Lashlee outlines offensive philosophy, talks King addition

Lashlee outlines offensive philosophy, talks King addition

Stefan Adams
Following the conclusion of signing day yesterday, new Miami offensive coordinator and QB coach Rhett Lashlee gave his first press conference to the media, and began with why he chose to leave the same position at SMU for the Hurricanes.

“It’s the University of Miami, first of all. Coach (Manny) Diaz is a big reason I was very interested, because we went against each other back in the day, were both coordinators,” Lashlee said. “He was always probably the toughest guy we’d face. His defensive background speaks for itself. Thirdly, just looking through the situation, you always get caught up in negatives or what things aren’t there, I’m not one of those guys. I see what can be, what’s there. Now you have to go solve issues, we’re focused on `Here’s what we do have, what we can be good with.’ A combination of it being the University of Miami and coach Diaz is what I kept coming back to.”

Lashlee’s arrival coincides with the spread offense finally being utilized at UM, and he spoke about why he runs that style of offense.

"For me it's just my background," Lashlee said. "I threw 71 times in a game twice. When I played, we never had a guy that ran faster than 4.6, but we led the country in total offense because we played fast, wore (the defense) down, had guys that executed at a high level.

“That's my background and I've seen it work over the years. Tempo is the great equalizer. Look at the Super Bowl, the last six minutes. The 49ers dominated till they went up tempo, then the defense wasn't as effective. I just believe in that, what I've always done. What fits here, if you talk about South Florida, we have access to a lot of good speed, athletes. Getting our guys in space allows their speed to be opened up and used to their advantage."

With spring practice set to begin on February 29th, Lashlee says he is spending a lot of time getting to know his new players and emphasizing everyone has a clean slate, especially his quarterbacks.

"This spring is important for us from an X’s and O’s standpoint, us getting to know them, them getting to know us,” Lashlee said. “I’ve never seen an offense be good that’s not close together… I told (the QB’s) `Hey, it's a fresh slate’. So far, they've been great, their attitudes have been great, they're working hard. I think they're excited to get their feet wet and see what they can do.

“I’ve been in situations before where, coming in, we have to get things turned around, and in those scenarios - the things I’ve always said is ‘The past is the past’. Like I told our players, I will not watch one single game from last year in terms of the game. I watch cutups of individual players. I can see kind of what their skillset is, what they can do until we get on the field. From doing that, we have some pieces in place we can work with.”

Lashlee will certainly have his work cut out for him in taking over UM’s 90th ranked scoring offense (25.7 ppg) in the FBS last season. In contrast, Lashlee's 2019 SMU offense averaged 41.8 points, 7th most in the nation.

“There’s a lot of work to be done. From O-Line to tight end to running back to receiver, we have some guys I know are excited about what we’re going to be doing,” Lashlee said. “We addressed our most immediate need on offense, to find an older, more seasoned QB to help that room. Just looking through it, we have guys up front that are young, but there’s some length and athleticism. We have some experience coming back at tight end, two older guys at running back, two electric younger guys coming in. At receiver, we have guys that haven’t really done anything yet. It’s a matter of putting guys in position to be successful.”

That older, more seasoned QB came to Miami last month in the form of Houston grad transfer D’Eriq King, who broke out as a junior for the Cougars when he accounted for 50 total TD’s in 2018 before sitting out the majority of last season to preserve his eligibility.

“He’s an electric playmaker. When he became available, it just worked out,” Lashlee said of King. “He and I had gone against each other - he’s from the state of Texas. When he was able to sit down and see cutups of the guys we have coming back, see them on tape, in the weight room, hang out with them, he felt really good about the guys.

"D'Eriq has a unique skill set - whoever wins that job you want to build what you do around what they do best. We want to be fast, make the defense defend the whole field… But if you have a QB like D'Eriq, you may have more zone read or run the ball more. At the end of the day, for D'Eriq, he played in similar systems at Houston, in high school. I witnessed when we played Houston what a pain in the rear end he was to defend. I'm just happy to have him on our side."

With 2020 QB signee Tyler Van Dyke already in the fold before Lashlee came on board, UM’s new OC has yet to really recruit a high school QB to Miami. What will Lashlee be looking for out of a quarterback in the upcoming 2021 class?

“A winner, a guy that wants to be a leader,” Lashlee said. “If you're a QB, you can't be scared of competition... This is college football, we shouldn't recruit guys who can't throw. The guy has to be accurate enough to make the throws we want. The quicker the guy gets it out, the better. We like to throw it deep, and the more athletic the better."
 

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Following the conclusion of signing day yesterday, new Miami offensive coordinator and QB coach Rhett Lashlee gave his first press conference to the media, and began with why he chose to leave the same position at SMU for the Hurricanes.

“It’s the University of Miami, first of all. Coach (Manny) Diaz is a big reason I was very interested, because we went against each other back in the day, were both coordinators,” Lashlee said. “He was always probably the toughest guy we’d face. His defensive background speaks for itself. Thirdly, just looking through the situation, you always get caught up in negatives or what things aren’t there, I’m not one of those guys. I see what can be, what’s there. Now you have to go solve issues, we’re focused on `Here’s what we do have, what we can be good with.’ A combination of it being the University of Miami and coach Diaz is what I kept coming back to.”

Lashlee’s arrival coincides with the spread offense finally being utilized at UM, and he spoke about why he runs that style of offense.

"For me it's just my background," Lashlee said. "I threw 71 times in a game twice. When I played, we never had a guy that ran faster than 4.6, but we led the country in total offense because we played fast, wore (the defense) down, had guys that executed at a high level.

“That's my background and I've seen it work over the years. Tempo is the great equalizer. Look at the Super Bowl, the last six minutes. The 49ers dominated till they went up tempo, then the defense wasn't as effective. I just believe in that, what I've always done. What fits here, if you talk about South Florida, we have access to a lot of good speed, athletes. Getting our guys in space allows their speed to be opened up and used to their advantage."

With spring practice set to begin on February 29th, Lashlee says he is spending a lot of time getting to know his new players and emphasizing everyone has a clean slate, especially his quarterbacks.

"This spring is important for us from an X’s and O’s standpoint, us getting to know them, them getting to know us,” Lashlee said. “I’ve never seen an offense be good that’s not close together… I told (the QB’s) `Hey, it's a fresh slate’. So far, they've been great, their attitudes have been great, they're working hard. I think they're excited to get their feet wet and see what they can do.

“I’ve been in situations before where, coming in, we have to get things turned around, and in those scenarios - the things I’ve always said is ‘The past is the past’. Like I told our players, I will not watch one single game from last year in terms of the game. I watch cutups of individual players. I can see kind of what their skillset is, what they can do until we get on the field. From doing that, we have some pieces in place we can work with.”

Lashlee will certainly have his work cut out for him in taking over UM’s 90th ranked scoring offense (25.7 ppg) in the FBS last season. In contrast, Lashlee's 2019 SMU offense averaged 41.8 points, 7th most in the nation.

“There’s a lot of work to be done. From O-Line to tight end to running back to receiver, we have some guys I know are excited about what we’re going to be doing,” Lashlee said. “We addressed our most immediate need on offense, to find an older, more seasoned QB to help that room. Just looking through it, we have guys up front that are young, but there’s some length and athleticism. We have some experience coming back at tight end, two older guys at running back, two electric younger guys coming in. At receiver, we have guys that haven’t really done anything yet. It’s a matter of putting guys in position to be successful.”

That older, more seasoned QB came to Miami last month in the form of Houston grad transfer D’Eriq King, who broke out as a junior for the Cougars when he accounted for 50 total TD’s in 2018 before sitting out the majority of last season to preserve his eligibility.

“He’s an electric playmaker. When he became available, it just worked out,” Lashlee said of King. “He and I had gone against each other - he’s from the state of Texas. When he was able to sit down and see cutups of the guys we have coming back, see them on tape, in the weight room, hang out with them, he felt really good about the guys.

"D'Eriq has a unique skill set - whoever wins that job you want to build what you do around what they do best. We want to be fast, make the defense defend the whole field… But if you have a QB like D'Eriq, you may have more zone read or run the ball more. At the end of the day, for D'Eriq, he played in similar systems at Houston, in high school. I witnessed when we played Houston what a pain in the rear end he was to defend. I'm just happy to have him on our side."

With 2020 QB signee Tyler Van Dyke already in the fold before Lashlee came on board, UM’s new OC has yet to really recruit a high school QB to Miami. What will Lashlee be looking for out of a quarterback in the upcoming 2021 class?

“A winner, a guy that wants to be a leader,” Lashlee said. “If you're a QB, you can't be scared of competition... This is college football, we shouldn't recruit guys who can't throw. The guy has to be accurate enough to make the throws we want. The quicker the guy gets it out, the better. We like to throw it deep, and the more athletic the better."
Everything I've been asking for on offense AND a dynamic QB to run it?

Music to my ears..
 
Rhett is going to transform this offense, the combination of he & King is going to set the Corstal on fire.

Nothing anyone says can convince me otherwise...

I'm still hyped AF we finally woke the hell up & brought the Uptempo Spread with Air Raid concepts to Miami.
 
Lashlee’s arrival coincides with the spread offense finally being utilized at UM, and he spoke about why he runs that style of offense.

"For me it's just my background," Lashlee said. "I threw 71 times in a game twice. When I played, we never had a guy that ran faster than 4.6, but we led the country in total offense because we played fast, wore (the defense) down, had guys that executed at a high level.

“That's my background and I've seen it work over the years. Tempo is the great equalizer. Look at the Super Bowl, the last six minutes. The 49ers dominated till they went up tempo, then the defense wasn't as effective. I just believe in that, what I've always done. What fits here, if you talk about South Florida, we have access to a lot of good speed, athletes. Getting our guys in space allows their speed to be opened up and used to their advantage."

 
If he can move us into the Top 40 on 3rd down we will dominate just about every opponent.

All the talk about the defense being on the field too much will be negated and we'll score the numbers we need to put our D in constant attack mode.
 
Even when Richt was at Miami, when he went uptempo, the same offense that had been struggling seemed to transform itself. I never understood why he didn't run it that way all the time. I guess you have to have the system in place to run it at a sustained rate, but the pressure it puts on a defense gives it a huge advantage.
 
What will Lashlee be looking for out of a quarterback in the upcoming 2021 class?

“A winner, a guy that wants to be a leader,” Lashlee said. “If you're a QB, you can't be scared of competition... This is college football, we shouldn't recruit guys who can't throw. The guy has to be accurate enough to make the throws we want. The quicker the guy gets it out, the better. We like to throw it deep, and the more athletic the better."


All of it is great. Love the possibilities here.

I love the X's and O's, but this is particularly important not just at QB, but across the board:
If you're a QB, you can't be scared of competition..
 
Even when Richt was at Miami, when he went uptempo, the same offense that had been struggling seemed to transform itself. I never understood why he didn't run it that way all the time. I guess you have to have the system in place to run it at a sustained rate, but the pressure it puts on a defense gives it a huge advantage.
Richt wanted to run this type of offense in 2017 and 2018 but never implemented the proper passing concepts and routes. It’s like he had an idea of what he wanted to do but didn’t have any experience doing it and since the rest of his staff were wet behind the ears yes men, there was nobody to help him do it.
 
Still have to get much better O line play. There is not QB a live who can throw from his ass.
agreed but Kings Ability to run will neutralize a lot of d-lines rushing up field. That have to be more strategic on staying in their lanes and not allowing him to get lanes to run. This should help our weak o-line.
 
Lashlee’s arrival coincides with the spread offense finally being utilized at UM, and he spoke about why he runs that style of offense.

"For me it's just my background," Lashlee said. "I threw 71 times in a game twice. When I played, we never had a guy that ran faster than 4.6, but we led the country in total offense because we played fast, wore (the defense) down, had guys that executed at a high level.

“That's my background and I've seen it work over the years. Tempo is the great equalizer. Look at the Super Bowl, the last six minutes. The 49ers dominated till they went up tempo, then the defense wasn't as effective. I just believe in that, what I've always done. What fits here, if you talk about South Florida, we have access to a lot of good speed, athletes. Getting our guys in space allows their speed to be opened up and used to their advantage."

El,

The key on that quote, that im focusing on is,
had guys that executed at a high level.”
Please, Please, Please!
 
Richt wanted to run this type of offense in 2017 and 2018 but never implemented the proper passing concepts and routes. It’s like he had an idea of what he wanted to do but didn’t have any experience doing it and since the rest of his staff were wet behind the ears yes men, there was nobody to help him do it.
I know it's all the rage to be down on Richt, but you are correct. It seemed like he kept simplifying the playbook because the staff and players couldn't or wouldn't handle more.
 
He said all of the right things. He pointed out one of my worries which is the WR room. Hopefully his scheme and tempo tunes a couple of those guys into very good WR. If Lashlee turns this thing around quickly with King at QB next year, our recruiting class should be top 10 easily.

We should get Elite RB, WR and QB to come play in this style of offense.
 
Lashlee’s arrival coincides with the spread offense finally being utilized at UM, and he spoke about why he runs that style of offense.

"For me it's just my background," Lashlee said. "I threw 71 times in a game twice. When I played, we never had a guy that ran faster than 4.6, but we led the country in total offense because we played fast, wore (the defense) down, had guys that executed at a high level.

“That's my background and I've seen it work over the years. Tempo is the great equalizer. Look at the Super Bowl, the last six minutes. The 49ers dominated till they went up tempo, then the defense wasn't as effective. I just believe in that, what I've always done. What fits here, if you talk about South Florida, we have access to a lot of good speed, athletes. Getting our guys in space allows their speed to be opened up and used to their advantage."

Amen!
 
Rhett is going to transform this offense, the combination of he & King is going to set the Corstal on fire.

Nothing anyone says can convince me otherwise...

I'm still hyped AF we finally woke the hell up & brought the Uptempo Spread with Air Raid concepts to Miami.
Question:

What college team would be the closest thing to UM in talent wise that runs a spread and why do you think it took us this long to figure out it's what is best for the S. FL athletes?
 

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