Derek Dooley sees 'encouraging signs' on defense

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley yells to his players in the second half of a 51-44 loss to Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 29, 2012.

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Associated Press Tennessee coach Derek Dooley yells to his players in the second half of a 51-44 loss to Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 29, 2012.

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said an off-week devoted to analyzing the defense found some bright spots, but also hammered home the importance of eliminating big plays.

"There are some encouraging signs,” Dooley said Monday during his weekly news conference. “We're probably a little better than the stats are reflecting. But the stats are who you are."

The Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) play at No. 19 Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0) on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 9 p.m.)

Why is the defense surrendering big plays?

"There are some trends that we see, schematically and personnel-wise,” Dooley said. “Most of the plays start with an alignment error and then not playing the blocks very well and then not being able to get the guy down in space."

Dooley said nose guard Daniel McCullers would continue to play more, including in nickel packages. Despite his size and his skills as a run-stuffer, Dooley said McCullers could also be an effective pass-rusher.

"Our challenge is to see how much we can play him before he hits a dip,” Dooley said. “He brings a different kind of pass rush because he can push the pocket, which is just as effective sometimes."

There was no announcement Monday on the kickoff time for Tennessee’s game against Alabama. CBS has placed a six-day hold on the game. The game could be played on one of the ESPN networks at noon, 7 p.m. or 7:45 p.m., or on CBS at 3:30 p.m.

Read more of Dooley's comments here: Evan's Eleven

Related: CBS uses option for 20th; Alabama-Tennessee considered

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VolzsFan writes:

I think he was looking at film of LSU, South Carolina or Florida when he saw those signs. Those black and white films are tricky.

OrangePride writes:

Well, I'm glad Dooley sees some good signs......but from a fan perspective, I'm not certain we are seeing them quite so clearly. But this Saturday we play a very credible SEC team and we will see just what "adjustments" and "improvements" Dooley might be speaking to. It would be refreshing to not give up any plays over 20 yards.......and if we do that, I think we win the game going away. So keep working and keep improving! GO VOLS!!

pcshowtime writes:

If the problems Are truly able to be fixed with in a by week why were they not fixed in fall practice.

I still stand behind the switch to the 3-4 is ill advised in a year your job is on the line. Also do not give me that stuff about dooley not being able to put together a staff it is BS. You mean to tell me when dooley was hired he couldn't find one other position coach that runs a 3-4 D and would come to Tennessee to be Defensive Coordinator. A position coach that is all coach Sal was at alabama not a DC. People forget we already had one staff Lance Thompson. As for the 3-4 getting better in year 2 ask Georgia about that. Now a little reality check if our D does not improve we will not beat m State.

RockVegas writes:

I HOPE SO,COACH.With the right staff,we should be able to go and get some real talent,we're on tv most of the time we have the stadium,and everything else.It's a couple of players that have left Alabama because they didn't like riding the bench.Me myself I don't see why everybody wants to go Bamn and places anyway,if your not going to play.Tennessee is wide open in most positions.If we could steal a few of the top players,and let them know,as long as they come in ready,and willing to work they will get to start,I think we get alot of top players and we will have the talent to play any system the coaches want to run.I hope the week off help the team out...GBO.

td writes:

One common theme: Almost all the big giveaways begin at the line of scrimmage with the OLB's getting either flanked or kicked out. If it's simply an alignment issue, why has it taken almost 1/2 of the season to correct (if it is corrected). Hopefully, the 4th quarter at UGA turned on the light bulb for the defense. As a side note: The Vol's body clocks will be challenged on Saturday night. They practice in the morning. By the 4th quarter Saturday night, they will need real mental toughness to stay focused. This could be the fatal flaw against Miss State.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

If the problems Are truly able to be fixed with in a by week why were they not fixed in fall practice.

I still stand behind the switch to the 3-4 is ill advised in a year your job is on the line. Also do not give me that stuff about dooley not being able to put together a staff it is BS. You mean to tell me when dooley was hired he couldn't find one other position coach that runs a 3-4 D and would come to Tennessee to be Defensive Coordinator. A position coach that is all coach Sal was at alabama not a DC. People forget we already had one staff Lance Thompson. As for the 3-4 getting better in year 2 ask Georgia about that. Now a little reality check if our D does not improve we will not beat m State.

I know! Why don't you post this junk over and over and maybe some real fans will start to believe.hehe

Seriously do you think for real that Dooley had things his way when he got here? If you think that then you most definitely don't follow UT ball. I'm NOT saying he was the best man for the job because no one knows that answer. he did not have an atmosphere of hope when he arrived. He may not feel that now if he reads these blogs. Don't get me wrong . I don't feel for Dooley so much. I feel for a young group of players that chose to come and play for UT and want to win now. The truth is they need more talent to play alongside them. That's Dooley's and staff's job. It's going slowly as predicted by almost every expert out there. Not because of Dooley but because of the mess Kiffin and staff left. Nothing wrong with Kiffin encouraging players to go a different direction at that time because of the NCAA probes. LOOK AT AUBURN this season. It just takes time to overcome these challenges and to Dooley's credit he seems to be doing well in that area.
btw Dooley did not say it'd all be fixed this game but that they saw some ways to improve. That's really all we can hope against Miss St.

StoneJackBaller writes:

I can see Dooley is wearing glasses in the picture, but I wonder if he wears them when he "sees" improvement in our D. I find it hard to believe we're gonna suddenly improve to be much better than the stats show. I've thought all along McCullers should play as much as possible.

It hurts with Maggitt having turf toe. Our lack of depth and speed on D is the real problem. Only recruiting and playing our young DB's will help.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I know! Why don't you post this junk over and over and maybe some real fans will start to believe.hehe

Seriously do you think for real that Dooley had things his way when he got here? If you think that then you most definitely don't follow UT ball. I'm NOT saying he was the best man for the job because no one knows that answer. he did not have an atmosphere of hope when he arrived. He may not feel that now if he reads these blogs. Don't get me wrong . I don't feel for Dooley so much. I feel for a young group of players that chose to come and play for UT and want to win now. The truth is they need more talent to play alongside them. That's Dooley's and staff's job. It's going slowly as predicted by almost every expert out there. Not because of Dooley but because of the mess Kiffin and staff left. Nothing wrong with Kiffin encouraging players to go a different direction at that time because of the NCAA probes. LOOK AT AUBURN this season. It just takes time to overcome these challenges and to Dooley's credit he seems to be doing well in that area.
btw Dooley did not say it'd all be fixed this game but that they saw some ways to improve. That's really all we can hope against Miss St.

I feel sorry for the kids also. The first year they have some depth he switches defensive schemes on them. Are you trying tell me someone forced Dooley to hire wilcox and he was not allowed to run the defense he wanted. I would be more inclined to believe that he might have been forced to hire SAL which if he was then this is not his fault.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

If the problems Are truly able to be fixed with in a by week why were they not fixed in fall practice.

I still stand behind the switch to the 3-4 is ill advised in a year your job is on the line. Also do not give me that stuff about dooley not being able to put together a staff it is BS. You mean to tell me when dooley was hired he couldn't find one other position coach that runs a 3-4 D and would come to Tennessee to be Defensive Coordinator. A position coach that is all coach Sal was at alabama not a DC. People forget we already had one staff Lance Thompson. As for the 3-4 getting better in year 2 ask Georgia about that. Now a little reality check if our D does not improve we will not beat m State.

pc
Your perspective is very poor on Dooley's time table when he was hired. The man only had a little over three weeks to hire a staff and try to save a recruiting class that Lane was raiding each day. Just how could he have been truly prepared to do that job when no one in their right mind had any idea he would be the UT coach. Also it was common knowledge that there wasn't one top coaching prospect that wanted the job. As for the staff members that he could hire they had to be people that were already ready to jump ship at a minutes notice and not the ones that could truly fit into his long term plans. He probably didn't even have a long term plan when he was approached. Anyone should clearly see there just wasn't any time to allow someone to make many plans for a search campaign of any sort.I know you are able to see what I am saying, so don't let your disappointment in the Vols performance over ride good judgment on issues.

TheFuj writes:

He must have been watching SC play GA when he said "encouraging signs" for the defense.

StoneJackBaller writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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Why bother with Fulmer when we all know it was Cutcliffe and Chavis that made him successful.

P.S. Lay off the bath salts

TheFuj writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

pc
Your perspective is very poor on Dooley's time table when he was hired. The man only had a little over three weeks to hire a staff and try to save a recruiting class that Lane was raiding each day. Just how could he have been truly prepared to do that job when no one in their right mind had any idea he would be the UT coach. Also it was common knowledge that there wasn't one top coaching prospect that wanted the job. As for the staff members that he could hire they had to be people that were already ready to jump ship at a minutes notice and not the ones that could truly fit into his long term plans. He probably didn't even have a long term plan when he was approached. Anyone should clearly see there just wasn't any time to allow someone to make many plans for a search campaign of any sort.I know you are able to see what I am saying, so don't let your disappointment in the Vols performance over ride good judgment on issues.

True, but that was almost 3 years ago. I can handle the first year issues, but last year saw no improvement from the 1st year, and SO FAR no improvement from previous 2 years. A win at Miss. St would go a long way, but a loss and one has to say 3 years and no sight of improvement.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

pc
Your perspective is very poor on Dooley's time table when he was hired. The man only had a little over three weeks to hire a staff and try to save a recruiting class that Lane was raiding each day. Just how could he have been truly prepared to do that job when no one in their right mind had any idea he would be the UT coach. Also it was common knowledge that there wasn't one top coaching prospect that wanted the job. As for the staff members that he could hire they had to be people that were already ready to jump ship at a minutes notice and not the ones that could truly fit into his long term plans. He probably didn't even have a long term plan when he was approached. Anyone should clearly see there just wasn't any time to allow someone to make many plans for a search campaign of any sort.I know you are able to see what I am saying, so don't let your disappointment in the Vols performance over ride good judgment on issues.

Volincalif
He hired a LB coach in year 3 to be DC. I actually think the wilcox hire in year one was a good one. I still Say why switch in year 3 when you have no job security and it could get you fired.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Why bother with Fulmer when we all know it was Cutcliffe and Chavis that made him successful.

P.S. Lay off the bath salts

It was just as you said,however,you fail to mention it was Fulmer that hired those guys. Fulmer was shirt on by Hammy. Fulmer should have been given another year or two to change some assists before being sent packing. Sounds like the bath salts belong to you.

keithgibson writes:

"o yea, well the jerk store called and they are running out of you!"

BeRealistic writes:

I think we can win the remaining games except (Bama & SC) IF OUR DEFENSE can improve ALOT.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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Clawfense Clawfense Clawfense Clawfense.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to td:

One common theme: Almost all the big giveaways begin at the line of scrimmage with the OLB's getting either flanked or kicked out. If it's simply an alignment issue, why has it taken almost 1/2 of the season to correct (if it is corrected). Hopefully, the 4th quarter at UGA turned on the light bulb for the defense. As a side note: The Vol's body clocks will be challenged on Saturday night. They practice in the morning. By the 4th quarter Saturday night, they will need real mental toughness to stay focused. This could be the fatal flaw against Miss State.

Good point; although the 3-4 defense is all about simply carrying out your assignment you would think the fixable mistakes would have been fixed before GA..The play of our defense in the fourth quarter at GA with our back against the wall was encouraging..Instead of being gassed and discouraged they made enough plays to put us in the position to win the game

thevoice writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

If the problems Are truly able to be fixed with in a by week why were they not fixed in fall practice.

I still stand behind the switch to the 3-4 is ill advised in a year your job is on the line. Also do not give me that stuff about dooley not being able to put together a staff it is BS. You mean to tell me when dooley was hired he couldn't find one other position coach that runs a 3-4 D and would come to Tennessee to be Defensive Coordinator. A position coach that is all coach Sal was at alabama not a DC. People forget we already had one staff Lance Thompson. As for the 3-4 getting better in year 2 ask Georgia about that. Now a little reality check if our D does not improve we will not beat m State.

Way to go pc. I don't get the "he had to rush to hire his assistants" BS either. Dooley was hired on January 15, 2010, the SAME approximate time every other coach gets hired (immediately after the season!). As I recall, he indeed took his time to hire his assistants, which was smart. If that wasn't the right time to hire a head coach while giving him time enough time to assemble his staff, then what date should he have been hired??! (not directed to you pc; we're in the same boat)

StoneJackBaller writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

It was just as you said,however,you fail to mention it was Fulmer that hired those guys. Fulmer was shirt on by Hammy. Fulmer should have been given another year or two to change some assists before being sent packing. Sounds like the bath salts belong to you.

Well, since you are a hall of fame bowler, you should know what's best. Let's go with your plan. Fire Dooley...hire Fulmer back (2 year contract ok?)...let him hire his own assistants (major coaching change, see Dave Clawson) and see how far that sets us back. Sound good to you?

thevoice writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

pc
Your perspective is very poor on Dooley's time table when he was hired. The man only had a little over three weeks to hire a staff and try to save a recruiting class that Lane was raiding each day. Just how could he have been truly prepared to do that job when no one in their right mind had any idea he would be the UT coach. Also it was common knowledge that there wasn't one top coaching prospect that wanted the job. As for the staff members that he could hire they had to be people that were already ready to jump ship at a minutes notice and not the ones that could truly fit into his long term plans. He probably didn't even have a long term plan when he was approached. Anyone should clearly see there just wasn't any time to allow someone to make many plans for a search campaign of any sort.I know you are able to see what I am saying, so don't let your disappointment in the Vols performance over ride good judgment on issues.

I respectfully disagree (see 2:03 pm comment). Plus, unless you have direct inside knowledge of the hiring process in 2009/2010, I would presume we were operating under a budget, which may have severally limited options. Additionally, if Dooley wanted to run a 3-4, why didn't he hired a 3-4 DC after the first year? Combine that question with the unheard-of coaching turnover and realistic folks are left to believe Dooley is not well-connected within the coaching community. I think when Kiffen left, stability was needed. That means from the staff as well.

papavol writes:

our D will still stink however, MSU has played a bunch of bums and will only be able to put up about 21 on UTs D. UT will put up 45. Tyler Russell < Tyler bray.

UTVolWarrior98 writes:

Im so sick and tired of hearing how our staff "see's things" on film but NEVER DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!! I see no pass rush whatsoever..cant figure it out! Our D-line is one of the biggest in the country..no excuse Sal!

crappieking writes:

Is this article some type of joke? There is no progress on defense. There is regression though. Miss St.,Bama, and SC will run all over us. Sal is a bargin bin hire by Hart. After we lose to SC, that being our 4th straight loss, we should cut our losses, and Fire this entire staff.

jjsteel writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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you are a DIT DIT DIT DIT

volunteer89 writes:

Many good comments on an otherwise meaningless article. Actually, this article just shows how low we have sunk. Anyone remember when MSU was a brush over game so that you could have a top 15 AL-UT match up? It is really disappointing where our program is!!

We can blame Fulmer for losing control of the team, you can blame Kiffin for one and done, you can blame Dooley for being the wrong guy to win, but most of all we should blame Hamilton for the crappy state of our program now. It will take several more years (and probably a few more coaching changes) to undo his bad deeds!

thevoice writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Well, since you are a hall of fame bowler, you should know what's best. Let's go with your plan. Fire Dooley...hire Fulmer back (2 year contract ok?)...let him hire his own assistants (major coaching change, see Dave Clawson) and see how far that sets us back. Sound good to you?

I'm not sure I would recommend Fulmer coming back, but at least he has a few things this current coach lacks: wins on his resume' and proved he can coach in the SEC. I would like to see Fulmer as the AD.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to thevoice:

I'm not sure I would recommend Fulmer coming back, but at least he has a few things this current coach lacks: wins on his resume' and proved he can coach in the SEC. I would like to see Fulmer as the AD.

I am with you on the Fulmer for AD. I do not trust Hart I still think there is lot more to come out on the summitt deal. I do know Phil loved UT and ADs if the can be need to be hired within the University family.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to volunteer89:

Many good comments on an otherwise meaningless article. Actually, this article just shows how low we have sunk. Anyone remember when MSU was a brush over game so that you could have a top 15 AL-UT match up? It is really disappointing where our program is!!

We can blame Fulmer for losing control of the team, you can blame Kiffin for one and done, you can blame Dooley for being the wrong guy to win, but most of all we should blame Hamilton for the crappy state of our program now. It will take several more years (and probably a few more coaching changes) to undo his bad deeds!

good post

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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WHAT

VolGrad writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

If the problems Are truly able to be fixed with in a by week why were they not fixed in fall practice.

I still stand behind the switch to the 3-4 is ill advised in a year your job is on the line. Also do not give me that stuff about dooley not being able to put together a staff it is BS. You mean to tell me when dooley was hired he couldn't find one other position coach that runs a 3-4 D and would come to Tennessee to be Defensive Coordinator. A position coach that is all coach Sal was at alabama not a DC. People forget we already had one staff Lance Thompson. As for the 3-4 getting better in year 2 ask Georgia about that. Now a little reality check if our D does not improve we will not beat m State.

Regarding your opinions about the 3-4 switch: you can keep saying it, and most of us will still disagree with you.

BTW, every HC, OC and DC out there was at one time "just a position coach."

Go Vols! Beat the dawgs!!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to volunteer89:

Many good comments on an otherwise meaningless article. Actually, this article just shows how low we have sunk. Anyone remember when MSU was a brush over game so that you could have a top 15 AL-UT match up? It is really disappointing where our program is!!

We can blame Fulmer for losing control of the team, you can blame Kiffin for one and done, you can blame Dooley for being the wrong guy to win, but most of all we should blame Hamilton for the crappy state of our program now. It will take several more years (and probably a few more coaching changes) to undo his bad deeds!

One proven coach with a winning record will turn it around in 3 years. Got to have the big name to recruit. Dooley has just been average in recruiting. It has been good enough that we should be finishing equally as good. Unfortunately we are not but the season is young. We will know more Saturday about this.

vollerdash writes:

Im like Forrest Gump... I may not be a smart man..but when you give up 51 points in your last game,how can you see improvement ? Thats all i'm going to say about that.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Regarding your opinions about the 3-4 switch: you can keep saying it, and most of us will still disagree with you.

BTW, every HC, OC and DC out there was at one time "just a position coach."

Go Vols! Beat the dawgs!!!

Only ones that disagree are the ones that will blindly support this coaching staff regardless of facts. There is nothing dooley can do that you will not fall in lockstep and support. Also most vols fans do not agree with you.

CrankE writes:

Outside of the never-ending kicking woes, I see three major problems and they are chronic ones:

1) Bray's decision making under pressure. 4 turnovers in the 4th quarter against 2 SEC opponents. He's a junior whom you have coached for his entire college career. He should be better than this. When does it get fixed, coach?

2) CP's drops. 2 drops against 2 SEC opponents. Both times in single coverage, both times behind the DB, both times right off the fingertips. You couldn't ask for a much better pass. When does it get fixed coach?

3) Defensive blunders. Every opponent (save GSU) has gashed UT for big yards at one point or another. Florida and Georgia did it for something like 6 TDs total. When does it get fixed coach?

Fix one of these-JUST ONE and UT might be 5-0 right now. Instead, in the middle of the season, Dooley is talking about "encouraging signs" (speculation) rather than "It has been fixed" (settled fact).

On the one hand, I sincerely hope that the problems with the defense (or others) have been fixed by this coaching staff. On the other hand, this might be the first thing that actually HAS been fixed by this coaching staff.

Coach, if you can fix it, you're the solution. If you can't fix it, you're the problem.

Good luck Coach Stryker, we're all counting on you.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

A word for the cheap wine drinker, Merlot....
you know, the Fulmer, Fulmer, Fulmer, Fulmer etc lover..............

Cry baby, Cry baby, Cry Baby, Cry Baby.
Why don't you, Jeffery - another cry baby, and yet another cry baby.........Walt,

why don't the 3 of you get together and cry about Fulmer......have a pity party.

You clowns need to cry on somebody's else's shoulder. It is getting boring here with the 3 of you whining 24/7.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

For those who don't understand, normally you have one week to prepare for your next opponent. You spend most of that time actually preparing for that specific opponent, specially if it's a good one. With a bye week, you can spend the extra week working hard on problems like those allowing the big plays on defense. That's why those things haven't been focused on enough to fix them before now.

Those things do look fixable, except anything due to speed. You can't teach that.

And for those sky-is-falling types, we should win this one. Compared to who we've played, MSU has played nobody, and we still beat them in every offensive category. It should also be encouraging that, despite their weak opposition, MSU ranks last in the SEC in offensive big plays. They are a steady offense, but not a fast, deep threat type.

Fix those alignment issues coach. If we gave up just 3-4 fewer big plays, we would probably be 5-0 right now.

farmdog (Inactive) writes:

I see encouraging signs on offense with the running game. It's a pity that the pass-happy OC continues to sling the ball all over the field when we are beginning to be able to pound the rock. We could shorten the game and keep our defensive problems on the sidelines. Run the ball and try to find a kicking game - this is where the breaks are made. I heard that somewhere.

6972 writes:

We are better than the stats show, but the stats are who you are. I am confused. So are we better or are we stats? I don't think I am confused about this....we ought to win Sat and we better win Sat. If we don't, the cookie is really going to start to crumble. Go Vols.

OrangePride writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

One proven coach with a winning record will turn it around in 3 years. Got to have the big name to recruit. Dooley has just been average in recruiting. It has been good enough that we should be finishing equally as good. Unfortunately we are not but the season is young. We will know more Saturday about this.

Afraid I have to agree on the "average" recruiting grade. He has landed some high quality JC players, but for the classes coming out of HS, there have not been many high end kids we can brag on. When GA, FL, SC, LSU, AL, and even VANDY consistently rank above you in the recruiting grades, then the Vols are likely to have a hard time getting to the top of the heap. Yes, you can generally find a few 3* kids that really grow up and shine, but we also need a healthy seeding of 4* and 5* (something as rare as hen's teeth recently) players to provide championship pedigrees. So will CDD get a top 10 class this year? So far we are well behind, but there is still a season to be played and more time to work. I sure hope he does!

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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Who?

thekid98 writes:

Big orange showed alot of heart vs dawgs.....that said-whatever happened to a safety being a safety.....gotta have a QB deep on D WITH THE BREAKDOWNS we have had---enough about Dooley obviously he inherited a mess and we r starting work out of it----Miss State is big-been watchin and playin sports for yrs---sometimes you gotta lose to win....patience on offense is key O-linereally coming together

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Afraid I have to agree on the "average" recruiting grade. He has landed some high quality JC players, but for the classes coming out of HS, there have not been many high end kids we can brag on. When GA, FL, SC, LSU, AL, and even VANDY consistently rank above you in the recruiting grades, then the Vols are likely to have a hard time getting to the top of the heap. Yes, you can generally find a few 3* kids that really grow up and shine, but we also need a healthy seeding of 4* and 5* (something as rare as hen's teeth recently) players to provide championship pedigrees. So will CDD get a top 10 class this year? So far we are well behind, but there is still a season to be played and more time to work. I sure hope he does!

Can't argue that big name coaches have a leg up in recruiting. If Dooley is to be our coach for some time or any time, we need to win one of the big games, that would at least aid in the effort.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to vollerdash:

Im like Forrest Gump... I may not be a smart man..but when you give up 51 points in your last game,how can you see improvement ? Thats all i'm going to say about that.

He didn't say he saw improvement during the Georgia game, although considering how the defense held them in the fourth quarter, one could argue that. He said he's seen encouraging signs of improvement during the bye week when they've been working on those issues.

florida-volfan writes:

Meh....whats the line on how many big running plays UT gives up this week, or how many INT's does Bray throw

RockyMtnVol writes:

in response to keithgibson:

"o yea, well the jerk store called and they are running out of you!"

Don't know who your talking to, but I love Sienfeld quotes (George)....that was funny.

Go Vols!!

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I think he was looking at film of LSU, South Carolina or Florida when he saw those signs. Those black and white films are tricky.

Yor funier than hail!

RockyMtnVol writes:

Too many opinions on this coaching issue. I tell you what, if CDD does not win at least 9 games next year.......we fire him and start all over, and then if that guy does not win 10 games by his 2nd year.....we fire his a.... too, and then if the next guy guy does not have us in a NC, then we fire him.....and Thennnnnn if that next guy does not win at least 6 games......well, I think we know what I was doing there, because that is what is sounds like.

Fellow O&W fans, whether you agree or not, we are going to have to "fight like heck" to get better players in order to see better results. Not saying this team is not good, but our depth is still an issue.

Go Vols!!

6972 writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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I am wondering if this is a classic case of a medical condition commonly known as stuttering. According to the medical journals researchers believe that it is a condition due to a subtle form of brain damage while others regard it as a primarily psychological problem. Just wondering....Go Vols VFL

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