Was Rhett Lashlee a perfect Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator week to week, play after play? Of course not. No offensive coordinator is. Lashlee however is now the head coach for the SMU Mustangs and did so by being extremely efficient in certain areas as OC.
Lashlee was top five in ACC scoring consecutively and we take a look at some avenues that the former offensive coordinator lived on that often turned into easy street. Here is just one of the examples known as “key busters.”
Real quick clip but I applauded the former OC's ability to use "key busters." It is one thing to sell a play-action pass by simply putting the ball into the belly of the running back and then there is this.....@canes pic.twitter.com/YD53slrinC— Roman (@Romancane) December 3, 2021
“Where the guard goes the play goes.” If you want to sell a play-action pass even harder pull a linemen across the formation. The eye candy often gets defenders to freeze for a split second. A spilt second is all that it takes.
Tyler Van Dyke is ruthlessly surgical down field and this seam route for six is stealing. Xavier Restrepo, Van Dyke’s roommate, is the recipient of the pass and we can expect more of this in the future.
Rhett Lashlee successfully time and time again utilized RPO elements into his system. You see both King and Van Dyke very capable at handling the pre and post snap elements of various kinds. #canes @Canes_Wear RPO's are part of offensive football & for good reason. pic.twitter.com/q0NIiBAJGW— Roman (@Romancane) December 3, 2021
Ignoring how efficient Van Dyke was in the RPO game would be catastrophic. Here you will see multiple examples of how “pre snap” and “post snap” varieties are carried forth effortlessly.
RPO’s are the staple of essentially every offense in the country these days, hard to imagine them without it. Lashlee had some creative run pass options that also employed tertiary options other than simplistic run and pass ones.
Rhett Lashlee would often times "set teams up" with previous looks. Here is an example of that in 2020 where 11 set personnel and Will Mallory is the later focal point in the slot. @Canes_Wear @TheStateOfTheU pic.twitter.com/ijXNv6UmrC— Roman (@Romancane) December 3, 2021
The set up. When you show a defense a look earlier in the game that is simply getting them to use prime pattern recognition later, the after result can be deadly. Here you will see an example of how a simple toss was the set up.
The end result was a fake toss TE play-action pass that went for big yards. It has always been a personal joy of mine to watch offensive coordinators achieve those “gotcha” moments on game film.
Popcorn and pencil time. For the last time in the Miami Hurricane era we get to enjoy Lashlee clips. Yes. The short yardage run plays would have me want to run and bang my head against a nearby wall but we are beyond that now. #BANG #GOCANES