What You Need To Know About The Miami Offense
– The offense didn’t do enough. It struggled way too much on third downs, the ground game was just okay, and it finished dead last in the ACC in time of possession.
There’s experience returning, but offensive coordinators Thomas Brown and Ron Dugans have to lock down the quarterback situation and need to figure out how to create more long, sustained drives. It starts with …
– The offensive line needs rise back up. It was a plus last season – for the most part – but it loses some of the key parts and needs to fight the right combination. Center Tyler Gauthier is a good one, and Navaughn Donaldson is a next level guard who’ll work on the outside. But it’ll take all of fall camp to come up with the starting five, much less figure out the rotation.
– The skill positions aren’t amazing, but they’re good enough. Travis Homer stepped up after Mark Walton went down and finished with 966 yards on the ground with eight touchdowns. He’s good, but when the light goes on for superstar recruit Lorenzo Lingard, the running game will take on a whole new look.
A few new star targets have to emerge with leading receiver Braxton Berrios gone along with all-star TE Chris Herndon IV, but there are more than enough talented young players ready to do a whole lot more if the quarterback play is a wee bit sharper.
Malik Rosier threw too many picks and was too inconsistent, but he also got the Hurricanes to the ACC Championship and came through in the clutch in wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech. He’ll be pushed hard in fall camp by N’Kosi Perry and star recruit Jarren Williams, but with his experience, the gig is his unless someone else lights it up.
Biggest Key To The Miami Offense
Convert a third down. Please. The Canes didn’t hit half of their third down tries in any game against an FBS team all year, and they only got past 40% against Florida State and Virginia. Time and time and time again, drives stalled or didn’t get started if the offense didn’t have a manageable distance to go.
Fortunately, the defense was good enough to pick up the slack, but to win the ACC title – and to get back to the conference championship – Miami can’t convert on just 29% of its tries again.