Like Christmas morning, the possibilities for a new head coach and what that'll bring is captivating Hurricanes fans. At State of the U, we've profiled many candidates, and with more to come, evaluating each target's strengths and weaknesses. Those riding the #LaneTrain and sporting #BringBackButch are drawing their lines in the sand. In your opinion, however, do you wish for Miami's new head coach to favor one side over the other? A high-powered offensive scheme? A strong defensive approach? Should it even matter?
An offense well known for its talent struggled in key areas under Al Golden. In the red zone (64th), on third down (107th), and this year's ineffectiveness in the rushing game (113th), all of which, in 2015, Miami ranks near the bottom in the nation. So the calls for offensive-minded head coaches are warranted. Tom Herman, Justin Fuente, Lane Kiffin, Mario Cristobal, and Rob Chudzinski are leading candidates to rectify the offense.
Let's not forget a large part to Miami's struggles over the last four and half seasons, however, and that's the defense. South Florida, and the Hurricanes, are always flush with offensive talent. Might a candidate with a defensive mindset be able to continue to secure that talent and turn around the defense? May the likes of Butch Davis, Greg Schiano, Brent Venables, Charlie Strong, among several other possibilities listed in State of the U's head coaching candidate profiles, earn your support?
Such poor performance justifies debate for either side. An explosive offense, lighting up the scoreboards and Sun Life Stadium, is sure to invigorate the fan base. A stout defense, however, is something 'Canes fans haven't seen in nearly a decade.
Does it even matter? Al Golden's inability to field competitive offenses and defenses has us longing for improvement in both areas. Many are happy there will be change alone. As we weigh our options, fans are gravitating to their individual preference. Any candidate has the potential to come to Miami and succeed whether that be with an offensive attack leading the way or a defense holding opponents in check.
Each offensive-minded candidate will have their choice of bringing aboard a new defensive coordinator, and a defensive-minded candidate may acquire a worthy offensive coordinator. For our purposes, however, we want to know which side of the ball you wish for Miami's new head coach to master in: Do you prefer the potential of a high scoring offense or that of a vaunted defense?
What say you, 'Canes fans? Share your views in the poll and in the comments section.