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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Browning Brings Offensive Attack to Syracuse




Tom Dienhart

June 18, 2008


Mitch Browning knows why he's at Syracuse: The offense is broken, and he needs to fix it. If things don't improve this fall, Orange coach Greg Robinson's job could be in peril.

"I don't feel any pressure," Browning says. "I have been pleasantly surprised by the talent here."

We should heed Browning's words. This is a guy who coordinated some terrific offenses at Minnesota, where he was known for having punishing ground attacks. Under Browning – who didn't coach last season, but visited numerous schools to enhance his knowledge – Minnesota had two 1,000-yard rushers in 2003 and '04. That's the only time a school has turned the trick.

It's up to Mitch Browning to help Syracuse take the right steps offensively.
But Browning faces a big challenge at Syracuse. The Orange offense ranked 115th in the nation in 2007 (291.9 yards per game). The ground game was even more abysmal, ranking 119th (62.8).

"We have to make sure we aren't asking people to do things they aren't capable of doing," Browning says. "It's important to get good at something to establish an identity because it's difficult to do everything well."

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