John Adams: Fitting system to players could serve Butch Jones well

Introductory media conferences don't lend themselves to details. And Butch Jones' get-together wasn't any different when he was introduced as Tennessee's new football coach Friday.

You got nothing more than a cursory view of the new guy's background and philosophy as well as his plan for reviving Tennessee football.

One tidbit that stuck with me was prompted by a question about his "system." He would conform it to his personnel, he said.

As simple as that approach sounds, it's not always followed. Some coaches say it but don't practice it. Others are too inflexible or so infatuated with their own precious system, even tweaking it could produce physical pain.

Strict adherence to a system also can be painful, especially for the viewing public. For example, take the most recent UT defense, whose practitioners seemed more confounded by it than their opponents did. The result: the worst defense in school history, and a greater appreciation for previous defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.

If Jones can at least adapt his schemes to the talents of his new players, the Vols will be ahead of their 2012 pace.

It also should be noted that the UT defense sunk to such depths, almost any change in direction would assure progress for what will be a veteran unit. Having 11 men on the field at all times also would be a nice twist.

I'm more curious about the offense. And not just because UT has a new coach.

Tennessee's receiving corps could be all but wiped out since tight end Mychal Rivera and wide receiver Zach Rogers are seniors; juniors Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson likely will go pro. Also, junior quarterback Tyler Bray is another probable candidate for an early exit.

So the offense would have a different look even if Jones had retained former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and copied his offense to the letter. But the up-tempo, physical offense that Jones advocates shouldn't vary greatly from what UT is already using, particularly since he will have a capable offensive line to pave the way.

Adapting the system to accommodate a quarterback's skill set can have championship implications. Former UT offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe did that in going from Peyton Manning to Tee Martin. And Tennessee has a national title to show for it.

Jones addressed the versatility of his offense by pointing out that he has employed both running and non-running quarterbacks.

UT fans would welcome a quarterback who can do both.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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sameolvolalum writes:

When's the Orange and White game?

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

I dont have a problem with straight criticism, and I have seen John Adams make some very good points even if it is against our team. But I HATE the sarcastic digs that he takes. Like saying that fielding 11 men on the field would be a "nice twist."

That is the mark of someone whose real intentions slip out once in a while. Adams is trying to act like he is writing unbiased articles, but hidden among the facts are signs that he is clearly biased against UT.

thevoice writes:

in response to TheRealDragonSlayer:

I dont have a problem with straight criticism, and I have seen John Adams make some very good points even if it is against our team. But I HATE the sarcastic digs that he takes. Like saying that fielding 11 men on the field would be a "nice twist."

That is the mark of someone whose real intentions slip out once in a while. Adams is trying to act like he is writing unbiased articles, but hidden among the facts are signs that he is clearly biased against UT.

A winning program should clear that up pretty nicely. John's had 3-5 years to hone his skills.

jimr07 writes:

Somebody remind me where John Adams played and then later coached...

nocleats writes:

Got to get some TALENTED RBs (plural) to become a power running team. And until speed and quickness are addressed on Defense you can adapt all you want. Speed kills in the SEC. Strong powerful fast RBs do too. (See Alabama,UGA etc)

nocleats writes:

in response to nocleats:

Got to get some TALENTED RBs (plural) to become a power running team. And until speed and quickness are addressed on Defense you can adapt all you want. Speed kills in the SEC. Strong powerful fast RBs do too. (See Alabama,UGA etc)

To that point, getting talented RBs and speedy defenders like UA, UGA, and Lsu etc. would require Cheek to change the system and allow those same players into Tenn. Right now Players that qualify based on NCAA guidelines and SEC guidelines and are accepted into UA,LSU,UGA,USC, etc are not granted admissions due to DR Cheeks rules that he installed some 7 years ago. Pressure needs to be on DR Cheek to "address" the issues that AD Hart, Coach Dooley. Coach Kiffin, Coach Fulmer, Mike Hamilton, and others have been asking, begging, pleading for for at least the last 300+ weeks!

AirForceVol2786 writes:

You guys trash Adams but having 11 men on the field would be nice. It is a fair point.

chipmurphy461 writes:

No Adams, Jones's offensive system has proven over time that it works. UT must ride out the storm of the next few seasons while he gets the personnel he needs to run his offense. The recruits are going to make their decisions largely based on what offense they see ran on tv.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to thevoice:

A winning program should clear that up pretty nicely. John's had 3-5 years to hone his skills.

Agreed, how can anyone argue with the results posted the last several years?? Don't have a team ill-prepared and those snide comments will go away.

dgcarter43 writes:

John makes a very good point about the Justin Wilcox defense. He took the talent he had and coached it to a rank of 37th nationally whereas, Sal Sunseri took basically the same defensive players with another year's experience and coached them to a rank of 110. Fortunately, he won't be around to screw it up next season.

creekroad writes:

John who can't write is now going to coach? Of all the candidates that were mentioned for the job, John was my last choice. Just stick to being a former sports editor, ok John?

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to TheRealDragonSlayer:

I dont have a problem with straight criticism, and I have seen John Adams make some very good points even if it is against our team. But I HATE the sarcastic digs that he takes. Like saying that fielding 11 men on the field would be a "nice twist."

That is the mark of someone whose real intentions slip out once in a while. Adams is trying to act like he is writing unbiased articles, but hidden among the facts are signs that he is clearly biased against UT.

Dragon,

I hear ya friend.

One thing Adams might do, with all his writing expertise............is learning the difference in sunk and sank.

He's one of these guys who is known for saying things like " he went to the line and sunk 2 free throws" or "the ship sunk after the torpedo in enemy waters," etc.

In other words, you never really know what you're going to get with J A. You can however count on a bit of arrogance most of the time.

NeedForSpeed writes:

Nothing 'wrong' with article except that he tried to build up Wilcox too much to prove a point about coaching for my taste. One of the worst losses in UT history was the goal line moronic brain cramp meltdown we had on defense which allowed LSU to get an extra down and win on the last play of the game. Remember? Who gives a rat what your quote defensive ranking is when u choke under the most intense pressure and embarrass the Vol Nation like that. That game stands out in my mind when I was convinced Dooley was not head coach material for UT. Yes, Adam's dig is absolutely fair. But Wilcox is no better than sunseri as far as I'm concerned with the 11 men on the field observation. A totally legit comment. If the shoe fits, wear it. And lately, UT fits a lot a negative stereotypes.

But I'm a happy camper now. This coach is the type of fit we should have had after Fulmer in the first place. I predict we r a serious SEC contender in 3 years and I also predict there will be idiots on here dumb enough not to be happy with that either but that's the Vol Nation for ya.

underthehill writes:

in response to TheRealDragonSlayer:

I dont have a problem with straight criticism, and I have seen John Adams make some very good points even if it is against our team. But I HATE the sarcastic digs that he takes. Like saying that fielding 11 men on the field would be a "nice twist."

That is the mark of someone whose real intentions slip out once in a while. Adams is trying to act like he is writing unbiased articles, but hidden among the facts are signs that he is clearly biased against UT.

John may not realize there are readers who can see below the surface and expose his real intentions..especially when they are hidden among the facts..I have to admit I only look at the facts..thanks for your keen observation..and seeing 11 men on the field was not hidden..it was pretty obvious to the refs..

PUL4VOLS writes:

Just more and more morsels of infinite wisdom being handed down from the Adams Family. What next, Gomez becomes assistant writer? As usual, John acts as if he is going to be positive and wham, same old, same old. As for all you who claim he has a point, good gosh, he's been making that point for...oh as long as I remember reading his writings. Let's let this chapter be written and play out. My guess is there will still be the Adams family Thing of finding negatives with the Volunteer football program.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to jimr07:

Somebody remind me where John Adams played and then later coached...

What sports reporter/commentator doesn't think he is smarter than everyone else?

underthehill writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

Just more and more morsels of infinite wisdom being handed down from the Adams Family. What next, Gomez becomes assistant writer? As usual, John acts as if he is going to be positive and wham, same old, same old. As for all you who claim he has a point, good gosh, he's been making that point for...oh as long as I remember reading his writings. Let's let this chapter be written and play out. My guess is there will still be the Adams family Thing of finding negatives with the Volunteer football program.

My guess is ..when the negatives are facts..there will always be those who think you oughta keep it secret..that way momma won't know..keep writing facts John..but remember..nothing you write and nothing anyone says on here has anything to do with what happens on the field..that is up to the players and coach..thank goodness for that...

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to jimr07:

Somebody remind me where John Adams played and then later coached...

The same place Butch Jones got his journalism degree.

Coach_K writes:

in response to ANYONE_BUT_LIBS:

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You clearly don't know much about football or life for that matter. It's effort not talent that will carry you to the next level. Dane Bradshaw was perfect example of that. He had WAY less talent than the other guys guys on the floor. However he had more heart than EVERY1! Therein lies the problem. Very few people were motivated to "give their all for Tennessee" under Dooley. I would take a 3* from say Oak Ridge of Brentwood Acd how lived their whole life a Vol as opposed to a 5* from Cali who just wants to play in the NFL. When a superstar has a bad game or season he shuts it down emotionally, because his dreams are still alive(see Justin Hunter). When a VFL has a bad game or bad season, he knows he must try harder because his dream is to see the VOLS on top again (see Zach Rodgers)!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

You mqy not have to fit players to systems...or even make sure big guys play line and speedy guys play wide receiver or defensive back,

if you have the "best coaching staff in America."

Since all but a couple of coaches like that come from Cincinnati, that source of greatest football tradition and excellence in the country---except three schools under NCAA sanctions--- Auburn, Tennessee and USC---where Jones is getting his other coaches, if he can.

USC is iffy for Jones: Tee Martin has a wife who is a cult singer. L.A. is a LOT more conducive to a singer's career than a mountain hamlet nestled in the backwoods of East Tennessee.

Any husband knows if Mama's happy, everybody's happy.

It would not surprise me if he passes on recruiting to Tee Martin Drive and derives by Payton Manning Pass.

The street was named after him, in the eyes of some, to avoid charges of racism and favoritism after another street was named after Manning.

http://www.tgasports.com/football/pla...

Does Tee Martin, who does motivational speaking as a second business, have a better opportunity to build that business in Los Angeles at USC with all its spotlight of media attention, or in Knoxville, in what has become the land that football forgot?

Don't ask Jones. He thinks the Bearcat coaches, plus Auburn refugees are the greatest staff in America.

Don't ask Hart, who has proved he could not find a top echelon coach if he had $17-million dollars to pay one, even though at least two wanted to work at UT---yet Hart could not get them hired.

Ask Tee Martin, who has become a celebrity, and now lives in a world where people use slogans like "Forward."

It may be important that he said he wanted to make sure he came "BACK to the Southeast (and thus Knoxville) for the right reasons."

He may decline to see Peyton's pass or Tee's drive on a more regular basis, see Mama every night and Lane Kiffin or some other USC head coach on an ongoing basis---until something even bigger shows up. Tee Martin's star is on the rise...and can be seen in places far larger than Neyland Stadium.

If he remembers history, he may not get all mushy and sentimental, when he remembera charges of racism and favortisim that framed naming that street after him. Not much of that in racially neutral L.A.

BACK to Knoxville? Was there something to that choice of words?

Coach_K writes:

Oak Ridge *or* Brentwood Acd *who*

jimr07 writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

What sports reporter/commentator doesn't think he is smarter than everyone else?

I understand.. they KNOW everything..

jimr07 writes:

in response to HooRay_Vol:

The same place Butch Jones got his journalism degree.

I am not aware of Butch Jones trying to tell John Adams how to write a column.. do you?

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

You hired the entire Cincinnati Bearcats staff.

<<insert chirping cricket noise here>>

The Tennessee Bearcats!

3volfan writes:

in response to nocleats:

To that point, getting talented RBs and speedy defenders like UA, UGA, and Lsu etc. would require Cheek to change the system and allow those same players into Tenn. Right now Players that qualify based on NCAA guidelines and SEC guidelines and are accepted into UA,LSU,UGA,USC, etc are not granted admissions due to DR Cheeks rules that he installed some 7 years ago. Pressure needs to be on DR Cheek to "address" the issues that AD Hart, Coach Dooley. Coach Kiffin, Coach Fulmer, Mike Hamilton, and others have been asking, begging, pleading for for at least the last 300+ weeks!

Interesting to say the least. Now you are onto something most of us have no idea what you are talking about. If you don't mind, could you elaborate on Mr. Cheeks qualifications? Thanks

mnvol writes:

in response to nocleats:

To that point, getting talented RBs and speedy defenders like UA, UGA, and Lsu etc. would require Cheek to change the system and allow those same players into Tenn. Right now Players that qualify based on NCAA guidelines and SEC guidelines and are accepted into UA,LSU,UGA,USC, etc are not granted admissions due to DR Cheeks rules that he installed some 7 years ago. Pressure needs to be on DR Cheek to "address" the issues that AD Hart, Coach Dooley. Coach Kiffin, Coach Fulmer, Mike Hamilton, and others have been asking, begging, pleading for for at least the last 300+ weeks!

If the rules have been in place for 7 years, then they were in place 3 years before Dr. Cheek even arrived at the UT campus.

Nice try, though.

jt45 writes:

in response to Coach_K:

You clearly don't know much about football or life for that matter. It's effort not talent that will carry you to the next level. Dane Bradshaw was perfect example of that. He had WAY less talent than the other guys guys on the floor. However he had more heart than EVERY1! Therein lies the problem. Very few people were motivated to "give their all for Tennessee" under Dooley. I would take a 3* from say Oak Ridge of Brentwood Acd how lived their whole life a Vol as opposed to a 5* from Cali who just wants to play in the NFL. When a superstar has a bad game or season he shuts it down emotionally, because his dreams are still alive(see Justin Hunter). When a VFL has a bad game or bad season, he knows he must try harder because his dream is to see the VOLS on top again (see Zach Rodgers)!

Good post, It never ceases to amaze me how much stock people put into star rankings.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

You hired the entire Cincinnati Bearcats staff.

<<insert chirping cricket noise here>>

The Tennessee Bearcats!

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

6972 writes:

Adapting the system to the talent: now that is a novel ideaa. Wonder if Sunseri wished he had thought about that?

jt45 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Great so your a Hitler Lover and a NegaVol.

VolGrad writes:

in response to TheRealDragonSlayer:

I dont have a problem with straight criticism, and I have seen John Adams make some very good points even if it is against our team. But I HATE the sarcastic digs that he takes. Like saying that fielding 11 men on the field would be a "nice twist."

That is the mark of someone whose real intentions slip out once in a while. Adams is trying to act like he is writing unbiased articles, but hidden among the facts are signs that he is clearly biased against UT.

+1

He can be insightful. He can also be a pain in the neck or locations southward. Being less of a pain would be a "nice twist."

798orange writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

You mqy not have to fit players to systems...or even make sure big guys play line and speedy guys play wide receiver or defensive back,

if you have the "best coaching staff in America."

Since all but a couple of coaches like that come from Cincinnati, that source of greatest football tradition and excellence in the country---except three schools under NCAA sanctions--- Auburn, Tennessee and USC---where Jones is getting his other coaches, if he can.

USC is iffy for Jones: Tee Martin has a wife who is a cult singer. L.A. is a LOT more conducive to a singer's career than a mountain hamlet nestled in the backwoods of East Tennessee.

Any husband knows if Mama's happy, everybody's happy.

It would not surprise me if he passes on recruiting to Tee Martin Drive and derives by Payton Manning Pass.

The street was named after him, in the eyes of some, to avoid charges of racism and favoritism after another street was named after Manning.

http://www.tgasports.com/football/pla...

Does Tee Martin, who does motivational speaking as a second business, have a better opportunity to build that business in Los Angeles at USC with all its spotlight of media attention, or in Knoxville, in what has become the land that football forgot?

Don't ask Jones. He thinks the Bearcat coaches, plus Auburn refugees are the greatest staff in America.

Don't ask Hart, who has proved he could not find a top echelon coach if he had $17-million dollars to pay one, even though at least two wanted to work at UT---yet Hart could not get them hired.

Ask Tee Martin, who has become a celebrity, and now lives in a world where people use slogans like "Forward."

It may be important that he said he wanted to make sure he came "BACK to the Southeast (and thus Knoxville) for the right reasons."

He may decline to see Peyton's pass or Tee's drive on a more regular basis, see Mama every night and Lane Kiffin or some other USC head coach on an ongoing basis---until something even bigger shows up. Tee Martin's star is on the rise...and can be seen in places far larger than Neyland Stadium.

If he remembers history, he may not get all mushy and sentimental, when he remembera charges of racism and favortisim that framed naming that street after him. Not much of that in racially neutral L.A.

BACK to Knoxville? Was there something to that choice of words?

Such a waste of time to spend so much energy trying to invent negative things to say about a coach or a program. There are a handful of people like this who are going to have such a dour outlook regardless of who we hired. Go root for another team.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Why do so many people post snide remarks on this site?

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to nocleats:

To that point, getting talented RBs and speedy defenders like UA, UGA, and Lsu etc. would require Cheek to change the system and allow those same players into Tenn. Right now Players that qualify based on NCAA guidelines and SEC guidelines and are accepted into UA,LSU,UGA,USC, etc are not granted admissions due to DR Cheeks rules that he installed some 7 years ago. Pressure needs to be on DR Cheek to "address" the issues that AD Hart, Coach Dooley. Coach Kiffin, Coach Fulmer, Mike Hamilton, and others have been asking, begging, pleading for for at least the last 300+ weeks!

I guess that explains how a JC wide receiver named Patterson got enrolled and then skipped all his classes.

Stop listening to pin heads, and grow up. UT is not the Harvard of the SEC.

VolGrad writes:

in response to AirForceVol2786:

You guys trash Adams but having 11 men on the field would be nice. It is a fair point.

No it isn't. How many times did that happen? You'd think it happened in every game with that kind of barb. And the one we most remember... was when Wilcox was DC. Which year was that... against LSU, I think.

I wonder if there were any teams in the past 3 years that never had too many men on the field at some point. It happened in a critical situation against LSU, and we'll all remember that one. That is all.

His statement suggests it happened all the time. There is nothing fair about that. He was being a _____ by saying that.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

You mqy not have to fit players to systems...or even make sure big guys play line and speedy guys play wide receiver or defensive back,

if you have the "best coaching staff in America."

Since all but a couple of coaches like that come from Cincinnati, that source of greatest football tradition and excellence in the country---except three schools under NCAA sanctions--- Auburn, Tennessee and USC---where Jones is getting his other coaches, if he can.

USC is iffy for Jones: Tee Martin has a wife who is a cult singer. L.A. is a LOT more conducive to a singer's career than a mountain hamlet nestled in the backwoods of East Tennessee.

Any husband knows if Mama's happy, everybody's happy.

It would not surprise me if he passes on recruiting to Tee Martin Drive and derives by Payton Manning Pass.

The street was named after him, in the eyes of some, to avoid charges of racism and favoritism after another street was named after Manning.

http://www.tgasports.com/football/pla...

Does Tee Martin, who does motivational speaking as a second business, have a better opportunity to build that business in Los Angeles at USC with all its spotlight of media attention, or in Knoxville, in what has become the land that football forgot?

Don't ask Jones. He thinks the Bearcat coaches, plus Auburn refugees are the greatest staff in America.

Don't ask Hart, who has proved he could not find a top echelon coach if he had $17-million dollars to pay one, even though at least two wanted to work at UT---yet Hart could not get them hired.

Ask Tee Martin, who has become a celebrity, and now lives in a world where people use slogans like "Forward."

It may be important that he said he wanted to make sure he came "BACK to the Southeast (and thus Knoxville) for the right reasons."

He may decline to see Peyton's pass or Tee's drive on a more regular basis, see Mama every night and Lane Kiffin or some other USC head coach on an ongoing basis---until something even bigger shows up. Tee Martin's star is on the rise...and can be seen in places far larger than Neyland Stadium.

If he remembers history, he may not get all mushy and sentimental, when he remembera charges of racism and favortisim that framed naming that street after him. Not much of that in racially neutral L.A.

BACK to Knoxville? Was there something to that choice of words?

Your kind of weird, are you trying to be racist?

If TEE is happy in sunny California good for him. If he doesn't want the pressure of rebuilding his alma mater good for him. He has been approached no less than 3 times I believe to return to UT each time turning it down. So maybe he just doesn't care as much as fans do about it.

Doesn't mean you have to write all that garbage you spewed.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to nocleats:

To that point, getting talented RBs and speedy defenders like UA, UGA, and Lsu etc. would require Cheek to change the system and allow those same players into Tenn. Right now Players that qualify based on NCAA guidelines and SEC guidelines and are accepted into UA,LSU,UGA,USC, etc are not granted admissions due to DR Cheeks rules that he installed some 7 years ago. Pressure needs to be on DR Cheek to "address" the issues that AD Hart, Coach Dooley. Coach Kiffin, Coach Fulmer, Mike Hamilton, and others have been asking, begging, pleading for for at least the last 300+ weeks!

Don't always believe what Jimmy Hyams tells you. There is no difference and to prove it you name one player that was to come to UT, was denied, and ended up at another SEC school. Answer: None. However, if you will remember we took a kid (Omari Hand?) who was denied at Florida. He didn't amount to anything but he was denied at Florida and accepted here.
UT's requirements for JUCO are tighter but given the fact that Dooley brought in five that made it tells me it is not that big a deal.

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to jimr07:

Somebody remind me where John Adams played and then later coached...

Recall from earlier this year right before the UF game that Adams had an article that said that Dooley might go from hot seat to hot commodity.

Base your judgment of his prognostication expertise on that.

Walt

UT '81

usafvol writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

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You guy's are very amusing; makes the rest of us feel lucky to not be you. Dumb & Dumber comes to mind..

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to VolGrad:

No it isn't. How many times did that happen? You'd think it happened in every game with that kind of barb. And the one we most remember... was when Wilcox was DC. Which year was that... against LSU, I think.

I wonder if there were any teams in the past 3 years that never had too many men on the field at some point. It happened in a critical situation against LSU, and we'll all remember that one. That is all.

His statement suggests it happened all the time. There is nothing fair about that. He was being a _____ by saying that.

That was hyperbole on Adams' part. He is allowed.

Walt

UT '81

VolGrad writes:

in response to Geofffourmyle:

That was hyperbole on Adams' part. He is allowed.

Walt

UT '81

Whether it is hyperbole or not changes nothing. He has a history of negative overstatement.

Much like nagging, it gets really old after a while.

BlueHarley writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

Why do so many people post snide remarks on this site?

"Look at me".."look at me".."Look at me"....that's why.

VolGrad writes:

Like every true Vol fan, I certainly hope CBJ can adapt his system to the players successfully. We are all in withdrawals from SEC Championship play.

Go Vols!

volpreacher writes:

in response to ANYONE_BUT_LIBS:

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Yea, I guess that Wisconsin shouldn't have recruited Montee Bell, he was the 33rd ranked RB out of high school, or Ok. ST. shouldn't have recruited Justin Blackman the 91st WR out of high school, and on & on & on. I understand that some 5* are team changers but most aren't and a good solid player with proper coaching translates into more victories.

underthehill writes:

Walt..where have you been..did I miss your comments on the Jones hire or did you not make any..I think I did read where your prediction of 5-7 last year was the only correct one I know about..have you made your prediction yet for this year..

SCVFL writes:

in response to Coach_K:

You clearly don't know much about football or life for that matter. It's effort not talent that will carry you to the next level. Dane Bradshaw was perfect example of that. He had WAY less talent than the other guys guys on the floor. However he had more heart than EVERY1! Therein lies the problem. Very few people were motivated to "give their all for Tennessee" under Dooley. I would take a 3* from say Oak Ridge of Brentwood Acd how lived their whole life a Vol as opposed to a 5* from Cali who just wants to play in the NFL. When a superstar has a bad game or season he shuts it down emotionally, because his dreams are still alive(see Justin Hunter). When a VFL has a bad game or bad season, he knows he must try harder because his dream is to see the VOLS on top again (see Zach Rodgers)!

Coach,
DITTO!!!! I have had that opinion 4EVER. And to expound even more, many, many times a couple of spoiled, over-egoed 5* brats can destroy the morale of an entire team. Talent is a great thing to have, but if it does not come along with, work ethic, desire, and team work it is wasted.
I hope if CBJ does but one thing at UT, it is bring in the best of the in state talent. And when those guys hit the sign above the door on the way to the field, they UNDERSTAND what it means to be a VOL.

GO BIG RNG

Theo writes:

in response to ANYONE_BUT_LIBS:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You need to go fffffffff find another team to root for you waste of oxygen. Anyone who calls our players garbage doesn't deserve to be a UT fan. I don't care how many stars they start with, they give their all for Tennesse and you aren't worthy to wash their jerseys. How pathetic that you think it is okay to say such horrible things about 19 year old kids.

exlineman writes:

If Tee Martin doesn't wish to come to UT, we can find a replacement. If you want 4 and 5 star talent, then bring in Willie Gault,who recruits would definitely be impressed with. We have others out there similar to Gaults background. Since Willie is a part time actor, we might and might not have a shot at him. Can you imagine having him on board and a prospective recruit getting a call from the great Willie Gault. If we couldn't get him, then maybe Coach Jones could ask him to help us in some way that is within the guide lines of the NCAA. A Willie Gault day on the first game of the year would be a big boost as well.

Theo writes:

in response to jt45:

Great so your a Hitler Lover and a NegaVol.

+1

Damitman writes:

in response to Coach_K:

You clearly don't know much about football or life for that matter. It's effort not talent that will carry you to the next level. Dane Bradshaw was perfect example of that. He had WAY less talent than the other guys guys on the floor. However he had more heart than EVERY1! Therein lies the problem. Very few people were motivated to "give their all for Tennessee" under Dooley. I would take a 3* from say Oak Ridge of Brentwood Acd how lived their whole life a Vol as opposed to a 5* from Cali who just wants to play in the NFL. When a superstar has a bad game or season he shuts it down emotionally, because his dreams are still alive(see Justin Hunter). When a VFL has a bad game or bad season, he knows he must try harder because his dream is to see the VOLS on top again (see Zach Rodgers)!

Thank you so much!! Some of these so called fans think they are wise about the game just because they watch it. Everything about a player is not in his rating or even his bio. Heart and motivation are a greater part of the player than anything else. Thank you again for bringing some honesty to the conversation!!

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