RoundTable: Thoughts on QB Situation

CanesTime.com writers Raul Tano and Mike Bakas offer up their thoughts on the current quarterback situation at the University of Miami. Read on to see their thoughts...

Raul Tano and Mike Bakas offer up their thoughts on the current quarterback situation:

Tano: Like nearly everyone else with an opinion on this subject, I think the coaching staff made the right move in switching to Kyle. While it's true that Kirby Freeman did legitimately earn the starting job during the preseason, he simply hasn't gotten the offense moving, and it's clear that the blame was on him. Miami offenses of the past two years, while mediocre at best, still managed to have some semblance of a passing game. Currently though, Miami ranks 119th in passing offense. 119th! Let that sink in for a moment. The question the coaching staff had to ask themselves is "how can we remedy this problem and who are the causes of said problem?" There were really only three possibilities: quarterback play, offensive line play, and receiver play. While the receivers have dropped balls, they haven't done any better or worse than in years past, which to me makes them irrelevant as far as distributing blame. Sure, everyone would like to see them get better at catching the football, and had they not dropped a pass yet, I'm sure Freeman would have moderately better numbers, but would our passing game really be that much better? Probably not. Next, I take a look at the offensive line. While they had some considerable trouble during the Oklahoma game, I think it's safe to say that they are an improved unit from last year. Therefore, the bulk of the blame has to be put on the quarterback. Kirby Freeman looked lost on Saturday and was unable to move the offense at all. What's more, his base packages almost always involved the shotgun spread formation, something I don't think Miami has the personnel to run. Why put four wide receivers on the field when none of them really stand out? Even when they were open (which was more than people give them credit for), Kirby had trouble finding them, bouncing passes to their feet or soaring them over their heads. Enter Kyle Wright. While he wasn't perfect, he got the offense moving, and I noticed that Nix tended to run less with the shotgun and more with the Ace formation, which I like better for our offense. I don't see Kyle losing the job, either. The way to beat the ‘Canes in the past was to put heavy pressure on Kyle with various blitzes and he'd inevitably take the sack. On Saturday, we saw him get out of those situations and throw the ball away on at least two occasions. While, he'll probably still take the sack more often than we'd like to see, he'll at least be able to put the ball in the air more often, and with an improved offensive line, teams will be forced to re-think their game-plan if they can't get to Wright. On the other hand, with Kirby through the first 2 games, teams already know that they can stack 8 in the box and play the run, because 1)Kirby hasn't had success throwing to the middle of the field (or even attempting to) and 2)He tends to make very few reads before committing to run the football himself. We'll see how it all shakes out, but I'm satisfied with the decision. That being said, I hope Kirby doesn't get too hard on himself. He had a shot and it won't be his last, I'm sure.

Bakas: Miami's passing offense was bad in 2006. In fact, the entire offense was pretty bad last year. Anytime you have a defense that was as good as it was and you still win just half of your games against Division 1 opponents, something's seriously wrong with the offense. Many people thought Patrick Nix would be the answer. Maybe he is but that remains to be seen. What doesn't remain to be seen -- since the entire nation saw it last Saturday -- is that the Hurricanes were going nowhere offensively with Kirby Freeman at quarterback. Good kid, a good player at times but history indicates that Freeman just doesn't have what it takes to lead this team against quality opponents. There's talent all over the field so to suffer a 38 point loss to Oklahoma and to have 17 passing yards in the entire game doesn't seem to add up. Wright has all the physical tools. He was a winner in H.S. Perhaps all the offensive coaches and philosophies he's had since arriving have contributed to his lack of success. Whatever it was, Wright still has nearly his entire senior season left ahead of him. The FIU game won't really matter much. If he throws for 500 yards and 5 touchdowns, that's no indication of how well he'll do against a quality opponent. Hopefully he'll use the FIU game as preparation for his first real test against Texas A&M next week. It's the Kyle Wright show -- for now -- and I'm excited to see what he can do with it.


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