Impact of Miami hiring Mario Cristobal for Nole fans

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Julian Armella

Coaching

Cristobal is a former Miami Hurricane offensive lineman (1989-1992) and has primarily coached that position before becoming a head coach at FIU before getting fired and then becoming the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Willie Taggart at Oregon.

Cristobal became the head coach at Oregon once Willie Taggart departed for FSU football in December 2017 and finished with a 35-13 record. However, he’s 62-60 overall between FIU and Oregon.

His offenses have been decent when he has a first round QB according to FEI advanced metrics:

  • 2018: No. 50 overall and No. 51 offensively
  • 2019: No. 8 overall and No. 16 offensively
  • 2020: No. 47 overall and No. 30 offensively
  • 2021: No. 31 overall and No. 12 offensively

However, we have to remember the 2018-19 offenses had NFL first-round draft pick Justin Herbert leading the offense.

Cristobal has not shown the ability to attract or develop quarterbacks during his time at Oregon. However, he could inherit Tyler Van Dyke should he decide to stay in Miami instead of hitting the transfer portal. That will likely help mask a lot of issues with that program. Miami has a 2022 quarterback commit named Ja’Curri Brown that has not impressed me.

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