With Dan Enos being let go after just one season as offensive coordinator for Miami, there’s already immense pressure on his successor. Enos, who was officially ‘let go’ one day after Miami got shutout by Louisiana Tech, said all of the ‘right’ things before the 2019 season began.
New Canes OC Dan Enos was on track to take that same job at Alabama...then Manny Diaz and the Canes came calling.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) January 12, 2019
Friday Enos talked about his decision to join the Canes with @SportsTalkwBo and he says Miami is 'on the cusp of doing some great things.'https://t.co/TAaPxL5cKH
Unfortunately, Enos’s playbook was the opposite of cutting edge and confusing for defenses.
While Miami’s defense in 2019 wasn’t as good as 2018’s version, it was still their best unit. It single-handedly held Miami in games when their offense was sputtering—a feat that occurred far too often.
What the fans, alumni, and coaches have been waiting for is an offensive unit that matches the firepower and consistency the defense has. If Miami can get anywhere close to that, they’ll be able to compete with some of the nation’s best teams—or hopefully ‘good enough’ to beat FIU at least. Even if the effectiveness and quality of Miami’s defense and special teams remain the same in the 2020 season, an improved offense will surely elevate the program and result in more victories on the year.
Blake James: "Are they where we want them to be? No. I don’t think anyone that has any type of feeling for this program looks at how this year went and says ‘Yeah this was OK.’ Obviously, a disappointing finish tonight to a very tough year." James still have faith in Diaz? "Yes."— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) December 27, 2019
Regardless of who Miami hires as their next offensive coordinator, 2020 is a make-or-break year for Manny Diaz and Co. If the ‘Canes suffer a similar fate as they did in 2019, it’s not unreasonable to think that he, as well as Miami’s other coordinators, may be unemployed.