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What Justin Wilsox did right was told Dooley we couldn't run a 3-4 and put us in a bend-don't-break 4-3, ala Chavis' old standby. It wasn't airtight but it worked plenty well enough. That defense, with 9 returning starters, could have helped us to at least 9 wins, maybe more. The reason our lack of speed didn't hurt us as much last year is because in a cover 2 zone you almost always: (1), keep the plays in front of you and (2), have a deep safety to cut off the breakaways over the top. The cornerback was still getting left in the dust but the safety had his back. I'm not so sure that's not what Brian Randolph was doing as well before he got hurt and we sure missed him after that. We also never could figure out contain on the edges nor could 2 of our 4 LB's cover anybody on the short crossing routes. It was a mess and so unnecessary. Since correcting our lack of speed requires several new players, I doubt we'll see much more of the 3-4 in the short-term at UT. Florida and LSU, stellar defensive teams as well, run a standard 4-3. I'm sure we'll join them next season. Go Vols!!!
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