During his weekly appearance on the Joe Rose Show on 560 WQAM Miami head coach Mario Cristobal was asked by the eponymous host about the struggles of the Hurricanes’ offense and criticism of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Cristobal stated you don’t share those things in public and try to work them out privately.
The question has to be does that foreshadow a decision by Mario Cristobal regarding the future of Josh Gattis? Miami fans are beyond frustrated with the play calling by Gattis and the regression of Miami offensively from his predecessor Rhett Lashlee. Miami had over 400 yards of offense in six of the final seven games in 2021.
Miami has had over 400 yards of offense only four times this season. The Hurricanes were over 400 yards in the first two games of the season in wins over Bethune-Cookman and Southern Mississippi. In three of the last four games, Miami had under 300 yards of total offense. Saturday was the lowest point of the 2022 season.
Miami finished with 98 yards of offense in a 40-10 loss to Clemson. The Hurricanes began their lone touchdown drive of the game at the Clemson 10 after a Jordan Miller fumble return. Miami is 92nd nationally averaging 24.3 points per game and 85th with 365.8 yards per game. David Lake of Inside the U quoted Cristobal.
“You don’t share certain things out in public. You always try to work things out within the walls of the program. We have done a really good job of hiring coaches that have had tremendous success in every place they have been at. We have had offensive struggles, but we put that on all of us.
You don’t isolate people during the season. That is not it. I think people come together or unravel and you have to be the example to the entire organization.”
Cristobal is doing the right thing by keeping the discussions with Gattis in-house. The question has to be asked if Cristobal is considering any overhauls to the Miami staff. After being picked to win the ACC Coastal in the last year of division play in the conference, Miami enters the final weekend in fifth place.
Miami needs a win versus Pittsburgh on Saturday to become bowl eligible. The comment about not isolating people during the season could end in five days. Without a win against the Panthers, the Hurricanes’ season will end. Cristobal will look inward and inside the Miami football program about the best decision for the future.