Vols offense trying to do 'whatever works'

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney talks with quarterback Matt Simms (2) before the second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 at Neyland Stadium.

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Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney talks with quarterback Matt Simms (2) before the second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 at Neyland Stadium.

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Before Tennessee's game against LSU, one week after it struggled to do much of anything with efficiency against UAB, quarterback Matt Simms and the rest of the Vols offense weren't in a position to question anything offensive coordinator Jim Chaney threw their way.

The Wishbone? Statue of Liberty? Fumblerooski? Simms was open for anything.

"Whatever to get the job done," he said. "Whatever works, works."

The changes weren't that dramatic against the Tigers, but there were plenty of wrinkles. UT's offense spread the field for a few plays, Simms and tailback Tauren Poole ran the Vols' version of the option - the one where Simms pitches it no matter what - and they even ditched the huddle on one series.

It wasn't the high-flying, spread attack similar to what Hal Mumme used to run at Kentucky, or what Gus Malzahn runs at Auburn now, but it was enough to catch LSU just a little off guard.

"We were excited about it because I feel like it was going to get the defense tired and just hit some holes a little bit," Poole said. "That's what we did against LSU and I think we're going to continue just to thrive on that, move the ball faster and as best as we can."

Center Darin Gooch said the offensive adjustments weren't tough to comprehend. It was just like running a 2-minute drill, only in the middle of the game, he said.

Simms wouldn't divulge whether the no-huddle was back in this week's game plan, or if any other new looks would be flashed Saturday at Georgia.

"It was kind of something that we did well against LSU and something that we wanted to expose in them," he said. "Maybe we'll come back to it in the future, but it's good for us because each week we've kind of done something different on offense and it makes it that much tougher for teams to prepare for us."

Lincoln Logged Down: Coach Derek Dooley said senior kicker Daniel Lincoln would likely miss his second consecutive game Saturday with an injured quadriceps.

True freshman Michael Palardy will handle field goal attempts, extra points and kickoffs "unless something crazy happens," Dooley said.

"If Daniel doesn't come out tomorrow and he's 100 percent, I won't kick him," Dooley said.

Palardy made both of his extra-point attempts and missed his only field-goal attempt against LSU, sailing a 45-yard attempt wide right in the third quarter.

Thomas Update: Left tackle Dallas Thomas is still "day to day" with a nagging ankle injury, Dooley said, and his status likely will be determined close to game time.

"A little younger Fred Sanford today, probably in the 40s," Dooley said, referring to the 1970s TV character who walked with a characteristic limp. "We've got to get him down to the 20s."

Early Risers: Dooley said the Vols had "mental energy issues" when they kicked off early against UAB late last month. To adjust, he's taking advantage of UT's fall break and moving today's practice to the same time as Saturday's 12:21 p.m. kickoff.

UT typically begins its Thursday practice at 4 p.m.

"With the early kick, we didn't sustain it very well the first time," Dooley said. "It will give us good recovery, more recovery up until kickoff so hopefully that will help us out too. Little more meeting time, too."

Dooley said he wouldn't adjust the time of UT's Friday walk-through, which is typically held in the morning on road weekends.

The Weatherman: Wide receiver Gerald Jones has a newfound talent these days, one that came as a result of metal screws being inserted into his hand to repair a broken bone.

He can accurately predict the weather.

"When it gets cold or when it gets rainy, you can start telling when it's coming," he said. "My grandma ... her arthritis would start hurting and she'd tell you it was about to rain, and it would every time."

Asked to predict the weekend's weather at Georgia, Jones laughed.

"Cold," he said.

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Volsfan94 writes:

Hope vols win this weekend. We have gone down far the past 3 years and im ready to get back up top the SEC

lomas98 writes:

in response to naffy:

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Yes, we heard you the first time you posted that in another article.

wazzya69vol writes:

I'm not judging Daniel Lincoln as a person, don't know him, but as a player, no consistency! He's sure Navy Seal material-----NOT! Jeff Hall, we neeeed you.Go Big Orange; we'll be there.

mdvol writes:

I predict the offense scores 2 TD's, special teams pops one and the defense gets one!

Vols 28-13!

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

mytrifecta writes:

I love the no huddle. With the inexperience and youth we have...the less time they have to think in the huddle...the better. Plus, before the last 30 seconds of last weeks game we had 1 penalty for 5 yards...so this plan seems to suit them.

NoSirRee writes:

in response to mdvol:

I predict the offense scores 2 TD's, special teams pops one and the defense gets one!

Vols 28-13!

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

Seems the me that the only person that's going to be surprised after the Alabama game is you.

wjr2b2 writes:

Memo to Offense:

Please throw some quick slants, screens, and run a couple draws. Taking 5 & 7 step drops with an offensive line that has 2 freshman, 1 sophmore, and a juco center might not be the brightest idea.

mercuryvol writes:

For the naysayers that have been around lately,CDD is basically dealing with an advanced high school team. For that reason alone,I believe we are seeing straightfoward offensive play selection.With time,IMO Coach Chaney begins to show a more sophisticated offensive set.Until that time(probably the middle of next season)it's foolish to look for otherwise.

Volchief writes:

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mercuryvol writes:

in response to mdvol:

I predict the offense scores 2 TD's, special teams pops one and the defense gets one!

Vols 28-13!

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

Keep up the optimism,MD.Win or lose I know you're a REAL VOL.This team has already pleasantly surprised me and a few others and I'll still rather lose in ORANGE than win in any other color.

TommyJack writes:

in response to NegativeBillSportsAnimal:

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Zero chance

12Hours writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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Absolutely correct that David Keith means nothing with regard to AD.

First, the AD job is not open.
Second, the university just gave Hamilton an excellent evaluation.
Third, anyone who knows anything about today's business world knows that former coaches are no longer seen as good ADs. College sports is now big business and as such, business men are being hired as ADs.
Just look at the ADs around the country.

Volfan51 writes:

Coach Dooley will turn this ship around, but we have to be patient given the cards he was dealt. Folks, this will be a long year and a lot of young guys are getting a ton of experience which will pay future dividens. Give CDD and his staff time to recruit and coach and things will get better.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

Seems the me that the only person that's going to be surprised after the Alabama game is you.

No Md isn't the only one that could be surprised about the Al game. I for one will be very happy if we can hang with Bama for a full game. I hope like heck we can upset the tide but i watched them play a couple of time this year, we need depth to even come close to that team.

Slystone writes:

in response to NegativeBillSportsAnimal:

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That would be a terible choice. Charles Davis for AD would be much better.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to tweetdriver63#346474:

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Wrong yourself. Naffy will not be the head troll if Lostball catches him near the pond at the golf course.

PEYDAY writes:

in response to mercuryvol:

For the naysayers that have been around lately,CDD is basically dealing with an advanced high school team. For that reason alone,I believe we are seeing straightfoward offensive play selection.With time,IMO Coach Chaney begins to show a more sophisticated offensive set.Until that time(probably the middle of next season)it's foolish to look for otherwise.

Thats good because for the last two minutes of the LSU game he looked like a high school coach! I like DD and think he has the makings of a good coach but that was as badly coached last two minutes of a game as I have ever seen. Hopefully they have learned and recovered and are ready come Saturday! Go Vols!

jbvol04 writes:

in response to wjr2b2:

Memo to Offense:

Please throw some quick slants, screens, and run a couple draws. Taking 5 & 7 step drops with an offensive line that has 2 freshman, 1 sophmore, and a juco center might not be the brightest idea.

I totally agree. Why not try a quick slant with a shorter pass, rather than the quick out that has worked about 5 out 50 times that we have tried it?

volpreacher writes:

Why don't we try hiring some of you guys to coach since you know so much. NOT !!!!

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Wrong yourself. Naffy will not be the head troll if Lostball catches him near the pond at the golf course.

Lostballnhigh weeds was banned from here quite awhile back for a posting a comparison of a mighty croc-o-dile to the average Alley-Gator.
He may well be hangin' close to the nineteenth hole for all I know.

slipshuck writes:

after the way vince dooley was forced out at uga for damon evans....brilliant move.....i dont think coach dooley feels that much alliegence to uga...his only connection to uga is he went to law school there...and i know for a fact that barbara dooley is pissed...i dont think he would leave tenn if uga offered....

WinkeyVol writes:

It never fails to happen. Every time Tennessee loses to a rival or gets almost upset by a no name these idiots pull out their jerseys and wear them to the mall or where ever trying to stir up phooey up here in East Tennessee. Couple of weeks ago I saw 3 idiots parading through the Mall wearing UAB jerseys.They all 3 looked brand new. I hope they're chokin on 'em tonight.I see a lot of Florida banners hanging from front porches that were not there before the ballgame too.

gnm53108 writes:

Just score more damn points than the dawgs....dont care how.

nola_vol writes:

in response to wjr2b2:

Memo to Offense:

Please throw some quick slants, screens, and run a couple draws. Taking 5 & 7 step drops with an offensive line that has 2 freshman, 1 sophmore, and a juco center might not be the brightest idea.

You'd be surprised how dependent quick slants are on the O-line doing some sophisticated pre-snap reads and adjustments after the snap.

Not only must there be perfect timing between the receiver (in relation to the D-back) and the quarterback, the line must also have created an open passing lane in the right place at the exact crucial moment.

It also helps to have established deep threats--and established deep threat line protection--to keep those corners yielding some space to the receivers.

But maybe next year...

nola_vol writes:

in response to wazzya69vol:

I'm not judging Daniel Lincoln as a person, don't know him, but as a player, no consistency! He's sure Navy Seal material-----NOT! Jeff Hall, we neeeed you.Go Big Orange; we'll be there.

Not sure what point you're groping for here, but if it's that Lincoln should be man enough to play through his quad injury... then you'd probably criticize a right-handed golfer for not "playing through" a cut on the inside of his left pinkie or a pulled ab muscle.

Kicking is a finesse skill like golf. Muscle injuries, even if they're not painful, nevertheless effect the timing of the "swing"... which is pretty much everything at that position.

Let the now-kicker heal completely and give your future-kicker exposure to SEC prep & gameday experiences. If you're a coach stuck in a rebuilding year, get the most out of it for your players.

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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Take a self defense course and don't let them beat you. Or maybe call a cop when they start swinging.

rudy123 writes:

in response to Slystone:

That would be a terible choice. Charles Davis for AD would be much better.

Heath Shuler for A.D. would be better!

MilitaryBrat writes:

in response to naffy:

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Then when are you going to "Let Go" of your "issues"?

OrangePride writes:

My weather prediction for Saturday is cool and occasional raining footballs. I expect both teams to go downfield on their throws more than they have previously. BUT, Tennessee with Poole and a better run game, will set those longer throws up more effectively. My feeling is that the Tennessee offense is due for a breakout game and this is the PERFECT time for it. GO VOLS!!

vol88 writes:

in response to nola_vol:

Not sure what point you're groping for here, but if it's that Lincoln should be man enough to play through his quad injury... then you'd probably criticize a right-handed golfer for not "playing through" a cut on the inside of his left pinkie or a pulled ab muscle.

Kicking is a finesse skill like golf. Muscle injuries, even if they're not painful, nevertheless effect the timing of the "swing"... which is pretty much everything at that position.

Let the now-kicker heal completely and give your future-kicker exposure to SEC prep & gameday experiences. If you're a coach stuck in a rebuilding year, get the most out of it for your players.

Excellent point.

I'm surprised more posters don't pull their quads in here jumping to conclusions and flying off the handle.

finn writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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That was the first time anything surrounded negative bill has been remotely entertaining. Nice post pl3! btw, Sports animal, every time you let Bill through the phone lines, I change the station.

hikerdude writes:

in response to wjr2b2:

Memo to Offense:

Please throw some quick slants, screens, and run a couple draws. Taking 5 & 7 step drops with an offensive line that has 2 freshman, 1 sophmore, and a juco center might not be the brightest idea.

You must not have seen the early games. On slant routes,Simms threw the ball behind the receiver 90% of the time.

finn writes:

in response to PEYDAY:

Thats good because for the last two minutes of the LSU game he looked like a high school coach! I like DD and think he has the makings of a good coach but that was as badly coached last two minutes of a game as I have ever seen. Hopefully they have learned and recovered and are ready come Saturday! Go Vols!

I guess that was the first time you've seen LSU play. I agree we should have won but CDD has nothing on Miles when it comes to clock management.

Gorillas1 writes:

in response to volpreacher:

Why don't we try hiring some of you guys to coach since you know so much. NOT !!!!

AMEN Brother!

volguy25 writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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So are you somehow implying that UGA is a better job than UT? hahahaha YEAH RIGHT

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to NegativeBillSportsAnimal:

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great, I hope it happens. He deserves the job.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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You sound like a fifth grader.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

Lostballnhigh weeds was banned from here quite awhile back for a posting a comparison of a mighty croc-o-dile to the average Alley-Gator.
He may well be hangin' close to the nineteenth hole for all I know.

Yes Thanks. I do remember that now, But once you're pushing that 8.. Err 35 mark you become a little forgetful.I'm high for this Saturday but I don't think if is going to be easy. Ga is going to be out for Blood.

jimr07 writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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You cannot prove that we were turned by anybody. in fact, you have no idea to whom the job was offered. many made statements that they were not interested but that does not mean they were offered. or , do you have a lot of inside information to share with us? i doubt that.

mercyseat writes:

in response to wazzya69vol:

I'm not judging Daniel Lincoln as a person, don't know him, but as a player, no consistency! He's sure Navy Seal material-----NOT! Jeff Hall, we neeeed you.Go Big Orange; we'll be there.

No intestinal fortitude for some others as well!

mercyseat writes:

in response to mdvol:

I predict the offense scores 2 TD's, special teams pops one and the defense gets one!

Vols 28-13!

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

mdvol PLEASEEEEE... SHUT UP!!!! You have said that every single game! lay off the koolade and just shut up!

mercyseat writes:

in response to nola_vol:

Not sure what point you're groping for here, but if it's that Lincoln should be man enough to play through his quad injury... then you'd probably criticize a right-handed golfer for not "playing through" a cut on the inside of his left pinkie or a pulled ab muscle.

Kicking is a finesse skill like golf. Muscle injuries, even if they're not painful, nevertheless effect the timing of the "swing"... which is pretty much everything at that position.

Let the now-kicker heal completely and give your future-kicker exposure to SEC prep & gameday experiences. If you're a coach stuck in a rebuilding year, get the most out of it for your players.

Yeah, even if daniel says he's ok, DONT PUT HIS SORRY AZZ IN AGAINST ALABAMA! If he does then, he'll have hell to pay from some of these fans!

Mobbdeep4life writes:

in response to Volfan51:

Coach Dooley will turn this ship around, but we have to be patient given the cards he was dealt. Folks, this will be a long year and a lot of young guys are getting a ton of experience which will pay future dividens. Give CDD and his staff time to recruit and coach and things will get better.

Great post. We do have to be patient.

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