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I dont think Donofrio has the football intelligence to adapt to a first-class program. But, if Im wrong or D'Onofrio adapts, I will be the first to say I was wrong. However, how long can we wait for a coordinator who is not only creative, smart and charismatic, but also instills a warrior attitude in his players? I looked at his resume from the beginning and knew he was a major risk. I compared him w other D coordinators at the time and the D coordinator at Florida for example had 13 yrs of pro experience not to mention all the college experience. Im not a football expert, but instead of schemes that were easily picked apart week after week, he, like all great coaches could've adapted and used what talent he had. If I were the D coordinator, I would've taken my undersized guys and used it to my advantage. I would have (like Louisville did) put 9 guys on the line and sent a different blitz package every play to confuse an offset the offense. He's had 4 yrs now to develop players. We've had a lot of patience w him, but have seen my Canes get humiliated in big games week after week, yr after yr. I have called-off the criticism for now because he wasn't fired after all like we all hoped he would be. But, as I said, I am not waiting for the end of the 2014 season to do everything I can to get rid of him just as Butch Davis finally had to get rid of his close friend Miller. Miller was full of excuses week after week, but someone had to take the responsibility and it was a great decision because The Canes hired Greg Schiano who took the team to the next level. So Golden, take a cue: I dont care what personal sacrifices you have to make, this is not about you...this is about bringing a National Championship back to Miami and reestablishing the dynasty.
Life long Canes fan and '93 grad...if contests lean towards probability and all toss ups are lost, it is very plausible we could see a 4-8 season next year. Ugh.
If they are able to work out anemic offensive kinks (the actual biggest problem in the '13 campaign--not defense) this coming season, they might emerge as an ACC contender for the '15 go round. Not a defeatist, just a realistic view of where the program is at the present moment.
Sobering predictions for the '14 schedule:
Sept. 1: at Louisville* - Likely Loss
Sept. 6: FLORIDA A&M - Likely Win
Sept. 13: ARKANSAS STATE - Likely Win
Sept. 20: at Nebraska - Toss Up
Sept. 27: DUKE* - Toss Up
Oct. 4: at Georgia Tech* - Toss Up
Oct. 11: CINCINNATI - Likely Win
Oct. 18: Open
Oct. 23: at Virginia Tech* - Likely Loss
Nov. 1: NORTH CAROLINA* - Likely Loss
Nov. 8: Open
Nov. 15: FLORIDA STATE* - Likely Loss
Nov. 22: at Virginia* - Likely Win
Nov. 29: PITTSBURGH* - Toss Up
No worries, David! :)
You're welcome. David!
Thanks for becoming a fan, David! How have you enjoyed writing for Bleacher Report? I really enjoyed your Biggest Surprises piece about the Hurricanes and am looking forward to your continued coverage of the Spurs when the NBA season begins. If you ever have any questions about the site or suggestions for ways we can improve it please let me know! Thanks again.
You're welcome, David!
Thanks David, no problem!
Lifelong Cane and '93 Grad....
A topic that I think could be interesting to discuss would focus on the CFB playoff selection competitiveness AND economic incentives for schools to schedule only top flight teams. For playoff selection, strength of schedule could prove to be a critically weighted factor in light of a 4-team pool (less so in a 64 team format, but still is). Also, from a resourcing perspective, strength of schedule could be one way to increase revenues, especially for a team like UM. It's hard enough to achieve ticket sales when big names come to Joe Robbie Stadium (I refuse to call it anything but that), but near impossible when FAU, FL A&M, or some other cannon fodder come to town. Regardless of recruits, wins, or losses, the absolutely lifeblood of programs in this modern CFB era is going to prove to be funding. One just has to look at Oregon, Arkansas, OSU, Alabama, UT, etc to see those schools are already gearing up to remain competitive through revenue streams as much as actual athletes on the field.
Just food for thought....
Yep! We have a special area in our trophy case for him because he's pretty much our only professional athlete ever haha.