Diaz talks Lashlee rumors, COVID issues, and VT win

Diaz talks Lashlee rumors, COVID issues, and VT win

Stefan Adams
On Monday, Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz addressed some of the rumors regarding the interest in OC Rhett Lashlee from other programs to fill their head coaching positions next season.

“What we have now is a system that we want to build on,” Diaz said. “Look, that’s a compliment to our program. I know from being caught up in those rumors myself, a lot were just rumors. We think we can create a great standard of living here for our coaches you can’t find other places.”

If Lashlee were to leave UM, Diaz was asked if wide receivers coach Rob Likens, who has prior offensive coordinator experience, would be a candidate to fill that vacancy.

“We love our coaches we have on our staff and it’s great we have multiple coaches with coordinator experience, but it’s unfair (to speculate with hypotheticals),” Diaz said.

After winning their fourth straight game on Saturday and defeating Virginia Tech, Diaz commented on the close victory that saw UM overcome a double-digit second half deficit in Blacksburg.

“A great team effort, faced a lot of adversity,” Diaz said. “It was our drive, passion, resilience in the fourth quarter. Our best ball is still out there, which is exciting.”

Despite Diaz’s hope that the worst was behind them, Miami’s issues with COVID-19 continued this weekend, and the program saw the number of unavailable players (13 vs. VT) increase for the third straight week. It got to the point where the game was in jeopardy, according to Diaz. (UPDATE: The ACC later postponed Miami’s next two games for COVID related issues following this news conference).

“I remember in the summer all the predictions, we wouldn’t get the thing off and running,” Diaz said. “There was a lot of `No way this will work.’ What I took away from that is don’t try to predict the future.”

“It was a hard week, as the week went on we kept losing players. The players come to work, but they have eyes, can see. They didn’t talk about this, we got this from them yesterday, but they weren’t sure midweek last week how it was going to go. I think when we got there on Friday and got through our last round of testing here and were on the edge, but there was a big release of excitement like `Oh, this is happening!’”

Miami’s OL continued their struggles vs. VT, surrendering 6 sacks and 8 TFL to the Hokies.

“I felt like Virginia Tech’s defense, for pretty much three quarters, just competed harder than our offense,” Diaz said. “We are fast and physical on offense, and more than any other game, we were neither fast nor physical. We didn’t have our normal bite like we’re used to. Our offensive line, we were disappointed with how they played. But they hung together.”

On defense, DE Jaelan Phillips had his best game as a Hurricane in accounting for 4.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks vs. VT, while Diaz also praised the play of DT Jon Ford, and LB’s BJ Jennings and Sam Brooks.

“(Phillips) plays so hard,” Diaz said. “Jon played really well. That last game might have been Jon’s best game, very active. We had him on 11 tackles between solo and assists. I thought Jennings played really, really well. Just trusting himself, making quicker decisions, getting to the hold quicker. And Sam Brooks, it was good to get Sam back in the game. Sam had been dealing with some injury things throughout the year. Proud of those players.”

While UM’s offense did not reach the heights of their 600+ yard effort vs. NC State last week and struggled early on vs. VT, the Canes were able to put together two key TD drives late in the game to pull off the win against the Hokies this week.

“What the offense has done and our defense along with it, how our program has changed - we’re going to go really fast for four quarters,” Diaz said. “You’ll try to keep up, sooner or later the other guy loses his will. We just did a better job executing in the fourth than they did.

“This tempo, it’s death by a lot of body blows. Short runs, snapping the ball - we’ve had long drives on offense the last few weeks, those things take their toll and wear down a defense, especially when you start playing the backups. Some of that is a factor in it as well.”

Punter Lou Hedley helped UM win the field position battle by having the best game of his career, finishing the day with a career-high 52.4 ypp on seven punts.

“Hedley pinning them deep throughout the game - everyone had a hand in (the win),” Diaz said.

With the Canes heading into their last three games at 7-1, Diaz has overall been pleased with the season his Hurricanes have put together thus far.

“It’s been sad we haven’t had the ability to share it with our fans throughout the year, which is what we’d love to have happen,” Diaz said. “It was just a coming together of these guys when we were apart, some of the adversity we dealt with really brought our guys together - close teams win. It’s a ‘They’re playing for each other’ type vibe with our team.”

Diaz mentioned that medical issues have prevented freshman OL Issiah Walker from seeing the field this year.

“He’s medically not ready to play yet, getting ready and we think he has a really bright future here,” Diaz said.

Diaz also indicated he plans to add at least one other cornerback commitment to the 2021 class; UM currently has one pledge in the form of ATH Malik Curtis and plan to start him out at CB.

“We’re not going to finish the recruiting class with one cornerback commit,” Diaz said.
 

Comments (47)

If Diaz doesn’t upgrade his D coordinator and CB coach this off season he will not make it here and I hope he knows that because that’s the reality of coaching a program that has won 5 NCs. Because In the end of the day he’s not always gonna have a King or a Lashley to save his defenses @$$ In the fourth quarter like the last two games and multiple games this season. Not to mentions those two coaches blake and Rumph are I charge of recruiting the two positions on defense with the biggest lack of depth and talent.
 
I’m sorry. Did Diaz say he’s proud of Sam Brooks? For giving us the worst performance possibly ever by a UM LB? I haven’t seen so many people call out a player on an in game thread since Robert Knowles was an underclassmen.
 
I’m sure the “fans” will pull a quote or 2 out of this that they don’t like but that was a good read. Thanks Stefan.
 
If Diaz doesn’t upgrade his D coordinator and CB coach this off season he will not make it here and I hope he knows that because that’s the reality of coaching a program that has won 5 NCs. Because In the end of the day he’s not always gonna have a King or a Lashley to save his defenses @$$ In the fourth quarter like the last two games and multiple games this season. Not to mentions those two coaches blake and Rumph are I charge of recruiting the two positions on defense with the biggest lack of depth and talent.

I must have watched a different 4th quarter than you this past Saturday.

And you saying a 2nd year coach that is 7-1 at a program that ain’t won shít in damn near 2 decades isn’t going to make it here literally made me laugh out loud. So thanks for that.
 
Don't often defend Manny, but the Lashlee question and hypothetical of who might replace him was tasteless and something you wouldn't expect from a grisly veteran like Mr. Ferman. First, the Lashlee to South Carolina rumor is nonsense. And second, no way in hell you can expect Manny to go all fantasy and blurt out who on the offensive staff might replace him, if anyone. Yeah, Mr. Ferman, here's my order of importance on the offensive staff. Ask that line of question with Saban and a bunch of other coaches and Mr. Ferman would be in need of a new a-hole.
 
I must have watched a different 4th quarter than you this past Saturday.

And you saying a 2nd year coach that is 7-1 at a program that ain’t won shít in damn near 2 decades isn’t going to make it here literally made me laugh out loud. So thanks for that.
You must have been watching two totally different first three Quarters the last two games sport. Shoot you must be looking at some different rosters or recruiting services that must somehow show
Our CB and LB recruiting is top notch. Oh and you must be seeing different depth chart that shows we have this awesome depth and talent at CB and LB. smh how fvcking naive can some of you head in the sand fans still be when it comes to this $hit?! We’ve seen this story before with our last two head coaches keeping on unqualified coaches/buddies/relatives at the Detriment of the team and The HC success. Dumph and Flake are week links and not even close to performing there jobs at a par level let alone above par. But by all means sport, if you wanna keep your head in the sand and keep repeating “Dumph and Flake are doing a great job and are championship level coaches” then by all means keep on with your Mantra while the rest of us live in reality of how terrible unqualified at there jobs both those coaches are. 👍
 
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I’m sorry. Did Diaz say he’s proud of Sam Brooks? For giving us the worst performance possibly ever by a UM LB? I haven’t seen so many people call out a player on an in game thread since Robert Knowles was an underclassmen.

I wasn't in the game thread. But to me, it looked like Jennings played even worse. My only explanation for him complimenting the LBs is that there's no one behind them to take their place, so he's building up their confidence. Whereas with the OL, you got guys who are capable of replacing the guys who played vs. VT.
 
Don't often defend Manny, but the Lashlee question and hypothetical of who might replace him was tasteless and something you wouldn't expect from a grisly veteran like Mr. Ferman. First, the Lashlee to South Carolina rumor is nonsense. And second, no way in hell you can expect Manny to go all fantasy and blurt out who on the offensive staff might replace him, if anyone. Yeah, Mr. Ferman, here's my order of importance on the offensive staff. Ask that line of question with Saban and a bunch of other coaches and Mr. Ferman would be in need of a new a-hole.

Ferman doesn't need a new a-hole, he is an a-hole. 100% pure sphincter, grizzled from years of spouting explosive stool and diarrhea.
 
I wasn't in the game thread. But to me, it looked like Jennings played even worse. My only explanation for him complimenting the LBs is that there's no one behind them to take their place, so he's building up their confidence. Whereas with the OL, you got guys who are capable of replacing the guys who played vs. VT.
No, Brooks was clearly the worst player on defense bud. It wasn’t even close. He was completely lost out there, got tossed around like a rag doll, and missed most tackles. When he did tackle someone he got pushed backwards. Go watch the game and focus on 6.
 
You must have been watching two totally different first three Quarters the last two games sport. Shoot you must be looking at some different rosters or recruiting services that must somehow show
Our CB and LB recruiting is top notch. Oh and you must be seeing different depth chart that shows we have this awesome depth and talent at CB and LB. smh how fvcking naive can some of you head in the sand fans be when it comes to this $hit?! We’ve seen this story before with our last two head coaches keeping on unqualified coaches at the Detriment of the team and The HC success. Dumph and Flake are week links and not even close to performing there jobs at a par level let alone above par. But by all means sport, if you wanna keep your head in the sand and keep repeating “Dumph and Flake are doing a great job and are championship level coaches” then by all means keep on with your Mantra while the rest of us live in reality of how terrible unqualified at there jobs both those coaches are. 👍
Don't be a clown man, the only thing you're about is blake baker, as far as coach rumph goes, you smoking dope. How did our cornerback depth chart look in 2001 when we got robbed for the national championship, nobody was crying bout depth like y'all doing now. Ask yourself a question, has cornerback depth been an issue since coach rumph got here, has cornerback depth been an issue this year, PHUCK NO, you wanna be roster management posters need to cut it out and STFU. How come you can see the depth chart but cant see, ivey, blades and now couch coming into their own.

When coach rumph first got here, what did the cornerback depth look like back than, we had corn elder who was somewhat solid but excelled under coach rumph and diaz, but coach rumph took Jackson off the shelf, dusted him off and for 2 years, all he did was ball out. The next year trajan showed up and help show out as well, remember, this should be bandy's senior year, he went for the money, and williams quit because he couldn't beat nobody out. Coach rumph just needs to stick to his cb recruiting criteria and go out their and keep recruiting goons that really want to be here, when he got williams, I knew it wasn't a win for him nor this program, I kept saying back than why are people making some big deal about a so called "4 star" recruit from Bama, didn't mean shat.

Getting a guy like clarke and Curtis and dunson, these are the type guys you want. All this "he not getting top notch recruits" is bullshat, if they playing top notch in games that means they top notch. How did trevor lawrence and clemson look against our cb's, I didn't see one post besides my own that gave dj ivey credit for the touchdown and coverage he had in the Clemson game, nor did I see him get credit for the game sealing pick he got against NC St. except for what I said. Alot of people in here get upset when our db's have success because they don't like rumph nor the players he's coached up, GTFOH with the non-sense.
 
"Diaz said. “We are fast and physical on offense, and more than any other game, we were neither fast nor physical"

Can someone please explain to me WTF coach diaz is seeing, when he says we are "physical on offense" we do have speed.


I'll say this, and I've said it in times past, whenever coach kehoe is here, the big runs and homerun hitters always come back whenever he's coaching. These other o-linemen we have had have been bland, coach kehoe just brings and brought a whole nother element, plus he's all Miami, that's the main mistake coach richt made by not not keeping coach kehoe, travis Homer and deejay dallas would've had greater success. He was excellent at teaching his guys how to quick seal d-linemen to create the seams necessary. All the runningback names that had success at UM that people know, ran behind coach kehoe coached o-lines except otis anderson.

This justice guy is doing a decent job, but nothing impressive.
 
247sports, just had an interview article on the Lashlee rumors, cant link it from my phone, but Laslee said he was happy at Miami and wasn't looking to move up to HC..... for what that's worth.
 
You must have been watching two totally different first three Quarters the last two games sport. ...

Football games consist of four quarters. Winners are not declared after three quarters unless it’s the frilly skirt football you play in your backyard.
 
Don't be a clown man, the only thing you're about is blake baker, as far as coach rumph goes, you smoking dope. How did our cornerback depth chart look in 2001 when we got robbed for the national championship, nobody was crying bout depth like y'all doing now. Ask yourself a question, has cornerback depth been an issue since coach rumph got here, has cornerback depth been an issue this year, PHUCK NO, you wanna be roster management posters need to cut it out and STFU. How come you can see the depth chart but cant see, ivey, blades and now couch coming into their own.

When coach rumph first got here, what did the cornerback depth look like back than, we had corn elder who was somewhat solid but excelled under coach rumph and diaz, but coach rumph took Jackson off the shelf, dusted him off and for 2 years, all he did was ball out. The next year trajan showed up and help show out as well, remember, this should be bandy's senior year, he went for the money, and williams quit because he couldn't beat nobody out. Coach rumph just needs to stick to his cb recruiting criteria and go out their and keep recruiting goons that really want to be here, when he got williams, I knew it wasn't a win for him nor this program, I kept saying back than why are people making some big deal about a so called "4 star" recruit from Bama, didn't mean shat.

Getting a guy like clarke and Curtis and dunson, these are the type guys you want. All this "he not getting top notch recruits" is bullshat, if they playing top notch in games that means they top notch. How did trevor lawrence and clemson look against our cb's, I didn't see one post besides my own that gave dj ivey credit for the touchdown and coverage he had in the Clemson game, nor did I see him get credit for the game sealing pick he got against NC St. except for what I said. Alot of people in here get upset when our db's have success because they don't like rumph nor the players he's coached up, GTFOH with the non-sense.
You’re defense of Corch Rumph and his recruting officially makes you Calvin the dumbest porster ive ever seen on here! Anyone who defends the indefensible is nothing more then a lamb to the slaughter! We have exactly 3 playable CBs on roster genius and what happens if one of those gets hurt, we’re playing freshman that doesn’t have a fvcking clue what he’s doing! Because Rumph has failed miserably in recruiting quality CBs to this program in his five years here. Oh and maybe you should look at our incoming recruiting class and see if there’s any CBs In it, I’ll spoil the surprise, there’s none and on top of that the one CB that is totally on Rumph, which is brown is looking for any reason not to commit and play for Rumph. So by all means sport, take a long walk of a short pier into an ocean for a bull sharks with corch Dumph if you want too! Smh
 
Football games consist of four quarters. Winners are not declared after three quarters unless it’s the frilly skirt football you play in your backyard.
Play with fire and you’ll eventually get burned! King and lashley won’t always be able to bail out the bums coaching this defense that come out and look
Like something out of D2 or group of five defenses against some of the worst offenses/teams in the nation like NC state.
 
Play with fire and you’ll eventually get burned! King and lashley won’t always be able to bail out the bums coaching this defense that come out and look
Like something out of D2 or group of five defenses against some of the worst offenses/teams in the nation like NC state.

You cross each bridge as you come to it.
 

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Melbourne Senior, FL
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