Coach... Looking Back, Looking Forward
September 23, 2020
Miami convincingly defeat Louisville with big plays last Saturday, 47-34. At this week’s press conference, Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee shared his perspective on that game and the upcoming battle with rival Florida State.
Coach Lashlee strives to balance his attack, as demonstrated in the Louisville game. The Canes ran 30 pass plays and 30 rushing attempts.
“Balance is so key for us. At times we were able to make plays in the passing game, loosen them up,” said Lashlee. “We left some yards out there in the run game. It’s a microcosm of how we felt. The big runs were awesome, but we have to not just rely on the big play.”
Explosive plays were the difference in last week’s game.
"Defenses are really good, do a nice job of game planning and taking away what offenses do best,” said Lashlee. “Explosive plays are a big deal for offenses to score points. The other night, we were able to make explosive plays, but at the same time we weren’t happy with the undisciplined play on offense. Penalties really cost us. We were really inefficient. The second quarter we were very inefficient, and it’s hard to sustain drives when you’re inefficient. Our attention to detail has to get better, we have to execute better. Our kids know that. It’s a process, and we have to keep getting better.”
Coach Lashlee has a lot of respect for Seminoles’ defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and the FSU defense.
“Familiar with the defensive coordinator. We played him last year at SMU, he was at Memphis,” Lashlee said. “He brings a lot of pressure. Their defensive front, they’re long, big. Their interior guys are really good. By far the best front we’ve seen so far. Their linebackers are big. On the back end, they have guys with confidence. We have our work cut out for us. They’ve had two weeks (with the bye). We’ll have to execute at a high level.”
Miami takes on FSU this Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium. Kick-off will be at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC-TV.