According to SB Nation, James Coley has officially accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Hurricanes. The Miami native assumes his new role after spending the last three seasons with the same title under coach Jimbo Fisher at Florida State.
While the job titles are the same on paper, in reality Coley’s move to The U is a huge step up. Fisher heads up the offense and calls all of the plays himself for the Seminoles, relegating Coley to working with the players in practice while unable to prove his mettle in game conditions.
That will not be the case in Miami. Coley will be calling all of the plays for coach Al Golden’s squad, and he is expected to have nearly total control over the Canes’ offense.
Coley called the plays for Florida International back in 2007, providing him with his only collegiate playcalling experience. While his unit ranked near the bottom in most offensive categories, most experts saw that as being due to a lack of talent.
In 2012, Florida State’s offense ranked at No. 25-overall in the country. He will be tasked with bringing the 39th-ranked offensive unit up to that level or better.
Luckily for Coley, he will have quarterback Stephen Morris at his disposal. As a junior, Morris threw for 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions. Coley is said to prefer an uptempo, wide open attack, which might suit the 6-foot-2, 214-pound pocket passer quite nicely.
Add to that the fact that freshman All-American running back Duke Johnson is only going to get bigger and faster with a full offseason of training, and the pieces should be in place for a successful tenure for Coley.
It is not yet known at this time who Fisher and the Florida State athletic department will be bringing in to replace their departed coordinator. The program had already lost defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, who took on the head coaching responsibilities at Kentucky.
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