FSU football: Kendal Briles laid an egg against Miami defense

WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Kendal Briles of the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Kendal Briles of the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

FSU football was terrible on offense against Miami Saturday. Why did the offense look ill-prepared for a huge rivalry game?

FSU football offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has to get the same smoke Harlon Barnett got earlier in the season.

When the FSU defense was abysmal and couldn’t get any stops I called Barnett out. Well, it’s time to do the same with Kendal Briles.

Yes, I know the FSU offensive line is terrible and they don’t have a quarterback. I understand all that, but that is no excuse for the way they performed against Miami Saturday.

The FSU offense averaged 2.94 ypp against Miami folks. A two win Georgia Tech team that’s transitioning from the triple option averaged 5.39 ypp against the same Miami defense on the road.

I don’t understand the lack of adjustments from Briles. It was clear Miami was set on taking Cam Akers away, yet we continued to see Hornibrook hand the ball to Akers on first down for no gain or tackle for loss.

In fact, Miami had 16 tackles for loss and nine sacks on the day. I thought Hornibrook held the ball too long early on and took some sacks he shouldn’t have. What happened to throwing the ball away?

He was 17 of 24 for the game for 135 yards with one touchdown and an interception. When FSU passed the ball on first down they had a lot of success. Hornibrook was 9 of 10 while throwing on first down and was sacked four times.

At least two of those sacks were probably on Hornibrook double clutching or just holding the ball. The FSU offense as a whole did themselves no favors with penalties. There were multiple holding calls and false starts which put the offense behind the chains.

What was Briles thinking on the fourth and one call? I’m all for getting Cam Akers the ball, but running it right up the gut where they hadn’t had any success running the ball? How is it possible nobody touches the defensive end trailing the play?

It was right to go for it, but it was a terrible playcall as Miami got the ball with a short field and went on to score a touchdown to go up 14-3.

The offense just looked as though they were scrambling all day.  At one point I was sure FSU was drawing plays in the grass or something as there seemed to be no rhythm or real gameplan.

The offense as looked better overall compared to last year, but has it improved enough for the money Briles is getting paid? Last year the offese averaged 5.12 ypp and this year they’re averaging just 5.36 ypp.

FSU has scored 24, 14 and 10 points against the best defenses on its schedule. Where’s the offense FSU fans saw in the first game of the season? I know they lost Keyshawn Helton and Ontaria Wilson at receiver but still?

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I’d think the offense would get better with more reps in it, but clearly the Noles have regressed since early in the season.

The performance against Miami was unacceptable.