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Canes Face Adversity To Start Season

Curtis Stevenson
September 07, 2018 - 12:24 pm

Well, it certainly was not the start to the season that the Hurricanes were hoping for. In the big debut on a national stage, Miami was thoroughly dominated in all facets of the game.

Where do we start? Offense, defense, or special teams? They all were substandard, especially when you’re trying to best a high talent team like LSU. The most disturbing thing for me is that some of the same things that haunted the Hurricanes at the end of last season in which they lost three games in a row, did not seem to be improved in game one of this season. That includes quarterback Malik Rosier not being able to connect with wide open receivers, the defense not forcing any turnovers, and the special teams being far from it. Let's start with Rosier. He needs to play better. There is no doubt about it, but I want to see how he responds in the next month of clearly winnable games. It's way too early to make a change, and I don't know if anyone of the young backup quarterbacks are ready to lead this team. The good thing is, one or two should see some playing time and then we can start making some real observations. Until then, Malik is the guy, but he needs help around him. The offense line hopefully gets better week to week and the holes will be bigger in the run game. I am not worried about the pass catchers. They have plenty of guys to get it done if whomever is throwing the ball delivers it on time.

Even though both freshman tight ends did not catch a pass in their collegiate debut, they are going to be special players for Miami. Trust me on this. Remember the names Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory. Defensively, I thought they were average against LSU. That will continue if they can not force turnovers. Manny Diaz wants his guys to create havoc and produce turnovers. That's his style and scheme. If they can do that they will be fine, if not then they will struggle at times. The third phase of the ball club, special teams, has got to get it together. Freshman kicker Bubba Baxa is going to miss some kicks this year. Just make the ones you’re supposed to make. Punter Zach Feagles has got to improve and can't put the defense in bad spots like he did the other night. Field position was a killer! And if that wasn't bad enough all teams had ill timed and costly penalties. One game does not make a season, we’ve got a long way to go in this one, but Miami has a lot of work to do. The rehab will start against cream puff Savannah State, in which they can name the score. The goals will be for the starters to be good and sharp and then get out of there and let the young guys and backups take their crack at things. Real simple game plan this week.

The one positive with this schedule is that the Hurricanes have some weaker opponents that they should not only beat, but find some rhythm and tempo, and leave this current four game losing streak going back to last season in their dust. A year ago the Hurricanes were ready to embark on a magical 10-0 start before falling in their final three, right now they are 0-1 hopefully for this group it's not how you start, but how you finish. Go Canes!

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