As a result of the Hurricanes shocking 30-24 loss to FIU this past weekend, the entire state of the Miami program has been under investigation, and different opinions have been coming from every angle. It’s pretty clear that head coach Manny Diaz must make a change on some level if this team is to move forward.
However, there is one universal thought from the majority of Canes fans, and those who aren’t even fans, that Diaz needs to at least make changes when it comes to the Miami offense.
Bold Prediction:— @DemCanes (@pwilly043) November 25, 2019
Diaz and Enos stay. Diaz Takes over full responsibility of the D in ‘20 and Enos goes back to coaching QBs and Co-O Coordinator. Diaz brings in someone with knowledge on the “Spread”. Canes have success and meet Clemson in ACC showdown. AND Oline pulls a 180!
When Diaz was hired, he promised an offensive system that would be “cutting edge,” a term that excited every Hurricanes fan on the planet. Though many thought Manny would hire an offensive coordinator who would bring the popular spread offense to Miami, Diaz went and brought in Dan Enos as OC. However, the hiring of Enos wasn’t met with harsh feelings.
Manny Navarro asks about offensive scheme, mentioning spread.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 2, 2019
Manny Diaz "the word I wanna be is cutting-edge. The word I wanna be is modern." Wants to present issues for the defense.
That being said, even Enos couldn't bring in the explosive offense that Miami fans, and Diaz himself was expecting. Through 11 games, the Hurricanes offense has been underwhelming, averaging 28.8 points per game, which is exactly what they averaged in 2018.
Though it’s not all his fault, quarterback inconsistency as well as a young offensive line are things he can’t control, but it’s pretty clear that Enos’ “spread-coast” style isn’t what's bringing UM back to greatness.
So as Diaz looks ahead to 2020 and beyond, changes need to be made on the offensive side of the ball, if he wants to stick around for those beyond years.
Canes won & that’s great news but I’d like to see Manny Diaz clean house on the offensive side of the ball after the season. Go out & get a modern OC who will spread the field properly like the kids in South Florida are bein taught. Richt let hella riches behind on offense to use— EZ Reyes (@CountryDumb662) October 13, 2019
When it comes to Enos, I'm not even saying fire him. While he’s struggled as OC, he’s been pretty darn good as QB coach. Even though Jarren Williams has struggled at times, you can’t deny the improvement and growing up he’s been through since Enos came on board. Even with N’Kosi Perry, you could see obvious upgrades to his game this year compared to 2018.
So, where does that leave us? In a perfect scenario, you keep Enos onboard as QB coach and co-offensive coordinator. Then, you bring in someone WHO RUNS THE SPREAD to be the other co-OC and also be the play-caller. It’s an idea that many Canes fans are in agreement with, myself included.
This. I like this. https://t.co/uOT4wdDMiY— Bring Knighton To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) November 26, 2019
So what if Enos declines this proposition? MOVE ON. Williams won't be here forever. Brevin Jordan won’t be here forever. Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins won’t be here forever. Diaz can’t afford to waste another year with players like this who would certainly benefit from a spread, turning Miami into a top-tier offensive team.
Silver lining of 2019: Brevin Jordan pic.twitter.com/dPhVhLcZmp— Bring Knighton To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) October 10, 2019
I’ve been raving about the spread offense for some time now, and if you haven’t read my two-part series on why Miami needs to bring in the spread, here you go.
And now you even have reporters in the actual Miami media posting articles on how the Hurricanes need to turn to a spread offense. Miami is one of very few P5 schools that don’t run the spread offense, and you can tell by the results. Coach Diaz has social media, and more importantly he sees the flaws in this current offensive system with his own eyes, he MUST realize that something has to be done.
Diaz preaches about The New Miami, well nothing is newer to Miami than an actual "cutting edge" offense. Make the necessary changes Manny— Bring Knighton To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) November 28, 2019
The other coaches on offense are fine. Taylor Stubblefield is great for the wide receivers and is doing work for recruiting. Butch Barry has done a fantastic job with the offensive line developing them. Eric Hickson has been terrific for the running backs.
So you have assistants on offense, you just need the right person to call the plays. That’s what Manny has to do. There’s no way around it. Diaz can talk all he wants about “trusting the process” or how “it takes time” but enough is enough. If Manny wants to be the coach to turn the Hurricanes around, then make the necessary changes.