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Thoughts on the FAU Game

Thoughts on the FAU Game

DMoney

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Do we just throw St. Louis out there at LT?

Crawford needs tick to Special Teams
 
At this rate we can all pray to have a new coaching staff next year
 
If Crawford is starting next game I'm done until we get another coach.
 
- Coach Golden talked about FAU's emotion and energy, but it was really their preparation that made the difference early. FAU's quick-hitting offense operated with precision, and Miami looked lost at times trying to deal with their tempo. The defensive line got caught mid-shift numerous times during the first three quarters.

- We have a left tackle problem. Trevor Darling is a right tackle and Kc McDermott is a guard. Both guys got beaten badly several times. Tyree St. Louis has the goods to stabilize the position but he's not ready. Danny Isidora is considered the best OL internally, but #11 from FAU dominated him at times. He needs to get back on track after two disappointing performances against bad teams.

- Joe Yearby and Mark Walton played like lions. Their best attribute is their football intangibles. They are tough, instinctual and aware. Walton saved Kaaya's life on the flea flicker after McDermott got beat. I would've liked to see Trayone Gray get a few more carries with the ones. Yearby and Walton took some major punishment, and Gray's big play ability is a nice change of pace.

- The biggest concern I have for the season remains the pass rush. We are too reliant on five-man pressure and aren't getting enough out of our HS All-Americans. I remember when Muhammad Wilkerson was coming out, an anonymous NFL scout ripped Coach D'Onofrio's ability to generate pressure with his talented front. D'Onofrio still hasn't proven that scout wrong.

- Dallas Crawford is many great things, but he's not a starting safety at Miami. You can't have a 5'9 guy running 5.0 as your last line of defense. Rayshawn Jenkins and Deon Bush are NFL players and need to play most of the snaps. Too much rotation at this position.

- Let's hope Darrion Owens is OK. Not only is he a hard-working, hard-playing kid, but he's also a key player at a position with no depth. If Owens is out, we lose our starting SAM and our backup MLB.

- I'm surprised Chris Herndon and David Njoku have not been a bigger part of the offense. They caught a ton of balls in camp. LuCane was next to me and was screaming for seam routes all game while we stayed horizontal. It's Kaaya's best throw. Clive Walford broke out in the Nebraska game last year, so hopefully this is the week.

- I had a bird's eye view in the upper deck, and the WRs could not separate at all. Anybody bashing Brad Kaaya for his performance is nuts. Coley and Berrios can't get back soon enough.

- Despite watching talent be generally underutilized, still had a good time last night.

- I think the OL unit is a bigger concern for this season's team, but the "pass rush" (which is just a reflection of a philosophy) is the biggest concern for the program. The reason is that its root trickles into almost everything else that we do.

- Yes, I was non-stop frustrated with our approach on offense. Perhaps it deserves its own thread. We are a wannabe copy of FSU's offense - with some random wrinkles. We don't have an identity. Whatever identity can be interpreted from what we do, it's not optimal.

People will talk about lack of talent at WR, issues with the OL, etc., but I'll focus on the fact that we keep the majority of our attack outside of the hashes. Any defensive player or coach will tell you that's what they hope for: keep offenses out on the edges and potentially, if you have to leave holes in your defense, let it be in the deep corners. The percentages for an offense are lowest there. It's no wonder that, when FAU began to overplay that, the Yearby route down the middle of the field was THAT open a couple of times. Again, our route combinations against zone defenses are either being "saved" for better teams or we're just not going to attack zone defenses.

- As for the defense, nothing that hasn't previously been discussed. We rather await the other team's mistake and allow them to fall apart than press the issue. That's the basis of many of our issues on defense and the overall team/program.

- We'll see if Nebraska and Cincy move around our defensive alignments and dictate to us.

Good **** Lu and D. Your posting is the opposite of Gorlden's coaching.
 
We can talk about WR's not getting separation alllllll day BUT at the end of the day James Coley still is the product of a Miami Dade County public school education and a Florida State college education. The man clearly does not know the difference between the words horizontal and vertical.
 
Look, I don't know if any of you guys have ever played football at the highschool or collegiate level, but it's worth considering that sometimes when an opponent is so inferior and you know you're going to win you prepare for them for two or three days and then move on to preparing for the better opponent next on the schedule. I think this is the case here, the play calling was very limited on defense and offense. There were lots of substitutions, which makes sense, especially given this schedule where we have a rough next few weeks ahead of us. After all, what other opportunities are you going to get to substitute as many guys in; FSU, Cincinnati? This was sloppy for a reason, we are looking for an LT, we are putting guys who aren't as good in for guys who are way better at safety. I think Golden is a weak coach too, but you gotta be fair in evaluating this especially given the fact that teams like FSU and Bama had struggles of their own this week.
 
- Dallas Crawford is many great things, but he's not a starting safety at Miami. You can't have a 5'9 guy running 5.0 as your last line of defense. Rayshawn Jenkins and Deon Bush are NFL players and need to play most of the snaps. Too much rotation at this position.

Boom...this is the case in many of the positions across the board. There are players starting that their career trajectory is D1 backup status, yet they are starting at Miami. It's unreal.
 
"an anonymous NFL scout ripped Coach D'Onofrio's ability to generate pressure with his talented front. D'Onofrio still hasn't proven that scout wrong."

And pleople wonder why we can't get pass rushers to produce consistently.
 
As my man Dennis Green once said "they are who we thought they were." Nothing has changed except the names on the jerseys.
 
I will wait until next Saturday at about 7ish to make any judgements about this year's team. Need to see if everything we've seen so far is being held back or not..

Coley has been way too conservative. I cant sit here and believe that we have seen what this year's offense is or what it is capable of being.

Hoping to get TE/H-Back much more involved (we are loaded there) and see more seam/crossing routes over the middle.

Defense (Dallas) needs to work on tackling and taking better angles. Rayshawn Deon and Jamal should all play over Dallas, but since he is one of our "captains" and he's a senior.... he must play...

Would love to see Jaquan get in the game on 3rd down in the slot sometimes as well, he's a born playmaker - something we need on D desperately. Blitz him like FSU used to do with Joyner.

Kirby is a disappointment so far. Hoping he steps his game up, we need him for sure. Grace has been great and I like Gayot so far as well. McCord is being played out of position unfortunately, He is a 4-3 DE. He has never been good in space and yet here he is as a senior... still out in the slot.

O-line is terrible all around... Linder may be the best of the bunch. Not a good thing. Isidora was bad last year, continues to be bad. Tackles need a lot of work. And all of this against lackluster competition.

Nebraska will be very telling, if we give up 500 yards and lose to a another mediocre team at home, we know that we are the same old team we have been and we are in for another long season.

I am giving this team a chance... But its a one strike policy, as soon as they **** the bed (meaning lose to a team they have more talent than) - Im all in on "clean the house". But for our team's future's sake, we need our recruiting classes to stay in tact. So we need to win. That's all im rooting for right now, regardless of who's the coach.

Cant wait to see the NFL ProCanes ball out tomorrow. Looking for Duke and Dorsett to score their 1st of many career TDs.
 
- Despite watching talent be generally underutilized, still had a good time last night.

- I think the OL unit is a bigger concern for this season's team, but the "pass rush" (which is just a reflection of a philosophy) is the biggest concern for the program. The reason is that its root trickles into almost everything else that we do.

- Yes, I was non-stop frustrated with our approach on offense. Perhaps it deserves its own thread. We are a wannabe copy of FSU's offense - with some random wrinkles. We don't have an identity. Whatever identity can be interpreted from what we do, it's not optimal.

People will talk about lack of talent at WR, issues with the OL, etc., but I'll focus on the fact that we keep the majority of our attack outside of the hashes. Any defensive player or coach will tell you that's what they hope for: keep offenses out on the edges and potentially, if you have to leave holes in your defense, let it be in the deep corners. The percentages for an offense are lowest there. It's no wonder that, when FAU began to overplay that, the Yearby route down the middle of the field was THAT open a couple of times. Again, our route combinations against zone defenses are either being "saved" for better teams or we're just not going to attack zone defenses.

- As for the defense, nothing that hasn't previously been discussed. We rather await the other team's mistake and allow them to fall apart than press the issue. That's the basis of many of our issues on defense and the overall team/program.

- We'll see if Nebraska and Cincy move around our defensive alignments and dictate to us.

I'm in agreement with you for the most part. I think the OL is still a work in progress, and eventually things will be okay on the interior. Although Coley seems to be more enamored with spread concepts I think he just might be better off utilizing 12 personnel to help stabilize perimeter pass rushing issues. It would also help establish an effective ground game,imo. The biggest impact would be in the passing game, though.

You're absolutely correct with regards to attacking the middle of the field. I think coaches get caught up in the idea of trying to defend everything. For me good, solid defense is about defending the middle of the field first and foremost and forcing the ball to be thrown to the perimeter. That's why I've always been a big advocate of quarters coverage. Yes, quarters coverage gives up the flat route, but that can be hedged by playing press technique with the corners. In any event, force the throw where you want it and rally to the receiver with bad intentions. And as you mentioned, the other likely pass is the low percent fade-9 route. If Coley continues working outside the hashes, he better pray the ground game is all that because the passing game will get smothered.

I've said this before and I'll say it again. Whether we're running pro style or spread the utilization of the 2 and 3 receivers in the short to intermediate passing game is a critically important concept. In essence they are the key components for working and controlling the real estate between the hashes. You mentioned the banana route to Yearby. It will be interesting to see what route Coley combines with that.

Here's the issue with our routes against zone defenses. For the most part we are throwing at moving targets. We're depending on receivers getting into a window and being hit in stride with the ball. Beating zone defenses is largely depended on getting into a window and sitting down. Stationary routes...curls..hitches..hooks. I can't name one stationary route we throw that would be considered our bread and butter route, especially pass the LOS. We don't have a signature route. We will see what Coley has in terms of getting receivers open in between the hashes. Perhaps he should consider taking a page from his man coverage beaters, double moves.

About the defense. Agreed. We don't consistently put stress on the LOS. Nothing more needs to be said.
 
Thanks, D. I think you'll also find that berrios and coley aren't good at separation, either. The 3-4-5 man rushes are abysmalz

I guess I'm higher on those two, especially Coley. He has NFL standout written all over him, regardless of whether he produces here.

The Nebraska game is a huge opportunity for him.
 
The OL is no bueno. I have said that since spring practice and nothing has changed my opinion. Would love to see them move McDermott inside for Gall and at least give him a look at G. Would also be great to see the light come on for St. Louis so that we can move Darling back to RT, and allow Sunny to be a reserve. But that would also mean our coaches have some foresight and willingness to make changes, things they have proven time and again they just wont do.
 
"- The biggest concern I have for the season remains the pass rush. We are too reliant on five-man pressure and aren't getting enough out of our HS All-Americans. I remember when Muhammad Wilkerson was coming out, an anonymous NFL scout ripped Coach D'Onofrio's ability to generate pressure with his talented front. D'Onofrio still hasn't proven that scout wrong."

You can not get to the prom queen when the principal makes you dance with all the fat girls. BBB
 
this whole "we kept it vanilla" crap is just crap.

we never any special wrinkles for the "big games."
 

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