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DannyVol writes:

in response to VolsFanInAfghanistan:

Though he maybe right in some aspects of our defense, I think John Adams just writes these stories because he comes on this site to see how many of us responds to them. Good gracious did someone from The University of Tennessee beat him up somewhere? I will admit our defense lacked a lot of speed, but playing out of position will cause a lot of players to have to play catch up to a player already running full speed. I think if our players had time to understand the 3-4 defense we could have been better, but like we all know they weren't recruited to play in a 3-4, so it would have taken some time to understand it. Had Wilcox been given the chance to put it in earlier then maybe we would have had a chance, who knows. The defense he put in had us at 27th nationally last year. If we can find players with heart and some speed, even if they are 3 stars we should at least look at them. I'm sure the strength and conditioning coach can get more speed out of them for sure. If he can make em big he can make em fast!! GBO.

"Good gracious did someone from The University of Tennessee beat him up somewhere?"

Lol!!! Great quote. Seriously, the guy despises the program and it's so obviously personal. I think a lot of sports writers are that way, but this character takes the cake. In any other SEC town, he would've been long gone; in Fayetteville, which has a great sports section btw, their newspaper fired a female reporter for attending a presser in a Florida hat. Here, the KNS allows Adams to insult the program every week for years. And he saves his most insulting columns for times like these.

Orange_Power_T writes:

Yes we were slow on D, but tell me why Nick Reveiz had one of the slowest 40 yd. times on the team but managed to lead in tackling. He knew how to read an offense and had a knack for being in the right spot at the right time. Our defense, time and time again, would be caught running downfield to get to their spot and discover once they got there that a horse race had already started and they were late to the gate. My vote goes to the assignment issue where players are focused on X's and O's and had not a clue what was really going on around them. IMO this was Def. Coordinator issue through and through. We have/had the players to play a solid defense (ref. Wilcox) but the players mindset or lack of- created this debacle.

tomwebster writes:

Bear Bryant once said that 40 yard speed doesn't matter because the his defenses don't run 40 yards.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to DannyVol:

"Good gracious did someone from The University of Tennessee beat him up somewhere?"

Lol!!! Great quote. Seriously, the guy despises the program and it's so obviously personal. I think a lot of sports writers are that way, but this character takes the cake. In any other SEC town, he would've been long gone; in Fayetteville, which has a great sports section btw, their newspaper fired a female reporter for attending a presser in a Florida hat. Here, the KNS allows Adams to insult the program every week for years. And he saves his most insulting columns for times like these.

like jack nicholson said to tom cruise" you cant take the truth"---thats the way you JA haters are---accepting reality hurts your feeeeeeeelingsssssss--you need sunshine and rainbows blown up your tail all the time regardless of what facts suggest-------our idiot fans criticize everything and everyone all the time but let JA say anything negative ever hes gets condemnned and ridiculed--------you people are just too much to bear---------just stay in your protective bubble to protect you from realities that may hurt your feeelingssssssss

Banner writes:

Master of the obvious! Adams go do what reporters do - report! Another senseless article. Unlike a coach who has to perform at a high level or he loses his job you can perform your job at a very low level and keep yours. How many tackles do you have in your career John?

SummittsCourt writes:

Just admit it JA, you are an a-hole who has nothing better to do than point out the negatives.

How about point out that the offense improved it's scoring by almost 17 points this year!

goscots56 writes:

John, you care to point out how Georgia did during their first year of implementing this defense? I'm sure you have an article pointing out how ridiculous their move to the 3-4 was at the time, how their coach was on the hot seat, and how he wasn't going to last long.

Jakevol writes:

Seems the next football coach needs to talk to the track coach at Tn. There was a time when Tn. went after track guys who also played football. Tn had one of the best mens track teams in the SEC along with one of the best Football teams. They had speed. I'm thinking of Richomd Flowers in the mid 60's for example. Richmond an Al guy was the fastest high hurdler in the state of AL. Came to Tn and was standout both in Football and Track. Richmond's Dad was the Attorney General of the State of Al. who did not agree with Al. Gov. George Wallace segregation policy. Yeah, the Bear wanted Richmond, but he came to Tn. to escape the political pressure of playing in the State of AL. I recall watching Richmond catch a TD pass beating AL that year.

honesthoward writes:

Our lack of speed on defense was first apparent when Burton ran that 80 yarder in the Fla game. When a team's QB can run past your entire secondary, and nobody was even closing ground on him, you've got speed issues.

whatthe84 writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

I think you've been smoking. Bray was drinking, havent heard a story about pot, but I did hear Rodgers was kicked off for pot. So not sure you know who you're even talking about. Also side note on the stats side Bray was one of the best in the Nation, so yeah.

The Vols roster is not worse than any other team as far as height or weight. So strike 2.

I bet UT could find a running back if they had a coach who called running plays. This year UT has less running plays than almost any team over the last 10 years. Yet Rajon averaged 4.5 yards per carry and Marlin Lane averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Marlin Lane average was 12th best in the league and that includes all runners even Quaterbacks. Keith Marshall at Georgia lead the league at 6.7.

So in summary, I agree to disagree with everything you said

So, let me see here if you are as tall and weigh as much you are equal... is that what you are saying? So speed does not matter when you are determing if your players are on par with other SEC talent? Come on man. The stories about Tyler Bray and smoking pot are all around where I live in Tennessee. So if you think Tyler does not smoke weed...OK that is your reality. If you think UT has good running backs then I guess you thought CDD was doing a good job too. You can disagree with me but CDD was fired and the vols had a horrible season winning only one SEC game and that was to Kentucky at home with a small crowd. Why were they so bad, there are several reasons but one is they were just not as talented physically. If you look at the recruiting for the last 4-5 years you will see a significant drop off in highly rating players. The years of getting a large group of 4 stars and a couple of 5 stars are not happening. We are getting mostly 3 stars with some 2 stars and maybe 1 or 2 4 stars. This will not cut it in the SEC. UT's recruiting looks like an ACC team. Now you can disagree with everything I say but the results you cannot disagree with. What do you say when Teague is trying to catch a Florida tight end down the side line and the TE is running away from him. Teague is one of the best we have so what does that say about our talent? GBO

fearthehound writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Sunseri was Dooley's "Clawson." Bringing in a coordinator to teach a scheme that typically takes at least 2 years to implement and failing to realize that no one was willing to give the head coach that long if he didn't win now. I think that made the biggest difference in this past year. Almost every interview this year with a defensive guy we heard about a communication breakdown. Guys were out of position on most of those long plays. They could have all ran 4.2 40 times and would not have been able to recover on most of those.

Maybe we were a bit slower than some of the offenses we faced. But that was the least of our troubles defensively. Speed kills, but being out of position makes the other guy look a whole heck of a lot faster and yields the same result.

Not only that, but bad angles. I never saw so many tacklers heading to the spot where the runner was--not where he was headed. A guy's always going to look slow if he's chasing a runner and taking a bad angle on him.

ps11824 writes:

JA did not coach this defense. JA saw it, called it what it was. Awful. You know it's true. Don't hate the messenger. Too bad for the guys who COULD HAVE been great IF they had been COACHED to be great. Hopefully Sunseri goes away with the other coaches.

honesthoward writes:

"... We are getting mostly 3 stars with some 2 stars and maybe 1 or 2 4 stars."

While we may not be recruting like we did in the 90's, a quick fact check shows this to be false. Tn had 34 four star recruits in our last 3 classes for an average of 11 per year. Guys like Mcneill and Byron Moore were 4 star kids.

Falling from 26th in defense to 112th in one year is on the coaching.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to jt45:

LOL! I dont think anyones feeling are hurt by his articles, its more like listening to the same story from someone for the hundreth time. I actually get more laughs from reading all the flaming post that follow his stories than any sitcom on TV. Im pretty sure everyone already figured out the Secondary was slow by game three.

hehe What took you so long!? Game 3? we had some break downs in the NCSt. game too.

I remember though by game three wondering why we were stuck with the 3-4 in a year we need to just keep 'em in front of us. Personally I don't care if we ever change to 3-4...whatever fits our current players whenever or whoever they may be as far as speed and quickness is concerned.

That said when we dropped back to cover deep they hit us short. When we'd cover short they'd hit us deep.

We WERE as JA said too slow...for whatever reasons. Plus our D line let far too many go through the middle.

My thought was that Dooley would adjust this in the future...?? Guess not. I'm certain by game three he was trying to figure(or Sunseri was) how our players could be in three places at once. Short middle and long!

Maybe the only JA article I've read in a while but if you're gonna be negative then now's the time. Our new coach needs to know what he's getting into.hehe

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Why are you people so upset with the truth? The article is on the Defense, and this is something i'm sure all of you saw on the field! Why would he report something positive if there isn't anything positive to report on that side of the ball?

This was about our SLOW Defensive players which is nothing but truth! Dang it's as if you hate to hear the truth,looking through Orange colored glasses thinking we have a ton of talent on the Defense!

NEWS Flash we don't! We have some decent players but you can't coach speed!

Anyway Great article, it's the truth that Vols fans need to hear! GO VOLS!!!

Very astute, you wrote the truth just like JA does most of the time, and these idiots that continue to read his articles and then proceed to bash him must have a dysfunctional life with very little to do. Why would you continue to read someone you dislike so much? I find it amazing JA can continue to find anything interesting on a daily basis about such a bad team and coaching staff, maybe things will improve at the U, but so far nothing is looking likely in the very near future.

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to VolsFanInAfghanistan:

Though he maybe right in some aspects of our defense, I think John Adams just writes these stories because he comes on this site to see how many of us responds to them. Good gracious did someone from The University of Tennessee beat him up somewhere? I will admit our defense lacked a lot of speed, but playing out of position will cause a lot of players to have to play catch up to a player already running full speed. I think if our players had time to understand the 3-4 defense we could have been better, but like we all know they weren't recruited to play in a 3-4, so it would have taken some time to understand it. Had Wilcox been given the chance to put it in earlier then maybe we would have had a chance, who knows. The defense he put in had us at 27th nationally last year. If we can find players with heart and some speed, even if they are 3 stars we should at least look at them. I'm sure the strength and conditioning coach can get more speed out of them for sure. If he can make em big he can make em fast!! GBO.

I agree with much of what you wrote, but do take exception with your last statement "If he can make em big he can make em fast!!" a coach can teach technique and possibly improve on speed but no way will the coach be able to make a slow player fast, if the player don't already have speed he will never have speed, that's why you recruit speed. Good luck in Afghanistan.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to allvol8:

I have the thought of "thank you Cpt. Obvious" when I read his articles

That one works, too. But I'm pretty sure he'd take the title of "Captain" and think he's a commander that deserves respect. He's that arrogant.

HighlandVol writes:

in response to rkw2:

Don't forget sidekick Climer, a.k.a. "Redundant Lad"...

Shouldn't it be Kid Redundant Lad?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

Very astute, you wrote the truth just like JA does most of the time, and these idiots that continue to read his articles and then proceed to bash him must have a dysfunctional life with very little to do. Why would you continue to read someone you dislike so much? I find it amazing JA can continue to find anything interesting on a daily basis about such a bad team and coaching staff, maybe things will improve at the U, but so far nothing is looking likely in the very near future.

AND you seem to be one of the bashers of Tennessee Mr. "Tennfan". BTW if someone wants to read the articles on here and they have the "time" then why does that make them "idiots"?
Personally I have nothing against JA's articles except he NEVER looks at the bright side. Of course the "bright side" won't sell.
It's why you see 300 posts on the negative articles and maybe 10 on the good articles that say good things about players and coaches. "Fans" LOVE to bash. Sayin' it like it is.

GBO

123forVOLS writes:

Nega-John and his typo-minions are at it again. No to all you insisting we would agree with this if we didn't know it is from Adam'sApple. I would see it as a whomever taking negative shots at the Volunteers. We all know the defense was bad, didn't work..heck we are all in an uproar over who the next ROCKY TOP Head coach will be a lot because it was so bad. We all know Alabama's and Georgia's defenses do work. Heck if not, neither of them would be in the position they are for SEC and possible National Championships. So go away with the we know it's true. We do and do not need the Adams'Family man reminding us over and over and over again. By the way, UT beat KY this year in football. How many are reminding John and other media-annas of that? They sure did remind us of that game...oh when was it? Oh yeah it was in 2011. We are in 2012 now. Can we just move on?

lofter writes:

UT's defense had many problems - lack of speed was one of them. You can't coach it. You have to recruit it. If we are able to get one speedster in every recruiting class, we will be lucky. I can't say that Dooley was able to bring in even one in his years here.

kesterja#235578 writes:

But you just gotta love the comment about his dog having a better chance catching a car driving down the interstate! That is pretty cute, and so true!

jacobsvolfan writes:

This is as bad as John Madden. The article might as well read: "Next Head Coach Must Realize He Needs to Move to Knoxville to Accept Job"

RealisticVol writes:

That is what you get from 3 star recruits.

Vol86 writes:

The lack of speed on the UT defense was pretty obvious. But the speed or lack of hurt us the most at the LB position. And DB position. We were slow.

Vol86 writes:

in response to honesthoward:

Our lack of speed on defense was first apparent when Burton ran that 80 yarder in the Fla game. When a team's QB can run past your entire secondary, and nobody was even closing ground on him, you've got speed issues.

Or you have no heart

SummerfieldVol writes:

It is not the type of defense we ran, a 3-4 or a 4-3, we just did not have the speed to sack the QB or run down a running back running the sweep, I think the defense saw what was happening just not able to do anything about it. I have been saying we were to slow all year. That is one of the reasons the defensive backs played so soft (a 5 to 7 yard cushion) not able to defend on a one on one pass defense. You can't teach speed but you can teach how to anticipate the pass route and hopefully be able to defend the pass. That comes with experience,just like the pros do. The defensive back are not always as fast as the offensive,but they can anticipate what the receiver is going to do and defend the pass. As a college freshman to his senior year is not much time to teach that kind of experience,so we have to play with the best we have and at times our best is not good enough.

TonyDTiger writes:

Dooley would still be here and would have probably had his contract extended had he had an average defense. Offense was not the problem. Does that make him a great offensive mind? I think not. It makes him a coach with better offensive players. What we need are better defensive players, with speed.

Czsick is 2 years removed from winning a national championship. He had one great player who made him look like a brilliant coach.

Great players make coaches look great. Just ask Sunseri, after coaching bamas players versus ours.

dvols writes:

NFL talent on the D-Line always makes for a faster secondary!

And depth, and an offense that holds the ball for more than 42 seconds.....

johnlg00 writes:

in response to whatthe84:

When you have Marcellus Teague at corner you know you are going to have a big problem. Fullbacks, tightends, tackle elgible will run away from him. Coach Surseri brought the 3-4 to UT and tried his best to implement it. The problem was and is they really don't have the horses to compete in the SEC. They are too small, they are too slow and they are not talented enough. On offense, you have a QB who is a dope smoking head case who folds like a cheap suit when the big moments come in big games and you don't have a quality RB on the roster or anyone in the future. We have talent at the WR but no running game in the SEC kills you. Our line could use some work as well. This will be a project for whoever comes on board. I am not a hater, I am a realist and see things for what they are. I hope I am wrong and I hope the right hire can turn it around immediately, but I doubt it. And the beat goes on.GBO

Your last few sentences encapsulate the point Adams was probably trying to make. It is an antidote to the prospective euphoria some fans are feeling, now that Dooley is gone, that somebody--heck, anybody!--can now come in and magically restore UT to the ranks of the conference powers. The program's problems were several years in the making. The new guy will be coming into a situation only marginally better than the one Dooley faced initially, if only because a number of the team's better players will leave the program through graduation or going pro early. And next year's schedule will likely be tougher than this year's.

The good news is that the right guy may well be able to tighten up some things, such as committing silly penalties, that hurt the team several times this last year. He may have better clock management skills. He may have all the players on his side. The mood of the fans may be better. One thing is sure, we have shown that, whoever he is, he had BETTER show some signs of progress pretty darned quick, or the boo birds will be back out in force, reinforcing our growing reputation as the most impatient and unknowledgeable fan base in the country.

SummerfieldVol writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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Well you would be wrong my good man. There is proably alot of people who express their opinion on here has played college if not pro ball. You are in the wrong business according to your writings. You should apply for the HC at Tennessee. If you know so much. Do you not think the coaching staff we have now does not know everything you have said? You are right in you can not teach speed, but you can help some to be a little bit faster.It is hard and I mean hard to knock off .5 of a seceond off of you best time. It takes alot of work.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to honesthoward:

Our lack of speed on defense was first apparent when Burton ran that 80 yarder in the Fla game. When a team's QB can run past your entire secondary, and nobody was even closing ground on him, you've got speed issues.

Burton is as much of a tight end as he is a QB, which only made the way he outran our guys look worse. I certainly agree with those who said the problem was as much with knowing where to line up as it was sheer speed, but both were factors in our poor defensive performance.

buzz29 writes:

Yes John. The next coach will make the realization. Thanks for stating the obvious. Sorry for the slow news day.

whatthe84 writes:

in response to fearthehound:

Not only that, but bad angles. I never saw so many tacklers heading to the spot where the runner was--not where he was headed. A guy's always going to look slow if he's chasing a runner and taking a bad angle on him.

Bad angles, well...let's face it when our CB is chasing a TE down the side line and the TE is pulling away it does not have anything to do with angles. We are slow and when you are slow it always looks like you are taking bad angles. In this league slow is exposed and we are...SLOW. Until you admit it you can't fix it. Get in the game dog! GBO

FanNotSheep writes:

If you watch ESPN you've probably noticed the season's highlights of Alabama and Georgia seem to have been at Tennesee's expense. General Neyland, whose teams once went 17 games without allowing an opponent to score, must have spent 2012 spinning in his coffin. Dooley's (Hart's?) choice for a defensive coordinator proved just as disastrous as Fulmer's career-ending selection of the mastermind behind the dreaded Clawfense of 2008.

I remember thinking at the time that UT football would never be the same after John Ward retired. Really hasn't been much to cheer about since.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to VolMoment:

Little John never played football so when he watches the game he doesn't see what is really happening.Does anybody know that after you run a 100 yards in 10 seconds you have been outrun one and a half yard by a guy who runs the 100 in 9.7 seconds.. Tennessee defensive secondary was about alignment. When I saw the back break the line of scrimmage with no one between him and the goal. I looked at the position of our cornerbacks and safety and they were five to six yards on both sides and they are not going to make those yrds. up in the next 43 to 75 yards against one of their fastest players. A good defensive coordinator under a new coach will have the speed. Retire John the Negative, you don't understand the game.

It's all about putting the players in the right positions. But they have to understand what they're supposed to do. I saw far too much confusion all year long. I, like everybody else, expected the switch to the 3-4 to take a while and progress would come later in the season. No progress, and I don't know whether it was aptitude, attitude, or coaching. We saw so many many missed tackles from not wrapping up, bad pursuit angles, ... stuff even I was taught in midget league decades ago. Far too many time they looked like a flock of chickens with their heads cut off. Too many times we've heard it... the 3-4 is more difficult, ... but it ain't rocket science. Both teams in the SEC CG are running it so these guys should have been able to pick it up. I saw no evidence of that except with a few. Maybe the new DC needs to also have a degree in elementary education and bring a felt board into the million dollar training facility. He could also have handouts of the X's & O's with crayons they'd have to color in.

jae1622 writes:

in response to TKO:

I have never seen a worse secondary in Vol history. Hopefully that changes. Heads up Vols. It will get better. GBO!

Thanks to John Adams we now have a commentary of what we all watched the entire season. Always the master of the obvious.

NYCApple writes:

First meeting, Gruden to Adams..."John, thanks for meeting me today. I just invited you over to say.....you are Busch League bro! Get out of my office." John Adams' head explodes, Gruden eats his eyes and heart, makes a nice pair of boots out of his hide, and feeds the rest to Smokey...
Booooooooom! Tennessee wins!

I'm paraphrasing of course...but it'll go something along those lines...

volgrog#210164 writes:

Lack of speed on defense was an obvious problem. Chief would have had AJ Johnson as an End, Brian Randolf, Byrun Moore, etc., as linebackers, and some blazing fast guys at corner and safety. Teague is actually one of those blazing fast guys, but he can't tackle, can't defend, and doesn't have a sense of what to do or where to be.

On top of this, the entire team took bad angles. If the ball carrier is running down the sidline, he shouldn't score if the safety takes a good angle.

Also, no one trusted the guy next to him. Overrunning plays, lack of back side pursuit, and missed tackles are results of guys thinking they have to make a play as opposed to being in the right position and trusting the guy next to you is going to do the right thing and be in the right position.

So, poor team speed, bad coaching, and a lack of trust got us the worst defense in Tennesee Football history.

Supersayin1 writes:

We need Charlie Strong! I'm listening to a radio show (Eric Ainge Show)and they are saying we need Thugs on the team,and Dooley was too busy trying to stay away from players with character issues, but thats why you have coaches on the staff that would keep them in check, and mold them into model citizens.

Thank God someone told the truth! We are too busy at UT trying to get good character kids, but we are overlooking that kid down in little haiti down in Miami. Jason Swain said we need some Pitbulls on the team!! So true So true!!
He's saying Charlie Strong is the guy for the Job because he can go in and get these kids, and put them in their place despite their backgrounds and upbringing. Dooley was trying to win in the SEC Jungle with BYU type kids!

I'm glad that I wasn't the one who had to say it, but Jason Swain just did on the radio!! I agree with him. So funny, he literally said we need to go to the hood and get some of these kids! LOL!!

Those are the kids we need on Defense and other areas that require Speed,and ruthless agression!
.....

BigDaddyOrange writes:

Hire David Shaw!!!!

aldntn writes:

Read correctly and tackle where you should and you don't have to chase. Speed is nice, but not as nice as knowing what you are doing.

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