Matt Simms was his worst critic.
And the Tennessee quarterback didn't get much argument from his coach.
By his own admission, the first day for Simms as the clear-cut favorite to win the starting job and take over the Vols offense also was his worst, turning in another rough outing during the second scrimmage of the spring at Neyland Stadium.
And though UT coach Derek Dooley was in agreement with the harsh reviews, the struggles aren't likely to change his depth chart - which might be out of necessity as much as anything after he lost the other top candidate for the gig on Thursday when Nick Stephens left the program.
"Of course, I haven't watched the film and I'm not quick to judge, but I would agree with Matt," Dooley said. "I think that was a good assessment of him. He looked a little anxious, wasn't as accurate as I know he wants to be, so we'll look at the film and see why and go to the next day.
"We don't make judgments on one practice, and he's been progressing very well for 10 practices, really shown improvement every practice, and he probably hit a little dip today. There won't be any stories, and I don't expect Matt to want to transfer on Monday."
Assuming Simms doesn't, he should head into the final week of spring practice as the de facto leader in the quarterback race.
The junior hasn't been great in either scrimmage according to statistics provided to the media by UT, and his 8-for-25, 110-yard effort with a touchdown and an interception on Saturday certainly wasn't enough by itself to help him win the job outright.
But with Stephens out of the picture and true freshman Tyler Bray probably not ready physically to compete in the SEC, it would likely take a lot worse for him to lose it.
"You know, this was our last real scrimmage," Simms said. "The Orange and White game (next Saturday) is a scrimmage, but it's more of a show, really. I wanted to do well today, wanted to finish strong, started slow but I'm just going to keep getting better.
"As it went on, I definitely feel like I finished strong. I'm just a little disappointed in myself for the way I started out. I just talked to (offensive coordinator Jim) Chaney about it, and I was telling him that I started off bad, and he was like, 'Did you? Because I already forgot about it.' And he was like, 'That's what you need to do, too.' I said, 'Yep, you're right.' That's just something I'll work on for the future."
The work-in-progress Vols collectively have lots of issues to work through right now, so another uneven scrimmage didn't send Dooley scrambling for answers or showing any signs of panic.
He's somewhat unsettled on special teams, needs to find more depth at defensive line, work out some kinks with penalties and substitution issues and find more consistency from the running game.
And, of course, UT needs to find an offensive line capable of protecting the quarterback, and it's still shuffling though four guys at center just trying to find somebody to get him the ball in the first place.
Throw in an injury to receiver Gerald Jones and the Vols had no trouble coming up with justifications for Simms' struggles, even if they'd obviously prefer not to need them.
"We didn't have Gerald Jones out there, and that hurts us because he's going to be a real steady, go-to guy," Dooley said. "That probably hurt Matt a little bit, but we did see some good things out of Denarius Moore and Luke Stocker. Luke made a couple of big plays, and we're going to need him to make a bunch of big plays, and Denarius has an ability to stretch the field.
"We had two long ones that we just missed on. The first play of the game he double-moves, and wide open we overshot him. It's those little things, you've got to take advantage of those opportunities."
Simms didn't do it with the spotlight focused almost entirely on him.
But barring another surprise, his worst day shouldn't be his last at the top of the UT depth chart.