Let us not forget that Miami went 6-7 in 2019 that included losses to FIU and Louisiana Tech. Miami’s victory over UAB proved nothing but the Canes can beat lesser competition again. The Canes have plenty of things to fix that can prevent 2020 from looking just like 2019. Here’s a few of the things Miami needs to fix:
- Miami Has To Start Fast
If we were looking at the same game on Thursday you could clearly see Miami starting slower than a snail again. The offensive line didn’t get great push on the first drive and the wide receivers looked uninterested early on. The Houston quarterback transfer, D’Erig King held his own against UAB, but you have to expect a better passing performance moving forward.
A slow start against Louisville or any of the upcoming ACC opponents can spell doom for the Canes. Miami will have to start fast and keep consistent momentum.
2. DJ Ivey Can’t Be Miami’s #2 Corner
After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that DJ Ivey is not up to the challenge of being Miami’s #2 corner. Ivey has been bar-b-q chicken for a little minute now, and his horrible performance against UAB showed his inability to be on an island. Te’Cory Couch should see plenty of action on the outside against Louisville if Ivey continues to be an open door for opposing offenses.
Some close to the program consider him to be the best cover corner of the bunch. Couch is a little on the small size at 5’10 172, but his instincts makes up for that lack of bulk in his frame. I always believe that the best should start even if he is a little smaller than the others.
3. Playing Down To Competition
It can be said that for the past 15 or so years, Miami has played down to their competition. Games where Miami are heavily favored to win become one or two possessions away from being an upset. It makes absolutely no since for Miami to be having close games with teams like FIU or UAB. The players have to have more pride than what they have shown us over the years. Until Miami can show up on a consistent basis the Canes will continue to be a second tier program.