Mark Richt’s Miami Hurricanes have hit another four game slump. Back in 2016 the excuses were talent, depth, the process was all too new. In 2018 it’s year three of the Richt Era and the excuses are talent, depth and execution. If a head coach’s job is to acquire talent, develop the talent, and deploy the talent the Hurricanes shouldn’t be wondering if they’ll qualify for a bowl in year three.
The ‘Canes finished the game averaging seven yards per passing attempt and under five yards per rushing attempt. The Hurricanes are on a downward spiral with the lone bright spot being N’Kosi Perry not getting pulled out for Malik Rosier on Saturday night.
Paul Johnson had a few looks that he liked all night and one was to get a “trips” look with having a receiver and both wings on the same side of the field, or both receivers and a wing to one side, too. It’s a numbers game here where they left A-Back coming in jet motion can now block the cornerback, the wide receiver can block a safety, and the right A-Back blocks the inside linebacker.
The option relationship is then between the quarterback and the B-Back (fullback). The QB will read the outside linebacker, here it’s Zach McCloud. If McCloud plays the QB he will pitch to the B-Back, if he plays the B-Back or “pitch” the QB will run the football.
There are two cutback players on the play. The first is a backside inside linebacker while the 2nd is the backside safety. With the jet motion the backside safety rolls to midfield, and with the blitz there is no backside cutback linebacker.
The one thing the read, McCloud, can’t do is freeze up and not commit to anyone. He doesn’t play the QB and force him to pitch. That’s usually the goal because it puts the ball in the air which can result in a fumble, and the defense can hit the QB in the process. Here, McCloud doesn’t commit and the QB keeps the ball.
Because of the blitz and the block on Shaquille Quarterman there’s no cutback player at the 2nd level, and Jaquan Johnson is the last player left to stop the QB Marshall. As you can see, Johnson over pursues the play and as Marshall cuts back he has a clear path to the end zone.