Mark Wiedmer: Third-quarter problems not just 2011 Vols issue

Malik Jackson

Malik Jackson

Game summary: UT vs. Alabama

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee senior defensive lineman Malik Jackson wanted to put to rest any rumors that the Volunteers snack on warm milk and cookies, crank down a little Brahms on the boom box and listen to coach Derek Dooley read a bedtime story or two during halftime.

Still, when you get outscored 56-6 in the third quarter of your first four Southeastern Conference games, you know the sports world wants to know what's going on inside your locker room during intermission.

"Oh, we have crumpets, a little bit of tea, go in there and relax," Jackson, who transferred from Southern Cal before the 2010 season, said Monday with a grin.

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TommyJack writes:

CDD is the right man for the job. But will the worst fans in football allow him to finish the job?

BrassMonkey writes:

Doolittle is not the right man for the job. Every team we play makes 2nd half adjustments. We do not, and we get owned. Face it, he was our 7th choice for coach and he belongs in a non-BCS conference. Even Kiffin is 6-1 while he goes through his second year of probation. This team is going to get a lot worse before as TommyJack says "the worst fans in football" allow him to finish the job. It will be finished when we show Doofus Doolittle the door. We cannot get much lower, but wait and see. We will.

TommyJack writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Doolittle is not the right man for the job. Every team we play makes 2nd half adjustments. We do not, and we get owned. Face it, he was our 7th choice for coach and he belongs in a non-BCS conference. Even Kiffin is 6-1 while he goes through his second year of probation. This team is going to get a lot worse before as TommyJack says "the worst fans in football" allow him to finish the job. It will be finished when we show Doofus Doolittle the door. We cannot get much lower, but wait and see. We will.

One must have depth to make critical adjustments. The "7th choice" is cute, but i doubt you can document that. Time will show that Kiffin was a joke. I would include you in the "worst fans in football", but I don't think you count. Do trolls count? Nah.

c9bcc writes:

The first half of the game Alabama was playing it's usual game of pounding the rock; which Tennessee played well. The second half they came out throwing against our weak secondary. I don't see how you can blame Dooley for not making adjustments when Alabama exploited our real weakness.

TommyJack writes:

in response to dooleyslosers:

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Don't be a putz. Who's happy with mediocrity?
You Fulmorons just don't want to give the guy time to rebuild. CDD may or may not be the man. But he stepped into a bucket of dookey.
No magic wand here, Bunky.

TheFuj writes:

Just want a win over somebody other than Poly Tech, Montana, Tech Nobody, etc.
Can we win over SC? Would be a huge win and push us forward. A loss does not help, and a loss to Vandy or KY would sink us.

jdcdjc writes:

in response to TommyJack:

One must have depth to make critical adjustments. The "7th choice" is cute, but i doubt you can document that. Time will show that Kiffin was a joke. I would include you in the "worst fans in football", but I don't think you count. Do trolls count? Nah.

Agree "TommyJack", "BrassMonkey" is a nut.

traderjoe writes:

How is Arkansas doing with their new coach? Don't blame it on the players...coaching makes a difference!

jobrando#216494 writes:

No depth and a very limited offense to match up to the top teams....Next year = 9 wins. Probably would be better for the VOLS not to have the break. Like running a marathon. Run 13 miles then sit for 20 minutes and try to finish the other 13. Not good.

tulelakevol writes:

Well they say one game does not make a season, and a season is made up of games. We need this sc game to shut up the fans my friend tommyjack is referring too. Dooley is the guy. Period. Do I get frustrated at him sometimes? Yes, but that does not mean show him the door. Good grief.

FWBVol writes:

in response to traderjoe:

How is Arkansas doing with their new coach? Don't blame it on the players...coaching makes a difference!

Don't show your ignorance. What new coach at Arkansas are you talking about. Bobby Petrino has been at Arkansas since 2008. By the way, his first year at Arkansas the Razorbacks were 5-7. Dooley was 6-7 last year and, if this year's rules had been in place about offensive penalties in the last minute of game, would have been 7-6.

What some of you crying for adjustments don't understand is sometimes the adjustments a coach can make are limited by, I know peopled don't want to hear this, youth. If you have a bunch of freshmen on the field they are still learning the offense and defense there are limitations in the things in the packages they can do.

A couple of the pass plays Alabama burned us on in the third quarter involved young players making bad reads and breaking off their coverage to come up on the quarterback as he scrambled around the pocket. This is a problem that, hopefully, won't be a problem as the players get more playing time.

taylorm34 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

CDD is the right man for the job. But will the worst fans in football allow him to finish the job?

I could not agree with you any more TommyJack! If our fans had ANY intilligence they would shut up and let the man do his job. Not only are they potentially hurting recruiting for the years to come, I would like to know who they would hire and how they think the program would look after being on a 4th coach in 3 years?!?!?!

Dooley is the right man for the job and they will all be eating crow in a couple years - I just hope they own up to it!

TommyJack writes:

in response to taylorm34:

I could not agree with you any more TommyJack! If our fans had ANY intilligence they would shut up and let the man do his job. Not only are they potentially hurting recruiting for the years to come, I would like to know who they would hire and how they think the program would look after being on a 4th coach in 3 years?!?!?!

Dooley is the right man for the job and they will all be eating crow in a couple years - I just hope they own up to it!

Exactly. If he proves he can't do the job, then out he goes. Proof not in yet.

allvols4life writes:

in response to taylorm34:

I could not agree with you any more TommyJack! If our fans had ANY intilligence they would shut up and let the man do his job. Not only are they potentially hurting recruiting for the years to come, I would like to know who they would hire and how they think the program would look after being on a 4th coach in 3 years?!?!?!

Dooley is the right man for the job and they will all be eating crow in a couple years - I just hope they own up to it!

Taylor

I agree with your first paragraph. I hope you are right about the 2nd paragraph. I am not sure at this point, just not enough proof yet. Given a couple more years of recruiting classes and results and I can make a more rationale assessment of our coach (not that my opinion matters in the grand scheme of things). At this point, he has my support and I hope that he succeeds.

EmbarrassedVolFromTampa (Inactive) writes:

When I read our fans write about rebuilding, I wonder to what level they consider satisfactory. Does anyone really expect Coach Dooley, with his thin resume, to take his 11th and 12th ranked recruiting classes and beat Nick Saban with his 1st and 2nd rank classes.

To stick with Coach Dooley is to admit an automatic loss each year, before the season ever begins.

TommyJack writes:

in response to EmbarrassedVolFromTampa:

When I read our fans write about rebuilding, I wonder to what level they consider satisfactory. Does anyone really expect Coach Dooley, with his thin resume, to take his 11th and 12th ranked recruiting classes and beat Nick Saban with his 1st and 2nd rank classes.

To stick with Coach Dooley is to admit an automatic loss each year, before the season ever begins.

That's simply ludicrous

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Doolittle is not the right man for the job. Every team we play makes 2nd half adjustments. We do not, and we get owned. Face it, he was our 7th choice for coach and he belongs in a non-BCS conference. Even Kiffin is 6-1 while he goes through his second year of probation. This team is going to get a lot worse before as TommyJack says "the worst fans in football" allow him to finish the job. It will be finished when we show Doofus Doolittle the door. We cannot get much lower, but wait and see. We will.

Seriously… you’re going to compare our current coach to Kiffin?!?!

A – He was a big part of the mess we’re currently dealing with. His only recruiting class was full of thugs, most of whom are no longer here. Not to mention the NCAA violations we had to deal with and the collateral damage to future recruiting efforts
B – He has approx 51 juniors and seniors on his current roster, where I believe we have about 32
C – His only ‘quality’ win (and I use that term loosely) was to an underwhelming Notre Dame team
D – And his troubles have not yet hit him yet as he hasn’t experienced the effects of a 30 player scholarship reduction

We’ll see if you’re crying that same tune over the next couple years.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to dooleyslosers:

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You're right... you don't have to be a Fulmerite to be critical of Dooley. But you're a fool if you think Rome was built in a day. He had a lot of obstacles and a big hole to dig this team out of, and it doesn't happen instantaniously.

Let me put it to you in a way that is easily understood. You were once born a sweet and innocent baby. It took years of ignorance and poor parenting decisions to turn you into the arsehole you are today.

Point being - it takes time to turn the culture, work ethic, depth, and talent into a team that can win championships. If you don't give him the fair amount of time, you do the system an injustice.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to dooleyslosers:

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Brilliant statement since Clemson has had to play LSU, bama, uga, and florida this year. What a freaking JOKE. Apples and Oranges, but trolling doesn't recognize FACTS now does it, TROLL.

New name, same lame loser.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to dooleyslosers:

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You're right. No one expected great things this year but with our schedule anybody could have coached them to 6 wins. Most people thought we'd get 8 wins this year with almost all the players back from last season. Florida and Georgia were both beatable, but our coaching staff didn't have a clue how to beat them. Beating either of those teams would have showed PROGRESS. Most knowledgeable fans recognize we're not getting any better at all, and probably getting worse.

To put it in perspective, we play in the SEC east, which is very weak. The SEC west's 4th place team has beaten two of the top teams from the east this year. If we lose to South Carolina Saturday that will mean we'll finish in the lower half of the SEC east (again). Which means we've now REGRESSED under Dooley to the third tier level (bottom 4 teams) of SEC teams. And yet some are so blind to think we're going to somehow magically climb into the top tier next year is laughable.

Good point about Clemson overachieving through excellent coaching, showing PROGRESS with their young players. And don't forget, this same Clemson team destroyed Auburn, who has beat two of our top SEC east teams.

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