"I can't say the execution on the field today was the way you'd like it," Chaney said. "We were a little sluggish at times. But it was better than yesterday and hopefully it will be better (Wednesday). Hopefully we'll build on that as we crescendo into the ballgame."
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) plays Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) on Saturday (TV: SEC Network, 12:21 p.m.) in a battle of winless SEC teams who have already fired their coaches.
Tennessee dismissed Dooley on Sunday and he chose not to coach the final game. Kentucky coach Joker Phillips is finishing the season after his firing was announced on Nov. 4.
"They're an SEC football team, so they have SEC talent," Chaney said of Kentucky. "Our focus is on Tennessee to get our minds right and go out the way we're capable of playing.
Chaney said he would defer to Athletic Director Dave Hart on how to handle Senior Day activities on Saturday without Dooley present.
"I'm sure whatever Mr. Hart wants us to do, I'll be glad to do," Chaney said. "I've known these kids for a young time, and I'll gladly respect them in any way I can."
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.