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After Miller’s early fumble, Navy managed just 69 total yards in his final seven drives under center.

“Close game like that where you lose 12-0, those turnovers are huge,” Niumatalolo said. “Instead of us coming out to start the game with three or seven, we get nothing. That’s hurt us in the past and we have to find a way either to get that corrected or make a change.”

That’s arguably the closest thing to an ultimatum Niumatalolo has issued his quarterback. The coach nearly yanked Miller after two early turnovers Sept. 22 against VMI before sticking with his starter in a 41-3 rout.

Niumatalolo showed similar patience against San Jose State. Whether Miller receives similar latitude going forward is one of the Mids’ biggest uncertainties as they head into Saturday’s trip to Air Force.

“I just feel like I can’t catch a break, but it’s still all on me,” Miller said. “I get the offense going and when I have turnovers, it just hurts the team.”