Coker Press Conference - Offense

Despite a 38-13 win Thursday night at Houston, the Miami Hurricane offense has many concerns. Larry Coker addressed the media Friday discussing the struggling offense.

On the performance of the offense against Houston

A 38-13 win for us is a good win for us. There was some good and some bad. Offensively we started off the game well. We ran the ball well. We threw the ball pretty well in the first half. Obviously I think the big negative is the passing game. We were under 100 yards passing and five sacks is not going to get it done. I think the running game continues to improve and I like what I saw there. I think our passing game has to improve.

On the injury status of RB Frank Gore's knee…

Nothing new today. I just know anything right now. We will evaluate today with Frank having a sore knee last night. He possibly could have played, but we weren't going to do that. That is the luxury of having two backs in the backfield. We would like both of those guys healthy and sharing duties.

On if Gore's knee is a concern…

.It is a concern, but not quite the concern it was a year ago because we do have Tyrone who has played pretty well. We do have Quadtrine Hill. We certainly hope it is not serious and he can return to the lineup.

On the performance of RB Tyrone Moss

It was his best day ever. He played very well. He ran the ball well and made plays for us when he needed to have them.

On the specific struggles of the passing game…

It was the passing game. It was not one facet. We did not protect very well. We did not handle our line game very well. Our backs did not protect very well. We had some poor decisions at the quarterback position.

On if the receivers were running the wrong routes…

The receivers were fine. We just weren't getting them the ball.

On the performance of QB Brock Berlin

He was okay. If you look at the numbers they were fine. He was well over 50 percent. There are two things: (1) he missed a wide-open receiver early—you have to make that play and; (2) the fumble before half. Your quarterback can't give them a touchdown before the half. There are some huge negatives that jump off the charts. Statistically, he did fine. We won the game, but again we have to play better.

On if teams will blitz Berlin more each week…

I would. I think guys will try to get to him, but that happens everywhere. Certainly we try to get in their face. You always want to pressure the quarterback. A lot of people now are using zone blitz packages.

On if it is frustrating watching Berlin miss open receivers…

Yeah, no doubt about it. he had guys open and we expect him to make those plays.

On Ryan Moore's reaction to the deep pass that fell incomplete…

I really couldn't say if he hurt. I think he is relatively okay. He seemed fine on the plane last night. I think he was maybe a little upset that he didn't make the play. It was a tough play, but one he generally comes up with.

On if there is a sense of urgency with the offense…

I don't know if it is urgent or alarming, but we need to get better. There are two phases on offense and we are running the ball well. It would be alarming if we didn't have any players. I think the players that we do have, we can improve a great deal.

On the performance of the offensive line and how many of the five sacks can be attributed to them…

Probably three and the other two went to the backs. Again, in the passing game everyone is responsible. We have to protect better.

On if it is tough not enjoying a 38-13 victory…

From a coaching standpoint I don't know if you enjoy very many of them. You enjoy a win, obviously, but you don't play a perfect game. There is always something there from a coaching standpoint that you can't enjoy. The thing that we try to do is to appreciate a win. It was our first road game and I think if someone told us we would go into Houston and win 38-13, I think we would have said ‘okay.' But again, we are learning more about ourselves. Now we have three games under our belts and now we can focus in on what we need to get better at. The main thing is our attitude and knowing where we need to be.

On the special teams…

Jon Peattie did a good job of kicking the ball and Brian Monroe did a great job of punting the ball with four punts inside the 20. he did a phenomenal job there. Devin Hester did a nice job of returning punts. I think special teams were a positive.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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