The numbers for the Husky offense were ugly, and the quarterback has been under fire after his first loss as Washington’s starting quarterback.
The Huskies are rallying around Cyler Miles this week.
“We’ve just got to keep working. We’re not in panic mode,” UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said Wednesday in the middle of UW’s bye week. “We’re going to stick together and figure it out. Cyler will continue to improve, I’ll continue to improve and we’ll continue to improve as an offense.”
Much like coach Chris Petersen did on Monday, Smith said UW’s offense overall must be better around Miles to help the sophomore quarterback.
“It’s not entirely on him,” Smith said. “I look at some of that stuff, we’re not detailed in what we need to do, and that starts with us and filters down. …
“It’s a group effort. All 11 guys have to sharpen up, including the coaches. We’ve got to be able to get him in a better position.”
Miles completed 15 of 29 passes against Stanford for 98 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked four times for a loss of 40 yards, finishing with 14 carries for a net-gain of 1 yard.
“Give Stanford’s defense credit: There were a half-dozen plays where he didn’t have anywhere to go with the ball,” Smith said. “So he had to throw it away, which was the right play. And then there were plays out there that we can make, and he’s going to.”
Smith said he sat down with Miles on Monday and studied the film of the loss.
“We’re trying to be very supportive,” Smith said. “If we can battle through this, we’ll come out stronger.”
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