If any of you have watched the last 3 games (which I am sure most of you have) then you probably are experiencing the same anxieties that I am. What is going on with our defense? We are we soo beat up at LB? Where the hell are the younger guys? Does Pink really have 3 nipples?!? Can we expect 450+ yards against us for the rest of the year.....well my Fellow Canaics, after reading Manny's Blog (over at the Miami Herald) you might wanna grab a seat and snatch up the neareest blunt, crack pipe, bottle of pills, flask of bourbon or whatever else that takes you to your Happy Place.
Here is a few things from the article that I wanted to point out, but the link to the full article can be found at the bottom of the post.
1) Randy Shannon was talking at his Tuesday Press Conference about the injuries on the defense and how the other guys are going to have to step up. Along with that Shannon states: "As far as coaches, we're going to grind those guys each and every day. Right now, this part of the season, it's all about execution. We're gong to teach those guys each and every day to learn. If they don't learn it, we have to keep teaching it." Well I was was wonder just who he might be talking about with "those guys". Come to find out Chavez Grant painted out the gloomy picture perfectly.
Grant says: "The transition from high school to college is all mental. "You're going to get faster, you're going to get stronger, but this game is played between your ears. You have to understand where you are and where you need to be, what plays are called, what those plays are designed for. And what those guys are struggling with is that. You can't just learn two coverages if you're going into a game with six coverages. Then, the coaches would have to pick and choose based on what you can do. That's the biggest problem. They have to learn the plays. Physically, Brandon [McGee] can play football. Arthur Brown, he can play with the best of them. Arthur Brown will be the first one to find the ball in practice. But when it comes to schemes, blitz coverages and blitz pacakges, dropping into coverages those are not those guys' strong points. And it's not the coaching. We're all in the same meetings. We're all getting taught the same way. If those guys really want to learn, they have to put in the extra time."
Hmm that says a whole lot about why we haven't seen the younger guys on the field yet. Even more disconcerting news came from Randy Phillips on the overall health of the defense. Manny asks Phillips how much pain is he playing in during the games. Phillips lifts his right arm up to his chest, saying this is as far as I can lift it so if I want to tip a pass I have to go up with my left arm. Phillips continues, "There are only three players on Miami's defense who aren't playing with some form of pain or coming off injury." Those are: cornerbacks Brandon Harris and Sam Shields and safety Jared Campbell. So almost the entire defense is playing with battered bodies which gives us a glimpse to why we have seen such a drop off in defensive production.
Read what else Manny finds out from the players this morning. One thing I can say is, these kids are gutting it out for the Team and that is progress! Last year, we all but quit around this time...lets hope this season isn't a repeat performance.