Miami’s Offense Still Searching for Answers

Fans were hoping for an improvement in the Miami offensive on Saturday – instead they saw a unit that had receded since its season opener.

Earning just 17 points in a game is disappointing – but at home and against a team from the MAC – it’s inexcusable.

Miami found the end zone on their first drive of the game after a methodical mix of running and passing. The canes’ early efficiency made us believe they weren’t going to slow down, but that’s exactly what happened. Miami, which converted 1 in 10 third downs and flicked only 51 yards, had its worst offensive performance in years, to put it bluntly.

Against 3 FBS teams this year, Miami averages just over 20 points per game. Unfortunately, the “disease” Manny Diaz referred to at the fall camp has still not been “eradicated”. Similar issues the Canes faced last season carried over to 2019, and the daunting performance against the Chippewas has brought back many of the concerns.

The main problem seems to be the offensive line, which lost some depth when Cleveland Reed entered the transfer portal on Friday. The fighting line prevents Miami from expanding the game book Jarren Williams rarely has time to retreat and go through his readings. Williams was released four times on Saturday, as was Miami’s visit to North Carolina.

Williams is one of the few bright spots in Miami’s misdemeanor, however. Despite the pressure and adversity, he has still not thrown an interception and completed over 60% of his passes for the fourth time in a row.

Obviously, “fixing” the line of scrimmage is not an easy task. However, it is something that has to happen if the canes are to get back to the ACC Championship Game. Fortunately, Miami has a week bye bye before the Virginia Tech at home – which they’ll likely use to create a coherent offensive plan.

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