Kenny Vaccaro has Manny Diaz’s back.
Vaccaro, the former Longhorns safety who was the 15th overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints, has come to the defense of Diaz, who was dismissed as Texas’ defensive coordinator on Sunday after his unit allowed a school-record 550 rushing yards in Saturday’s 40-21 loss at Brigham Young. Greg Robinson was brought in by coach Mack Brown as Diaz’s replacement
The blame for the BYU debacle, Vaccaro said, should be placed on his former teammates. Here’s what he had to say in a story in The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
“Manny is such a great coach. What happened, that option game (BYU’s offense), that’s not on the coaching. Look, I know Manny taught the right scheme. You just got to be disciplined. I know exactly what happened. Somebody wasn’t taking the dive, somebody wasn’t taking the pitch and somebody wasn’t taking the quarterback. I don’t think necessarily it was his fault. I think those senior leaders have to get together and get this thing going because that stuff was ridiculous.
“He (Diaz) is not coaching the wrong things. Everything he teaches will help you succeed on defense. It’s not like he’s teaching stuff that’s unsound. I don’t blame him on all of this stuff. I blame maybe some of the recruiting and some of the type of players they’re bringing in. I blame the mental, the attitude about it.
“I’m being real honest about this. I don’t blame the coach. I blame the players, honestly. I think he’s a good coach and I think the mentality at Texas isn’t where it needs to be right now.”
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