K9Cane's Korner - Miami Puts It's Duke's Up

K9Cane's Korner - Miami Puts It's Duke's Up

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The Hurricanes got back on the winning track on Saturday night by downing the Duke Blue Devils 22-10 at Sun Life Stadium. It's hard to tell what this victory really means given that Duke, while they came in at 4-0, didn't exactly play 'Murderers Row' coming in, having defeated the likes of Kansas -- who just fired it's 'decided schematic advantage' - and Tulane. But a win's a win and Miami improved to 3-2 and 1-1 in ACC play. Some thoughts from this game...

- Brad Kaaya came down to earth a bit this game, after starting off hot in this game he went through a long stretch where he struggled ( and the offense with him). He finished 20 of 34 for 223 yards and two TD's. The biggest positive is that he protected the ball. This was the first game that he didn't throw an interception. His two throwing scores were really nice, hitting Herb Waters on 4th and 19 in a torrential downpour and the game sealer to Joseph Yearby( where he seemed to be the 3rd option as he ran a wheel route). There were a few throws where he really stared down receivers and locked in on them. But again, these are some of the things that will occur with a true freshman behind center.

Regardless, if there's one reason to watch UM this season it's Kaaya's continued development.

- Great to see Duke Johnson get going this game on the ground, he had 25 carries for 155 and a score. For the first time this season he was provided some real clear running lanes upfront. We're still looking for the real explosion from #8 in 2014. His longest run versus Duke was 16 yards but you get the sense he'll be hitting home runs soon. It was interesting to see Duke visibly angry in the second quarter after another 3-and-out, having to be calmed down by Dallas Crawford.

Quite frankly, I can't blame him and this brings me to my next point...

- Miami was up for much of the second quarter 9-0 and it felt like it should've been or was, 24-0. But the offense lost it's mojo after the second possession and I think that coincided with them getting away from Duke( who despite Kaaya's obvious potential, should still be the foundation of this offense). I got the sense that if they just kept pounding the ball with him they could've set up deeper stuff downfield but they never put in that investment. With that said, I still think UM's best set is spread/shotgun and up-tempo- but that doesn't have to come at the cost of running the ball. Oregon's foundation, despite all it's bells and whistles is running the ball.

That's one of my gripes with this staff: they don't do a good job of just flat out stepping on peoples throats and burying them. This team under Golden always seems to let teams hang around for much longer then they should. Some will argue it's execution( or lack thereof), I'd argue it's just as much about philosophy and the mentality of the head coach in many ways.

- Stacy Coley's sophomore campaign is eerily like Lance Leggett's in 2005. Anyone disagree? His lack of production and poor play has been baffling. Perhaps it's that shoulder injury he suffered versus Louisville but his play has been very tentative thus far. I'd also consider taking him off returns where he's been really ineffective.

- Unless it's garbage time it's time to park 'the Bus'. Gus Edwards simply is a liability in many ways: he takes too long to get started on runs, doesn't run with great pad level, not good at pass-pro and then there was his late fumble last night. But perhaps this process is already happening as its clear as the promising Joseph Yearby has taken his snaps and is proving to be very productive in both the run and pass game.

- Offensive line played well - and again, I understand it wasn't the Fearsome Foursome they were facing - but now the question is the status of Taylor Gadbois and KC McDermott. Yeah, now we're really going to see 'the Kehoe Shuffle' for real. Just how much depth does Miami have at O-line?

- Kicking game/special teams, this was the best game in terms of covering but the return game was pedestrian( again) and Miami had another kick gaffe with a missed PAT. A squad like this can't afford much of a margin for error and you wonder when this unit just might cost them in a close game.

- OK, defense, I know guys who know much more about the X-and-0's than I do can talk about the changes that Mark D'Onofrio made: more press coverage, loading the box, etc, so I'll let them break that down and analyze that but one thing that was noticeable for me was that for the first time in the Al Golden era they effectively covered crossing routes. For the last few years we saw one 3rd down completion after anopther where opposing receivers roamed free between the hashmarks and then turned upfield for large chunks. This game saw minimal gains on this play and defenders rallying to the ball.

After getting gashed into submission last year by Duke, UM held Duke to 264 total yards. But let's be honest, Duke has one real threat, Jamison Crowder, who was held in check, this isn't last years Duke's team. But this should still count as progress( I guess).

- Love seeing Jermain Grace really get extended playing time. He's a rangy guy that can really run and is always around the ball. More than that, he's instinctive. Also, the adjustment to have Ladarius Gunter at safety is a move to get the best 4/5 athletes on the field on the back and and it worked on this night. Gunter, has really good size but might be a half-step slow at corner but he has ideal size/speed for safety. Artie Burns had a nice bounce back, as did Tracy Howard but I think it's clear that Corn Elder is our best CB as of this moment.

- Well, they beat Duke now it's onto the stylistic nightmare that is GaTech in Atlanta next week. Can Kaaya continue his strong play as a freshman and be steady in another road, prime time setting? An once again, the defense will be on the spot. If there's one program Golden and this staff has had success against it's the Yellow Jackets. Lets see if the Canes can build some real momentum heading into the meat of conference play and string together some solid wins.
 

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That's one of my gripes with this staff: they don't do a good job of just flat out stepping on peoples throats and burying them. This team under Golden always seems to let teams hang around for much longer then they should. Some will argue it's execution( or lack thereof), I'd argue it's just as much about philosophy and the mentality of the head coach in many ways.

I mirror these sentiments. One thing that we should be doing is putting teams away early. We've been terrible at that among other things.
 
Very good post Steve. Cant disagree with anything you wrote.
 
Great job as usual.

I think it's time to gray going as the third back.
 
Gus Edwards is just a constant reminder that Alex Collins got away.

With a side note and asterisk that Sony Michael is also in a Bulldog uniform. I close my eyes and imagine Sony, Collins, and Kirkland on our offense and my brain melts. Cot dam and **** the street agents.
 
Stacey coley is just having a sophmore slump. He'll figure it out later in the season. Amari cooper, Sammy Watkins, and other true freshman studs go through the same thing.
 
The Hurricanes got back on the winning track on Saturday night by downing the Duke Blue Devils 22-10 at Sun Life Stadium. It's hard to tell what this victory really means given that Duke, while they came in at 4-0, didn't exactly play 'Murderers Row' coming in, having defeated the likes of Kansas -- who just fired it's 'decided schematic advantage' - and Tulane. But a win's a win and Miami improved to 3-2 and 1-1 in ACC play. Some thoughts from this game...

very nice write up. agree on most points. If we would have lost Al would not have survived. Also, Nebraska's played no one either. The staff just seem to have a few things they need to do, few things that's not working they continue to try and use. If it's not working, move on staff. The aggression on defense is what these kids need, they make plays out of it. The offense should start with Duke, no questions asked!!! Do it until they stop it. Pass will open up in a big way. Agree Coley should be taken off return teams, to tall and lanky, put Berrios back there small and shifty.
 
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Gus Edwards is just a constant reminder that Alex Collins got away.

With a side note and asterisk that Sony Michael is also in a Bulldog uniform. I close my eyes and imagine Sony, Collins, and Kirkland on our offense and my brain melts. Cot dam and **** the street agents.

We lost all 3 of those kids due to no one's fault but ours. We weren't even that high on Kirkland
 
Gus Edwards is just a constant reminder that Alex Collins got away.

With a side note and asterisk that Sony Michael is also in a Bulldog uniform. I close my eyes and imagine Sony, Collins, and Kirkland on our offense and my brain melts. Cot dam and **** the street agents.

We lost all 3 of those kids due to no one's fault but ours. We weren't even that high on Kirkland

Just incredible.
 
As for Coley:
Agree with taking him off returns. He's very tentative right now and doesn't seem like a threat or even very comfortable right now.
On offense, I think they're misusing him, or at least not fully utilizing him. If he's in, it's one of those bubble screens we're all getting very familiar with. He's so smooth its crazy we don't run more skinny posts and what not and get him going vertically.
On both counts, I think he's still hurt or afraid of getting hurt again and doesn't seem himself.
 
Gus Edwards is just a constant reminder that Alex Collins got away.

With a side note and asterisk that Sony Michael is also in a Bulldog uniform. I close my eyes and imagine Sony, Collins, and Kirkland on our offense and my brain melts. Cot dam and **** the street agents.

^^^^^This. On another note, the only thing I disagree with in your post is Kaaya in spread after a nice run. I prefer him under center more and we run. We gain 8 yards running under center and the next play we are in shot gun and throw an incomplete pass. ugh. Stay under center and keep running until they stop us. We can use the TE's and WR advantages this team has on second with play action once we establish the run. jmo
 
Gus Edwards is just a constant reminder that Alex Collins got away.

agreed.

And Michel
And Cook
And Powell

we have gray and tucker who could be doing what they are doing, if Coley was not so set on playing this kid. His big plays are coming against the teams they should be and when he should get time, the second tier teams!

Not sure if serious. He's not going to be able to do anything those other 3 guys are going to do.

I love Gray, he should be getting snaps over Gus.

Yearby AND Cook may have been unlikely because the may have wanted to be on different teams but our stable of backs right now should be Duke, Collins, Yearby & Powell with Gray taking a shirt. This should have been worst case. I could live without Michel with that group.
 
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Gus Edwards is just a constant reminder that Alex Collins got away.

With a side note and asterisk that Sony Michael is also in a Bulldog uniform. I close my eyes and imagine Sony, Collins, and Kirkland on our offense and my brain melts. Cot dam and **** the street agents.

We lost all 3 of those kids due to no one's fault but ours. We weren't even that high on Kirkland

I have to disagree on Collins. We couldn't have recruited him any harder than we did.
 
Great job as usual.

I think it's time to gray going as the third back.

JMO, but I think 'Chocs' relatively lack of experience at RB is probably whats holding this back. He had problems with getting hand-offs in camp. But regardless, I think this development you mentioned is coming sooner rather than later

Also wanted to mention that I like the physical possibilities that Walter Tucker gives UM at fullback. I think he's an explosive athlete and I'd like to see him used more in this offense
 

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