We’re a far cry away from 10-2 season predictions and diagramming ways the Canes could make it to the ACC Championship game. Fans watched as the narrative shifted from “We were one Jeff Thomas fumble away from beating the Florida Gators” to negotiating our chances against the Tulane Green Wave in the Walk-Ons Independence Bowl. Even with a promising 2020 recruiting class and the emergence of young talent like Will Mallory and Gregory Rousseau, doing a postmortem on the carcass of Miami’s regular season has taken many turns. From processing the fluctuating play of the team to reconciling how the coaches fostered our inconsistencies, Canes fans have more questions than answers. There’s a true frustration in seeing an extremely talented team falter and fail to meet expectations. We head into the bowl game with concerns about Jarren Williams, the offensive line, the offensive scheme, the defense, and so much more.
DeeDay Dallas was the whole season. Cam Harris, Jarren Williams as a RS-F did an honorable job. KJ. Brevin Jordan is a star. Rousseau was held on every play and still wrecked everybody. Wasn't much else beyond that. Used to be 22 horses in the good times. Can't do it with 6 or 7.— Anthony (@BocceBalls_) December 1, 2019
Miami has a Division 3 offensive line!— OriginalPlayaFromDaHimalayas (@jamiemurt64) November 30, 2019
Love this part: So here’s what Diaz must do now: Tell Enos he wants to experiment, at least next season, with a high-octane spread with large doses of no-huddle, a system that gets Miami’s explosive playmakers in space and doesn’t require the deficient offensive line to hold bloc— Shawne Harvey (aka DJ Shawne) (@djshawne1) November 27, 2019
Unfortunate state of affairs.— Scoop (@scoopontheU) December 1, 2019
And here’s the reality. If Enos is here next season I won’t be renewing my tix. I get very little enjoyment out of sitting in that stadium anymore.
It’s simply not worth the time.
Bring me a new OC and I’ll think it over.
People blaming Enos cause a low is going to the portal. Many reasons to be unhappy with the man but this ain't it.— Canes Legacy (@Titan_Cane) December 5, 2019
The blaring difficulties and ineffectiveness of Dan Enos’ offense has been a hot-button issue all season. The Canes are brimming with matchup nightmares and athleticism but we continued to be erratic on the field. DeeJay Dallas, K.J. Osborn, and others provided some bright spots and throughout this season. However, I truly believe that everything from the scheme to the play-caller needs to overhauled.
Blake Baker defense under year 1 pic.twitter.com/fWO9YlHviZ— Canescorner (@canescorner_) December 4, 2019
Gotta make room for Ed Reed, if @Coach_MannyDiaz is serious about upgrading recruiting, he must make room for the legend, the hall of famer.— I want it all (@nedco67) December 5, 2019
#CFB Top 9 Defenses - Run Stuff %— SportSource Analytics (@SportSourceA) December 5, 2019
1️⃣ #Miami . . . .41%
2️⃣ #UAB . . . . .40%
3️⃣ #Utah . . . . .40%
4️⃣ #Auburn . . .39%
5️⃣ #CMU . . . . .39%
6️⃣ #UCF . . . . .39%
7️⃣ #OhioSt . . .39%
8️⃣ #AppState .39%
9️⃣ #SDSU . . . .39%
Run Stuff = < 2 yd. on a distance of 2+. < 1 for dist of 1.
Gregory Rousseau, Shaquille Quarterman, and Michael Pinckney had great years for the Canes. As you see above, the Canes’ stout run defense continued to the carryover throughout the season. The team played noticeably better in spots once Manny Diaz took over game-planning for the defensive side of the ball. According to a fan’s digging, Blake Baker does have some statistical support. Nevertheless, the 3rd down defense, red zone defense, and many other categories slumped under his watch.
If Golden gets Blake fired then he moves into top 5 UM coaches of all time - surpassing Butch.— Kev (@561_Kev) December 6, 2019
“You can come to Miami and for 3 or 4 years compete for Championships EVERY year. Or you can go somewhere else and get your ass kicked by Miami EVERY year you play em”— Grantlong (@Grantlonggg) November 30, 2019
Love to see mature freshman with this mentality. Maybe Manny is right about a culture issue with the current team (looking at older guys) and that’s why he wants so many EE’s to continue this kind of trend. Either way Enos and Baker gotta go But this is a good start https://t.co/GYaT5n2DZx— Make Miami Football Great Again (@Team__305) December 6, 2019
Y’all can dream about Flowe and Washington all you want. We’ve got bigger problems.— The Cane Tapes (@CaneTapes) December 5, 2019
“Blake James Watch” has begun after the recent Al Golden allegations. Many fans believe removing the controversial and ineffective AD is necessary in order to get Miami back to its glory days. The hype of the recruiting cycle may be soured for some fans if they don’t believe in the competency of Miami’s coaching staff to cultivate and utilize incoming talent.
Miami would lose to all four of these teams— Dylan Kitchel (@kitchel19) December 5, 2019
Oh Fawk not UCF ♂️ ♂️ let’s avoid this at all cost! If FIU did what they did Lawd help Miami!!! pic.twitter.com/QZvw9d07HM— alex (@alex52358607) December 5, 2019
So question for all my fellow #CanesFam. Say the Canes play UCF in a bowl and win, will that help stop the bleeding a little?— Ryan Ward (@Hurricanesfan11) December 5, 2019
A matchup between Miami and the UCF Golden Knights may be on the menu. The inner-Florida contest will be exciting for the fanbases even if Shreveport isn’t much of a draw. Confidence in the state of the Canes is polarizing. Whether they’re playing UCF or not, I would love to see the Canes put it all together and get a win for the outgoing players who gave their all.