Miami's Quick Strike Offense "Whippled" into Shape

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes scrambles against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Finally. That's all I really have to say to all you Miami Hurricane fans out there.


Because the Canes beat back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time since the Ice Age, or so it feels.

Because none of their scoring drives have taken more than five minutes.

Because the three-and-outs have been minimized for the first time since 2004.

I am not saying this team is back. Not yet. What I am saying, though, is that there is hope. For the first time since 2003, I actually believe Miami has something.

The defense is the only thing supporting the U-haters out there. While the defensive line and linebackers have vastly improved, the defensive backfield is flat-out bad.

But this isn't a hater column.

This is a "wow, that offense reminds me of 2001/2002" column.

It's not the fact that they beat two ranked opponents. We don't yet know what Georgia Tech and Florida State even have. It's how they are scoring that makes me a believer.

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The quick strike offense is back. 

During the last few years, Miami has had only a handful of 25+ yard plays for touchdowns. This year, they already have two in two games. (And another one of 24 yards.) They are airing it out and the receivers are actually catching the ball.

The dual-threat of Javarris James and Greg Cooper in the backfield keeps the defense on its toes. 

Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has done such a marvelous job in mixing up the offense that they are averaging over 450 yards per game. Compare that to the 240 yards a game of the Hurricanes of recent past.

The offensive line is blocking again. 

Previously, Miami's quarterbacks had roughly two or three seconds to get rid of the ball before they were crushed. This year, the line has given Jacory Harris enough time to take a nap before he throws the ball. Against good defensive teams, the line has allowed just two sacks.

Last, but definitely not least, is the attitude change.

Instead of being all talk, these Hurricanes are actually walking the walk on the field. 

These Canes are ready for the big time. 

The next two games will answer any questions and put an end to all the haters.


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