John Adams: Vols still in October form

Game recap: Tennessee 7, Arkansas 49

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The temperature and foliage were suitable for October. So was Tennessee's performance Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The Vols didn't look much different on the second Saturday of November than they did in losing four consecutive SEC games in October. And the eighth-ranked Razorbacks were more than capable of capitalizing on UT's wide range of shortcomings in a 49-7 victory.

While the results were October-like, the game was altogether different from the drubbings administered by No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Alabama. The latest venture into the top 10 was even more embarrassing.

The Vols' lack of effort was as obvious as their lack of talent in the second half in which the Razorbacks scored 28 unanswered points, often with ridiculous ease.

The Tide and Tigers took a more methodical approach in 38-7 and 37-6 victories last month. The Razorbacks played as though they were auditioning for SportsCenter.

Joe Adams will have no trouble making it. But don't give him all the credit for a spectacular 60-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

Remember all the damage Florida kick returner Brandon James once inflicted on the Vols? Even he never made them look this bad.

More than half the UT defense had a shot at Adams within about a 10-yard range. Back and forth he ran, practically taunting the would-be tacklers, all of whom eventually fell by the wayside as Adams raced down the sideline to the roaring approval of the crowd.

That wasn't the only play in which the talent gap was magnified.

The Vols threatened to make a game of it for a half. Sound familiar?

They had the ball for more than twice as long as Arkansas. They also had three more first downs and 46 more yards passing than the best passing team in the SEC.

But even in the best of times, they probably didn't trick anyone into thinking they would be competitive against a top-10 team for 60 minutes. If they had, Arkansas could have quickly dispelled such a notion.

UT didn't have a receiver like Adams or a passer like Tyler Wilson, who hooked up on a 40-yard, third-quarter touchdown that was worthy of the NFL Network.

Nor did it have a running back the caliber of Dennis Johnson, who appeared faster and stronger than anyone on UT's defense when he ran 71 and 15 yards for touchdowns. Not bad for a backup.

Johnson became the starter when All-SEC running back Knile Davis suffered a season-ending injury in preseason. He now has averaged almost 100 yards per game rushing for the last four games.

UT couldn't compete with that caliber of running. And it couldn't compete with Arkansas' energy in the second half.

It's nothing unusual for these Vols to be outplayed in the second half. In fact, it's expected.

But this second-half collapse was more blatant and more discouraging for a fan base weary of the team's lack of competitiveness against the SEC's better teams.

Broderick Green, Arkansas' third-string running back, had a 40-yard run before catching a 10-yard pass and hurdling a defender for his team's sixth touchdown. De'Anthony Curtis, a fourth-string tailback, scored the seventh touchdown on a 26-yard run.

The Vols practically ushered their opponent into the end zone on the last two touchdowns. Their letdown wouldn't have been more obvious if they had waved a white flag.

Conspiracy theorists in the Tennessee crowd might wonder if there was a method to the second-half mishaps.

UT plays in-state rival Vanderbilt on Saturday. Maybe its goal was to make the Commodores overconfident.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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bUTchVFL writes:

This loss tonight wasn't about injuries or playing a top 10 team. This is one of the worst coached games I have ever seen. Nothing made sense. The gameplan looked like something i drew up in my backyard There is no way this team beats Vandy or Kentucky.

vol64 writes:

A matter of fact, tell it like it summation of the Vols performance, which can, in IMO, be described in one word as "disgusting".

LibertyVolance writes:

Defenders falling by the wayside, John? That's apt for the entire team this season. Falling by the wayside.

dtennessee#235123 writes:

Dooley has no business being a head coach at an SEC school. He is clearly in way over his head. He looks clueless and his teams plays clueless.

What kind of an idiot wears street shoes to coach a football game?

BustaRhymes writes:

Hey John - you and I met in HoundDogs just days before Dooley was named coach. I was lobbying to get you to go on the air and campaign to bring in Mike Leach - you said that UT would make a more conservative move - and gave me a list of names that included Dooley's...

So my question is... could we possibly go after Mike Leach now? Have things gotten bad enough that we're willing to take a chance on a guy that's won in Lubbock, Texas (one of the few places in college football tougher to recruit to than Knoxville, TN)?

How about an article advocating at least consideration of Mr. Leach?

Just think how much fun your job would be if Coach Leach was walking the sidelines in Knoxville!!!

VOLunTEAR writes:

It's not the LOSING that hurts so much about "rebuilding". It's the total failure to COMPETE and the absolute lack of PROGRESS. This kind of loss is unacceptable for an SEC team (unless you're Kentucky).

ScottEmge writes:

in response to BustaRhymes:

Hey John - you and I met in HoundDogs just days before Dooley was named coach. I was lobbying to get you to go on the air and campaign to bring in Mike Leach - you said that UT would make a more conservative move - and gave me a list of names that included Dooley's...

So my question is... could we possibly go after Mike Leach now? Have things gotten bad enough that we're willing to take a chance on a guy that's won in Lubbock, Texas (one of the few places in college football tougher to recruit to than Knoxville, TN)?

How about an article advocating at least consideration of Mr. Leach?

Just think how much fun your job would be if Coach Leach was walking the sidelines in Knoxville!!!

Dave Hart should be on the phone today offering Mike Leach whatever he wants to get him here. Dooley cannot be given another year to damage the program even more.

arkyvol writes:

the so called talent gap is a mirage. look at the recruiting rankings for the last four years. not once has arkansas come close to out recruiting the vols. yeah, i know we've had some busts, but so have the hogs. the difference is in coaching, pure and simple. when petrino came here, he had far less to work with than dooley has, but i don't remember one time his first team got throttled like the vols did. they lost, but they didn't look like they didn't know what they were doing or didn't care. say that about the vols with a straight face. and tell me again about which of the two teams doesn't belong in the southeastern conference.

Classof72 writes:

I'm embarrassed for the fine former players like Tim Priest who have to watch this stuff. It's OK to be badly beaten; it's not OK to quit during the game.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

and of course johnboy is still in know nothing form,wish you would get a flippin life

jone8191#247590 writes:

This team is a a bad joke that has been inflicted on Vol fans everywhere. I don't see next year any better and I am I the only one who is getting tired of the endless litany of excuses? ....16 freshmen plaing, Justin Hunter, Tyler Bray, tough schedule, it gets old ya know?. It is not supposed to be like that. And the team should send kudos to Adams for not being any harder on them that he was.

powert#205805 writes:

in response to ScottEmge:

Dave Hart should be on the phone today offering Mike Leach whatever he wants to get him here. Dooley cannot be given another year to damage the program even more.

I don't think Leach should be the choice, but giving Dooley another year would be like re-electing Obama.

TNboy72 writes:

I get that we are rebuilding, are young, lack depth and have several injuries, but my issue with this team is a seemingly lack of competitiveness and discipline. Simple discipline would at least keep some of these games from being so embarrassing.

russahouse writes:

Play well or win these last two games or there will be BIG changes. Maybe not this year but next year unless a miracle occurs. I expect Mr. Hart to hire a proven/prominent coach just like they did at his last employer! Until now, UT had never been 0-6 in the SEC...

teedub writes:

In spite of youth, lack of talent, injuries, etc., this team should still be showing signs of progress. That's what well coached teams do. This team is actually getting worse.

DC_Vol2011 writes:

For those posting "Dooley is terrible" or "CDD needs to go" comments, you need both perspective and therapy. Coach Dooley did not cause the mess the Vol program is currently in. If anything, he has done an incredible job just to keep it from getting worse.

Last night's loss was extremely painful and difficult to watch, and not what any Vol fan is used to watching. But college football is cyclical, and every great program has gone through extended periods of mediocre play. Combine the cyclical nature of the sport with what transpired at UT during the 3 years before Coach Dooley arrived, and add to that the fact that the SEC is stronger than it has ever been, and you have the perfect storm.

I continue to maintain that Coach Dooley is not only the right guy for the job, but also the perfect fit for the program. The coordinators run the team, and it is definitely up for argument and debate if they should be replaced at some point. But Dooley is the perfect fit for the UT Head Coach position. I implore fans to look at this from a leadership perspective, not an emotional one.

Coach K at Duke is about to break the all-time wins record in men's division I sports. He thanked the school president and AD at the time for standing by him during his first 3 years when they won a total of 38 games. That's about 13 games a year. Translated into football-speak, that's about 4-5 wins a year. He came into a mess, and for the first 3 years it didn't get any better.

Coach K was a guy that Duke took a risk on and stood by him through difficult years. He had played for and coached with Bobby Knight, but that's all the administration knew about him. The Coach K "then" was not the Coach K "now." He was really a nobody with no proven track record to predict future success. But the school stood by him because they believed in his process and in the way he represented not only himself and the program, but the entire university. Today, 903 wins and 4 national titles later, he is possibly the greatest men's basketball coach of all time.

I bring this up to remind us that any extended period of winning at high competitive levels in college sports can only be achieved if a solid foundation is set, and if a process is followed. The foundation must be laid with great detail. In times of great difficulty, and when there is no hard evidence of progress, the administration must stand with the builder they believe in because they know what the house will look like once the most critical piece of the project is completed.

Setting a solid foundation is slow, labor-intensive, boring, unglamorous, and just plain tedious. Patience can often run thin. People will walk by and shout, “just build the damn house already, enough of this!” But without it, the house cannot be built.

murrayvol writes:

in response to bUTchVFL:

This loss tonight wasn't about injuries or playing a top 10 team. This is one of the worst coached games I have ever seen. Nothing made sense. The gameplan looked like something i drew up in my backyard There is no way this team beats Vandy or Kentucky.

They'll beat Kentucky.

OrangePride writes:

Since I didn't see our report card, here's mine:

QUARTERBACKS: C-, Some throws on the money, but overall mediocre toss and catch plays just never materialized.
RECEIVERS: C, some decent catches in traffic, but no one really stepped up and made plays that would make a difference.
RUNNING BACKS: C, a few bright spots, but again an overall undwhelming performance with no one having any significant success.
OL: C, above average pass protection, but as usual, no real running lanes or short yardage success.
DL: F. We stopped no one, including the fourth string tailbacks. Occassional pressure was too little, too late, too bad, too sad!
LB: F. Ditto the above.
DB: F-. Coleman with another disasterous performance and giving up on a play. Open receivers all over the place. Except for some misthrows, the numbers could have been worse
SPECIAL TEAMS: F--. Besides 12 and 20 yard punts, helpless breakdowns, missed tackles, etc, the kicking game is beyond embarrassing.
COACHING: F. That's right. You score 7 and give up 49? That's an F! This team was not ready and your foolhardy fake plays only exaggerate the problem!
OVERALL: F. It was about the worst game I've seen a Tennessee football team play in a very long time....perhaps ever.

born2ride writes:

The Vols were outscored 124-20 by Arkansas, LSU and Bama.

We lost 3 big TV games by over 100 points.

Embarrassing and inexcusable for any coach at UT.

OrangePride writes:

in response to DC_Vol2011:

For those posting "Dooley is terrible" or "CDD needs to go" comments, you need both perspective and therapy. Coach Dooley did not cause the mess the Vol program is currently in. If anything, he has done an incredible job just to keep it from getting worse.

Last night's loss was extremely painful and difficult to watch, and not what any Vol fan is used to watching. But college football is cyclical, and every great program has gone through extended periods of mediocre play. Combine the cyclical nature of the sport with what transpired at UT during the 3 years before Coach Dooley arrived, and add to that the fact that the SEC is stronger than it has ever been, and you have the perfect storm.

I continue to maintain that Coach Dooley is not only the right guy for the job, but also the perfect fit for the program. The coordinators run the team, and it is definitely up for argument and debate if they should be replaced at some point. But Dooley is the perfect fit for the UT Head Coach position. I implore fans to look at this from a leadership perspective, not an emotional one.

Coach K at Duke is about to break the all-time wins record in men's division I sports. He thanked the school president and AD at the time for standing by him during his first 3 years when they won a total of 38 games. That's about 13 games a year. Translated into football-speak, that's about 4-5 wins a year. He came into a mess, and for the first 3 years it didn't get any better.

Coach K was a guy that Duke took a risk on and stood by him through difficult years. He had played for and coached with Bobby Knight, but that's all the administration knew about him. The Coach K "then" was not the Coach K "now." He was really a nobody with no proven track record to predict future success. But the school stood by him because they believed in his process and in the way he represented not only himself and the program, but the entire university. Today, 903 wins and 4 national titles later, he is possibly the greatest men's basketball coach of all time.

I bring this up to remind us that any extended period of winning at high competitive levels in college sports can only be achieved if a solid foundation is set, and if a process is followed. The foundation must be laid with great detail. In times of great difficulty, and when there is no hard evidence of progress, the administration must stand with the builder they believe in because they know what the house will look like once the most critical piece of the project is completed.

Setting a solid foundation is slow, labor-intensive, boring, unglamorous, and just plain tedious. Patience can often run thin. People will walk by and shout, “just build the damn house already, enough of this!” But without it, the house cannot be built.

All well and good DC.....but I'm not ready to throw CDD in the same heap with Coach K at this point. It is too early to come to a final decision on Dooley and, in spite of last night and the dismal season so far, he deserves another year to see if we have things moving in a positive direction. As for your "building" metaphore; if I've contracted for a building and I walk around and see lousy foundation work, cracked blocks, and sloppy cement work, SOMEBODY on that crew better get fired!! If none of those guys get the ax, then the GC is getting fired. Capice, padrone?

firetst#220411 writes:

I hope Dooley is a better lawyer than he is a coach. His family may have to move back in with Dad.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Maybe Tennessee is not on steroids and other teams are.

Checkerboardbro writes:

We played 24 freshmen against the #8 team in the country. How is it we don't have less talent than Arky? We lost a full group of juniors and seniors and were only able to fill the roster to a complete team until this class. Remember we are limited on how many recruits we can take a year, and we couldn't fill up a bus last year. How anyone can talk like we have the same talent as all the top 10 teams we have played is beyond me! Top 15 recruiting classes are great, if they stay on the team, if they stay out of jail, if they stay off dope, and if they develop and mature on the field. We lost the majority of two classes before Dooley's first class showed up. Let be realistic people. Expecting this team to beat the top teams in the SEC, which happen to be the top teams nationally is not only dumb, it is irrational. It was well documented by many that the process would take at the minimum three years, and we hate our coaching staff after 2?!

teedub writes:

in response to Checkerboardbro:

We played 24 freshmen against the #8 team in the country. How is it we don't have less talent than Arky? We lost a full group of juniors and seniors and were only able to fill the roster to a complete team until this class. Remember we are limited on how many recruits we can take a year, and we couldn't fill up a bus last year. How anyone can talk like we have the same talent as all the top 10 teams we have played is beyond me! Top 15 recruiting classes are great, if they stay on the team, if they stay out of jail, if they stay off dope, and if they develop and mature on the field. We lost the majority of two classes before Dooley's first class showed up. Let be realistic people. Expecting this team to beat the top teams in the SEC, which happen to be the top teams nationally is not only dumb, it is irrational. It was well documented by many that the process would take at the minimum three years, and we hate our coaching staff after 2?!

I dont think Vol fans expect to see wins against these top teams, but they do expect to see some improvement from week to week. It still looks like week 1 with miscues, missed assignments, and an overall lack of football acumen. That's the rub. Those things are all coachable, yet still missing on this team.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to born2ride:

The Vols were outscored 124-20 by Arkansas, LSU and Bama.

We lost 3 big TV games by over 100 points.

Embarrassing and inexcusable for any coach at UT.

TOO funny but well deserved

Pullingguard writes:

in response to powert#205805:

I don't think Leach should be the choice, but giving Dooley another year would be like re-electing Obama.

Both of those things will probably happen..

willaustin writes:

I know this is not a major observation but why is Dooley writing notes every time something bad happens? Can't a student assistant on the other end of the headset write this stuff down?

He needs to be talking to people, or better yet yelling at folks. It's as if Dooley is making notes on how to be a better coach. I went back and watched some of CVD's games at Georgia when he was getting beaten and he's running up to players and chewing some butt.

I like CDD's philosophy of building character, but his game time decision making is horrendous. I'm really beginning to think CDD was a really good assistant, but just not cut out to be a head coach.

willaustin writes:

in response to Jeff_Hall_VFL:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

LOL.. In other news I heard this guys Dad was posting things on GVX under the name Richard_Roundtree.. Shameless self promotion never gets old.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to BustaRhymes:

Hey John - you and I met in HoundDogs just days before Dooley was named coach. I was lobbying to get you to go on the air and campaign to bring in Mike Leach - you said that UT would make a more conservative move - and gave me a list of names that included Dooley's...

So my question is... could we possibly go after Mike Leach now? Have things gotten bad enough that we're willing to take a chance on a guy that's won in Lubbock, Texas (one of the few places in college football tougher to recruit to than Knoxville, TN)?

How about an article advocating at least consideration of Mr. Leach?

Just think how much fun your job would be if Coach Leach was walking the sidelines in Knoxville!!!

This Leach talk needs to stop. He is a colorful character, but I don't want to see the Vols run any kind of gimmick-ball. I don't want run and shoot or spread or option. That is not Tennessee football in my opinion. We don't need a gimmick. On top of that, he is associated with a scandal, though I kind of found it funny. I don't see Hart making any kind of questionable move. If he were to make a change, I think he would select a less "controversial" person.

But, the reality is that as bad as it is - and it is pretty bad - there is not going to be a change this year. Something really unusual would have to happen before we make a change.

mytrifecta writes:

Dooley will never get this program back to an elite status. I've supported him until now but he and his coaching staff clearly don't have what it takes to motivate college athletes. I hate to see another coaching change but we should bite the bullet now instead of continuing this nose dive into mediocrity for the next 2 years.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to arkyvol:

the so called talent gap is a mirage. look at the recruiting rankings for the last four years. not once has arkansas come close to out recruiting the vols. yeah, i know we've had some busts, but so have the hogs. the difference is in coaching, pure and simple. when petrino came here, he had far less to work with than dooley has, but i don't remember one time his first team got throttled like the vols did. they lost, but they didn't look like they didn't know what they were doing or didn't care. say that about the vols with a straight face. and tell me again about which of the two teams doesn't belong in the southeastern conference.

I don't know that Petrino started with much less, but he certainly did not walk into a loaded cupboard. But, you did not see this consistent lack of composure and while the improvement was not immediate, it was consistent.

And, you are exactly right about not having top rated recruiting classes. He actually has a number of in-state players on his team and Arkansas High School football is not even as strong as Tennessee's. Bottom line is whatever talent he has, plays harder.

Petrino has treated his tenure at Arkansas as if it is his chance to build his OWN legacy. He is fully committed. Dooley just wants to punch his ticket to become an A/D.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to russahouse:

Play well or win these last two games or there will be BIG changes. Maybe not this year but next year unless a miracle occurs. I expect Mr. Hart to hire a proven/prominent coach just like they did at his last employer! Until now, UT had never been 0-6 in the SEC...

I expect Dooley to get a full 4 years unless next year is like this year. As far as Hart, I think we would see him make a change AFTER he has someone lined up. I don't think he will do like Hamilton and just fire someone and wait until the resume's fly in (which they didn't).

He will target 1 or 2 guys specifically and make the change once he has a commitment. These targets will be thoroughly vetted and qualified to coach the Vols. He won't make a move until he has a plan. That is how the smart A/D's work.

gillblog writes:

in response to TNboy72:

I get that we are rebuilding, are young, lack depth and have several injuries, but my issue with this team is a seemingly lack of competitiveness and discipline. Simple discipline would at least keep some of these games from being so embarrassing.

Sadly, I have to agree, but the glaring lack of effort was what surprised me in last night's game. And, honestly, the lack of effort was obvious to me from the beginning, not just following the 'deflating' punt return. The Vols appear to be deflated all the time.

UTKin1992 writes:

Obviously, there are many confused fans here who interpret criticism of a pathetic rebuilding job with an attack on the football program.

A coach is not a program.

And with apologies to those who lack eyesight, the rest of us fans are not blind. It's obvious we're young and decimated by injuries, we get it. It's also quite obvious that Dooley and Co. aren't preparing the team we do have, nor are they coaching them during the game. Worst of all, the situation doesn't seem to be improving week-to-week much less year-to-year.

With a mediocre recruiting class developing and a hapless coaching staff steering our listless ship into no particular direction, I can't see 2012 or 2013 being much different than 2011. AD Hart, if he's worth his salt, should be seeing the same thing.

Prostar writes:

We played Ala. tough for a half. We were actually in the game. This game was over at the half. I like the poster on one article that said we should get on the bus at half-time and go home because this team never shows up for the second half anyway. If there has been progress or improvement I don't know where it is. The OC, OLC and STC need to go. Also, our defensive backs coach (who also happens to be our recruiting coord.) needs to go. Not because of a bad job recruiting but his apparent bad work with the DB's.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to Checkerboardbro:

We played 24 freshmen against the #8 team in the country. How is it we don't have less talent than Arky? We lost a full group of juniors and seniors and were only able to fill the roster to a complete team until this class. Remember we are limited on how many recruits we can take a year, and we couldn't fill up a bus last year. How anyone can talk like we have the same talent as all the top 10 teams we have played is beyond me! Top 15 recruiting classes are great, if they stay on the team, if they stay out of jail, if they stay off dope, and if they develop and mature on the field. We lost the majority of two classes before Dooley's first class showed up. Let be realistic people. Expecting this team to beat the top teams in the SEC, which happen to be the top teams nationally is not only dumb, it is irrational. It was well documented by many that the process would take at the minimum three years, and we hate our coaching staff after 2?!

Yes, we play a lot of young players. But, explain this. Our offensive line is basically the same line from last year that supported our Senior Tailback when he ran for 1,000 yards. We read all summer about how the strength, conditioning, and chemistry had improved. We are worse. Blame the schedule if you want, but we had trouble running against Montana and MTSU as well.

So, if this year is last year's next year and it is not any better in an area where we have more experience, then why should we expect next year to be any better when next year becomes this year and all of this year's players played last year?

85VolMan writes:

Wa..wa...wa.....all you crying, losing fans need to just move west 165 miles and cheer for Vandy. Talk about cry babies.
I'm just as disappointed as anyone in how the Vols have looked this year, especially against Arkansas. But........
Dooley inherited a sinking ship and threw together the best coaching staff he could at the time. Kiffin's departure busted the Vol program and let what little air was left in the balloon out.
I've been around a lot of winning coaches and people and Dooley is a winner and real Vol fans need to at least give him time to right the ship. This year's freshmen are really his first true recruiting class and poor play by the team this year will make it difficult to catch any highly talented recruits this year as well.
He needs the opportunity to reload his coaching staff, if he can lure any really talented coaches to Knoxville with excellent reputations and personalities that can help recruit some talent.
I'm confident we'd be looking at very similar results at this point regardless who was head coach. Maybe Les Miles or Nick Saban could have brought some talented players and coaches with them, but the timing of Kiffin's departure is the reason we have who we have, and I feel Dooley was as good a hire as was possible.

The sinking ship Dooley inherited was going down too fast to stop it from hitting the bottom. Fans need to get behind him and show support for another year or two at least, and I don't know if that's long enough.
He knows football and simply needs to get some good assistants. At least I haven't been seeing arrest records tattered with Vol football players.

utvols420 writes:

Firing coaches isn't the answer. Stability is the answer. Lets try to go three years at least without an effing coaching change. I'm talking about Chaney and Wilcox here. These guys aren't bums off the street. They are proven winners. Actually if you want to be honest they have more experience coaching football than Derek Dooley has. Lets give Dooley 3 to 4 years to get this thing going. Our passing game is about the best in the SEC with the exception of Arkansas. We have a true Freshman putting up some really good numbers and making some really good down field throws at Quarterback. Our passing game was being promoted heavily by ESPN before Hunter went down. When you don't have depth on a team you have to make due with what you have. It's obvious that Bray, Hunter, and Rogers were the prime focus of our offense during the off-season. It was really impressive too until Hunter went down. There isn't enough depth to go to a plan B. Our defense isn't very good. Who among us knows what the coaches are telling the players to do? Is it possible that all of the freshmen and Sophomore are making mental mistakes due to a lack of experience? We lost Jackson in the secondary. We lost Lather at linebacker. Injuries and youth are the problem with the defense. I actually think Chaney's offense is pretty awesome. Do you guys remember the Clawfense? He definitely has us going in the right direction. The pass protection is pretty outstanding too. I imagine in the off-season Dooley said our defense is going to be weak so we are going to have to put up some numbers. Lets focus on the passing game. We were moving the ball pretty good against a defense on a team ranked 8th in the country. We just weren't scoring points. Apparently you guys think a coach should be able to come in here and turn it around in 1 or 2 years. If thats the case lets give dooley a couple more years. If he turns it around we will be winning. If he doesn't then lets bring in that mythical coach that will take us to the Championship game his first year. Either way we will be winning right?

MemphisHog writes:

Thank you, Vols, for punting to Joe Adams. Thank you for assuming we aren't in the same league as 'Bama, LSU, or probably even Georgia or Carolina.

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