for the UM.

Go Canes!

Is our talent really that bad? For the past ten years even under Shannon miami has consistently recruited top 25 classes something no else in the acc but fsu can say. So why are fans so obsessed about saying our talent is bad. Granted its not fsu level but do you guys really truly believe we don't have the talent of vt, gt, wake, unc? We beat gt, wake, and unc bc of superior talent bc by the end of the game our talent took over not scheme. Every game besides wake it was obvious to see our players were bigger stronger and more skilled but the opposition always out schemed us. You could say we are beating teams bc of our talent despite the schemes the coaches are running. So can anyone really provide evidence that our talent is so subpar that we can't dominate a team like wake?

First off, if you get beat by the other teams best player that is horrible defensive cooridnating. Double team that player and make the other players on that squad beat you. Look at the close games again and tell me that we did that. Nope! The best players gashed us and we did nothing to stop them . So yeah its up to the d. Co to game plan for that. I'm not blessed off on this lets sit in zone coverage and let them pass underneath cause I'm scared of getting beat deep... when you can't tackle short passes hurt more than those 1 or 2 deep balls. GO canes for life win or lose

This is college ball not pro ball Coach Golden and I get backing up your players and all but you don't get to keep saying we will look at film and fix it. It is to late!! You had a chance to do something great this season and the big hurdle was getting past a VT that isn't that good. I get all the stats you are throwing out and I'm no expert but I can tell Morris is lost. He looks for the long ball all of the time and when he throws the short pass it is either high, under thrown or not in stride. Sorry but your QB is not playing good enough bottom line and when you get beat by the same crossing pattern all night long....That is coaching!!

I mean every game except fsu

Trash . Every single game the underneath is completely open. Thats coaching. And if players are still missing assignmentd after 3 years...thats coaching. Donofrio needs to go. I think its wrong to ask players what they think if their coaches playcslling. What is he going to do? Say he doesnt think his coach calls a good game? Is he supposed to critisize the guy thats in charge of giving him play time which is basically this kids future livelihood? Howard did the right thing, now golden should do the right thing and "cut his man loose.`

Hey I can take loses, I won't accept beat down Coach. Make changes.

To me, it is unfortunately a deal breaker. Golden's a great coach and the right man to lead the program but he can't do it with his friend. If he won't fire D'Onofrio, it's sad to say but he's not the right man for the job, because it's hard to imagine Miami will ever be successful with D'Onofrio as coordinator.

Posted by: Lt. Lois Einhorn | November 12, 2013 at 03:43 PM

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Spoken like an INDEPENDENT-MINDED, free thinker of the Orange nd' Green sort! hUh

FWIW... I've been a harsh CRITIC of one Mark D'Onofrio since the game against that major college football POWER, Maryland back in 2010.

Yeah, yeah the Canes were missing 3 defensive starter's and what not. But that's no lame arse excuse. Especially when said team's CB are playing 8-10 YARDS off the wide-out's.

By that way, that TRADITIONAL, college football juggernaut Turtles only WON TWO games during the 2011 season.

And Maryland's two victories were against U Know Who and I-AA TOWSON ST!!

Chit, Maryland was so terrible that Miami, Florida still should have won that road game. Even with 8 Hurricane players A.W.O.L.

But that's neither here or there now.

Posted by: jsy | November 12, 2013 at 04:02 PM
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Mr. JSY, these Golden and D'Onofrio apologists say Miami, Florida's current RS-juniors and Seniors are bad, because they have some sort of DEEP-SEATED " hate " towards one Randy Shannon. Go bloody figure.

I don't know, maybe Coach Shannon didn't give approximately SIXTY PERCENT of said Hurricane fan-dom an autograph or some other mundane gesture.

Oh, I recall a Cane squad with numerous INEXPERIENCED RS-freshmen and TRUE freshmen going into Gainsville in " 2008 " and playing a COMPETETIVE game!

Chit, even both Corso and Herbie were literally DUMBFOUNDED for THREE QUARTER's!! LOL

Matter of fact, and correct me if I'm wrong, but Coach Shannon STARTED 3/4 true freshmen against a Heisman Trophy QB.

Again, it's all about the current defensive personnel and the bloody SCHEMES. hUh

It's just a bloody shame it's been that way for nearly 3 seasons regarding the D-unit.

I agree Sunny Dee I am a 30 year Cane fan and to watch this team play defense is like watching a division 2 team, this is right down embarrassing, Howard taking up for Dumbtonio, lets wait and see if some other players jump on or steer the other direction....NOW I SAY THE TEAM WILL START TO SLIT.....BUT HEY IF WE BEAT DUKE AND THEN THE NUMNUTS WILL SAY 9WE JUST BEAT A GREAT TEAM LMFAO)

SPLIT>>>>SORRY ABOVE

Posted by: jesse jasper | November 12, 2013 at 04:02 PM
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What's so DISHEARTENING is a SHORT, LIGHT-WEIGHT, walk-on, wide-out probably had his BEST GAME of the SEASON up to now! Chit, I believe he was a 2-Star prep player and what not.

In other words, Va. Tech's offensive coordinator put this WALK-ON kid in the best possible SITUATION to succeed.

And Cane partisans, that's COACHING!! No if's, but's or maybe's. Get outta' here, U bandwagon, HATER!!

Howard I have the game recorded, dude U basically ran away from the tackles, they he was scared of getting ran over.....WATCH IT

Is their any way we can check and see if the players we are recruiting, were girls switched over to boys....

There is a better thing that Al Golden can do, quit. I do not foresee Al Golden providing better results. He should not receive boos, but termination.

I promised to wait until this season, of ten plus wins, was completed to again state the facts of Al Golden's failure. He has not defeated a better team, ever. Nor has he not received a season without multiple losses to lesser teams.

Agree BigD Howard seems like he is a little sensitive, Dolphin player crying and now Howard needs a tissue, and then U have Lebron flopping like a fish out of water....HAS LEBRON CAUSED SOUTH FLORIDA TO GO SOFT.....BET YOUR SAS....JUST SWITCH THE LETTERS

My bad... U'all loyal, Hurricane fan-dom.

I'm probably PROJECTING my frustrations, edginess and testiness regarding last Saturday's game and U Know Who. hUh

Have to agree.....WE LOST BECAUSE OF SPECIAL TEAMS.....GOLDEN IS THE COACH OF THAT PART....Not sure how you have two freshman retuning kicks in the rain....WHEN WE HAVE NOT PLAYED IN RAIN ALL SEASON....perhaps some seniors with experience who know this isn't "sandlot" football anymore. I personally would have placed more emphasis on protecting the ball then trying to break one long.

Hurns could have been back there....Clements as well.



Posted by: Go Canes!! | November 12, 2013 at 03:14 PM

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Hindsight is always 20-20. The two kids made fantastic returns, but unfortunately on one play the V-Tech punter got lucky and his helmet hit perfectly on the ball, which dislodged it. On the other great return the kid was simply concentrating more on the run than ball control. Young player make mistakes...either you play them knowing it is a gamble or you don't, which in Miami's case it would have meant less talent on the field or risking injury to a already thin receiving corps.

And YOU "personally" putting more emphasis on ball control I hope is your attempt at making a joke...a bad joke, but a joke all the same! Of course had the returns all been very short or had a receiver been injured you would be "personally" putting more emphasis on returns and slamming Golden for not playing the freshmen.

Had neither kid fumbled not one hater would be giving credit to Al Golden for the two great returns.

AL GOLDEN IS THE BEST COACH IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND TRACY HOWARD SLAPPED THE HATERS RIGHT IN THE MOUTH!!

Ron Zook is Al Golden's agent

Lebron has caused South Florida to go soft FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOP

AL GOLDEN IS THE BEST COACH IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND TRACY HOWARD SLAPPED THE HATERS RIGHT IN THE MOUTH!!

Posted by: Ron Zook | November 12, 2013 at 05:13 PM

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Not according to a recent ESPN A.C.C. poll which had fan-dom voting on the Head Coach of the Year in the A.C.C.

Yeah, yeah it's not a valid scientific poll and what not. So what!

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