Cutcliffe, James Franklin, Al Golden take responsibility for losses
Posted by: Pete Roussel on September 10, 2012
David Cutcliffe, James Franklin, and Al Golden each suffered losses over the weekend.
Each reacted in a different way, but at the same time, not surprisingly, each fully owned the responsibility.
Having worked under David Cutcliffe, it's easy for me to notice when Cutcliffe is disgusted and agitated. Coming off the 50-13 loss at Stanford, Cutcliffe said on Monday morning during the Duke Football Report, "First of all, it falls on right on my shoulders when a team is not as ready as you thought it was. I didn't see this coming, so I have to evaluate when we're getting done at practice."
He added, "I told the squad Saturday night after the ball game, we're not putting this behind us; we don't need to forget this. We're all accountable. It's all my responsibility. There's a difference between accountability and responsibility. It's my responsibility, but there's accountability across the board and we have to respond as a program because we're better at every position on our team and to go play like that, 100% falls on me.
"We couldn't run it. We could throw our little screen game and we couldn't play-action pass because we couldn't protect it to get it down the field, so we put ourselves in a bad circumstance on first down continuously."
Franklin stated after the 23-13 loss at Northwestern, "We lost to a good football team, a team that knows how to win. They did the same thing last week in the last game and they did it again this week. For us, we have to get back to what we did last year, which was fight, which is focus on the details, have a chip on our shoulder. And we've got to make plays. Defense played well enough to win. Offensively we didn't play well, we haven't played well for the last two weeks so we have to go back to the drawing board. We're going to stick to our plan like we always do, but we are going to go back to the drawing board and make sure we have everything the way we want it to be."
"They did a nice job just like they did last week but the offense didn't get the job done, the defense was on the field. I know Bob Shoop's going to say, and our defensive players are going to say, that if the offense scores three, their job is to hold it to zero. If the offense scores seven, they hold it to less than that. So they are going to say they didn't get the job done either, but they were on the field too long; we didn't make enough plays, we turned the ball over way too much. Our ball security is not what we coach. And that's on me because I allowed it happen. The fact they're swinging the ball all over the place, that's on me. That's on me."
Miami (FL) lost 52-13 to Kansas State in Manhattan on Saturday.
Golden opened the Joe Rose Radio Show early on Monday morning by saying, "I'm trying to move forward. That's all I can say. I'm trying to move forward."
"All three units got beat and failed and obviously that's a reflection of me. I've got to get it fixed."
Golden said, "I told the guys to leave that game in Manhattan."
"A lot of them were in here yesterday (watching film) because we want to move on."
Miami (FL) is playing 17 freshman or sophomores on the 2-deep defensive depth chart. The Hurricanes are starting just one senior on offense and two seniors on defense. Golden said, "I don't know who in America is playing with that, but I know these guys are going to come to work today, I promise you."
"I don't want to remember this again. These are the things you do when you're building a program. You don't want to be doing this in year three or year four."
"Again, if there's anyone to blame, please blame me."
"We got beat by men on Saturday and it showed. We got beat by 21 and 22-year old men."
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