Notes From the Spring Game
Thousands of ‘Canes fans poured into Lockhart Stadium today to celebrate everything orange and green and get a preview of the Golden Era. While the Spring Game was a great time, if one came looking for answers from today’s game, you left empty-handed – unless you were at the Eye of the Hurricane/CaneInsider tailgate, in that case you left five pounds heavier and with orange and green jello shots.
In March, Coach Golden told alumni in Broward that the ‘Canes did not yet have an offensive identity and would figure that out as spring progressed. Golden also joked that his wife said “[T]hose running backs are good. You should give them the ball.” Nothing has changed in the last month on offense. Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris each threw two interceptions today and the only consistent playmakers were on the ground. Lamar Miller impressed the most, but Storm Johnson had some nice plays and Mike James stayed reliable and received many handoffs from Jacory Harris. Speaking of Jacory, as I was videotaping the game for CaneInsider, I zoomed in on Fisch talking to J12 on the sidelines in what seemed to be a conversation about going through progressions. Sigh. Sounds familiar. Sounds like we need to listen to Mrs. Golden on this one until Fisch can figure something else out.
Defense wasn’t nearly as scary as last weekend at Traz Powell, but half our team didn’t leave limping off the field either, so there is a trade-off. I think someone told them to lay off trying to cripple each other in the off-season. I’m not being overdramatic, here either. Those hits last week on Byrd and James were NASTY. I only saw (and heard) one like that this week. I think our defense has the capabilities of devastating other teams’ playmakers in way that channels the Jerome Brown/Troy Aikman play, but the real concern on D is depth. We need to keep these guys healthy (we miss you Marcus Forston!) so they can hang in there for an entire season, especially on November 12 when we go up to Choke to punish those trailer-dwelling cousin-marrying criminoles.
On special teams . . . we need a kicker. Someone should look into that.
Before everyone gets their orange and green boxers in a bunch, please remember this is still spring. A lot can happen between now and September. Then again, what place does logic and rational thought have on a sports blog anyway? Take a look at the spring game yourselves tomorrow and tell us what you think!