It’s a Monday after the game, which means it’s time to hit the orange-green speedometer and jump from the high jump into the deep niches of my canes mind pool …..
1) Sorry, I’ve given Miami too much credit. I had State of Michigan Win 34-24 which would have been an improvement on the game’s bottom line. A number of things worried me before Saturday … namely, how disciplined and well-executed Sparty had looked so far against admittedly inferior competition. The success of Sparty on site again gave cause for concern against a defense that simply can no longer tackle. To be honest, every game that didn’t play outside on Saturday was probably a wasted game for State because they always had success.
2) Zion Nelson and the rest of the lineage continued to show that this year they will be the death of that offense. Sure, there are tons of blame. Too many drops from the passport catchers. Mike Harley, Jr. and Will Mallory were the culprits on Saturday, with Mallory’s end zone doink being particularly egregious and costly. Harley bounced back with some key catches after his fall, but Mallory continues his milk carton photo campaign in 2021. Cam Harris is starting to look like molasses lately, unable to run away from anyone or through a lot of tackles. D’Eriq King, while a warrior, made some egregious decisions on Saturday and flipped the ball three times. But again, the offensive line generated very little push and let King run too much as he fell back. Nelson, who was whipped at the sack fumble in the fourth quarter, was also avoidable and was well described by our own novel Marciante here:
Only 2 defenders on your side of the center. Defensive end is being squeezed out and IMO, that unnecessary failure to help your guard has caused the game to unravel. pic.twitter.com/nsdhvPTJWG
– rOman (@Romancane) September 19, 2021
3) Despite the offensive mess, Miami found a star in Transfer WR Charleston Rambo on Saturday. For some reason, State never adjusted to it, giving him and King the 10 to 12 yard trailer patterns for first downs over and over again. Rambo caught both touchdowns of the canes – from 3 and 14 yards. For the game he counted 12 catches – which was the school record for catches in a game – for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cue ball and a big pat on the back for number 11 for doing one of the best performances Miami has had in a long time from a wide receiver. Bravo, Charleston.
4) I don’t want to see Gurvan Hall in the field for a while. This inexplicably poor decision to attack the blocker alongside the ball carrier made national headlines and resulted in a 54-yard game:
Hall didn’t have a good start to the season, to say the least, and it’s time both Kamren Kinchens and James Williams see the field above him. And if Diaz wants to bring them together more on the field, I’m more than fine with it now. Let the guys eat.
5) Speaking of eating, Chantz Williams was Miami’s most effective defensive end to date this year. Give. The. Child. The. Starting. Solo performance. Until. Someone. Different. Deserved. It.
6) King has one shoulder arched and is in question for this weekend. Just go ahead and shut him out and start Tyler Van Dyke and let him share the time with Jake Garcia. It’s good practice for both players against live competition in the light, especially since there’s a clear possibility that either of them will face a Virginia team the following week.
7) Finally, while I’m not (yet) calling for Manny Diaz to be fired, I want to know one thing: where the hell is Blake James with all this? Yeah, yeah …. I know it’s not his way of saying something almost always (despite Clemson’s loss after 58-0) so spare me those special comments but admit that kind of result unacceptable, AT LEAST gives us fans some consolation knowing that you really care about the status of the programs you are supposed to manage. The baseball, basketball, and soccer programs have become almost completely irrelevant under your supervision. They build the opposite of champions. Your teams become mediocre as you pimp a slogan and fool the donors and alumni. TO SAY. SOME!!!! Pick up the iPhone, tweet with your thumb that the result is not what we were hoping for, that you have higher expectations for this program, that you expect the team to turn it around, etc., etc. . SOME. DEMONSTRATE. US. SHE. CARE. Because right now it looks like you’re content to go cheap and let the program torment you with mediocre seasons year after year.
Be a leader once in your bloody tenure, man.