Speaking to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Miami Hurricanes Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown said that the team needs more unselfish players in the future.
The Miami Hurricanes offense has been criticized widely this season. Quarterback play, inconsistency on the offensive line, players not maturing quickly enough, the need for a new Offensive Coordinator (or an OC for those that didn’t know Miami has one) and Mark Richt giving up play calling have all been scrutinized.
Miami was 52nd in scoring this season, 93rd in total offense, 109th in passing offense, and 45th in rushing offense. Examined even closer the Miami Hurricanes passing game was even worse than their ranking of 109th overall. UM was 115th in completion percentage, 112th in yards per attempt and passer rating.
N’Kosi Perry started half of Miami’s 12 regular season games at quarterback. He showed flashes of being a good starting quarterback but also struggled throughout long stretches of games.
Malik Rosier was often criticized the last two seasons for his inability to be accurate with the football. Perry Rosier’s stats were nearly identical this season. Perry’s biggest advantage was his 13 to five touchdown to interception ratio, while Rosier’s was six to five. Rosier had the advantage in nearly every other statistic.
Brown seems frustrated with the work ethic of some of the players on the team. On some level, it seems like a thinly veiled reference to the departure of Miami’s leading receiver in 2018, Sophomore Jeff Thomas. Perry was also criticized about halfway through the season for saying he was beginning to watch more film.
Some, including former Hurricanes punter Brian Monroe and pre-game host Alex Donno, wanted to know why Perry wasn’t doing that earlier in the season. Brown discussed the issues with Jackson in the Herald.
“We need more unselfish guys who are going to help the team however possible…
We have to do a good job as coaches of bringing in guys that are talented enough for this program but also love Miami and are tough individuals. It’s tough for you to be successful in the game of football and also in life if you’re mentally and physically soft.”
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Jackson followed that up with asking Brown how far is the offense from being where he wants it to be and having players that are accountable tough and leaders.
“I think we definitely unperformed a lot this year…We played some young guys at different spots that will be great for us in the future.
We’re going to move forward with the guys that are committed to this program and continue to recruit guys that will help us win football games, coach these guys up and get better in every aspect and bring Miami to what Miami should be.”
Miami is going to need someone to step up and be the leader(s) on offense next season. Running backs DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer have been to an extent. Next season they will be a Junior and Senior. Perry needs to take another step and become one of the leaders.
For all the criticism of Rosier and his play on the field he has proven to be a good leader and exemplary teammate. He took his benching well and was respectful and helpful to his teammates.
Mark Richt has proven throughout his three-year tenure that he will not put up with nonsense. Several players have been dismissed from the team for not living up the standards of the Miami football program. Thomas’ departure proved that Richt, Brown and the rest of the Miami Hurricanes staff do not play favorites.