Jim Chaney looking to find his rhythm after Georgia loss

The quarterback situation: Simms takes over from Bray; Worley takes over from Simms

Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers catches the ball for a first down during the final seconds of the first half against Georgia on in Neyland Stadium.

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Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers catches the ball for a first down during the final seconds of the first half against Georgia on in Neyland Stadium.

The leading receiver was mostly taken out of the game early.

The running backs weren't gaining much on the ground, the center was continuing to have some snap issues and the entire offense was frustrated not to finish some productive drives in the end zone.

And while some of the negative response to adversity from Tennessee players can be attributed to age and inexperience, that wouldn't explain similar emotions up in the press box for a guy in a headset. But offensive coordinator Jim Chaney admitted dealing with some of the same issues as he and the Vols prepare for No. 1 LSU at Neyland Stadium on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.).

"I sense frustration in everybody, including myself," Chaney said after practice on Wednesday morning. "I had a hard time as a play-caller finding any rhythm in that (loss to Georgia). Long fields early, the second half didn't start the way we wanted, it was a difficult time.

"It doesn't surprise me that some of our young players lost a little composure, as I did too at times. It was a tough deal, we move on from it, we learn from it and we move on."

The Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) have to do it quickly with the top-ranked Tigers (6-0, 3-0 SEC) and their ferocious defense on deck and more than capable of providing a gauge of what UT actually learned in its disappointing 20-12 loss to Georgia last week.

Adding to the challenge is the loss of quarterback Tyler Bray for at least a month with a broken thumb, though it appears UT will have starting tailback Tauren Poole available after he returned to practice after missing one with a hamstring injury. But the Vols certainly aren't acting like it's simply up to the players to clean up some ongoing issues with the offense.

"I think that's a fair assessment," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "We all need to catch our breath, everybody wants to win, everybody wants to win now, everybody wants to have our players play perfectly. And we forget sometimes the journey involved in that, and when we show a lot of frustration, it doesn't help the players.

"We've got to make sure we stay composed, because they're looking at us, just like parents. We stay composed, we motivate them and develop them and teach them, and we don't get too down when they make a mistake, correct it and move on. We can all do better."

Rather than focus on what the players can do better, Chaney pointed a finger squarely at himself.

He and Dooley both stressed the need for more patience with the play-calling, and the Tigers can certainly put that to the test.

"That's something I've got to develop a little bit more," Chaney said. "We were walking out of the Cincinnati game walking on water a little bit, and it was easy to open things up and roll, which I've been comfortable to do in my past. Well, it was a little bit of an illusional effect, because you play a better defense and it wasn't the way it was.

"I'm probably a little harder on me than you guys (in the media) are on me, and I probably need to be a little more patient. There's no question, against this team we better develop patience."

Power Play: The theme from Justin Wilcox hasn't changed.

The coordinator has made clear that defenses don't get second chances, and a couple lapses each game are costing the Vols dearly on the scoreboard. And as if to hammer that point home, Wilcox laid out the importance of wrapping up LSU running back Spencer Ware from start to finish after his 109-yard, two-touchdown outing last week against Florida.

"He's a big, I mean, violent runner, and he gets downhill in a hurry," Wilcox said. "He breaks a lot of arm tackles. You've got have a lot of bodies.

"He'll do it in the first quarter, and he'll do it in the fourth quarter. It's going to have to be a sustained effort on our part."

Bumps and Bruises: One day after being held out of practice, Poole was back as an active participant for the Vols on Wednesday.

Dooley indicated that UT's starting running back is expected to play against the Tigers after his availability had previously been in doubt thanks to a hamstring injury.

Linebacker Austin Johnson was in a red, non-contact jersey for the second day in a row, but Dooley called it "just a little precautionary" measure.

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RemembertheAlamo writes:

You are so correct about the second half not starting the way you wanted it to, Mr. Chaney. Who called the first play, a running play that did not have any chance of gaining any yards? And knowing that we had not run a successful running play the first half. When are you going to get in the rhythm that we do not have a O Line to block for running. The first five minutes of the second half is very critical and we had the advantage until we ran a bad call running play on the first play and then it went down hill after that. Just like the 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1 against Florida and we run a play that has not gain one yard all day.....Unbelievable.....I just hope you get out of that rhythm quick.

SWVA_RockyTopVol writes:

There will be no rhythm without Bray under center and not having Hunter as a deep threat. Chaney will find his rhythm next season.

utvols420 writes:

Anybody claiming to know more than Jim Chaney about football and play calling is an idiot. Drink a beer and watch the game. Let the professionals coach.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to SWVA_RockyTopVol:

There will be no rhythm without Bray under center and not having Hunter as a deep threat. Chaney will find his rhythm next season.

Tyler is a great QB and with Hunter we had a very good Off. But don't sell Matt short. He has a very strong arm and he is a tough guy. He played well last year and he'll do OK this year. One has to remember that he too doesn't have Hunter to rely on, but we have other Rec's and they aren't half bad. Have to give them some calls to make them as good as Hunter.

RetainDerekDooleyPlease writes:

Chaney's exactly right, as are all true Vol Fans,people that know this is going to take a whole lot of time. This line has a meager 60+ starts, give or take a few. How can you expect a running back to gain even a single yard behind such babies. Who do these trolls think Tennessee is - Costal Carolina.

If you can't see that you know nothing about football. Even a great 2,000 yard a season back, like Tauren Poole has struggled.

What Tn. needs is patience and progress. I bet you'll see it against Middle Tennesee. Book it.

The rest of the whiners need to go find someone else to cheer for. This is not the forum to criticize Derek Dooley. He's getting it done.

vols2#227315 writes:

Channey called the running plays to stall the offence in the second half.

wally writes:

Chaney's a damn good OC. He'll get it going, especially as these players develop.

Madkels writes:

in response to wally:

Chaney's a damn good OC. He'll get it going, especially as these players develop.

I hope you're right. I do not care about MTSU, I want to see improvement against top teams. I don't care if we lose against LSU and BAMA, I want to see physical football. A take it to them attitude with some "not in our house" moxey.

We will see this time next year if those who say "give it time" or those who say, "this staff doesn't have it" is correct.

GONAVY writes:

Dooley needs this year to truly/finally have his thumb print squarley on this UT team. It takes two years just to get a new system in place with everyone comfortable. Repition and familiarity with personalities takes two full years. 6-6 appears probable; with the right bounce here or there, 7-5. Three years worth of his own recruits, two regular seasons and an upcoming third spring...what is produced in 2012 will be the barometer. Another 6-6 or 7-5 will not cut it. But, it's still at midway 2011 with a lot of football to play. Sit back, watch the games and enjoy life. With these key injuries expectations have eased some...this in and of itself has ironically given Dooley more latitude than if Bray and Hunter were active.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

The eye opening concerns are the wasted time outs, the blocked kicks, the alignment problems, the substitution issues, the delay on 3rd and 1. Fundamentals. UT needs better and more efficient execution from the coaches as well as the players.

vols37 writes:

Chaney admitting he is learning on the job. Thats what I've thought all along. These bozos have no experience coaching a big time program and they will learn on the job at our expense. Meantime, UT will flounder for several years to come. Lets just be honest. A bunch of guys coaching this team that have no business coaching in the SEC. I'm all about being positive, but the reality is Derrik Dooley will never lead UT back to competing for championships the way we once did. How many times did we struggle just to get an offensive play to the huddle in a timely manner. That's something my junior high coach did a better job of doing.

RetainDerekDooleyPlease writes:

in response to vols37:

Chaney admitting he is learning on the job. Thats what I've thought all along. These bozos have no experience coaching a big time program and they will learn on the job at our expense. Meantime, UT will flounder for several years to come. Lets just be honest. A bunch of guys coaching this team that have no business coaching in the SEC. I'm all about being positive, but the reality is Derrik Dooley will never lead UT back to competing for championships the way we once did. How many times did we struggle just to get an offensive play to the huddle in a timely manner. That's something my junior high coach did a better job of doing.

You are crazy. Derek Dooley is the Coach ot his team and should be as long as he wants to stay.

Most loyal Tennessee fans on here have already acknowledged that Tennessee is no longer a traditional power and not the kind of program that can be turned around in two years. Dooley just recognizes the disadvantages Tennessee has (recruiting, etc.). To think that Tennessee can compete with the Alabamas and LSU's is totally unrealistic. Everyone knows it but a few know it all trolls.

Coach Dooley, in his wisdom, confronted by perpetual "youth and inexperience" has a plan that should have been implemented long ago. He's putting UT on the Ole Miss Model. Every four years he'll have a senior laden team ready to take UT to 8-4. Just wait and have a little patience. You'll see.

Most true Vol fans know this is best and that CDD's got it going. I support CDD.

100000strong writes:

in response to utvols420:

Anybody claiming to know more than Jim Chaney about football and play calling is an idiot. Drink a beer and watch the game. Let the professionals coach.

Man I couldn't agree more. All these football experts on these message boards flapping their trappers. Over 100 division I colleges, therefore over 100 D1 head coaches. Over 500 assistant coaches. Yet all the experts are trolling here and call-in to the radio. I want the team to win every game, I hope they pull a miracle on Sat., but second guessing the coaches and calling for change is idiodic. Give them your support and make the players proud they came here.

OrangePsyched writes:

Funny...you don't tolerate losing yet you are a loser. Is that irony..I'm not sure. Oh this is to Walt. I am not happy with the season thus far myself but will continue to support the team. Not saying that you are not a fan but why so negative. You were a serviceman...we're losing some battles right now but we will win the war. Oh and yes I know that football is not really the equivilant of war.

RetainDerekDooleyPlease writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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OK Mr. Smart Alec. I'll just bet you Coach Dooley torches Georgia State, Troy and Akron next year. True fans know that's progress.

With an offensive line with a mere 65 starts between them, how did you expect them to gain yards against Georgia. Who do you think we are - Costal Carolina. They had 2 seniors on their line.

Derek Dooley is our General. Did the Union Corp Dan Sickles led quit on him at Gettysburg after he led them into the Peach Orchard. Think of CDD as our Dan Sickles?

He's getting it done.

RetainDerekDooleyPlease writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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If Sickles is a bad analogy, then think of CDD as our Charles Lee from The American Revolution. With a rushing attack just like Lee put on at the Battle of Monmouth

Just as Lee got the job done, so is Dooley.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to vols37:

Chaney admitting he is learning on the job. Thats what I've thought all along. These bozos have no experience coaching a big time program and they will learn on the job at our expense. Meantime, UT will flounder for several years to come. Lets just be honest. A bunch of guys coaching this team that have no business coaching in the SEC. I'm all about being positive, but the reality is Derrik Dooley will never lead UT back to competing for championships the way we once did. How many times did we struggle just to get an offensive play to the huddle in a timely manner. That's something my junior high coach did a better job of doing.

Comments like this are what shames me to be a Big Orange fan at times.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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I'm pretty sure Walt isn't holding Dooley up. I'm pretty sure that Dooley is holding Dooley up.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Whatever...you're obviously not a fan or a former student.

You can't question Dooley and then expect the rest of us to just believe that you have your own opinion. Just because you know almost everything about the UT history department in the late 70s/early 80s, that doesn't trick us real fans!

You're obviously a Vandy fan. Submit blood, stool, and tissue samples to the Vol Fan Testing Lab(VFTL) and they will confirm that you're nothing but a Vandy troll.

Don't know where the VFTL is located? Ha! I knew you weren't a real fan. Every fan knows that the VFTL is located under the Torch Bearer statue.

Stupid Vandy Troll. Derek Dooley hears all. He sees all. He will water YOUR bamboo!!!

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to OrangePsyched:

Funny...you don't tolerate losing yet you are a loser. Is that irony..I'm not sure. Oh this is to Walt. I am not happy with the season thus far myself but will continue to support the team. Not saying that you are not a fan but why so negative. You were a serviceman...we're losing some battles right now but we will win the war. Oh and yes I know that football is not really the equivilant of war.

Amazing...you are absolutely certain that Dooley will win us Championships based on...what? What exactly has he done? OOOOH that's right...he started the VFL program. Now that all our thugs are getting hugs, we're sure to win.

The fact that we play in the toughest, most competitive conference in the nation won't stop a coach that built up a massive 7-5 record one season in the WAC. I'm sure Dooley will rely on his experience as an Offensive Coordinator with Saban to bring the Vols back. Oh wait...he wasn't an OC. Well...his days as a Defensive Coordinator. Oh wait...he wasn't that either. What was he under Saban? He was the recruiting coordinator...which is the highest coaching position he held while working under Saban...ever. So he evaluated talent and the did nothing to develop it. He didn't call plays. He didn't monitor the players' progress once they were on the team. He was a glorified talent scout.

Yeah...I'm sure we'll do great with this guy.

ozoney#235138 writes:

in response to RetainDerekDooleyPlease:

Chaney's exactly right, as are all true Vol Fans,people that know this is going to take a whole lot of time. This line has a meager 60+ starts, give or take a few. How can you expect a running back to gain even a single yard behind such babies. Who do these trolls think Tennessee is - Costal Carolina.

If you can't see that you know nothing about football. Even a great 2,000 yard a season back, like Tauren Poole has struggled.

What Tn. needs is patience and progress. I bet you'll see it against Middle Tennesee. Book it.

The rest of the whiners need to go find someone else to cheer for. This is not the forum to criticize Derek Dooley. He's getting it done.

seriously..is this all you have time to do? do unto others as you would have them do unto you. taunting people in this way just makes you low, plain and simple.

OldNumber7 writes:

in response to utvols420:

Anybody claiming to know more than Jim Chaney about football and play calling is an idiot. Drink a beer and watch the game. Let the professionals coach.

Yes and no. Considering we have a senior running back and are nearly dead last in the entire NCAA running the ball, I'm starting to think hmmmmm. There is a SERIOUS issue going on that is catastrophic to wins, recruiting, respect, and will now cause LSU and Alabama..even Kentucky to bring the house on every single play. What o-line will survive that? There are over 100 teams that appear to know more at the moment.

BigOrange_supporter writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

Amazing...you are absolutely certain that Dooley will win us Championships based on...what? What exactly has he done? OOOOH that's right...he started the VFL program. Now that all our thugs are getting hugs, we're sure to win.

The fact that we play in the toughest, most competitive conference in the nation won't stop a coach that built up a massive 7-5 record one season in the WAC. I'm sure Dooley will rely on his experience as an Offensive Coordinator with Saban to bring the Vols back. Oh wait...he wasn't an OC. Well...his days as a Defensive Coordinator. Oh wait...he wasn't that either. What was he under Saban? He was the recruiting coordinator...which is the highest coaching position he held while working under Saban...ever. So he evaluated talent and the did nothing to develop it. He didn't call plays. He didn't monitor the players' progress once they were on the team. He was a glorified talent scout.

Yeah...I'm sure we'll do great with this guy.

We will don't worry.

CCLC writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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It was a hot day and the Brits effected a retreat and the Americans won the field. There has to be a winner and that would go to the side who benefited most from the outcome. In this case it was clearly the Americans who had the advantage.

This battle proved to them AND the British that they could stand up and go toe to toe with the "greatest Army in the world". The training they had gone through that winter with Baron Von Steuben at Valley Forge paid off ... big time.
just sayin'

CCLC writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

Whatever...you're obviously not a fan or a former student.

You can't question Dooley and then expect the rest of us to just believe that you have your own opinion. Just because you know almost everything about the UT history department in the late 70s/early 80s, that doesn't trick us real fans!

You're obviously a Vandy fan. Submit blood, stool, and tissue samples to the Vol Fan Testing Lab(VFTL) and they will confirm that you're nothing but a Vandy troll.

Don't know where the VFTL is located? Ha! I knew you weren't a real fan. Every fan knows that the VFTL is located under the Torch Bearer statue.

Stupid Vandy Troll. Derek Dooley hears all. He sees all. He will water YOUR bamboo!!!

Carrot Colored Trouser Fashionista or Bamboo Warrior?

ClemCash writes:

Wasn't Chaney a Kiffin holdover? What else do you need to know?

ScottEmge writes:

All the winning programs in the SEC have young players. UT's excuse every year since the mid 2000's has been "Well, we have alot of young players". I'm sick of hearing that excuse. Also, when will we see Wilcox the boy genius ever teach our defense the fundamentals of tackling?

kevin151 writes:

Chaney never has a gameplan and will never give up on the run game no matter how many negative rushes there are.

kantanuuv writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

Amazing...you are absolutely certain that Dooley will win us Championships based on...what? What exactly has he done? OOOOH that's right...he started the VFL program. Now that all our thugs are getting hugs, we're sure to win.

The fact that we play in the toughest, most competitive conference in the nation won't stop a coach that built up a massive 7-5 record one season in the WAC. I'm sure Dooley will rely on his experience as an Offensive Coordinator with Saban to bring the Vols back. Oh wait...he wasn't an OC. Well...his days as a Defensive Coordinator. Oh wait...he wasn't that either. What was he under Saban? He was the recruiting coordinator...which is the highest coaching position he held while working under Saban...ever. So he evaluated talent and the did nothing to develop it. He didn't call plays. He didn't monitor the players' progress once they were on the team. He was a glorified talent scout.

Yeah...I'm sure we'll do great with this guy.

LoL

VFL = "Hugs for Thugs"

Gotta remember that one.

jwill33 writes:

I have a question. Can anyone explain to me why, since we obviously have problems running the ball, that we don't have one offensive lineman committed at this point. It seems to me that oline is every bit as important as the dline right now? Not critisizing just asking whats going on there.

nextyear writes:

For me, I'm concerned. Not because we are losing, but becuase we have trouble even being competitve against better teams. But we have lost maybe our 6 best players since July. Really bad luck! (Hunter, Bray, Lathers, Poole (neck in FLA game, hamstring in UGA game), Janzen Jackson, Hughes (potential anyway)). That's a lot of attrition on a very young, thin team. So I wait and see what happens for another year.

VolsnCowboys writes:

I blame Wilcox for that game. Bulldogs went deep 2 or 3 times in the first half but Murray missed. Why didn't we make an adjustment at halftime? You knew they were going to come back to it. They didn't run the ball all that well so there was no reason for the Waggner to cheat up.

VOLliven2it writes:

The negativity just keeps rolling here. This is a free country and sight. I am truly embarrassed at all the negative vitrol toward our team and coaches. But then we live in an ADHD world where everything has to be done and fixed RIGHT NOW or the ones making attempts to fix and do are trashed. I have neither given up on this team or coaching staff. All of you nega-supposedfans can if you desire. It just pains me to think that recruits might look at this sight and see your punking and prodding our program so sarcastically. Reality Check--Dooley did not cause our problems and neither he nor any other head coach can fix it overnight. Further Reality Check--we don't have the players to compete strongly in the SEC. Why? Because until just a few months ago we didn't know if we would be under sanctions from the mighty NCAA. Yes it takes time and it might be one more 7-5 or 8-4 season to get us there. I am just so glad the negaramas are not in the hiring and firing business. GO VOLS!

snakeplissken writes:

Why was Chaney and his staff (his words) "walking on water" after the Cincinnati game? Good grief, how could they gloat about beating a 4-8 team from last year? Did they just sit back after that game thinking they had arrived?

CCLC writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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Spongebath,
Get the sponges and antiseptic ready ,..... that LSU D is gonna bruise some folks up and they will need all your sudsy lathering talent post game. So hunker down cause they got Bama next week. Man is that O gonna be bruised.

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Tyler is a great QB and with Hunter we had a very good Off. But don't sell Matt short. He has a very strong arm and he is a tough guy. He played well last year and he'll do OK this year. One has to remember that he too doesn't have Hunter to rely on, but we have other Rec's and they aren't half bad. Have to give them some calls to make them as good as Hunter.

I agree. No, he's not as good as Bray or he would be the starter. BUT, if I were an opposing defensive coordinator, I would not look at this situation the same way I look at the mess in Florida. Matt Simms was the starter for over half the season last year. He's a senior with two years in Chaney's offense. He's got a strong arm and he's confidant, believing he should have been the starter all along. The only real problem I had with him last year was his decision making, which I felt was too slow. This allowed opposing defenses to adjust during the plays and caused WAY too many sacks and throw aways. I'm assuming he's still slower to pull the trigger than Bray but not nearly so indecisive as a guy who's young and never played. Should be interesting. LSU's (Chavis's) defenses have always been soft against the pass IF you have time to throw. On paper, this game will be less ugly than the one next week against a truly great, balanced defense. Maybe Simms will surprise some folks, including me. None of us expected to beat our next two opponents anyway but if we can get him up to speed, we certainly have a shot to win the games we should, especially Vandy, and maybe sneak one we shouldn't, like USC or Arkansas. We'll see. But no matter what, with only one senior and one junior on the entire offense, at least that side of the ball is looking might fine a couple of years down the road. DD better slam some defensive recruits though if we're gonna challenge at the level of our next two opponents. Go Vols!!!

CCLC writes:

SpongeBathOrangePanties,
Magic Touch Health Spa

SummerfieldVol writes:

All I want to know is when are we going to get a new center? No excuses for some of the bad snapps, hurts the offense to much to keep Stone at center . He might be a good guard or tackle or may even be a good defensive tackle,but not a center.

Vol_From_Memphis writes:

Jim Chaney states: "I'm probably a little harder on me than you guys (in the media) are on me".

NO, you stink as a playcaller!! Abandon the run!! Screens and short passing game is needed to get the ball out of the hands of Simms quickly. Why can't you watch tape of Mike Leach's Texas Tech teams and learn how to get your receivers open? He, too, had slow wide receivers who couldn't get open on their own.

Dang, the fans are smarter than the coaches!!

Vol_From_Memphis writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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He's slow. I don't care what his 40 time is. He didn't hit the hole fast enough the game I saw him in. Well, maybe there WASN'T a hole with this offensive line, but he didn't bounce outside and create his own yards, either. I'd rather have Devrin Young at running back. We need SPEED and elusiveness.

mytrifecta writes:

Unbelievable statement from Chaney. As Dooley alluded to, as a coach you are a "parent" to these players and they respond as you respond. If Chaney is frazzled, that explains the lack of performance from the offense last week.

cooper65#432178 writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Tyler is a great QB and with Hunter we had a very good Off. But don't sell Matt short. He has a very strong arm and he is a tough guy. He played well last year and he'll do OK this year. One has to remember that he too doesn't have Hunter to rely on, but we have other Rec's and they aren't half bad. Have to give them some calls to make them as good as Hunter.

I don't know how you figure he played well last season. He couldn't get rid of the ball and took a ton of unnecessary sacks. I know the protection sucked, but still throw the ball away if you can't find a receiver.

CheckerBoardMeanMachine writes:

in response to ScottEmge:

All the winning programs in the SEC have young players. UT's excuse every year since the mid 2000's has been "Well, we have alot of young players". I'm sick of hearing that excuse. Also, when will we see Wilcox the boy genius ever teach our defense the fundamentals of tackling?

My thoughts as well as thousands of other fans thoughts
EXACTLY! Using the "we are a young team" "only freshman and sophomores " is a BS excuse! Look at Tyrann Mathieu! He is only a SOPHOMORE and look at what hes doing this year and what he did last year as a freshman!

CCLC writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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SpongeBath,
Lather,,,, rinse,,,,,repeat!
That's all you need to know.

daporter22#1402249 writes:

Obviously by results the "O" line has been taught to pass block and appears to just get in the way of their opponent on run block assignments. So the screen pass will serve as run in spread situations. Killer instinct at point of attack not there w/run game to date. Not sure LSU QB will make right read if under pressure coming off edge.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to CheckerBoardMeanMachine:

My thoughts as well as thousands of other fans thoughts
EXACTLY! Using the "we are a young team" "only freshman and sophomores " is a BS excuse! Look at Tyrann Mathieu! He is only a SOPHOMORE and look at what hes doing this year and what he did last year as a freshman!

Georgia beat us with three playmakers, a sophomore QB, a freshman wide receiver, and a freshman running back.

Volunatic writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Sure, and I want a winning lottery ticket.
If there ever was a 10-game winning streak against uf, it occurred when CFB was VERRRRY different. I highly doubt ANY team has a 10-game winning streak over them since 1970 at least.
When Fulmer was fired, he had lost 4 in a row to uf, 3 out of the previous 4 to bama, and 6 out of the last 9 to Georgia.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

With all the references to military analogies that are being bandied about, I can't help but think of Custer and his 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn when I consider UT's opponents the next 2 weeks. Too bad those buyouts don't apply to our SEC brethren.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to SWVA_RockyTopVol:

There will be no rhythm without Bray under center and not having Hunter as a deep threat. Chaney will find his rhythm next season.

That excuse does not hold water. Tennessee was already beaten when Bray got injured with a couple minutes left. Bray also played against Florida with no success(54% passing). The negative 29 yards rushing has nothing to do with Hunter or Bray. Players still make the same mistakes as last year. The OL has gotten worse. Georgia didnt cry when they had to play the first half without their star running back. Your comment is way off base. Georgia missed three wide open deep balls or it would have been a blowout. This is just a soft version of WAC pass only football. And you think any QB will survive in the SEC with that horrible OL blocking and trying to pass for 100% of the yards on offense. Rediculous!

CCLC writes:

in response to snakeplissken:

Georgia beat us with three playmakers, a sophomore QB, a freshman wide receiver, and a freshman running back.

you forgot the freshman inside linebacker......

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