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Tired of making the same post

DMoney

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Various conversations were held with Dorsey, Chud (consultant), Brady, Gattis, Candle, and Briles. That does not mean every conversation lasted as long or went as far. Nor did most of those guys fly to Miami for a formal interview.

People can complain about Mario's coaching-search methods, but that's what he's comfortable with.

Besides Gattis, the only name on that list who had an absolute "the job is yours if you want it" status was Dorsey.
I'd love to know more about what went on with Brady. I'm a little more skeptical of him than most here, but I wonder how much interest there was on both sides. The discussion here was/is that Brady wants to be in the pros and so I understand that a QB coach in the NFL (Bills) is a good segue to another NFL oc position, but I presume that an OC gig here would have been far more visible.
 
I'd love to know more about what went on with Brady. I'm a little more skeptical of him than most here, but I wonder how much interest there was on both sides. The discussion here was/is that Brady wants to be in the pros and so I understand that a QB coach in the NFL (Bills) is a good segue to another NFL oc position, but I presume that an OC gig here would have been far more visible.


He was more interested in staying in the NFL.
 
Uninspired. That’s the feeling I had leaving Kyle Field. It’s not the right thing to say as the owner of a fan website, but it’s the truth. It was a boring game with a familiar result. Let’s get the obvious out of the way: it's early, this is a building process, and it's way too early to make any sweeping observation about the Cristobal Era. But this was a major missed opportunity to build momentum in recruiting and within the fanbase. Some specific thoughts:

- We paid too much money for nine points. Gattis is accountable for the end result, no matter how fluky (first team since at least 2000 to have 27 first downs and zero touchdowns). Our pace was puzzling to me. Is there a distinct advantage to going no huddle when we move so slowly?

- The game was lost when we ran three times in the red zone and kicked a field goal down 17-3. You can’t say you have the best QB in the country and then show a complete lack of faith in him.

- The past few years, and this weekend in particular, really hammered a point home: WR has become a Top 3 important position in football. Look at the Dolphins on Sunday. Maybe someone who charted the game can correct me, but I can’t remember a single contested catch in 41 passes. “NFL open” does not exist in our passing game. We have body catchers, not snatchers. We should not miss guys like Rambo (undrafted), Harley (undrafted) and Restrepo as much as we do. This is Miami. The whiffs in the Transfer Portal really showed up on Saturday.

- Upon rewatch, I’m not as down on TVD. He played bad, but his degree of difficulty was off the charts. I thought back to my first time watching him at Paradise Camp. I expected a big, mechanical QB who would drive the ball but struggle to create. Instead, I saw an instinctive athlete who changed speeds and arm angles and thrived with a fast tempo. It feels like we are trying to put him back in that box with the slow-developing plays.

TVD is tough and will hang in until the last second to make the throw, but he should have more quick-hitting options to get in rhythm. It reminds me of Kaaya under Richt. There was a regression (and four losses) followed by schematic adjustment to get the ball out of his hands quicker. Those changes were in response to poor OL play, which isn’t really our problem. But they got results. I hope we see similar adjustments before the losses pile up.

- Some of our recruiting victories over the SEC showed up on Saturday. Jalen Rivers was moving people and is a huge reason for our improved running game. Leonard Taylor brings special interior rush ability, which is the best way to disrupt a passing game. James Williams missed a key tackle on the Achane TD, but otherwise was everywhere as a versatile weapon. We need more like those guys.

- The running backs ran hard and finished above their weight class. I was disappointed we didn’t have anything special cooked up for Jaylan Knighton in the passing game. He is our most explosive player and we need everything we can get.

- Happy for DJ Ivey. His game elevates when he tackles with physicality. The more he plays with a confident edge, the more he will finish at the catch point with length and timing.

- In general, this game looked very much like what we saw on Greentree. Struggles with downfield passing game, improved OL, strong DL, elevated DB play. For all the talk about Greentree All-Americans, the players generally play like they practice.

- Jacolby George needs to lock in. He’s clearly the most talented pure WR, but when Joe Rose asked Mario about him this AM the first thing Mario talked about was off-field reliability. This is a huge opportunity for George and he needs to seize it.

- Kamren Kinchens is playing faster every game. His football IQ is as good as it gets, and he is really starting to trust his instincts and pull the trigger.

- I like the way the pass rush is trending. We are 5th in the nation in sack percentage and a lot of people are contributing. That rush will lead to wins in ACC play.

- The most encouraging long-term sign is the OL. We looked strong against an SEC team and Mario is recruiting behemoths. If Miami becomes an OL program, it will raise our floor.

Overall, the improvements in physicality were apparent but we gave away a winnable game. Muffed punts, drops, penalties, missed kicks. Before the season, I expected a year like Mario’s first at Oregon or Richt’s first at Miami. That’s still the projection. This offense and pace will lead to a lot of close games where anything can happen. Time for the coaches to earn their money and make the necessary adjustments.
I waited to post because this game was like having the winning lotto numbers and not having played them. You are right on in this post. Gattis offensive scheme, pace and play calling has been disappointing. These WR's aren't as bad as it seems, they are in the wrong scheme. Gattis should utilize more of his pro spread set, up the tempo and get TVD cooking better. Special Teams have been disappointing as well. Clean those two units up and we'll be the better tram we expected. The sky ain't falling, I hope.
 
If you rewatch and actually pay attention, Gattis play calling was fine if not great. Just bad decision making by lineman on some blocks, bad RB vision, bad QB play and of course the WR drops. If RBs that had room to run had better vision (knighton) he would’ve housed a few. Or if the QB decision making as well as ball placement was better, that alone would’ve won us the game. “Bad red zone plays” or not.
 
If you rewatch and actually pay attention, Gattis play calling was fine if not great. Just bad decision making by lineman on some blocks, bad RB vision, bad QB play and of course the WR drops. If RBs that had room to run had better vision (knighton) he would’ve housed a few. Or if the QB decision making as well as ball placement was better, that alone would’ve won us the game. “Bad red zone plays” or not.
His playcalling was toilet water...especially in the Red zone.....stop with the excuses.
 
Damn, you want smoke on a beautiful Friday 😂
There’s blame to go around, I’m just tired of the majorities narrative that Gattis offense was cheeks. In fact, when you dissect it and see what went wrong.. we are purely simple execution away from averaging 30+ppg. Sometimes his play calling was garbage but that was just highlighted because the players f’ed up majority of the good plays he called
 
I'm planning on bumping this thread as Exhibit A of over-reaction come end of season. WTF did people think this team would be 3 games into Mario Cristobal's 10 year contract?

If anything, we are lightyears ahead of where any reasonable fan could expect coming off a 7-5 season with a defense gutted by a fraud HC and an OL that couldn't push a girls softball team for a few yards downfield. The fact is our OL, DL, CB and especially LB position groups are showing up when every one of them were major question marks in February.

Unfortunately, WR is what we expected it to be. We all knew we needed a both a WR #1 and a downfield speed demon from the portal. We got 2 guys who aren't contributing. The A&M game was close enought that Restrepo could have made the difference. Or if George hadn't benched himself he could have had 2 games under his belt connecting with TVD and made the difference. Now it's time for Brinson and Brashard to step up and be the guys we hoped they would be coming out of HS -- high 4 stars who could get open, win contested throws and get big YACs.

Steele is a gneius. The Oregon crew of Mario, Alex and Joe are trench assassin senseis. Yes, if Gattis doesn't make adjustments I will get concerned. But 3 games in, really only the first real contest? GMAFB.
 
I'm planning on bumping this thread as Exhibit A of over-reaction come end of season. WTF did people think this team would be 3 games into Mario Cristobal's 10 year contract?

If anything, we are lightyears ahead of where any reasonable fan could expect coming off a 7-5 season with a defense gutted by a fraud HC and an OL that couldn't push a girls softball team for a few yards downfield. The fact is our OL, DL, CB and especially LB position groups are showing up when every one of them were major question marks in February.

Unfortunately, WR is what we expected it to be. We all knew we needed a both a WR #1 and a downfield speed demon from the portal. We got 2 guys who aren't contributing. The A&M game was close enought that Restrepo could have made the difference. Or if George hadn't benched himself he could have had 2 games under his belt connecting with TVD and made the difference. Now it's time for Brinson and Brashard to step up and be the guys we hoped they would be coming out of HS -- high 4 stars who could get open, win contested throws and get big YACs.

Steele is a gneius. The Oregon crew of Mario, Alex and Joe are trench assassin senseis. Yes, if Gattis doesn't make adjustments I will get concerned. But 3 games in, really only the first real contest? GMAFB.

3 games in, I expected that UM would struggle on D because of slow LBs but that Steele would help mask the deficiencies with better defensive discipline. So far Steele has exceeded expectations.

I did not expect special teams to regress and screw up basic blocking and fundamentals like not consistently waiting for the football to bounce before catching it. That's purely on coaching and ST looks considerably worse than last year.

I expected Mario would help make the offensive line more physical, which would lead to a more explosive O as the run game effectiveness would open up the pass game. I did not expect TVD would be so uncomfortable in the new offense. TVD went from looking like a first rounder to a late draft pick.

I expected Gattis would design the O around what TVD does well and that WRs would be exceptionally well coached and run crisp routes. Whatever talent drop off there might have been after losing Rambo and Harley would have been mitigated by good coaching. Maybe the players don't have the catch radius of Rambo but at the very least they could be where they are supposed to be on the field. It's been another big regression.

To summarize- I expected we'd be slightly better in two phases of the game (O and ST) and about the same at D. At this point it looks like we've gone backwards in 2 of 3 areas.

You may counter that it's early in the season, which is true. However I don't think anyone could honestly say that the offense as a whole and ST look like they have received much better coaching than last year.

There is an eerie amount of similarity to the start of the Richt era and this one. We had a 1980s offense based on traditional SEC football, with a record breaking UM QB getting first round hype. The DCs changes to the D scheme helped the defense carry the team in a lot of games. A 1 pt loss to a Jimbo Fisher coached top 10 team had everyone believing UM was closing on the gap on the best in the ACC. Our new HC was the program builder and UM alum whose legendary recruiting would turn UM back into a powerhouse.

So if I'm being impatient, it's only because the first 20 minutes of this new movie look like a shot for shot remake of a disappointing movie I watched a few years ago.
 
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TrumpyCane would love to know how stubborn Mario really is or will he ever be open to changing offensive philosophy?
I'd like to think he'd be open...Too much to lose to be close minded. I'm okay with the Defense. Still am not 100% sold on the DBs...not so much the kids. but I'm not sold on Addae. I hate that "Bunched in" backfield at the time of snap as well.
 
D...What did you see/not see, that you weren't happy with Offensively (scheme-wise)??
Only thing schematically I would've changed up is motion throughout. Not simply at wr or rb. With the tight ends we have especially Mallory or skinner we can line up jumbo in max protect than motion out to have skinner on a backer all day. Or main issue is simply getting the right pieces in place. Everyone's screams creativity without understanding you can only be so creative when you're seriously hampered. We simply catch the ball and run crisper routes we win by three touchdowns...
 
Only thing schematically I would've changed up is motion throughout. Not simply at wr or rb. With the tight ends we have especially Mallory or skinner we can line up jumbo in max protect than motion out to have skinner on a backer all day. Or main issue is simply getting the right pieces in place. Everyone's screams creativity without understanding you can only be so creative when you're seriously hampered. We simply catch the ball and run crisper routes we win by three touchdowns...
392 yards of total offense isn’t a bad day if you finish drives.
 
Only thing schematically I would've changed up is motion throughout. Not simply at wr or rb. With the tight ends we have especially Mallory or skinner we can line up jumbo in max protect than motion out to have skinner on a backer all day. Or main issue is simply getting the right pieces in place. Everyone's screams creativity without understanding you can only be so creative when you're seriously hampered. We simply catch the ball and run crisper routes we win by three touchdowns...
agreed. after a rewatch of the game, gattis didn't do such a bad job, except in the redzone. in fact, he did enough for us to win and much more. failure to execute is the reason we lost.
 
Only thing schematically I would've changed up is motion throughout. Not simply at wr or rb. With the tight ends we have especially Mallory or skinner we can line up jumbo in max protect than motion out to have skinner on a backer all day. Or main issue is simply getting the right pieces in place. Everyone's screams creativity without understanding you can only be so creative when you're seriously hampered. We simply catch the ball and run crisper routes we win by three touchdowns...
Only took me scrolling through 57 pages of emotional crying and reach-arounds to finally get to read a knowledgeable opinion
 
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