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I too am happy to see JA, dare I say, being positive.
Our offense needs the same thing it needed last year, RUNNING BACKS. CDD and staff were obviously good at identifying and landing good wideouts/qbs. Our o-line is in good shape. Our lb's are decent. Our d-line was just as much to blame for our secondary's woes as the db's. This is how you win at just about every level of football. A stout defense and a powerful running game. How many "high power" offenses have won the Nat championship or Super Bowl? The wideouts are much more effective if the offense can sell the play action. I am pleased that V. Bell is leaning toward the Vols. It helps everyone on the d when you have a guy you can trust behind you. The backfield of Bell/Moore could be REALLY good. I am excited about the possibility that Carr and Lawson may bookend McCullers and Hood. . With the edition of a couple new guys like maybe: J. Grace/olb, V. Vea/de, J. Miller/de, and some others. We could be very solid. I am concerned that haven't landed a big, bruising, downhill rb but it ain't over yet.
We have lost very little of the def that finished 2011 28th in total def. Being lost was our problem for most of the year. I don't subscribe to the "we are to slow" train of thought. Every good defensive player will tell you read and reaction are crucial. Having to think about what it is your reading and how you should react makes you late off the ball which to the naked eye will make you look slower. Now, don't get me wrong. Not being able to chase down any1 on a busted play is a speed issue. I think we have a chance to be much better than most give us credit.
At any rate, I am still more than happy to stand up and yell at the top of my lungs..."I SAID IT'S GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL!!!"
ps- I really like the new mantras of #class117 and #risetothetop. As always #GBO and #VFL
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