Mario Cristobal gets a lot of credit for his recruiting prowess, which I believe to be overblown. However, his reputation as a terrible gameday coach precedes him. However, the preparation, or lack thereof, going into games likely hinders the talent he accumulates.
FSU ran the same running play over and over last year, and Miami never adjusted. Miami either has success overall, or they never find it. When was the last time a Mario Cristobal team did nothing in the first half and could do whatever they wanted in the second half?
We have seen that scenario several times with Mike Norvell. The attention to detail with the FSU coaching staff is lightyears better than Miami’s staff.
It’s the little things like Mike Norvell knowing a QB can’t spike the ball with fewer than three seconds left in the game(Tyler Van Spike play in the 2021 game), and Mario Cristobal failing to realize he could take a knee and win the game against Georgia Tech and ultimately losing a couple of minutes later.
From an X’s and O’s standpoint, the FSU coaching staff runs circles around Miami when it comes to scheming plays.
If the game is close in the fourth quarter, I know I’d much rather have Mike Norvell as my head coach and not Mario Cristobal.