Preview 2018: Duke Blue Devils. Great Team, Better Coaching

Preview 2018: Duke Blue Devils. Great Team, Better Coaching

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Preview 2018: Duke Blue Devils. Great Team, Better Coaching


What You Need To Know About The Duke Offense

– Consistency, consistency, consistency. The Blue Devils were an efficient machine during the first month of last season, and then the O went bye-bye for long stretches before getting it back late.

This year, with the skill players in place and more options for QB Daniel Jones to work with, the attack that was among the least efficient in the ACC in passing should be a whole lot better. Start there, and expect more long drives and more big plays.

– Yeah, the big plays – they need to start happening with the passing game. Jones is a good, effective quarterback, but he threw 11 interceptions and averaged just 5.9 yards per attempt. That should change with a whole lot more coming from the tight ends, and T.J. Rahming returning as one of the ACC’s better wide receivers. Seven of the top eight pass catchers from last year are back, but …

– The line has to come up with a decent year. Three starters are gone, starting with both tackles from a front five that struggled at keeping defenses out of the backfield. The pass protection has to be a whole lot better despite the new starters, but at least the pieces appeared to fall into place this spring. Guard Zach Harmon will work at center, there’s size on the interior, and the tackles are long – now they have to be good.

They running game loses Shaun Wilson, but Brittain Brown is about to take over after a great freshman season, Deon Jackson is a big back who can handle more of the load, and Jones will take off from under center.

Biggest Key To The Duke Offense

No, really. The passing game has to be efficient and has to keep producing. During the painful midseason six game losing streak, the Blue Devils hit 50% or fewer of their passes in four of them and were never under 56% in any of the six wins.

In the seven wins they threw 13 touchdown passes and just three in the six losses. Out of the 12 picks, seven came in those six losses, three came in the win over Wake Forest, and just two came in the other six wins.

Daniel Jones, this one’s on you. Be consistently good, and boom – the wins will come.

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