Jim Chaney takes over as interim coach, focused on Kentucky

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney addresses the media for the first time as the Vols' interim coach on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

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Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney addresses the media for the first time as the Vols' interim coach on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney calls to his players during practice at Science Hill High School's Steve Spurrier Field in Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney calls to his players during practice at Science Hill High School's Steve Spurrier Field in Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Jim Chaney has spent almost 30 years coaching football but his first time running an entire team will come in five days.

Tennessee’s offensive coordinator was named interim head coach after Derek Dooley was fired Sunday.

The Vols (4-7, 0-7 SEC) finish the season against Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: SEC Network, 12:21 p.m.)

“I have no idea what a head coach does,”Chaney said with a smile. “I've never done it before but I am excited. I hope I don't screw it up.”

Chaney is the longest-tenured member of Tennessee’s coaching staff. He spent one year under former coach Lane Kiffin but was retained by Dooley when he was hired after the 2009 season.

“I believe in Derek Dooley,” Chaney said. “He is a good man and a good football coach and that will never change.”

Chaney, who normally calls plays from the press box, will return to the sidelines Saturday.

He said he would have more time to reflect on the disappointing season later. For now, he’s focused on going 1-0 as coach.

“I think this team is motivated,” Chaney said. “I'm hoping those 13 seniors will have something to say about that.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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jobrando#216494 writes:

I just be elated if he gets this win. Good luck Coach

VolzsFan writes:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

Your rage, furror and just plain sour grapes is noted. Its people like you that has helped make U.T. football what it is today. All of us fans including Coach Fulmer will make the best of it and try to disregard your juvenile comments.
GO VOLS!!!

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

Phillip , as you called him , with the help of brillant coaches was great . When Cut. left ever thing started down hill and hasn't stopped.

FWBVol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

Historically, Tennessee was a Top 10 national program in wins and winning percentage before Phillip Fulmer and we can get back to an elite program status again.

It will be more difficult in today's SEC, and it will take time, but with the right coach we can get back.

I believe Derek Dooley would have earned a fourth year if we had made progress this year and won seven games. Nobody with a half-grain of horse sense really thought we would win more than eight or nine games this year.

Dooley was fired not just because he lost, but because of how he lost with the worst defense in Tennesee history in what at worst should have been a progressional year.

pcorange writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

I am a Fulmer fan, too, but it's time to move on now and get back to business. I don't expect a 10 win season or a national championship every year, but I'm damn sure not happy with 3 losing seasons in a row, never beating a top 25 team, and being beaten by Kentucky last year and now Missouri and Vanderbilt. Most fans don't expect an immediate return to Fulmer-esque seasons, but we do expect to be competitive, and we haven't been under Coach Dooley. Let's look to future, not the past.

joevol33 writes:

I agree most of the fan's wanted fulmer out, thought a dynasty was coming with kiffin, and have been nothing but bitter blaming fulmer for the phooey kiffin caused. Granted the program had went down some, but it was nowhere where it's been the past 4 yr's. The biggest thing I loved about fulmer, he was a homer, he loved the vol's, and I doubt they will hire another in our lifetime that will feel the same way. They may get a good coach, but if he's not a vol at heart, he'll do what kiffin did and well here we'll go again. I hope I'm wrong and a good coach come's and stay's, but I guess time will tell.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

It seems to me that you are blaming fan expectations instead of wanting to hold coaches accountable. You can keep your cynical attitude toward what IS success if you like, but you really should look at Dooley's performance objectively. Historically, it has been the worst run by 1 coach in the history of UT football. The play call blunders and opposing team highlight reels were an embarrassment. And though many fans thought a 9 win regular season was going to happen, by all indications, most, including the AD, would have been in favor of him getting 1 more year with 7 regular season wins.

There are those of us who were quick to want Dooley gone. I am one of those. It was based on the fact that he came in with a weak résumé and I saw very basic and fundamental errors on the field which I rarely saw at UT. He isn't a good coach no matter what measure you use. We consistently had Top 20 recruiting classes so you can stop with the talk about no talent. We returned a lot of starters this year and got worse in many respects. There was not much progress on the field. There are only a couple of SEC schools that would tolerate 3 losing seasons in a row.

If Hart makes a good hire, the fans will give him a chance. If he stinks it up, then he will get fired too. But let's get 1 thing straight. It won't be the expectations that causes the next coach to fail. It will be having 3 straight losing seasons.

dvhill100 writes:

Go Vols. I have a C note riding on this game when a coworker (rabid UK fan) was running his mouth about how UK would beat UT this year. Looked like a sure thing at the time. Now, not so much.

utvols420 writes:

HIRE JIM CHANEY!! seriously.

SummittsCourt writes:

UT goes out with a bang.

UT 49
UK 7

As bas as this season has been, UK is even worse - at least UT was competitive in most of their losses (Ga, MSU, SC, Mizz).

Colliervol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

Can't you come up with some new material? We know you are one of Phil's relatives and just can't understand why he was canned. It's not even worth the trouble to try to explain it anymore. You need to find something else to whine about because he ain't coming back. And he is one of the causes of where we are right now. End of story.

JeffKno writes:

I can see it now--UT beats Kentucky (they will) and Chaney will be crowned a hero--Let him coach this game but 15 minutes after the game is over he should be escorted off campus along with Sunseri and the rest--He is NOT a candidate to become the next head coach at UT....

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

CJC if the running game is productive stay with til it goes in the endzone for a touchdown. More Run a little less Bray please.

VolnTex writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

I hope you understand that you've spoken a bit too much reality for most of the people who post here. Reality doesn't sell well in these parts.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Can't you come up with some new material? We know you are one of Phil's relatives and just can't understand why he was canned. It's not even worth the trouble to try to explain it anymore. You need to find something else to whine about because he ain't coming back. And he is one of the causes of where we are right now. End of story.

Collier, and fellow real Vol fans,

You said it ! This not-a-Vol/Volzsfan all season has taken negativity, whining, and griping to a new level. He, and Billy-the-kid along with Jeffery-Kremser-GlenFord-Flowers have all made whining and living in the past a negativity work of art.

Yes, these clowns surely must be related to Phil in order to display the lost love of their lives all through the football season.
It's kind of amusing really........to beg for something that's never going to happen again.

We'd say grow up, the lot of you......but apparently.......it's too late for you.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

You are such an a**. And think of your family, having to watch you make a fool of yourself in front of the whole town.

wigmeister writes:

in response to JeffKno:

I can see it now--UT beats Kentucky (they will) and Chaney will be crowned a hero--Let him coach this game but 15 minutes after the game is over he should be escorted off campus along with Sunseri and the rest--He is NOT a candidate to become the next head coach at UT....

We do have some good coaches. Pittman and Graham come to mind right off the top. Be honest, Chaney did have a prolific offense. We have scored a zillion points! And that is with feelings that Bray may have given up, at times.

Gus Malzahn would be an awesome hire!

VolnTex writes:

in response to JeffKno:

I can see it now--UT beats Kentucky (they will) and Chaney will be crowned a hero--Let him coach this game but 15 minutes after the game is over he should be escorted off campus along with Sunseri and the rest--He is NOT a candidate to become the next head coach at UT....

Cheney oversaw the 23rd ranked offense in the nation, so don't blame him for any of this mess. A top 25 offense can't be expected to overcome a defense that wasn't even top 100. (See Louisiana Tech: #1 offense and #120 defense. It's hard to imagine having the best and the worst on the same team.) Good grief, give the Vols a top 50 defense and it might have made for an entirely different season! I'm not saying make Cheney the head coach, but give him a good head coach to work with and he might have a top 10 offense.

vq4nfo writes:

Rumors have Lane Kiffen being fired at the end of USC's season. Why not give him another chance to redem himself? If not then we do need to get Phillip back. Or promote Sal to head coach and get a new DC. Or get the Kentucky coach that was fired or Auburn's coach when he gets fired. No rush. It will give the posters a chance to vent for a few more months and give the recruits a chance to change their minds.

Ironcity writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

Troll pleasecleave our site I know your upset that we want to improve above mediocrity. I find it laughable when you suggest UT is not an Elite program HAHAHAHAHA. Get ready for your team (whoever that might be) getting its butt handed to them by an upgraded Vols squad.

pcorange writes:

If I were Hart, I would not make keeping any of the current staff a stipulation, but I would try to encourage the new coach to at least give strong consideration to keeping Chaney, Pittman, and Graham on staff and see how it works out. When you are averaging 38 points a game on offense, and lost seven (possibly eight) games, offense ain't your problem.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

Mrs. Fulmer, I appreciate what your husband did for the university and for the state. While I was in school, he led the team to some awesome seasons and I'll always be thankful. Now, for the love of God, please go bake something. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I know how hungry your man must be.

:::Deuces:::

brod writes:

chaney sucks.

voodoo101 writes:

in response to utvols420:

HIRE JIM CHANEY!! seriously.

“I have no idea what a head coach does,”Chaney said with a smile. “I've never done it before but I am excited. I hope I don't screw it up.”

You have to smile and appreciate it when somebody makes a comment like that. Too bad he'll only get a single game trial run here; promoting from within sometimes works pretty well - Fulmer, and sometimes not - Battle. Hammy passed on the opportunity in favor of Kiffin - promoting from within would probably have been better. Giving Chaney a chance wouldn't even let the pikes and torches cool off though.

pcorange writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Rumors have Lane Kiffen being fired at the end of USC's season. Why not give him another chance to redem himself? If not then we do need to get Phillip back. Or promote Sal to head coach and get a new DC. Or get the Kentucky coach that was fired or Auburn's coach when he gets fired. No rush. It will give the posters a chance to vent for a few more months and give the recruits a chance to change their minds.

You must be a troll with a comment like that. Kiffen was recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator at USC when the recruiting violations were committed that got USC a two year post season ban and heavy recruiting restrictions, basically forcing Pete Carroll to leave for the NFL. Kiffin was head coach at UT and was very obviously playing fast and loose with recruiting here. We were already on self imposed probation for secondary recruiting violations under Kiffin, and just the other day received notice from the NCAA that our probation has been extended two more years, until 2015, for a major violation that happened on Kiffin's watch.

I wouldn't totally object to giving Fulmer another shot at it, but if I were responsible for it, there would be no buyout clause and there would be a reasonable base salary with pay for performance languange structured into the contract. I think he's still got it in him, and unlike Dooley, he was fired too soon after having a 10 win season in 2007 and playing for the SEC championship. He would not be my first choice at this time, but a safety valve type hire.

Now then. Sal? Chizik? Joker? This proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are either a comedian or a troll. Lord, have mercy.

pcorange writes:

in response to brod:

chaney sucks.

Can it, dude. Chaney's offense has averaged almost 38 points a game this year, best in UT history. His offense is not our problem. No use mean-mouthing him.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Rumors have Lane Kiffen being fired at the end of USC's season. Why not give him another chance to redem himself? If not then we do need to get Phillip back. Or promote Sal to head coach and get a new DC. Or get the Kentucky coach that was fired or Auburn's coach when he gets fired. No rush. It will give the posters a chance to vent for a few more months and give the recruits a chance to change their minds.

Dude, stay out of the Meth house.

VolzsFan writes:

Does Jim have the power to fire Sal?

vq4nfo writes:

in response to pcorange:

You must be a troll with a comment like that. Kiffen was recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator at USC when the recruiting violations were committed that got USC a two year post season ban and heavy recruiting restrictions, basically forcing Pete Carroll to leave for the NFL. Kiffin was head coach at UT and was very obviously playing fast and loose with recruiting here. We were already on self imposed probation for secondary recruiting violations under Kiffin, and just the other day received notice from the NCAA that our probation has been extended two more years, until 2015, for a major violation that happened on Kiffin's watch.

I wouldn't totally object to giving Fulmer another shot at it, but if I were responsible for it, there would be no buyout clause and there would be a reasonable base salary with pay for performance languange structured into the contract. I think he's still got it in him, and unlike Dooley, he was fired too soon after having a 10 win season in 2007 and playing for the SEC championship. He would not be my first choice at this time, but a safety valve type hire.

Now then. Sal? Chizik? Joker? This proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are either a comedian or a troll. Lord, have mercy.

Would it have helped you and sly_stone99#434111 if there was a sarcasm button on this site? LMAO Dudes it is too early to tailgate for Kentucky.

Lane Kiffen is going to get fired at the end of the season (USC) though.

VolGrad writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

Perfect example of ignorance.

cltvol writes:

I like Chaney. He's a vet and has coached a lot of good QB's. Wonder if he had more to do with Crompton's improvement or CLK. Maybe both. Of course CLK would take the credit. Bray has shown improvement. Yea there's issues but he's improved.

Also think Chaney may have some ideas about pass D that could help this weekend. I think we'll beat the phooey out of KY. It will be fun for those that go. Wish I could.

dannasman writes:

So according to Coach Chaney it was Coach Dooley's decision to NOT coach Saturday against Kentucky!!! Not sure how to feel about that, on one hand ready to see him gone, on the other hand he is taking $5 Million to leave. He should be made do something before leaving!

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am not sure how many more coaches will be 3 and out due to the delusional expectations of this fan base. Phillip did something amazing. What he did was not Tennessee football but the high water mark. Until you all get your expectations in order you will always be unhappy. This is not one of the elite programs. Hart made the remark that it has many historical hurdles. Go tailgate and be happy. The days of 10 wins per year for 16 years is long gone and left with the Hall of Famer. You all wanted this change so enjoy.

Just STFU, Your BS is getting old. Not only do we need a new better coach, we need new & better trolls!

GBO- Beat Ky

cltvol writes:

in response to dannasman:

So according to Coach Chaney it was Coach Dooley's decision to NOT coach Saturday against Kentucky!!! Not sure how to feel about that, on one hand ready to see him gone, on the other hand he is taking $5 Million to leave. He should be made do something before leaving!

AD Hart said same in press conference. Maybe ex-C DD could sell hot dogs. See if he can beat the the great Zandi's recored (rip Arnold).

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Historically, Tennessee was a Top 10 national program in wins and winning percentage before Phillip Fulmer and we can get back to an elite program status again.

It will be more difficult in today's SEC, and it will take time, but with the right coach we can get back.

I believe Derek Dooley would have earned a fourth year if we had made progress this year and won seven games. Nobody with a half-grain of horse sense really thought we would win more than eight or nine games this year.

Dooley was fired not just because he lost, but because of how he lost with the worst defense in Tennesee history in what at worst should have been a progressional year.

Before Phil Fulmer? Are you nuts? Maybe pining for Johnny Majors still?

Coach Fulmer is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the game, and his accomplishments did much to burnish the Tennessee brand.

Walt

UT '81

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Rumors have Lane Kiffen being fired at the end of USC's season. Why not give him another chance to redem himself? If not then we do need to get Phillip back. Or promote Sal to head coach and get a new DC. Or get the Kentucky coach that was fired or Auburn's coach when he gets fired. No rush. It will give the posters a chance to vent for a few more months and give the recruits a chance to change their minds.

Yeah, I remember when I had my first beer...

underthehill writes:

I agree with Chaney that the 13 senoirs will want to win this game and I believe UT will win...but I thought UT would beat Mizzu and thought the Vandy game was a toss up (not a blowout by either) therefore I can not be taken seriously on my predictions..anyway..hoping Bray does not play and Worley quarterbacks the win for the Vols..we'll see...

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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The man is a moron and has no clue how to call a game. If he wins it will be Kentucky is horrible no other reason. The stats speak for themselves.

Even with this on Saturday;
Marlin Lane 16 108yds 6.8 avg.
Rajion Neal 13 61 yds. 4.7 avg.

He still broke from the running game and did this;
Tyler Bray 11-29-2
Justin Worley 8-11-1
Totals... 19-41-3

I almost guarantee if Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina was playing Vandy and they had holes that huge to run through they would have never thrown a single pass all game.

Nearly every game this year Bray has thrown 40+ times, even when the running game was averaging over 4 yards per carry.

Go research Purdue, this is all Chaney could do there also, they never dominated anyone, it's just numbers, all fluff, no substance.

This is the run and shoot of the NFL offense, pass on down 1 and 2, try to run on 3rd and long, then punt, that is Chaney and that how teams can run 99 plays on your defense in a game.

I bet Dooley is glad to get away from Chaney and Sunsari, neither of whom he chose if the news is correct out of Knoxville, and they both doomed him.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

Here's the criteria for our coaching search. A top recruit sits on one side of a table. On the other side of the table sit Nick Saban, Les Miles, Will Muschamp, Chip Kelly, Bob Stoops, Brian Kelly, and Lane Kiffin. There's an empty seat with an Orange "T" on the side of the table with other coaches. Who do we get to fill that seat that could compete against those names? Nick Saban has all these NCAA titles, as does Les Miles. Will Muschamp can boast about what he's done in only two years at Florida. Chip Kelly and Bob Stoops have kept consistently good teams that are always near the top of the rankings. Brian Kelly and Lane Kiffin will present their prestiguous programs... so what can Tennessee put out there so that when we get a recruit, we're beating out Alabama, USC, LSU, and Florida for them instead of Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Duke? We need to think about that. Everyone saying Jon Gruden will cost too much... if we're going to get out of this hole, we need to stop competing with Vandy for recruits and start stealing them from Alabama. Who can we put in that seat who can outshine those guys? How about a guy with a Super Bowl ring whose input is valued by ESPN so much so that they would have him color-commentating them? Nick Saban was an NFL bust. Who would have a better idea of what it takes to be NFL talent? A guy who has won a Super Bowl, or one that took off running from the Dolphins?

brod writes:

in response to pcorange:

Can it, dude. Chaney's offense has averaged almost 38 points a game this year, best in UT history. His offense is not our problem. No use mean-mouthing him.

chaney didn't score sh**. with bray, patterson, hunter, rogers, and rivera any coordinator can score. this is the same moron that called a play action against alabama on 2nd and 3 when we were only behind 23-10 and driving in their territory. bama had not been stopping our run between the tackles all night. his play calling will not win in the sec.

DaufuskieIslandVol writes:

Is Chaney not the guy who has been calling 20 yard post on 3rd and 3 and on 3rd and 8 calling 5 yard outs? Chaney in my opinion is one of the biggest problems with this team.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to DaufuskieIslandVol:

Is Chaney not the guy who has been calling 20 yard post on 3rd and 3 and on 3rd and 8 calling 5 yard outs? Chaney in my opinion is one of the biggest problems with this team.

Finally a true football person who understands game calling and down and distance. I was getting worried.

Chaney is a moron.

6972 writes:

I am wondering when the new dude on block is announced, if he will keep any of this staff or will they all go. What are your thougths? Anyone stay or do they all go?

Footnote: We lack speed but I think I am hearing that we lack good strength. Wonder if the strength coach stays also?

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

To those thinking Chaney is amazing, Warren Moon made Houston awesome with the run and shoot, Jerry Glanville made the Falcons some- what relevant with the run and shoot. Both offenses set NFL records, but guess what? They never won a Super bowl and lost in the playoffs when they made it to teams that ran and played defense.

Things to ponder when you bring up those 38 points per game.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Don't forget June Jones and Hawaii either, set records big time, but couldn't beat anyone very good.

GerryOP writes:

in response to DaufuskieIslandVol:

Is Chaney not the guy who has been calling 20 yard post on 3rd and 3 and on 3rd and 8 calling 5 yard outs? Chaney in my opinion is one of the biggest problems with this team.

Yup, here we go! Chaney has been the HC for roughly 28 hours and the Vol faithful are already trashing him. That's the way our fans are. Without something to complain about they'd be lost.

Yeah, sure, proven winning coaches are lining up outside the front door just begging to be our coach and take this kind of abuse from the fans. What a bunch of losers.

voodoo101 writes:

in response to dannasman:

So according to Coach Chaney it was Coach Dooley's decision to NOT coach Saturday against Kentucky!!! Not sure how to feel about that, on one hand ready to see him gone, on the other hand he is taking $5 Million to leave. He should be made do something before leaving!

Why? Lots of "fans" have said Dooley can't coach; why would they want him at another game. Besides, for Dooley, coaching the KY game is a no winner. If it's a win, it was just KY. If it's a loss, then he lost it intentionally. He's right to avoid the lame duck label and just move on. Consider also that the WY game - played after Fulmer was fired - didn't turn out so well.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to pcorange:

If I were Hart, I would not make keeping any of the current staff a stipulation, but I would try to encourage the new coach to at least give strong consideration to keeping Chaney, Pittman, and Graham on staff and see how it works out. When you are averaging 38 points a game on offense, and lost seven (possibly eight) games, offense ain't your problem.

PC this isn't a bad coaching staff. Sal is a very good coach. The problem was he didn't have the players to play the 3-4. Wilcox said the same thing and wouldn't have anything to do with the 3-4 for lack of speed. Someone pushed the 3-4 way too early and Sal paid the price.I am not saying the Sal is God's gift at anything but He just didn't have the sec. speed that is needed to change schemes this year. Yes this whole mess looks like coaching miscues, we just didn't get things done in the correct order. Not lack of players, not lack of good assistants coaches just poor timing and decisions making. In short lack of experience some where in the Mgr area. The integration process was all SC.... up somewhere.

claiborneh writes:

Just my humble opinion, but if I got the opportunity to be head coach at a major Division 1 program for the very first time and it was my very first press conference, I would not show up looking like a cross between Joe the plumber and hoodie.

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