It’s not Hertz, but one can certainly compare the machinations of Miami head coach Manny Diaz to a car rental company. The Head Hurricane is aiming for a “Hurts rental,” the market referring not to cars, but a quarterback who can be given the keys to The U’s 2019 offense.
Anyone and everyone can put two and two together here: The hiring of Alabama quarterback coach Dan Enos — who was on the verge of ascending to the offensive coordinator position under Nick Saban — represents Diaz’s attempt to lure Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts to Coral Gables.
You saw how bad Miami’s quarterbacks were in 2018. The Canes need an upgrade, and given how well Hurts played in relief of Tua Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia a month and a half ago, Miami would be foolish to NOT make a big play for Hurts. It is true that he was a mediocre passer at the start of his Alabama career, but it is just as clear that he improved his game when waiting for a chance to gain meaningful snaps behind Tua.
That second half against Georgia this past December — a complete inversion of Alabama’s national championship game victory over UGA in January of 2018, when Tagovailoa relieved an ineffective Hurts in the second half and carried the Tide to the winner’s circle — did a lot to change the way Hurts is perceived in college football circles.
A not-so-minor detail: Enos, as Alabama’s quarterback coach (above), presided over this conspicuous improvement in Hurts’ quality as a pocket passer.
Again: Anyone and everyone can put two and two together here.
It is known that Hurts is on the transfer market, so with that being a point of public knowledge, Diaz decided to pounce.
In his introductory press conference as UM’s head coach, Diaz stressed the importance of patience in hiring his new offensive coordinator at Miami. Now one can see the plan he was lining up behind the scenes. One can identify the process of organizing various puzzle pieces and enabling them to come together.
Mark Richt simply couldn’t develop either Malik Rosier or N’Kosi Perry. Dan Enos was able to significantly improve Jalen Hurts. Miami will not only get an improved quarterback; it will get that improved quarterback with the man who improved him. This will give the Canes not only an objectively solid coordinator and quarterback in isolation; Miami will get a coordinator-QB relationship which is already tested, already comfortable, already harmonious.
Manny is the man with a plan. As Hannibal Smith of The A-Team (played by the great George Peppard) would say with a huge grin and a freshly-lit cigar in his hand, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
It certainly seems to be coming together at The U. The Hurts rental plan is almost complete.
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