Now that the dust of Manny Diaz hiring, and his firing of Miami’s offensive staff, we can now look at what is the first goal Miami has to complete over the summer to get the offense at the level the defense is at.
Like most, I’m going to say the quarterback. Miami has not had a solid quarterback in years. Sure, Brad Kaaya was solid, but he was destroyed by opposing defensive lines. Just watch his last season against Virginia Tech; Kaaya was sacked 8 times. That is crazy.
I believe the first order of business will be to find a great offensive line coach. I don’t care if he needs to be paid more than the offensive coordinator. Miami’s offenses have not been great because the quarterbacks have been getting beaten down in the back field. With that being said, Miami will only level up in play and develop their quarterbacks when the offensive line is fixed. Wisconsin has done well with developing low level offensive line recruits and turning them into NFL ready prospects. I think looking for Big 12 or Big Ten offensive line coach would help Miami tremendously.
The next thing that should factor in Miami picking up a coach will be for the Canes to get a good Wide Receiver coach. Ron Dugens was a good coach and recruiter, but as we have seen over the past 3 seasons, his receivers dropped open passes a lot. As a kid in Pop Warner, I was always told if the ball touched my finger tips that I should catch it. Going into the off-season, Miami will be without leading receivers Ahmond Richards (Career-ending Injury), Jeff Thomas (Dismissed/Transferred), and Lawrence Cager (Transferred/ Playing Time). Miami will be using a lot of young talented receivers from the 2018 and 2019 class.
Miami really doesn’t need to much help in the running back department. Miami has always been able to produce NFL caliber running backs at will. If the running backs had a better offensive line then we might be talking about Miami running backs like we talk about Georgia’s.
Depending on what happens with the offensive coaches, Miami could be a quick turnaround. I think Jarren Williams will end up winning the QB job for next season. Most who saw him practice admitted that he was an accurate passer. He can also run the ball when needed. I had high hope for N’Kosi Perry, but after the videos and his play during the season, I think he might be a summer transfer to another program. While the state of Florida produces a lot of talent, the QB position might be the weakest position in the state. Most QBs dump the ball of to the athletes by screens and hand-offs. I might be wrong, but Kosi is a typical Florida quarterback who is athletic. His development hasn’t gone well thus far. But this off-season we will find out if who really has it at the QB spot.