It was literally a joke. Hyperbole. And it literally backfired.
Only thing I've heard Diaz say about Dean is that he was great when he first got here then took a bit of a stumble as they started teaching him more and giving him more to think about. He said that usually happens with all new guys. He also said that with JUCO guys they usually play best in the second half of their first seasons.Why do YOU think he hasn't been playing? What gave YOU the impression that he isn't physical or that he's soft?