Is no-huddle the answer?

From the inside, Tennessee isn’t completely sold.

The quarterback chalked the success up to good timing. The coach cited a few potential factors that might make it difficult for the Vols to duplicate it.

But from the outside, at least one coach with ties to the program saw more than enough evidence UT and quarterback Jonathan Crompton could be perfectly suited to buy into a no-huddle offense against Georgia on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.) at Neyland Stadium.

“The first thing you want to do is say, ‘Well, it’s the kid (Crompton),’ ” Auburn receivers coach Trooper Taylor said this week on the News Sentinel’s radio show, The Sports Page. “But I think you saw flashes of (his ability), especially when they did the no-huddle deal, that kind of fast-tempo deal — and remember that’s what we had went to.

“When we recruited him, we had gone to a no-huddle deal and to me, he’s better in that situation. Obviously I don’t coach there, it’s not my choice or my decision, but I think just from watching it, it looked like he was more comfortable there.”

The results were hard to dispute after Crompton broke out of a three-game funk with a huge fourth quarter against the Tigers, most of which was spent with UT (2-3, 0-2 SEC) turning up the tempo.

The senior didn’t lead a comeback or deliver the first conference win of the season, but his 181 yards, two touchdowns and 13 completions in 21 attempts certainly gave the Vols something positive to think about — and perhaps gave the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-1) something new to prepare for as well.

“It wasn’t really a two-minute (offense) until the end,” Crompton said. “But just the no-huddle offense, we just went out there, we practice it every week and obviously everybody knows what’s going on. It kind of gets the defense on their toes so it gives us an advantage at some points, but it is what it is. We go out there and we play whatever coach calls.

“I just like playing within the offense, whether it be two-minute or regular pace or anything like that. Every now and then you’re going to have to get in the two-minute, and when you do you’ve got to go out there and execute.”

The Vols certainly haven’t committed to giving Crompton more chances to execute that faster style, though it would be understandable if they did considering the late burst of production last week.

But going to the no-huddle all the time could take away from UT’s powerful running game and expose some depth issues on the offensive line. It might also put a thinning defense on the field too often, and the Vols don’t exactly have the biggest sample size to prove its effectiveness long-term.

Either way, they should at least have a better idea what they’re capable of offensively after struggling early to find a way into the end zone.

“We did a pretty good job in the fourth quarter last week, but that’s over now — can’t do anything about it,” Crompton said. “We’ve got to come out here this week in practice and execute well and get the good looks and go from there. Obviously we would have liked (the success) to be in the third quarter or something like that, but that’s when it was.

“It just so happened that we got into a rhythm at that point, and it didn’t have anything to do with it being two-minute or it fits us better or anything like that.”

The jury might still be out for the Vols. But at least one key witness has presented a case for the offense.

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bigorangesob writes:

It can't hurt to give it a try, hell nothing else has worked

bigorangesob writes:

oh by the way 1st.

bigorange_inbham writes:

Look we scored a garbage TD at the end of the game after a win was impossible. WE LOST THE GAME, here is what is really scary Crompton who has never proven he can win a game has a couple of good drives on a average SEC defense big deal.

I beg you Kiffin please at least give Nick a chance and we might actually win a game. If we don't I can promise you a 100% that we would have had the same outcome with Crompton.

mdvol writes:

no-crompton is the answer.

paul5170 writes:

ha,ha,....that was funny WD........GBO---kick some ace!!!!!!!!

rockytopatl writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Let that go. He is a FIFTH year senior. It's been a long time since high school. He could also get away with staring down receivers then, and did every play I watched on that highlights tape.

the10sevol writes:

"Obviously I don’t coach there, it’s not my choice or my decision".

"but that’s over now — can’t do anything about it".

"But going to the no-huddle all the time could take away from UT’s powerful running game and expose some depth issues on the offensive line. It might also put a thinning defense on the field too often"

based on those comments, why write and publish the article? ahh, right, might have to do homework to write about THIS WEEK'S opponent.

c'mon, austin, au was last week. a little jawja coverage? (this doesn't qualify).

GBO

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to portlandTENNESSEEfan:

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I would say not since he is name is Kiffin....

Not sure talent wise, but that QB looked alot more skilled than ours

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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bend over for LSU

PumpUptheVOLume writes:

Yeah, No huddle --- 2 min. Offense --- Or 10 straight scripted plays.. Whatever works to keep the game movin' faster and the other team's "D" on their heels...
I'm all for it.. GO VOLS...
WE NEED THIS WIN... AND THE CONFIDENCE IT WILL PROVIDE DURING THE BYE WEEK HEADIN' TO BAMA..

tennezz writes:

Hit Suggest Removal every time these idiot trolls post!

SEAL_9821 writes:

Don't forget that two games last year we tried to run the no huddle offense on the second half and Crompton did his worse. It's got nothing to do with the way we run the offense. This kid cannot lead the team under any circumstance. It's a done deal. It is what it is Vol fans. He will never be consistant during clutch games. However, he is our QB and I'm gonna stand behind him and hope for the best.

utFootBallFanatic writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Bama, Lsu, Ole miss, Aubrun...... all ranked...... all in the sec.... All been ranked at one point this year.... dont need a more tough scedule. That is tuff enuff. Who does Florida play out side the confrence? Troy thats a tuff one.

vols2#227315 writes:

How many more games do we have to loose before he benches crompton? I have seen enough for myself.

jeffk198 writes:

Bad move the defense needs all the rest they can get during the game this move would cut their water break down to 46 seconds

utFootBallFanatic writes:

in response to vols2#227315:

How many more games do we have to loose before he benches crompton? I have seen enough for myself.

Two diffrent coaching staffs have said that crompton was better. Im affraid that stevens is probably worse.... and besides he said crompton was his stater and that he was going to stand behind him if he benches crompton what does that tell recruits.... I bleed orange but our fans have got to quit looking at this season and look at the big picture. We will be good with time. This season is about recruiting thats it. If any vol fan thought we was gna win ten games this year you were crazy..... before the season most fans said they would take 6 or 7 wins this year and that isnt out of reach yet georgia south carolina vanderbilt memphis kentucky are all winnable games. if we can get six reguler season wins and a bowl to give us 7 wins thats a success for year 1 and ill take it. I bet 95 percent of the people callin for kiffins head already have never played organized football in there life

CrankE writes:

How about a No-Crompton offense? (The No-Muddle Offense?)

Before we can tweak, modify, improve, or otherwise adjust our offense, doesn't it first have to be capable? Otherwise isn't all this tweaking, hurry-up, no-huddle stuff....well, like magic dust?

alavol writes:

in response to mdvol:

no-crompton is the answer.

I agree. At least then we would not have to listen to his drivel.
Why does he even get to talk to the press? If he did anything, he earns the right to talk. Otherwise, STFU!

Fossilfiction writes:

It must be late breaking news that Tennessee does not have a good QB. There is no way this is something over one year old. Otherwise it would sound like a broken record.
QB play is not good, running is awesome. That's probably it. No blowouts yet. Wonder what a decent gameday QB will be able to do? We will find out before too much longer.
Never have I pulled for LSU but I have to say that I am this weekend. Some gators need humble pie but I don't think Chavis can stop them. Atleast he couldn't the his last few years at Tennessee.

Vols033 writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Wow, we should hire you then. Problems solved.

HallowedHill writes:

Execution is the problem. It doesn't matter what you call if you can't execute it.

I'm sure others disagree, but I think our play calling is fine, we just need to complete 20-30% more of the passes and hopefully, capitalize on the deep play action passes (for once). That should stretch the defense making the Hardesty / Brown body blows more effective.

Brown is a 'down-hill' runner if I've ever seen one. He's gonna be a great one for UT.

GO VOLS!!

GahLee writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Your an idiot.

You can say what you will, but I'm sure he has seen everything on film from Crompton, not that it really matters cause he sees him in practice and has seen him play 5 games.

Why is it that you constantly have to talk sh%t?

You guys that do nothing but bash are pathetic, your life is so unfulfilled, that the only way that you can get joy is on here and write garbage.

GahLee writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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You should be more worried about moving out of your mom's house than what the Gators or Vols do.

Seriously, you and Delta gotta get lives.

At some point your gonna have to manufacture inspirado.

idrinkorangekoolaid writes:

Trust in Lane and the staff. Do not question them. Kiffin has proven over the years he knows what he's doing.

Go Big Huge Orange!

RockinTop writes:

At the end of the day.....terrible is still terrible. You can fluff up a moment when it was too late and the other team was in prevent defense.....terrible is still terrible....as so many like to say "it is what it is"....

well then say what it is: Crompton is terrible and we need to at the very least try someone else's terrible.....Stephens, Lamaison, Nuke, or anybody else that has played QB.....hell, there is some Freshman listed at QB....let's play him.

I'm tired of watching Crompton hit people in the ear hole one minute then bounce passing the next or spiking it at peoples feet rather than try and make a play....

You can't hurry up terrible.....it will still be terrible.

GahLee writes:

in response to portlandTENNESSEEfan:

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That's because you are blind.

Not sure if some of you just don't know football, or you just have tunnel vision.

You gotta look at the basics, they have stripped this team down to nothing and started completely over.

Here are a couple of improvements that will pay major dividends in the future.

1. Discipline - We are the 5th least penalized team in the nation. Since the new staff we haven't has a player get in trouble with the law. From my understanding, attendance and GPA's are up.

2. Practice - Practice hard, play hard. Everyone has commented on how hard they practice, not only that, they opened up competition. the team has yet to "give up" in a game, they play with more pride and heart than before.

3. The Run - We are running the ball much better than we have in several years, it's not even debatable, we all know how important running the ball is, it's a huge part of the foundation of a good team.

4. Recruiting - Previous staff brought in good talent in the past, but just throwing this out there, a few years ago Marlon Walls was our highest rated prospect. Enough said. No way Fulmer and crew bring in Bryce, Nuke, Teague, Jackson, these guys are going to be a huge part of the future of UT.

So you see, it's way too early to even thinking about looking at the bottom line ( wins and losses ).

Look at the things they have improved, it is the groundwork for the future, with time and a few more recruiting classes they will have better talent in which to really take things to another level.

Everybody just needs to stay true to the university and team that they claim they love.

Go Vols!!!

VOL03_NC writes:

adamleepowell writes:
in response to MVuniv:

Heck..if we were to lose to LSU it will be worth more points than the win over the Vols!

You should be more worried about moving out of your mom's house than what the Gators or Vols do.

Seriously, you and Delta gotta get lives.

At some point your gonna have to manufacture inspirado.
---------
R U Kidding! This is the same troll along with the other three with #s.
13 year old mentality. UF FEARS the KIFFIN!!!

JACK8254 writes:

Jc has proved beyond any doubt that he cant do the job. If it is true that stephens is even worse, whatdoes that say about the future of the 09 season? LK and friends have had 9 months to make this situation better by grabbing a JUCO guy or going to some gimmicks ( See Auburn) or running the G Gun or somefooking thing. I am NOT surprised at JC struggles- I watched him last year and it was PAINFUL. I dont hate him ( well maybe a little) I just want him to hurt the other team as much as ours. Is that too much to ask? He is overmatched and everyone with eyes can see that. LK is in denial or else he has moved into that make-believe world where we are the "best conditioned team in America " Our guys looked tired and winded most of last Saturday. The Tigers were clearly in better shape. Talk is talk and too bad for we Vols , talk does not equal victories.

mytrifecta writes:

in response to JACK8254:

Jc has proved beyond any doubt that he cant do the job. If it is true that stephens is even worse, whatdoes that say about the future of the 09 season? LK and friends have had 9 months to make this situation better by grabbing a JUCO guy or going to some gimmicks ( See Auburn) or running the G Gun or somefooking thing. I am NOT surprised at JC struggles- I watched him last year and it was PAINFUL. I dont hate him ( well maybe a little) I just want him to hurt the other team as much as ours. Is that too much to ask? He is overmatched and everyone with eyes can see that. LK is in denial or else he has moved into that make-believe world where we are the "best conditioned team in America " Our guys looked tired and winded most of last Saturday. The Tigers were clearly in better shape. Talk is talk and too bad for we Vols , talk does not equal victories.

Grasshopper! Young Stephens has not had the chance to prove he's better in a game situation. Tired of hearing about practice. Put the kid in and see what he can do in a game.

Denvervol4life writes:

Crompton far away from center as possible= key to victory

blitzshoot writes:

Put itto the pups Vols! Beat Jawja.

chestnutglade writes:

We go out there and we play whatever coach calls. It is never crapton fault.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to Fossilfiction:

It must be late breaking news that Tennessee does not have a good QB. There is no way this is something over one year old. Otherwise it would sound like a broken record.
QB play is not good, running is awesome. That's probably it. No blowouts yet. Wonder what a decent gameday QB will be able to do? We will find out before too much longer.
Never have I pulled for LSU but I have to say that I am this weekend. Some gators need humble pie but I don't think Chavis can stop them. Atleast he couldn't the his last few years at Tennessee.

Uh...we did alot beter last year than this year defensively against the gators.

And I dont know if you watched the LSU/Georgia game but I hope our D does as good against Georgia as LSU's did.

757vol_fanatic writes:

just give it time boys once LSU beats the Gators...the trolls will quiet down for a week or so....then when UGA takes care of them in J-town they will stay gone for the rest of the season.....

gnm53108 writes:

in response to 757vol_fanatic:

just give it time boys once LSU beats the Gators...the trolls will quiet down for a week or so....then when UGA takes care of them in J-town they will stay gone for the rest of the season.....

Dont get your hopes up.

For about half the trolls its their job.

The other half it's their life.

Moaninglikeheck writes:

in response to idrinkorangekoolaid:

Trust in Lane and the staff. Do not question them. Kiffin has proven over the years he knows what he's doing.

Go Big Huge Orange!

Huh?

This has to be sarcasm.

Well, I guess he HAS proven he knows what he's doing with the ladies if Layla is any indication...but on the field? What has he really proven that can be completely, 100% attributed to him and him alone? A few good QBs and RBs at USC? That wasn't coaching, it was natural talent and recruiting. And the recruiting part isn't exactly an insurmountable mountain to climb at USC. Four and five star athletes TRANSFER from USC to get playing time elsewhere.

What has Lane, to date, actually done? Honestly, I wish him well. I want a great coach at Tennessee. I want championships. Thus far though, not impressed. Not at all.

BDaws writes:

Everyone who keeps wanting Stephens let me remind you 3 of 9 with 2 interceptions against Wyoming!!! STFU and wake the f*** up!

paul5170 writes:

in response to sjt18:

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Aman,watched replay couple times.Most rec. would have caught at least 5 of those passes,I mean man those balles were in their hands(maybe not best of locations)like I said before good rec.he's got to make those plays.Lot of people on this site I dout have even played org. FB.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

in response to HallowedHill:

Execution is the problem. It doesn't matter what you call if you can't execute it.

I'm sure others disagree, but I think our play calling is fine, we just need to complete 20-30% more of the passes and hopefully, capitalize on the deep play action passes (for once). That should stretch the defense making the Hardesty / Brown body blows more effective.

Brown is a 'down-hill' runner if I've ever seen one. He's gonna be a great one for UT.

GO VOLS!!

The playcalling is terrible and predictable. First and goal against both UCLA and Auburn and UT can't even get a receiver open and running plays only shrunk the field.

If Kiffin could call redzone plays, UT would be 4-1.

As an offensive coordinator, Lane is a great recruiter.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Should not have any trouble running the ball in an up tempo offense. We have plenty of great running backs. That will really make the Defense tierd! Pounding the rock Faster then a few quick passes then a sideline pass then a bust up the middle. The down side is it could put our D back on the field quicker if it does not work. That is a big negative. Go Vols and support CLK!

UTsloV writes:

At the rate this bunch finds the endzone, the last thing they want to do is try a hurry-up offense. They need to burn as much clock as they can and hope for a miracle at the end of the game. The Barners defense is not as good as the next two we will see.

UTsloV writes:

The last thing they need to do is get in a hurry. At the rate this bunch finds the endzone, they need to burn as much clock as they can. And hope for a micacle at the end of the game. The Barner D is not near as good as the next two we have to face. Although Georgia did give up 41 to the Hogs. However Arkansas plays offense WITH a QB.

MusicCityVol writes:

www.checkerboardchatter.blogspot.com

jimr07 writes:

When we recruited him, we had gone to a no-huddle deal and to me, he’s better in that situation. Obviously I don’t coach there, it’s not my choice or my decision, but I think just from watching it, it looked like he was more comfortable there.”
this is what everybodies hero had to say about crompton.

MidwestVol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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What a stupid post. With an average QB, average QB, we are 4-1 and potentially 5-0. With a good QB, we are definitely 5-0 with potentially the top ranked defense in the nation. There is nothing wrong with Kiffin's play calling, just his selection at QB. Beside, there are a couple of really good NFL teams from Indianapolis and Foxboro that run a lot of shutgun formations.

jimr07 writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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Reality will not go over with the naysayers. You are absolutely right. Most thought we were going 10-2 or at worst, 9-3. Lane will get it done. Takes time as you say.

midtnfan writes:

in response to idrinkorangekoolaid:

Trust in Lane and the staff. Do not question them. Kiffin has proven over the years he knows what he's doing.

Go Big Huge Orange!

WHAT?

TommyJack writes:

in response to myfollower#555763:

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True. And you haven't even seen him at his finest.

BruceLane writes:

I have enjoyed reading posts now for many years. This is my first. I grew up in "God's Country...ie Tennessee and can remember sitting
under the giant O in VOLS with my grandfather watching Condredge Holloway spin his magic.I have watched every UT game possible my entire life. I moved to Florida over 30 years ago but UT orange runs in my veins. Its tough living in enemy territory !! I am a HS coach with 30 years experience. Nuff about me. My thoughts are this:
I truky liked and respected Fulmer, but the time had come and the game had passed him by to some degree. Kiffen deserves a chance to make a go of it and 5 games is no barometer.They ARE more organized. They DO play harder. There IS hope once the talent level is raised. Maybe he is right guy, maybe not, but he deserves a chance. You folks out there need to be positive and support the program through good times and bad. Nasty and rude comments towards coaches past and present and 18-21 year old kids/adults only shows a lack of class. Get a life folks, no one wants UT win more than this old coach, but it is JUST A GAME !! Now.....lets focus on sending the Bulldogs home with their tails bewteen their legs, sniffing in the air wondering what UPS truck nailed them on Saturday. Go Big Orange.
PS-Witch Doctor...you are the coolest bro. Keep on keeping on

jimr07 writes:

in response to midtnfan:

WHAT?

Middle Tennessee State Teachers College looked so good against Troy. I see why he is so proud.

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