Manny Diaz assesses defense after 2nd scrimmage

Manny Diaz assesses defense after 2nd scrimmage

Peter Ariz
Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz addressed how has unit looked in the second scrimmage of fall camp. He seemed pleased with the progress of the first stringers, but is preaching the importance of depth.

“Like most scrimmages, it’s a mixed bag,” Diaz said. “Our ones are playing more like ones and our twos are playing more like twos. What we’d like to have is to have our twos play more like ones, but the disparity between the two groups is growing larger and larger.”

Diaz did point out that the second-team defense has to face the first-team offense and Brad Kaaya.

“It’s going to be hard for us to be above average if we can only rely on our first level starters. That was the message today – to really get those guys to step up and understand games are coming.”

Diaz was asked to name a few players who really stood out to him. Numerous names came to mind.

“Shaq Quarterman played very well.”

“Jaquan Johnson had a nice scrimmage on the back end again along with all three safeties – Jamal (Carter) played very well.”

“Corn Elder played very well – he had an interception for touchdown and that was a big play.”

“I still think Kendrick Norton is solid. Gerald Willis had five solo tackles. R.J. McIntosh might have had four or five solo tackles as we graded it.”

Miami’s first-year DC had a concern from last night’s scrimmage.

“The physicality and the tackling of the five scrimmages since we’ve had since this staff has been here was probably at the lowest level since we’ve been here,” he said.

“That’s not an indictment on all of the guys – that’s an indictment on some of the guys we need to step up and kind of swung and missed yesterday.”

He wants to continue to keep the defense’s energy as high as possible, which is tough at this juncture of fall camp.

“I loved it (the energy) through the first week and a half. This week is undeniably the hardest week of camp. We went for ten days and we are still two weeks out from game week so this would be the dog days of camp,” said Diaz.

“They’re battling, but what you see sometimes is a lack of our leadership and a lack of our experience because you see sometimes we don’t have the guys who have the wherewithal to grab the guys and say ‘hey let’s not just survive this drill, let’s attack this drill’.”

Diaz interestingly added, “It might be a freshman who has to lead us.”

With the backup quarterbacks “live” last night, meaning they were allowed to be hit, Diaz said he thinks that was a good learning experience for his defense when it comes to “rush lane integrity”.

Jamie Gordinier is a candidate for major playing time at the linebacker spot and has been working as the starting weak side backer in Michael Pinckney’s absence with a hamstring issue.

“The biggest thing with Jamie (Gordinier) is his confidence in himself. When you’re trying to learn everything and be perfect – that’s really hard,” Diaz said. “I think he’s got a really bright future – he’s physically gifted. It’s just at-bats and persistence will turn him into a better player.”

Freshman cornerback Malek Young has stepped up and gotten more reps as Ryan Mayes deals with a shoulder injury.

“Malek had an interception last night, again. What stands out about Malek is that he’s a fast player and when fast players know they’re fast, that affects their confidence in terms of they cover and he’s tough – he’s a willing tackler. The arrow is pointing up on Malek Young,” Diaz said
 

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"It’s just at-bats and persistence will turn him into a better player."

Sounds like an Al Golden metaphor. ****.
 
Diaz is constantly prepping us for let downs defensively. Depth is an obvious concern and it hasn't been right in ages. The most troubling thing is that Diaz portrays certain members of this team to be soft. Phhsicality isn't there is troubling and if this was the worst of the 5 scrimmages then this doesn't bode well for the season.
 
Diaz is constantly prepping us for let downs defensively. Depth is an obvious concern and it hasn't been right in ages. The most troubling thing is that Diaz portrays certain members of this team to be soft. Phhsicality isn't there is troubling and if this was the worst of the 5 scrimmages then this doesn't bode well for the season.

Coach speak. Listen to richts interview, he said they were much better in terms of tackling than the first scrimmage. And what you are forgetting is that yeah diaz is talking about the 2nd team defense but look who they are going up against, an upper echelon QB in kaaya, a very good running back group who all are threats in the receiving game, a dynamic tight end group, explosive receivers... It's likely they won't face a team as skilled and balanced as Miami is all season outside of Fsu..
 
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Diaz is constantly prepping us for let downs defensively. Depth is an obvious concern and it hasn't been right in ages. The most troubling thing is that Diaz portrays certain members of this team to be soft. Phhsicality isn't there is troubling and if this was the worst of the 5 scrimmages then this doesn't bode well for the season.

You want him to lie?

There is no surprise we have soft players on the team. We lost to Cincinatti for fucks sake and *****ed out at a certain point in at least the last three seasons. Bad coaches aside. We have had some soft players.
 
Sounds like mostly good news to me.

Really curious to see how Gordinier plays this season. I was frustrated when we first went after a big, white linebacker from NJ, but I remember thinking, "I like the kid's tape." I then ignored my eyes and decided he'd turn out like any other Golden special: at best case, a transfer; at worst case, a wasted scholarship.

But in high school, Gordinier diagnosed the run early, hit gaps, shed blocks, tackled hard and played real mean. Active feet. All pretty good stuff. And despite his size, he also seemed to move pretty well. But he's only gotten bigger so I worry about his burst and speed in coverage. More good than bad, though. Fingers crossed.
 
We are going to be soft. We have a Freshman LB about to lead this team. 3 Freshman might be starting at LB. the DL's are all unproven playmakers on film from last year. Yes different scheme but who are you really confident with at a high ACC level?

You also have to remember that DC's and OC's will always be different. An OC plays to his talents strengths. If a kid can catch you throw to him. If a QB can run better than he can pass you call more run plays. Have a TE who can not catch you don't throw to him.
Now a DC knows that his biggest weakness is always going to be attacked. Have a weak NT? Guess where a team is running. Have a bad corner guess where a team is going to put their best Wr? So yes by nature DC's are more aware of their weaknesses because they are going to be exposed every week all year and there is nothing you can do except recruit something better and hope they come and play as Freshman.
 
Whole program is undergoing a massive culture change. There's going to be growing pains
 
Players play like they're coached. If the defense is soft that's an indictment on Diaz.

I get the feeling Diaz is using the press to motivate, which is fine if it works. Whatever it takes. Just get it done. He's got a monster DL and some very good experienced DBs. The talent at LB is also very good albeit inexperienced. He's got plenty of tools with which to work especially against a fcking feeble Coastal.
 
We are going to be soft. We have a Freshman LB about to lead this team. 3 Freshman might be starting at LB. the DL's are all unproven playmakers on film from last year. Yes different scheme but who are you really confident with at a high ACC level?

You also have to remember that DC's and OC's will always be different. An OC plays to his talents strengths. If a kid can catch you throw to him. If a QB can run better than he can pass you call more run plays. Have a TE who can not catch you don't throw to him.
Now a DC knows that his biggest weakness is always going to be attacked. Have a weak NT? Guess where a team is running. Have a bad corner guess where a team is going to put their best Wr? So yes by nature DC's are more aware of their weaknesses because they are going to be exposed every week all year and there is nothing you can do except recruit something better and hope they come and play as Freshman.

I think we'll be "soft" in that offenses will take yards from us in chunks, but I think we see a much more aggressive, hard hitting, steaming mad defense. Our first team defense is really exciting to me on paper, albeit young at spots.

I'm just hoping that by the time the first team defense is gassed, Kaaya's already hung 40 on 'em and the opposing team is playing unbalanced, catch-up football.
 
Diaz is constantly prepping us for let downs defensively. Depth is an obvious concern and it hasn't been right in ages. The most troubling thing is that Diaz portrays certain members of this team to be soft. Phhsicality isn't there is troubling and if this was the worst of the 5 scrimmages then this doesn't bode well for the season.

Seemed more like he was saying its down but a part of that is because they have been practicing for so many days straight they are hitting the wall. Not that they have regressed. That they can do it but they just need a player to step up and push everyone to break through that wall.

I don't see him prepping for let downs here.
 
Why are you guys speculating on any of this? It's pretty clear what he was saying. As we all know we have depth issues and some guys were soft last year. He pretty much said the second team is playing soft. Bottom line. The second team guys need to man up and get better. That's going to be the challenge this year
 
Whole program is undergoing a massive culture change. There's going to be growing pains
I agree. Seems like not everyone is buying in. I feel like we say it every year, but it looks like it might take 3-4 years. We need an influx of kids who refuse to lose.
 
God, when a coach talks up his players, members here call B.S. When a coach talks down his players, members say "He's prepping for a let down". Diaz has proven to be able to talk the talk so far. It wouldn't be a shock to find he's trying to push a few players buttons who have been underachieving and need a bit of prodding.
 
Whole program is undergoing a massive culture change. There's going to be growing pains
I agree. Seems like not everyone is buying in. I feel like we say it every year, but it looks like it might take 3-4 years. We need an influx of kids who refuse to lose.
For the past few years a lot of what these players have heard was to not rise to the occasion, to keep their emotions in check, to be cheeseburgers, to not practice hard to prevent injury. Diaz isn't gonna be able to undo that culture in one year.

That being said we have enough talent to win ten games and the coastal. We don't have the horses to make the playoffs with our depth issues, but we definitely have the horses to win ten and the coastal this year.

I have faith it will get done
 
I know how the entire season will go based on that article.
 
Whole program is undergoing a massive culture change. There's going to be growing pains
I agree. Seems like not everyone is buying in. I feel like we say it every year, but it looks like it might take 3-4 years. We need an influx of kids who refuse to lose.
For the past few years a lot of what these players have heard was to not rise to the occasion, to keep their emotions in check, to be cheeseburgers, to not practice hard to prevent injury. Diaz isn't gonna be able to undo that culture in one year.

That being said we have enough talent to win ten games and the coastal. We don't have the horses to make the playoffs with our depth issues, but we definitely have the horses to win ten and the coastal this year.

I have faith it will get done

The players have a chance to show they weren't part of the problem. Hopefully they get to it.
 
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Coach Diaz wasn't talking about the entire Defense, he was essentially singling certain guys out, all of whom are backups.
Stop panicking people... The house isn't on fire.
 

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