Derek Dooley on not showing the Arkansas game tape
The beatdown on the field was bad enough for Tennessee.
Derek Dooley wasn't going to pile on in the film room.
Rather than rehash all the mistakes in every phase of the game that plagued his team in a 49-7 thrashing at No. 6 Arkansas on Saturday night, the Vols coach began the process of bouncing back from it without making his players relive it. And while they obviously have the option of watching the tape from last weekend on their own as the Vols prepare for Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium on Saturday (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.), there might be a few copies in the Dumpster, instead.
"You just have to forget about it, throw away the film and look to have a good week of practice this week because we have a tough Vandy team coming in that is looking to upset us," safety Prentiss Waggner said Monday. "We're not going to watch the film on the game.
"In my opinion, we were bad in all phases of the game and we can't really learn anything from it because it was just a bad day for the offense, defense and special teams."
That much was evident on the scoreboard as the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) missed opportunities all over the field against a team that rarely failed to take advantage of their own, and Dooley apparently didn't need to remind anybody of his team of that as they turn the page to the Commodores (5-5, 2-5 SEC).
He indicated it wasn't the first time in his career that he decided not to air the film of a loss the next day, but it wasn't just the lopsided result that played into his call to scrap it Sunday.
"It didn't look like us in so many respects," Dooley said. "We've been coaching much of the same stuff for 10 weeks now, I just felt like it was better that we close the door on that game and sort of regroup, get our thoughts right going into this week.
"They watched it on their own if they wanted to, I'm sure they all did, they had their grade sheets, but there was no sense in going and beating on them another two hours because they got beat on pretty good."
The Razorbacks aren't the only ones to do that to UT this season, though even in blowouts against Alabama and LSU it had things to feel good about in losing efforts.
That doesn't mean Dooley will only be focusing solely on the positives with the Vols as they move on, and he was again quick to point out some of the flaws they've had lately during his weekly news conference.
He just didn't seem to need video evidence to deliver his message this time.
"I can understand where he's coming from, because we did go out there and play horrendous," defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "Nobody did anything right, you can tell by the score, so it pretty much just would have been a session of cursing us out and stuff like that.
"Instead of doing that, we just said to forget about it. And that's what we did."
Moving On: The tradition of naming players of the week was skipped after the lopsided loss.
Dooley apparently wouldn't have honored anybody else affiliated with the organization after getting crushed by the Razorbacks either.
"We didn't have any (awards), we closed the book on it," he said. "No coaches of the week, no player of the week, no managers of the week.
"The whole organization got no positive feedback from that game."