Lane Kiffin is an offensive guy, hands on, eyes peeled and omnipresent.
But he's also a head coach. Thus he understands that it's not a good thing if your offense dominates your defense time after time.
It was the head coach, not the offensive guru, speaking first after Tennessee's second preseason scrimmage Saturday at sweltering Neyland Stadium.
"Today was pretty much the opposite of (scrimmage) game one,'' Kiffin said. "Which is good for us.''
The Vols' defense didn't get gashed like it did a week earlier in the first scrimmage.
Sure, the offense put a few points on the board but the defense, unlike a week ago, gave every bit as good as it got.
"That's the defense we saw in the spring,'' Kiffin said. "That's the first unit, intensity wise, the way they tackled, how physical they played.
"That's exactly how we expect them to play year-round.''
If not year-round, then at least on 12 Saturdays from September through November.
"We just wanted to start fast,'' said defensive end Chris Walker. "Last week we came out flat.
"We put a really big emphasis on coming out and starting fast today.''
The No. 1 offense, matched, more or less, against the No. 1 defense throughout the afternoon, scored one touchdown - on its fifth possession - when Jonathan Crompton hit Marsalis Teague with a 28-yard pass.
The No. 2 offense produced two touchdowns, on Nick Stephens passes of 18 yards to tight end Jeff Cottam and 21 yards to fullback Sam Edgmon.
In between, there were plenty of three-and-outs, a couple of fumbles and eight offensive penalties.
Crompton was 17-of-24 for 185 yards passing, unofficially.
Stephens was 12-of-24 for 125 yards and the victim of three drops.
David Oku lost a fumble after a hard hit by Daryl Vereen and fumbled on a handoff attempt from Crompton.
Crompton was nearly intercepted by Dennis Rogan on a pass into coverage. Stephens took a sack from Chris Donald when he held the ball too long.
The only interception was by safety Rod Wilks for a 35-yard touchdown off third-string quarterback Nick Lamaison.
"Obviously,'' said Kiffin, "we've got to do a much better job as a staff on offense and we have to keep the consistency up on defense.''
The No. 1 defense forced five three-and-out series and limited three drives to field-goal attempts.
That despite Eric Berry, Walker and Dan Williams playing only the first couple of series. Several other potential starters were held out due to injuries.
"Which goes back to why I'm even more disappointed in our offense,'' Kiffin said. "To have seven players out you'd think your offense would move the ball better than it did today.
"We have extremely high standards for our offense and I don't think anybody in there feels very good about it.''
Tauren Poole was again the leading rusher, with 95 yards on 11 carries. But his longest run this day was 22 yards.
Oku had the day's longest run at 31 yards but six times Oku was stopped for negative yardage.
"Coach (defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin) put a lot of emphasis from the last scrimmage on how we were out of our gaps,'' said Williams.
"We went to work this week and we stayed in our gaps, playing the right technique, and it worked well for us today.''
The other Williams - defensive end Gerald - was again a terror. He had two sacks and several hurries.
Oku ran for 73 yards on 17 carries. Freshman Bryce Brown had 57 yards on 10 attempts and caught three passes for 27.
Teague was the leading target, with four catches for 63 yards. Brandon Warren caught three balls for 45 yards.
Crompton had the day's best drive, hitting all six of his passes in a two-minute drill on the 65-yard possession that ended with him finding Teague for the score.
Teague also figured in a scoring drive with the No. 2 offense, catching a 20-yard slant from Stephens for a first down at midfield.
Daniel Lincoln was true on all three field-goal tries, of 49, 42 and 36 yards. Chad Cunningham hit his only try from 47 yards.
Kiffin Stays in Huddle: Kiffin changed his mind about moving out of the huddle and to the sideline to simulate game conditions by signalling plays in to the offense. He remained on the field, huddling each play with the offense as he has done throughout spring and fall practice.
"I tried not to coach as much, just give 'em a play,'' he said. "That didn't work too well. We've got to get better at it.''