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Film Review: Miami 24 - FIU 30

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‘Canes drop an easy one to the Panthers

NCAA Football: Miami at Florida International Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The FIU Panthers beat the Miami Hurricanes 30-24 at Marlins Park. The only part of the football game Miami won was total yards, as the ‘Canes turned the football over three times, finished 1-for-10 on 3rd down, and allowed FIU to convert 6-of-14 on 3rd down in a horrific loss to the Panthers.

The vaunted Manny Diaz defense gave up seven yards a carry to FIU running back Anthony Jones, came away with no sacks and only three tackles for loss. Cam’Ron Harris, Deejay Dallas, and Robert Burns ran for 7.8, 5.6 and 7.8 yards per carry, respectively, but Dan Enos didn’t lean on the Panthers front seven until last in the second half. It was almost too late.

This might be hard to watch but at least you can see the glaring issues going on for Miami against Butch Davis and the Panthers.


The RPO’s Gone Wrong

I have always felt if you’re going to RPO the QB needs to be allowed to switch what is packaged off the run play in order to get the best possible look for the OC. Pre-formation anything could look good or bad. Once they line up it’s all on the QB to check into something favorable.

For instance, in the screenshot above, I would’ve had my QB check to a “now” screen vs a slant-bubble. Does the slant-bubble get the bubble open? Sure. Does Williams know how to read that? Obviously, no. The now would’ve allowed allowed the slot to make an easier block by kicking out on the cornerback and the outside receiver can work back inside and away from the CB, catch the football, and work back outside away from the safety who was running a trap coverage.

Above, you’re starting to see the trap safety flying down to play the bubble. The CB is playing man and attacking the outside receiver. I used to love slant-bubble but it got convoluted for my QB’s so I gave them the stalk-bubble or stalk-now option.

Then again, look above, the slant takes both the CB in man and picks the safety who is trapping- allowing the bubble to stand by itself. What Jarren Williams sees or is looking at, I have no idea. This results in an interception and while I don’t love the scheme I also blame the preparation.


Terrible technique on defense

I absolutely love double screen. I think it’s a fantastic play and actually FIU had the running back much more open on the bottom of our screen (left side of the offense) than the tunnel to the top (right side) that they threw. However; if it works, it work.

Shaq Quarterman’s inability to pursue, buzz and come to balance, then execute the tackle is coaching malpractice and that’s on Manny Diaz who had him for three years more than Blake Baker who has had him for one. By your senior year your bad habits are fairly well ingrained and Miami’s terrible strength and conditioning program hasn’t led to any positive outcomes in acceleration, deceleration, change of direction, or power in the power angles.

In order to play the screen Quarterman comes to a complete stop with his knees completely split apart. I’m not sure if in almost 20 years of coaching I have ever seen that happen, and I’ve coached some rather un-athletic jabronis before.

Much worse than poor pursuit and tackling form is whatever Romeo Finley decided to do later on. Is Miami the worst team in FBS football at closing on a ball carrier? Finley doesn’t even make a move to tackle the receiver, he just stops.


The things Manny Diaz allows that I absolutely hate

You either coach it or you allow it and Miami is full of horrible things that are coached or allowed. The loaf from Finley on the touchdown, Quarterman’s terrible form in pursuit, quarterbacks making horrible decisions, Dan Enos entire playbook... the list is endless.

Who decided that Jarren Williams was Lamar Jackson? Williams is a pro style quarterback (in the modern phrasing, which means he is athletic enough that he can run when forced to). If you want to run this play, why not have Dallas as the quarterback and put a blocker like Michael Irvin II or that fullback everyone lost their mind over in front of him?

Then there’s the defensive front from above. Who is actually playing linebacker? Who has which gap? Watch how quickly the back gets through the hole and explodes by Quarterman. If your linebackers aren’t taught how to read an offensive play, they’ll never excel in anything except blitzing. Blitzing to cure your defensive woes leads to giving up big plays or hoping you’re coaching in the ACC Coastal and the skill players just can’t beat you.


Enos trying to out Boomer Butch

Butch Davis coached in the NFL and at Miami and UNC in the era of the 21 personnel I-Formation offense. Butch himself used the I-Formation for his limited success at Miami where he won a Micron PC Bowl and got squashed by Washington on the road before derailing his career in Cleveland. Remember, fans flew banners about Butch, too.

It’s 4th and 1, Enos decides to crowd the box. Irvin II gets open but Williams doesn’t see him. Again, Enos decides the best schematic advantage is to have a slow developing play-action pass and have your struggling quarterback turn his back to his targets and pressure. Once Williams flips his hips, his progression seems to be Mallory to Dee Wiggins to Irvin as opposed to looking for a high-low to Wiggins or Irvin right away because of impending pressure on 4th and 1.


This is a play-action, not an RPO

The offensive line pass sets, the running back immediately becomes a blocker, there’s no real mesh with the back- just a flash fake. My question is, what is Williams looking at? There are three defenders in that spot which leads you to believe either someone else is open, or if not, you can run (he definitely could’ve ran).


Summary

It took until the second half for Dan Enos to realize his game plan didn’t work and that he needed to spread FIU out and then run underneath them. Once the Panthers were spread but tightening down on the run, he could air it out and beat them deep with speed and talent.

Miami could’ve leaned on FIU’s defensive line, let Dallas and Harris chew up big yards, and then hit some deep balls. In the 4th quarter, that was the game plan but it proved to be too little too late. Blake Baker had no answer for FIU’s running game or gutsy quarterback. It’s inexcusable that a defense that loves to blitz could’ve come away with a single sack against FIU.

I hope there are staff changes made by Monday morning, and that Diaz is ready to admit whatever he is doing is failing. Lincoln Riley made sure he had a veteran he could trust on staff in Ruffin McNeill to guide him as a leader. Ohio State has veteran coaches in Greg Mattison and Kevin Wilson to guide Ryan Day. Manny Diaz has... Dan Enos. The rest of his staff are in way over their heads for an ACC job let alone at Miami.