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AllVol311 writes:

wheres the "All of the above" option??

BruisedOrange writes:

Football insiders consistently say it takes 2 seasons to successfully change to a 3-4 defense.

The fire Dooley mob insists 2 months is plenty.

Football writers believe ignorance should be mined for profit rather than excavated.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Football insiders consistently say it takes 2 seasons to successfully change to a 3-4 defense.

The fire Dooley mob insists 2 months is plenty.

Football writers believe ignorance should be mined for profit rather than excavated.

Doolaide drinkers believe no excuse is truly worn out unless it's used consistently for five years.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

D. This is ut

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

60% communication, 30% poor tackling, 10% lack of players that fit scheme

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Football insiders consistently say it takes 2 seasons to successfully change to a 3-4 defense.

The fire Dooley mob insists 2 months is plenty.

Football writers believe ignorance should be mined for profit rather than excavated.

I fully anticipated there to be some growing pains with the transition, but i didn't expect it to be the worst defense in school history. It's one thing to see a decline during the transition. It's quite another to decline to embarrassing levels. When Troy hangs 48 on you, there's a problem!

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Football insiders consistently say it takes 2 seasons to successfully change to a 3-4 defense.

The fire Dooley mob insists 2 months is plenty.

Football writers believe ignorance should be mined for profit rather than excavated.

I'm not against keeping the 3-4 for another year... What I'm hitting at with firing Dooley is that we have the most un-clutch team I see in football. When we need that one big play, that one down where we step up, we flop. If I was an opposing Offensive Coordinator, I'd kneel down twice, then run a draw play through the center of the defense. We are better at stopping 3rd and 1 than we are at stopping 3rd and 15.

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

I get that it is difficult to install a new defense. Alabama went through growing pains too when they installed it a few years ago. The difference is Alabama wasn't giving up 500-600 yards and 48 points to fricken Troy!

overthetop writes:

Tennessee's defense is a ship without a rudder. They seem to have no guidance at all. But still yet, you'd think this group of highly recruited athletes could make at least a couple of big plays on their own. These guys have played this game for a long time. They're really, really, REALLY bad.

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

It was clear from game one when NC State had receivers running wide open through the secondary that the players didn't get this scheme.

What is baffling is that the coaches haven't altered greatly or just scrapped these schemes that Sunseri brought with him.

It's on the coaches to adapt their system to the players they have...clearly they have not.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Definition of 'Peter Principle'
An observation that in an organizational hierarchy, an employee will rise or get promoted to his level of incompetence.**

** See Sal Sunseri @ Tennessee

pdhuff#552644 writes:

I just don't understand the "no-coverage" approach to pass D.

Maybe we're trying to wear out the opponent's QB's arm.

underthehill writes:

One comment on a local sports tv show Sunday was ..UT had more busts against Troy than you would see at a Dolly Parton look-a-like convention..I guess this means it is time to consider the UT defense a joke..and the show also posted a picture of Buddy Hackett and Sunseri..interesting comparison...back to the question..what's wrong..Poor Judgement again on a hire...should have hired a consulting firm...oops..that didn't work either ..did it..must be something else..why did they not include ..I don't Know...

OldVols68 writes:

All I know is Vanderbilt is sitting over there licking their chops. I have a feeling this is going to be real nasty -- much worse than the year Cutler led Vandy to their last victory over the Vols. I will watch, but I don't think I will like the result.

6972 writes:

What kind of evidence is there which makes us possibly think there is a problem?

jobrando#216494 writes:

Hart wanted Shannon and Dooley want Sal. They both need to go. Dooley and Sal.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Football insiders consistently say it takes 2 seasons to successfully change to a 3-4 defense.

The fire Dooley mob insists 2 months is plenty.

Football writers believe ignorance should be mined for profit rather than excavated.

Fully agree on your statement indicating there is a fire Dooley mob. That's the understatement of the season.

underthehill writes:

in response to OldVols68:

All I know is Vanderbilt is sitting over there licking their chops. I have a feeling this is going to be real nasty -- much worse than the year Cutler led Vandy to their last victory over the Vols. I will watch, but I don't think I will like the result.

The UT - Vandy game is shaping up as the game of the year for both..hope UT beats Mizzu and Vandy beats Ole Miss to make it even more interesting..before Bray decided to play the whole game..which he did against S Car and Troy..I did not think UT would have a chance to beat Vandy..the way the offense is playing now..it looks like an even match to me..

underthehill writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Hart wanted Shannon and Dooley want Sal. They both need to go. Dooley and Sal.

It seems to me there is far more evidence to suggest Hart hired Sunseri and this opinion was expressed on a local TV show Sunday..although it was also stated we will probably never know the truth about who hired Sunseri..it seems UT had decided to hire Kevin Steele until he had 70 scored on his team and Hart came up with Sunseri..I think the people who make their living gathering sports information might know a little more than you...

OLROCKYTOP writes:

If you cant freaking tackle, it doesn't matter if you play a 3-4, 4-3, or 3-5, the end result is the same.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to underthehill:

It seems to me there is far more evidence to suggest Hart hired Sunseri and this opinion was expressed on a local TV show Sunday..although it was also stated we will probably never know the truth about who hired Sunseri..it seems UT had decided to hire Kevin Steele until he had 70 scored on his team and Hart came up with Sunseri..I think the people who make their living gathering sports information might know a little more than you...

that's exactly where my info came from and thats opposing views from pundits that do not share your sources opinion. Dang I know as much as you and that's nothing. I listen just like the pundits do. I stay on websites with members that work within and they know nothing. This is all speculation. All I know is the record is real and that's three years of starting 0-5 in the SEC. I could see it being 0-6 after Saturday in Dooley's third year.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to OldVols68:

All I know is Vanderbilt is sitting over there licking their chops. I have a feeling this is going to be real nasty -- much worse than the year Cutler led Vandy to their last victory over the Vols. I will watch, but I don't think I will like the result.

Franklin keeps his song going by Dooley...."We always beat the chit out of Vandy" We'll see this year.

volaholic45 writes:

Buddy Hackett waving his arms around and screaming at clueless players - before and after plays, all season long. One student flunks the test - that's on the student. They all flunk the test - that's on the teacher. We've got a bad teacher situation here - not only in matters of scheme, but pursuit angles and tackling. And DD, who lost the team last year to its 20 year old prima donnas, is the guy who "upgraded" the staff with Buddy Hackett. Worst UT defense ever. Think about that.

UTVOL2001 writes:

Do you really think a 3-4 or 4-3 or whatever else was the difference Saturday. They gave up over 700 yards! I mean, come on!

madrigal writes:

Has it occurred to anyone that maybe Sal Sunseri is a Bama plant brought in by Dave Hart to destroy the UT defense and ultimately the team so he (Hart) can get his personal puppy hired in? Just sayin'.

10Vol85 writes:

Stupid poll. Is the coach not the one who designs the scheme and develops the players?

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

D. This is ut

17-9 still hurts doesn't it zz troll girl

allvol8 writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Hart wanted Shannon and Dooley want Sal. They both need to go. Dooley and Sal.

I heard Dooley wanted Shannon

dcwvol writes:

The defense has no "on field" leadership/field general. They are all looking to the side for a call that comes seconds before the ball is put in play. They are not even looking at what the other team is doing scheme wise.

oldbasshead writes:

Ask Troy. I'm sure they know.

oldbasshead writes:

I don't think anyone but Troy really knows what's wrong. If human nature is true and it is, I would guess that the players have stopped listening to the coaches by now. I'm wondering if Dooley shouldn't call Troy, ask for input, fire the DC and coach defense himself. Obviously the offense doesn't need his help and the defense can't do any worse.

HooRay_Vol writes:

"What's wrong with Tennessee's defense?"

Answer: They can't stop the other team.......

illinoisvolfan writes:

The biggest problem with Tennessee's defense is the same problem they have had for the last 4-5 seasons--they cannot tackle.

The secondary especially seems to have a problem with this, they just throw a shoulder at an opposing player and hope he goes down. This approach doesn't cut it at the middle school level, let along in the SEC. And while I'm on the subject of the secondary, they could cover my mom, my mother-in-law, or my wife.

Any team left on the Vols schedule who tries to run the ball with anything but a draw play (which Troy ran to perfection on Saturday) needs to have its coach join poor Joker Phillips on the unemployment line immediately. Tennessee has given up 319 points on defense this season, most of those points coming though the air. And there are still three, possibly four games still left on the schedule. Fasten those seat belts, UT faithful.

shorttail writes:

in response to overthetop:

Tennessee's defense is a ship without a rudder. They seem to have no guidance at all. But still yet, you'd think this group of highly recruited athletes could make at least a couple of big plays on their own. These guys have played this game for a long time. They're really, really, REALLY bad.

that about sums it up

Shake_Bake writes:

I would play a simple 4-3-4, man to man. Don't ask them to make any reads at all. Just watch the play and react to the ball with their football instincts! Dumb it down,...and keep it very very simple! What do we have to lose, they couldn't do much worse!!

JDX47 writes:

Hey everyone...I am so excited about the Missouri game now. Didn't you read the other article? Dooley is going to focus on Defense now...it's all going to be OK. So this poll will be pointless.

RealisticVol writes:

A better question is: Is there anything good about Tennessee's defense? I have not seen anything like this since an old Keystone Cops episode.

SummerfieldVol writes:

We have the size on the defensive line, but we are very slow, not fast enough to get a sack or even a hurry.This makes it awful hard to play pass defense when the QB has all day to throw. A fairly good college QB with alot of time to throw will find a open receiver. The number 1 thing I see is our L B's and D B's are out possition alot of the times but I do not know how long they have been in coverage. A time of over 5 seconds is a long time to try and cover a good receiver. I would have to say the biggest problem is coaching. That being said.They can make any changes they want to any defenseive sets they want to. We need the speed that Utah had a couple years ago against Alabama, they ate Alabama up, was not all that big by weight but was very quick off the ball. You can't teach or beat speed. A very quick defensive end can be around a offenseive tackle before he knows what has happened and in the backfield. Speed comes with more talent. Example is Clowney at South Carolina. Speed. Carl Eller of the old Minnesota Vikins is a prime example of speed, he was not your biggest end but he was cat quick.

GBO0903 writes:

Everyone knows it's Bush's fault!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Football insiders consistently say it takes 2 seasons to successfully change to a 3-4 defense.

The fire Dooley mob insists 2 months is plenty.

Football writers believe ignorance should be mined for profit rather than excavated.

Great Post.

The polls always give you options you don't want. Options that benefit the controversy.

Even though I agree strongly with the post our defense is undeniably hurting. I don't know if Sunseri can change that. I have absolutely nothing against him and hate the name-calling from the "rudes" of the posters. they call us rude when we disagree with their "troll" name but we aren't calling Sunseri anything but coach. the high school posters have plenty of "rude" names for Dooley and Sunseri. A person can like or dislike someone's coaching without being mean. I'm not referring to the somewhat friendly banter on the site but to the classless jokes concerning thee real people . Even if they are public figures. "Phat Phil" for instance is a juvenile way to talk about a coach. Trollish if I may. "Dooleave" not so bad because it just indicates a desire for a new coach. I have no problem with that. Personal insults I do have a problem.

Well nothing we can do about it but educate these haters.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to JDX47:

Hey everyone...I am so excited about the Missouri game now. Didn't you read the other article? Dooley is going to focus on Defense now...it's all going to be OK. So this poll will be pointless.

I AM excited about the Missouri game as well. It's good to see a post that's positive about our coaches. Keep it up! ("I think you can I think you can I think you can...")

mocsandvolsfan writes:

"Sheep"?? UT fans are "sheep" now. So what does that make the others? Wolves? Or maybe "wolves in sheep's clothing"? I think of them as sharks. A little blood and all of a sudden they feed.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

60% communication, 30% poor tackling, 10% lack of players that fit scheme

Actually I'd guess the other way around. Why don't we just say "bad defense"? Percentages just confuse the issue.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to GreatGatorOfGainesville:

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This is true. But it has gotten worse thus far. Sometimes it takes dismantling in order to fix a problem. I don't know what that means but to me it sounds good.

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