Sal Sunseri: Vols get back to fundamentals

UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri directs Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Marsalis Teague (10) as head coach Derek Dooley calls a time out against Akron at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri directs Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Marsalis Teague (10) as head coach Derek Dooley calls a time out against Akron at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Vols practice, Oct. 3, 2012

Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said the Vols are focused on the fundamentals this week after surrendering 560 yards in a 51-44 loss to Georgia last week.

“You want to get back to make sure you’re tackling properly, you’re chasing the football, you’re playing routes,” Sunseri said Wednesday. “This was a great week for us to get better. We’re going to get better, but we’re not near where we need to be.”

After a week off, the Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) play at No. 20 Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0) on Oct. 13 (TV: ESPN2, 9 p.m.)

Sunseri said the Vols must do the “little things that give us a chance to win.”

“The other day we had too many explosive plays, not enough people flying to the football, and that’s what hurt us,” he said.

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

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StoneJackBaller writes:

I hear Bobby Boucher has a year of eligibility remaining. We could use him at linebacker. Sal, coach em up...make em angry...give them red bull...something!!

keithgibson writes:

this may not have been the smartest hire for Dooley. we have played three good teams this year, and we are giving up an average of 507 yards per game! that is unacceptable.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

I hear Bobby Boucher has a year of eligibility remaining. We could use him at linebacker. Sal, coach em up...make em angry...give them red bull...something!!

Can you "butt-chug" Red Bull? Someone get a Pike over to practice immediately.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to keithgibson:

this may not have been the smartest hire for Dooley. we have played three good teams this year, and we are giving up an average of 507 yards per game! that is unacceptable.

I am starting to have the same thoughts Keith. Remember we gave up that huge (75 yarder or so) to Akron. UGA ran thru us like **** through a goose.

How we do against Miss State will tell the tale.

GO VOLS!!!!!

OrangePride writes:

Hmmmm.....Memo to CSS: The number of huge (60+ yard) run plays given up by your defense this year is totally out of line with your talent level and this university's expectations. FIX IT! Yes, between the inept arm tackling of the corners and safeties, linebackers and ends losing the edge, poor angles to the ball, and alignment woes, one would sometimes wonder just what is going on during practice. Whatever it is, CDD keeps telling us, "it is fixable." Right. We agree......but somehow it just doesn't seem to get fixed. We have a very good running team coming up in MSU. So, if it's speed and talent, then you will need to scheme things to minimize those weaknesses. Two weeks to do it, so NO EXCUSES! GET IT DONE!! GO VOLS!!!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Can you "butt-chug" Red Bull? Someone get a Pike over to practice immediately.

LMAO

6972 writes:

We are going to focus on fundamentals this week! What have we been focusing on all spring, summer, and now into the fall? I can't give blood at the hospital because I bleed orange. Let's fix the problems, get it right the best we can and then if we still lose, I can live with that. These mistakes are killing me, the fans, the players and the coaches. Everybody feels the pain.Just get it right and let the chips fall where they may.

volunteerintexas writes:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

EverythingOrange writes:

I was thinking that the current strategy is to just let the other team's offense run all over us until they get tired.....

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

UT total YPG allowed is 82nd nationally, and 2nd worst in the SEC behind Arkansas. To say that saying there's room for improvement is an understatement---is an understatement itself.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Not that Dooley should get any credit for putting up 44 pts against the #5 (still) team in the country on the road or anything.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

UT total YPG allowed is 82nd nationally, and 2nd worst in the SEC behind Arkansas. To say that saying there's room for improvement is an understatement---is an understatement itself.

More specifically, they are 76th in passing yds/game allowed, and among the teams above them--you ready?--MY Alma mater, Tulane.

TrouserCough writes:

He's really got them ballin'

StoneJackBaller writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

This must be straight from a dream you had. However, if I'm Dave Hart and thought Gruden had any interest whatsoever, even just a smidgen, I would make an offer and drop Dooley like a hot potato. Unfortunately for Dooley, as much as I like him and want him to win, I don't think he'll be here next year unless we beat MS State, and/or SC/Alabama.

TooDlems writes:

in response to keithgibson:

this may not have been the smartest hire for Dooley. we have played three good teams this year, and we are giving up an average of 507 yards per game! that is unacceptable.

You think it's been bad so far, just wait till we play these teams with mobile quarterbacks. Too early to blame Sunseri, this is one of the slowest SEC defenses in modern history.

TrouserCough writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

Not that Dooley should get any credit for putting up 44 pts against the #5 (still) team in the country on the road or anything.

Baaaa, baaaa

BigOrangeFreak writes:

At the beginning of the season, one of the predicted problems with this team was the growing pains that would come with the transistion to the 3-4 defense.

The mistakes that came with the transistion were not as glaring in games with the lesser teams on the schedule (NC State, GA State, and Akron) but came into stark focus against more talented teams such as UF and UGA.

Where's the patience? We knew this was coming.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to TrouserCough:

Baaaa, baaaa

those the only 2 keys on your keyboard that work?

6972 writes:

in response to EverythingOrange:

I was thinking that the current strategy is to just let the other team's offense run all over us until they get tired.....

The only problem with your theory is, the Dawgs offense never seemed to get tired.

I've never asked but is the 3-4 defense an abbreviation of being behind 3 tds in the 4th quarter. Just sayin...

Go Vols...kick some hinny!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

those the only 2 keys on your keyboard that work?

OH, sorry, 4 keys, counting the comma and the Shift key. Still, get a life.

allvol8 writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

John Gruden is NOT coming.

volpreacher writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

I am starting to have the same thoughts Keith. Remember we gave up that huge (75 yarder or so) to Akron. UGA ran thru us like **** through a goose.

How we do against Miss State will tell the tale.

GO VOLS!!!!!

YOu guys are such negative people. Am I happy with the big gains? NO. But,,,,,,Take the 3 big gains away from Ga. and they were missed assignments or out of place, and Ga. has about 85 yds rushing for the game. We were told it would take a while to get the 3-4 down. Why are we so impatient??? I told someone the other day, the worst thing ever to happen to UT football was to win the NC in 98. Now we expect it every year. It would be nice, but it ain't going to happen for no one. Anyone who can't see that Dooley inherited a depleted team 3 years ago is blind. Anyone who can't say we are more competitive since that point is blind. Vols will win minimum 8 this year. Go Vols!

Cousin_Eddie writes:

Please stop with the Gruden talk. It's never going to happen. He signed a 5-year extension with ESPN that started last month! If he coaches again, he's always said he's an NFL guy, not college.

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to keithgibson:

this may not have been the smartest hire for Dooley. we have played three good teams this year, and we are giving up an average of 507 yards per game! that is unacceptable.

I disagree....by what I have researched, it takes approximately 1-2 yrs to implement a new defensive scheme such as the 3-4 defense. If I remember correctly, UGA, Aub & Miss St switched to the 3-4 back in 2009/10...that year they finished 48th, 62nd & 63rd respectively in total defense.

The following year? (YE 2010) UGA - 30th, Miss St - 40th, & Aub - 56th.

Last yr - UGA - 7th, Miss St. - 26th, Aub - 77th (the only team of the 3 to fall in the final rankings)

It's about getting the right athletes into the system. Dooley will be back next year and Sunseri will have some more athletes that fit the 3-4 scheme. We lack overall team speed at the back end of the defense....

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to Cousin_Eddie:

Please stop with the Gruden talk. It's never going to happen. He signed a 5-year extension with ESPN that started last month! If he coaches again, he's always said he's an NFL guy, not college.

Amen & Amen!!!

traderjoe writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

Agree. Jon would be a good hire. If we cannot get him, then hire Petrino before someone like KY does. Yes, he's not picture perfect but if he can recruit and coach AK up to the top 10, then he should get TN to be national champs again. Dooley will always be fixing something for many more years. He filled the gap, now it's time for TN to step it up by hiring a top calibre coach.

WelovePat writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

OH, sorry, 4 keys, counting the comma and the Shift key. Still, get a life.

Really...what are you 5?

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to WelovePat:

Really...what are you 5?

If I were, I'd still be infinitely more mature than you just showed....but, no, I'm not....thanks for asking.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to Cousin_Eddie:

Please stop with the Gruden talk. It's never going to happen. He signed a 5-year extension with ESPN that started last month! If he coaches again, he's always said he's an NFL guy, not college.

I feel like we need to copy this to a "favorites" file and then paste it every time a new article comes out on this site.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

I feel like we need to copy this to a "favorites" file and then paste it every time a new article comes out on this site.

...and do the same for Petrino.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to volpreacher:

YOu guys are such negative people. Am I happy with the big gains? NO. But,,,,,,Take the 3 big gains away from Ga. and they were missed assignments or out of place, and Ga. has about 85 yds rushing for the game. We were told it would take a while to get the 3-4 down. Why are we so impatient??? I told someone the other day, the worst thing ever to happen to UT football was to win the NC in 98. Now we expect it every year. It would be nice, but it ain't going to happen for no one. Anyone who can't see that Dooley inherited a depleted team 3 years ago is blind. Anyone who can't say we are more competitive since that point is blind. Vols will win minimum 8 this year. Go Vols!

Slow your roll preacherman. I am 1000% Vol all day, every day. Akron gashed us for a big running play and UGA gashed us for several. I can see getting gashed once or twice but the way "Gurshall" ran on us made me puke. Yes, we should have beaten UGA. Had Bray not turned it over the last 3 possessions, we may have forced OT. However, a friend of mine in KnoxVegas told me the word is that had we scored a final TD, Dooley was already set to go for 2 and the win. Now that would have taken some giant nads. On 2nd thought, considering our kicking game that day...............

StoneJackBaller writes:

in response to volpreacher:

YOu guys are such negative people. Am I happy with the big gains? NO. But,,,,,,Take the 3 big gains away from Ga. and they were missed assignments or out of place, and Ga. has about 85 yds rushing for the game. We were told it would take a while to get the 3-4 down. Why are we so impatient??? I told someone the other day, the worst thing ever to happen to UT football was to win the NC in 98. Now we expect it every year. It would be nice, but it ain't going to happen for no one. Anyone who can't see that Dooley inherited a depleted team 3 years ago is blind. Anyone who can't say we are more competitive since that point is blind. Vols will win minimum 8 this year. Go Vols!

Worst thing to ever happen was the NC in 98?? You blasphemous Preacher! Ain't going to happen for no one??? See Alabama. Inherited a depleted team 3 YEARS AGO?? 3 Years is a long time in football. More competitive? Still lost to Florida and Georgia, but beat the teams we're supposed to. I've heard that song before. We'll be more competitive when we beat a ranked team. WAKE UP!

P.S. If Georgia hadn't had 3 turnovers, they would've put up 80 points.

Cousin_Eddie writes:

The last thing a SuperBowl winning coach wants to do is suck up to 18-yr old kids and travel all over the country recruiting. In the NFL, you don't have to that phooey and the pay is almost twice the amount. Gruden ain't coming. Again.

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to traderjoe:

Agree. Jon would be a good hire. If we cannot get him, then hire Petrino before someone like KY does. Yes, he's not picture perfect but if he can recruit and coach AK up to the top 10, then he should get TN to be national champs again. Dooley will always be fixing something for many more years. He filled the gap, now it's time for TN to step it up by hiring a top calibre coach.

The absolute last thing UT needs right now is yet another coaching change. Be realistic people, we've come far from where we were 3 yrs ago. I think Dooley deserves one, maybe two more years before the heat is really turned up on him. We might even see some slight changes in the coaching staff this year, but it won't be Dooley. Do I think he's the one to get us back to national prominance? Not sure, my verdict is out. But people need to get over this Gruden & Petrino thing. Gruden does not want to coach college ball, he's stated that several times on national TV. Petrino would be a bigger screw up for this program than Lame Kitten was...be real people....

VolinCalif writes:

in response to keithgibson:

this may not have been the smartest hire for Dooley. we have played three good teams this year, and we are giving up an average of 507 yards per game! that is unacceptable.

Well Keith.
I have to disagree with you at this point. I think Sal is one of the best hires DD has made. Maybe the best was our RB coach. You know as well as I that we were in no mans land in talent and depth. That takes time to rebuild. Wilcox was a reasonable coach but he was not an SEC def Coach. Sal needs time to get these players up to speed, 5 games just won't do it. At times we saw some good def. on Sat. I know we saw a lot of break downs also and it looked like we totally lacked speed in the Secondary. But give the man a little time to get these kids playing to his 3-4. WE will shine just like the running game is starting to shine. The rebuilding is just now starting to really show progress.

voloffaith writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Hey Walt like to play twister? That's what that was....he never said like to lose...he was just being REALISTIC as some on here have a problem doing......

BigOrange_supporter writes:

Can we ban anyone that puts "just saying" on here from coming back?

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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So much for the thought you get 125 and yards running and you win with your pass

VolinCalif writes:

in response to BigOrangeFreak:

At the beginning of the season, one of the predicted problems with this team was the growing pains that would come with the transistion to the 3-4 defense.

The mistakes that came with the transistion were not as glaring in games with the lesser teams on the schedule (NC State, GA State, and Akron) but came into stark focus against more talented teams such as UF and UGA.

Where's the patience? We knew this was coming.

You're correct and I gotyu

Stooley_Dinks writes:

I appreciate the Vol Staff and Players being candid about some of the issues. But, if you read the Lathers article, he specifically mentioned getting lined up too far inside. Does it take an off week to fix that. Seriously, why can't you see the issue from upstairs, call a timeout, and tell the players to take a step right or left?

I actually saw some encouraging things in the GA game. Mainly, our players are good enough to beat that team. But those big plays have happened in every game. Do you remember GA St converting 3rd and 20's? This is just another painful reminder that with Dooley at the helm, the players will find a way to play beneath their potential. And adjustments are painfully slow. is the answer to every problem to recruit, sign, and train better players for 2 years? Did you notice us having to run another player on the field at the last second for the XP? This is year 3, I mean 2,...actually I am not sure.

Not sure on Sunseri yet. I will give him a yr. But I wouldn't give Dooley a 4th.

volpreacher writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Worst thing to ever happen was the NC in 98?? You blasphemous Preacher! Ain't going to happen for no one??? See Alabama. Inherited a depleted team 3 YEARS AGO?? 3 Years is a long time in football. More competitive? Still lost to Florida and Georgia, but beat the teams we're supposed to. I've heard that song before. We'll be more competitive when we beat a ranked team. WAKE UP!

P.S. If Georgia hadn't had 3 turnovers, they would've put up 80 points.

Saban didn't inherit a team as depleted as UT. We outplayed Fla until the end of third and 4th debacle. We played toe to toe with Ga the #5 team in the country. If Ga didn't have 3 turnovers. If you say that, take away UT's 4 turnovers and they score 80. Reality people. Go Vols!

vq4nfo writes:

I heard this last year. We have to get back to fundamentals, however, this is a new defensive scheme and I expected it to take some time to develop. With that said, the Mississippi State game is a must win IMO just like the first against N.C. The experts are already projecting bowl games and has UT at the Music City again. I know it is one of the worst schedules to have but I was hoping for and predicted an 9-3 or 8-4 season. If they lose to Mississippi the Music Bowl may be a reality.

tnvolfan30 writes:

Well fudge, don't they have practice for that? Fundamentals is core for any sport and NOW you're just going over that??? Guess that's why ya get paid the big bucks....

TNFaninFL writes:

Basics ? What were they working on all Spring and Summer. Brewer needs to sit down, they played good in the 2nd and 4th quarters, need to contain the edges, LB's got pinched inside and we lost the edges, when they got to Brewer he either took the wrong angle or tried to arm tackle. B. Moore missed some too. Love that O line though !!

StoneJackBaller writes:

in response to volpreacher:

Saban didn't inherit a team as depleted as UT. We outplayed Fla until the end of third and 4th debacle. We played toe to toe with Ga the #5 team in the country. If Ga didn't have 3 turnovers. If you say that, take away UT's 4 turnovers and they score 80. Reality people. Go Vols!

The last thing I want is a coaching change, but I'm starting to enter the camp that says do it sooner rather than later. Like I said, if he beats MS State, and/or Alabama/SC, he might keep his job. IF he loses all 3 of those games, he's done...guaranteed.

RockyTop1_old writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

I am starting to have the same thoughts Keith. Remember we gave up that huge (75 yarder or so) to Akron. UGA ran thru us like **** through a goose.

How we do against Miss State will tell the tale.

GO VOLS!!!!!

I called our defense this year the Blue Bonnet Defense we are being cut up like hot butter (I know Blue Bonnet is margarine! So Trolls relax IT IS an ILLUSTRATION).

We need to put that Defense in the Freezer and then hit somebody HARD!!!

GO VOLS!!! VFL!!!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Wow, Walt, thanks for showing me the light buddy. Here I was, wandering in the darkness all this time, and all I had to do was channel my "inner George Patton", and then I'd see you, imparting your wisdom to the ignorant masses. Give me a break.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Walt = Gen. George Patton.

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

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From what I have seen....you're one of them

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

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Did I say we can't afford to make a change Walt??? NO, I didn't. You're worse than Obama's campaign group or the mainstream media putting a twist on every word someone says. Get a life!!

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