Gene Stallings: Vols headed in right direction

Bobby Ross: Tim Tebow brings shades of Boomer Esiason

Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings is assigned by the Scripps Legends Poll to watch the Crimson Tide play each Saturday.

And, each week, Stallings has voted Alabama No. 1 on his ballot.

But Saturday, Stallings was also impressed with the Tide's opponent, Tennessee — for a half.

"They are headed in the right direction,'' Stallings said of the Vols on Monday's teleconference. "They played a half, but there's a reason you play a whole game.''

Stallings pointed out that UT's collapse could in large part be attributed to the team's youth.

"I think Tennessee is well-coached,'' he said. "But I think they need a few more good players.

"I didn't see a real marquee player that could win the game for you. They may have them, but I didn't see them.''

Stallings said he continues to see the makings of a national championship team in Alabama, particularly on defense.

"The Alabama players miss very few tackles,'' he said. "You don't see receivers catch an 8-yard pass and turn it into a 40-yard gain ... and they can really put pressure on the quarterback.

"(Offensively) they have the ability to pound that ball and keep pounding it.''

Stallings was asked if this season's Alabama defense has a chance to be the best in the school's illustrious history, as many are starting to project.

"It's hard to compare; the offenses were entirely different than in 1992,'' said Stallings, who coached the Tide to a national championship that season. "In '92, you saw two wide receivers, a tight end and two backs, and a trips (receiver) set every once in a while.

"Now you are seeing so many different formations,'' he said. "We led the nation in four categories: points allowed, total defense, run defense and pass defense. No question that defense was good. Then, you look at the 1962 Alabama defense, they only gave up 23 points all year.''

Boomer Tebow?: Former coach and Legends Poll voter Bobby Ross said he compares Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to Super Bowl quarterback Boomer Esiason, when Esiason played for Ross at Maryland in the 1980s.

"Boomer had the same attributes, and he had a little deal (hitch) in his delivery as well, and he worked on it,'' Ross said. "The one thing about Tebow that you know is he'll get that (hitch) corrected, and he'll work on it. He's a hard-working type of guy.

"He's not going to be able to run like he's doing now, because people will play that better — the level of play of defensive linemen in the NFL is unbelievable,'' Ross said. "I don't think he has a good supporting cast (in Denver) and that has something to do with things now.''

Badgers Still The Pick: Former Ohio State coach John Cooper said he believes Wisconsin is still the team to beat in the Big Ten even after their last-second loss at Michigan State on Saturday.

"Wisconsin is the best team in the league; I didn't think they placed their best Saturday night,'' Cooper said. "If it had gone into overtime, I felt they would have won. The (Michigan State) Hail Mary turned out like a fluke.

"I think Wisconsin has the best talent, and if Wisconsin can go into Columbus and beat Ohio Sate, they're still the team to beat,'' he said. "I think Nebraska will probably be favored over Michigan State.''

Sportsmanship?: Stallings said he takes issue with one thing that occurs at Alabama home games: The noise.

"It can be so noisy; they have these signs that say 'get louder, louder,' '' Stallings said. "A team practices all week to get ready, and then they get to the game and they can't hear. Something about that sportsmanship doesn't sit well with me.''

Clemson Respect: Former Virginia coach George Welsh compares the Tigers to last season's Auburn Tigers.

"The Clemson offense, after watching them a few weeks, reminds me of Auburn last year,'' Welsh said. "Great offense, great quarterback; it's not only (receiver) Sammy Watkins, it's also No. 6 (receiver DeAndre Hopkins). hey are gonna outscore people.

"It looks like they have good defensive line and they are quick. But you're gonna have to outscore Clemson. That offense is very difficult to stop if you have the skill people to execute it.''

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Volunatic writes:

"It can be so noisy; they have these signs that say 'get louder, louder,' " Stallings said. "A team practices all week to get ready, and then they get to the game and they can't hear. Something about that sportsmanship doesn't sit well with me."

Yeah. Those bama fans were such meanies for yelling for their team.
There should be a rule against that.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

I guess now the trolls will say that neither Peyton Manning nor Gene Stallings knows what they're talking about.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Volunatic:

"It can be so noisy; they have these signs that say 'get louder, louder,' " Stallings said. "A team practices all week to get ready, and then they get to the game and they can't hear. Something about that sportsmanship doesn't sit well with me."

Yeah. Those bama fans were such meanies for yelling for their team.
There should be a rule against that.

Witch Doctor bet he yells at kids walking in front of his house! lol
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

I guess now the trolls will say that neither Peyton Manning nor Gene Stallings knows what they're talking about.

Witch Doctor say from now on we treat them as the "no sports knowledge" eyeliner wearing boys they are. lol
Bones never lie.

abnermc writes:

To be honest I have wondered why a team w/ greater noise for the opponent is considered a better team when they win.It doesn't prove you are a better team ,just a louder stadium, louder fan base, etc. Maybe we could play it like golf: " IN THE HOLE !!!!"

PHAT_VOL writes:

YEA, Gene knows what hes talking about. On all counts. Our big play guy was Junstin Hunter. DaRick could be. But we need one badly. Someone to step up. We are headed in the right direction for sure. I'll just be glad when we can hear the announcer say play made by Jr. or Sr. so and so more than three times a game.
One other thing Coach Dooley isn't affraid to make decisions and tells it like it is. I respect that!!

TommyJack writes:

lots of respect for Stallings.

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor bet he yells at kids walking in front of his house! lol
Bones never lie.

That would be hard to do since Gene Stallings lives on a cattle ranch in Texas. Once again, you have rubbed the wrong bone and have been lied to. Be a smart girl and drop the bone and go back to sticking pins in your dolls. Your "knowledge" is lacking.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

That would be hard to do since Gene Stallings lives on a cattle ranch in Texas. Once again, you have rubbed the wrong bone and have been lied to. Be a smart girl and drop the bone and go back to sticking pins in your dolls. Your "knowledge" is lacking.

Witch Doctor mention "boys wearing eyeliner" and look who shows up to talk about rubbing my bone..(?) Witch Doctor say stay classy as kids read this board!
Bones never lie.

TheFuj writes:

Again, why is it all opposing teams and coaches (and even retired coaches) say we are heading in the right direction, but we keep losing. Maybe we are headed upwarded, but I believe just that even though we are heading in the right direction does not mean success. If all of the other SEC teams are heading in the right direction but in a faster pace, won't that still leave you behind?
I like Dooley as almost everyone likes him--I just want to see a win. I am not asking for a National Championship or a SEC championship--just 1 win over a quality opponent--like SC, or ARK. Just 1 win.

espender#273698 writes:

Glad he thinks we're heading into the right direction, but I really never was impressed by the guy. When Hootie Ingram, the Bama AD hired the so called "Dream Staff" at Bama, Stallings was hired after all of the assistants. I had never heard of anything like that before.

wbsmd1 writes:

The deeper into a losing pattern a coach goes the more praise he gets from other coaches it is all part of a typical pattern. On the other hand few coaches from other schools run around praising guys like Steve Spurrier, Urban Myers, and Les Miles.Those guys will never be as popular as Dooley.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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We're sorry but YOU are the one that is embarrassing. No knowledge of sports whatsoever and yes it is glaring. Keep trolling!!!!

D60 writes:

Where headed in the right direction just like his St. Louis Cardinals did 23-34-1

rtrchatt writes:

in response to TommyJack:

lots of respect for Stallings.

Much deserved as well. Why he was not hired in 82 to replace Coach Bryant changed Alabama fb for 20 yrs. He would have won and won big....

volspaws writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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They ran him off because the powers that be knew the NCAA was coming in. Bryant disciple, cheater just like Bryant. People have forgotten that there were multiple NCAA violations under Stallings' watch. Does that tarnish their '92 National Championship? You bet it does.

bigOutfan writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

That would be hard to do since Gene Stallings lives on a cattle ranch in Texas. Once again, you have rubbed the wrong bone and have been lied to. Be a smart girl and drop the bone and go back to sticking pins in your dolls. Your "knowledge" is lacking.

nice

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor mention "boys wearing eyeliner" and look who shows up to talk about rubbing my bone..(?) Witch Doctor say stay classy as kids read this board!
Bones never lie.

LOL!!! Score one for Witchy!

tulelakevol writes:

Sittin at the house the other night, and the wife had some show on called real housewives or something like that. Anyway all it was was a bunch of whining, griping women, which I dont know how that appeals to anybody, but hey, what do I know. Anyway, everytime I read the comments on the boards here, kinda reminds me of that show.

wbsmd1 writes:

Why are people not talking about what a good job Franklin is doing at Vandy? They are clearly improved and "headed in the right direction." I bet is personality is not as good as Dooley's or could it be he is actively recruiting kids other SEC schools want and is not a self professed "no hot sauce recruiter" like Dooley

VolBy3 writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

I guess now the trolls will say that neither Peyton Manning nor Gene Stallings knows what they're talking about.

You got it right. It took about 30 min for the merlot idiot to show up and prove you right. Trolls will forever be trolls. They will also always be hypocrites. They claim us true Vol fans cling to excuses for our team. Well, we have knowledgeable people state we are on the right track and the trolls say they are no longer knowledgeable; We soundly beat a top 25 team and the trolls say they weren't there when we beat them. When we beat SC, they will say it was only due to their injuries. We (the true fans of the Tennessee Vols) all know that, as this team moves upstream, it has a good rudder and will arrive at its SEC championship destination in a few short years with much excitement on the way. The trolls will still be part of this, so please just ignore their ignorance.

All4VOLS!!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

LOL!!! Score one for Witchy!

Witchy says hey Layla_K! lol
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Witch Doctor say probably reminds you of the teacher saying year after year..
"Yes the kids your age is 3 ahead in class but THIS is for your good".
Bones never lie.

EmbarrassedVolFromTampa (Inactive) writes:

Frankly, I hear from lots of Alabama folks who hope Coach Dooley ejoys a long tenure at Tennessee. The plain truth is, that as long as Nick Saban remains at Alabama, with his recruiting and player development skills, and as long as Coach Dooley remains at UT, with his corresponding skills, we can mark the 3rd Saturday up as an automatic loss.

Coach Dooley's acumen is relative to the competition. Saban's not the only comparison in which he comes up lacking. We need to begin thinking of a change, not in terms of if, but when. It's inevitable with this panic hire.

KenRan (Inactive) writes:

Does Vol Nation really want an ex Bama coach paying them a compliment...or was he making a joke. He said that he was impressed with UT - for a half. Then he said, "They are headed in the right direction. They played a half, but there's a reason you play a whole game."
Seriously, what do you think BO fans. Knowing UT fans, I doubt that many will find Stallings words a compliment. If you do, then I would turn in my orange fan card.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to EmbarrassedVolFromTampa:

Frankly, I hear from lots of Alabama folks who hope Coach Dooley ejoys a long tenure at Tennessee. The plain truth is, that as long as Nick Saban remains at Alabama, with his recruiting and player development skills, and as long as Coach Dooley remains at UT, with his corresponding skills, we can mark the 3rd Saturday up as an automatic loss.

Coach Dooley's acumen is relative to the competition. Saban's not the only comparison in which he comes up lacking. We need to begin thinking of a change, not in terms of if, but when. It's inevitable with this panic hire.

Witch Doctor say until we are ready to spend the loot(lets be real...this is NOT a destination job and never really was unless you are a grad) Witch Doctor say no BIG name coach is ever coming near with the Fulmer baggage. Witch Doctor say Dooley wasnt a panic hire....
Bones never lie.

cooper65#432178 writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

YEA, Gene knows what hes talking about. On all counts. Our big play guy was Junstin Hunter. DaRick could be. But we need one badly. Someone to step up. We are headed in the right direction for sure. I'll just be glad when we can hear the announcer say play made by Jr. or Sr. so and so more than three times a game.
One other thing Coach Dooley isn't affraid to make decisions and tells it like it is. I respect that!!

I know some don't like the star system in recruiting and for sure mistakes are made, but we need to pick up some 4 and 5* players to make the big game winning plays like Coach Stallins was talking about. It sure doesn't help that our two best offensive players are out and the guy who would have been our best defensive player was kicked off the team. We need quality depth to go along with the gamebreakers.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Gene Stallings was not run off. He wanted to spend more time with his son that has Down Syndrome. It was strictly a family decision. Stallings is highly regarded in the Alabama tradition. And, he and Peyton are right. Dooley inherited a depleted mess and all kinds of discipline issues. He is cleaning up the program and doing the best he can with too little depth and experience. Bama went through some tough years and coaching issues and it won't solve anything to yank the rug out from under your coach before he has a respectable chance to get things going. If there isn't visible progress in 2 years hence, then it is fair to re-evaluate,but the man deserves a chance.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to KenRan:

Does Vol Nation really want an ex Bama coach paying them a compliment...or was he making a joke. He said that he was impressed with UT - for a half. Then he said, "They are headed in the right direction. They played a half, but there's a reason you play a whole game."
Seriously, what do you think BO fans. Knowing UT fans, I doubt that many will find Stallings words a compliment. If you do, then I would turn in my orange fan card.

And what about the comment that teams need a marquee player to win and he didnt see ANY for UT. Yea, great compliment. 22 guys playing and not one marquee. He is right though. UT needs more playmakers. I still cant wait to see what Bray can do playing good teams. We need defensive playmakers. It is encouraging that the LB got SEC freshman of the week though. Next year, UT will be better and there will be no excuses. And other than a bitter enemy like Majors/Fulmer, I cant think of any former or current coach telling the media in an interview that another coach is no good. Of course they are going to say that. Thats not to say that I think Dooley isnt a good coach. I think he is doing all he can right now, and reserve my opinion until next year when there are no excuses/reasons not to win.

DC_Vol2011 writes:

In her book "Mindset," Dr. Carol Dweck talks about the way Pat Summitt came to view losing. It became a love-hate relationship. Pat explains that emotionally, it still makes her sick. But she also loves what losing does. To Pat, losing forces everyone, players and coaches, to develop a more complete game. Pat states that success has become the enemy to growth, it lulls you, and it makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy.

I believe that the success of Vol football in the 90s and early 2000s lulled the program from top to bottom into thinking that the program was inherently good. Growth, hard work, determination, and pursuit of improvement became back seats to the glitz and glamour of winning games at all costs. The wins came, for a time. But then they stopped coming. When the program looked down, it saw nothing but air and a long distance to fall until a loud, painful crash. There was nothing under the process of winning because it wasn't built on a process at all. Winning was the process. Winning was not the result of a process.

I think Coach Dooley knows this, and I implore all Vol fans to be patient during this time. It is painful, I know. Vol football looks irrelevant, and at times there appears to be no hope of reaching the levels of LSU and Alabama ever again.

But I believe the program's best days are ahead. In today's football world, the process matters. And the process can be very slow and painful at times. Like pouring the foundation of a new home, it takes great attention to detail, and above all, patience. Yet before that beautiful home can be built, the foundation must be laid, and it must be laid well.

I believe that the wins will come. And I believe that the wins will come in big ways. The cost is paid up front, and the results will be worth it.

There is not a coach in the country who understands the SEC better or what it takes to win in this league now better than Coach Dooley. No one understands how far the distance is between UT and the reigning SEC powers better than Coach Dooley. No one wants to win more, and no one appreciates the job he has more than Coach Dooley. He knows he is at a special place that has the opportunity to become even more special.

But in order to get there, the foundation must be laid, and the process must be followed. It is slow, and it is painful, but in the end, it will be worth it.

Vol fans, hang in there. Stay positive, and know that great days are ahead for the program.

Best,
DC Vol

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

Rivals has us ranked at #13 in 2012 recruiting. Everything is going to be just fine. Tampa dude can go ahead and jump off the big bridge in Tampa. The rest of us just need to sit tight. Did you know that Cincinnati is leading the Big East? Their only loss this year....to Coach Derek Dooley.

chattavfl86 writes:

in response to DC_Vol2011:

In her book "Mindset," Dr. Carol Dweck talks about the way Pat Summitt came to view losing. It became a love-hate relationship. Pat explains that emotionally, it still makes her sick. But she also loves what losing does. To Pat, losing forces everyone, players and coaches, to develop a more complete game. Pat states that success has become the enemy to growth, it lulls you, and it makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy.

I believe that the success of Vol football in the 90s and early 2000s lulled the program from top to bottom into thinking that the program was inherently good. Growth, hard work, determination, and pursuit of improvement became back seats to the glitz and glamour of winning games at all costs. The wins came, for a time. But then they stopped coming. When the program looked down, it saw nothing but air and a long distance to fall until a loud, painful crash. There was nothing under the process of winning because it wasn't built on a process at all. Winning was the process. Winning was not the result of a process.

I think Coach Dooley knows this, and I implore all Vol fans to be patient during this time. It is painful, I know. Vol football looks irrelevant, and at times there appears to be no hope of reaching the levels of LSU and Alabama ever again.

But I believe the program's best days are ahead. In today's football world, the process matters. And the process can be very slow and painful at times. Like pouring the foundation of a new home, it takes great attention to detail, and above all, patience. Yet before that beautiful home can be built, the foundation must be laid, and it must be laid well.

I believe that the wins will come. And I believe that the wins will come in big ways. The cost is paid up front, and the results will be worth it.

There is not a coach in the country who understands the SEC better or what it takes to win in this league now better than Coach Dooley. No one understands how far the distance is between UT and the reigning SEC powers better than Coach Dooley. No one wants to win more, and no one appreciates the job he has more than Coach Dooley. He knows he is at a special place that has the opportunity to become even more special.

But in order to get there, the foundation must be laid, and the process must be followed. It is slow, and it is painful, but in the end, it will be worth it.

Vol fans, hang in there. Stay positive, and know that great days are ahead for the program.

Best,
DC Vol

I read this and in my mind the mental image of myself stood up and slowly began clapping. Well stated sir.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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What’s worse, fans who are willing to give the man some time and take notice of some minor victories along the way (i.e. signs of progress), or those of you who constantly wander around with this ‘sky is falling’ mentality, make snap judgments and demand immediate staff changes that will send our program back another decade?

LSU and Alabama have LOADS of depth and talent. To think we had a chance of winning either of those games (or even keep them remotely close) is delusional. Those who support Dooley acknowledge the fact that there is still a ways to go, but will also take time to notice areas where progress is being made and look forward to a better future. Yes, it sucks to be manhandled like that, but you’re in a complete state of denial if you continue to ignore our issues (youth and depth) and blame everything on coaching. No odds maker in the country predicted either game to be close, not because of coaching, but because they understand our challenges.

I’ll bet you’re the type of person who thought the down economy would be resolved in a week too.

If both Peyton Manning AND Gene Stallings agree that things are headed in the right direction, you'll have to excuse those of us who will take their word over someone with no scouting or coaching experience and who clearly needs some Prozac.

EmbarrassedVolFromTampa (Inactive) writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

Rivals has us ranked at #13 in 2012 recruiting. Everything is going to be just fine. Tampa dude can go ahead and jump off the big bridge in Tampa. The rest of us just need to sit tight. Did you know that Cincinnati is leading the Big East? Their only loss this year....to Coach Derek Dooley.

Cincinnati is likely to win 1 of their remaining 5 games in an anemic Big East. This is hardly a signature win. I believe Tennessee teams should be judged by how they fare in the SEC and the prospects now and in the future aren't very bright.

It's not personal against Coach Dooley and won't influence my contributing either to the VSAF or annual fund. With the coaches and recruiting classes in the rest of the SEC, I think the man's in over his head and it will become abundantly clear as this season plays out.

A 13th ranked class will always put you in a precarious position in the SEC.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

Jump

orangecountyvols writes:

RollTideJoe, plus real Vol fans,

Joe, nice comments from you about where the Vols program currently finds itself. And yes, your Tide is very awesome, no apparent weaknesses anywhere.

Remember too, when any of us reply to this troll, Merlot.............he doesn't care if we do address him for what he is............a whiny troll. He just wants the attention as most trolls do.

Nov 5th Joe. Huge game between two great teams.
Should be very interesting. Wonder how much those tickets will cost?

OldNumber7 writes:

in response to EmbarrassedVolFromTampa:

Frankly, I hear from lots of Alabama folks who hope Coach Dooley ejoys a long tenure at Tennessee. The plain truth is, that as long as Nick Saban remains at Alabama, with his recruiting and player development skills, and as long as Coach Dooley remains at UT, with his corresponding skills, we can mark the 3rd Saturday up as an automatic loss.

Coach Dooley's acumen is relative to the competition. Saban's not the only comparison in which he comes up lacking. We need to begin thinking of a change, not in terms of if, but when. It's inevitable with this panic hire.

And what coach, do you suggest, would improve matters? Did you notice Tennessee is still bringing a pop-gun to a tank battle? Did you notice that about 50 other coaches from Meyer to JoePa have felt Saban's wrath? You are the one panicking!

Stallings is absolutely right. Dooley pulled down the Gatorade Player of the Year and is loading up on some wicked recruits (so far). Until this team is deep NO ONE can judge his coaching abilities. Look what happened to Auburn when marquis players and depth left for the NFL...yeah Einstein...they got whipped worse than we did by LSU. The 3rd Saturday is going to be a beast for a long time...not because Dooley is here..but because Saban is there.

VolBy3 writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

Rivals has us ranked at #13 in 2012 recruiting. Everything is going to be just fine. Tampa dude can go ahead and jump off the big bridge in Tampa. The rest of us just need to sit tight. Did you know that Cincinnati is leading the Big East? Their only loss this year....to Coach Derek Dooley.

Thanks Layla. We are definitely on the upswing. Don't worry about tampon dude, trolls will always be here. They will most likely change their names as we get better but their shallow ignorant postings will be easier to spot and disregard.

All4VOLS!!

arkyvol writes:

now, i'm sure we're headed in the right direction. all coach raleigh needs is a couple of more years.

arkyvol writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

Rivals has us ranked at #13 in 2012 recruiting. Everything is going to be just fine. Tampa dude can go ahead and jump off the big bridge in Tampa. The rest of us just need to sit tight. Did you know that Cincinnati is leading the Big East? Their only loss this year....to Coach Derek Dooley.

#13 in national recruiting and two bucks will get you a cup of coffee in the sec.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Yeah, you're right and Gene Stallings is wrong...

Bwahahahahahahahaa!

Navaloranges writes:

in response to EmbarrassedVolFromTampa:

Cincinnati is likely to win 1 of their remaining 5 games in an anemic Big East. This is hardly a signature win. I believe Tennessee teams should be judged by how they fare in the SEC and the prospects now and in the future aren't very bright.

It's not personal against Coach Dooley and won't influence my contributing either to the VSAF or annual fund. With the coaches and recruiting classes in the rest of the SEC, I think the man's in over his head and it will become abundantly clear as this season plays out.

A 13th ranked class will always put you in a precarious position in the SEC.

YOU are a pathalogical...

You are the same old WHINE, with ANOTHER new screen name. Please keep up the agenda, you'll come up empty in the end, and STILL be pathetic. Dooley WILL get his three year minimum to rebuild, and we will rise from FIFTH (5th) in SEC recruiting, to the top 3 when the winning starts.

It's HILARIOUS that in this week alone, I've heard Mike Strange, Chris Low, Gene Stallings, and Peyton Manning ALL FOUR say UT is well coached and will improve under Dooley. BUT SOMEHOW, packer and merlot KNOW those four individuals are wrong, and they are right? REALLY? IN-FREAKING-CREDIBLE that you so-called "fans" claim to know more than these individuals, Just incredible.

Folks wouild think that eventually you'd admit when you're just plain WRONG. BUT, Nooooooo, you got to keep up the good fight. For what? Nobody buys your BS, and mostly they just laugh at you. Talk about clueless, you guys take the cake.

murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

lots of respect for Stallings.

He's earned it.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Witch Doctor chuckle!
Bones never lie.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Dare accepted!

1. QB play (before Bray was injured)
2. Wide receiver play (before Hunter was injured)
3. O-line (protecting the QB... still need work on run game)
4. Kick-off and punt return coverage

Ooops... that's 4. Guess I don't follow directions very well. NEXT!

EmbarrassedVolFromTampa (Inactive) writes:

in response to OldNumber7:

And what coach, do you suggest, would improve matters? Did you notice Tennessee is still bringing a pop-gun to a tank battle? Did you notice that about 50 other coaches from Meyer to JoePa have felt Saban's wrath? You are the one panicking!

Stallings is absolutely right. Dooley pulled down the Gatorade Player of the Year and is loading up on some wicked recruits (so far). Until this team is deep NO ONE can judge his coaching abilities. Look what happened to Auburn when marquis players and depth left for the NFL...yeah Einstein...they got whipped worse than we did by LSU. The 3rd Saturday is going to be a beast for a long time...not because Dooley is here..but because Saban is there.

It would appear that through your own statement you are prepared to concede my point. Namely, that as long as Saban remains in Tuscaloosa and Dooley in Knoxville, then the 3rd Saturday is lost.

Perhaps you and a majority of the readers here are cowered by a Nick Saban led Alabama, but not this reader. I think we should insist upon parity with Alabama, and by your own admission Dooley doesn't fit that bill.

We can say Coach Dooley did a nice job of holding the reins in a time of trouble. However, what Tennessee needs, and deserves, is a first class trainer, and not a stable boy.

An inevitable 5-7 or 4-8 season should remove all doubt.

Theo writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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So what you are saying here is that you were an idiot in the past but you are right about Coach Dooley now. Hmmm.
My basis for this understanding is of course that you are a troll and not a UT fan.

TKO writes:

in response to TommyJack:

lots of respect for Stallings.

agree

BobbyJones writes:

Well, Gene, the 1938 Vols (my Mother's Junior year) only gave up 16 points the entire season. Go Vols!

Dwinsgames writes:

Every coach that commented made indirect or direct reference to teams with success because of their line play. Earlier this fall I heard a TV commentator say that Wisconsin had the best line in college ball..Big..Strong and Smart. Based on how dooley has buit and continues to build his "O" line, I believe his position/opinion is appparently that,"Two out of Three ain't bad".

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