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Diaz provides more scrimmage context, key roles close to being set

Diaz provides more scrimmage context, key roles close to being set

Stefan Adams
The Miami Hurricanes held their first team practice on Tuesday following scrimmage number one of fall camp and head coach Manny Diaz addressed the media afterwards.

“The best way to describe it was ‘not clean,’” Diaz said of the scrimmage. “Where in the spring we probably didn’t know what to do, now we know what to do, but we could not take our technique from the Greentree Practice Field to a different setting out there and operate.

“It’s hard to make general assumptions about every player, but most players saw a sharp decline in their attention to detail, technique, things like that. When you’re on a field all by yourself, and you’ve got that game day accountability - a mistake on either side of the ball gives up a first down or gives up a negative play or whatever. Sometimes that’s to be expected in first scrimmages. Our battle is sort of the difference between being good and great. We’re better, but we’re a long, long way from where we need to be.”

Is Diaz worried about the progress of the team at all?

“No, because that’s why you have to scrimmage. It’s different in the game,” Diaz said. “It’s like learning to play music in your bedroom and going on stage. It’s just different out there. That’s why you have to put them in that environment. That’s why you do it. That’s why the NFL has four of those before they play their first games. That’s all part of it.

“The encouraging thing, like I said, is in terms of knowing what to do. Last year, I didn’t know that I had this route, now I know I have the route, but my technique in terms of how I stem the route and how I run the route, all that went out the door. To me, that’s what the players can see and they can understand that’s the standard we have to work on.”

Diaz went on to confirm that “this week will determine” the QB battle. Will the decision be announced publicly or will it be kept hidden until the opener?

“That depends, something we have to talk about inside, whether we choose to announce that or not,” Diaz said.

The quarterbacks as a group showed very good accuracy in the scrimmage, completing 71% of their passes, but Diaz put more context into that number by saying the defense generally made quick stops after the catches.

“There’s completions in this offense, (but) the offense had 22 yards after the catch,” Diaz said. “So, when they were completing passes, they weren’t going anywhere afterward.”

There weren’t many major changes to the depth chart in Tuesday’s practice, except for redshirt freshman John Campbell working with the first team offensive line at right tackle instead of Kai-Leon Herbert. Despite that, Diaz emphasized that the battle between Campbell and Herbert for the starting job is not over.

“John had a good day. If you’re making an assessment - I don’t know how you would see a first-team right tackle when I don’t have a first-team right tackle,” Diaz said. “Like I said, we’re always trying to move guys around and find out what the best combination is. There’s not a first-team anything right now.”

With less than 3 weeks to go until Diaz coaches his first game as Miami’s head coach, the former defensive coordinator is attempting to familiarize himself as best as he can with his players and staff to get the proper pulse of his team.

“To me, what I’m trying to learn is trying to learn the team. I’m trying to learn what we do well and where we’re at and where our mentality is at,” Diaz said. “The coaching staff imparting our will to the players and seeing at what point the players start to live up to the standard. To me, that’s the most important thing. I don’t sit around and think about my role in all of this other than it’s about the guys in the locker room.”
 

Comments (65)

@Liberty City El was right about Herbert being at that RT spot. He must have been getting owned by Rousseau the entire scrimmage.

The staff might need to start Scaife at RT permanently and move on to the next issue to worry about.
I wasn't pulling my concerns about it out of thin air...

What we need to hope for is that we get a stronghold on that position because while the Left side of line is usually looked at as being more important, the Right side particularly RT is a key position where you need to have stability.

I'm hoping either the light comes on & Campbell steps up, or they decide to move Scaife to RT.

And for the record I've got nothing against Herbert, he's a good kid & works hard, I just don't think he's ready to be the full time starter at RT. In fact, I've always felt he was much better as a Guard than a Tackle coming out of HS, because he's a solid run blocker, but his pass blocking is atrocious.
 
71% completetion percentage is great, but has anyone seen any yardage numbers? With only 22YAC, I hope these were more than just check downs and dump off passes
 
WARNING.....

Diaz went on to confirm that “this week will determine” the QB battle. Will the decision be announced publicly or will it be kept hidden until the opener?

“That depends, something we have to talk about inside, whether we choose to announce that or not,” Diaz said.

TRANSLATION: the starter may not officially be announced until a few days, or right before, gameday.

Act accordingly.
 
Next year is the test.... Richt did the same thing when he came in. We weren't fast enough, WR lacked speed, OL lacked strength, then as the wheels are falling off we start hearing its a process, we are getting better, we are competing, etc.
I disagree with this assessment. Here's why, Diaz was in control of half of the team during CMR's tenure. He knows all the players and has recruited most of them. Diaz said when he came in and again in year 2 that "year 3 would be the year when we have the depth to compete at a high level." Guess what, this is year 3.
 
I disagree with this assessment. Here's why, Diaz was in control of half of the team during CMR's tenure. He knows all the players and has recruited most of them. Diaz said when he came in and again in year 2 that "year 3 would be the year when we have the depth to compete at a high level." Guess what, this is year 3.

Agree to disagree, or maybe you misunderstood because you may have backed yourself into my point. As far as position battles, Diaz is mainly talking about the offense, new system, finding guys to play etc. This is him tempering expectations and taking an under promise, (hopefully)over utilize approach.

He spoke in general about the scrimmage not being clean and guys not knowing their assignments when the lights came on. Well you were D-coordinator as you mentioned and in control of half the team, why the hell is the D having that problem?

I was more so talking about you saying he doesn't sugar coat anything, that is why I said Richt didn't either when he first came in. Basically called us slow, out of shape and needed a lotttt of work. We saw the sugar coating after a year passed and he could no longer make that excuse.
 
When did Butch give good interviews? You got video or some kind of recording?


Butch gave GOOD interviews, and was mighty honest about things -

I think the only thing he let go of intentionally and said nothing of - was his first thought to kill Sebastian for participating in the end zone score - and costing UM a fifteen yard penalty on the kickoff - with time still left on the board.

Look - if you guys weren't around - go find your own videos or accept some things those of us who were around mention.

But to come and post, "You got video or some kind of recording?" sounds like you don't have a clue - and likely, no recording will bring you up to speed.
 
WARNING.....

Diaz went on to confirm that “this week will determine” the QB battle. Will the decision be announced publicly or will it be kept hidden until the opener?

“That depends, something we have to talk about inside, whether we choose to announce that or not,” Diaz said.

TRANSLATION: the starter may not officially be announced until a few days, or right before, gameday.

Act accordingly.


Manny needs to just trot the starter on the field - and don't say nothing to nobody.

It will be like Christmas morning! Surprise!
 
I was front and center Sir. And it is obvious "you" loved his interviews. Great!

Carry on.
 

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