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Entire first part, word for word, of Al Golden interview with Joe Rose regarding Penn State

Joe Rose: Coach, how are you?

Al Golden: “Good Joe, how you doing today.’’ (Joe Rose laughs a lot here)

 Joe Rose: What was your weekend like?

 Al Golden:  “Well, one of the reasons I released a statement yesterday was because speculation had grown so much that I thought I would be able to get to my press conference or even this conversation with you on Monday but I opted to release a statement so that we could move forward here.’’

 Joe Rose: Penn State comes down here. The search committee comes down to interview you. Obviously you went to school there. You were captain of the football team. You coached there. You did recruiting from there. Did you ever feel like when they were coming down, did you feel like you were ever close to taking the job? Could you just kind of help Canes fans out what your whole thinking process was?

 Al Golden: “The thing is, over the last couple years I haven’t responded to any of this speculation of any school. Last year I was in a recruit’s home and they had me going to another school. The biggest thing is I’m not a candidate for another position and I stand behind the statement I made yesterday. I was in the office Thursday and Friday evaluating every aspect of the program and I’m excited to move forward.’’

 Joe Rose: We’ll close it up. Obviously you’ve got a great reputation up there, Coach. I think everybody knows that. I understood if you did meet with them for those reasons. Hell, you met your wife there. I think you met your wife in the sports department up there. So, obviously it’s a special place for you. Was it ever, like, you had to be curious about the job, Coach, a little bit, yes?

 Al Golden: “Joe, I just can’t get, again, from a professional standout I’ve never discussed any other positions. As I said yesterday, I’m not a candidate. I’m excited to be here. I’m eager to welcome our guys back. We have incoming guys coming in Wednesday. The whole staff returns today. We’ve got a staff meeting here in a little while and we’re moving forward.’’

 Rose: “Were you aware this weekend of all the stuff that was out there both up in HappyValley and that area and down here and all the different reports on you?

 Golden: “I became aware of it with [athletic director] Blake [James]. There’s no way we’ll be able to get to this conversation. Obviously that’s why we released the statement. So, we’re moving forward and back at work today.’’

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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I'm surprised so many of you are OK with Golden interviewing for another job.

I guess most of your pride is leaving you.

I would've kicked this dude out of here today. He's not Nick Saban...not even remotely close.

Posted by: Canesjunkie
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Hell, I hope he still gets the job!!! As much as I like Golden as a person, if thats what its gonna take to get rid of D'No, then so be it. I'm beginning to not like him as a person however. His constant defense of a terrible defensive staff is getting old. Consistently giving up 500 yards of offense to unranked opponents is unacceptable. So stop telling me the sky is purple when I can look up and see that its blue!!!

Job? What Job interview?! Naaaah. Pshhh.
ANyways, our defense is awesome and we're 16.39% more awesome overall than ever....

aaaand he did it. Just like we predicted he would, because he CAN...came out and B.S.'ed us all again.

I do like that there is an edge to Manny's tone right now. He'll have to go back to S.O.P. to keep his paycheck, but thenks manny, for kind of calling AG out in your pieces.

So, we get to argue endlessly about our fearless leader for another offseason and then get to watch us piddle along and ....

meh. Just meh.

Sunny Dee,

Perfect. Email it to the Coach.

That statement would easier to swallow for most of us.

The Cane football program is in shambles since shalalalalla hired goldie and d'o.

Watching the classic Cane film from Howard to Ericson evinces completely different attitudes and players and coaches and offenses and defenses.

In the Nat. Championship years, the players and coaches were far more aggressive than d'o and goldie's bend and break, zone pass NO coverage, prevent-the-Cane-win.

In the Championship years, the coaches and players knew how to put together a blocking scheme and pass routes on slants so that kosar, dorsey and walsh did not get killed every passing play.

In the NC years, the players were in shape and cocky and but for blown calls by the refs at notre damn and testawho throwing away a championship to pediophile U, the Canes would have had two more championships.

The problem goldie and d'o and shallaalalal is they think the U is all about them instead of competence.

Let's be fair to Golden

Here are the reason he can coach according to some of you:

1. NCAA sanctions mean we don't have talent
2. Butch was awful his first 3 years
3. Planes were flown over the stadium
4. We don't have facilities
5. Lou Holtz and Mark May think he's a great coach
6. I was at the OB when we beat Oklahoma

What else?

I forgot..

7. We didn't play organized football

Sunny, Five, Cola, Dbc, Junkie, HTC, deland, Truth, others I am forgetting and Even Gallo version ?.?...heck...even Zook

We may all disagree on some points, but I do appreciate and enjoy the discussions and input from you all. I have either outright learned a lot from each, or been pointed towards research. Thanks.

Until PSU announces their hire, I hold out a tiny sliver of hope, even knowing better.

Though I am supremely dissatisfied with AG, I am going to try to remain merely skeptical moving forward and not cling to my firmly held stance that AG is incompetent and/or worse...I am going to hope against reason that somehow, now that all the players are AG's that any successes and failures can be correctly attributed.

It is deeply conflicting to want our team to succeed with an influx of fresh blood, yet based on the evidence so far that this coaching is inept, and that each exposure of that ineptitude moves us closer to getting a better staff and system....As a lifer, if that takes until 2020, so be it.

I do take some solace that this whole situation has ended the honeymoon for a significant portion of the fanbase and some of the actual media.

For those of you who trash Butch the only reason he didn't win sooner here was he had to deal with 30 football scholarship reductions. Not just the possibility of scholarship reductions. Big difference.

The whole BD argument is kind of funny to me.

IMO, He could and would have taken this team much farther this go round in three years than AG ever can.

Though I don't think he would have gotten the chance if AG hadn't "decided" to stay.

James, your not giving a fair comparison. Butch had REAL scholarship reductions. Golden had only what people imagined they would have. Look at the talent Butch brought in DURING the penalties. Golden only uses it as an excuse. I can't get talent "because". When the Miami returned to full strength, they won, and won quickly, and won IT ALL. Golden will have a lot of work to do what Butch did. And I may be older that you. I am a late 60's

Thanks for the mention Beed. Good post

Who want to talk Butch? Let's talk about his tenure at UNC. Talk the scandalS, talk about the losing record in the ACC and talk the Meineke Car Care bowl losses. If the extremely high standards for Golden were applied to his time UNC, it would be an absolute and utter failure. End of discussion. There, we talked about Butch.

Listening to the best PR coach in America spat number after number trying to explain the defense got better is a complete joke. Sacks against savannah & fau don't impress me. So for all of us hoping D'no will be gone it's not going to happen. 500 yds & 40 pts here we come again.

beed,

Back at you, man...Always enjoy your thoughts.

We shall keep the faith
because it feels better.

We live in a time of BS where public figures sound like lawyers or PR hacks, from sports to politics.
A lot of football coaches try to focus on the positive, an admirable goal. It is a technique called "cognitive reframing" in Psychology.

As in "it's not a bad defense, it's a challenge which we will fix this week."

So Golden comes out spinning. He may continue that later today as well. It is likely. Maybe not.

It would be better if he spoke truth. Yes, he was interested, yes it was attractive, no they could not come to terms, yes it was a special opportunity, yes our defense is weak, yes we need to evaluate the coaching staff, yes my family loves Miami...and so forth...

His fear is that he will look like a double dealer and a dishonest guy. He will seem like UM is just a placeholder job for him. He will seem uncommitted. He will lose recruits. He will appear disloyal...

With these guys who operate like PR types or lawyers or political hacks or spinners, and selectively choose information and exclude other information that is obvious to us, they come off looking like slick operators.

They can't be trusted. Their spin can't disappear an obvious troubling reality that we all see, like our defense. Or whether Golden even gets the urgency of this issue and the ineptness of his coaches.

Maybe the benefits outweigh the downside for them. Hide out today, grab the gold tomorrow.

But this is our world today. I would prefer someone who was direct and honest about what is happening. That is character.

Too much fear-greed-power mongering in our society and managing of image, in sports and everywhere else.

Be real, Be honest. Be human. It's fine. It's true.

beed - I enjoy your posts too.

From Reddit/r/cfb thread:

Nebraska Fan
- Good. Now there can be no excuses come September, Canes.
I can't remember the last time I was looking forward this much to a regular season game.

[–]Miami (FL) Hurricanesbeedharphong 1 point 24 minutes ago (1|0)
Go ahead and put that W in the column. Prepare to be disappointed if you're hoping for a competitive game.
Any decent cfb team we play has a high probability of winning through 2020.
Our coach who "decided" to stay - got passed over - is a terrible gameday coach, but a hell of a salesman and recruiter. That is all.

[–]Nebraska Cornhuskersarchie_f [+2] 2 points 20 minutes ago (1|0)

- With the recruits you guys get? I dunno, man, talent alone is gonna carry you guys a long way.

[–]Miami (FL) Hurricanesbeedharphong 1 point 657 milliseconds ago (1|0)

- That's about the only sliver of hope there is.
Problem is, AG hasn't done very well developing the talent he has brought in.

Our record "improvement" this year was completely illusory.

Our OOC schedule replaced KSU and ND with FAU and Savannah St.

Our losses last year were by an avg of 19 pts; even with a 52-14 and 40-3 drubbing by KSU and ND,

Whereas, - This year our avg loss was by 21 pts, 22.5, after the bowl "game".

We were simply the beneficiaries of the softest schedule in a decade.

Our defense is atrocious. Period. 116th in fbs 2012,
90th-2013 - with FAU and SV St. to pad it...

This next year, we have a lot of turnaround; have a QB vacancy.

Unless Kaaya is the 2nd coming of Jameis Christ, it should be a 6-6 year.

2015 will be the year to see if AG can develop and/or coach with no excuses....Cause that's all he's been trading on. Excuses.

Don't get me wrong, until the second half of this year, I was all about AG's progress and gave him the BOTD.

But, it's become more apparent and likely that the guy talks a lot better game than he plays.

Miami will never have a really good football season as long as d'o and golden are in charge of their three down def. linemen, can not stop the interior run, can not stop the end run, LBs five yards off the line of scrimmage, ZONE NO pass coverage, NO defense.

They have refused to change it after three years of proof that it is a lousy, stinking, passive, bend and break, prevent-the-Cane-win NO defense.

There simply is NO excuse for acceptance of such a stinking, lousy, NO defense, not by the Bof T, the pres, the AD, goldie or d'o NOR BY TRUE CANE FANS.

If a team can not stop a run whether in or outside the tackles, that team needs MORE, big, strong, defensive, attacking linemen ON THE LINE and interior Linebackers right behind the def. line, NOT five yards from them!! Why hasn't golden recruited good quality, big, strong linemen???? And NOOOO, I am not talking about him recruiting big, fat, linemen with their fat bellies hanging over their belt.

Come on Miami fans and staff, it time YOU took off your diapers and grew up and expected golden and the coaching staff to do its job instead of walking through their paces. Stop blaming the players or the ncaa or any other excuse. If you do not beat FSU and VT and Duke, that is YOUR screwup, NO ONE ELSES.

I really hope he's just waiting until after signing day to make changes.

Beed, I too will remain skeptical, but also extend the benefit of the doubt. The same jimbo who is 13-0 and playing for an nc lost 8 games his first two years and also finished in the russell (champs at the time). Amazing what a heisman winning qb can do for a coaches ability. Arguably the best coach in cfb today, is on a two game losing streak wherein he has given up damn near 90 points and 1000 yards of offense. Swap fisher and golden and you are delusional to think either one would have a dramatically different result. Give Dno fsu's talent and I guarantee they ain't giving up 500 a game. Not a SINGLE defensive player, and that includes Denzel, received enough votes at ANY position to make the 1, 2, 3, or even 4th all acc preseason team. Don't tell me this team had the talent to play a more aggressive or complex scheme. The talents not there, yet. Dno doesn't make adjustments? God forbid the opposing sidelines adjust to our adjustments. It's easy to adjust when half your team will be playing on Sunday someday. This team is VERY limited talent wise. Be patient.

Hurricane fan till I die. Am feeling real bad about this weekend and our head coach. Time for AG to ans. some hard questions.

The Canes do not have enough talent to be a great defense. They do have enough talent to be better than they are. D'Onofrio isn't cutting it. Many writers believed if changes come they will come after signing day so hopefully that's the real story here. I like Al but he can't stick with this DC.

with national signing day approximately a month away, al golden was perfectly OK with leaving UM and its recruits to blow in the wind.....just like his buddy fisch did before UM weekend...in fact it was almost the exact same time.....eerie

fans and recruits will never trust him....

"Coach Al Golden on Sunday: "I plan on being here for a long time and facing a lot of these games.''

that was in November....

Good points, TG.

Also good points, Jax.

Dunno if any of you are reddit fans, but the chance to read the hilarity on their NCG game trash talk thread is priceless.

http://www.reddit.com/r/CFB/comments/1ujh8p/official_thread_bcs_ncg_trash_talk_thread/?sort=confidence

Look's like D'O is going nowhere and the scheme is not changing. All Golden thinks he needs is the right personnel to fit the scheme. Of course that cannot be accomplished with one recruiting class, so expect more of the same next year.

After I heard the news that Goldie nd' Marky Mark were staying put in Coral Gables last night.

I proceeded to bloody CHIT-CAN the Buddha PRAYER BEADS! Ouch.

So much for divine intervention and what not. hUh

By the way, y'all Cane partisans better look forward to either a...

7-5 or 8-4 regular season this quickly approaching fall. dUh

And I'll let major college football history be my judge.

Penn State Football: About The Golden Moment… Al's Heart Hasn't Changed
by Mike Poorman on January 05, 2014 9:40 PM


"True, Golden may have issued a 78-word statement on Sunday afternoon, reaffirming his commitment to the University of Miami. But it could be a counter play, which “Football for Dummies” defines as “an intentional misdirection run on the part of the offense.” Or, maybe, he's spiking the ball to stop the clock. Who knows? They might put some time back on the clock."

"Golden may have spoken, but I believe (with a RealFeel of 72%) that it’s not his final answer. Sunday afternoon, the guy simply had no choice. He met with the Penn State search committee on Saturday for The Interview and Monday was slated to be all about The U – a previously scheduled meeting with his assistant coaches, a previously scheduled postseason press conference, a Hurricane Club renewal package asking for $9.8 million was hitting the streets and preparation is underway for recruiting visits beginning Jan. 15."

is al golden and his agent still in the mix?.....is this not over?

Improvements on 'efense he talks about are screwed!!

http://sebastianspub.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/no-d-in-coral-gables/


@Manny_Navarro

Golden said recruiting class and returning talent did factor in his decision in not making coaching changes

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This enough to let you know Goldy and No D are waiting on players to make up for their lack of coaching.

Posted by: Sunny Dee | January 06, 2014 at 09:34 AM

James, Five Titles, 360, Tampa, Jax, Zook, championships..., worst Cane fan:

Why do U all continue to ignore the above post and the question posed in it?

It seems like yall like to stay in the "grey" area of deductive and subjective arguments.

Please address this post and the following one by Sunny Dee, where he wrote the appropriate and truly "classy" response to the questions that are/or should be posed to him on a regular basis.

Posted by: Tgmoney | January 06, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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Typical BOGUS bellowing from a Goldie nd' Marky Marky apologist! Nothing more, nothing less.

Oh, I guess that college football powerhouse Maryland had more talent than the Canes in 2011. hUh As well as host of other conference teams and what not.

By the way, the Turtles only won TWO GAMES in 2011. And one of those victories was against I-AA TOWSON ST. and U Know Who. dUh

The bottom line is Thee Carpetbagger's have been simply OUTCOACHED by teams with stronger coaches, whom have LESSER TALENT and what not. ENTER Maryland in 2011. A Turtle squad which finished 2-10! Again, that's 2-10!!

This is the typical response to any post about Golden's coaching abilities:

Here are the reason he can coach according to some of you:

1. NCAA sanctions mean we don't have talent
2. Butch was awful his first 3 years
3. Planes were flown over the stadium
4. We don't have facilities
5. Lou Holtz and Mark May think he's a great coach
6. I was at the OB when we beat Oklahoma

What else?
Posted by: Canesjunkie | January 06, 2014 at 11:06 AM
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Great post CJ.

Speaking of the MIGHTY Turtle. AFTER Beamer Ball MOLESTED y'all's Hurricane squad on national telly.

Maryland happen to defeat Va. Tech IN BLACKSBURG the following Saturday. Go figures'.

Oh, Maryland had FOUR STARTERS on the Disabled List and they didn't see one bloody down of action against Beamer Ball.

No sirey, both Goldie nd' Marky Mark are WAY OVER THEIR Carpetbagger ways and means when it comes to MAJOR college football ( Coaching aspects. ). Nothing more, nothing less.

Gallo, you maggot. Your sources are bogus and the conclusions drawn are conjecture. You are an idiot quoting idiots.

Name me one coach in college who left for another job (not fired) that did not burn bridges or leave his former team in the lurch regarding recruits. Do you feel that way about Strong? How about Urban's semi-retirement? Chip Kelly? Saban leaving LSU? Pete Carroll?

Butch meeting with his team to say he wasn't leaving then 3 hours later he is on a plane to Cleveland.

Comprende? Douchebag?

Gallo,
don't tease, and don't give AG credit for being able to adjust and counter - you never have before, why start now?! LOLOL!

Several of us called it: We're stuck and stuck and just have to enjoy watching the "process" muddle through..

Go Canes 2022!

Well, I don't like the decision to keep coaches. I feel like Al will be putting his career at jeopardy with this move. We'll see how it plays out. Either way we have more talent coming in so our defense should improve as much as it can under D'Onofrio. Our offense should be really exciting next year however.

I am going to take a break from this blog. Gallo and the rest will be saying the same thing every day for the next nine months. Just like they have for the past nine months. Al Golden is our coach. No arguing will change that. D'Onofrio looks to be staying for another year unfortunately but that's how it is. Nothing left to do but get excited about new talent and get behind this team. Can't wait to see Kaaya in green and orange!


I really hope he's just waiting until after signing day to make changes.

Posted by: JaxCane | January 06, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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Just another good ol' boy GULLIBLE fool. Nothing more, nothing less. hUh

Heck, that INEPT defensive coordinator will remain at Miami as long as Goldie remains.

So those past Hurricane defenses which dominated are officially P-A-S-S-E ( TOP 25/TOP 10 ).

Therefore, enjoy those TOP 70 or TOP 60 type of team defenses. LOL With an occasional Top 50 showing and what not.

For a fair and complete analysis, it is important to compare like to like. In his interview, Golden also brought up the 2011 team, pointing out how good it was by once again cherry picking metrics. But what about a complete analysis of Golden’s defense and the one that preceded his arrival under head coach Randy Shannon, comparing games in the conference so you are comparing apples to apples? Oh, we have you covered.

The statistics are from games against conference opponents only in each year. So it removes the good from the defense against Savannah State, etc… but it also removes the beatdowns from Notre Dame and Kansas State last year.

Essentially, this is about as fair a look, removing statistical noise and talent discrepancies, that you can take at a defense’s performance. And the results?

Conference Rankings

Total yards per game allowed

Dead last by 50 yards this year.
Next to last in 2012.
8th in 2011.
5th in 2010.
Total yards per play allowed

13th this year.
11th (of 12) last year.
10th in 2011.
5th in 2010.
Number of plays

Dead last this year.
Dead last last year.
5th in 2011.
4th in 2010.
Scoring defense in conference play

12th this year.
9th last year.
4th in 2011.
5th in 2010.
Analysis: So the one year they slow down the game, the scoring defense looks good. But in reality, the Canes were still getting gashed at a ridiculous level. Since Al Golden arrived on campus, and right when he arrived on campus, the overall quality of the defense plummeted. Moving from one of the top in the ACC to the bottom.

Sacks in conference play

Tied for last this year.
11th last year.
8th in 2011.
5th in 2010.
Analysis: Golden said they improved on sacks this year. This is only because they ran up numbers against the dregs like Savannah State. Once in conference play, they were tied for worst in the ACC.

Tackles for loss in conference play

Last this year.
11th last year.
7th in 2011.
1st in 2010.
Analysis: Basically, Miami doesn’t make plays behind the line of scrimmage against vaunted ACC O-Lines and Offenses. In 2010, the year prior to Golden’s arrival, they were the best in the conference at this.

Opponent 3rd down conversion % in conference

Last this year.
10th last year.
8th in 2011.
2nd in 2010.
Opponent 3rd down conversions in conference

13th this year.
8th last year.
4th in 2011.
4th in 2010.
Opponent 4th down conversion % in conference

Last (83% ALLOWED!).
5th last year.
5th in 2011.
1st in 2010.
Opponent 4th down conversions in conference

Tied for last this year.
Tied for 4th last year.
T-6 in 2011.
1st in 2010
Analysis: The team doesn’t get off the field on 3rd down. They don’t get off the field on 4th down. Again, in 2011 when they slowed down the game, the number of conversions went down, but they still converted them at a ridiculous rate.

Opponent redzone touchdown conversion % in conference

4th this year.
8th last year.
1st in 2011.
2nd in 2010.
Opponent redzone touchdown conversions

9th this year.
12th last year.
1st in 2011.
2nd in 2010.
Analysis: The good thing about the defense is that when the opponent gets to the redzone, they actually do a good job of keeping the opponent from scoring touchdowns. The bad news is that they let them in there more times than anyone in the conference, so they get scored on one way or another.

Opponent plays of greater than 10 yards in conference

last this year.
last last year.
10th in 2011.
5th in 2010.
Opponent plays of greater than 20 yards in conference

11th this year.
9th last year.
1st in 2011.
5th in 2010.
Analysis: This is pretty remarkable. Not only is the defense not making plays behind the line of scrimmage, but other teams are converting big plays.

Turnovers forced conference play

tied for 6th this year.
tied for 2nd last year.
10th in 2011.
2nd in 2010.
Analysis: The Canes did a good job of forcing turnovers the last 2 years. Interestingly enough, even in this positive metric, it actually trended down this year.

Conclusions

The defensive “progress” and “upward trend” in performance Al Golden referenced in his Joe Rose Show interview are COMPLETELY attributable to the out of conference opponents being weaker. The defense has yet to improve in three years, and there is no statistical justification for continuing under the same defensive staff and/or scheme. We’ll close with this handy little chart showing the real lack of progress.
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Thanks Nash for the link!

Q: Coach can you explain why your 'efense was terrible for the forth year in a row here in 2014?

A: Well we were young. The offense had a new starter. Those other teams are really good. We're moving forward...

A Brief Note Regarding Thee Carpetbagger's Defense ( Taken from Sebastian's Pub )

" The statistics are from games against conference opponents only in each year. So it removes the good from the defense against Savannah State, etc… but it also removes the beatdowns from Notre Dame and Kansas State last year.

Essentially, this is about as fair a look, removing statistical noise and talent discrepancies, that you can take at a defense’s performance. And the results?

Conference Rankings

Total yards per game allowed
• Dead last by 50 yards this year.
•Next to last in 2012.
•8th in 2011.
•5th in 2010.

Total yards per play allowed
•13th this year.
•11th (of 12) last year.
•10th in 2011.
•5th in 2010.

Number of plays
• Dead last this year.
•Dead last last year.
•5th in 2011.
•4th in 2010.

Scoring defense in conference play
• 12th this year.
•9th last year.
•4th in 2011.
•5th in 2010.

Analysis: So the one year they slow down the game, the scoring defense looks good. But in reality, the Canes were still getting gashed at a ridiculous level. Since Al Golden arrived on campus, and right when he arrived on campus, the overall quality of the defense plummeted. Moving from one of the top in the ACC to the bottom.

Sacks in conference play
•Tied for last this year.
• 11th last year.
•8th in 2011.
•5th in 2010.

Analysis: Golden said they improved on sacks this year. This is only because they ran up numbers against the dregs like Savannah State. Once in conference play, they were tied for worst in the ACC.

Tackles for loss in conference play
•Last this year.
•11th last year.
•7th in 2011.
•1st in 2010.

Analysis: Basically, Miami doesn’t make plays behind the line of scrimmage against vaunted ACC O-Lines and Offenses. In 2010, the year prior to Golden’s arrival, they were the best in the conference at this.

Opponent 3rd down conversion % in conference
•Last this year.
•10th last year.
•8th in 2011.
•2nd in 2010.

Opponent 3rd down conversions in conference
•13th this year.
•8th last year.
•4th in 2011.
•4th in 2010.

Opponent 4th down conversion % in conference
•Last (83% ALLOWED!).
•5th last year.
•5th in 2011.
•1st in 2010.

Opponent 4th down conversions in conference
•Tied for last this year.
•Tied for 4th last year.
•T-6 in 2011.
•1st in 2010

Analysis: The team doesn’t get off the field on 3rd down. They don’t get off the field on 4th down. Again, in 2011 when they slowed down the game, the number of conversions went down, but they still converted them at a ridiculous rate.

Opponent redzone touchdown conversion % in conference
•4th this year.
•8th last year.
•1st in 2011.
•2nd in 2010.

Opponent redzone touchdown conversions
•9th this year.
•12th last year.
•1st in 2011.
•2nd in 2010.

Analysis: The good thing about the defense is that when the opponent gets to the redzone, they actually do a good job of keeping the opponent from scoring touchdowns. The bad news is that they let them in there more times than anyone in the conference, so they get scored on one way or another.

Opponent plays of greater than 10 yards in conference
•last this year.
•last last year.
•10th in 2011.
•5th in 2010.

Opponent plays of greater than 20 yards in conference
•11th this year.
•9th last year.
•1st in 2011.
•5th in 2010.

Analysis: This is pretty remarkable. Not only is the defense not making plays behind the line of scrimmage, but other teams are converting big plays.

Turnovers forced conference play
•tied for 6th this year.
•tied for 2nd last year.
•10th in 2011.
• 2nd in 2010.

Analysis: The Canes did a good job of forcing turnovers the last 2 years. Interestingly enough, even in this positive metric, it actually trended down this year.

Conclusions

The defensive “progress” and “upward trend” in performance Al Golden referenced in his Joe Rose Show interview are COMPLETELY attributable to the out of conference opponents being weaker. The defense has yet to improve in three years, and there is no statistical justification for continuing under the same defensive staff and/or scheme. We’ll close with this handy little chart showing the real lack of progress. " Sebastian's Pub. com
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You can't make up these stat's and analysis, y'all Goldie nd' Marky Mark apologists and sycophants!

And y'all Cane good ol' boy's what moi to give Thee Carpetbagger's the BENEFIT of the DOUBT after three seasons. GTFOH with your bellowing TRIPE!!

As I repeatedly moaned and groaned and bitched to DEAF EARS of the Goldie nd' Marky apologists sort.

Thee Carpetbagger's TOOK OVER A team defense which was a solid TOP 22 defense in 2010... and proceeded to DISMANTLE it and take away the IDENTITY of past Miami, Florida defenses, i.e. Top 25, Top 15, Top 10, etc.

Posted by: Sunny Dee | January 06, 2014 at 09:34 AM
"James, Five Titles, 360, Tampa, Jax, Zook, championships..., worst Cane fan:
Why do U all continue to ignore the above post and the question posed in it?"

HTC, I did not see any questions in that post, and he stated at the top that it was his opinion. I cannot answer for the others, but for me, I thought Sunny Dee's analysis and conjecture were both far more realistic than for example fake Gallo's opposite claim that Canesport is a reliable source of information.

Did the PSU folks meet with Golden? No reason to believe otherwise.
Would Golden take the job for the right price? No reason to believe otherwise.
Will he stay loyal to this team until that better offer comes around? No reason to believe otherwise.

We are more than just the coach, as you have pointed out many times, and we are not married to this one, as you have pointed out many times, so why would he not be allowed to talk to someone willing to offer him more money, in the school he met his wife at, and was team captain of?

JaxCane, if you have not left yet, are you thinking that we will not redshirt Kaaya for next year, like the Noles did for Winston?


@Manny_Navarro

Golden on #Canes defense: "The answer right now is not change. It's continuity."

There you have it people, Golden feels like its better to continue giving up 500 yards of offense, and to continue being dead last in the conference in defense, than firing his best bud...

" The defense has yet to improve in three years, and there is no statistical justification for continuing under the same defensive staff and/or scheme. We’ll close with this handy little chart showing the real lack of progress. " Sebastian's Pub. com
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And even with more than enough PROOF, the Goldie nd' Marky Mark APOLOGISTS and sycophants continue to make excuses and excuses and excuses.

I wonder what these FOOL-MINDED Cane loyalists will come up with after the 2014 season concludes... " Well, we gotta' give Goldie nd' Marky TWO MORE SEASONS. They don't have the talent there, yet. " hUh

Holy cow, that's a great analysis!
Thank you!

Regarding the SLIGHTEST possibility that AG may still go to PSU;

I wish - and until PSU announces their choice, my hope remains that Gallo gets this right...yeah, no.

However,
Thinking of this from a business perspective:

AG tried his best to get the job - no secret he wanted it, no blame for him wanting it, no harm for trying.

There were definitely numbers and contract clauses thrown around, ergo the long silence; they were negotiating.

PSU likely knew AG was the best candidate for seeing them through the rest of their NCAA mess, but included time and/or performance clauses, so they could reevaluate him in two to three years, after he got them through like he did for us.

Meanwhile, they had two more qualified candidates in Munchak and Franklin, but those two have NFL aspirations and/or less Paterno mess pain thresholds - their performance records already speak for themselves, ergo, they have more negotiating leverage...

AG may have thought he had the deal done, when the Munchak "firing" happened and it got leaked that he was going to interview - a leverage for PSU...

AG saw the writing on the wall - that is: He wasn't going to get a long term deal that he wanted, such that he could work his 4-5 year process because PSU NEEDS a White Knight for only two more years, then they want to start competing again...

PSU knew AG couldn't promise that, AG knew he couldn't promise that, so AG took alllll the other variables we have been tossing around and "decided" to stay;

...hoping that Munchak or Franklin doesn't take the deal, while doing damage control here in the meantime...

AG is not an evil man, nor a grifter, as I joke, he is just an ambitious coach whose ambition outstrips his talent. I actually like that about him. I don't like that we have to suffer because of that and am willing to let him do his stupid, stupid thing, with his great recruits over the next two years.

He may develop talent and start winning, it just really really sucks that we have to be the ones to wait so much longer to find out - either way.

Defensive analysis breaksowns like the one just posted don't bode well. What a great breakdown.

JaxCane, if you have not left yet, are you thinking that we will not redshirt Kaaya for next year, like the Noles did for Winston?

Posted by: Five Titles

I think he will for Williams. But I'm still excited about the kid's potential. He looks like the real deal

Butch Davis inherited National Championship talent, not Randy's backyard buddies. It's a lot easier to recruit when you've played for the title in three of the last five years (1991, 1992, 1994). You can't even come close to comparing what Davis did to what Golden has had to deal with. NO ONE wanted to come here. Matt Patchan refused to come here. Vernon Hargreaves refused to come here. NO ONE wanted to play here.

Butch did not have that to deal with. We were tainted by possible sanctions; but more importantly, we were crippled by horrible coaching and poor recruiting. Just ask the NFL. Davis sent 4 1st rounders to the league after his first year. Then we had a 1st round pick (Duane Starks) even after the 5-6 1997 season. He had talent to work with.

There are not excuses for D'Onofrio or Michael Barrow. D'Onofrio can't seem to call a game. When he is aggressive, they see it immediately and attack the weak spot every time. Way too many screen passes on big blitz downs. Barrow on the other hand can't seem to teach a kid to tackle to save his life. Both need to be let go.

Jaxcane:
Yeah, walk away for a couple of days or whatever, but even with all the recycling that is imminent, the blog is much better for having you here.

I suppose Willimas will get the start, Olsen will get rotated in lot to see if he's matured/learned at all, and Kaaya will definitely get a redshirt unless RW and KO are AWWWFUL, we lose some early games we "clearly shouldn't" and/or get injured..

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | January 06, 2014 at 01:15 PM

Stop posting them facts. Hater

LOL

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