Miami is 4-4 because they are a 2nd tier team losing to 1st tier teams.
I have to agree with Rich on this one. I think Miami still needs to improve in the following areas.
RB (Ronnie and Ricky won't be here much longer)
Pass Rush help for Wake
Deep threat WR
Special Teams (return man & tackling)
Red Zone TD production
Henning still has the training wheels on his offensive play calling. I am dying to see them attack more down field 15 yards + especially on 1st downs. I am sick of the conservative philosophy of don't make mistakes and dump the ball on check offs. I want to see the bomb thrown 3 to 4 times a game even if they don't complete it. I want to see them use Bess and Marshall more on 1st and 2nd downs. I want to see Henne get quicker with his decision making.
I think Miami has made great strides over the last 3 years with building a core team. But there are still many areas that need a play maker. I think 8-8 or 9-7 is the best we can hope for this season.
I honestly feel like the talent is there defensively. They are just so young right now, and it will take time. I feel like getting Odrick back next season, as well as AJ Edds, Miami will have very few moves they'll have to make on that side of the ball.
Resign Soliai is a must. If they don't feel Nolan Carroll can be a nickel CB, then you have to go out and get one as well. I think a 3rd down pass rusher to opposite Wake is needed as well. I think that's for FA.
Overall though I think the talent is there. I think a minor tweak here, and a minor tweak there and as these guys gain experience they will become a top 10, if not top 5 D.
Offensively you have the foundation, but are missing the final ingredients. This is an offense built for Chad Pennington, as well as a game plan drawn up for him. I think you need to change your philosophy as well as change OC's. You need to add new blood at RB, (SHANE VEREEN!!), and add a playmaker at TE. Adding a speedster on the outside would be nice as well....not somebody to replace Hartline, but a 20 snap per game type of a guy who can open things up for you the way Ginn should have.
Incognito needs to be replaced as well (maybe it's with Nate Garner), and while Berger is OK, he's not a starter for an elite O-line, IMO.
Special Teams wise, you need to go out and grab a return man. It's time Miami invested a late round draft pick on a return specialist. There are several teams that have done that and are paying huge dividends for doing so. Nolan Carroll just is not a return guy. Period.