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ProCanes to Watch in the NFL Playoffs

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The NFL Postseason starts today and the Canes usually have a strong a presence into the winter months. This year, the Canes’ slate is relatively low, but nonetheless there are some performers to watch on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday games.

Saturday Games:

(DraftKings Odds as of 12:00pm EST Saturday)

Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)(+6.0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

Raiders:

LB Denzel Perryman – Perryman earned his first career Pro Bowl this season as he went on to set the Raiders’ single season record for combined tackles in a season with 154. He was a big contributor to Vegas’ playoff berth and would be needed if Raiders want to pull off an upset.

Miami Hurricane Denzel Perryman set the #Raiders’ single season record for tackles with 154 this year, breaking the previous record of 146 set by Greg Biekert in 1998.

Biekert played 16 games that season, while Perryman set the record in only 15 games. pic.twitter.com/LIrSQwPcUH

— GO ‘CANES! (@83_87_89_91_01) January 13, 2022

New England Patriots (10-7)(+5.0) @ Buffalo Bills (11-6)

Bills:

DE Gregory Rousseau – The first round pick has been a great pass rusher in his rookie campaign and could wreak havoc on Mac Jones today.

S Jaquan Johnson – Johnson is more of a special teams guy than a safety but last year converted a crucial trick play on a fake punt against the Patriots. Let’s see if he tries the same tonight.

OL Jon Feliciano – Feliciano has been plagued with injuries including late this year but appears good to go for tonight’s game

Highest graded rookie Edge Rushers this season

1️⃣ Gregory Rousseau: 70.2

2️⃣ Kwity Paye: 69.7

3️⃣ Jonathon Cooper: 69.1

4️⃣ Odafe Oweh: 67.9 pic.twitter.com/Thy6qQxuS3

— PFF BUF Bills (@PFF_Bills) January 13, 2022

Sunday Games:

Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) (+8.0) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)

Bucs:

CB Dee Delaney – Delaney is a great underdog story regardless of where he contributes. He has had some special teams exposure and fills some roles in the secondary

K Jose Borregales – Borregales has been stuck behind Ryan Succop throughout the season but has been utilized as the Practice Squad protected player. Whether he is signed to a reserves/futures contract or picked up by another team, it’s a good sign he’ll remain in the NFL.

San Francisco 49ers (10-7) (+3.0) @ Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

49ers:

WR Travis Benjamin – The former draft pick sat out last year but has had some returning experience.

Monday Game:

Arizona Cardinals (11-6) (+4.0) @ Los Angeles Rams (12-5)

Cardinals:

OL Danny Isidora – Isidora has mostly occupied the practice squad this season.

As an aside, congratulations to New York Jets wide receiver/returner, Braxton Berrios, who earned First Team All-Pro at kick returner! He was the lone ProCane and Jet to make it, but Perryman also received two votes at linebacker.

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The Jason Candle to Miami as OC rumors are heating up

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Jason Candle has been rumored to be the next offensive coordinator at the University of Miami. The 42 year old Candle grew up in Ohio, and won two Division III National Championships as a member of the Mount Union Purple Raiders.

After two season of playing at Mount Union, Candle served as a wide receiver coach from 2003-2006, and the OC from 2007-2008. Before the 2009 season, Candle moved on to Toledo and became the Rockets tight ends coach under Tim Salem.

Candle has been a fast-riser through the coaching ranks like many other Mount Union former players. From 2010-2011, Candle coached the WR’s. From 2012-2015, he was the offensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach before the Boca Raton Bowl to end the 2015 season.

In six seasons as the full-time head coach of the Rockets Candle’s squads have made and lost four bowl games. The Rockets best season under Candle came in 2017, when Toledo finished 11-3, including 7-1 in the MAC. His overall coaching record is 45-27 (30-16 in the MAC).

So the $1M question- why would Candle leave a Group of 5 head coaching job for an OC position? Toledo has gotten stale as of late and with the changing culture of the college football landscape, it makes sense for him to come down and learn under Mario Cristobal before chasing after a Power 5 head coaching position.

I’m sure Candle saw the rub The U gave to Rhett Lashlee, and seeing Tyler Van Dyke knows that he could be in Coral Gables for two seasons and moving on to something much bigger and better than Toledo.


The Doppler

Under Candle, the Toledo offenses have been ranked above the G5 level (65th or better) in all but one season per Bill Connelly’s SP+. In Points Per Game, Toledo ranked in the top-25 in all but four seasons of the past 10. The Rockets offense hasn’t been as efficient with Coach Candle as head coach instead of just OC, but they’re scoring more points.


Personnel

Toledo uses 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end) as their base offense. The tight end isn’t a huge part of the passing game, having accounted for only three touchdowns and 16 receptions between Drew Rosi and Jamal Turner in 2021.

The Rockets love three to five wide receiver sets and continue to run the football with both a feature back and the quarterback. Even with a ‘spread mentality’ RB Bryant Koback ran for 1,407 yards and 15 TD’s on 6.8 yards per carry. QB DeQuan Finn added another 502 yards and nine scores on the ground.

Finn averaged 8.3 yards per pass attempt with 18 TD’s and only two interceptions in ‘21. Over the past three seasons, Toledo has had a receiver with 19+ yards per catch average in each season, plus two 1,00 yard rushing seasons (the Rockets only played six games in ‘20).

The Rockets have adapted their offense to fit their skillset, but have always seemed to have a big time deep threat in the rotation.


Recruiting

While being from Ohio, Jason Candle has done a tremendous job of recruiting Florida and South Florida specifically. Of his top five signees on 247 Sports, four are from Florida including four-star WR James Green in 2010.

In order to continue to keep the Florida pipeline fresh, Candle hired former Tampa Plant head coach Robert Weiner, and former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver and assistant coach Kevin Beard. Candle had also hired former Miami assistant Craig Kuligowski as his co-defensive coordinator.

Candle’s Rockets have done a good job in recruiting Ohio and Michigan, as they should, but also Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.


The offense vs. NIU ‘21

At times, Jason Candle the head coach made some questionable decisions. The situational Football IQ of his teams would leave a lot to be desired. Whether it was clock management, timeouts, or even which plays to call from where when you’re on a certain down and distance. Candle definitely was a ‘ride or die’ type on the explosive plays.

Above– You can see a 4th and 2, and Candle let’s it rip with a slant-wheel combo. Is it open? Hell yeah. Is that a high percentage effort both in pass pro and in completion percentage? No. And at the -45 instead of the +45, that’s a much riskier call.

Above– 2nd and 11, a nice easy curl right at the 1st down marker. They add in a nice influx of yards after catch and turn this into an explosive. When you take deep shots enough the intermediate game can open up. Rhett Lashlee, Phil Longo and Candle are cut from that cloth.

Above– Speaking of that Lashlee cloth, Candle uses a direct snap with G-H counter pulling for a big TD run before the half.

Above– I love a good screen. With Miami’s RB’s like Jaylan Knighton, a screen should be a money play. Tyler Van Dyke loves throwing from different arm slots which really helps on screens.

Above– Candle likes to pull linemen in order to get more blockers at the point of attack than defenders. This is an outside zone path with the WR coming inside to crack the LB.

Above– It’s 4th and 6, your side of the field at the +34. Toledo chooses a one-read tunnel screen off of bullet motion. It seems bizarre that your two best plays on 4th and 2 and 6 are a slant-wheel and a tunnel screen.

Above– Motion. Play-action. A pulling lineman on a pass play. Slant-wheel again. A lot of things that I like in an offensive play, especially on 2nd and 5, are here. I feel like this is in the Lashlee mold, too.

Above– Aaaaah, a rub concept in the red zone on 1st down. I absolutely love it.


The wrap

Whether Candle is really the call at OC, or it’s someone else like the rumored Kendal Briles or Ken Dorsey, I think the program is headed in the right direction. Candle is a proven recruiter in Florida, a guy that’s been a head coach, and his offenses score point.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has been offered offensive coordinator position at Miami, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Briles also has been OC at Florida State, Houston, FAU & Baylor

— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 18, 2022

Briles has no head coaching record, but his offenses have been successful, he’s creative, and he’s a fast-riser, too. Dorsey has the least play calling experience of the three, but he’s developed an NFL MVP in Cam Newton at Carolina, and now a playoff winning QB in Josh Allen up in Buffalo.

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Offishial news, 1/18/22: Int’l strategy; D.R. complex construction; memorabilia for sale

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Video: LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony get lit with Dwyane Wade for his 40th birthday

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  • Updated: January 18, 2022

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade celebrated his 40th birthday on Monday.

He was on the receiving end of many birthday wishes, including one from LeBron James. James, along with fellow Los Angeles Lakers star Carmelo Anthony, appeared to be celebrating with Wade for his birthday.

Wade and James, of course, were teammates for several years on the Heat. They accomplished a lot together and brought two NBA titles to the city of Miami.

These days, James is looking to add another ring to his collection with the Lakers. So far, L.A. is having a rough 2021-22 season, but there’s still time for the Lakers to turn things around.

While Wade surely wishes James nothing but success under most circumstances, that probably wasn’t the case on Monday. That’s because Wade is a part owner of the Utah Jazz, and James’ Lakers clashed with the Jazz on Monday.

In that matchup, the Lakers came away with a 101-95 victory to snap a three-game losing streak and get back to .500 on the season. L.A. holds a 22-22 record with 44 games in the books.

For Wade’s Jazz, Monday’s loss continued a rough stretch for the team. Utah has lost five of its last six games. Still, the squad holds a solid overall record of 29-15 and seems like a contender in the Western Conference.

Time will tell if the Lakers or Jazz can win the West and reach the NBA Finals this season. As far as the Eastern Conference goes, Wade hasn’t been shy about the fact that he still loves the Heat. He surely roots for them as often as possible.

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