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Nix fired, wanted to open offense up

The Miami Hurricanes have parted ways with offensive coordinator Patrick Nix. Really, that's not much of a surprise. The bigger surprise -- what he told our Susan Miller Degnan after she, Barry Jackson and I spent the day trying to hunt him down.

Patricknix100_64Nix said he and Shannon split because of philosophical differences. "I wanted to be a little bit more wide open - no-huddle, spread out, go for it. And he wanted to be more two-back, conservative. It was a fine line in trying to balance the two. And not that one is better than the other, its just a different philosophy."

For most of Canes nation this may be seen as a relief -- especially after the way Miami's offense sputtered in the final two minutes of the Emerald Bowl. All season long, fans ripped into Nix for leading an offense which finished 89th in the country in total yardage despite finishing 3rd in the ACC in scoring at 24 points per game.

Jacory_harrisMonday afternoon I spoke with the father of quarterback Jacory Harris, who told me after relaying the rumors to his son that Nix was likely out that Jacory "sounded very disappointed." "He said he felt real bad for Coach Nix, but he understands this is all part of what big time football is about," Rodney Harris said. "He's always had a great relationship with Coach Nix, been to his house. He's always felt like he was a great guy."

The irony is if Nix's part of the story in relation to what he wanted with this offense is true, then Jacory Harris is not going to be happy with Nix leaving and Shannon staying. "I know the one thing Jacory would like to see with whoever the new coordinator is, is someone who will open up the offense a bit more. Jacory likes to open it up, throw the football. He wants to attack."

> Today's news is likely just the beginning of the changes. Several sources I spoke with this afternoon told me more changes are expected with other assistant coaches in the near future.

Robert_marve> I also consider today's Nix announcement the last straw for quarterback Robert Marve, who has been considering transferring for weeks. Nix and Marve were obviously close.

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Thank you for your services Coach Nix.

Better luck next time...

Rob Chudzinski our old offensive coordinator from 2001-2003 does not have a job since they fired the head coach of the browns!! Bring him Back!!!!!

What we need is a veteran similar to the Young hire @ DC. Someone with a proven history, who can take over the role and demand to open it up or whatever it takes.

manny , you can be aggressive while in the pro-style....it is what worked better for this team.


I expect Shannon to make a great hire, in much the same way he did in his second DC hire. Now, the fun begins, who is that guy?


and by the way, Manny, the blog- is awesome, the podcasts are awesome, continue doing what you do, yeah, i am calling you out on a nitpicking thing, and i am sure others do way worse than i am, but who really knows the truth of any situation. So, just keep at it, all of us fans MUUUUUUCCCCHHH APPRECIATE IT!

if what nix is saying is true i am truly scared for this team

Rob Chudzinski our old offensive coordinator from 2001-2003 does not have a job since they fired the head coach of the browns!! Bring him Back!!!!!

Shannon and Shalala should be in the door right behind Nix! If it is true that Nix wanted to open up the offense and spread it out then it seems maybe Shannon was the problem! I have said in the past few weeks to give Shannon one more year but now I am convinced he is the problem! It's time to officially start over(from the top!)

I am scared to think what Nix idea of opening up the offense would be. This offense had no identity all year, Were we a running team? Were we a passing team? I think we were a team that changed depending on the defense we were playing....shouldn't it be the other way around?

Nix was a great guy, he called some good games when it all clicked...but at the end of the day its about consistancy. And we lacked it all year.

If the story about opening the offense is true, then Randy Shannon has been the problem, not Nix.

finally i'm with the Rob Chudzinski come back. i want NFL experience!!!!Dorsey for OC

I do not buy Nix's view. Why, because even when pass plays were called they were not good pass plays.

I'm by no means a Nix supporter, but I've felt all season long that Shannon was responsible for the conservative calls on Offense. Clearly, Shannon handcuffed Nix and had the Offense play close to the vest. That being said, Nix was still responsible for the play calls, which lacked imagination and were too predictable.

Shannon is a defense oriented coach who believes in winning games with Defense. He doesn't like to take risks on Offense which is why, I suspect, 90% of the passing offense consisted of screens or comebacks. The problem was that our Defense was bad.

Long story short, Shannon deserves as much of the blame for the Offense as Nix does.

More troubling is what do we do on Defense which was worse than the offense in my opinion?

Lets fire everyone. Lets fire RS, Young, and Holcutt!!!!

LOL. The sky is not falling. Nix wanted to be like Texas Tech... RS wants the Alabama model. Gee... which one to pick. Jacory and Marve are the shotgun kind of QB... they will miss Nix but did they do anything with him?

Jacory, do you want to play in the CFL or the NFL? Stay the course. Lets get meat and potatoes kind of offense.

Lets get an simple smash mouth offense. I am just worried with recruiting. I hope we get the kind of guys to keep it going....

If what Nix was saying is true why did his offenses also stink at Georgia Tech? And Miami doesn't need the spread no-huddle. Sure that works for Oklahoma, but so what? Nix never made it run like OU. Shannon clearly wants to run the pro-set offense that succeeded when he played at the U and was a D-Coordinator in the early part of the decade. Oh, and it also does pretty well at USC with the right players.

OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITHIN-WHICH MEANS NOTHING WILL BE BETTER FOR THE TEAM.SHANNON SHOULD MAN UP AND STEP DOWN. HE IS THE COACH. HE IS RESPONSIBLE. SAVE THE PROGRAM FIRE SHANNON BRING CHUD BACK AS HESD COACH

No MIAMI HURRICANES
Tampa (Fla.) Plant athlete Orson Charles has narrowed down his list of schools to five according to sources. The final five, in no order, are Florida State, South Florida, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. The Dawgs are the team to beat according to many, especially with Charles' quarterback and friend Aaron Murray already committed to Georgia. It is unclear how many official visits Charles will take.

How about Kosar????

Coker?

Hey JC! Look at Florida and Oklahoma both spread offenses that will open it up run 4
and 5 wide, where are they? Yeah thats right in the National Chamionship game! Like I said if you have great defense you can be a little more conservative and grind it more but our defense is not good at all! Sure we have had some good running teams in the past but Miami won with pocket passing QB's (Kosar, Kelly, Testaverde, Toretta and Dorsey) great receivers and passing the ball downfield!
Apparently something Shannon doesn't want!

Does this mean that Jacory Harris will transfer as well as Marve? Perhaps all four quarterbacks will leave for the University of Florida or LSU, in addition to the six wide receivers.

This is not the kind of story that is positive about the program. It really shows a lack of leadership on behalf of Randy Shannon.

This story demonstrates what happens when a coach does not have a system or philosphy. Total confusion.

At this point, I am not sure where to go from here.

Kosar? To do what? manage our steakhouse? Chud isn't coming when he is a potential NFL head coach or at least a hot property for OC. Miami can never pay him as an OC.

Yeah and as of right now even the recruiting is not going our way! That was Shannons strong point. We have to recruit everywhere not just South Florida, that alone anymore doesn't work like it did in the 80's nd 90's. Thats why Texas teams, USC, Oklahoma and Florida have been consistently the top teams for the last 8-10 yrs. They don't just recruit there backyards! There is a lot of talent elsewhere to.

Let's bring back Larry Coker as the Offensive Coordinator. Why Not?

What does this lost and the ones to come do for our recruiting. Last year we lost some guys after a similar situation?

Num1canesfan...not true. Texas gets most of its recruit from Texas, and Mac Brown locks them up early. Go to rivals.com on any given March and you'll see between 15 and 20 recruits committed eleven months early.

OU recruits outside of Oklahoma in basically Texas, because there is such a large supply of talent. USC is the only one who really goes all over the country.

Posted by: Num1canesfan | December 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Yea, they come get kids from Florida you retard. You've shown your ignorance throughout your posts.

If we win you all bitc*, if we lose you all bitc*, fire Nix you bitc*, keep Nix you bitc*!!! Why don't you so called coaches just shut up! You no nothing about FB nor coaching.

I swear the Legion isn't happy unless there is some kind of drama going on.

I seriously doubt that Nix was fired over "philosophical differences." I'm fairly certain he was fired over "performance issues." If we were running the Winged T offense and executing Nix would still have his job. The fact is that this offense couldn't produce consistently, and made fundamental errors during the games. If you think that is the head coaches fault, you have no understanding of how duties are split up among the coaching staff.

Bubble Screen 2007-2008. R.I.P.

maybe we can pull another Bill Young type out of our butt.

Hey DAU if you get the point dumA$$ its that there is talent all over not just here so go out where ever it is and get it! Sure Texas may get majority of there recruits right there in the whole state not just one part of the state like Miami has been doing. It has worked in the past and I know we have to recruit SF first but there is plenty of talent in other places to! And my ignorance throughtout my post? Show me where i was wrong!
I have been following Canes football for 25+ yrs!

From Shandel...

INSTABILITY..

NUm1canesfan, if I'm wrong correct me on this...but wasn't that one of the factors that was cited in the downfall of Larry Coker? That he ignored the (South) Florida base in an attempt to recruit all over the country. I remember despondent posts from three and four years ago about how other schools were stealing the Miami recruits right under Coker's nose.

And my ignorance throughtout my post? Show me where i was wrong!

Posted by: Num1canesfan | December 29, 2008 at 10:34 PM

NUm1canesfan, if I'm wrong correct me on this...but wasn't that one of the factors that was cited in the downfall of Larry Coker?

Posted by: TonyCane | December 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM


EXHIBIT A

I KNOW THIS WILL LIKELY NOT HAPPEN.. BUT THOSE FANS THAT ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY PLEASE WATCH THE NEVADA BOWL GAME TOMORROW... THEIR OC SHOULD BE ON THE SHORT LIST FOR REPLACEMENT....

I POSTED THERE O STATS A FEW WEEKS BACK...(THEY RUN THE PISTOL OFFENSE) THEY ARE HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE AND IT COULD BE A HUGE BOOST FOR THE CANES..

Hey I will say this one last time! Recruit South Florida first but not only! I dont even think it was that he ignored SF but that he just couldnt get those guys to come play for him! Randy seems to be able to get a lot of these guys but those guys alone are not gonna do it! Go look at Rivals right now and we are in need of so much more especially O line that we cant even get, not even in SF. I just dont think we can soley rely on our own backyard when a lot of these guys go to UF, FSU, USF and elsewhere.

Sure Texas may get majority of there recruits right there in the whole state not just one part of the state like Miami has been doing.

Posted by: Num1canesfan | December 29, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Texas doesn't have 2 other POWERHOUSES instate to contend with. FSU, Florida, AND Miami.

EXHIBIT B

if he would come...

Go look at Rivals right now and we are in need of so much more especially O line that we cant even get.

Posted by: Num1canesfan | December 29, 2008 at 10:43 PM

5-7....7-6....Could have something to do with it.

EXHIBIT C

Oh sure they do! What about Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State? All of these teams always recruit big in Texas! You can add Teaxas A&M to that list as well!

I REST MY CASE

Texas Tech, TCU, and "Teaxas A&M".

How many NC's have they won?

Yeah it sure does have something to do with it! Big players want to go to winning schools! That is exactly what we have been talkin about this whole blog! Shannon not being the guy to pull this program together and bring us back to where we need to be! AT THE TOP!

The Stupidcanes are probably one of the worst teams in college ball. They should be no better than 3-9 next year.
They didn't deserve to be on the same field with Cal.

F NIX LEAVES MIAMI SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT NEVADA OC Chris Klenakis. NEVADA RUNS THE PISTOL OFFENSE WHICH IS NOW BEING COPIED BY MANY SCHOOLS, U'LL SEE FLORIDA AND TEXAS RUN A FEW PLAYS OUT OF THIS FORMATION. COACH K WOULD BE IN OUR PRICE RANGE AND ADD A NEW AND FORMIDABLE OFFENSE.. HERE'S A BREAKDOWN ON THE PISTOL OFFENSE..


Strategy of the Pass Game

Neveda Head coach Chris Ault developed the Pistol offense in 2004 as a way to level the playing field by getting one-on-one matchups with receivers on the perimeter and having his undersized offensive linemen block people in space. While the foundation of the run game is being able to mix the inside zone (slice) play and the outside zone (stretch) out of different formations, the backbone of the Pistol pass offense is running the play action off both of those plays.

The equalizer in the Pistol scheme is the alignment of the quarterback and the tailback. With the tailback being directly behind the QB, it provides instant deception to the defense – particularly for the linebackers who are trained to key the tailback. In fact, the popularity of the zone read play has changed LB’s reads to keying the offensive tackle to the side of the back. But in the Pistol, often times those LB’s can’t see the back because their sight is distracted by the motion of the quarterback. “It’s a lot easier to run play action out of the Pistol because of where the back is,” says offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis.

“Nowadays because of the zone read, when you’re in a traditional Shotgun alignment you will always have a backside end who is taught to never close on that tackle’s down block. So it makes running naked plays at him very difficult. With the Pistol, you don’t get that problem. Especially if you’re giving a good dose of inside and outside zone schemes.”

While over eighty percent of the success of the Wolf Pack pass game relies on setting up the run, Klenakis is not afraid to pull the trigger on early downs. “There’s nothing wrong with calling a first down play action pass game scheme, especially when you’ve been running the ball effectively,” says Klenakis. “I like the play action stuff best on second and medium because it’s a give or take down.”

The majority of Nevada’s offensive formations are run out of 11 personnel – one tight end, one running back and three wide receivers. However, the great disguise is how many different formations Nevada could come out in utilizing the same personnel. Klenakis has over thirty different formations in his playbook using 11 personnel, which obviously makes it difficult for defenses to match up with them.

The Play Action

Nevada’s most productive play since installing the Pistol has been the slice play which is the inside zone play to the tight end side that American Football Monthly profiled last issue. So it makes sense that the Wolf Pack’s number one play action scheme is the Zone Pass Boot.

The Zone Pass Boot is a naked play action scheme, meaning the QB – after making the run-action fake – gets out on the opposite perimeter with no lead blocker. The offensive line’s main responsibility is to ‘sell’ the inside zone. Klenakis preaches low hat/low pad level in order to deceive the second level defensive players who often read helmet leverage on the snap. While the line zone blocks away from the direction of the play, the wingback ‘slices’ across the formation to block the backside C gap, just like he would on the inside zone run play. “Except this time the wing will take somewhat of a different path, aiming for the outside hip of that backside end. Sometimes we’ll have him log the end, so the QB can get around or we’ll release him to the flat right away,” says Klenakis. “It’s a great goal line play. It depends how aggressive that player is. If he’s up the field often, we’ll get the wing to the flat right away. If he slow plays it, we’ll log him.”

After the QB opens, just as he would on the slice run play giving the ball fake to the tailback who is downhill immediately, he carries the fake for two more steps past the handoff, pivots and works around the opposite end with the ball on his hip. “He should anticipate that backside end being in his face immediately, particularly if the wingback releases to the flat. It is a two-man route with those two backside receivers. Our most common route if we’re getting some form of cover three is running number one on a takeoff to get the corner out of the area. We would then have the slot break on a 14-yard out against the flat defender, usually a LB and a mismatch (See Diagram 1). Another option is running number one on a curl at 14 yards and number two on a wheel route. Either way the QB looks high to low on his delivery.

In order to provide a spark to the pass game, Klenakis does draw from a three step package in the Pistol. When he does, it’s usually the Y Option route. It’s a four man route with the focus predominantly on the release of the tight end. Keeping the 11 personnel intact, Klenakis’s favorite formation to run this is out of the tight/trips set. The offensive line slide protects with the tailback filling for the releasing tight end. To the trips side, the Z receiver will run a clear out route, with the slot receiver on a 14-yard out route and the tight end on an option route – one that can break outside or inside. The single receiver away from the play can run either a hitch, fade, or slant depending on the pre-determined call.

Posted by: HM | December 09, 2008 at 01:45 PM

NEVADA WAS RANKED 11TH IN THE NATION ON OFFENSE IN 07..

http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2007&div=4&rpt=IA_teamtotoff&site=org

Posted by: HM | December 09, 2008 at 02:01 PM

IN 08 NEVADA O RANKED 13TH
http://www.wageronfootball.com/bostats/ncaa-offensive-rankings.html

Posted by: HM | December 09, 2008 at 02:06 PM

Oklahoma alone has won more then Florida and FSU! The others have been historically winning programs!

Ok you guys, I need you to copy and paste this statement. Former Booker T. Washington Sr high school coach and coach of the year Tim "Ice" Harris will be Miami's new offensive coordinator. Mark my words folks "he is awesome" just ask son Brandon Harris, Therrion Coller, Davon Johnson, and Chavez Grant.

If we win you all bitc*, if we lose you all bitc*, fire Nix you bitc*, keep Nix you bitc*!!! Why don't you so called coaches just shut up! You no nothing about FB nor coaching.

Posted by: GatorAid | December 29, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Best post on here.

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