Upon Further Review- Cheez-It Bowl

Upon Further Review- Cheez-It Bowl

Lance Roffers
Miami finished out their year in disappointing fashion, as the familiar bugaboo’s popped up in self-inflicted wounds, drops, undisciplined penalties, and just simply allowing an inferior team to beat them in a bowl game. Upon Further Review is here to show you the ugly truth. It's going to be long, so skip the overall portion if you want a bulleted torture.

Ivey is scared to death of getting beaten deep in off-coverage, he is still retreating on this play, despite being five yards off the receiver, him already stopping, the QB reaching the top of his drop, and staring it down. Ivey actually retreats another two yards after the ball has already been released. Not really possible to play a stop-route in off-coverage worse than he does here. This receiver isn’t tackled until the. Woof.
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Just catch the ball, Couch.
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Look at this defensive setup on 3rd & 5. No one covers anyone and certainly nothing is done to protect the sticks. Steed initially thought he had man responsibilities on the RB and then remembered it was zone and tried to backtrack on the TE crosser. Couldn’t be an easier throw to pick up a 3rd down.
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I imagine this isn’t how they drew this defense up on the whiteboard. DE drops out and he and Steed just collide and take each other out. Frierson blitzes and is easily handled. QB can drink a Coke in this pocket. Baker had a month to come up with this scheme.
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Whew. You cannot make it any easier on a QB to pick up a 3rd down than this. They’re truly just running to the sticks and turning around and no one is anywhere near them. Drop prevents an easy conversion.
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Patrick Joyner runs into his own DT and takes him out for OSU. QB breaks the pocket and Keontra steps up for some unknown reason and the WR runs to the end zone.
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Gaynor blown up on inside-zone by the NT. If he keeps his block and isn’t pushed into the backfield, this is a nice gain. Instead, it’s a TFL.
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Gaynor blown up again after Cam’Ron Harris made a couple of nice individual plays to keep the drive alive. Punt time. Lashlee had a month and his gameplan was clearly to come out and try to run the ball on OSU and it didn’t work.
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Steed falls for the play-action hard and this is another throw that couldn’t be easier. This scheme will not work. Honestly, not clear what they’re even trying to accomplish with so many wide-open receivers. Going this zone-heavy after being a man-principled team reeks of desperation on defense. The receiver takes this to Miami’s 42.
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QB hit as he throws, ball goes straight up in the air, it turns into a completion. Miami needs an exorcism to cleanse themselves of the bad juju they have going on. (Not pictured)

This is exactly how this should look on this play. Brooks is the force player, which gets it name because he wants to “force” the ballcarrier to turn into the defensive pursuit. Jennings is clean and closing on the gap. This should be a TFL, instead Jennings stops his feet and the RB runs right by him to the 5-yard line. Brooks actually turns around and runs him down to prevent the TD.
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This throw was 5-yards out-of-bounds but for some reason Gurvan Hall just stiff arms the receiver as he’s running. Never finds the ball and panics. You see the guy in the red shirt? The ball hits him in the foot. Don’t just hand them easy plays and it’s 3rd-and-goal from the 10.
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Low man wins. RB brushes off Steed here like a gnat. Too easy.
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Another opponent disrespecting you. Another game of just tolerating it.
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This should be an easy 1st down, but Brevin came in soft on this block and the defender just flips him off to the side and gets a TFL. You actually got what you wanted here, as #2 is supposed to have outside shoulder of blocker here and force him back inside to the LB. If Brevin just keeps his block, it’s not a stretch to think this could score.
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Scaife ducks his head and gets whipped by the DT. If Scaife gets his block, this is an easy 1st down with two OL releasing downfield. Their NT has just crushed us in the early going. Two consecutive plays that should’ve been easy 1st downs and then they have to go on 4th down and can’t convert.
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Something I want to see changed with Miami’s teaching in the next year is that you need to come back to the football on these plays. Quit trying to catch these falling away. I’ve written about this exact same play type from multiple receivers this year. If Brevin goes up to the ball and points his chest at the ball and goes up to the ball strongly, he either catches this ball, or at worst gets an easy pass interference call. It was pass interference, but they aren’t going to call it when you’re falling away from the ball.
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I’ve been doing these film reviews for the entirety of Ivey’s career and every year I say if I was an OC I’d run in-breaking routes against Ivey all game because I don’t remember a game where he ever covered it. Has to be a footwork issue because he is athletic enough to handle it, but for whatever reason he struggles with in-breaking routes.
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Next play was embarrassing lack of preparation. Can’t get lined up on the outside and it’s an uncovered 1st down.
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I love Steed’s story and appreciate how hard he has worked to overcome injuries, but you can’t have your LB’s running into the backs of your DT repeatedly, as I’ve seen him do this year. Of course he’s not even helping on defense when this is happening because he can’t see anything and he’s hindering the DT from doing anything.
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Frierson has the inside of the slot receiver and it’s still just an easy pass. Frierson turns his entire body to the sideline as he’s worried about getting beaten to the MOF. Hall just drops deep. Neither cover anything and it’s a TD. This has to be man, so what is Frierson trying to do here? This technique will not work. Receiver runs to the line and turns around, QB hits him, Frierson is late to get over there and he breaks a Hall tackle into the end zone. Woof. After this play, Joaquin Gonzalez tweeted that Baker could pack his bags and walk home.
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The officials in this game did about as poor of a job as one can conceivably do in a bowl game (where supposedly the best officials actually get the games). The kicker turns around and cuts in front of Restrepo, who is just running down the field and the kicker trips over his own feet and they call a block-in-the-back. What is Restrepo supposed to do? Why doesn’t every defender just turn and stop in front of someone if they’re going to throw a flag on that? Wipes out a 40+ yard return. (Not pictured)

To only get about 10 yards out of this is disappointing. It is setup perfectly. Would’ve loved for 51 to block 16 rather than trying for 95 (he blocks no one). 60 loses his block and his man comes off to make a tackle.
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King gets away with one here. He doesn’t see that the backside LB has dropped into the outside zone and sees the wheel route. King just gets it over his hands as he took a bad angle.
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Give King a pocket like this and Brevin a clean release and it’s easy money. Have been baffled by Miami’s lack of use of the MOF all season and they dial one up here for a TD.
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Flagg has really good instincts, but his lack of length and quick-twitch means OL can stay engaged with him longer than you’d like. Your MLB shouldn’t get blocked this long by a G. Huge run here.
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Cannot let the QB get outside of you when you’re the contain player here, McCloud. Picks up 4, rather than a large loss.
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Dropping Patrick Joyner into coverage will probably never be a call I like.
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Major weakness of this defense has always been the flats being undefended. This is such a simple play for the QB, it’s one of the prominent reasons we make average QB’s look like all-stars. The leverage of this defense is poor. Goes for a 1st down. Brian Balom whiffs badly on this tackle attempt.
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As I’m watching this game over, I’m writing down #22 quite a bit and wondered who he was. I thought 52 was Cam Williams, but that’s Patrick Joyner (who played really poorly). Cam Williams played well in this game and should’ve been on the field a lot more than 52 & 53. Here, he torpedoes a run play and forces the runner back into his help on a key 3rd down. OK State misses the FG and the defense keeps it somewhat a game.
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Chaney is still learning the finer parts of being a big-time RB, but pressing the hole as much as he does before bouncing this one allows for the block from Wiggins on the edge here. If Chaney bounces immediately, Wiggins can’t get here and that outside S is further downhill already. Kid could be special if he cleans a few of these techniques up over the offseason. Love how he finishes the run. He gets down to the 38-yard line of OSU here and turns it back inside to run someone over and pick up four more yards.
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Another illustration of how interior OL play is key to what Lashlee wants to do. This is a designed QB run the whole way, but none of the interior OL can get to the second-level here. King decides to run where the edge is stunting and loses yards. Frankly, it’s a bad play call and I feel like we run far too often on 2nd & 10.
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This is a throw that simply has to be made. Clean pocket, this is wide open in college. A great throw is a TD. A good throw is in the red zone. A decent throw is a conversion. It was a terrible throw. We get a pass interference call, but this is still a throw that has to be made. King threw it way back into the safety, rather than along the numbers where Harley has free space.
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Here is the hold and you can see why Clark holds at this moment here. Besides taking a really poor angle here, he’s already off-balance and his head is way over his toes. This is a zone run where he is simply asked to “reach” this defender. He needs to be on the outside shoulder of this defender and just shield him. Instead, he ducks his head and charges at him like a missile. When the defender moves, he has no balance to change direction and has to grab him. Jakai Clark has to be upgraded on next season at LG.
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King’s gotta get out of this play call because of the overhang defender #7. When Harley comes in motion, that draws the overhang defender into the gap on the LOS and then the safety comes over the top on the 7-yard line and the play is essentially dead as a bubble screen. You don’t have the numbers or leverage in this formation. Play loses yards. Hasselbeck said he wouldn’t be surprised if Miami was just setting something up for later, and it’s a good point, as Lashlee has been known to do that often this year. *Narrator voice* He was setting something up later.
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Sure wish King would’ve just dropped this off to Pope here. Scrambles and blows his knee out. There is a safety there and he gets tackled at the 5 most likely, but sometimes the safe play is the right play.
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Perry comes in and has Brevin wide open for a TD on the slant, but he throws it a little flat and the LB knocks it down. It was a great play the defender, honestly. (Not pictured)

When Nesta is good, it’s because of his grown-man strength. He tackles the RB with the blocker on this play, which is impressive. Teams have gotten wise to Nesta jumping gaps and have started letting him jump away from his gap and then pushing him wide. He maintains his leverage here and tackles the RB for a loss. Assist to the Jordan Miller, who also bullies the C into the backfield and makes this possible. If Nesta returns, I’d love to see him spend the offseason learning a pass-rush move other than bullrush and take hard coaching.
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Miami had around 10 opportunities in this game where if they make any of the plays they probably win. Here is one of them. Harvey beats his man and forces a fumble. The ball is laying under the Miami defender on the ground (Frierson), who somehow lets it slip from his grasp and OSU recovers.
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Harley muffs the punt, ball goes right to Cam’Ron Harris, who can’t keep it and it’s a turnover. Miami played so poorly in this game. (Not pictured)

McCloud gives up the edge and then is outran to the edge by the QB. (Not pictured)

Elijah Roberts looks super quick inside at DT, gets a pressure on the QB and forces an errant pass. Played a two-down lineman set, with Harrison-Hunte and Roberts as the only down linemen. Brooks, McCloud, Jennings came on a double-A gap blitz. (Not pictured)

I’ve seen it over-and-over all season long. Receivers on long throws are falling back at the catch point. If Wiggins just turns his chest to the ball and goes up with strong hands, he scores a TD here as the defender fell down. Of course, he simply drops the ball here. The coaches get some blame (and will get blame) for how we played, but my goodness did the players fail to step up in this one.
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You watch other teams run pulls with their OL and it looks easy. When we run it, we run into our RG and essentially take two OL out ourselves.
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Flea-flicker and Pope drops the deep pass. It was messed up by a poor pitch from Chaney, though. Simple execution was just not there consistently in this game. Without the ground ball, the timing is better and it’s an easy throw because he was 10-yards behind everyone. Lashlee did everything he could in this game and we should’ve scored 50.
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Bad throw. Well underthrown here. If he makes a good toss out there on the fake screen with a Go route, it’s another TD. Settle for FG.
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Wiggins drop. Hits him right in the hands. Had a guy on his back, but the allergy to contested catches continues for our WR’s.
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Walk-in TD if Wiggins just catches the ball. Back-to-back plays from Wiggins.
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All three plays Miami couldn’t ask for more. This is wide-open for a TD and Perry throws it out-of-bounds. Oklahoma State was essentially begging us to score a TD and we decided not to. One of the great things about Smash concept is that the corner route gives so much freedom for the receiver to adjust to wherever the QB throws the ball. Just not if you throw it out-of-bounds. In a game Miami loses by 3, those 4 points sure would’ve helped.
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Nesta splits the RG/C block as OSU tries to run horizontal. Harvey does a great job of forklifting his OT and Steed does a nice job. Jennings is a step late, but the C got over his ski’s and fell down, so he couldn’t get to Jennings. TFL.
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One of the adjustments the defense made in this game is they started to attack the A gaps with double pressure and play man-1 behind (man coverage with one deep safety). Jennings comes from as the C declares for Steed and the RB tries to take Steed as well. Sanders panicked with pressure up-the-middle.
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Attack. The. Football. I would teach my receivers to stick their inside leg in the ground, use the force to spin your hips and get your chest to face the football, go up with two hands and attack the ball in the air. Letting the ball come to the receivers has really cost them in this game. This was a perfect throw to Harley, who has it in his hands and drops it. Tough catch, but tries to cradle it like a baby and allows the defender to punch it out.
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I really like this play, as they motioned Harley across and into the backfield, while using Cam to lead. It’s an RPO, where if that defender doesn’t go with Cam, QB can pull it and throw it to the RB. Using a WR as a RB messes up leverage on the defense and they tend to get lost.
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Split zone action, pull Brevin around the edge and it’s blocked perfectly. Jordan has the edge follow him because they have dumped it off to him on this little crosser a few times. It opens up a running lane for a house call.
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How they overturned the 2-pt. conversion that was deemed successful I will not understand. The angle at the goal line is not straight down the line, so you can’t just assume that look. It was a bad call in a second half filled with them. (Not pictured)

Ivey really has his arms straight down like a dead cockroach on this tackle attempt. Obviously poor attempt here. Hidden yards on plays like this. He picks up 11 yards after this. We get a fortuitous call on a block-in-the-back.
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Couch gets called for pass interference, on a ticky-tack call. Would’ve been a huge game-changing interception. Bad thing is he had perfect coverage and didn’t need to grab him, but he panicked with the ball in the air. Additionally, McCloud tipped the ball, and it should’ve been waved off due to being tipped. These officials would be rated a 1 on the 1-10 scale for their performance. (Not pictured)

This is your edge player. Does McCloud think he’s playing LB again? You simply cannot get this far out of position when you have backside contain. Woof.
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Frierson plays this wrong. Attack the inside shoulder of this blocker, make QB take it to sideline and have to bubble. You’ve got a corner out there to defend sideline. QB cuts back here and gets big yardage on 2nd & 19. So many plays in this game that added up to an ugly loss. OSU gets a FG on this drive, when if Frierson makes this simple play, they’re punting from deep in their own territory.
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Miami runs the same action where Harley comes across in motion, only it’s a fake. When they don’t give it him, no one covers him and he’s wide open in the flats. Big yards from that play. (Not pictured)

Perry tries to run read with Chaney and Chaney wants to take it, Perry wants to keep it. Ball is on the ground. It looks like a mistake by Perry, who should’ve given the ball on the read. This mistake is another one that if it doesn’t happen, I think Miami wins. They were already to midfield, had short yardage, things were going well towards points. OSU gets a TD out of it. A horrendous pass interference call on Couch on a ball clearly not catchable aided them greatly, when they probably don’t get any points otherwise. (Not pictured)

We run that fake QB draw, throw it Mallory play that really was golden for the Canes this year on 4th down and Miami gets a TD right back. (Not pictured)

The big drop by Pope, I’ll just let my Tweet explain it.

Overall

Miami gave this game away. There is no sugarcoating it, there is no excuse making to explain it away. Miami compounded mistake after mistake in this one. Here are the highlights of the mistakes:

  • Coaching decision to go away from everything the defense has done this year and ask the defense to play a soft zone defense that made everything easy for the QB. It wasn’t disguised zones to confuse a QB on who is coming from where and who is defending whom, it was simply soft zone coverage to force the offense to execute down the field and they easily did. It was 21-0 right off-the-bat and the defensive coaching gameplan led to much of it.
  • Couch drops an interception on the first drive that they later scored a TD on.
  • Pass interference by Gurvan Hall on 2nd & goal from the 10 where he panicked on the ball in the air. Don’t commit that penalty and it’s 3rd & goal from 10 and you probably hold to a FG.
  • Holding penalty on Jakai where he had bad technique and it cost us 4 points. It didn’t cost us King, that was simply bad luck. It did cost us 4 points though.
  • Harley fumble cost us great field position.
  • Inability to keep a fumble right in the arms of Frierson.
  • Wiggins drops a perfect deep pass from Perry that was at worst a FG, a TD if he just plays it correctly.
  • Pope drops a perfect deep pass that would’ve put Miami inside 10.
  • Wiggins drops a slip screen where he would’ve walked into the end zone. Costs 4 points.
  • Perry misses Keyshawn open on a corner route. (these last three plays all happened on the same drive as Miami refused to score a TD)
  • 2nd & 19 from OSU 11, Frierson gets out of his gap and allows a cutback for a big gain. OSU gets a FG on the drive, rather than punting from deep in own territory.
  • Miami fumbles on 2nd & 3 from nearly midfield when Miami had momentum. OSU gets a TD on the drive thanks to a bad pass interference call and grab by Couch.
  • 3rd & 10 and Brevin drops a pass that would’ve kept drive alive with more time.
  • Pope drops a perfect deep pass that puts us in red zone at worst.
  • Miami gave OSU four first downs via pass interference penalty, had two block-in-the-back calls on returns, had a horse collar tackle on 3rd down, and a holding call that was unnecessary knock out a TD.
 
It’s been said that the difference between an amateur and a professional is that an amateur practices until they get it right, while a professional practices until they can’t get it wrong.

You have to wonder whether UM just goes through the motions and doesn’t even get it right in practice.

The extent of the poor everything from coaching to execution is depressing.
 
Bad throw. Well underthrown here. If he makes a good toss out there on the fake screen with a Go route, it’s another TD. Settle for FG.
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Wiggins drop. Hits him right in the hands. Had a guy on his back, but the allergy to contested catches continues for our WR’s.
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Walk-in TD if Wiggins just catches the ball. Back-to-back plays from Wiggins.
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All three plays Miami couldn’t ask for more. This is wide-open for a TD and Perry throws it out-of-bounds. Oklahoma State was essentially begging us to score a TD and we decided not to. One of the great things about Smash concept is that the corner route gives so much freedom for the receiver to adjust to wherever the QB throws the ball. Just not if you throw it out-of-bounds. In a game Miami loses by 3, those 4 points sure would’ve helped.
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Nesta splits the RG/C block as OSU tries to run horizontal. Harvey does a great job of forklifting his OT and Steed does a nice job. Jennings is a step late, but the C got over his ski’s and fell down, so he couldn’t get to Jennings. TFL.
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One of the adjustments the defense made in this game is they started to attack the A gaps with double pressure and play man-1 behind (man coverage with one deep safety). Jennings comes from as the C declares for Steed and the RB tries to take Steed as well. Sanders panicked with pressure up-the-middle.
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Attack. The. Football. I would teach my receivers to stick their inside leg in the ground, use the force to spin your hips and get your chest to face the football, go up with two hands and attack the ball in the air. Letting the ball come to the receivers has really cost them in this game. This was a perfect throw to Harley, who has it in his hands and drops it. Tough catch, but tries to cradle it like a baby and allows the defender to punch it out.
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I really like this play, as they motioned Harley across and into the backfield, while using Cam to lead. It’s an RPO, where if that defender doesn’t go with Cam, QB can pull it and throw it to the RB. Using a WR as a RB messes up leverage on the defense and they tend to get lost.
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Split zone action, pull Brevin around the edge and it’s blocked perfectly. Jordan has the edge follow him because they have dumped it off to him on this little crosser a few times. It opens up a running lane for a house call.
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How they overturned the 2-pt. conversion that was deemed successful I will not understand. The angle at the goal line is not straight down the line, so you can’t just assume that look. It was a bad call in a second half filled with them. (Not pictured)

Ivey really has his arms straight down like a dead cockroach on this tackle attempt. Obviously poor attempt here. Hidden yards on plays like this. He picks up 11 yards after this. We get a fortuitous call on a block-in-the-back.
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Couch gets called for pass interference, on a ticky-tack call. Would’ve been a huge game-changing interception. Bad thing is he had perfect coverage and didn’t need to grab him, but he panicked with the ball in the air. Additionally, McCloud tipped the ball, and it should’ve been waved off due to being tipped. These officials would be rated a 1 on the 1-10 scale for their performance. (Not pictured)

This is your edge player. Does McCloud think he’s playing LB again? You simply cannot get this far out of position when you have backside contain. Woof.
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Frierson plays this wrong. Attack the inside shoulder of this blocker, make QB take it to sideline and have to bubble. You’ve got a corner out there to defend sideline. QB cuts back here and gets big yardage on 2nd & 19. So many plays in this game that added up to an ugly loss. OSU gets a FG on this drive, when if Frierson makes this simple play, they’re punting from deep in their own territory.
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Miami runs the same action where Harley comes across in motion, only it’s a fake. When they don’t give it him, no one covers him and he’s wide open in the flats. Big yards from that play. (Not pictured)

Perry tries to run read with Chaney and Chaney wants to take it, Perry wants to keep it. Ball is on the ground. It looks like a mistake by Perry, who should’ve given the ball on the read. This mistake is another one that if it doesn’t happen, I think Miami wins. They were already to midfield, had short yardage, things were going well towards points. OSU gets a TD out of it. A horrendous pass interference call on Couch on a ball clearly not catchable aided them greatly, when they probably don’t get any points otherwise. (Not pictured)

We run that fake QB draw, throw it Mallory play that really was golden for the Canes this year on 4th down and Miami gets a TD right back. (Not pictured)

The big drop by Pope, I’ll just let my Tweet explain it.

Overall

Miami gave this game away. There is no sugarcoating it, there is no excuse making to explain it away. Miami compounded mistake after mistake in this one. Here are the highlights of the mistakes:

  • Coaching decision to go away from everything the defense has done this year and ask the defense to play a soft zone defense that made everything easy for the QB. It wasn’t disguised zones to confuse a QB on who is coming from where and who is defending whom, it was simply soft zone coverage to force the offense to execute down the field and they easily did. It was 21-0 right off-the-bat and the defensive coaching gameplan led to much of it.
  • Couch drops an interception on the first drive that they later scored a TD on.
  • Pass interference by Gurvan Hall on 2nd & goal from the 10 where he panicked on the ball in the air. Don’t commit that penalty and it’s 3rd & goal from 10 and you probably hold to a FG.
  • Holding penalty on Jakai where he had bad technique and it cost us 4 points. It didn’t cost us King, that was simply bad luck. It did cost us 4 points though.
  • Harley fumble cost us great field position.
  • Inability to keep a fumble right in the arms of Frierson.
  • Wiggins drops a perfect deep pass from Perry that was at worst a FG, a TD if he just plays it correctly.
  • Pope drops a perfect deep pass that would’ve put Miami inside 10.
  • Wiggins drops a slip screen where he would’ve walked into the end zone. Costs 4 points.
  • Perry misses Keyshawn open on a corner route. (these last three plays all happened on the same drive as Miami refused to score a TD)
  • 2nd & 19 from OSU 11, Frierson gets out of his gap and allows a cutback for a big gain. OSU gets a FG on the drive, rather than punting from deep in own territory.
  • Miami fumbles on 2nd & 3 from nearly midfield when Miami had momentum. OSU gets a TD on the drive thanks to a bad pass interference call and grab by Couch.
  • 3rd & 10 and Brevin drops a pass that would’ve kept drive alive with more time.
  • Pope drops a perfect deep pass that puts us in red zone at worst.
  • Miami gave OSU four first downs via pass interference penalty, had two block-in-the-back calls on returns, had a horse collar tackle on 3rd down, and a holding call that was unnecessary knock out a TD.
Did any young players stand out in your mind?
 
im not sure how to receive this. my first thought is that these players simply aren't good enough. I cant believe that they are being coached to do these things. My only fault is that they keep playing players that don't know what they are doing. I always question whether our players are students of the game that break down film or are they kids that feel they have made it because they are at the U
 
Bad throw. Well underthrown here. If he makes a good toss out there on the fake screen with a Go route, it’s another TD. Settle for FG.
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Wiggins drop. Hits him right in the hands. Had a guy on his back, but the allergy to contested catches continues for our WR’s.
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Walk-in TD if Wiggins just catches the ball. Back-to-back plays from Wiggins.
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All three plays Miami couldn’t ask for more. This is wide-open for a TD and Perry throws it out-of-bounds. Oklahoma State was essentially begging us to score a TD and we decided not to. One of the great things about Smash concept is that the corner route gives so much freedom for the receiver to adjust to wherever the QB throws the ball. Just not if you throw it out-of-bounds. In a game Miami loses by 3, those 4 points sure would’ve helped.
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Nesta splits the RG/C block as OSU tries to run horizontal. Harvey does a great job of forklifting his OT and Steed does a nice job. Jennings is a step late, but the C got over his ski’s and fell down, so he couldn’t get to Jennings. TFL.
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One of the adjustments the defense made in this game is they started to attack the A gaps with double pressure and play man-1 behind (man coverage with one deep safety). Jennings comes from as the C declares for Steed and the RB tries to take Steed as well. Sanders panicked with pressure up-the-middle.
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Attack. The. Football. I would teach my receivers to stick their inside leg in the ground, use the force to spin your hips and get your chest to face the football, go up with two hands and attack the ball in the air. Letting the ball come to the receivers has really cost them in this game. This was a perfect throw to Harley, who has it in his hands and drops it. Tough catch, but tries to cradle it like a baby and allows the defender to punch it out.
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I really like this play, as they motioned Harley across and into the backfield, while using Cam to lead. It’s an RPO, where if that defender doesn’t go with Cam, QB can pull it and throw it to the RB. Using a WR as a RB messes up leverage on the defense and they tend to get lost.
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Split zone action, pull Brevin around the edge and it’s blocked perfectly. Jordan has the edge follow him because they have dumped it off to him on this little crosser a few times. It opens up a running lane for a house call.
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How they overturned the 2-pt. conversion that was deemed successful I will not understand. The angle at the goal line is not straight down the line, so you can’t just assume that look. It was a bad call in a second half filled with them. (Not pictured)

Ivey really has his arms straight down like a dead cockroach on this tackle attempt. Obviously poor attempt here. Hidden yards on plays like this. He picks up 11 yards after this. We get a fortuitous call on a block-in-the-back.
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Couch gets called for pass interference, on a ticky-tack call. Would’ve been a huge game-changing interception. Bad thing is he had perfect coverage and didn’t need to grab him, but he panicked with the ball in the air. Additionally, McCloud tipped the ball, and it should’ve been waved off due to being tipped. These officials would be rated a 1 on the 1-10 scale for their performance. (Not pictured)

This is your edge player. Does McCloud think he’s playing LB again? You simply cannot get this far out of position when you have backside contain. Woof.
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Frierson plays this wrong. Attack the inside shoulder of this blocker, make QB take it to sideline and have to bubble. You’ve got a corner out there to defend sideline. QB cuts back here and gets big yardage on 2nd & 19. So many plays in this game that added up to an ugly loss. OSU gets a FG on this drive, when if Frierson makes this simple play, they’re punting from deep in their own territory.
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Miami runs the same action where Harley comes across in motion, only it’s a fake. When they don’t give it him, no one covers him and he’s wide open in the flats. Big yards from that play. (Not pictured)

Perry tries to run read with Chaney and Chaney wants to take it, Perry wants to keep it. Ball is on the ground. It looks like a mistake by Perry, who should’ve given the ball on the read. This mistake is another one that if it doesn’t happen, I think Miami wins. They were already to midfield, had short yardage, things were going well towards points. OSU gets a TD out of it. A horrendous pass interference call on Couch on a ball clearly not catchable aided them greatly, when they probably don’t get any points otherwise. (Not pictured)

We run that fake QB draw, throw it Mallory play that really was golden for the Canes this year on 4th down and Miami gets a TD right back. (Not pictured)

The big drop by Pope, I’ll just let my Tweet explain it.

Overall

Miami gave this game away. There is no sugarcoating it, there is no excuse making to explain it away. Miami compounded mistake after mistake in this one. Here are the highlights of the mistakes:

  • Coaching decision to go away from everything the defense has done this year and ask the defense to play a soft zone defense that made everything easy for the QB. It wasn’t disguised zones to confuse a QB on who is coming from where and who is defending whom, it was simply soft zone coverage to force the offense to execute down the field and they easily did. It was 21-0 right off-the-bat and the defensive coaching gameplan led to much of it.
  • Couch drops an interception on the first drive that they later scored a TD on.
  • Pass interference by Gurvan Hall on 2nd & goal from the 10 where he panicked on the ball in the air. Don’t commit that penalty and it’s 3rd & goal from 10 and you probably hold to a FG.
  • Holding penalty on Jakai where he had bad technique and it cost us 4 points. It didn’t cost us King, that was simply bad luck. It did cost us 4 points though.
  • Harley fumble cost us great field position.
  • Inability to keep a fumble right in the arms of Frierson.
  • Wiggins drops a perfect deep pass from Perry that was at worst a FG, a TD if he just plays it correctly.
  • Pope drops a perfect deep pass that would’ve put Miami inside 10.
  • Wiggins drops a slip screen where he would’ve walked into the end zone. Costs 4 points.
  • Perry misses Keyshawn open on a corner route. (these last three plays all happened on the same drive as Miami refused to score a TD)
  • 2nd & 19 from OSU 11, Frierson gets out of his gap and allows a cutback for a big gain. OSU gets a FG on the drive, rather than punting from deep in own territory.
  • Miami fumbles on 2nd & 3 from nearly midfield when Miami had momentum. OSU gets a TD on the drive thanks to a bad pass interference call and grab by Couch.
  • 3rd & 10 and Brevin drops a pass that would’ve kept drive alive with more time.
  • Pope drops a perfect deep pass that puts us in red zone at worst.
  • Miami gave OSU four first downs via pass interference penalty, had two block-in-the-back calls on returns, had a horse collar tackle on 3rd down, and a holding call that was unnecessary knock out a TD.

Terrific writeup. Do you feel that the problem is that the coaches aren't teaching the fundamentals (in other words, amateur hour), or do you think the coaches are trying to teach the fundamentals but the players just aren't executing what they're being taught?
 
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Usually, its the freshmen making the massive errors and the seniors arent.

At Miami, the seniors and juniors make freshman mistakes.

Football is an assignment sport. It always has been. If you fail to execute on your assignment, tough ****. Every time we manage to execute the assignment at hand, its a good play. Every time we dont, it looks like Division 3 HS football.
 
we are not well-coached, that's the take away. Both schematically and fundamentally, on both side of the ball in different facets.
I'd say it's that were weren't well coached previously on offence - with no Spring / limited Fall Camp it's been tough for Lashlee and his gang to correct the bad habits the offensive players have ingrained.

That's clearly a very competent group - I'm keen to see how the offence looks with a full offseason.

The defence, unfortunately, is a mess. Beyond the play calling. Which is why I said at the very least bringing in competent position coaches who can recruit (important, but not vital) and actually teach the fundamentals of their position groups would make a big difference.
 
Terrific writeup. Do you feel that the problem is that the coaches aren't teaching the fundamentals (in other words, amateur hour), or do you think the coaches are trying to teach the fundamentals but the players just aren't executing what they're being taught?
Either way that's on the coaches - you have to work out ways to get the message across to players. If they continue to fail you play the next man up.

It's really disheartening to watch less talented teams at least do the basics right.
 
My perception is that our players are not smart and have poor judgement when it comes to football. I assume it is a reflection of a lack of leadership on the staff. Leaders in LeAdership positions such as a HC position and a DC position don’t behave like ours do. Our lack of leadership leads to an indisciplined culture. IMO, in addition to poor football X’s and O’s, These performances are the result of the leaderless broken processes
 
I'd say it's that were weren't well coached previously on offence - with no Spring / limited Fall Camp it's been tough for Lashlee and his gang to correct the bad habits the offensive players have ingrained.

That's clearly a very competent group - I'm keen to see how the offence looks with a full offseason.

The defence, unfortunately, is a mess. Beyond the play calling. Which is why I said at the very least bringing in competent position coaches who can recruit (important, but not vital) and actually teach the fundamentals of their position groups would make a big difference.
The OL is as much of a mess as the defense.
 

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