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K9Cane's Korner - A Banner Day at Sun Life Stadium

K9Cane's Korner - A Banner Day at Sun Life Stadium

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In front of what looked like a few dozen fans at Sun Life Stadium, Miami downed Cincinnati in a shootout by the score of 55-34. It was an entertaining game for what it was: a match-up of a mediocre team( with a lot of talent) against a depleted team with a really bad defense. And oh yeah, there was a banner that flew over the stadium, too(more on that later)....

- If there's anything that keeps you watching the Hurricanes this year it has to be the development of Brad Kaaya and the continued rise up the record book of Duke Johnson. Kaaya, had another very solid, efficient day versus the Bearcats. He went 17 for 24 for 286 yards and three touchdowns. But more than the numbers its the type of throws he makes that leaves in indelible impression. He can gun it, he can drop it down the chute and he throws a very catch-able ball. He is a virtual shoe-in for freshman All-American and will shatter-- if he hasn't already -- just about every freshman passing mark at UM.

Part of the maturation process now will be going on the road, in prime time, and leading the Canes to victory. He gets that chance in about a week-and-a-half in Blacksburg against VaTech.

- 8-Ball is still very much alive and well. And contrary to popular belief, he is still a home run threat as he showed on UM's opening touchdown where he burst 80 yards, weaving through some traffic early on and then stretched his legs. Its amazing to see the names he's passing up on the all-time yardage list in the Miami record book based on the fact he missed about half of the season in 2013. I still think his best football is ahead of Duke, I see a lot of Marshall Faulk in him. A guy who's not the biggest running back but has the ability to make people miss, has a high football IQ and an incredible all-around skill set.

But it's funny, he had 162 yards on just 10 carries( for a nice gaudy average of over 16 yards a carry) and once again, I was a bit mystified that for long stretches that Duke was being ignored offensively. As far as I'm concerned, 8 needs to get the ball in some form or fashion at least one out of every three offensive plays, at the very least. For as good as Kaaya has been, Johnson is still our best player. This is his last season most likely at Miami, no need to put him on lay-away.

- If there's two guys on offense that have made themselves some money for the next level on offense it's Clive Walford and Phillip Dorsett. Walford has become a great security blanket for Kaaya and incredibly reliable. Dorsett, is averaging an incredible 34 yards per catch his senior campaign. He is as explosive a WR as there is in the country.

- Defensively, not sure what to say. The one thing they have shown is that against bad opposition, they are good enough not to get UM beat. And Cincy came in without their primary running back and a banged up Gunner Kiel. But this much is clear, outside of a few coverage sacks, Miami simply doesn't have a consistent pass rush, regardless. And Im sure it drove many of you nuts to see 3-man rushes on 3rd and longs, seeing Kiel get more than enough time to scan the field and find open receivers.

- I know he got flagged a few times but I actually like the way Artie Burns played. I thought he was aggressive and was actually breaking on passes and playing the ball. I'll take an occasional penalty over the passive manner in which most our defensive backs play for the most part nowadays.

- As for our safety play? Yeah, the less said the better. I thought there would be a significant upgrade in this department and quite frankly, that hasn't occurred. Where have you gone James Lewis? Or even Terris Harris?( That's for your Big Poopa!!! Ya' know what I'm saying, word!!! Ebonics babeee!!!)

- Special teams, nothing great happened in this game but for the first time there wasn't a significant bust, either. I guess that can be counted as progress.

- Now, onto the banner. There is a lot of debate on it, personally, I think it important in one regard: it lets the higher ups and Al Golden know that there is major discontent among the fan-base( as if the attendance for home games this season hasn't been a sign). College football is a business and right now, business is bad at Miami. The panoramic shots of a near-empty Sun Life have become a weekly punchline on Twitter during the fall. I'm pretty sure this has not gone unnoticed by the athletic department and the banner just probably hammers this home even more. Miami, is the ultimate un-college town. In other words, unless you win big( and by big, meaning you're in the national title race) you aren't going to consistently draw well. This isn't Lincoln or Happy Valley.

But the question is, will it actually spur change?
 

Comments (21)

Nice write up. Hopefully the attendance and banner make a difference. The D is just atrocious.
 
good post but regarding attendance, even when we were dominant in 01 we didnt draw consistently well. well never draw well every week like other places but it would be better than what has been going on this year and even during parts of last year (we were 7th in the nation when we drew basically nothing against Wake).
 
good post but regarding attendance, even when we were dominant in 01 we didnt draw consistently well. well never draw well every week like other places but it would be better than what has been going on this year and even during parts of last year (we were 7th in the nation when we drew basically nothing against Wake).

Hoops, I agree, but you'd admit that the last few home games have been sparse even by the standards of non-FSU Miami home games, wouldn't you?
 
good post but regarding attendance, even when we were dominant in 01 we didnt draw consistently well. well never draw well every week like other places but it would be better than what has been going on this year and even during parts of last year (we were 7th in the nation when we drew basically nothing against Wake).

Hoops, I agree, but you'd admit that the last few home games have been sparse even by the standards of non-FSU Miami home games, wouldn't you?

oh completely agree there. i meant to write that in my post, as well. wed draw better than what we have been
 
Thanks for reading the board and regurgitating everything that has already been said...

k9's posts are always quality. Now that you're in your mid-50's, let go of the attitude.

There is a reason you are in the red, your opinion doesn't mean much around here. Not sure why you think I'm in my mid 50's... Are you stalking me?

I'm in the red because of your really creepy obsession with Botch. There's a reason you begged the mods to turn off your messaging and rep. Nobody likes you.
 
as far as the special teams, i beleive the passive philosophy from the defense has carried over. i noticed that when cincinnati was kicking off they ran down the field as a whole much faster and attacked the returner. i dont know the stats but id be willing to bet cincinnati got better starting position then we did on average. I believe the "oh no, don't let anything bad happen" philosophy as compared to an attacking style has been our problem on special teams as well.
 
Was a banner flown before the Dolphins game? Because there are way more Packers fans in attendence than Dolphins fans...South Florida issues
 
Was a banner flown before the Dolphins game? Because there are way more Packers fans in attendence than Dolphins fans...South Florida issues

lol worst sports fans in the country. if u can't have ppl show up early for heat games when the heat had the best player in the world and the best team in the league, what makes u think ppl will show up for two teams that have been bad for the last 10 years
 
The d is an absolute abortion of the highest order. I still believe there is plenty of talent on defense but I can't understand what they're being asked to do.

The pass rush is non existent because we ask our dl to engage blockers on their way to the qb, it's a fucking joke and a damn shame all at the same time. Trent Harris was 25 yds down field covering in the ensuing at one point. Wtf is that all about?
 
The d is an absolute abortion of the highest order. I still believe there is plenty of talent on defense but I can't understand what they're being asked to do.

The pass rush is non existent because we ask our dl to engage blockers on their way to the qb, it's a fucking joke and a damn shame all at the same time. Trent Harris was 25 yds down field covering in the ensuing at one point. Wtf is that all about?

tracy howards lack of awareness was the topper.
 
good post but regarding attendance, even when we were dominant in 01 we didnt draw consistently well. well never draw well every week like other places but it would be better than what has been going on this year and even during parts of last year (we were 7th in the nation when we drew basically nothing against Wake).
There is one key and huge big difference now......

yes attendance was always hit and miss, but now you basically had half of all tickets sold (or more) NOT ACTUALLY USED. That is a troubling sign when people who have spent money still say **** this....

actually, there is another difference....impressions. It used to be that maybe on tv you saw it, but the ob masked it more.

now it's a narrative with millions of bad impressions across all types of media from traditional to social. No brand likes to be the butt of jokes on a constant basis no matter what the public spin and comments are from the admin or execs.
 
Kaaya, wow, what can I say. The kid is getting more impressive every day. I thought his footwork needed alot of work early in the season but 7 games in, its improved vastly. It's something that he has progressively improved on. And as great as his throwing and reads have been, something clicked yesterday. He had Marino-like pocket presence. He made such a great use of the pocket and small movements that bought him a few extra seconds. I'm talking about stuff that some pro quarterbacks have a hard time doing. And he did it all game.

As for Duke, I love the way he carries the ball and his stiff arm is the stuff of legends but sometimes he just needs to go out of bounds without making contact. Too many times he gets pulled down awkwardly as he is stiff-arming a defender. There are times to be a tough runner and there are times to avoid unnecessary punishment.
 
That dude is such a boring, self-important blowhard. His football 'analysis' isn't markedly better than DBC's or one of the prepubescent kids on CIS, but he's been cranking out the unreadable bilge for over a decade, while seemingly under the impression that he's some big time writer.

Basically a teriyaki Joe Casale.
 
Not sure if serious about Duke. Yeah should get more than 10 carries, but if we need more than 10 against Cincinnati, we have other serious problems (and we do). But that's not the part I take issue with so much as the reality that last year Coley forced him into a Bataan death march of action in low yield situations, getting hurt, exhausted, and breaking bones in the process.

Against someone like Cincinnati, 10 carries and a few passes is all I would want, so as to keep him fresh down the stretch, unlike last year. Coley appears to have learned something.
 
Not sure if serious about Duke. Yeah should get more than 10 carries, but if we need more than 10 against Cincinnati, we have other serious problems (and we do). But that's not the part I take issue with so much as the reality that last year Coley forced him into a Bataan death march of action in low yield situations, getting hurt, exhausted, and breaking bones in the process.

Against someone like Cincinnati, 10 carries and a few passes is all I would want, so as to keep him fresh down the stretch, unlike last year. Coley appears to have learned something.

Tough to win a Heisman like that though.
 
Hard to look anything but incredible offensively against Cincinnati. There's a reason they're ranked last defensively in FBS.

They turn every RB into Walter Payton and every QB into Peyton Manning. They're as bad defensively as we were when the immortal Michael Rocco pitched a perfect game against us.
 
Not sure if serious about Duke. Yeah should get more than 10 carries, but if we need more than 10 against Cincinnati, we have other serious problems (and we do). But that's not the part I take issue with so much as the reality that last year Coley forced him into a Bataan death march of action in low yield situations, getting hurt, exhausted, and breaking bones in the process.

Against someone like Cincinnati, 10 carries and a few passes is all I would want, so as to keep him fresh down the stretch, unlike last year. Coley appears to have learned something.

I dont necessarily disagree, but you're telling me there haven't been time where you wonder where Duke is in our offense? Why we don't just hand it off a bit more to 8 and let him be him?
 
The d is an absolute abortion of the highest order. I still believe there is plenty of talent on defense but I can't understand what they're being asked to do.

The pass rush is non existent because we ask our dl to engage blockers on their way to the qb, it's a fucking joke and a damn shame all at the same time. Trent Harris was 25 yds down field covering in the ensuing at one point. Wtf is that all about?

tracy howards lack of awareness was the topper.

I'm hoping Howard lost that ball in the sun, lol
 

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