New coaches working through acclimation period

New staffers learn system, share ideas

Not all the faces are new, but there's still something a little different even with the one holdover working with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

With Darin Hinshaw only trading quarterbacks for wide receivers, though, his acclimation period figures to be a bit easier and might take up a little less of Chaney's time.

And during what amounts to something like Tennessee Coaching Orientation as a revamped staff locked itself in meeting and film rooms last week, Chaney might have needed one other guy who knows his way around the attack as the process for fixing it gets rolling.

"I think what I always try to do is get everybody on a grass-roots level," Chaney said during a media session on Wednesday. "Let's go though our base offense, this is who we are. Now, let's share some ideas. Let's talk about what you did a little bit different and see how they mix into what we're going to do right now.

"But primarily it's just getting to know one another, getting to know who's a little fiery, who isn't. Who is as cool as I am and who isn't?"

Chaney joked that none of the new hires can match him in that department. But regardless of their possible differences in personality or background, it was clear that even early in their time together the group in charge of getting the UT offense back on track has worked quickly to establish some chemistry.

And while Jay Graham (running backs), Charlie Coiner (tight ends) and Sam Pittman (offensive line) are getting up to

speed on the personnel, learning UT's philosophy and analyzing a few things that went wrong a year ago, they're also simply getting to know Chaney and Hinshaw as they all prepare for their first spring practice together starting late next month.

"Sometimes (chemistry) happens right away," Graham said. "I like these guys, Sam Pittman, Charlie Coiner, all those guys are great. I feel like we mesh really good personality-wise. The thing for us is just getting on the same page as far as what coach Chaney wants.

"We talk about what we've done in the past and all that kind of stuff, and just as long as the staff is on the same page, I'm sure the offense will be on the same page. He's the offensive coordinator, so we're going to do it the way he wants it done. I think that's the key to it, and we're just trying to learn our players and learn how we can improve."

The Vols left plenty of room for that last season, particularly with a running game that was as punchless as any in the country. UT had occasional difficulties throwing the ball as well, though that could be attributed more to critical injuries for receiver Justin Hunter and quarterback Tyler Bray along with a lack of depth than any schematic issues.

But either way, whether the coaches were around to witness everything up close like Hinshaw or Chaney or are only seeing it now on film, they're all digging in together to make sure it's right moving forward.

"We're going through all the plays and finding out structurally what we need to work on," Chaney said. "But throughout the X's and O's, it gets down to some base stuff every time. It's how you play the game more than X's and O's.

"It's a lot of fun, and we enjoy this part of the season and trying to get to know one another. It's been good because I've known a few of them a bit over the years, so it's fun to get them in the room. It's exciting right now going over our football plays and our offense as we look at what we did last year good and bad as we move into trying to make some corrections and some changes to get some fresh ideas."

There might be a healthy supply now with so many fresh faces around to share them.

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

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nocleats writes:

Strength and conditioning Coach Mckeefery is the most important coach in Knoxville right now. Success or failure in 2012 is in his and his staffs hands.

calvolfromkingsport writes:

I hope the "chemistry" works in the teams favor. Good thing Coach Dooley is an attorney, I think most coaches would feel too paraniod to continue. I hope this is the year for his "bamboo" statement to come true.Go Vols!

wheatbarley writes:

The Vols are like what I was told as a kid about ivy. The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps. Go Big Orange!

RashaadSalabeb writes:

I can't wait for Spring ball. The excitement is growing. I'm expecting big things. Has anyone heard about the Bynum kid? Also I heard we had an interest in a pretty good cornerback out of South Carolina by the name of Josh Rowland. I also heard Penn St. wants him badly too though. I'd like to see us sign a couple more quality guys in this class.

Go Big Orange! Put it together coaches!

wigmeister writes:

I hope the new coaches will be able to have valuable input. Chaney's system didn't work quite well last year, and he was not able to instill the necessary changes to adapt to what the defenses were doing at halftime. That was on his shoulders, and I hope he will listen to the new guys and not just say it is my way or the highway.

Go Orange!!!

dj54 writes:

acclimation? get the ut politics out of the way and WIN our students are as good as anyone in the country, teach them the right attitude and see what happens

dj54 writes:

oh yeah attitude reflects leadership

givehim6 writes:

Chaney cool?

scvols writes:

Chaney being lay-back and cool may be part of the problem on why we can not run the ball.

nocleats writes:

in response to scvols:

Chaney being lay-back and cool may be part of the problem on why we can not run the ball.

The fact that we had lineman who could not even bench press their own body weight (Bama had 4 that benched over 475) is one of the main reasons Tennessee struggled to run the ball. Vols Oline was big, but strength hasnt caught up yet. Emphasis on yet! GBO!

Sir_Spanky writes:

Weightroom.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

Only 6 and 1/2 months before kick off! Woo Hoo!

wagee12 writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Haw, haw, look what we got here, it's an election year and we must have a candidate who is running for Prime Minister of the Negatron Nation. You display such a lack of understanding of the situation at UT that automatically one must assume that replying with logical, orderly thought and common sense will be a total waste of time. Hate to disappoint you, but Coach Dooley isn't going anywhere after this next seson, but hopefully, you will depart the scene.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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That's a start now that you acknowledge God with thanks! Acclimation to things of the spirit takes time as God enables.....

On topic, coaches will be fine if players will do their part in weight room for more muscle to be developed and toned....

DooleysOrangePants writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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thanks for your input phil but were not bringing you back

SickToMyStomach89 writes:

in response to DooleysOrangePants:

thanks for your input phil but were not bringing you back

I just chuckled a little bit. Well played DooleysOrangePants

Hickmc writes:

in response to wagee12:

Haw, haw, look what we got here, it's an election year and we must have a candidate who is running for Prime Minister of the Negatron Nation. You display such a lack of understanding of the situation at UT that automatically one must assume that replying with logical, orderly thought and common sense will be a total waste of time. Hate to disappoint you, but Coach Dooley isn't going anywhere after this next seson, but hopefully, you will depart the scene.

Wagee12 looks like we have a troll on board (not you the troll you responded too).. Oh well probably one of many different logins.....

Go Vols!!!!

Hickmc writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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*Troll* Hahahahahaha

Hickmc writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Since you choose to compare Dooley to saban try this little man/boy/girl (surely one of those fits).

When Saban arrived in East Lansing, Michigan prior to the 1995 season, MSU had not had a winning season since 1990, and the team was sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations committed under his predecessor and former mentor, George Perles.[13]

1995–1997 – Beginning in 1995, Saban moderately improved MSU's fortunes, taking the Spartans to minor bowl games (all of which they lost by double-digit margins) in each of his first three seasons. From 1995 to 1997, Michigan State finished 6-5-1, 6-6, and 7-5. In comparison, MSU had finished 5–6, 6–6 and 5–6 (prior to NCAA forfeits) in 1992–1994.
1998 – On November 7, 1998, the Spartans upset the #1 ranked Ohio State 28–24 at Ohio Stadium. However, even after the upset and an early-season rout of then-highly-ranked Notre Dame the Spartans finished 6–6, including three last-minute losses featuring turnovers, defensive lapses, and special-teams misplays, and failed to earn a bowl invitation.
1999 – Saban led the Spartans to a 9–2 season that included wins over Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. However, the two losses were routs at the hands of Purdue and Wisconsin. Following the final regular-season game against Penn State, Saban abruptly resigned to accept the head coaching position with LSU. Saban's assistant head coach and successor, Bobby Williams, then coached MSU to a Citrus Bowl victory over Florida, giving the Spartans an overall record of 10–2 for the 1999 season. It would be the best season in terms of wins for the Spartans since 1965, and it would see the Spartans reach their highest ranking since the 1966 team.[14] Future former NFL Head Coach Josh McDaniels served as a Graduate Assistant on Saban's 1999 coaching staff.

hikerdude writes:

Do any of you have an explanation for why the Vols ran the ball so much better when Sims was qb than when Bray was qb?

VolinCalif writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Only 6 and 1/2 months before kick off! Woo Hoo!

It's like watching a pot trying to boil. When you're counting days and hours six months is eternity.

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Well Jeff, how long is it going to take you "Philbillies" to get acclimated to the fact that Coach Fulmer is gone and won't be back?

VolinCalif writes:

Let me see if I really have the Trolls name correct.
"Great_Running _Bowels_ Raving"
Is that correct? I can't hear at all and my Glasses need to be changed so I'm not sure what that G_R_B_R stands for.
9-3 + a Bowl GBO

voloffaith writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Politely asking what were the scholarship restrictions then that saddled them with major depth issues? Oops......Different eras that had major differences in key variables....not saying that is it alone....

Volfanposey777 writes:

Hello all I dont usually make comments in here but love to read other fans insight. I finally decided to leave my 2 pennies... I have read posts by people who claim to be fans of Tennessee and people who are fans of other teams that spend their time talking out of their "hoo haa" as I call it. Then their are fans (actual fans) that post insightful things that are motivational and insightful. Color me optimistic but I like the direction Dooley is going and bringing in some quality talent. It is frustrating to watch us lose to Kentucky this past year but there are always bumps in the road when trying bring a great football program back to greatness. Have faith Vol faithful! And for those calling for Dooleys job, you need to realize that that this is the last thing we need. Stability at that position means a lot. Thanks for all the Vol faithful and GBO!!

sunglaspro#374094 writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Do any of you have an explanation for why the Vols ran the ball so much better when Sims was qb than when Bray was qb?

Supposedly it was because he could read defenses and audible and Bray not so much.
Didnt hear many complaints about Simms intelligence or dedication (at least his senior year) but that his talent just wasn't SEC caliber

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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If I were going to try to make a point about good coaching, I wouldn't hold up Les Miles as an example. Just as sure as Dave Clawson cost Coach Fulmer his job, I believe John Chavis saved Miles' job.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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More "Troll FActs". Touchdowns scored by an individual doesn't have a thing to do with the inexperience and overall number of freshmen on an ENTIRE team. What a laugh.

More nonsense from a little man HIDING behind a keyboard. Most of the time, when practically EVERYBODY on this site tells you how dim you are, you get a clue. You are so challenged, you don't even get that. Disgraceful.

The TRUTH is, you talk out of your backside, and EVERYBODY knows it. Are you convincing ONE PERSON Dooley can't get it done? NO. You're simply making a fool out of yourself day after day. All you do is spout trash that CANNOT be backed up by one single FACT. You're the absolute biggest BLOWHARD I ever heard of in my life. Dooley COMPLETELY owns you.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Another completely misleading bunch of BS. Dooley came into the job short 25 schollies because of TWO CONSECUTIVE coaching changes. UT graduated FIVE seniors last year for this reason. They will graduate FIVE seniors this year, for that reason. NO OTHER MAJOR UNIVERSITY has had to go through TWO CONSECUTIVE coaching changes, PERIOD. SO, as any fifth grader could figure out, the restrictions have made it harder for Dooley to complete the MAJOR task of rebuilding UT's roster to an SEC competitive level.

Those are the actual FACTS, which you so convieniently ignore.

Your spiin is SO easy to shoot down. Most people are so tired of you they just ignore you and don't even bother. That doesn't change the FACT that you are so full of ____.

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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How about my challenge?...you are so sure that we will go 5-7 at best. If we go 6-6 or better, why don't you promise to leave all UT message boards...is that a yellow streak running down your back?

volfast40time writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

More "Troll FActs". Touchdowns scored by an individual doesn't have a thing to do with the inexperience and overall number of freshmen on an ENTIRE team. What a laugh.

More nonsense from a little man HIDING behind a keyboard. Most of the time, when practically EVERYBODY on this site tells you how dim you are, you get a clue. You are so challenged, you don't even get that. Disgraceful.

The TRUTH is, you talk out of your backside, and EVERYBODY knows it. Are you convincing ONE PERSON Dooley can't get it done? NO. You're simply making a fool out of yourself day after day. All you do is spout trash that CANNOT be backed up by one single FACT. You're the absolute biggest BLOWHARD I ever heard of in my life. Dooley COMPLETELY owns you.

slow down there, im as big of a ut fan as anybody and i think duley deserves one more year to show improvement but the stats are correct...we are young but thats not an excuse for such poor purformance, we have talent but we need the leadership of a coach.

volfast40time writes:

i hope that we show improvement and maybe get a good bowl bid next year, but ive seen inside the program and we've got more problems than most people think...i find myself in agreement with those that are saying that next year is the last year of coach duley...i like some of the things he's done but he's over his head at ut.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to GBOEngineer:

How about my challenge?...you are so sure that we will go 5-7 at best. If we go 6-6 or better, why don't you promise to leave all UT message boards...is that a yellow streak running down your back?

He/she has also been challenged to name the eight teams that will beat us next year, but so far has chosen not to respond.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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I respectfully disagree with you, sir , if your backs are routinely getting stuffed in the backfield you have problems besides just game plans.

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to volfast40time:

i hope that we show improvement and maybe get a good bowl bid next year, but ive seen inside the program and we've got more problems than most people think...i find myself in agreement with those that are saying that next year is the last year of coach duley...i like some of the things he's done but he's over his head at ut.

You were in over yer head with the first tap on the keyboard.

You should quit now before going down the road of the redbeansandricecrackhead. He/it looks even more like an idiot with each new post...and that is pretty hard to do when you consider the totally ignorant conclusions he reaches. Grantlands must be down the road from la-la lands.

You clowns are really pitiful. Totally obvious you know nothing about Derek Dooley and even less about football in general.

volfast40time writes:

in response to kcbigorngX:

You were in over yer head with the first tap on the keyboard.

You should quit now before going down the road of the redbeansandricecrackhead. He/it looks even more like an idiot with each new post...and that is pretty hard to do when you consider the totally ignorant conclusions he reaches. Grantlands must be down the road from la-la lands.

You clowns are really pitiful. Totally obvious you know nothing about Derek Dooley and even less about football in general.

i was a lane kiffin recruit before he left for usc and i am a big ut fan but i know whats going on in the program and it is not something that is easily fixed...lose the respect of the players and you have lost the team

volfast40time writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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ha i disagree, i think it will be closer to 7 or 8 losses but we've proven that we can lose to anybody these past 2 years so who knows...i just hope we dont start a losing streak with kentucky before the new coach gets here

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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You can't expect to be taken seriously making predictions on what you hope to see rather than what is even possible.
The Vandy/Kentucky predictions discredit you. Vandy, Kentucky, N.C.State, and Miss. St. are w's. In case you have forgotten, our quarterback for the S. Carolina game had less experience than theirs. And as for Georgia, the fans aren't crazy about Mark Richt because they don't know what to expect out of their team from week to week. Both are potential wins.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to volfast40time:

i was a lane kiffin recruit before he left for usc and i am a big ut fan but i know whats going on in the program and it is not something that is easily fixed...lose the respect of the players and you have lost the team

You were a Lane Kiffin recruit? So, are you out on parole or do they have wi-fi in your cell block?

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Sir

You are really getting delusional, and making up as much Stuff as you can. 5 of your wins you do nothing but say Dooley we lose single-handedly, based on no fact but your hate for Dooley.

You need to realty do some homework on the other teams and our team before making these statements.

Your statements show you know nothing about football at all.

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to volfast40time:

i was a lane kiffin recruit before he left for usc and i am a big ut fan but i know whats going on in the program and it is not something that is easily fixed...lose the respect of the players and you have lost the team

Your pants are on fire...

I guess all those players tossing CDD in the air and chanting after the Vandy game is what you call a 'lost team'.

Every man on that squad has been busting his tail in off season workouts. Spew your garbage to Rich or Walt if you want somebody to lick it up.

TheVolSnake writes:

2012 Schedule and what I think, prior to spring practice

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, Also you never know which Georgia team will show up. I feel sorry for the BullDog fans they win a super tough one and lose to a team they should beat easily.

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)

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

The toss ups were based on returning starters and loss of key player on these teams, when I did this I went team by team and looked at loss of players and returning starters, the reason is back ups and how they will perform is unknown. We are switching Defense this year which will help us this year if the players can learn the system fast. We have the skill to do so but won’t know how well till the start of the year. We do have to work out our running back situation. As you are aware we have 16 returning starters and many more with large amount of playing time In SEC games. Also unlike the last two years we are not playing top 10 teams back to back to back. Also not playing #1 and #2 back to back.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

this year will be a better year,we will make a bowl and beat Kentucky

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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So now we all know you watched only one game and base everything off the biggest disappointment loss in the last two years.

Then why don't we go back to the UCLA game or the Wyoming then base our season on those games? were different coaches.

Remember we were very close on both LSU and Bama at half time but because of the last two coaching changes and key loss of personnel directly caused by these changes lead to the lack of back up and the players just wore down.

Dooley had nothing to do with the problem he is work hard to fix it and bring the Vols back to were they need to be.

He cant fix it over night and you can base everything on one game look at the whole not a snap shot or one game.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to BigOrangeSmoker:

this year will be a better year,we will make a bowl and beat Kentucky

I agree with you and if I was KY I would be very scared. The Vol's will be out for total revenge and will be motivated to destroy them this year.

The Vandy game will be the one to watch this year. Vandy has been quietly building a good program and has some really good players returning this year and solid back ups across the board.

volforeverandever writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Are you really that stupid ?

volforeverandever writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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You are the one that is incompetent and have no clue as to what you are talking about.Coach Dooley will be here this time next year and you will be on here making something else up,unless you have been commited to an asylem.

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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so gutless wonder,

ready to take my challenge,...6-6 and you leave these boards forever..I say put up or shut up.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to volfast40time:

i was a lane kiffin recruit before he left for usc and i am a big ut fan but i know whats going on in the program and it is not something that is easily fixed...lose the respect of the players and you have lost the team

YOU were nothing but a TROLL before you were a POSER, now you're a POSER/TROLL. How does it feel to know that everybody knows you are plumb full of it?

Navaloranges writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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ANOTHER screen name huh? You DO realize we know you're the same Fulmerite as usual with your 47th running screen name, right?

And PLEASE quit tarnishing the great name of Peyton Manning. KNS should yank this ridiculous attempt to tie Manning's name in to a loser like you. PATHETIC!

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