And with that, Van Dyke looked like a rudderless ship out there. Only the coaches can really tell if you if the breakdowns in the pass game are on the quarterback or the wide outs. But this much is clear, Miami doesn’t have anyone on the outside that truly threatens a defense over the top. This looks to be a very methodical offense in 2022. This can only be remedied in the off-season through recruiting and the transfer portal.
– Gattis is getting a lot of heat, and the bottom line is that it’s his offense and he’s judged by results. But to be honest, outside of a few calls in the red zone (specifically the runs with Van Dyke), I thought he called a pretty good game. But Miami’s efficiency in the red zone wasn’t good enough. Five trips, three field goals will get you beat against most teams.
– Miami ran the ball well against a highly touted SEC front (36 carries for 175 yards), with Jaylan Knighton and Henry Parrish moving the chains consistently. But I do wonder why they didn’t give the ball to Thad Franklin more as they got closer to goal line. He had just one carry for negative one yard this past weekend.
I’d rather the ball be handed off to 22, than to have Van Dyke run it in those situations.
– The defense for the most part played a very strong game. They gave up two touchdowns, one of which came on a short field after Tyrique Stevenson’s muffed punt in the first quarter. This unit — especially as they work in some of the younger ‘backers — will only get better.
– OK, onto Middle Tennessee St, my view is that this is the type of game where Gattis should open it up and see if they can get Van Dyke back in sync, and see which receivers can make some plays downfield. Coach Hayes(who runs an excellent YouTube channel) says all the time that to be good at running your offense, you have to actually be willing to run it during a game. He doesn’t believe in ‘saving stuff’. He told me this during halftime of the Bethune-Cookman game.
He had a point.
So my view is, we know we can push people around upfront and create running lanes. Why not work on the throw game as they go into ACC play?
Well, the Miami Herald reported and the legend can confirm that Jacolby George will be out indefinitely with an unspecified injury.