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Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Van Dyke will be on a lot of national lists entering the 2022 season. Van Dyke completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in a breakout 2021 season. Over the final six games, Van Dyke had 300 yards passing and three touchdown passes in each game.

Only 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU accomplished the same feat during the college football playoff era with seven straight games of 300 yards and three TDs. Nick Kosko of 247 Sports included Van Dyke in his “Naming 10 breakout players for 2022 college football season.”

After the season Tyler Van Dyke had in 2021 it was surprising to see him included on a list of breakout players for 2022. Van Dyke was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021. The next step or breakout would be to garner national acclaim during the 2022 season.

Van Dyke will have to learn a new offense in 2022. Miami lost offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee who was hired as head coach at SMU. The Hurricanes made their own change at head coach hiring Mario Cristobal. Cristobal has yet to hire a new offensive play-caller in 2022. What can Van Dyke accomplish in 2022?

TYLER VAN DYKE – QB, MIAMI

Van Dyke looked pretty good under Manny Diaz when he took over for D’Eriq King following an injury. Now with a new staff under Mario Cristoabl (SIC), Van Dyke might very well be one of, if not the best, quarterback in the ACC in 2022.

He’ll have a prime opportunity to shine with the spotlight squarely on him when talking about the Hurricanes next season. He finished 2021 with 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 62.3% completion percentage. Expect those numbers to rise significantly.

Kosko’s projections for Van Dyke to improve his numbers significantly is bold. Prorating the numbers Van Dyke had in nine starts 2021 over a 13 game 2022 season would project to 4,233 passing yards, 36 TDs and seven interceptions. The passing yards and TDs would crush the Miami single-season records.

Bernie Kosar set the Miami single-season passing record with 3,642 yards in 1985. Steve Walsh set the single-season record for Miami with 29 TD passes in 1988. Miami pulling out of the Sun Bowl cost Van Dyke a chance at tying Walsh’s record. The 25 TD passes by Van Dyke in 2021 are seventh in Miami history.

Van Dyke loses his top two receivers, Mike Harley and Charleston Rambo, but returns all of the other key skill position players on offense. Cristobal brought Bryan McClendon with him from Oregon as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator. A new hire as offensive play-caller is still expected.

How well the new play-caller meshes with Van Dyke will be critical to the success of the Miami offense in 2022. If Van Dyke can continue at the same pace in 2022 he did during the 2021 season, challenging for the Heisman Trophy is a reasonable goal. Miami should continue to improve offensively in 2022.

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Conflicting reports Miami football offered Arkansas OC Kendal Briles

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FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles at FSU football practice on March 6, 2019.
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FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles at FSU football practice on March 6, 2019.
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There are conflicting reports from Brett McMurphy of The Action Network and Mike Ryan Ruiz of the Dan Lebtard show that the Miami football program has offered Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles the same positions with the Hurricanes. Miami has also reportedly offered Toledo head coach Jason Candle.

McMurphy is a polarizing reporter related to the Miami football program. Miami was criticized by McMurphy and reported that there was conflict within the Hurricanes athletic department regarding the hiring of new head football coach Mario Cristobal and athletic director Dan Radakovich.

There have been a plethora of reports reacting to the Tweet by McMurphy that Briles has been offered the job to become the Miami offensive coordinator. Other speculation is that Briles’ agent could be using potential leverage with an offer from Miami to increase his salary at Arkansas. Briles is in his second season with Arkansas.

Briles has moved around frequently in the last six seasons. After serving as the offensive coordinator at Baylor in 2015-2016, Briles moved on to Florida Atlantic in 2017. Briles was the offensive coordinator at Houston in 2018, Florida State in 2019 before moving on to Arkansas where he has been since the 2020 season.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has been offered offensive coordinator position at Miami, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Briles also has been OC at Florida State, Houston, FAU & Baylor

— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 18, 2022

Mike Ryan Ruiz disputes the report by McMurphy that Miami offered Briles the offensive coordinator position. Cristobal has kept his interviews and hires quiet since becoming head coach last month. All three coordinator positions, tight ends, linebackers and the defensive back coaches all remain open with Miami.

Miami did speak with Briles… But my understanding is a formal offer wasn’t made at the time. Miami does have an active offer out for OC, as I understand it it’s the only formal offer they’ve made… it’s not to Briles. https://t.co/0JYV0pxHn5

— Mike Ryan (Ruiz) ⭐️⭐️ (@MichaelRyanRuiz) January 18, 2022

Briles was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2015 as the best college football assistant as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Baylor. Briles has a troubling past on the staff of a scandal-ridden Baylor football program under his father former Bears head coach Art.

Briles is considered one of the brightest offensive minds in college football. Arkansas averaged 30.9 points per game which was 48th nationally in 2021. The Razorbacks averaged 441.7 yards per game which were 28th nationally. Arkansas was seventh averaging 227.77 rushing yards per game.

Miami had a prolific pass offense in 2021 averaging 321.2 yards per game. The Hurricanes averaged only 128.8 rushing yards per game in 2021. Briles would likely be able to upgrade the Miami rushing offense in 2021. Briles and recently hired Miami running backs coach Kevin Smith worked together at Florida Atlantic.

Cristobal continues to be deliberate about hiring his staff. While reporters speculate on who Cristobal will hire to the Miami football staff, the Hurricanes continue to remain relatively quiet about new hires. The current staff continues to recruit for Miami with just over two weeks remaining until National Signing Day.

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Five Things I Think I Think About the Miami Dolphins – A Brief 2021 Retrospective

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Before I was graciously gifted the opportunity to regale the unwashed masses with a weekly load of blatherskite, my plan was simple: write an annual article that predicted five things about the upcoming Miami Dolphins season.

In case you don’t have it tattooed on your chest, here’s the original article. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see just how pathetically wrong I was (hint: fairly pathetic).

Tua Tagovailoa Will Start All 17 Games

Verdict: False

This one didn’t make it very far. Thanks to a blindside haymaker from Buffalo’s A.J. Epenesa (really thanks to Jesse Davis taking a mid-game nap, as became a mini tradition), Tua made it exactly one start before being sidelined with cracked ribs. That specific injury shouldn’t add to his ‘injury proneness’ label given that the world’s beefiest beefcake’s ribs still snap when hit with a sledgehammer, but it would have been really nice to see a full season to help evaluate Tua’s future in Miami. He ended up starting 13 games in 2021, winning 8 of them (though he was in for only 4 pass attempts in Week 2, so I’ll give him 8/12 cause I’m a nice guy). Current reports are that he’s the Dolphin’s starter for 2022, so I fully expect him to put in a complete season’s worth of starts for Brian Flores’ Houston Texans in the fall.

Liam Eichenberg Will Start on the Offensive Line in 2021

Verdict: True

I had a weirdly hard time finding a game log list of Miami’s offensive line starters, but if my memory serves (it serves tacos at best, FWIW), Eich began the year starting at LG against the *Patriots and only failed to start in Week 2 against Buffalo (okay; I managed to find that one). He logged 16 starts out of 17 games, eventually moving to LT and staying there for the remainder of the season. I like Eich. PFF doesn’t, rating him second worst in the league with a 50.7 grade, but what do they know? Getting an experienced LG to his right instead of the often struggling Austin Jackson may help his development. Or maybe he and Jackson grow together into the most dominant left side tandem in all of football. Maybe.

Andrew Van Ginkel Will Lead the Dolphins in Sacks

Verdict: False

Oh AVG. My heart. How it breaks for thee. My sleeper sack sniper finished 2021 with a lowly 4 sacks, good for 6th on the team, behind Emmanuel Ogbah (9), rookie Jaelan Phillips (8.5), Jerome Baker (5.5), Brandon Jones (5), and Christian Wilkins (4.5). I have no one to blame here. I went for broke and found it. With a coaching change incoming, it’s pretty hard to gauge how different the defense will look and how effectively the linebacker and defensive backs will be used in pass rush situations going forward. Even if the new staff puts the Ginkster in a position that doesn’t favor his play style, he’ll always be able to land a sweet Head and Shoulders endorsement deal.

The Dolphins Will Have Three Pro Bowlers

Verdict: False

Let’s start by admitting that the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest, first and foremost, and the Dolphins aren’t the most popular team from a national perspective. That puts our players behind the 8-ball when it comes to Pro Bowl selections moreso than a lot of other guys. That being said, Xavien Howard managed to make the 2021 team for the AFC, albeit fourth out of four cornerbacks, as the Dolphins’ sole selection. Jakeem Grant also made it again as a return specialist but, alas, he plays for the Bears now. Meanwhile, Jason Sanders practically imploded in 2021, so he missed a repeat by a mile. Does Jaylen Waddle deserve a spot? Probably. He set the rookie record for receptions in a season with 104 catches (amassing 1,015 yards and 6 TDs in the process). Can we find a third? No one else on the offense really stood out. How about Waddle’s defensive rookie counterpart Jevon Holland? Possibly. He gathered 69 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended, and 2 INTs. Incredible for a rookie, but maybe not as outstanding as some veteran safeties. Oh, I know: Christian Wilkins. Wilkins lived up to his 1st round pedigree by netting 89 total tackles (an NFL single season record for Defensive Tackles), 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 4 passes defended, 1 INT, and 1 forced fumble. I’d certainly give him the nod over both Chris Jones (DT Kansas City) and DeForest Buckner (DT Indianapolis). Too bad my nodding doesn’t affect the outcome much. Even though I missed on this prediction, I feel good about the fact that Miami could have justifiably sent three guys to the Pro Bowl, even though no one cares about it, even a little bit.

The Dolphins Will Make the Playoffs

Verdict: False

Nothing like ending on a high note. We all know the story. We were all here. We all saw it. Miami finished half a game away from a playoff berth. Enough has been said. Let’s just look ahead to the offseason, shall we?

Final Verdict

1/5

Close (not really), but no cigar.

Better luck next year, me.

What are your predictions for the Miami Dolphins’ 2021 offseason? How about the coaching search? How about in which century the Fins win their next Superb Owl? I hear they’re making great strides in the search for eternal life. That oughtta help.

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The Jason Candle to Miami as OC rumors are heating up

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Jason Candle has been rumored to be the next offensive coordinator at the University of Miami. The 42 year old Candle grew up in Ohio, and won two Division III National Championships as a member of the Mount Union Purple Raiders.

After two season of playing at Mount Union, Candle served as a wide receiver coach from 2003-2006, and the OC from 2007-2008. Before the 2009 season, Candle moved on to Toledo and became the Rockets tight ends coach under Tim Salem.

Candle has been a fast-riser through the coaching ranks like many other Mount Union former players. From 2010-2011, Candle coached the WR’s. From 2012-2015, he was the offensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach before the Boca Raton Bowl to end the 2015 season.

In six seasons as the full-time head coach of the Rockets Candle’s squads have made and lost four bowl games. The Rockets best season under Candle came in 2017, when Toledo finished 11-3, including 7-1 in the MAC. His overall coaching record is 45-27 (30-16 in the MAC).

So the $1M question- why would Candle leave a Group of 5 head coaching job for an OC position? Toledo has gotten stale as of late and with the changing culture of the college football landscape, it makes sense for him to come down and learn under Mario Cristobal before chasing after a Power 5 head coaching position.

I’m sure Candle saw the rub The U gave to Rhett Lashlee, and seeing Tyler Van Dyke knows that he could be in Coral Gables for two seasons and moving on to something much bigger and better than Toledo.


The Doppler

Under Candle, the Toledo offenses have been ranked above the G5 level (65th or better) in all but one season per Bill Connelly’s SP+. In Points Per Game, Toledo ranked in the top-25 in all but four seasons of the past 10. The Rockets offense hasn’t been as efficient with Coach Candle as head coach instead of just OC, but they’re scoring more points.


Personnel

Toledo uses 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end) as their base offense. The tight end isn’t a huge part of the passing game, having accounted for only three touchdowns and 16 receptions between Drew Rosi and Jamal Turner in 2021.

The Rockets love three to five wide receiver sets and continue to run the football with both a feature back and the quarterback. Even with a ‘spread mentality’ RB Bryant Koback ran for 1,407 yards and 15 TD’s on 6.8 yards per carry. QB DeQuan Finn added another 502 yards and nine scores on the ground.

Finn averaged 8.3 yards per pass attempt with 18 TD’s and only two interceptions in ‘21. Over the past three seasons, Toledo has had a receiver with 19+ yards per catch average in each season, plus two 1,00 yard rushing seasons (the Rockets only played six games in ‘20).

The Rockets have adapted their offense to fit their skillset, but have always seemed to have a big time deep threat in the rotation.


Recruiting

While being from Ohio, Jason Candle has done a tremendous job of recruiting Florida and South Florida specifically. Of his top five signees on 247 Sports, four are from Florida including four-star WR James Green in 2010.

In order to continue to keep the Florida pipeline fresh, Candle hired former Tampa Plant head coach Robert Weiner, and former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver and assistant coach Kevin Beard. Candle had also hired former Miami assistant Craig Kuligowski as his co-defensive coordinator.

Candle’s Rockets have done a good job in recruiting Ohio and Michigan, as they should, but also Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.


The offense vs. NIU ‘21

At times, Jason Candle the head coach made some questionable decisions. The situational Football IQ of his teams would leave a lot to be desired. Whether it was clock management, timeouts, or even which plays to call from where when you’re on a certain down and distance. Candle definitely was a ‘ride or die’ type on the explosive plays.

Above– You can see a 4th and 2, and Candle let’s it rip with a slant-wheel combo. Is it open? Hell yeah. Is that a high percentage effort both in pass pro and in completion percentage? No. And at the -45 instead of the +45, that’s a much riskier call.

Above– 2nd and 11, a nice easy curl right at the 1st down marker. They add in a nice influx of yards after catch and turn this into an explosive. When you take deep shots enough the intermediate game can open up. Rhett Lashlee, Phil Longo and Candle are cut from that cloth.

Above– Speaking of that Lashlee cloth, Candle uses a direct snap with G-H counter pulling for a big TD run before the half.

Above– I love a good screen. With Miami’s RB’s like Jaylan Knighton, a screen should be a money play. Tyler Van Dyke loves throwing from different arm slots which really helps on screens.

Above– Candle likes to pull linemen in order to get more blockers at the point of attack than defenders. This is an outside zone path with the WR coming inside to crack the LB.

Above– It’s 4th and 6, your side of the field at the +34. Toledo chooses a one-read tunnel screen off of bullet motion. It seems bizarre that your two best plays on 4th and 2 and 6 are a slant-wheel and a tunnel screen.

Above– Motion. Play-action. A pulling lineman on a pass play. Slant-wheel again. A lot of things that I like in an offensive play, especially on 2nd and 5, are here. I feel like this is in the Lashlee mold, too.

Above– Aaaaah, a rub concept in the red zone on 1st down. I absolutely love it.


The wrap

Whether Candle is really the call at OC, or it’s someone else like the rumored Kendal Briles or Ken Dorsey, I think the program is headed in the right direction. Candle is a proven recruiter in Florida, a guy that’s been a head coach, and his offenses score point.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has been offered offensive coordinator position at Miami, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Briles also has been OC at Florida State, Houston, FAU & Baylor

— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 18, 2022

Briles has no head coaching record, but his offenses have been successful, he’s creative, and he’s a fast-riser, too. Dorsey has the least play calling experience of the three, but he’s developed an NFL MVP in Cam Newton at Carolina, and now a playoff winning QB in Josh Allen up in Buffalo.

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