John Adams: With new coach, it may be time for UT to spread its wings on offense

John Adams
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts at the end of a 29-24 win over Alabama in an NCAA college football game against Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts at the end of a 29-24 win over Alabama in an NCAA college football game against Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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Schools usually don't leave the last coach behind when they initiate their search for a new coach.

It's as though they're determined to find a new coach who has an abundance of whatever the last coach lacked.

So as Tennessee looks for a successor to coach Derek Dooley, it likely will be drawn to anyone who has successfully schooled his student-athletes in the art of impeding a forward pass or an opposing ballcarrier.

That might explain why one UT fan suggested in an email that the program should bring back former defensive coordinator, John Chavis, in an elevated role — now that he has improved his resume at LSU.

Note: His defense never gave up more than 700 yards to a Sun Belt Conference team.

A yearning for defense also could explain the appeal of TCU coach Gary Patterson. He's a defensive-minded coach, although you couldn't tell it based on his school's first season in the Big 12.

But everyone gives up a lot of points in the Big 12, which has become the college outdoor version of Arena League football.

While I appreciate Tennessee's immense defensive concerns, there's a bigger picture to consider.

In the past 20 years, Tennessee has had four different coaches. The offensive philosophy remained fairly consistent, though.

Maybe it's time for a change. And it's not just about production. UT might be able to recruit better to a spread offense.

Never mind how effective the current offense has looked in the best of times. You also need to look at recruiting against the elite programs in the SEC.

Defending national champion Alabama has relied on defense, a power-running game and a pro-style passing attack under Nick Saban. How much is that different from Georgia's or LSU's current style? Or Florida in coach Will Muschamp's second season?

All of those programs have a couple of advantages over UT: a better in-state recruiting base and more recent success. Translation: They have a better chance of winning head-to-head battles with Tennessee for the nation's premier passers and running backs.

For example, LSU has five running backs who would start at Tennessee. Georgia has two freshmen who would. How do you overcome that?

You could hire a big-name, offensive-minded NFL coach (I won't mention any names) who would have built-in credibility with any pro-style quarterback coming out of high school. If his offense also featured an elite power-running back, so much the better.

But what advantage can UT offer besides immediate playing time? And that doesn't seem to work. Otherwise, LSU and Alabama wouldn't keep filling up their depth charts with running backs.

So why not consider a different offensive course — with recruiting, as well as offensive production, in mind?

Some critics contend that the same offenses that run up ridiculous numbers in other conferences wouldn't work in a league as blessed with defensive talent as the SEC. Texas A&M presents a strong counterpoint, especially since coach Kevin Sumlin's fast-paced spread offense took down then-No. 1 Alabama.

If Tennessee is going to win a conference championship, it likely will have to beat Alabama. And how can it hope to beat Alabama at its own game?

Instead, why not try to beat it with Texas A&M's game — or something like it?

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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Observer43 writes:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

CrankE writes:

In other words, Gus Malzahn. The man can coach an offense. As a bonus, you also get Kristy Malzahn's nutty commentary!!

UT isn't that far away right now from being able to play solid, traditional ball. UT has floundered and underachieved when they depended on the pass. Think 1996 or 2007 or 2011 if you like. The pieces are all there, they just need to be well-coached.

Maybe KNS could spread their wings and get a new sportswriter that's everything the current one isn't. You know, one who doesn't feed the trollz.

FIRE DEBBY JENNINGS! AGAIN!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Won't matter what offense they run for the next three years, the team will stink until the players become SEC-level talented.

In the meantime, Hal Mumme coached a helluva offense, that's if Zook says no.

jdogg44 writes:

I say Charlie Strong from Louisville should be a done deal as our new HC by the time stores open for Black Friday!!

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to Observer43:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

you chronic Adams haters continue to look like total idiots to most rational thinking folks--whatever side he takes its never anything but complaints from you that are always looking for something to bellyache about----nothing wrong with this mans writing, he dont need your and the others haters approval and you all look foolish with your always so predictable hate---if you dont like his writing then dont read them and spare us you useless comments and find something else to whine about instead

rb4346 writes:

in response to Observer43:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

If I didn't like my job then I would quit and my advice to you is If you don't like John Adams writings then don't read them. Problem solved.

Pullingguard writes:

John makes excellent points....Starting with negative on recruiting from instate talent, how can you expect them to get the better talent when you are running same system on offense and you have Ala, Ga, Fla, LSU, SC all more attractive and states with the quality players. Vols Would solve themselves well to change offense tempo, get a QB who can put pressure on defense with run and pass.. Fast paced, offense.. Clemson made the change and have been successful In getting some of the highly rated players from Fla and other states...

VolnTex writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

you chronic Adams haters continue to look like total idiots to most rational thinking folks--whatever side he takes its never anything but complaints from you that are always looking for something to bellyache about----nothing wrong with this mans writing, he dont need your and the others haters approval and you all look foolish with your always so predictable hate---if you dont like his writing then dont read them and spare us you useless comments and find something else to whine about instead

Thank you so much for saying this. It doesn't matter how well-written a John Adams article is, there are some people who can't wait to be the first to call him names. And for some reason they think they come off as intelligent. Please, if you just can't stand Adams, then don't read him. Then leave it to everyone else to have a good conversation about what he wrote.

VolunteerLifer writes:

You're doing your job, Adams, when you give us this kind of food for thought. Very interesting discussion.

ozarkvol writes:

You need a power running game to win National Championships. The spread offense does not lend itself to the power running game. Other than Auburn and Florida, who used their quarterback as the power backs, i.e. Newton & Tebow, who has won a National Championship running the spread?

Case and point, Oklahoma - they have got shellacked in NC games.

You have to be able to run when you got to to win NC's.

The spread offense always looks good until it goes against a physical defense.

Anybody see Stanford and Oregon last week?

born2ride writes:

If we had hired Chavis instead of Sal, Dooley would still be coaching.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

John, I do not agree. Here are my 2 reasons:

1) What did Michigan think of Rich Rod's offense? Yes, if he had won, they may have accepted it. The same is true if Alabama had hired him. However, if a coach comes in and changes the style of play the fan base appreciates and they DON'T win...well, then they have a much shorter leash. Fans at UT like the pro-style offense.

2) Why would you not focus on fixing the most broken part of the team to make the most progress? We have the #22 ranked offense. We are #110 on Defense. What if we had the #28 defense like last year? Well, maybe we win at Athens, Starkville, Nashville, and against Mizzou. Heck, you might even beat FL. 9 or 10 wins changes how recruits perceive you. There was a time when we were consistently in the Top 5 in recruiting. You can argue Chicken or Egg, but focus on the defense and you demostrate the most improvement.

VFL70 writes:

Another good thought provoking column by Adams.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

We don't have a running backs .They run like we need one yard for a TD everything they touch it , whats running for day light mean .

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to Observer43:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

I thought it was a great write , truth hurts sometimes don't it .

Prostar writes:

To run a spread offense you need speed and we don't have it, not on either side of the ball. With a mobile QB the defense has another body to account for and defend against. You also can run the option. Which is why I would prefer we get away from the pro-style QB and focus on a dual-threat QB.

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to Prostar:

To run a spread offense you need speed and we don't have it, not on either side of the ball. With a mobile QB the defense has another body to account for and defend against. You also can run the option. Which is why I would prefer we get away from the pro-style QB and focus on a dual-threat QB.

Worley can run a spread offense. He monstered it in high school. Some called it a 'system' offense.

cloudodust writes:

Texas A&M is an easy follow-up to a percieved anomaly regarding the Alabama-A&M game. Forgetaboudit. Tennessee needs new blood, make no mistake. But to over-simplify the need comes on the heels of the here and now. The future will come, pain will happen. We don't need the Knoxville sportswriters setting the dam# agenda. Ya'll over-extend your ability to be objective...

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

The spread does not win at BCS level.

Florida was a spread, and only Tebow could run, see Florida and record after he left. Muschamp changed to pro-set.

Auburn and Malzahn ran a different type but it was a spread multiple I believe, taking advantage of Newtons arm strength.

Now on to Adams thoughts, if he really believes this short-sighted theory, there are only a few coaches running spread offenses, so that's a thin area to pick from, second that would require UT completely rebooting their entire offensive roster, and that there is just dumb. That would easily set the program back 2 or 3 more years, and require an entire new set of recruiting. So once again, complete drivel.

Now think about it, every National title has been won by what type of offense? Go a step further, what do teams use in the NFL?

How exactly do you tell a kid come here, play at a school going through changes and you one day can go to the NFL? Great plan John

jayrokey writes:

didn't fulmer attempt a transition to a spread offense his last year with the clawfense. as awful as it looked his last year as coach, taj boyd would likely be here running that offense now. oh well bring on GRUDEN!!!

coastal_vol writes:

Why gruden? Don't get it. Do you people remember how he was touting Colt McCoy? man, he has really come through, hasn't he? C'mon! He won with another coach's players, and was unceremoniously dumped a few years later.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

He's gone. How long will it take you to STFU and move on?

jasvol writes:

in response to CrankE:

In other words, Gus Malzahn. The man can coach an offense. As a bonus, you also get Kristy Malzahn's nutty commentary!!

UT isn't that far away right now from being able to play solid, traditional ball. UT has floundered and underachieved when they depended on the pass. Think 1996 or 2007 or 2011 if you like. The pieces are all there, they just need to be well-coached.

Maybe KNS could spread their wings and get a new sportswriter that's everything the current one isn't. You know, one who doesn't feed the trollz.

FIRE DEBBY JENNINGS! AGAIN!

Maybe KNS could spread their wings and get a new sportswriter that's everything the current one isn't. You know, one who doesn't feed the trollz.

That is hilarious!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Prostar:

To run a spread offense you need speed and we don't have it, not on either side of the ball. With a mobile QB the defense has another body to account for and defend against. You also can run the option. Which is why I would prefer we get away from the pro-style QB and focus on a dual-threat QB.

I like a good mobile pro-style of dual-threat QB, but not a spread-option, zone-read offense. The really exciting offenses to watch are the ones where the QB passes first, but can really kill you if you drop too many in coverage and lose contain on him.

snowvol writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

you chronic Adams haters continue to look like total idiots to most rational thinking folks--whatever side he takes its never anything but complaints from you that are always looking for something to bellyache about----nothing wrong with this mans writing, he dont need your and the others haters approval and you all look foolish with your always so predictable hate---if you dont like his writing then dont read them and spare us you useless comments and find something else to whine about instead

I could not agree with you more. I am so sick and tired of the endless Vol whiners when it comes to John Adams. For those who feel compelled to scream bloody murder over John Adams, it might come - no, it WILL come - as a shock if those folks understood the tremendous respect he has nationally. Why? Because he doesn't blow orange smoke up everyones bums.

Get over yourselves and for the love of taking off your tightly drawn blinders, as yaba said - if you don't like the man, don't read him. Go find yourself a KNS columnist or message board that's more to your liking. Someone, or a group of fans, who are more in line with your myopic view of UT. A view that loathes anyone who really tells it like it is.

I cannot believe how blind some fans are... or choose to be. And now - a good many of you will get all worked up responding to this the same way you get worked up responding to John Adams.

AtLannaVol writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

you chronic Adams haters continue to look like total idiots to most rational thinking folks--whatever side he takes its never anything but complaints from you that are always looking for something to bellyache about----nothing wrong with this mans writing, he dont need your and the others haters approval and you all look foolish with your always so predictable hate---if you dont like his writing then dont read them and spare us you useless comments and find something else to whine about instead

right there with ya yaba. Best I can tell, John Adams must have shown one of these boys up in front of their girlfriend or something. Maybe wouldn't take a picture with them. I tried to understand but I all got was senseless dribble about how great Tn was and how JA was always bashin em. Note to haters: Tennessee has been really really bad lately. And it's not John's fault. Find a new girlfriend

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Stooley_Dinks:

John, I do not agree. Here are my 2 reasons:

1) What did Michigan think of Rich Rod's offense? Yes, if he had won, they may have accepted it. The same is true if Alabama had hired him. However, if a coach comes in and changes the style of play the fan base appreciates and they DON'T win...well, then they have a much shorter leash. Fans at UT like the pro-style offense.

2) Why would you not focus on fixing the most broken part of the team to make the most progress? We have the #22 ranked offense. We are #110 on Defense. What if we had the #28 defense like last year? Well, maybe we win at Athens, Starkville, Nashville, and against Mizzou. Heck, you might even beat FL. 9 or 10 wins changes how recruits perceive you. There was a time when we were consistently in the Top 5 in recruiting. You can argue Chicken or Egg, but focus on the defense and you demostrate the most improvement.

Hey troll,

Dooley is gone. Stop looking very asinine.
Time for you to manufacture yet another screen name. We imagine you're just waiting for news of the next coach and more than likely, whom ever he will be........won't please you so you'll come up with another garbage screen name. Childish.

What will happen is this. You and fellow trolls/gripers such as Kremser/GlennFord/Flowers, and Billy the Kid
will huddle up and dream up yet further examples of your ignorance. But one thing we all do know, the little attacks all of you have had to the former coach do prove your cowardice. None of you would have faced Dooley in person. He needed to go, we know that. But the cheap attacks you dorks made pretty much showed everyone what spineless frauds you all are.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

John makes excellent points....Starting with negative on recruiting from instate talent, how can you expect them to get the better talent when you are running same system on offense and you have Ala, Ga, Fla, LSU, SC all more attractive and states with the quality players. Vols Would solve themselves well to change offense tempo, get a QB who can put pressure on defense with run and pass.. Fast paced, offense.. Clemson made the change and have been successful In getting some of the highly rated players from Fla and other states...

You have an interesting theory. The only thing I would worry about is the ability to sustain the level of talent that would be necessary to execute an Oregon type spread offense against LSU, Bama, and UF defenses.

Still, it definitely deserves to be seriously considered. I've heard rumors (YES RUMORS ALL OF YOU GRUDEN NAYSAYERS) that Gruden has been breaking down U of Oregon film trying to acquaint himself with their fast paced offense. If true, does it mean anything? Who knows? Until he steps to the podium it means nothing, but if he does....

Volunatic writes:

So is John Adams suggesting that UT should hire Dave Clawson to be the next coach?

Volunatic writes:

in response to born2ride:

If we had hired Chavis instead of Sal, Dooley would still be coaching.

Hiring Chavis wasn't possible, though.

VolsFanInAfghanistan writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Won't matter what offense they run for the next three years, the team will stink until the players become SEC-level talented.

In the meantime, Hal Mumme coached a helluva offense, that's if Zook says no.

Can I ask you a question, are you a Volunteer fan or a troll? I read a lot of the post on here due to the fact that being in Afghanistan I try to keep up on all Volunteer sports, but you seem to do nothing but talk negative about the Vols. Yes our team didn't meet expectations, but that doesn't mean the sun can't shine on a dogs rear end with the right coach coming in here and fixing it. If the players we have don't leave and can be coached up why can't they have a better season next year than this one. It's not impossible for that to happen. The guys on defense I do believe were recruited to run a 4-3 defense, I could be wrong so don't quote me on that, but to change into something more complicated doesn't make sense. They were raked 27th last year, so you think they stink, REALLY!! I for one hope that who ever they get comes in there and all your negativity comes back and bites you in the rear. Oh and trust me I'll be here Lord willing to see it and I will call you out on it. Go VictorOscarLimaSierra.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

John, please spare us. The season is over. A Turkey can "spread it's wings" too. John, Happy Thanksgiving Turkey :)..

GO VOLS

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolsFanInAfghanistan:

Can I ask you a question, are you a Volunteer fan or a troll? I read a lot of the post on here due to the fact that being in Afghanistan I try to keep up on all Volunteer sports, but you seem to do nothing but talk negative about the Vols. Yes our team didn't meet expectations, but that doesn't mean the sun can't shine on a dogs rear end with the right coach coming in here and fixing it. If the players we have don't leave and can be coached up why can't they have a better season next year than this one. It's not impossible for that to happen. The guys on defense I do believe were recruited to run a 4-3 defense, I could be wrong so don't quote me on that, but to change into something more complicated doesn't make sense. They were raked 27th last year, so you think they stink, REALLY!! I for one hope that who ever they get comes in there and all your negativity comes back and bites you in the rear. Oh and trust me I'll be here Lord willing to see it and I will call you out on it. Go VictorOscarLimaSierra.

VolFanInAfghanistan thank you for your service. Delta Charlie is the former gaterzz. He/she also uses the handle titletownz and probably many others. He/she is a Gater fan. He/she has no life other than to troll this site 24/7. He/she is on here for no other reason than to instigate and stir the pot.

gohawks1 writes:

Sure. Good idea, Adams. It worked so well with Dave Clawson's offense. Let's do that again.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

in response to Observer43:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

Im glad to see i aint the only one who feels this way and from the video from Dave Harts press confence he not a fan of johnboy either.Sometimes i think he talks to hear his head rattle ferpetesake

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to VolsFanInAfghanistan:

Can I ask you a question, are you a Volunteer fan or a troll? I read a lot of the post on here due to the fact that being in Afghanistan I try to keep up on all Volunteer sports, but you seem to do nothing but talk negative about the Vols. Yes our team didn't meet expectations, but that doesn't mean the sun can't shine on a dogs rear end with the right coach coming in here and fixing it. If the players we have don't leave and can be coached up why can't they have a better season next year than this one. It's not impossible for that to happen. The guys on defense I do believe were recruited to run a 4-3 defense, I could be wrong so don't quote me on that, but to change into something more complicated doesn't make sense. They were raked 27th last year, so you think they stink, REALLY!! I for one hope that who ever they get comes in there and all your negativity comes back and bites you in the rear. Oh and trust me I'll be here Lord willing to see it and I will call you out on it. Go VictorOscarLimaSierra.

Thanks for your service, God bless! Great post, and don't take me very seriously, I'm just goofing off most of the time. Hurry home.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Observer43:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

he's trying to be like david climber in the tennessean...true vandy fan at heart. not sure what john is maybe bama

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

VolFanInAfghanistan thank you for your service. Delta Charlie is the former gaterzz. He/she also uses the handle titletownz and probably many others. He/she is a Gater fan. He/she has no life other than to troll this site 24/7. He/she is on here for no other reason than to instigate and stir the pot.

kns plant to help job security.... is it john adams?????

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to VolsFanInAfghanistan:

Can I ask you a question, are you a Volunteer fan or a troll? I read a lot of the post on here due to the fact that being in Afghanistan I try to keep up on all Volunteer sports, but you seem to do nothing but talk negative about the Vols. Yes our team didn't meet expectations, but that doesn't mean the sun can't shine on a dogs rear end with the right coach coming in here and fixing it. If the players we have don't leave and can be coached up why can't they have a better season next year than this one. It's not impossible for that to happen. The guys on defense I do believe were recruited to run a 4-3 defense, I could be wrong so don't quote me on that, but to change into something more complicated doesn't make sense. They were raked 27th last year, so you think they stink, REALLY!! I for one hope that who ever they get comes in there and all your negativity comes back and bites you in the rear. Oh and trust me I'll be here Lord willing to see it and I will call you out on it. Go VictorOscarLimaSierra.

one of the most exciting times ahead in history of the program is just around the corner...its GolfRomeoUniformDeltaEchoNovember
Dont Tell nobody Yet...It's a secret

kwcoach writes:

in response to Observer43:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

If this season has taught is anything it has taught us that you don't change schemes unless you have the people in place to do it right. 4-3 to 3-4...good job.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

John makes excellent points....Starting with negative on recruiting from instate talent, how can you expect them to get the better talent when you are running same system on offense and you have Ala, Ga, Fla, LSU, SC all more attractive and states with the quality players. Vols Would solve themselves well to change offense tempo, get a QB who can put pressure on defense with run and pass.. Fast paced, offense.. Clemson made the change and have been successful In getting some of the highly rated players from Fla and other states...

excellent post could not have said it better. People here spread and thank pass all the time this is not true. texas A&m runs as much as passes our of there set.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

"they have a better chance of winning head to head battles against Tennessee for the elite passers and rb's"?...........It's been done before by great recruiters at Tennessee and it can be done again. (Peyton Manning, Heath Shuler, Jamaal Lewis, Travis Henry, Arian Foster....etc, etc)

ModelMaker writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

you chronic Adams haters continue to look like total idiots to most rational thinking folks--whatever side he takes its never anything but complaints from you that are always looking for something to bellyache about----nothing wrong with this mans writing, he dont need your and the others haters approval and you all look foolish with your always so predictable hate---if you dont like his writing then dont read them and spare us you useless comments and find something else to whine about instead

I totally agree with you. I think it was one of the better articles that John has written.

jdcdjc writes:

I firmly beieve we would not be having any of these converations and Dooley would still be in charge if one thing had happened, and that is our DC went to Washington and the defense changed. Under the old DC we would have won some of the games we lost. The new scheme changed everything.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

you chronic Adams haters continue to look like total idiots to most rational thinking folks--whatever side he takes its never anything but complaints from you that are always looking for something to bellyache about----nothing wrong with this mans writing, he dont need your and the others haters approval and you all look foolish with your always so predictable hate---if you dont like his writing then dont read them and spare us you useless comments and find something else to whine about instead

Well said. Nothing wrong with John's writing. I don't always agree with him, but I do here. Urbie did pretty good with the spread at that school in Gainsville. I've always wanted a Big 12 offense with a SEC defense. Throw in great special teams play & you have a champion.

GBO - Get it right this time!

budd#207344 writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

John makes excellent points....Starting with negative on recruiting from instate talent, how can you expect them to get the better talent when you are running same system on offense and you have Ala, Ga, Fla, LSU, SC all more attractive and states with the quality players. Vols Would solve themselves well to change offense tempo, get a QB who can put pressure on defense with run and pass.. Fast paced, offense.. Clemson made the change and have been successful In getting some of the highly rated players from Fla and other states...

The one big problem with JA's idea is that SEC defenses eat spread offenses for lunch. Watch the Auburn Oregon game. Watch Kentucky under Mumme. That offense is not going to beat the elite teams. That's why they run the it. Get a good coach and you will get the recruits. Fulmer got them til he got lazy and Dooley has brought in a lot of talent. You must have someone to coach them up and that was Dooley's problem. You bring in a top notch coach with a staff that can actually coach and you are competing for the East next year.

Vol_In_The_Ville writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

The spread does not win at BCS level.

Florida was a spread, and only Tebow could run, see Florida and record after he left. Muschamp changed to pro-set.

Auburn and Malzahn ran a different type but it was a spread multiple I believe, taking advantage of Newtons arm strength.

Now on to Adams thoughts, if he really believes this short-sighted theory, there are only a few coaches running spread offenses, so that's a thin area to pick from, second that would require UT completely rebooting their entire offensive roster, and that there is just dumb. That would easily set the program back 2 or 3 more years, and require an entire new set of recruiting. So once again, complete drivel.

Now think about it, every National title has been won by what type of offense? Go a step further, what do teams use in the NFL?

How exactly do you tell a kid come here, play at a school going through changes and you one day can go to the NFL? Great plan John

Oregon wins.

hikerdude writes:

The offensive scheme is not the problem. The problem has been, is, and will be that we don't have the talent on either side of the ball that the big boys have. Its all about recruiting.

hueypilot writes:

in response to Observer43:

Why is John Adams commenting on this? He is just like Donald Trump...clawing his way to stay relevant.(And btw we will see how long it takes the KNS to delete this comment)

I just don't get the John Adams hate. He makes a valid point. Tennessee is the buggy whip factory of college football. They were the last school to abandon the single wing, sort of closing the barn door after the horse had left, losing Steve Sloan from nearby Bradley County to Bear Bryant, and Steve Spurrier from Johnson City to Florida. Okay, you don't have to hit me in the head with a baseball bat! Time to change from the single wing to the t formation with all the rest of college football.

Since leather helmet days Tennessee has had some of the most immobile quarterbacks in memory. Erik Ainge and Bray make Manning and the Clausens look like Tony Dorsett. Shuler had a little shake about him but we are in the era of RGIII and Tajh Boyd. Oh yeah, well let's try to forget about Tajh Boyd.

Adams is right on the money. If we don't have the big time pro drop back passer and the Edgerrin James NFL back, maybe we need an offense that spreads defenses, steals a few first downs and moves the stick. Good article John. Very relevant. Ignore these wannabe critics.

hueypilot writes:

in response to orange_eVOLution:

Worley can run a spread offense. He monstered it in high school. Some called it a 'system' offense.

Do you know this for a fact? I'd like to believe it. Just watching Worley in warmups and briefly last week against Vanderbilt, he moves like an athlete and looks like he could run it a little bit. Even Casey Clausen could get a first down every now and then with his legs. Bray can barely run to the sideline after another three and out. Defenses know that. Last week when Worley handed off to an end on the end around, the entire opposite side of the field was open had Worley kept the ball. That's how defenses prepare for Tennessee knowing the QB is no factor to run whatsoever. It is a tool others have (remember what Troy and Florida did to us on QB keepers) and we don't.

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