Miami Redhawks are at a Loss for Words Over Team's Winless Start

Tom ShelleyCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2009

The Miami Redhawks, after a dreadful 2-10 season, were looking to turn the team around this year. They cleaned house and hired all new coaching staff and added a quarterbacks coach to the team.

After all the anticipation, the team and staff have yet to deliver.

0-2 is not the most spectacular way to start a season.

In fact, only four of the thirteen teams in the MAC (including Miami) have yet to win a game.

Mike Haywood, the new head coach and offensive guru, has yet to turn the offense into any kind of weapon. Raudabaugh's passing game is ranked a measly 107th out of 120. Raudabaugh is just 34 of 69 for 281 yards with 0 touchdowns and four interceptions in the first two games.

The running game, which should be better with Heywood in charge, is even worse ranked at 113. The team's leading rusher, Andre Bratton, has seven attempts for 37 yards and no touchdowns.

The total offense is worse than every other team in NCAA Division I football aside from newcomer Western Kentucky.

So how is the legendary new defensive coordinator, Carl "Bull" Reese's defense doing? They rank 104th in total defense, giving up nearly 465 yards per game. The linebacker corps was a huge concern last year, and it seems that even with some better coaching, they haven't come a long way.

It's clear that this is a rebuilding year for Miami. Unfortunately for the Redhawk faithful the only team with a chance at a national title is the hockey team.

Unless the Redhawks can come away with a win this weekend at their first MAC division game against Western Kentucky, chances are when they have their first home game against Cincinnati there will be more Bearcat fans than Redhawks in attendance.

Photo courtesy of Al Behrman - AP