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VIDEO: Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio talks Duke mistakes

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no need to watch.

gah! I couldn't help myself! LOLOL!
Awwww, poor D'NO!

I believe in yewwwwwww! Great interview!

if they're not doing their jobs it means they're not learning, if they're not learning, that means the coaches aren't ocaching......GTFOH Penn State shower boy

It's obvious that there is a disconnect between Coach D and his players. They are unable or unwilling to follow his instructions, reading keys, etc. For whatever reason, they are unable to carry out their responsibilities dictated by this scheme. It's not going to just get better at this point. Broken coverages, plays, etc. continue on a regular basis. If you can't reach your players, you can't coach. I feel confident he will leave at the end of the year without being dismissed.

rboud, I hope you are right.

This guys is tiresome with his criticism of the players. Our defense is not developing and he will turn off potential recruits. And he ought to get on the field with his guys, motivate and encourage them, instead of sitting in the heavens like a critical papa.

Living in the Penn State past with Coach D'Onofrio and Al Golden. Get with it and learn how to coach and develop players in 2013, not incessantly criticize and blame them. You are the primary problem.

The defense has not developed in 10 years and over 5 different defensive coordinators. You don't find that at all coincidental with the overall lack of talent on the defensive side. You think Randy Shannon went from being the top defensive coordinator to a Head Coach overseeing a horrible defense because he forgot how to coach?

Or was it because he no longer had Andrew Williams, Vince Wilfork, Sean Taylor, Jon Vilma, etc., etc., playing for him?

Talent trumps all. You camp out here spouting off about firing the DC, the OC, the Coach and on and on. We are going on 10 years and the only constant has been lack of talent.

Of course, you can't fire players and ranting about getting better recruits isnt' sexy so you fall to the lowest common denominator.

Tell me why Bill Young was a top defensive coordinator, came here and was mediocre, then went to OSU and did very well? You think he had amnesia for one year? Or better players?

As he was explaining in the video, out of camera there was a duke running back still running.....

THIS GUY NEEDS TO BE FIRED...

& forget about the lack of tackling....

these guys are not looking to make contact at the point of impact...grab - grab - grab.....

Fair enough, Jim. Talent obviously is a powerful predictor of success.

But this defense should not be this bad. It does not seem to be learning and developing. To be destroyed at the line of scrimmage and in the underneath passing game year after year may partially be about talent. But it is also about coaching.

Great coaches can get the most out of minimal talent. Poor coaches will get the least, both in terms of scheme and player development. And that is our situation.

Change is needed on both fronts if the 10 year drought is going to be stopped.

Gallo - UM has lacked talent on defense for years, but that doesn't excuse the fact that players are constantly out of position on defense. It's one thing to be in the right place and not make the play. On the other hand, it's not ok to be constantly out of position and have no chance to make the play. I think AJ Highsmith is a great kid and plays his heart out. I have never criticized him or almost any other player. He is almost always where he's supposed to be, but he does lack some of the talent it takes to be really good. At least he's where he's supposed to be on the play and gives it his all.

I agree with Gallo.
There is no substitute for talent.

Speed without focus is speed lost. Weight without being at the right spot working the play is weight lost.

The problem is that we have some talent, but it does not run Deep enough in our rotation to keep the level of play up to where it should be.

The drop off is so monumental that we break down in the second half as the game wears on the players.
They then revert to their "instinct play" freelancing--- which has lost us games.

Part of the rebuild is to get enough talent in to maintain playing levels, and confirm they are strong and smart enough to follow through on game plans..
Go 'Canes

We just got drilt by DUKE and y'all talkin bout talent!

No cane team should be beat by duke, but this one got drilt into the ground and the defense made them put maybe 4 times!

Goohwtbs

Highsmith is not a good example. He was not recruited to play offense, but does OK, all things considered. What bothers me id DunnoToday's JustDunno carefree approach as if the situation isn't dire.

There are no real schemes, no packages, no disguises, nothing on D. No enthusiasm. Kirk Heibstreet said everybody has. The talent is there. Give me 11 scrubs any day with a decent coach and U got a game.

This guy might be better suited for a regular 9 to 5. But not UM football. 'Goldy the same. Give Barrow a chance. Give Kehoe a chance. Talk to Petrino, Schiano, Raheem Morris, heck that offensive genius Mike Martz, Ed Orgeron at USC can motivate people. But looks like he's got the USC job locked up.

And U know what, go and call Dorsey. Yes, that Dorsey.

Highsmith not recruited to play defense. I din't like Dorsey as a player because he was overrated. but as a QB coach I think he gets it right.

This isn't just a talent issue- Tracy Howard, Deon Bush, Tony Chickillo, Denzel Perryman,... these guys were recruited by everyone. Chickillo played his best ball as a freshman, the fact of the matter is these guys are not developing. Either they are bad at learning the defense, or they are not being coached well- I believe it is the latter.

Amazing, dudes still attempting the talent slant to cover for 2.5 million dollars of incompetence.

Well aaah, keep trying to get the players better...uuuummm U know that aaaaah, didn't *put themselves* in the best positions to make plays." --D'No

Just stop the video there.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I rather hear Sara Palin try to explain Quantum Physics than listen to anything about football defenses from this idiot. Donna, the AD and Boosters would do this University the greatest thing since bringing in Schnellingberger. Be proactive and reach out to Kirby Smart ( real DC and learned from the best, Greg Schiano ( can become a Saban with all the talent in this state and his contacts in the NE), Bobby Patrino (say what you want guy knows offense and would bring in a damn good DC), Ed Orgeron (has Miami connection, Cali connection and knows defense). My preference is Schiano because he knows defense, throws stuff at you you're not expecting and accepts nothing but your best and discipline. OH! and he'll hire Dave Wannstadt as his DC. Problem is BUCS gonna hold on to him at least one more year.

The defense has not developed in 10 years and over 5 different defensive coordinators. You don't find that at all coincidental with the overall lack of talent on the defensive side. You think Randy Shannon went from being the top defensive coordinator to a Head Coach overseeing a horrible defense because he forgot how to coach?

Or was it because he no longer had Andrew Williams, Vince Wilfork, Sean Taylor, Jon Vilma, etc., etc., playing for him?

Talent trumps all. You camp out here spouting off about firing the DC, the OC, the Coach and on and on. We are going on 10 years and the only constant has been lack of talent.

Of course, you can't fire players and ranting about getting better recruits isnt' sexy so you fall to the lowest common denominator.

Tell me why Bill Young was a top defensive coordinator, came here and was mediocre, then went to OSU and did very well? You think he had amnesia for one year? Or better players?

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Great Post!

And the good news is for the first time in 10 years help is on the way with Big Al's top 3 recruiting class.

Golden on his role w/defense: "I'm going to keep saying it, I'm involved in every aspect of football here. I'm responsible for it all.


I din't like Dorsey as a player because he was overrated. but as a QB coach I think he gets it right.

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | November 19, 2013 at 03:22 PM

^^^^^^^^^^

Just remember Cool Cat is one of the chief haters...and then consider he believes Ken Dorsey was overrated. I rest my case!!

I'm so tired about hearing scheme, scheme, scheme. If scheme was the answer, EVERYBODY WOULD BE DOING THE SAME THING!! I've said it before, if your roster is littered with Clydesdales, you dont run them in the Derby, and you don't ask a thoroughbred to pull a beer wagon. You keep asking "where's the improvement?" Has it ever dawned on anyone that they have peaked? THEY ARE NOT GETTING ANY BETTER! Hard work can only beat talent if talent ain't working hard. You can sit there and paint for a week straight, but if you ain't Picasso, it's still gonna be crap! The coaches, good or bad, see these guys everyday of the week on a practice field. Why don't they play man? Because THEY CANT!! Stop deluding yourself into thinking that A better coach would be doing a better job. Where is the call to fire Beamer? He's lost half of the last twenty games he's coached. All of a sudden he sucks? He DOESNT HAVE The HORSES!!! And neither do U!

A better coach can do a better job, because, wait for it, wait for it.....he's a better coach

"I'd rather hear Sara Palin try to explain Quantum Physics than listen to anything about football defenses from this idiot."

ZOMFG! THAT ^^ had me laughing out loud. Line of the year regarding UM FB! nice, Tampa, nice!

Sigh, our defense sucks and it will suck. Amen.


"Posted by: Nash | November 19, 2013 at 03:20 PM"

You are right, Nash. No team should be drilled by Duke unless it is utterly lacking in talent. Then you have a problem.

Or do you subscribe to the notion that Frank Beamer forgot how to coach two weeks ago when VaTech lost to Duke, then remembered against the Canes, then forgot again against Maryland?

How about Mack Brown? Bob Stoops? Muscrap?

Or the best recent example, Gene Chizik. Did he forget how to coach over the course of 9 months after winning the NC or did he have a team without Cam Newton and Nick Fairley?

"Scheme" is what people who have never played the game yell.

Q: Do you know how many run plays the Dallas Cowboys ran under Jimmie on offense?

A: 4. They didn't need any "scheme" because they had better players.

Effort can beat talent (see 1983 Hurricanes). But motivated talent beats effort every time (see 1987 Hurricanes).

If the '83 Canes played Nebraska 10 times, Miami wins maybe twice. That's it.

"Earlier in the year we were able to generate that sub pattern," D'Onofrio said. "We have to make sure we stick to it, do a better of that and give our guys a better chance to finish at the end."

Why do we need a sub pattern to go on? Why not play your best four DL and go the entire game with that group until he taps out of the game? Rotating players isn't necessarily the answer...even though I hate to say this, but in our past (the great "U" days), how many times did our best players come out of the game from the DL? I don't recall Warren Sapp, Cortiz, Stubbs, Maderrezs, Maryland, Wilfork, and a host of other DL who started ever coming out of the game every three or four plays. Pick your best five DL and go from there and the rest should compete during the week to get that honor of starting and staying in the game until finished. What is the problem here? Let me give you four to start and finish with and as the D coordinator, you can go from that starting point: Porter, Kamalu, Muhammad, and Gilbert. The mass substitutions on DL and giving every player playing time doesn't work; either you start or you don't. There is no way a player can get in a grove if he doesn't get the reps to establish an opposing players habits during the game. He can watch all the film that's presented, but game day is what determines how a player will react. Also, it is when Coordinators make adjustments to the schemes that were developed based on game film; if the games present something different during the competition, adjust fire and keep it moving. Our coachs fail to make proper adjustments during the game as evidenced by so many RBs and TEs running wide open on consecutive plays. This is too simple. As for fundamentals, dude, if these players have not learned how to play fundamental football after three years under your leadership; pack it in and call it quits b/c they will never get what you are trying to impart to them. It's NOT working - PERIOD.

" I don't recall Warren Sapp, Cortiz, Stubbs, Maderrezs, Maryland, Wilfork, and a host of other DL who started ever coming out of the game every three or four plays."

Not true. Look at all the guys they had rotating. In addition to the ones you mentioned, Greg Mark, Bill Hawkins, Kevin Patrick, Mark Caesar, Shane Curry, Anthony Hamlet, Darrin Krein, do I need to go on.

Almost to a man they played in the NFL or were All Americans or Conference first teamers.

Even a Pig like the Curse could have coached these guys. Talent wins, ladies. Go cry about firing some other DC or OC or coach.

I remember the idiots (probably some of you) who wanted Coker fired after some loss. Once Santana, Andre Johnson, Clinton Portis and crew grew up and had some depth behind them like, I dunnno, someone named Frank Gore or Willis McGahee, he was all of a sudden brilliant OC. Hmmmm, funny how that works.

Oh, how do we lose a football game to a Basketball school? Dang, how low can we go? Never, I mean never, should we (the "U") lose to Duke - we have high school teams (i.e., Booker T, St. Thomas, Miami Central, etc) in South Florida that could compete against and beat Duke football. OMG this is embarrassing to even say or think about. Damn.

HarTubwoman read the post by TGMoney, and Cane89.

They state ideas and opinions, not a DU** a** POST which attacks speech pattern instead of ideas.

Why even post?.
Why look at the video?
You contribute nothing.
Go 'Canes

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WHEN IS THIS GUY GOING TO BE FIRED!!!!! FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS MIAMI HURRICANES HAVE HAD THE WORST DEFENSE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND NOW YOUR BLAMING THE KIDS....IT'S YOU AND YOUR SCHEMES....
FIRE" D'Onofrio.......PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

Talent and coaching is much better than what this team is receiving. Duke was not more talented. Virginia Tech was not more talented. Maryland is definitely less talented. But they out-coached Virginia Tech on the road. They all make adjustments during the games and get success from it. That does not happen here with Al Golden's coaching at Miami.

La, Dee, Dee... La, Dee, Dah... It's the SAME ol' bloody MANTRA!! Nothing more, nothing less.

And only the CS/eoth ZOMBIE's say give their beloved Golden nd' D'Onofrio MORE time. hUh

Never the less, at least CHAMPCANE and like-minded loyal, Hurricane fan-dom HAVEN'T been SEDUCED by the D'Onofrio and Golden MANTRA...

" Ohm, Ohm, Ohm... give us more time. Ohm, Ohm, Ohm... we don't have no talent. "

" Ohm, Ohm, Ohm... ain't no one making tackles. Ohm, Ohm, Ohm... give us more time. "

Again, La, Dee, Dee... La, Dee, Dah. It's the same ol' song with THEE Carpetbagger's.

Regarding their BELOVED Goldie and Marky Mark's defense in PROCESS.

What a FOOL BELIEVES... SEE 50% of the SOUP'er/86cane CLONES and approximately 50% of the eoth CLONES.

Dorsey has gone down as the most overrated player at UM to don the green and orange. But as the QB coach at Carolina, I like him and would give him a chance as UM coach, maybe OC. His coaching process is the complete, exact opposite of what he did on he filed at UM.

Jim Gallo: Pls read the message before responding idiotically. I never mentioned firing D No, but actually made a comment about fundamentals and playing players full term. More so, the reference I made to "a host to other DLs" actually drew inferences to players like Johnson, Jerome Brown, Jerome McDougle and etc. My point was that let your best four DL start and adjust around those players as the game goes forward. Don't try to make sense of something that you may not fully understand or appreciate; to degrade or devalue an opinion that you may not support is immature and suspect.

We got the DL lined up, but that's all. We got no penetration, no rush to the QB. Players are out of place. Not in position to make plays.

How R QB's able to run right up the middle and score? Where is Kelvin Cain? Why are the DB's so far off the ball? Aren't they quick enough to play man?

SM is not a short yardage QB. That's why he struggles with screens. There is still not enough FB and TE usage in the O. This is a big time college football program and with a storied history, but this regime seems to not want to respect that.

In the DC interview, he didn't say much about schemes, packages, blitzes, disguises, etc. That tells me something right there.

In the DC interview, he didn't say much about schemes, packages, blitzes, disguises, etc. That tells me something right there.

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | November 19, 2013 at 05:26 PM
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Well dUh... D'Onofrio INTENTIONALLY didn't mention both Goldie and his schemes and ploys, because those defensive PARADIGM'S absolutely STINK!!

And now, y'all Golden and D'Onofrio apologists have REAPED WHAT YOU'VE SOWED!!

HarTubwoman read the post by TGMoney, and Cane89.

They state ideas and opinions, not a DU** a** POST which attacks speech pattern instead of ideas.

Why even post?.
Why look at the video?
You contribute nothing.
Go 'Canes

Posted by: UGoCane | November 19, 2013 at 04:34 PM

And all U do is hear and obey like a puppy dog.

Never made ONE decision in your life.

Everything u believe and hold to be true is a complete fallacy--go down the list and you'll see your pattern of being a total robot and puppet for any and everyone who wants to make $ off of your allegiance to nothingness.

Again complete "get in line...like the rest of Us" mentality to yourself

Employment doesn't entail Prowess-- sorry apologist-live on your lies but don't get upset because I choose not to.

These coaches don't come before the U...period...no matter how much and often U and others attempt to spin it.

He can't coach and its his defense--U are going to hear that truth everyday here--deal with it.

I've explained the whole UM 10 years of mediocrity frontwards and backwards, if U believe thats not contributing then thats subjective and your opinion. I'll tell U this--U won't find my opinion anywhere else, its easy to regurgitate Chris Freet and Blake James's press memos, but try to produce an original idea for once or critically think. What U and I consider "a contribution" is two totally different things.

The truth is never popular to minion like yourself. F' the status quo and prevailing sentiment U spew daily. Fall back--its a Canes Thing!

BTW, my post did (and always do) question ideas.

Did U notice the stars** around "*put themselves* in positions to make plays"???

Now whose job is that? And when the kids do it--they're benched for "free-lancing"

Golden and D'No have Us both ways on every topic imaginable but keep protecting them with the little Cane integrity U have left.

I support the players that brought Us 5 NC's with 4 different coaches!

What PRECEDES tackling?

Reads and coverage

Who teaches all three skills especially the latter

The DC and HC that used to be a DC.

If our secondary is taught to allow catches underneath and not challenge completions, then that forces them to tackle perfectly in space against slot receivers and TEs in full stride all game long. NO "HORSIE" can do that for 60 minutes straight especially when its offense scores in 1 minute on average.

See its really that easy--owned in 10 minutes flat!

Defense Back coach is from Temple as well whats that tell you, the boys are out of their league and Golden thinks it will work it wont, defense needs to all be fired bring a hardnosed coach who knows football, stop playing games wasting time with this Mark crap fire him.

The bishop of the worst package deal in the history of UM football. Looks like he's been on a three day bender, listening to his drivel cause UM players to struggle with UNC and Wake and get blown out against their rival, on homecoming and to Duke, in football. I'll save my brain cells from the stupefying effect of this loser's voice.

not one time did i hear him say he is responsible for anything. its the players, the players, the players. Dnofrio is not a leader.


We just got drilt by DUKE and y'all talkin bout talent!

No cane team should be beat by duke, but this one got drilt into the ground and the defense made them put maybe 4 times!

Goohwtbs

Posted by: Nash | November 19, 2013 at 03:20 PM

This is the funniest post I've read on here in forever! Nash, you nailed it buddy! We got "drilt" by... DUKE! These players probably checked out, which is why you have "changes" to the depth chart. Come on, maaaan! The players know that what happened in Durham was an embarrassment beyond anything they ever imagined could happen to them at UM. The only thing that they can hope for is that they got "drilt" by the future ACC coastal champions.

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why didnt the reporters ask Dnofrio about the goal line stance. Duke is at the 2 yard line in a power formation with like 7 guys in tight so they can run the ball up the middle. miami had 3 guys on the line with 3 more standing in the middle of the end zone as if the are expecting pass. 3 against 7, miami didnt stand a chance. if i can see that why didnt Dnofrio see it or take responsibility for failings like that, those are coach only failures.

"I'm very impressed with David Watford from Virginia. He's 60 percent completion percentage, is doing a great job, escapability, can run. Obviously Jake McGee at tight end has played well, Kevin Parks has done a great job running the ball and being downhill. … very active on defense. Top 20 in takeaways, sacks are up, third down percentage is down. They're doing a very nice job. Eli Harold is doing a great job for them, 11 tackles for losses; Henry Coley, strong inside. On the back end (Anthony) Harris leads the country with interceptions. It's going to be a great challenge for us on Saturday."

I took this from Al's statement to Rivals about the game against UVA coming up this weekend. Sounds like he's setting us for the okie doke; are we to expect another beat down from a team like UVA? Please, how many times did we hear Jimmy Johnson or Erickson speak this highly of any team before a game? We (the "U") should be saying to our team it doesn't matter what is on the otherside of the ball, it's what we have to offer that matters. Who cares about Watford; we have Portis to get after him. Who cares about UVA's WRs; we have Howard to shut him down. That's what should be stated in the papers and media. PERIOD.

Anyone who thinks talent trumps coaching is an idiot. You fools are basically saying the only way to stop Duke's highschool like offense is to have a roster full of future NFL hall of famers. Good luck you football ignorants.

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