Vols work to fix red-zone errors

KNOXVILLE -- It's every offense's dream to score touchdowns on every possession.

The closer Tennessee's offense has moved toward doing that, the scarier it's been for the Volunteers, at least lately. UT has come up empty on just six drives inside an opponent's 20-yard line this season, but there's been an empty red-zone possession in each of the last four games. Three of those drives have ended on interceptions.

"I think you try to do minimal stuff, [but] we're probably trying to do too much down there," offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said after the Vols wrapped up practice inside Neyland Stadium on Wednesday morning. "When we get down there, we don't execute anything very well. I think red area, we're OK until we get down there, and it's just been a nightmare for us."

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iowavol writes:

Lately, I'm thinking Chaney is just getting a little too cute all over the field. Ever since the first half at Alabama, our offensive line has shown signs they can handle their basic assignments. And, every since the Alabama game, and maybe before that, when we start executing basic LINE UP AND PLAY FOOTBALL type plays, we throw in some sort of wrinkle that confuses us more than the opponent. Chaney needs to put the gimmick stuff in the bag and keep it there, just LINE UP AND PLAY FOOTBALL.

vols37 writes:

We're pathetic. Next year a huge year for Dooley. If we're still floundering around like this things will get rough for Dooley as well they should. I think 3 years is plenty of time to start showing significant improvement. If we don't,you really have to start wondering if Dooley and company are right for this job.

OldNumber7 writes:

in response to vols37:

We're pathetic. Next year a huge year for Dooley. If we're still floundering around like this things will get rough for Dooley as well they should. I think 3 years is plenty of time to start showing significant improvement. If we don't,you really have to start wondering if Dooley and company are right for this job.

This team was a Manning record breaking, nation-leading in 3rd down conversions, 4 TD passing per game, SEC leading passing yards team,... prior to Hunter and Bray getting hurt.

After they left, it has been pathetic....but it's the same coaches. I think your perceived source of the problem is out of sync this time. With no depth or experience...you can't be seamless when star players like these go down. We really needed Bray/Hunter/Rogers against the top 3 teams in the nation. The only way to put a barometer against Dooley's coaching is when these guys stay healthy and there's some depth to replace them. Moreover, Dooley is doing excellent in recruiting and character building..which should bring in more recruits. This has always been a program rebuilding effort requiring patience...it was never about reloading. Better wait another couple of years to cast judgment.

TommyJack writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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Still trying to figure out what a True vol fan is.

SBWB2 writes:

News Flash... Just heard Peyton Manning is going to retire, replace Chaney as Offensive Coordinator next year! Happy Thanksgiving....

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to vols37:

We're pathetic. Next year a huge year for Dooley. If we're still floundering around like this things will get rough for Dooley as well they should. I think 3 years is plenty of time to start showing significant improvement. If we don't,you really have to start wondering if Dooley and company are right for this job.

"we're", the only ones that are pathetic is the fair weather fans who don't want to see reality for what it is.

Dooley is building a solid program that is going to take 3-4 years to see solid results. I'm not going to go into all of the details of what he is having to do again, but before you come on these boards and spout your negative drival try to remember that it takes time to build a solid program and it takes patience on the fans side.

Get a clue!

TommyJack writes:

in response to SBWB2:

News Flash... Just heard Peyton Manning is going to retire, replace Chaney as Offensive Coordinator next year! Happy Thanksgiving....

Yeah, and Gruden's wife went to UT.

SBWB2 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Yeah, and Gruden's wife went to UT.

You should try to be more positive sometime... it's a good feeling.........

Maverickman writes:

True vol fan.. Boooo Whoooo!!! The True vol fans are the Occupy movement of Tennessee Football. To suggest Your not a Fan If you want your team to win. Atleast compeet. And you have to blindly back Prince Dooley, and give him three years like a radio show host told you to. Is crazy...True that

Maverickman writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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What has Prince Dooley done to prove he is building this program?

TommyJack writes:

in response to SBWB2:

You should try to be more positive sometime... it's a good feeling.........

Very positive, pal.

SBWB2 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Very positive, pal.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Still trying to figure out what a True vol fan is.

you're on the list.

snuffysmiff writes:

We fans are never happy. If the Vols line up and play basic football the coaches are accused of being too predictable, but if they try something different that doesn't work we grumble about that too. It's tough being a fan right now.

DaveVol writes:

in response to vols37:

We're pathetic. Next year a huge year for Dooley. If we're still floundering around like this things will get rough for Dooley as well they should. I think 3 years is plenty of time to start showing significant improvement. If we don't,you really have to start wondering if Dooley and company are right for this job.

Agree. If the same mistakes and poor play continue on both sides of the ball next year, Dooley will be on the hot seat. If we had lost to peabody he would be on the hotseat today. I hope he wins next year and all of the fans get behind him.

BigOrangeInEngland writes:

in response to snuffysmiff:

We fans are never happy. If the Vols line up and play basic football the coaches are accused of being too predictable, but if they try something different that doesn't work we grumble about that too. It's tough being a fan right now.

Agree entirely. What all of us want is a competitive team. If you lose a close game then it hurts but at least you know the guys tried. We need to beat a ranked team to get the confidence back.
Go Vols!

coltvol33 writes:

in response to Maverickman:

True vol fan.. Boooo Whoooo!!! The True vol fans are the Occupy movement of Tennessee Football. To suggest Your not a Fan If you want your team to win. Atleast compeet. And you have to blindly back Prince Dooley, and give him three years like a radio show host told you to. Is crazy...True that

Dude! Once you get back from your "Occupy your Parents' Basement movement, invest in an 8th grade English textbook. And true Vol fans know we did not get in this shape in 1 or 2 years, and it will take several to get back. Okay, you can go back to your crying spell now.

Volfan9673 writes:

The thing that I've been trying to figure out is the play calling in the red zone. When we run it it's always between the tackles and when we throw....it's always over the middle! You can't call a play at the goal line and have your receiver run a go route and sit at the goal line, the defender has nothing to lose when he jumps the route,he has help behind him! What happened to our ability to pitch and run outside or throw the freakin' fade route? Can't wait to see our improvement next year..and GBO..beat the Kittens!

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