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This one is a touchy subject to grade, because it is really hard to determine what the main problem is on the defensive side of the ball. Is it a lack of talent, youth or coaching that is the primary issue?
Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio's defense has been getting mutilated week in and week out. Many people are blaming the youth as the primary issue on the defensive side of the ball, but I really don't buy it.
I do believe youth and inexperience has hindered the cornerback position, but the defensive linemen aren't that young.
Anthony Chickillo, Olsen Pierre and Jalen Grimble are all sophomores who have played in 38 games so far in their collegiate careers.
Curtis Porter, Luther Robinson, Shayon Green and Kelvin Cain are juniors who have logged in 57 games and have been with the program for three years.
Darius Smith is the lone senior and has played in 16 games thus far.
Now there are a lot of rotating freshmen on the defensive line, and that is no doubt part of the problem on why the defensive line is struggling so bad, but it's not the only reason.
The offense has been on the opposite side of the spectrum.
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has found some success on offense as he has finally allowed quarterback Stephen Morris to throw the ball deep.
I believe he has improved since he came to Miami after the 2010 season, and if he allows the offense a little more freedom, they will be just fine for the rest of the season.
To me, head coach Al Golden is the reason why this team has even won four games. Usually with a defense this bad, there is no way a team should have even have one victory.
He has the players believing in themselves, and it's been a true blessing to have him on the Hurricane sidelines.