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VIDEO: D'Onofrio addresses defensive struggles against Virginia Tech; players react

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Zook, you're wrong, buddy. This is the exact same team as last year. Exact same team.

We were blinded by the early wins against a bad UF team and some really weak scheduling to start the year. We all knew the schedule was weak even before the season started. We wanted to believe that real progress had been made.

It really hasn't. Our strength and conditioning did get better. Some players developed a bit. We showed some grit in tough wins to mediocre oppenents, but the reality is: once we got our psyches rattled as a team, the coaching schemes have yielded to their true deficiencies...

This is the exact same team as last year. The process is the same - coaches' words - and that process is now yielding its fruits.

I don't care how you try to spin it, that game should not have gone the way it did last night. The numbers don't lie. Look at the defensive numbers since we got into playing teams that had half a team.
Granted, we showed up to play against UF, but it's now glaringly apparent that our defense looked good for the combination of being amped, prepared, and up against a historically bad, but healthy UF offense.

EVERY team since usf, has slowly, inexorably exposed our defensive scheme for what it is: Garbage.

DNO really, really needs to go. We are stuck with AG for the indefinite future - you are correct.

Coley as OC? fine, give him two more years, with a qb to develop who can use the middle - he gets that pass, but DNO? no good. bad.

Golden needs to make the right business decision.


Zook,

We have enough talent to beat VT. How can you explain getting whipped by basically the same score, at home, on homecoming? I don't know how it looked on TV, but there were receivers wide open on 3rd down all night.

It was fair to give the staff this season to make it to the ACC Championship game. If we don't accomplish that and finish out of the top 25, how to you defend them?

Posted by: Canesjunkie | November 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

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Canesjunkie,

After the last coaching regime and the NCAA beat-down this team is understandably still woefully undermanned. I have known from day one that this year's team was undermanned. And if you reread my posts going into last nights game you will notice that there were no bold predictions as I was very concerned that the Canes tank was empty...it was!

Was I frustrated last night? The answer is a resounding yes!!! But, last night you witnessed a team that has given their all and simply ran out of gas. That is why in my view you saw so many mental mistakes. That said, do I agree with what I see concerning the defense...no!

Am I worried about next weeks game after watching the defense last night. Check the yes box! Do I at times pull my hair out based on some of Stephen Morris's decisions? Another yes check mark. But, I also marvel at some of the throws he makes that are unquestionably NFL caliber. Was losing Duke Johnson a big deal? In my view he was the single biggest loss the Canes could have had. Last night you saw on many plays where Duke would have ripped off a 10, 20 or 30 yard runs that were held to no gain or very little yardage. Had Duke been in there the passing game would have been considerably more effective. Did I think Coley's play calling was conservative? Hell yes I did! Yet, a very good Bud Foster defense will dictate those calls.

Canesjunkie, the Haters who refuse to look at what our program has suffered through and were hating even when we were 7 and 0 rejoice in the Canes losing. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy that feeds on itself and has the ability to insure the Canes don't improve as recruits will conclude as they did during the Coker and Shannon era they don't want to be a part of a program where the fans hate very aspect of it.

I can't tell you how to think, but I would suggest that you look to the future as I believe to my very core that Al Golden has our football program on a winning track and will deliver championships in the near future.

Posted by: Ron Zook | November 10, 2013 at 01:08 PM

If D'no stays then that is what will perpetuate the "self-fulfilling prophecy".

D'No must go. He's in over his head.

I don't question for a second that if Al Golden thought firing D'Onofrio was the answer, he would do it without blinking twice. This business is too competitive not to make that decision if it's the right one for the program. Unfortunately, firing coaches isn't the answer in this case.


You are a real cane. I trully believe you are Temple fans. No Hurricane fan can except this type of play on a consistent bases week after week and not voice their opinion.

Posted by: canesallnight | November 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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What are you talking about?? "No Canes fan can except this type of play?" Before Al Golden the Canes had gone almost a decade being a punch line in the national narrative concerning college football. Seriously, what in the hell are you talking about??!!

Al Golden took over a toxic program in a death spiral that no one took seriously. And as if that wasn't bad enough he was blindsided by an NCAA investigation that was designed to kill the Miami football program for the next 30 years, similar to what they did to SMU.

There is not a college football expert in the country that hasn't marveled and heaped praise on Al Golden for the job he has done. The only place Al Golden is being attacked is on blogs like this by people who simply have no idea what has transpired and what is currently transpiring.

During the upcoming off season you will have the opportunity to witness what the college football world thinks of Al Golden as numerous major football program are going to back-up truck loads of cash and incentives to convince Big Al to lead their program. And if that happens get ready for another decade of bottom dwelling as the Canes will be lucky to get a FIU assistant coach to take the job.

Reality does not collide with the haters on this blog.

You simply don't know what you don't know!


I don't question for a second that if Al Golden thought firing D'Onofrio was the answer, he would do it without blinking twice. This business is too competitive not to make that decision if it's the right one for the program. Unfortunately, firing coaches isn't the answer in this case.

Posted by: Kinetic Cane | November 10, 2013 at 01:17 PM

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Kinetic Cane,

Please keep your enlightening posts coming to a blog filled with blind men.

Zook,

I believe in Golden as a HC, but he's got to realize that a change in staff is required. Dino is woefully inept as a dc. He should be a position coach. Cooley is a bust as the oc.

The whole ncaa arguement doesn't fly against vt. Tech is down this year and they still whipped us. We let them put up FSU-type of points.

Now that is has been well into the season, I was wanting to see how the defense had progressed. It is painfully obvious that we are regressing. Donofrio cannot blame this on lack of players or youthfulness. This is on him. Va Tech was terrible on offense, and we made them look like world beaters. Each game the defense, and offense for that matter, are regressing. With the class that will hopefully be coming in, we need to look for a new DC. This guy plays way to conservative, and if we are going to get beat, at least be more aggressive. I have never coached football, but it is obvious to watch when you see our defense give up over 500 yards to one of the worst offenses in college football. There is a lot of talent on that side of the ball, the coaches are not coaching them up. I juts hope Golden realizes this and cuts bait before we lose out on anymore great defensive talent in Florida!


Zook,

I believe in Golden as a HC, but he's got to realize that a change in staff is required. Dino is woefully inept as a dc. He should be a position coach. Cooley is a bust as the oc.

The whole ncaa arguement doesn't fly against vt. Tech is down this year and they still whipped us. We let them put up FSU-type of points.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | November 10, 2013 at 01:38 PM

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Al may make a change, but anyone that believes he will keep Coach D'Onofrio due to their friendship is simply fooling themselves (I know you didn't say that). Coach Golden has demonstrated that he puts the program and kids ahead of everything else, including him and his family's own personal interests or he would have bolted to any number of school that expressed an interest in hiring him during the NCAA investigation. The fact that Coach Golden stayed with the program should have every Cane fan expressing undying loyalty to the man, instead you have had haters attacking the man from day one.

Had Coach Golden bolted, which most any other coach would have, we most likely wouldn't have more than one win this year and our future would be bleak for many years to come.

As for your belief that the NCAA investigation did not impact the Canes versus V-Tech we will have to agree to disagree.

It is my belief that due to the lack of depth, and honestly, talent, that beginning with the Florida Game the starters have been on full throttle for almost every single minute of every game. I believe the team is simply worn out. If not for the NCAA and knowing Al Golden is considered one of the best recruiters in the country our current roster would look drastically different. Not trying to be argumentative, which over the next two years one of us will be proven right as the NCAA debacle is behind us.

Go Canes!!

"Va Tech was terrible on offense, and we made them look like world beaters."

Posted by: Mike | November 10, 2013 at 02:02 PM

The reality is V-Tech has moved the ball very well against most everyone they've played, but their problem has been their enormous amount of turnovers, which they didn't have last night. That said, watching receivers jogging through our secondary wide open, bad tackling and consistent runs on the edge leaves no doubt that something must change regarding the Canes defense if they hope to be competitive for the remainder of the season. As I have said numerous times, I watched a team last night that looked tired from the opening whistle.


I actually stopped watching with 12 minutes left, and I've NEVER done that. I was so F'ING angry. Al I hope you're reading this blog, because your buddy is KILLING US!!!!!!

Posted by: ColaCane | November 10, 2013 at 09:43 AM
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Whatever! Oh, I thought you were a D'Onofrio apologists!

Well, you were a staunch, loyalist of Miami, Florida's defensive coordinator.

Nevertheless, at least your NOT throwing the Cane D-player's under the bus and what not.

FWIW... the Cane player's CAN'T execute because they are NOT in the proper schemes, which would lead to better performance!! dUh

Posted by: Ron Zook | November 10, 2013 at 01:08 PM
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bUbba, your such a DENSE, fool!!

Hey D if you're going to roast me, at least READ my posts. I have NEVER,EVER, taken up for Dno, I don't talk about him like you guys do, but NOW I will be an advocate to replace him, as he NEVER makes adjustments, and as my earlier post states, you CAN'T have lb's 8 yds off the line when it's 3rd n 3 and expect them to stop it. He's KILLING us.

why cant we have a defense like michigan state or hire their dc u cant tell me they have better athletes than us and look at their defense.its coaching!!

The website is coming soon FIREGOLDEN.com

You can say we have the talent but you are kidding yourself if you think we have talent on defense. Perryman is the only player in the front seven that has a shot at playing on Sunday's. Our d-line is undersized and not athletic. This forces our secondary to have to cover for too long and makes our defense looks terrible. They need to recruit 10 dt/de's a year for the next three years to fix this.

Face-book page, if you want D corch fired then join it..

https://www.facebook.com/FireMarkDOnofrio

AGAIN.AGAIN,AGAIN THE U WILL NOT MAKE IT OVER THE TOP WITH THIS D2 AT BEST DC AND GOLDEN WILL NOT MAKE THE MOVE MAYBE HE'S BECOME DILLUSIONAL THAT THIS CAT IS D1 MATERIAL.

I have read all of the comments about last nights game and find it hard to believe that no one is asking or screaming "where is Rashawn Scott"! With injuries and problematic true freshmen, Ray was cleared to play and dressed 2 games ago. Not only is this player talented, he is a play maker. Could it be recourse from last year's bad behavior? He was only third on the depth chart before the first game, where he finally got in late in the 4th quarter with Williams at QB (another wasted talent)laid out for a high pass, great catch, and broken collar bone, in a cupcake game! If anyone knows what's going on, I would love to know. Is this a penance from last year, has he lost his spark, or is it the new OC? Really disappointing...

Golden is part of the problem, true. Only in the capacity that he allows the the schemes to be so vanilla. Morris is not a mobile qb, when the defense see him in the pistol or shotgun they go man and pressure him, thats why the deep ball is always there. Now if he hands off the ball we get swamped for a loss. He needs to stay under center, that keeps the defense at bay. To that effect the jumbo package always gives us away they no the run is coming. I havent seen the te delay and release over the linebackes all season. we run the same plays over and over its getting us killed.


Defense, needs to man up and switch from one to two safeties high and bring the other in coverage and blitz a linebacker up the middle. The only pressure we get comes from the outside. I'd like to see Green and chick in the middle with Mccord and Muhammad outside. That'd be real interesting. Calvin cain gets no play time at all. I think Perryman goes pro.

D'no belongs in Pop Warner. He's had 3 years to get it going. I would pull the plug at season's end, but OK Golden, bring him back for year 4 but know fans have had it with the lame excuses, poor scheme, and terrible execution. Never forget at Miami don't get to comfortable if you can't win consistently.

I told all of U I seen this coming, I will give you my knowledge of why...1. Our Schedule has been very weak and we struggled. 2. We hired an offensive coordinator with no experience. 3. Our QB can only do one thing, (deep-ball). 4. They say our QB is a leader, let me explain to you why he's not.. Golden asked him before the USF game if healthy and he lied. He lied again after the USF game. He said that a player from USF twisted his ankle during the game on purpose. USF went to the media and said they checked the tape and said it is not true at all. Morris then says the same day he wants to put it behind him. (as hurricanes we don't lie about twisted ankles). 5. I am a 30 year Canes fan and this defensive scheme is right down trash. Our coordinator will not be hired anywhere else for a job. (Maybe at division 2 school). 6. When Morris was hurt Al had the perfect time against those week teams that we beat by 40 to sit Morris and let Ryan get some starting time. 7. Our QB made a comment at the end of a game that our defensive leader gave a great speech (OUR QB ALSO SAID "HE" GAVE A GREAT SPEECH" You think he might be stuck on himself? 8.The U up and running don't struggle every weekend against week teams. 9.When you got a QB that can only throw a deep ball and a weak defense that spells trouble. STATING FACTS

I'm not a "fire the coach" kind of guy, but Saturday night made me sick. The turnovers were horrible and costly, but it was the D that cost The U.

Coach 'Onofrio doesn't deserve the "D" in front of his name. And Golden's loyalty to his friend could eventually cost him his own job. 'Onofrio hasn't been able to put together a scheme that can stop anyone on 3rd down (long or short) since he's been here. I understand he can't MAKE them tackle, but he can put them in a position to be near the ball before guys get open field and running room in front of them. Nothing makes it easier to break one-on-one tackles than have 15 yards of green between you and a defender on an island.

The players simply can't be that good on 1st and 2nd down and that horrible on 3rd and 4th. Maybe they don't sense the urgency on 3rd down, but that would be the coaches' fault too.

I told all of U I seen this coming, I will give you my knowledge of why...1. Our Schedule has been very weak and we struggled. 2. We hired an offensive coordinator with no experience. 3. Our QB can only do one thing, (deep-ball). 4. They say our QB is a leader, let me explain to you why he's not.. Golden asked him before the USF game if healthy and he lied. He lied again after the USF game. He said that a player from USF twisted his ankle during the game on purpose. USF went to the media and said they checked the tape and said it is not true at all. Morris then says the same day he wants to put it behind him. (as hurricanes we don't lie about twisted ankles). 5. I am a 30 year Canes fan and this defensive scheme is right down trash. Our coordinator will not be hired anywhere else for a job. (Maybe at division 2 school). 6. When Morris was hurt Al had the perfect time against those week teams that we beat by 40 to sit Morris and let Ryan get some starting time. 7. Our QB made a comment at the end of a game that our defensive leader gave a great speech (OUR QB ALSO SAID "HE" GAVE A GREAT SPEECH" You think he might be stuck on himself? 8.The U up and running don't struggle every weekend against week teams. 9.When you got a QB that can only throw a deep ball and a weak defense that spells trouble>>>>>FACT PEOPLE

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