Mario Cristobal sidesteps question about potential QB change
Mario Cristobal sidestepped a question about potentially replacing quarterback Tyler Van Dyke in his postgame press conference on Sunday night.
Van Dyke has started four of Miami’s last five games — he missed the Clemson contest due to injury. He has thrown multiple interceptions in all four of those games, including three on Saturday night vs. the Wolfpack.
Van Dyke’s TD-to-INT ratio in ACC play this season is 5-to-10 and the Canes have won just one of his starts over that stretch (in overtime to Virginia last week).
Here’s Cristobal’s answer to a question about potentially making a change at the QB position:
“I think it’s not just pointing the finger at Tyler. I think offensively there’s things we need to do better. The passing game certainly hasn’t been what it needs to be. Especially when you start the season in such a strong manner. But it’s tied-in to us being able to put it all together. Synchronize it, you know.
Sometimes the routes are covered, smothered a little bit. Sometimes, you know, protection has been fairly good for the most part. They brought a lot of zero blitz today and the played a lot of coverage, drop-8. It’s a little bit of everything. Little bit of, ‘we’ve got to coach it better.’ We’ve got to get our guys to perform better. We’ve got to design a couple things that might help us see things a little bit more clearly. A little bit of everything.”
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If Miami does make a change late in the year, it would likely turn toward true freshman quarterback Emory Williams. It was Williams who started — and won — vs. Clemson back in Week 8.
Miami will go on the road to face Florida State in Week 11.