By design, Vols didn't go vertical

Scrimmage saw more passes to tight ends

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During the course of an 84-play scrimmage Saturday, Tennessee's coaching staff called plenty of runs, screens and slants.

Conspicuously absent, though, was the vertical passing game.

Denarius Moore had the longest reception of the day by a wide receiver, taking a slant from Jonathan Crompton 19 yards - and most of the gain came after the catch.

Aside from Moore, who led the receivers with four catches for 45 yards, the Vols threw mainly to tight ends and running backs.

The Vols rarely went vertical on Saturday, but a lot of that was by design.

"We're not going to work on everything," Crompton said. "We're trying to hone in on a few things here and few things there. I think that's what we're trying to do (Saturday)."

The Vols spent a lot of Thursday's practice working on third-and-long situations, and the coaches chose to spend more time on Saturday working on the run game and shorter passes, including a lot of screens.

"We're just working on things we feel like we need to," offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said. "We had a lot of third-down scrimmage stuff on Tuesday and Thursday during the week."

Chaney also added that full scrimmages are one of the few settings conducive to working on screen plays, which is why the Vols ran a number of those Saturday afternoon.

The emphasis on shorter passes could be part of the reason why the stats for UT's quarterbacks didn't exactly jump off the page, either.

Working with the first team, Crompton finished 9-for-16 for 90 yards with an interception, while B.J. Coleman was 17-for-22 for 112 yards. Neither had a touchdown, but head coach Lane Kiffin was optimistic about their performances immediately following the scrimmage.

"I thought it looked pretty good," Kiffin said. "I thought they threw it well. A couple drops today in crucial times that didn't help them out, but they can't control (drops). They seemed to play well. (I'll) go back and see the film and be able to tell you guys more Tuesday."

Zoning In: The offensive line has continued to make strides in a new scheme, particularly those aspects that have a ring of familiarity.

Inside zone runs have been more successful than the outside, or "wide," zone plays, said Chaney, who also coaches the offensive line coach.

"At times we're a little rusty with it," he said. "We're much more comfortable with the tight zone because it's a familiar thing. They've done it in the past. The wide zone is something we're a little rusty with, but we're getting better."

Big Day: Saturday marked the first time UT's coaches have gotten extended time inside Neyland Stadium during the day.

"It's our second day coming to the stadium," Kiffin said. "To be here in a day-game environment with great weather (Saturday) was a great experience for us, especially our coaches."

The Vols held their first full-contact practice in the stadium, although that was a night workout.

Hungry Ends: Junior defensive end Chris Walker continues to be one the best performers in spring practice, and that continued with his sack and forced fumble in Saturday's scrimmage. Fellow junior Ben Martin has been progressing as well, and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has taken notice.

"It's kind of like a feeding frenzy a little bit," Orgeron said. "They're competing for sacks."

Next Up: Senior center Josh McNeil said the Vols must continue to work on taking care of the football this week in practice, a point that was driven home with two lost fumbles and an interception on Saturday.

"The next step is to quit turning the ball over," he said. "That's the first and main step we gotta quit doing. You can't win any game without the ball. What we really have to do is keep being consistent and growing in our consistency."

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danapurt writes:

first

Voluvr writes:

Number Uno.

danapurt writes:

they arent working on the deep ball because no one can make the throw. looks like were going to have a season full of screens and short passes that will likely be defended very well by opposing d backs. Lets just hope that by August this will improve or its going to be another long year.

Voluvr writes:

Hey, I'm talking about the Vols.

Voluvr writes:

in response to danapurt:

they arent working on the deep ball because no one can make the throw. looks like were going to have a season full of screens and short passes that will likely be defended very well by opposing d backs. Lets just hope that by August this will improve or its going to be another long year.

Everything these guys do is calculated. Don't worry. We can go up top. I do understand your doubt.

AllVol1 writes:

WE REALLY NEED a QB to step up. It looks like it is going to be the one who uses summer work outs and film and playbook studying to improve--that will the way to separate from the others this fall. It will probably be Crompton to start, I am nervous to say, but I will be surprised if he really lasts as the man all season. I will be shocked actually, if he is still starting after the Florida. I am very impressed with the improvements in the D line and the O line is having good moments too. The SWARM is just getting WARM.

dshawn13#224876 writes:

YOU HAVE TO WALK BEFORE YOU CAN RUN

vol_chaz writes:

Curious what CLK will say Tues about D.Mo. These coaches know what they are doing.. These scrimmages are designed to put pressure on the Qb's and see who can handle the heat. Looks like the Defensive stars are starting to emerge.. Can't wait til the spring game.

EZVOL writes:

Alabama won a NC in '92 with a lockdown D, great running game and a so-so QB. I'd love to have a great QB but I think we can win with what we've got. Like the poster said earlier, these coaches know what they are doing.

10volunteers98 writes:

I just hope the offensive line improves and can open some holes for the running backs.According to these reports on the Vols` practice,we`re going to have to rely on them.Don`t mean to criticize Crompton,but I`ve seen very few reports that he had no interceptions or fumbles.Also,can any of these guys throw a deep pass?I know these guys are out there busting their butts to improve,but I don`t want to see another offense like last year`s.But I know that better times are ahead for the Vols.
I still have confidence that Kiffin can iron out the wrinkles,and we might see a pretty competitive team this year.GO,VOLS!

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

quit thinking Phil was stupid, he wasn't. Neither was Chavis. A LOT Of last season's futility rested on 3 areas:
-poorly functioning running philosophy
-inaccurate QB's
-a defense that could not make stops at critical times

The 'running philosophy' problem was basically a lack of the willingness to focus on the running game enough, to stick with it.

The 'qbs' is obvious

The 'defense' was a lack of play makers. It is a bit misleading in that we had a top-ranked defense, but I place a lot of that on the fact that we faced a LOT of bad offenses.

Phil and Chavis coached to the talent they had; there problems obviously stemmed from the RECRUITING STRUGGLE, not the ability to coach.

We've bashed Phil enough; he had his good and bad points, enough said.

chaos001 writes:

12 more days and many of us will get to see how things are working live and in person.

TotalPackage1 writes:

in response to Voluvr:

Number Uno.

"IF YOUR NOT FIRST, YOUR LAST" - Ricky Bobby

tennezz writes:

in response to danapurt:

they arent working on the deep ball because no one can make the throw. looks like were going to have a season full of screens and short passes that will likely be defended very well by opposing d backs. Lets just hope that by August this will improve or its going to be another long year.

It dosent look like crompton can make the short throws either! [9 for 19] on screen passes and slants!

IBleedOrange444 writes:

in response to danapurt:

they arent working on the deep ball because no one can make the throw. looks like were going to have a season full of screens and short passes that will likely be defended very well by opposing d backs. Lets just hope that by August this will improve or its going to be another long year.

Stephens can throw the deep ball when his hand is 100% and Denarius Moore can run under it too.

FWBVol writes:

in response to tennezz:

It dosent look like crompton can make the short throws either! [9 for 19] on screen passes and slants!

The story said Crompton was 9-of-16 and Lane said the receivers dropped some passes. I don't know whether Crompton is the guy or not, but I know stats can sometimes be misleading.

For years I've said they shouldn't count dropped passes as an incomplete pass by the quarterback. In baseball if your third baseman makes a perfect throw that is dropped by the first baseman you don't give the error to the third baseman.

I know coaches have charts on the number of drops and they look at those things when critiquing the play of a quarterback. Most fans just see the low number of completions and assume it's the QB's fault.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to EZVOL:

Alabama won a NC in '92 with a lockdown D, great running game and a so-so QB. I'd love to have a great QB but I think we can win with what we've got. Like the poster said earlier, these coaches know what they are doing.

I agree we can win. But to mention NC in same sentence is pure fantasy. Most likely will not be the best defense in the east. We are short players and have an inexperienced HC. We all should give this some time and enjoy what we have. Go Vols

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

I say give Phil as many Donut's as he wants too ok cause he did not just get phat over night either.

As for the article I just read we have the best coaches in the nation under one team and when we get a good QB we will soon be in the NC picture.

Anybody else that is either a fan of another team or just not with it needs to accept this.

Gators input not needed on this.

smokyredbone writes:

in response to danapurt:

they arent working on the deep ball because no one can make the throw. looks like were going to have a season full of screens and short passes that will likely be defended very well by opposing d backs. Lets just hope that by August this will improve or its going to be another long year.

STFU! They explained what they were doing azzhole!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to TCHDWN10C:

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There is a reason we have a new coaching staff.

HCLK is trying to do a few things well.

Before expanding into the area's of curing the one-hoppers and "oops" -where did the ball go on hand-offs.

Lot of work to do.

Get well, Stephens.

BuckheadVol1 writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

quit thinking Phil was stupid, he wasn't. Neither was Chavis. A LOT Of last season's futility rested on 3 areas:
-poorly functioning running philosophy
-inaccurate QB's
-a defense that could not make stops at critical times

The 'running philosophy' problem was basically a lack of the willingness to focus on the running game enough, to stick with it.

The 'qbs' is obvious

The 'defense' was a lack of play makers. It is a bit misleading in that we had a top-ranked defense, but I place a lot of that on the fact that we faced a LOT of bad offenses.

Phil and Chavis coached to the talent they had; there problems obviously stemmed from the RECRUITING STRUGGLE, not the ability to coach.

We've bashed Phil enough; he had his good and bad points, enough said.

How about because our offense was never on the field!?!? Their poor play left the defense on the field for the majority of most/all games.

If the defense did not make a stop at a critical moment, it was due to all the 3 and outs the offense had. I am sure they were tired as hell and tired of carrying the team on thier shoulders.

If the offense was just 25% better, who knows, we could have won many more games. If it were not for the defense, we would have gone 0-12.

GreerVol22 writes:

Crompton said. "We're trying to hone in on a few things here and few things there.

like handing the ball off maybe? A $100 bill says he muffs the snap or screws up a handoff in the first series of the first game this fall and once again gets booed off the field.

volaholic45 writes:

The no-vertical report sure makes you say, "Uh-0h." So do those Crompton stats, given that there were no deep balls in there. 9 for 16 on slants and screens? Not encouraging. We might be a recruiting class or two out.

HtownVol writes:

So I see that we lost out on Blake Bell. He commited to Oklahoma. Better keep looking Kiffin!

StroVol writes:

in response to BuckheadVol1:

How about because our offense was never on the field!?!? Their poor play left the defense on the field for the majority of most/all games.

If the defense did not make a stop at a critical moment, it was due to all the 3 and outs the offense had. I am sure they were tired as hell and tired of carrying the team on thier shoulders.

If the offense was just 25% better, who knows, we could have won many more games. If it were not for the defense, we would have gone 0-12.

If our offense wasn't the basement of the SEC last year, our defense would have been ranked #1 in the country.

StroVol writes:

in response to Voluvr:

Number Uno.

You couldn't come up with "numero"?

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to 10volunteers98:

I just hope the offensive line improves and can open some holes for the running backs.According to these reports on the Vols` practice,we`re going to have to rely on them.Don`t mean to criticize Crompton,but I`ve seen very few reports that he had no interceptions or fumbles.Also,can any of these guys throw a deep pass?I know these guys are out there busting their butts to improve,but I don`t want to see another offense like last year`s.But I know that better times are ahead for the Vols.
I still have confidence that Kiffin can iron out the wrinkles,and we might see a pretty competitive team this year.GO,VOLS!

Although (I hate to say it) I think Crompton will start the season, I believe either Stephens or Coleman will replace him. Stephens throws a nice deep ball. The question remains - who is the reciever that can break away for the "over the top" pass? G Jones is the only one that comes to mind - we do have some Freshmen coming in that can make an immediate impact as well...I trust the coaches, not the majority of "wanna-be's" on this site...present company NOT included

ethanfrome writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

quit thinking Phil was stupid, he wasn't. Neither was Chavis. A LOT Of last season's futility rested on 3 areas:
-poorly functioning running philosophy
-inaccurate QB's
-a defense that could not make stops at critical times

The 'running philosophy' problem was basically a lack of the willingness to focus on the running game enough, to stick with it.

The 'qbs' is obvious

The 'defense' was a lack of play makers. It is a bit misleading in that we had a top-ranked defense, but I place a lot of that on the fact that we faced a LOT of bad offenses.

Phil and Chavis coached to the talent they had; there problems obviously stemmed from the RECRUITING STRUGGLE, not the ability to coach.

We've bashed Phil enough; he had his good and bad points, enough said.

I agree that bashing Phil should stop. I have done it only once here and I was just trying to be funny. However, I do not agree with your breakdown of last year's offensive struggles. The number one point should clearly be "Clawson", or at least "coaching", or something like that.

As for Crompton's performance, the numbers look bad, but they sometime are misleading. Also, I really don't mind because I was concerned already.

StroVol writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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Lane was talking about Neyland being the Greatest Stadium in the country to watch or play football in. Get out of here with the field size garbage. Did you just watch "Hoosiers"

Docrok writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

quit thinking Phil was stupid, he wasn't. Neither was Chavis. A LOT Of last season's futility rested on 3 areas:
-poorly functioning running philosophy
-inaccurate QB's
-a defense that could not make stops at critical times

The 'running philosophy' problem was basically a lack of the willingness to focus on the running game enough, to stick with it.

The 'qbs' is obvious

The 'defense' was a lack of play makers. It is a bit misleading in that we had a top-ranked defense, but I place a lot of that on the fact that we faced a LOT of bad offenses.

Phil and Chavis coached to the talent they had; there problems obviously stemmed from the RECRUITING STRUGGLE, not the ability to coach.

We've bashed Phil enough; he had his good and bad points, enough said.

Your poor recruiting argument is not only weak but just wrong! 2005 and 2007 saw the Vols with a top 5 recruiting class each year and the 06 and 08 werent terrible recruiting classes either! Robert Ayers is likely gonna be a first round draft pick and Eric Berry well.... enough said! Additionally the linebackers were more than adequate! So I am gonna rest last years record and play on the coaches where it belongs! Not bashing Fulmer or Chavis, simply calling it like it is! They didnt have a disciplined team and often times were unable to make proper game time adjustments!

Docrok writes:

in response to LifetimeVolFan98:

Although (I hate to say it) I think Crompton will start the season, I believe either Stephens or Coleman will replace him. Stephens throws a nice deep ball. The question remains - who is the reciever that can break away for the "over the top" pass? G Jones is the only one that comes to mind - we do have some Freshmen coming in that can make an immediate impact as well...I trust the coaches, not the majority of "wanna-be's" on this site...present company NOT included

Denarius Moore and Ahmad Paige have the speed and Moore showed it several times throughout last season!

StroVol writes:

in response to Docrok:

Your poor recruiting argument is not only weak but just wrong! 2005 and 2007 saw the Vols with a top 5 recruiting class each year and the 06 and 08 werent terrible recruiting classes either! Robert Ayers is likely gonna be a first round draft pick and Eric Berry well.... enough said! Additionally the linebackers were more than adequate! So I am gonna rest last years record and play on the coaches where it belongs! Not bashing Fulmer or Chavis, simply calling it like it is! They didnt have a disciplined team and often times were unable to make proper game time adjustments!

Amen, If Fulmer had the balls to ditch an offensive scheme that was obviously inept after 2games, he would probably still be the Head Coach. But I'm glad it all worked out. Knoxville was begging for a new direction.

webbofconfusion#577015 writes:

Where to start? Um... The basics, Ball control, and Clock management. Start there and build.

gotvols writes:

I think what people are going to see is this... when the O-line takes care of business, the QB play will improve. You know Stephens can throw the deep ball. Crompton seems to get rattled a little, he is probably putting to much pressure on himself. If he will learn to play one play at a time, things will take care of themselves. Last year the O-line could not run block to save their lives. The talent was there, but the desire was not. Goes back to practice. Looks like CLK has the O-line as a priority. If they struggle, they will have to rely on short timing plays. Did you see Utah vs. Alabama last year. "short timing plays" ate Alabama up.

Vol43 writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Crompton said. "We're trying to hone in on a few things here and few things there.

like handing the ball off maybe? A $100 bill says he muffs the snap or screws up a handoff in the first series of the first game this fall and once again gets booed off the field.

You know, that's a very interesting thought. He might and then he might not. The point is ALL of us will be nervous just watching Crompton work. Nervous? Yeah, because we know him. I don't mean to bash the kid. He's been at this for 3 years and has problems handing off the football??? What's up with that?

volsfan74 writes:

Stephens can throw the deep ball, I think Coleman can roll out and do more outside the tackle box. Ultimately it will be between Stephens and Coleman. At this point CLK keeps saying he is evaluating the situation, I think after the orange and white game it will give him the answers he's looking for. Understand with Stephens wrist still not 100% CLK has no choice but to rotate Coleman and Crompton.

Volumni writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

quit thinking Phil was stupid, he wasn't. Neither was Chavis. A LOT Of last season's futility rested on 3 areas:
-poorly functioning running philosophy
-inaccurate QB's
-a defense that could not make stops at critical times

The 'running philosophy' problem was basically a lack of the willingness to focus on the running game enough, to stick with it.

The 'qbs' is obvious

The 'defense' was a lack of play makers. It is a bit misleading in that we had a top-ranked defense, but I place a lot of that on the fact that we faced a LOT of bad offenses.

Phil and Chavis coached to the talent they had; there problems obviously stemmed from the RECRUITING STRUGGLE, not the ability to coach.

We've bashed Phil enough; he had his good and bad points, enough said.

What team have you been watching? 100% of the Pumpkin's problems stem from him being a terrible gameday coach. He was always a pretty good to terrific (before he got too content) recruiter, he just never developed the talent to its top potential. Plus, he always got outcoached.

I agree, let's bury the pumpkin, and get on with things and our new coach.

gotvols writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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You are stupid! The coaches need to be comfortable also. Neyland is one of the most impressive stadiums in the country.

DennisVols writes:

I like the honesty we have heard from this coaching staff. They have been quick to point out the areas the team is struggling in. Not just giving us fluff like we heard coming out of last spring when we really thought everything was clicking right along.
No Spring Camp is or should be perfect and when you throw in a new staff and a new playbook on the offense and defense you have to expect certain bumps.
The turnovers all remind us of last season, "once bitten, twice shy", as well it should. Not seeing the plays we really don't know what happened. Crompton's fumble on the sack one should also ask who blew the protection.
We are seeing a team that is starting to come together and a coaching staff not afraid to tell us about the mistakes even though they know many fans have doubts following last season and other wanted a magic wand waved so UT would win it all the 1st year.
Keeping a proper prospective we do see a new staff determined to push this team physically and mentally more than they have been in quite a few years. The results so far are rough and a few have quit, but we don't need quiters on our team anyway.
Trying to stay balanced in my thoughts on where the team is and where the team is heading I see improvement with plenty more to go.
Keeping it real
Go Vols

PennVol writes:

I get the feeling that these coaches are only interested in figuring out how to win with what they've got. I trust that they will figure it out. That's a much better approach that repeating the same ineffective game plan week after week like last year (i.e. 1) "if we just throw it more, Crompton will improve his accuracy" and 2) "if we keep the mustang package, they'll only get a bunch of first downs and not a TD".

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

Keep in mind its Spring Pratice, there's a long way to go before the season actually starts. I think Coleman is getting ahead in the QB race, but Stevens will have his chances enhanced in the fall. Lets keep seeing our guys work hard, learn the new system, not get injured, or make the front pages for the wrong reasons. I'll stay positive, and trust this new coaching staff to keep the players motivated. I don't know of any team that claims it is game ready this early on.

GO VOLS!

richvol writes:

in response to StroVol:

Amen, If Fulmer had the balls to ditch an offensive scheme that was obviously inept after 2games, he would probably still be the Head Coach. But I'm glad it all worked out. Knoxville was begging for a new direction.

You're right about adjustments. The only adjustments Fulmer and Chavis made the last several years was to let their belts out several notches.

richvol writes:

in response to gotvols:

I think what people are going to see is this... when the O-line takes care of business, the QB play will improve. You know Stephens can throw the deep ball. Crompton seems to get rattled a little, he is probably putting to much pressure on himself. If he will learn to play one play at a time, things will take care of themselves. Last year the O-line could not run block to save their lives. The talent was there, but the desire was not. Goes back to practice. Looks like CLK has the O-line as a priority. If they struggle, they will have to rely on short timing plays. Did you see Utah vs. Alabama last year. "short timing plays" ate Alabama up.

The Utah pass ate Alabama up...I love that play. It is especially effective against fast,penetrating defenses like Bama's and Florida's. I would like to see us perfect it for use against them. Additionally,it's easy for the QB to complete...right up our alley.

dvhill100 writes:

I am seeing the things I was looking for as far as improvement: much better attitude, conditioning and enthusiasm. They are on a new scheme and new coaches. There are going to be rough spots, especially in the spring. There is improvement and I believe the coaches know what they are doing. They have either been outstanding college coaches, or coached at the highest level in football, the pros.

They can't throw the entire playbook at these players and expect them to handle it all at once. You have to learn basic math before you go to algebra. I started to use calculus, but a man's got to know his limitations. :)

Our recruiting has fallen off some. Losing Rodney Gardner to GA was a hugh loss for recruiting. Obviously LK thinks that too as he tried to hire him. I think our talent has slid, a gradual slide over the last 6 years or so. We have had a couple of good years, but not top ten every year like in the 90's. LK has recognized that TN simply doesn't provide the player base states like TX and FL do and has the recruiting staff to deal with that. Good players will win more games than bad coaching will lose.

The PF bashing is getting old. Yes, I didn't always agree with the way he did things, and yes they slid over the last few years. It was time for a change, but remember the man made UT and presence in the 90's and brought in the first ever BCS National Championship and undefeated season. Not even UF has been able to do that (Though I wouldn't bet against them doing it this year.)

While neither QB has been a world class performer in practice, it is practice and they are learning a new system under a new coach. I know LK has infinitely more football smarts than I do, and that goes for his staff as well. I am more that willing to wait and trust his judgement on the starters.

Now back to my CCNA studying.

Colliervol writes:

in response to webbofconfusion#577015:

Where to start? Um... The basics, Ball control, and Clock management. Start there and build.

Not to mention breaking lots of old bad habits. It's going to take the staff more than one spring (and one season) to straighten out the mess.

Go4Two writes:

It's funny last year if the coach said I'll) go back and see the film and be able to tell you guys more Tuesday" He was blasted. If we failed to throw deep it was the ding and dunk.

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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take a flying leap at a rolling doughnut

OrangeMagic writes:

in response to dvhill100:

I am seeing the things I was looking for as far as improvement: much better attitude, conditioning and enthusiasm. They are on a new scheme and new coaches. There are going to be rough spots, especially in the spring. There is improvement and I believe the coaches know what they are doing. They have either been outstanding college coaches, or coached at the highest level in football, the pros.

They can't throw the entire playbook at these players and expect them to handle it all at once. You have to learn basic math before you go to algebra. I started to use calculus, but a man's got to know his limitations. :)

Our recruiting has fallen off some. Losing Rodney Gardner to GA was a hugh loss for recruiting. Obviously LK thinks that too as he tried to hire him. I think our talent has slid, a gradual slide over the last 6 years or so. We have had a couple of good years, but not top ten every year like in the 90's. LK has recognized that TN simply doesn't provide the player base states like TX and FL do and has the recruiting staff to deal with that. Good players will win more games than bad coaching will lose.

The PF bashing is getting old. Yes, I didn't always agree with the way he did things, and yes they slid over the last few years. It was time for a change, but remember the man made UT and presence in the 90's and brought in the first ever BCS National Championship and undefeated season. Not even UF has been able to do that (Though I wouldn't bet against them doing it this year.)

While neither QB has been a world class performer in practice, it is practice and they are learning a new system under a new coach. I know LK has infinitely more football smarts than I do, and that goes for his staff as well. I am more that willing to wait and trust his judgement on the starters.

Now back to my CCNA studying.

dvhill,

Great post and spoken (or typed) like a true fan. "Good players will win more games than bad coaching will lose". Great line and true.

I don't mind other fans voicing their concerns about players and coaches but there's no reason to launch this continuous personal attack on them and disrespecting them by intentionally misspelling their names or talking about their weight. These fans (if they really are fans) need to grow up or stop compensating for something else that needs compensating for.

StroVol writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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?

murrayvol writes:

in response to BuckheadVol1:

How about because our offense was never on the field!?!? Their poor play left the defense on the field for the majority of most/all games.

If the defense did not make a stop at a critical moment, it was due to all the 3 and outs the offense had. I am sure they were tired as hell and tired of carrying the team on thier shoulders.

If the offense was just 25% better, who knows, we could have won many more games. If it were not for the defense, we would have gone 0-12.

When you have one unit (defense) carrying the team and another (offense) bumbling and stumbling, it poisons any shot at team chemistry.

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