John Adams: Forget cowbells; it all sounds familiar for Vols

John Adams
Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane Jr. (15) runs the ball during the first half against Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane Jr. (15) runs the ball during the first half against Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Tennessee is learning how to almost pull off a comeback. Maybe that counts for something.

But it does nothing for a plummeting won-lost record. And it offers little hope for the next two Saturdays against No. 1 Alabama and South Carolina.

The Vols battled back from a dreadful first half against Mississippi State on Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium. They just couldn't come all the way back in a 41-31 loss to the Bulldogs that left them 3-3 for the season.

Sound familiar?

The Vols spotted Georgia a 17-point lead before rallying in the second half en route to a 51-44 defeat two weeks ago. They also trailed Mississippi State 27-14 at halftime before cutting the lead to three points in the second half.

The Bulldogs promptly tacked on a final touchdown with 9 seconds to play. How fitting.

The game ended as it began — with UT's defense reeling.

You can give the Vols credit for not folding. You can give their coaching staff credit for recruiting junior college wide receiver Cordarrrelle Patterson, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown, scored again on a pass reception and set up a field goal when he reversed field and outran most of the Bulldogs defense on a 34-yard, end-around.

But don't lose sight of the bigger picture. UT's defense is a disaster.

In fact, it's so bad that you have to wonder if this team can improve on its 1-7 SEC record of last season.

While I realize almost anything can happen in a football game, it's a reasonable assumption that UT will be 0-5 in the conference after the Tide and Gamecocks pick up where Mississippi State left off. How will this team handle 0-5 in the SEC?

Maybe it will bounce back just as it did in both cases against the Bulldogs. But nothing can be taken for granted now.

It's obvious a team doesn't have to be nationally ranked and playing on its home field to stay in the game against the Vols. You saw Akron do that for more than three quarters at Neyland Stadium

a few weeks ago.

While UT's defense stiffened in the third quarter, it looked terribly overmatched and unprepared against Mississippi State's first-half onslaught. The Bulldogs had 19 first downs and 293 yards in the first half. Its primary method of attack should have shocked no one.

This just in: UT's secondary struggles somewhat in the coverage department.

That helps explain how Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell had the half of life against the Vols. He was 17-for-24 passing for 212 yards by halftime. By then, Mississippi State fans already were in danger of injuring their elbows from excessive cowbell ringing.

Russell finished the evening 23-for-37 for 291 yards, and no interceptions — thanks to UT safety Byron Moore, who might have turned the game around if he hadn't dropped what should have been a fourth-quarter interception.

As helpless as UT's defense was in the first half, it also managed a fourth-quarter encore of sorts, giving up a pair of touchdowns.

Mississippi State's final score was as telling as anything it accomplished all night against UT's defense. At that point, the Bulldogs' goal was to run off the final minutes and deny UT's offense one more shot at changing the outcome. They achieved their goal and more.

They mixed Perkins' runs with Russell's pinpoint passing while driving 75 yards in 12 plays for another touchdown – and a final reminder that UT doesn't have enough defense to pull off a comeback.

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redskinvol1 writes:

FIRE DOOLEY NOW!!

WhoDat writes:

fire dooley

fearthehound writes:

Aye, and Derek, we hardly knew ye. I really hoped that we could turn this thing around, and I for one was willing to give it another year, but we just can't go losing to the likes of Kentucky and Mississippi State. That's not inching forward--that's moving back.

jack4444 writes:

Embarrassing special teams as well as that sad defense. And Justin Hunter doesn'y play for Tennessee, Justin Hunter plays for Justin Hunter. Bray can only feast on patsies, won't mind seeing either one of them go early.

snafu14u#241639 writes:

The Vols are 3 years away from being a factor in the SEC as a conference or even the division. That will involve Bray leaving, because he does not get any better, and I hope he goes to the NFL as a fourth round draft pick. Or free agent. And a new coaching staff,but Dooley will coach the "big" Orange next year. It is important for those people who live in a fantasy world to completely understand that Jon Gruden will NEVER be the head coach at UTK. Never. Let this be the absolute last time that this name/subject ever comes up. Please. BonzaiVol

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

Where is Navaloranges? Where is FWBVol? Where is Vol_still_in_the_navy? Where are all the Doolaide drinkers?

This is YOUR coach. He is losing because YOU aren't supporting him (or something...that's your argument every time someone points out that the king has no clothes).

Dooley was a LOSER at La Tech (who is better off without him...and no, he didn't lay the foundation...that's weak sauce excuses).

By far the scariest thing is if Dooley gets one more year and he lucks into an 8 win season. I cannot see anything worse for UT's football program because then our weak willed fans will be thankful for any success and start thinking that he is the answer. UT will wallow in mediocrity for YEARS if he is kept on. For God's sake, let a real coach come in here and start rebuilding this program.

Thank you Dooley for the recruiting and the (sort-of) stability. Here's your million dollar parachute. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Somebody find out if Dana Holgorsen wants to coach in the SEC. No? Have four blonde interns take an offer to Petrino's house. Charlie Strong anyone???

It's time for the boosters to ante up because this program literally cannot afford to keep this coach on.

BigOrangeFreak writes:

"As helpless as UT's defense was in the first half, it also managed a fourth-quarter encore of sorts, giving up a pair of touchdowns."

Classic.

Please tell me we can get rid of him now. In two terribly long weeks, we'll be 3-5, and 0-5 in the SEC.

As John would say: (Ward not Adams)

"It's Time."

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to snafu14u#241639:

The Vols are 3 years away from being a factor in the SEC as a conference or even the division. That will involve Bray leaving, because he does not get any better, and I hope he goes to the NFL as a fourth round draft pick. Or free agent. And a new coaching staff,but Dooley will coach the "big" Orange next year. It is important for those people who live in a fantasy world to completely understand that Jon Gruden will NEVER be the head coach at UTK. Never. Let this be the absolute last time that this name/subject ever comes up. Please. BonzaiVol

There is no way that Dooley will coach this team next year. Whether it is all his fault or not...he can't win in this league... He can't... It takes someone who has lost all touch with reality to believe he can. What is his big excuse this year? His QB is healthy..he has hunter back... What is it? It's that he is the worst coach this program has ever seen... The very worst. He is out of his league... And if we don't stop the bleeding we are going to be so far behind the Miss States...and the Vanderbilts that we will never get back to where we belong... We better make a move or we will regret it for a decade. This same thing happened at Bama... And it took about 10 years to fix...and that's Bama. It will take longer to fix it here.

byrd writes:

Dooley simply does not know how to win. Some coaches do and some seem to never get there. He is young and maybe someday he will figure out how to win, but it seems he became a head coach too soon.

VolzsFan writes:

The SEC is to big for Tennessee. Many of you grew up with the Hall of Famer's era and you do not know UT's real history. We used to start August knowing we would win about 10 per year (he won 10+ games in 9 of 16 years and averaged 9.5) and you think that is UT football. It is not. You are seeing now what UT football has been prior to the Hall of Famer. When you steal recruits from UAB, Natti and Memphis you lose all your SEC games. That simple.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

For the record, I TOLD YOU SO.

Dooley is bad. His coaching staff is bad, too. The team is hopeless; (W-L record last 3-years.)

Fans who do not know football continues defending this pathetic mess. Apparently they think saying truth is wrong; that anything orange must be worshipped. They may try to mate with highway cones because of color.

The Board of Trustees needs to submit resignations. This Board allowed Mike Hamilton to destroy UT Athletics, and hire UT's Head Coaches through his own agent.

After giving himself a huge separation package, Hamilton reportedly now is president of a Christian charity.) Would YOU donate to anything he was heading? Would you trust him (with your money? The Lord’s $$$???

Here's news: You already did--- almost $600MM while UT athletics director. In exchange: Violations of NCAA rules in football, basketball, swimming/diving coach’s moral turpitude, baseball’s two losers in a row to replace a coach at the College World Series two years earlier. Major legal troubles w/players in Knoxville, 2 of the worst coaches ever in UT Football (Kiffin & Doodley), and fiascoes in every major sport.

We have an Alabama athletics director now to fix everything up just like Bama...&Florida State before that---where both had major NCAA problems. This guy forced Pat Summitt out, at her weakest point of health. Florida people in the top two administrative spots already raiding the Athletics coffers.

So...uh...THIS is what the Board of Trustees wanted when they permitted Hamilton to fire Phillip Fulmer??? And the current staffing of UT's top spots means this Board did not deliver a University capable of bringing back one of its own from some far-flung, top level school to lead UT. If those people existed, they would have been hired.
UT and its Athletics are out of control, where fully 1/2 billion dollar$$$ are spent every decade for athletics ---for THIS?????

The Tennessee State Legislature needs to impanel a special committee to investigate University administration, athletics department, every program in the department and chancellor and President, as well as Mike Hamilton's relationship with the agent who represented several head coaches---AND HAMILTON---and also have the panel probe the process that got UT the bozos currently in charge.

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

The SEC is to big for Tennessee. Many of you grew up with the Hall of Famer's era and you do not know UT's real history. We used to start August knowing we would win about 10 per year (he won 10+ games in 9 of 16 years and averaged 9.5) and you think that is UT football. It is not. You are seeing now what UT football has been prior to the Hall of Famer. When you steal recruits from UAB, Natti and Memphis you lose all your SEC games. That simple.

Hey goof ball... Are you crazy... We are the second winningest team in the SEC! All time.... Battle won 11 in 70' and 10 in 71' Majors won the SEC three times... Fulmer was good and Peyton helped that a lot... We are a whole lot better than this.

BigOrangeFreak writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

The SEC is to big for Tennessee. Many of you grew up with the Hall of Famer's era and you do not know UT's real history. We used to start August knowing we would win about 10 per year (he won 10+ games in 9 of 16 years and averaged 9.5) and you think that is UT football. It is not. You are seeing now what UT football has been prior to the Hall of Famer. When you steal recruits from UAB, Natti and Memphis you lose all your SEC games. That simple.

Way past your bedtime.

Volsfan1985 writes:

Fire Dooley, Fire Sunseri, Its time for a fresh start in Knoxville!!!

atnvol#283282 writes:

We have a QB that is too cool for everyone....a all-american receiver that is really a wuss....and a defensive coordinator that looks like he is in way over his head and makes comments to support that position. I like Dooley, but you have to win at some point and he hired the clueless in Knoxville DC. This is the worst coached defense that I have seen in my 45 years of following. We have to have some relief from this ineptitude....one step forward and two steps back. And yes, our DC that left TN to go to the west coast was much, much better. Unfortunately, for all of us involved, we are going to have to endure another change. May the Lord help us this time as we seem incapable of making a credible hire at this University.....with the exception of Coach Martin....a fine man and coach.

wildmed writes:

Whatever virus Dave Clawsen had, Sunseri has caught it. This is the WORST defense Tennessee has ever put on the field, not because we don't have the material, because the coaching is just horrible.

AirForceVol2786 writes:

Here is a good Dooley excuse. His hip was hurting and he was in the press box. He couldn't really grasp the game way up there in the box. It isn't his fault, he is just the head coach. It's not his responsibility! Fear The Pants!!! You won't have Tennessee to kick around anymore!! Fire Dooley!!

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to wildmed:

Whatever virus Dave Clawsen had, Sunseri has caught it. This is the WORST defense Tennessee has ever put on the field, not because we don't have the material, because the coaching is just horrible.

Not sure what Clawsen has to do with Sunseri since one was offense and the other is defense but you are right this may be the worst defense the Vols have ever had and it is because they do not have the material and they do not have the material because of the bad coaching and recruiting. Except for a hand full of players most Vols would be delegated to the bench of a top twenty program with little hope of moving up. Most of the players only look better when playing the Akrons and Buffaloes of the world and that is because most were recruited away from such programs to come to the Vols.

jawbreaker writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

Not sure what Clawsen has to do with Sunseri since one was offense and the other is defense but you are right this may be the worst defense the Vols have ever had and it is because they do not have the material and they do not have the material because of the bad coaching and recruiting. Except for a hand full of players most Vols would be delegated to the bench of a top twenty program with little hope of moving up. Most of the players only look better when playing the Akrons and Buffaloes of the world and that is because most were recruited away from such programs to come to the Vols.

Sunseri's defense is to Dooley as the Clawfense was to Fulmer. It has nothing to do with offense/defense and everything to do with bringing in a coordinator with schemes that don't work. AND, both will get one equally as fired.

AlpharettaVol writes:

Each week we make pedestrian QBs look like a combination of Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. Can't anyone teach kids how to defend passes? They seem to be so scared of getting beaten long that they play 5 yards off the receiver. Once they catch the ball, the defenders just grab him and are then pulled along for another 3-5 yards. I watched Alabama earlier in the day and they made every receiver pay for even attempting to catch a pass. Oh well, I guess this is asking too much. I'm dreading showing up at church this morning since I know I will hear it from the folks who attended schools that are actually winning meaningful games this fall. The only saving grace is that many of my friends went to Auburn, the only school worse than the Vols.

TKO writes:

I say dooley is out before the end of then year. It's not going to get any better, barring an upset over Alabama, this ship has sailed .

99gator writes:

y'all can believe what you want, but no defense should look this bad just because they changed from a 4-3 to a 3-4.

that's a bogus excuse sprinkled with horse manure.

DarthVol writes:

Yep, I agree with some. Dooley rolled the dice on an Alabama position coach that could recruit and made him a coordinator in the most critical of years. That will unfortunately cost him his job.

TKO writes:

This defense is the worse I've seen in fifty years. Every time the opponent carries the ball they have a 50/50 chance of taking it for a touchdown . This defense can't stop a dead man. Are practices held during the week?

vq4nfo writes:

At halftime I knew it was a wasted drive. I thought if UT could win this that they had a chance to go at least 8-4. Now with Ala and SC coming up it looks like no better than 7-5 and that is if they can beat Vandy in Nashville.

I consider Mississippi State a tier lower than Fla, Ga, Ala, LSU, and SC. They are in the top 25 only with the won-loss record. They would have the same record as UT if they had UT's schedule. With that said, UT should have proven itself in this game if CDD wants the fans to think they are a team fit to compete with the best. Unfortunatly UT can not compete with the elite of the SEC and I put the blame on the coaches. We just need a coach that has experience in winning against good teams and one that can bring in the talent UT deserves with all the money they spend on this sport. We rank in the top 15 nationally WRT money spent.

Long drive back!

eduardo writes:

See the pic up top?? Where the heck was Marlin Lane after Neal went down?? Needed a possession back like this to keep our d off the field. This coaching staff just doesnt get it!

TrouserCough writes:

You said Dooley was the right guy after KY last year. You said Dooley didn't say, "loosing to Ky isn't the end of the world" and that was before the game. Please tell us your thoughts on Dooley now. You are so credible.

NatanElias writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

Hey goof ball... Are you crazy... We are the second winningest team in the SEC! All time.... Battle won 11 in 70' and 10 in 71' Majors won the SEC three times... Fulmer was good and Peyton helped that a lot... We are a whole lot better than this.

Fulmer was good ONLY when he had Cutcliffe behind him.

RockyTop1_old writes:

in response to AlpharettaVol:

Each week we make pedestrian QBs look like a combination of Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. Can't anyone teach kids how to defend passes? They seem to be so scared of getting beaten long that they play 5 yards off the receiver. Once they catch the ball, the defenders just grab him and are then pulled along for another 3-5 yards. I watched Alabama earlier in the day and they made every receiver pay for even attempting to catch a pass. Oh well, I guess this is asking too much. I'm dreading showing up at church this morning since I know I will hear it from the folks who attended schools that are actually winning meaningful games this fall. The only saving grace is that many of my friends went to Auburn, the only school worse than the Vols.

And to your point Auburn lost to Ole Miss to bring them out of an 0-16 slump in the SEC! I guess it was good we did not lose to a Missippi school or our coach would be ready to be fired like Chizik....oh, WE DID!!

Hand don your head "Tom (Derek) Dooley, hang down your head a cry...it IS your fault that the season is about to DIE!!!

DEREK: "Mom, it isn't looking very good for me..."
MOM: "That's OK we'll see what we can do for you...VINCE DO SOMETHING FOR MY BOY!!!"

Vince better share a plan to get a win against Alabama or South Carolina or it will be done on Rocky Top for OUR Coach!! Try as much as I have over 2 1/2 years there looks like the winds of change are blowing..so, another 2-3 years before we can compete with the middle of the SEC. FRUSTRATED VFL!!

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

John Adams, you Hush your Mouth. Derek is doing a fine job and our defense gets better every week (as soon as the schedule cools off some). Signed Barbara D.

salocke#209467 writes:

Fire Jimmy Cheek. Fire Dave Hart before we get into more NCAA trouble. That said, Dooley is a nice person, but not a head coach. He can't coach, hire good assistants, manage a game, or run a program. Did he not hire 2 assistants that were not even coaching (special teams?) this spring? My goodness, the Vols are doomed to be irrelevant for a long time so might as well make sweeping changes and accept it. So time to anty up and get the checkbook out for a proven winner. I don't know who that might be (hope Petrino's name does not come up), but there is no hope in the Vol Nation with the current leadership.

KFDLaw writes:

Dooley has never beaten a ranked team, either as head coach at UT or at LaTech. He cannot blame Kiffin's recruits any longer. These are his recruits, with the notable exception of Tyler Bray, and Dooley cannot get his recruits to win football games at the SEC level. He recruits players that are incapable of being starters at an SEC elite team like Alabama or LSU. The team will not get better until someone else coaches it. Dooley has hip problems, but he also has vision problems. He looks at himself and thinks he sees a coach.

hikerdude writes:

I said at the beginning of the year we'd be 7-5. I picked this as one of the losses, so I don't see any need to change the prediction. Could be as bad as 5-7 though if the team quits like it did at Kentucky last year and against Fla this year.

dannasman writes:

Louisiana Tech is ranked in the top 25 just with Dooley 3 years removed, LA Tech for heaven sake!
What does this say about the State of the Tennessee Football Program????

dannasman writes:

I have just posted the tickets (4 Games) I have remaining for this season for sale on Stubhub. I just can not continue to spend Thousands of Dollars a year to watch this mediocrity. I believe that Derek Dooley is an Upstanding citizen and a great role model, just simply not a very good coach. The University needs to offer him the VFL position and find our football team a coach. Money is tough to come by these days for everyone, including the UT Athletic department and like the economy unless there is a change in leadership we will continue getting what we have gotten the past 3 years! GOOD LUCK & GBO!!

allntl1#565211 writes:

We got young blonde coeds. We got Motorcycle shops. Go get Petrino, he turned Arkansas around imediately. Charlie Strong would be a mistake. He struggles to beat teams with losing records. Louisville would have a worse record than UT if they played UT's scedule plus he is from the FL program.

MikeTheManHamiltan writes:

If I had it to do over, I would have ignored John Adams, the fans, the boosters, and the trustees and not fired Phillip Fulmer.

At least then these tickets they give me would be worth something.

99gator writes:

in response to allntl1#565211:

We got young blonde coeds. We got Motorcycle shops. Go get Petrino, he turned Arkansas around imediately. Charlie Strong would be a mistake. He struggles to beat teams with losing records. Louisville would have a worse record than UT if they played UT's scedule plus he is from the FL program.

charlie strong is a good football coach.

i know some of y'all don't know what one looks like anymore, but he is one.

ignore the fact that louisville has gotten better every year since he's been there.

when you watch them play, you don't notice a neverending parade of stupidity that hovers over other football teams.

i think you can appreciate that as tennessee is fielding a team that doesn't bother to catch the kickoff

vq4nfo writes:

in response to MikeTheManHamiltan:

If I had it to do over, I would have ignored John Adams, the fans, the boosters, and the trustees and not fired Phillip Fulmer.

At least then these tickets they give me would be worth something.

Yea, if Hamiltan would have hired a coach with some credible experience, someone who could recriut the talent that prefers winners and then demonstrate that on the field then those tickets would be worth something.

Getting a good coach who knows how to evaluate prospective assistants is part of the head coachs responsibilities also. UT 7-5, maybe 6-6.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Oh, well. Hikerdude, I don't see 7-5, more like 5-7. I have a feeling these kids will give up & quit after the beat downs by Bama & SC. Who could blame them. They know their coaches can't coach, so why should they bust their butts for nothing? They probably would have enjoyed UAB or MTSU more than the Vols (been better coached too)
Maybe we can get another coach from La.Tech, at least this one's a winner. Naw, he's too smart to get involved in this cluster****.

oldbasshead writes:

in response to dannasman:

Louisiana Tech is ranked in the top 25 just with Dooley 3 years removed, LA Tech for heaven sake!
What does this say about the State of the Tennessee Football Program????

I think it screams that Dooley is not a good fit as head coach perhaps more than anything else.

oldbasshead writes:

This is not a defense of Dooley, but the entire defensive staff is virtually in year one as well as the 3-4 system. In addition, I'm not sure many of UT's defensive players would start for Ala, LSU, or SC. That is a recipe for disaster in the SEC.

cltvol writes:

in response to dannasman:

I have just posted the tickets (4 Games) I have remaining for this season for sale on Stubhub. I just can not continue to spend Thousands of Dollars a year to watch this mediocrity. I believe that Derek Dooley is an Upstanding citizen and a great role model, just simply not a very good coach. The University needs to offer him the VFL position and find our football team a coach. Money is tough to come by these days for everyone, including the UT Athletic department and like the economy unless there is a change in leadership we will continue getting what we have gotten the past 3 years! GOOD LUCK & GBO!!

i'll give you a plugged nickel for all 4 next week,,then I'll sell another plugged nickel to some bamy fans for 4 ben franklins and tell em they're tix to the 3rd saturday in october massacre

i bet neyland will be @ least 40% crimson next week,,

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to 99gator:

charlie strong is a good football coach.

i know some of y'all don't know what one looks like anymore, but he is one.

ignore the fact that louisville has gotten better every year since he's been there.

when you watch them play, you don't notice a neverending parade of stupidity that hovers over other football teams.

i think you can appreciate that as tennessee is fielding a team that doesn't bother to catch the kickoff

Hey 99, looks like the SEC championship game is going back to it's roots. Bama vs Gators just like the first 3 or 4 games. Didn't these two play in everyone till it was moved to Atlanta?
ps: Take it easy on the Vol fans, they're not feeling too good this morning. It takes a while getting used to the celler when you know you'll be there for a long time.
Oh yeah, I like the Gators even less now that it looks like you guys are back. Didn't take 5 or 6 years either. ;-)

gillblog writes:

This defense is so bad that the Vols are one offensive player away from being 1-5.

Think of it... without Patterson there is only one team on this whole schedule UT could have beaten.

takespix writes:

hmm, I almost forgot, Tennessee really DID play for a national championship 14 years ago.

cyclonevol87 writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

There is no way that Dooley will coach this team next year. Whether it is all his fault or not...he can't win in this league... He can't... It takes someone who has lost all touch with reality to believe he can. What is his big excuse this year? His QB is healthy..he has hunter back... What is it? It's that he is the worst coach this program has ever seen... The very worst. He is out of his league... And if we don't stop the bleeding we are going to be so far behind the Miss States...and the Vanderbilts that we will never get back to where we belong... We better make a move or we will regret it for a decade. This same thing happened at Bama... And it took about 10 years to fix...and that's Bama. It will take longer to fix it here.

Great post and so true!!!

djohnnyg writes:

in response to snafu14u#241639:

The Vols are 3 years away from being a factor in the SEC as a conference or even the division. That will involve Bray leaving, because he does not get any better, and I hope he goes to the NFL as a fourth round draft pick. Or free agent. And a new coaching staff,but Dooley will coach the "big" Orange next year. It is important for those people who live in a fantasy world to completely understand that Jon Gruden will NEVER be the head coach at UTK. Never. Let this be the absolute last time that this name/subject ever comes up. Please. BonzaiVol

I have a good freind who is a Raider fan...AND a Vol fan (weird since he's from Clarksville)but anyway he says Raider fans have been clamoring for Gruden for yr's. and with the frequent coaching changes Raiders have had EVERYTIME there's even talk of a coaching change, rumors start about Gruden coming back to Oakland. And everytime it is quickly dispelled.

Gruden has a great gig with MNF and all the other tv stuff.

There is a CHANCE he gets that itch and wants to get back to coaching..and IF UT were to offer enough money..it'd have to be ALOT...who knows.

KevDVol writes:

Lovie Smith, Bobby Petrino, Mike Leach, David Cutcliffe....

That is my short list. Can anyone provide additional or better names? This is not a request for a critique of my choices. I just figure that UT botches it's coaching searches so badly that we should pitch-in and offer some suggestions just to help out.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to wildmed:

Whatever virus Dave Clawsen had, Sunseri has caught it. This is the WORST defense Tennessee has ever put on the field, not because we don't have the material, because the coaching is just horrible.

I agree somewhat about the coaching..MSU passing schemes are very good but if the secondary players and the sorry excuse for DB coaches spent time watching the film more, it could have easily been disrupted..3 times I saw the MSU Oline move our ENTIRE front 4 as a whole and move them 4 yards laterally..That's more lack of strength and talent than coaching because players learn basic technique in high school..As far as Iam concerned McCullers is pretty much a bust..He doesn't see that many double teams and for 370 lbs he gets little or no push..McCullers should be blowing up running plays in the backfield but instead he's just a fat guy getting stood up by undersized centers..There is a big lack of talent with this front 4 as you can see when they get no push at all in the pass rush..Hood at one point was once voted most improved defensive player but He has no sacks and I haven't seen him make one tackle

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