Tennessee defense won't go by just one label

'Being smart and tough that's what its going to be all about'

MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL
UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri talks to the media on Wednesday at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.

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MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri talks to the media on Wednesday at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.

UT's new defensive coordinator, Sal Sunseri, speaks with the media

The Tennessee defense won't be defined by one scheme.

Sal Sunseri is bringing more elements of the 3-4 alignment to the Vols, which is not a secret given his background or the success he's seen that defense have over the last few years.

There also will be 4-3 looks, multiple fronts and a pro-style approach that might make it hard to label the Vols under their new defensive coordinator.

But if the system itself might be tougher to identify, Sunseri came prepared for his first meeting with the media on Wednesday with plenty of other ways to describe what he plans on doing with the UT defense.

"What I want to do is put a product on the field that everybody is going to come to this stadium and say, 'You know what? These guys are playing hard, they're playing reckless, they're giving up their body for this university and they're making plays,' " Sunseri said. "That's the most important thing. Understand this, what I'm looking at first is the discipline we come out on the field with, the discipline we play our techniques with, our toughness, our awareness of plays.

"Being smart, tough, that's what it's going to be all about."

For the most part, Sunseri kept the focus on those characteristics and the importance of improved fundamentals instead of an expected transition to a defense predicated on three defensive linemen and four linebackers.

Given the diverse experience for the new-look defensive staff, Sunseri wasn't ruling anything out for the Vols as they move forward with a group that will return nine starters from last

season. And particularly since Sunseri hasn't even led a practice with those players, he wasn't in a hurry to lock himself into one way of doing things with more than six weeks to go before spring camp opens.

"I think what you have to do is you have to understand that we're going to be a multiple-front defense, a pro-style defense," Sunseri said. "We're going to do what we have to do. I can't wait to get out here and see the guys move around and see their talent and see what we need to run. We're going to adjust the defense and play the things we're capable of based on our personnel.

"I've got to see the personnel and see what we're able to do. When you guys are watching us, you're not always going to see us in the 3-4. You ain't going to always see us in a 4-3. You're going to see multiplicity of fronts."

That flexibility is designed to make preparing for the UT defense as challenging as labeling it, though Sunseri offered repeated reminders that simply being unpredictable won't be enough to shut down an offense.

Citing a game tape from last season he watched on Wednesday morning but wouldn't identify the opponent, Sunseri suggested there was enough talent on hand for the Vols to "have a chance to be pretty good" if they played with better technique. And since the majority of those players are coming back for the Vols, that's now his responsibility — no matter how they eventually line up on the field.

"You've got to make sure that the personnel that is on the field is capable of playing our techniques and doing what we need to do," Sunseri said. "What you've got to do is throw as much at them early in spring ball, see what sticks in their minds and go evaluate them. We'll do a quality control right after spring ball, see what we're doing right. Then we'll come back and run what they can run.

"A lot of these kids have smiles on their face right now, and I think it's because they're excited, too. They're up for the challenge, and they want to go out there and perform like a top SEC defense."

That definition for Sunseri's new unit would work just fine for him.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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born2ride writes:

We have a defense?

clvolfan writes:

Good to hear the coach talk about technique for a change.Actually,we never did hear anything from the former DC Wilcox.Already looks like a major upgrade there.

volforeverandever writes:

Defence will be much improved.Our depth will be better.As for poor walt i`m not going to even look because i`m sure it would be stupid.GO VOLS

Pullingguard writes:

Something tells me the defense will be greatly improved this coming season.. We should know the first game if that is true.

Supersayin1 writes:

I feel he will be getting UT back to the defensive madness it use to be!!! Our defense got soft, and didn't play to destroy, only to slow down with hopes of stopping an offense! I can't wait to see the kill all attitude he instills in our Vols!!

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Another floriDUHHHH TROLL posts more of the usual garbage and ignorance.

The FEAR these posers/Trolls have for the up and coming Tennessee Vols is so palpable it reeks from them.

It would be laughable if they weren't so obviously sad, pathetic haters of everything Tennessee and most need serious Psychiatric help soon.

It will take a couple of years to get everything down on a 3-4 D because it's so complicated but our 4-3 D last season got alot better and went from ranked 56th to 28th so if we keep getting our 4-3 better and expand into some 3-4 too then switching around from 1 to the other will keep the other teams off balance and they'll never know what we're going to throw at them next.

We're going to get better and better over the next 2 years and it's going to be great fun to wartch.

VFL...GBO!!!

Supersayin1 writes:

in response to born2ride:

We have a defense?

Why are you even here? Seriously, what do you honestly get out of being here to post only negative comments? Were you scarred by Fulmer leaving for life? Here's an even easier question, what do you personally stand to gain from being here??

I mean We can understand fans from other teams coming here and giving a little fun trash talk, but they leave shortly after, but to comeon here and have a negative post for every comment, means there are some deeper issues. It's football, it isn't gonna go the way you want forever! Even Alabama, had it's down years, but they wised up and said give Saban time. Even after losing to UL Monroe.

Rome wasn't built in a day, No Obama hasn't fixed the country, but who honestly could fix what was ruined over several years in only 3 or 4, not named God, Great Programs fall off over time but come back (OVER TIME), so either be a true fan and back Dooley, or atleast sit back and shut up and see what happens in 2012. If we have another losing season then complain! But honestly you aren't a UT fan so....nevermind i'll keep my words to myself. And for the record your constant Trolling didn't get under my skin or piss me off, it simply made me wonder WHY?

BigHouse_of_IceGulp writes:

Anybody hear how the Patriots tried to convert from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense this past year. They finally scrapped it and performed a little better once they did. I like multiple fronts but with all the incoming linemen and lack of incoming linebackers I expect to be mainly a 4-3 defense this season. Pray for no injuries as always.

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I'm not sure of your point Walt, but I LMAO!!

Go Big Orange.

BamaVol writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Once a DA, always a DA.

givehim6 writes:

Does not coach Sunseri look like a blood and guts defense coach? Anyway, Hope our UT guys can do what CSS wants them to. CSS is use to the Bama guys, not saying our guys are not tough, but UT's guys do not know the multiple type plays hope he can have UT show a good D till our guys get this flex look down.

dalvol writes:

Remember the Alamo!

givehim6 writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Why are you even here? Seriously, what do you honestly get out of being here to post only negative comments? Were you scarred by Fulmer leaving for life? Here's an even easier question, what do you personally stand to gain from being here??

I mean We can understand fans from other teams coming here and giving a little fun trash talk, but they leave shortly after, but to comeon here and have a negative post for every comment, means there are some deeper issues. It's football, it isn't gonna go the way you want forever! Even Alabama, had it's down years, but they wised up and said give Saban time. Even after losing to UL Monroe.

Rome wasn't built in a day, No Obama hasn't fixed the country, but who honestly could fix what was ruined over several years in only 3 or 4, not named God, Great Programs fall off over time but come back (OVER TIME), so either be a true fan and back Dooley, or atleast sit back and shut up and see what happens in 2012. If we have another losing season then complain! But honestly you aren't a UT fan so....nevermind i'll keep my words to myself. And for the record your constant Trolling didn't get under my skin or piss me off, it simply made me wonder WHY?

If anyone wants to know what a posser fan is, here is your answer.

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

"The Three Star Defense"

TheVolSnake writes:

2012 Schedule and what I think:

09/01/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA (Should be a Win)

09/08/12 vs. Georgia State Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

09/15/12 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Toss Up) Gatos are on the way down and Vols on the way Up, edge to Vol’s playing at Home.

09/22/12 vs. Akron Knoxville, Tenn. (Should be a Win)

TBA 09/29/12 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. (Toss Up) for some unknown reason the Bulldogs have problems with the Vols

TBA 10/13/12 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

10/20/12 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Loss, defending champs and pre season #1)

10/27/12 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

11/03/12 vs. Troy Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/10/12 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/17/12 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/24/12 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

End results not counting Bowl game:

7-5 Very Strong possibility even if we have injuries

8-4 very likely

9-3 possible but will need to stay healthy and other teams have issues for once

10-2 Would have to win 3 of the 4 toss ups

11-1 Very unlikely would have to be very lucky and stay completely healthy all year long, the new coaches would have to instill a lot of sound techniques and the Vols will have to play basically mistake free

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

"The Three Star Defense"

And your The 1/2 Star troll

txvolsfan writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Wilcox was more like MusCHUMP!!! hot sauce and chest bumping but no substance, We will be greatly improved this year on defense because Sunseri understands what it takes to be an SEC defensive coach.
Santos was waiting for TX offer all along and Peters is not a 3-4 fit so he saw the writing on the wall!!!
Gators will go backwards this year because of lack of coaching and Vols will be better just not sure how much.
Offense could be extremly explosive if receivers and Bray stay healthy.
GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN

PS: trust me Sunseri has an excellent
plan and has had for about 10years.

Orange_Power_T writes:

in response to born2ride:

We have a defense?

You have a brain?

Orange_Power_T writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Were you actually breast-fed by your father?

Orange_Power_T writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

"The Three Star Defense"

Orange Pants- the five star idiot.

logicalvolfan1 writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Yeah. Why can't Dooley run this program the same way you run yours on Playstation? If the AD would just hire you to run this program, we'd be singing Rocky Top every year as you hoist the national title trophy. You've already done it consequtive years just sitting on your couch. What's wrong with those guys?

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

Another floriDUHHHH TROLL posts more of the usual garbage and ignorance.

The FEAR these posers/Trolls have for the up and coming Tennessee Vols is so palpable it reeks from them.

It would be laughable if they weren't so obviously sad, pathetic haters of everything Tennessee and most need serious Psychiatric help soon.

It will take a couple of years to get everything down on a 3-4 D because it's so complicated but our 4-3 D last season got alot better and went from ranked 56th to 28th so if we keep getting our 4-3 better and expand into some 3-4 too then switching around from 1 to the other will keep the other teams off balance and they'll never know what we're going to throw at them next.

We're going to get better and better over the next 2 years and it's going to be great fun to wartch.

VFL...GBO!!!

This new guy is like most people new to a job, he talks a good game but will he be able to walk the walk, and speaking of walking, red beans and rice did have a good point regarding the two linebackers, would have been nice if those two had not done the walking. Another burning question is will after two more years will we be officially in year one, year two, year three or will we still be in year zero?

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Why are you even here? Seriously, what do you honestly get out of being here to post only negative comments? Were you scarred by Fulmer leaving for life? Here's an even easier question, what do you personally stand to gain from being here??

I mean We can understand fans from other teams coming here and giving a little fun trash talk, but they leave shortly after, but to comeon here and have a negative post for every comment, means there are some deeper issues. It's football, it isn't gonna go the way you want forever! Even Alabama, had it's down years, but they wised up and said give Saban time. Even after losing to UL Monroe.

Rome wasn't built in a day, No Obama hasn't fixed the country, but who honestly could fix what was ruined over several years in only 3 or 4, not named God, Great Programs fall off over time but come back (OVER TIME), so either be a true fan and back Dooley, or atleast sit back and shut up and see what happens in 2012. If we have another losing season then complain! But honestly you aren't a UT fan so....nevermind i'll keep my words to myself. And for the record your constant Trolling didn't get under my skin or piss me off, it simply made me wonder WHY?

You ask the question "why" in the first sentence, what was all the other comments about? As a mutual observer, I think he did get under your skin, but that's why we have freedom of speech and don't it make life interesting?

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

2012 Schedule and what I think:

09/01/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA (Should be a Win)

09/08/12 vs. Georgia State Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

09/15/12 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Toss Up) Gatos are on the way down and Vols on the way Up, edge to Vol’s playing at Home.

09/22/12 vs. Akron Knoxville, Tenn. (Should be a Win)

TBA 09/29/12 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. (Toss Up) for some unknown reason the Bulldogs have problems with the Vols

TBA 10/13/12 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

10/20/12 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Loss, defending champs and pre season #1)

10/27/12 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

11/03/12 vs. Troy Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/10/12 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/17/12 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/24/12 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

End results not counting Bowl game:

7-5 Very Strong possibility even if we have injuries

8-4 very likely

9-3 possible but will need to stay healthy and other teams have issues for once

10-2 Would have to win 3 of the 4 toss ups

11-1 Very unlikely would have to be very lucky and stay completely healthy all year long, the new coaches would have to instill a lot of sound techniques and the Vols will have to play basically mistake free

You must be asleep because for the most part you are dreaming. The best team the Vols beat last year was Vandy and you have them as a should win at Vandy. If Georgia usually has trouble with the Vols it was hard to tell this year and you have Missouri and NCS as should wins, both were 8-5 last year, better than the Vols. Except for the three teams from the Sister's of Mercy League, the Vols will likely be underdogs in most of the others at game time. You may have a point about Florida but not for the reasons you noted, but because the Vols do find a way to beat them every 3-5 years. The Vols will struggle to win 6 games, and by the way Kentucky as a should win you do remember the last game I hope.

slb#1351874 writes:

in response to BamaVol:

Once a DA, always a DA.

Bama Vol you have expressed my sentiments totally .
The world is full of dumb D. A's and it would appear we attract the majority of them to this web-site for what ever reason.

I_Bleed_Orng writes:

If you watch the video you can tell how Sunseri has nothing but contempt for people asking him questions. I say people b/c I think it would be overstating it to call them reporters.

Looks like Dooley and Hart have told him about the "press" in Knoxville.

I_Bleed_Orng writes:

Note to Beans_and_Rice and Tennfan4075:

Jeff, everyone knows these two screen names, as well as a few others, are you.

Does it bother you that you are a joke? No credibility, no rational thought. Just "I hate Dooley" 24/7.

Sad man, just sad.

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to slaw_way:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Nice one, tartar.

Too bad oswalt prefers a fake performance by someone pretending to be a man who would give no quarter.

No respect for a man who gives up on his team/coach/university when times are rough. Cowards don't know how to stick together thru thick and thin...they cry for the good old days, or their momma, or the ex-coach who ain't coming back...

3rdn8 writes:

Sunseri is describing what Bama has been doing since Saban arrived. Bama plays from a basic 3-4 set, but lines up in a 4-3 just as often. The key to making this work is having two very big, and very agile OLBs that can play with a hand on the ground.

UT should be fun to watch next season. I think Dooley has made a great hire.

Pastorvol writes:

Seems like some on here are afraid UT will have a good season next fall and ruin their negative parade.

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to I_Bleed_Orng:

Note to Beans_and_Rice and Tennfan4075:

Jeff, everyone knows these two screen names, as well as a few others, are you.

Does it bother you that you are a joke? No credibility, no rational thought. Just "I hate Dooley" 24/7.

Sad man, just sad.

I don't know who beans and rice is but Tennfan is not named Jeff and as far as hating Dooley I hate no man, but Dooley is out of his league and you are right about sad because you are the sad one, so keep pee in one hand and hoping Dooley turns it around in the other and see which one fills up first. Have a good day and keep a dry towel handy.

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to Orange_Power_T:

Were you actually breast-fed by your father?

Too funny! I am so hyped about our team and the direction DD is taking us.We are about to start seeing the fruits of his labor and I can't wait to see these trolls disappear!All real fans know that we were in a bad situation whenn DD took over but now we have more depth,a better AD,an SEC caliber D-coordinator,and in my opinion the best wide-outs in the nation with a few QBs that can sling it! See you at Neyland. VFL

lomas98 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

2012 Schedule and what I think:

09/01/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA (Should be a Win)

09/08/12 vs. Georgia State Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

09/15/12 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Toss Up) Gatos are on the way down and Vols on the way Up, edge to Vol’s playing at Home.

09/22/12 vs. Akron Knoxville, Tenn. (Should be a Win)

TBA 09/29/12 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. (Toss Up) for some unknown reason the Bulldogs have problems with the Vols

TBA 10/13/12 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

10/20/12 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Loss, defending champs and pre season #1)

10/27/12 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

11/03/12 vs. Troy Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/10/12 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/17/12 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/24/12 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

End results not counting Bowl game:

7-5 Very Strong possibility even if we have injuries

8-4 very likely

9-3 possible but will need to stay healthy and other teams have issues for once

10-2 Would have to win 3 of the 4 toss ups

11-1 Very unlikely would have to be very lucky and stay completely healthy all year long, the new coaches would have to instill a lot of sound techniques and the Vols will have to play basically mistake free

your comments on not knowing what teams have and being unknowns for 2 of the games is wrong. You can say that for ALL the games. Not sure how people can predict anything based on what we saw last year and with new staff and players coming in. NC State is a toss up, playing FL at home doesn't matter..haven't beaten them since 2004 and have won more in swamp this century than in neyland, Missouri is a toss up, Vandy is a toss up.

tennezz writes:

in response to slb#1351874:

Bama Vol you have expressed my sentiments totally .
The world is full of dumb D. A's and it would appear we attract the majority of them to this web-site for what ever reason.

Sounds like we should add Tennfan40&3guarters to this list. He comes on here to back up every thing the trolls say!

Navaloranges writes:

When you finish 28th overall after playing 6 top 25, and 1 more top 30 teams, you would be called a better than average defense. I would say it's fairly easy to tell that they were a very good defense just on that fact. And, throw in the fact that they were a very young squad, the future actually looks very bright. I guess it just depends on how negative, or positive, you want to be. In REALITY, the positives outweigh the negatives on both sides of the ball in 2012.

If you didn't know anything about UT and you visited this website, you'd think we were terrible. Because half the comments on here come from 3 Trolls/Posers with about 20 screen names. That does not change the FACT that we will be, without a doubt, a better team in 2012. All you have to do is look at how many players are returning, how much playing time the young guys got in 2011, and how much the talent has improved overall since 2009-2010.

Supersayin1 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

2012 Schedule and what I think:

09/01/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA (Should be a Win)

09/08/12 vs. Georgia State Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

09/15/12 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Toss Up) Gatos are on the way down and Vols on the way Up, edge to Vol’s playing at Home.

09/22/12 vs. Akron Knoxville, Tenn. (Should be a Win)

TBA 09/29/12 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. (Toss Up) for some unknown reason the Bulldogs have problems with the Vols

TBA 10/13/12 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

10/20/12 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Loss, defending champs and pre season #1)

10/27/12 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

11/03/12 vs. Troy Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/10/12 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/17/12 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/24/12 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

End results not counting Bowl game:

7-5 Very Strong possibility even if we have injuries

8-4 very likely

9-3 possible but will need to stay healthy and other teams have issues for once

10-2 Would have to win 3 of the 4 toss ups

11-1 Very unlikely would have to be very lucky and stay completely healthy all year long, the new coaches would have to instill a lot of sound techniques and the Vols will have to play basically mistake free

I could not agree more with your post! So true I honestly feel had we been healthy last year without the injuries UT could have been 9-3 last year. Now with the editions at WR we will have the most unstoppable WR corp in the Nation. So many weapons that can be used several ways are on this team now. I honestly feel 10 wins is very possible if the players stay healthy and find soe leadership.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to born2ride:

We have a defense?

born2rideyomamma,

UT's defense was ranked #28 in the country last year. Too bad you are too stupid to recognize that.

And it's not "we" where you are concerned.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

"The Three Star Defense"

hey suckface, UT had the 28th ranked defense, far from 3 star as you say. But coming from an immbecile like you, nothing surprises me.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

You must be asleep because for the most part you are dreaming. The best team the Vols beat last year was Vandy and you have them as a should win at Vandy. If Georgia usually has trouble with the Vols it was hard to tell this year and you have Missouri and NCS as should wins, both were 8-5 last year, better than the Vols. Except for the three teams from the Sister's of Mercy League, the Vols will likely be underdogs in most of the others at game time. You may have a point about Florida but not for the reasons you noted, but because the Vols do find a way to beat them every 3-5 years. The Vols will struggle to win 6 games, and by the way Kentucky as a should win you do remember the last game I hope.

Got one of your lightly used sock puppets in action today I see. What name is this, #26 maybe. Obviously, record wise and head to head wise, Cincy was the best team UT beat last year. And without the loss of their QB, they would have been a top 20 finisher. UT was completely healthy when we got the win, so that should tell you something too. THAT is realistic logic, not the TROLL garbage you are coming with.

It's OBVIOUS with the talent returning we shoudl be in the 8-9 win catagory next year. Yes, OBVIOUS. Ignoring this is another clue that you're nothing but a troll, and this is one of your many screen names. In other words, you are here to play little childs games, instead of actually talking football. YOU are no "Tenn Fan". YOU are "posing" as one. This site is literally littered with nonsensical Posers such as yourself.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Not sure how good the defense will be, but I look for the coaching to be much improved.

On offense I'm scared to death. In Nashville on local sports talk shows they are saying Chaney is excited to have so many receivers and that he plans on running a 4 or 5 wide set most of the season if they stay healthy.

So in other words we will never have a running game and we will never try to produce one, because Chaney thinks he is in the WAC running a run and shoot offense. Good luck with that again :/

johnlg00 writes:

in response to givehim6:

If anyone wants to know what a posser fan is, here is your answer.

What's a "posser fan"? Are you saying you LIKE trolls and negaVols? Are you one of them? If so, why are YOU here? If you aren't, why are you defending them? The guy this poster was responding is one of the most relentlessly negative people posting on here.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

And your The 1/2 Star troll

Oh, come on! He's surely at least a 2-star troll. He doesn't have much talent and may not ever be a starter, but he works really hard and never fails to besmirch a thread.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

You ask the question "why" in the first sentence, what was all the other comments about? As a mutual observer, I think he did get under your skin, but that's why we have freedom of speech and don't it make life interesting?

Some trolls can be mildly amusing at times, but born2lose is so tiresomely mind-numbing with his negativity that we long-time posters know he will offer NOTHING new. He's just like that annoying gnat that you can never swat. You know it won't actually hurt you since it can't bite or sting, but you know it will soon be back in your face no matter what you do.

wigmeister writes:

The coaches have to do a better job this year at modifying their game plans during halftime. Must learn to adapt and overcome.

VOLliven2it writes:

There's no label for Sal Sunseri's haircut but I believe he will do an outstanding job as DC at the Unversity of Tennessee. GO VOLS!

VOLliven2it writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

You must be asleep because for the most part you are dreaming. The best team the Vols beat last year was Vandy and you have them as a should win at Vandy. If Georgia usually has trouble with the Vols it was hard to tell this year and you have Missouri and NCS as should wins, both were 8-5 last year, better than the Vols. Except for the three teams from the Sister's of Mercy League, the Vols will likely be underdogs in most of the others at game time. You may have a point about Florida but not for the reasons you noted, but because the Vols do find a way to beat them every 3-5 years. The Vols will struggle to win 6 games, and by the way Kentucky as a should win you do remember the last game I hope.

The last time I looked at last year, the best team the Vols beat was Cincinnati. But then you must have been the only one looking. And no some of us do not remember that last game(KY) because we have moved on with our lives and just happen to believe 2012 is a new year.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Sorry Walter, but I think this isn't the same old song and dance

I like this link a little better, we will see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPLDNx...

D60 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

2012 Schedule and what I think:

09/01/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA (Should be a Win)

09/08/12 vs. Georgia State Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

09/15/12 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Toss Up) Gatos are on the way down and Vols on the way Up, edge to Vol’s playing at Home.

09/22/12 vs. Akron Knoxville, Tenn. (Should be a Win)

TBA 09/29/12 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. (Toss Up) for some unknown reason the Bulldogs have problems with the Vols

TBA 10/13/12 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

10/20/12 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Loss, defending champs and pre season #1)

10/27/12 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

11/03/12 vs. Troy Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/10/12 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/17/12 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/24/12 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

End results not counting Bowl game:

7-5 Very Strong possibility even if we have injuries

8-4 very likely

9-3 possible but will need to stay healthy and other teams have issues for once

10-2 Would have to win 3 of the 4 toss ups

11-1 Very unlikely would have to be very lucky and stay completely healthy all year long, the new coaches would have to instill a lot of sound techniques and the Vols will have to play basically mistake free

Wow I'm going to play the lottery on these predictions can u give me the power ball #'s too

CroKev writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

You ask the question "why" in the first sentence, what was all the other comments about? As a mutual observer, I think he did get under your skin, but that's why we have freedom of speech and don't it make life interesting?

We all just wish you were more interesting...

CroKev writes:

I hope Bynum watches that video of CSS BEFORE he makes a decision...

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