John Adams: Manning would head UT dream staff

John Adams
Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning presents the AP MVP Player of the Year during the inaugural NFL Honors show Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Indianapolis.The New York Giants will face the New England Patriots in the NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5. Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers won the award.(AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning presents the AP MVP Player of the Year during the inaugural NFL Honors show Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Indianapolis.The New York Giants will face the New England Patriots in the NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5. Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers won the award.(AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

As soon as Peyton Manning's football career became in doubt, Tennessee's more imaginative fans began speculating on the possibility he could return to his alma mater as head coach.

So what if his only coaching experience has been at his summer camp. Or that he's much better versed in the pro game after 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts. And one other minor detail: UT already has a football coach.

Nonetheless, with each morsel of negative news regarding Manning's recovery from neck surgery, hope soared among the less logical faction of UT's fan base, which is weary of the program's recent struggle to achieve mediocrity.

As implausible as "UT coach Peyton Manning" might be, such creative thinking shouldn't be discouraged. At worst, it's harmless; at best, therapeutic.

If the Manning fantasy serves you well in the aftermath of a 5-7 football season, why stop there? Why not assemble an entire staff?

Peyton Manning — head coach/offensive coordinator.

Do you really think someone as bright, competitive and as knowledgeable about the game couldn't outwit the average dim bulb coaching college football? He already can run an NFL offense at a hall-of-fame level. He could call plays on a college sideline and film a television commercial at the same time.

David Cutcliffe — associate head coach/quarterbacks/kickers.

Since he would have to leave a head-coaching job at Duke, it's only fair that he get a big title. It might bother some fans that he didn't graduate from UT, but he coached UT football long enough to overcome that.

You know his track record. When he leaves, the Vols get worse. When he comes back, they get better. When he leaves again, they get worse again.

He coached Peyton and Eli Manning, so that gets the Vols in the coaching door with every quarterback recruit in the country. As for the kicking responsibilities, remember: We're thinking outside the box here. Cutcliffe's great strength as a coach is his attention to details. And kicking, which the Vols have been doing at a remedial level, is all about details.

Tee Martin — recruiting coordinator/receivers.

He has been a fan favorite ever since he led the Vols to the national title 1998. Fans would take him back as a coach if his post-playing experience had been limited to selling sneakers.

But Martin already has distinguished himself as an up-and-coming coach and has established another UT connection along the way. He just took a job at Southern California on the staff of former UT head coach Lane Kiffin.

Jay Graham — running backs/tight ends.

He's an exception to the fantasy staff in that he's on the real staff, which proves that it's still possible to be hired by UT even if you once played or coached at the school. The only difference: I would expand the former running back's role to include tight ends, which he also coached at South Carolina last season.

Phillip Fulmer — offensive line coach.

The former UT player and head coach might have been out of the game awhile, but that's insignificant when weighed against his expertise as an offensive line coach. Before he became UT's offensive coordinator, he was regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football.

John Chavis — associate head coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line.

A UT player, longtime coach, and defensive coordinator of the national championship team, Chavis has become even more attractive following his success as LSU's defensive coordinator.

LSU players now talk about Chavis the way UT players once did. They don't just respect him. They love the guy.

Dale Jones — linebackers.

Like the other coaches on this team, he brings back memories of better days for UT fans. Jones was a linebacker on UT's 1985 SEC champions, who further endeared themselves to fans by embarrassing a powerhouse Miami team in the Sugar Bowl.

Jones is the defensive coordinator at Appalachian State, where he has been coaching for 16 years.

Al Wilson — linebackers/off-the-field coach.

One of the most popular Vols of all-time, he saved UT's unbeaten 1998 season by almost personally wrecking Florida's offense at Neyland Stadium. His leadership was as noteworthy as his talent with the Vols and the Denver Broncos.

You think he couldn't help get a defense ready to play?

Also, Wilson should play a prominent role in off-the-field issues. For example, if a player threw someone through a plate-glass window during his weekend socializing or repeatedly failed to attend class, he would have to meet with Wilson in the coach's auxiliary office (the mixed martial arts cage in the new football practice facility).

Wilson could scare players into following the straight and narrow.

Bill Bates — special teams.

A Knoxville native, he started four years in UT's secondary and later became a legendary special-teams player with the Dallas Cowboys. He's now an accomplished motivational speaker, which — given UT's recent second-half struggles — means he could earn his annual salary in halftime speeches alone.

Lovie Smith — secondary.

Never mind how brief his history is with the Vols (he didn't play here and was the secondary coach for only two seasons, 1993-94). He has accomplished more in the NFL than Nick Saban.

Smith would give the Vols a former Super Bowl coach with vast NFL experience. Imagine the value of that in recruiting.

How do you get him away from the Chicago Bears?

Answer: You make him an $8 million-a-year secondary coach.

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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botetourtvol2 writes:

Phil Jackson as AD?

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor have Belmont kid send Adams a little magic herb the other day in a brownie. Witch Doctor advice Adams to ride the dragon but dont kick it! lol
Bones never lie.

tenman45 writes:

Wow, I really can't think of anything to say other than we can dream.

LJS1984 writes:

According to John's logic, back in the late 90's and early 2000's the dream choice for the next Bama coach would have been Joe Namath or perhaps even Bear Bryant's fourth cousin? How quickly we forget how bad Alabama was during those years. Just goes to show you how cyclical college football is.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to 1BigOrangeCountryFan:

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That actually made me lol. Really.

Voltillyafall writes:

Dear Mr. Adams:

I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. Your article is in front of me. Soon it shall be behind me.

Regards,
Voltillyafall

CoverOrange writes:

Whew! That was close. For a minute there JA almost had to get out of his chair and actually do some work for an article. Safe for another day John.

absgovols writes:

in response to 1BigOrangeCountryFan:

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Your post says more about you than it does about Mr. Adams. BTW, don't try take back your computer...for any reason. It didn't work for George at the bookstore and it won't work for you at Wal-mart; it's been flagged...

movol53 writes:

And keep in mind that money is NOT a problem; Peyton has millions and he can afford to hire whom ever he wishes.

Voluvr writes:

Not my dream team.
Chief NO. Chief is Sunseri's girlfriend.

Cut NO. Maybe last century.

Peyton QB Coach 1st / Recruiting Coor.

Tee? No prob. w/ USC...let's just get a WR to coach WR's.

Voluvr writes:

The best players don't typically become the best coaches.

Colliervol writes:

Read the first paragraph and that's all I could muster. What a colossal waste of time. I don't live in fantasy land and you shouldn't either. Geez John. We might take you seriously if you'd just write about something that had a chance of happening.

Oops. Did I say we might take Adams seriously? Scratch that. Forget I said it.

tvol71 writes:

While you are dreaming, why not have Neyland return to life as the head coach? About as likely as a couple of those other picks.

tenndave writes:

DOn't laugh. Half that staff is doable. But don't hamstring Manning. Let Dooley stay and manage but hire Peyton as offensive coordinator/associate head coach, Al Wilson, Tee, Jay, Dale, Chief/associate head coach and we would have to add another level of seats to Neyland.

Razor784 writes:

Nice article, better than most of the stuff Adams usually writes

flatrock writes:

an incredible waste of time and space...

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to tenndave:

DOn't laugh. Half that staff is doable. But don't hamstring Manning. Let Dooley stay and manage but hire Peyton as offensive coordinator/associate head coach, Al Wilson, Tee, Jay, Dale, Chief/associate head coach and we would have to add another level of seats to Neyland.

Why would Peyton Manning, a football legend and expert, ever take orders from a hack like Dooley?

OwensboroVol writes:

Funny! However, I do expect to see Peyton back at UT sometime in the future in some function. I believe his love of the University is more than a lot of people believe is possible. I think if the University sincerely ask him to come back, He would.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor have Belmont kid send Adams a little magic herb the other day in a brownie. Witch Doctor advice Adams to ride the dragon but dont kick it! lol
Bones never lie.

Probably closer to the truth than any post yet.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

I know that as much film study that Manning commits to makes him essentially a "coach" on the field, but has he ever expressed a desire to coach after his playing career is over? With the hundreds of millions of dollars that he has earned and will earn (I don't think his playing days are over yet.) will he be satisfied to work the same hours for WAY less? Would he have the patience to teach QBs that probably will never work as tirelessly as he did? Great players don't necessarily translate to great coaches. I've never heard him say that he wants to coach, either.

JJFabulous writes:

I've always thought that Peyton will someday coach on the UT staff. I've always considered Dooley an "in between " coach. He's not UT's answer but his cleanliness was needed after the kiffin year to bring about a stable program. Maybe in a year or so, UT's program will be attractive enough for a big name to WANT to come to UT. Hopefully, Manning will be on the staff.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

I believe you have other choices @ OL coach.

Phillip Fulmer needs to become UT athletics director for Men's Sports.

And that group which Mr. Adams named---unlike the current crop of coaches---

DOES know doodly about winning big time football, except a new DC who has been a LB coach. Say whaaaaa??????

And one more thing to think about---

the DC who left and LB coach who left and the secondary coach (well respected ALL over the US) who retired---

and the OL coach who left because he was being forced to use a lot of road graders to block for a passing offense that was not winning against big time competition, even before Hunter was hurt---

had they believed the offense was going to be able to give them the kind of off-field time they need for a Defense to not get too tired---

would have stayed.

So their departure says all that needs to be said about both the OC and the HC.

BOTH of them knew what they were doing to win football games---and they knew that they would not @ UT with the OC & HC...

and the schedule which will not be available to much of the UT fanbase next year because it is going to be against boogaloo-tech and screwball-U type schools---or multi-directional-state teachers' colleges.
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The current AD, HC & coaching staff cannot win except against nowhere-state-college teams.

Straight up: Losers lose. Winners win.

I have been a UT fan a LONG time, and have never seen it as screwed up. Thanks Doodly. Thanks OC. Thanks Hamilton...and his replacement. Thanks Higher Ups...and who the hexx is holding the Board of Trustees accountable for pixxing away the majority of about $65MM dollars in football budget???????

Oh well...we can always take solace in the success of UT Basketball, right?????

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

I believe you have other choices @ OL coach.

Phillip Fulmer needs to become UT athletics director for Men's Sports.

And that group which Mr. Adams named---unlike the current crop of coaches---

DOES know doodly about winning big time football, except a new DC who has been a LB coach. Say whaaaaa??????

And one more thing to think about---

the DC who left and LB coach who left and the secondary coach (well respected ALL over the US) who retired---

and the OL coach who left because he was being forced to use a lot of road graders to block for a passing offense that was not winning against big time competition, even before Hunter was hurt---

had they believed the offense was going to be able to give them the kind of off-field time they need for a Defense to not get too tired---

would have stayed.

So their departure says all that needs to be said about both the OC and the HC.

BOTH of them knew what they were doing to win football games---and they knew that they would not @ UT with the OC & HC...

and the schedule which will not be available to much of the UT fanbase next year because it is going to be against boogaloo-tech and screwball-U type schools---or multi-directional-state teachers' colleges.
\
The current AD, HC & coaching staff cannot win except against nowhere-state-college teams.

Straight up: Losers lose. Winners win.

I have been a UT fan a LONG time, and have never seen it as screwed up. Thanks Doodly. Thanks OC. Thanks Hamilton...and his replacement. Thanks Higher Ups...and who the hexx is holding the Board of Trustees accountable for pixxing away the majority of about $65MM dollars in football budget???????

Oh well...we can always take solace in the success of UT Basketball, right?????

Man there are so many inaccuracies in this post that its just sad!

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Nice for a good laugh and that's all.

Manning will never coach college when he can earn LOTS more $$ on tv or coaching in the NFL where he'll have alot more time off and won't have to recruit.

This article is a total waste of time.

VFL...GBO!!!

spencer1989#206886 writes:

Even IF the dream came true and Peyton somehow became a head coach at UT one day.....Some fans (that want instant success no matter the costs) would not allow him time to rebuild the program. And after he lost several games in the rebuilding years, they would be calling for his head.

Bubba_Knows writes:

What about Johnny Majors?

BolivrBob writes:

This piece is Dookie. Adams must really dislike Dooley with this left handed, passive-aggressive slap in the face.

Sir_Spanky writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor have Belmont kid send Adams a little magic herb the other day in a brownie. Witch Doctor advice Adams to ride the dragon but dont kick it! lol
Bones never lie.

I do believe the young fella, J.A., ate the aforementioned about an hour before he got started writing this article.

100000strong writes:

Another worthless read...glad we don't pay for that phooey.

tnbigg writes:

Once upon a time there was born a baby named John Adams. His parents had glorious visions of who and what he may one day become. As time passed their dreams were dashed and their excitement reduced to disappointment. Then the rest of the Volunteer world discovered the source of their disappointment. Lo and behold...a local newspaper, somehow, incredulously advanced him as an authority in sports reporting. To those who read his work there was an ongoing sense of astonishment at what was actually published as publish worthy material. The readers wondered out loud, "What hath this cretan wrought upon us?" But it was like trying to cure flies of their obsession with devouring scatalogical matter. It would never change. So, on and on and on and on and on and on it went. One column after another. Where it will end nobody knows... The never ending story that really never ends...

jkleno#393970 writes:

Having Peyton Manning as the head coach of the University of Tennessee is a JOKE. How good was Isaiah Thomas, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson as a head coach?They were all MULTIPLE championship winners with incredible intellect. The best head coaches are mainly average former players who had to work their tails off to just make a team, i.e. Mike Tomlin or Ozzie Guillen.

mtg714 writes:

Can we dream that John Adams retires soon?

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

Sorry, but I like the idea. Every name John mentioned is part of the fabric of Tennessee football success.

Why not this coaching line-up? We certainly have done worse already with the surfin' dude from La La Land and his staff full of of beach bums. Tee...what were you thinking?

TommyJack writes:

Writers bloc, Adams?

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Adams' wild dreams flaunted again. Dull day at the office.

Wonder what Adam's dream job is? Surely ( and don't call me Shirley ) it has to be something other than trying to write for the KNS.

Seriously, who knows? Perhaps Peyton will come back in some capacity.

However, liklihood is about as probable as trolls such as Dwayne Comanche leaving this site and riding off on his pony into the sunset.

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to Voltillyafall:

Dear Mr. Adams:

I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. Your article is in front of me. Soon it shall be behind me.

Regards,
Voltillyafall

ROFL, thats the funniest post ive ever read on here! lol

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Mr. Adams, I'd like you to meet my good friend Reality. He's been dying to meet you.

bleedingbabyorange writes:

The only way to complete this dream team for me would be for them to bring in a new writer to replace you

frblalack writes:

This is journalism???

Innuendo or not, after this piece of drivel masquerading as sports commentary, I hope Mr. Adams can understand why Coach Dooley might not be a member of his fan club. Just have to wonder what Coach might have done; guess Mr. Adams feels disrespected in some way.

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life!!!

SBWB2 writes:

POSTED CHRISTMAS EVE 2011

"Here's to Hoping.....

Dear Mr. Manning,

Please come home and be our C.O. and Quarterback Coach. How great that would be! Please don't risk your health, certainly for your twin's sake. Go out on top. Just Say'n.

CC: Santa Claus
Anyone Else That Will Dream"
...

scrodz writes:

in response to LJS1984:

According to John's logic, back in the late 90's and early 2000's the dream choice for the next Bama coach would have been Joe Namath or perhaps even Bear Bryant's fourth cousin? How quickly we forget how bad Alabama was during those years. Just goes to show you how cyclical college football is.

Strangely enough, this actually happened, but it was before the Stacey Kibler incident. Remember when all you Vols were trying to convince us that Shula just needed another year or so to turn it around? Welcome to my nightmare...

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

What about Johnny Majors?

That's what I was thinking. Who better to have on staff than The Player, The Coach, The Legend! Johhny Majors!!!!!!!

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

Here's Johnnnnnny!!! And once again he deliver's a hilarious monologue to a grateful nation that votes him our most valuable icon.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

After Manning's college HC (also a former player and alum) was shown the door in a not-so-kind manner; do we really think he would risk coming home and the same thing happening to him after a couple of losing seasons??

I think not!

hueypilot writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Writers bloc, Adams?

Not easy to write a seriously relevant college football column in February.

RoyaltyVol writes:

I think Manning will be a great OC one day, and maybe HC too, but if we could get rid of Chaney after this year maybe we could hire Peyton!

yankintenn#395643 writes:

I can't believe I actually read this entire thing...I knew people drank moonshine in E Tenn., but I had no idea...

GoVols_16 writes:

This is the best article you have ever written.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Sounds like he's already assuming this season will be losing one. Pretty sad.

givehim6 writes:

Sounds imitative John, you did your work for the next few months you can go back to being your self now. By the way one little flaw, Phil just a line coach, but Cut and John carry the asst. HC tital? Phil would not do that, he is to immature to play that way.

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