Horrific, disappointing, unbearable, these are a few of the words that come to my mind when I think about the offensive line performance on Saturday for the Hurricanes. 10 sacks, 87 yards rushing, and a pressured Jarren Williams all night long in a 24-20 loss to the Florida Gators.
Offensive Line: you are the engine to that offensive vehicle, the QB is the driver & WR, TE & RB’s are the wheels. Car can’t go too far if the engine keeps acting up. Make sure y’all are over communicating so there isn’t any doubt in who has who, point out & yell to each other.— Bryant Mckinnie (@BryantMckinnie) August 25, 2019
Thankfully, it’s obvious that the disgust from the OL play is recognized by the Miami lineman themselves, and they're working on improving it. Right tackle John Campbell reached out to former UM All-American lineman Bryant McKinnie for some pointers. McKinnie even tweeted about how they need to reach out to him after the game, apparently Campbell and the OL got the message.
One thing I’m expecting is for those tackles to reach out to me & wanna watch film together. It’s still some teaching that needs to be done.— Bryant Mckinnie (@BryantMckinnie) August 25, 2019
Yes! J Camp reached out & asked what he needs to fix, & we are scheduled to watch film next week. https://t.co/9PxKdQByCS— Bryant Mckinnie (@BryantMckinnie) August 26, 2019
McKinnie, along with fellow former Miami lineman Brett Romberg and Joaquin Gonzalez helped the Canes OL over the summer.
I don’t know if this is the first time that these specific former lineman were asked for help on the current line, but you have to love the fact that Campbell and the others want to get better, and they’re making the necessary steps.
Miami is different from other schools because of the relationship that the alumni have with the current program. In the past, how many times could a player on the sideline look up and see a Michael Irvin, Bennie Blades or Bernie Kosar giving them tips throughout the game in addition to their coaches? Even this past Saturday, you saw Leon Searcy, Vince Wilfork, and several others on the sideline.
But to me, it means even more that the current OL are reaching out to them even after the game, trying to improve and get this team going in the right direction.