Dooley: Tyler Bray will be benched if he throws more interceptions

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) during first half action against Alabama Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) during first half action against Alabama Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Dooley critical of Bray: QB needs to "man up"

Dooley not foolish enough to offer resignation

Starting quarterback Tyler Bray will be benched in favor of backup Justin Worley if he continues to throw interceptions, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said today during his weekly press conference.

“If he’s loose with the football, he’s coming out of the game and we’re going to play Justin,” Dooley said. “I told him that.”

Bray threw two interceptions in Tennessee’s 44-13 loss to Alabama on Saturday. The Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) play No. 17 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) on Saturday (TV: ESPN, noon).

Dooley strongly criticized Bray for failing to meet with reporters after the Alabama loss, saying his quarterback needs to “man up.”

“That’s unacceptable in our program,” Dooley said. “There’s no defense for that type of behavior.”

Dooley was also asked about an Internet report that he had offered to resign after the 2011 season.

Dooley called the report “absurd” and said “I’d be a real dumbass to do that.”

As for his own future, Dooley said he understands why fans are upset.

“They should be,” he said. “We’re not meeting expectations. There’s no point in defending it. We just need to play better.”

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

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ralphie writes:

why not bench him already? he is the worst player on the offensive side of the ball. apparent why he was only recruited by 2 universities out of high school. worley was gatorade player of the year in hs.

thevoice writes:

Dooley called the report “absurd” and said “I’d be a real dumbazz to do that.”

Sounds like he did it then.

Saban_Palin writes:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

cobragolfer writes:

Mr. Dooley, I'm sure you are a fine man. Do what's right and BENCH him now! His stats against SEC teams, his attitude with not giving an interview after the Alabama game, and his apartment adventures should be enough to make you see that.

BornTNfan writes:

Bray is way too worried about building his stats for his potential departure to the NFL. 25-30+ yards and he is money, however, anything short and he sucks. He constantly is trying to throw at least 15 yards when we only need 1 yard for the first down. Wise-up Bray...the easy small yardage more times than not will kepp your offense on the field.

mdvol writes:

It is definitely time Dooley tightened the screws on the "attitude" stuff. Players were laughing on the sideline while getting their butts kicked. And how Bray even thinks he could get away with blowing off the post game interviews is troubling. I would think Bray would be on the shortest of short leashes.

That said, pull an upset in Columbia and run the table, VOLS go 8-4.

Orangepuddinskin writes:

At least Dooley is not talking about what a sorry team we have this year. He is actually fessing up that they are not playing up to expectations. It would seem that Mr. Dooley has matured over the past 3 years. Now he needs to get that maturity transferred over to our players.

blewissmith writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

Agreed!!

Tenn_Traveler writes:

Team leaders must stand up. We have 5 games left. All 5 can be won. Lot's of good FB to be played. It is times like this when we are most tested. Have just played the toughest SEC schedule in the league. Very disappointing to all that we are 0-4, but that is in the past. Let's make it 1-4 in SEC play after Sat. SC is there for the taking. 8-4 is absolutely possible if we just play to our capabilities!!
Go Vols Beat SC!!!!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Dooley is a day late and a dollar short, as usual. Dooley could have straightened this kid out at about four different spots along the way; when he quit versus Kentucky, when he acted like a 12-year old on a Sea Doo this summer, when he decided to go all drunk frat boy with beer bottles right before the season, or when he showed his butt during the second half against Florida.

Why is Dooley scared to put this kid in the doghouse?

OrangePsyched writes:

First get off CDD's back will ya? Should he have never accepted the job? He came in respecting the traditions of Tennessee. He's done the best he can. After MSU beat us I went over to the dark side and now believe a change is needed if we can find the right coach. To continue to call Dooley names and the continual insults for someone who has given his all just shows your ignorance. Get mad at Hammy or whoever but not the man who took the job that we would all loved to have been offered. I will still support the man until the next coach.

Vol1973 writes:

Bray better worry about staying on the field and not the NFL - - there is no NFL future the way he is playing now.

SmokyMtnMan writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

You are correct. UT fans get blinded by wanting to win so bad that they fail to notice that the talent level at UT was depleted under Fulmer in his last few years. Now they can't seem to grasp the notion that it will take 4-5 years before they will start to notice a change for the better in the play on the field. Dooley is a fine Coach and if given time, will have UT winning once again. It's time for the Vol fans to wise up!

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Why wait to bench Bray? He has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is NOT a leader on the team. He ditched his teammates after the Bama game and left them to fend for themselves with the media. Bray is going to cost Dooley his job it its not too late already.

Fire Bray!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

100 bucks says the site's filter won't let me copy and paste that Dooley quote.

“I’d be a real dumb--- to do that.”

"Watch your mouth! The word "d------" is not allowed here."

Yep. I knew it. They can print the word in the story, but not in the comments section. That makes sense.

govols2104 writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

I can point to one: Will Muschamp. Yeah Floida wasn't in as bad a posiion but we've given him time. The truth is we're not recruiting like we should.

CharlesM writes:

in response to OrangePsyched:

First get off CDD's back will ya? Should he have never accepted the job? He came in respecting the traditions of Tennessee. He's done the best he can. After MSU beat us I went over to the dark side and now believe a change is needed if we can find the right coach. To continue to call Dooley names and the continual insults for someone who has given his all just shows your ignorance. Get mad at Hammy or whoever but not the man who took the job that we would all loved to have been offered. I will still support the man until the next coach.

Well said Orange.

CharlesM writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

Just about the smartest thing said on this board in a long long time.

DukeDeLuca2 writes:

1) Bray hasn't yet developed into an SEC calibre QB.

2) Dooley has improved the talent level on the football team every since he arrived.

3) Dooley has recruited better students and players with greater integrity.

4) Dooley has run a clean program.

5) Dooley continues to build the program showing improvement every year. He's a heckuva coach and he's going to be a big winner somewhere. It might as well be here.

6) Alabama is going to stomp a lot of teams this year. They're bigger, faster and stronger than any team I've seen play.

7) I told you people when we fired Fulmer 8 games after he won the SEC East Championship that Hall of Fame coaches and national championship organizations don't just appear overnight. First you pooh-poohed the idea that Fulmer was a Hall of Fame coach, then you screamed that anyone was better than Phat Phil. Fulmer recruited Taj Boyd and Lame Kiffin told him that he wouldn't fit in. Now Taj owns about every passing record at Clemson.

8) If you really want to start all over, throw out everything and start again, then you need a checkup from the neckup.

SIMSVOL writes:

Completely agree we should bench Bray now. His brain fartz have cost us enough games. Let's move on with Worley or Peterman. Go VOLS! Bray has a big fat zero in games against the best. He's nowhere near ready for the NFL or Saturday's game against South Carolina.

cpahiker#231287 writes:

in response to blewissmith:

Agreed!!

agreed!!! The direction is positive, be patient. Rebuilding with an annual meeting with Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida is no easy task and doesn't happen over night. Its not like basketball where you can recriut 3 freshman and win.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to SmokyMtnMan:

You are correct. UT fans get blinded by wanting to win so bad that they fail to notice that the talent level at UT was depleted under Fulmer in his last few years. Now they can't seem to grasp the notion that it will take 4-5 years before they will start to notice a change for the better in the play on the field. Dooley is a fine Coach and if given time, will have UT winning once again. It's time for the Vol fans to wise up!

Smoky, I think he is tapped. It's not his fault, but I genuinely think this is all he has in the tank. Dooley is a 3 star coach in a 5 star league.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Why wait to bench Bray? He has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is NOT a leader on the team. He ditched his teammates after the Bama game and left them to fend for themselves with the media. Bray is going to cost Dooley his job it its not too late already.

Fire Bray!

Gotta agree, this started last year at UK and his aloof disinterested look is really his true personality..Start Worley and rotate Peterman as well, show brat Bray he can also tote a clip-board.

Ironcity writes:

in response to BornTNfan:

Bray is way too worried about building his stats for his potential departure to the NFL. 25-30+ yards and he is money, however, anything short and he sucks. He constantly is trying to throw at least 15 yards when we only need 1 yard for the first down. Wise-up Bray...the easy small yardage more times than not will kepp your offense on the field.

Down field throws are called by Chaney. The issues with Bray are their but the lack of coaching of Bray is very clear. He is regressing and that falls on the coaches. I think its tough for an ex offensive linemen (the QB coach) to help TB with his development. With someone like Bray you have to let him be who he is. We are trying to make a race horse into a walking horse and its not working and never will.

thevoice writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

Add Richt. The team that came closest to beat one of those teams was in Dooley's first year vs. LSU. Wouldn't you think any coach at a program like UT could break-through and win one of 'em in 3 years? Do you remember who we HAVE beat? Vandy, UK, Ole Miss. Vandy in overtime, then UK beat us. Is this the level folk are happy with? And do you think his recruiting is going to help things? Even if he recruits great this time, is there any evidence he'll develop them? Put the VFL program down and this leadership has done nothing. Stability? What about assistant coaching stability? The picture of Dooley on crutches about sums it up.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Pretty good comments from you guys, all except for a single troll..........Delta Dawn.

Back to the quarterback situation. Some day, Tennessee and a lot of other schools will learn that having a mobile QB isn't the worst idea out there. The only times Tyler has actually carried the ball........he reached across the LOS and fumbled it......on several occasions. He has a cannon for an arm, but as has been mentioned, needs to throw some catchable balls that will pick up first downs too. We are being burned by other teams throwing quick slants, so it would not hurt to look into that idea from time to time.

That is what Worley is good at, so if as CDD suggests, Tyler doesn't get back on track, we'll see Justin very soon.

South Carolina is ticked off after two losses, so let's not count that as a W too soon..........although we sure hope it can happen.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Dooley is a day late and a dollar short, as usual. Dooley could have straightened this kid out at about four different spots along the way; when he quit versus Kentucky, when he acted like a 12-year old on a Sea Doo this summer, when he decided to go all drunk frat boy with beer bottles right before the season, or when he showed his butt during the second half against Florida.

Why is Dooley scared to put this kid in the doghouse?

Because he has no one to replace him. Worley hasn't showed anything, he's not ready. What they both need is a QB coach that knows a little about football.(well, maybe a whole staff)
What do you care DC? Your Gators are doing great, go eff with Bama fans.

GerryOP writes:

I would have preferred that the headline read, "Bray To Be Benched Before He Throws More INTs."

And I would add that Hunter gets only one more chance. Drop another pass that hits him in the hands and he can go join Da'Rick in Cookville. I'll buy his bus ticket.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

Completely agree we should bench Bray now. His brain fartz have cost us enough games. Let's move on with Worley or Peterman. Go VOLS! Bray has a big fat zero in games against the best. He's nowhere near ready for the NFL or Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Bray definitely has more growing to do, and more maturing. Playing those "best" teams will go a long way toward that. Now, keep in mind Bray's experience playing those teams is very limited. So far, he's played half a game against SC in 2010 as a freshman, and he played very well, considering it was his first real action. He's played Florida twice, but they weren't exactly among the "best" the first time, and losing Hunter had a huge effect on what he could do that game. He's played Georgia about 1 1/2 times, and Alabama once. His body of work against the "best" teams in the SEC is too small to really draw many conclusions. I would argue that NC State should count, since they have only lost one other game, 2 total (just like SC), and their secondary was rated as one of the best in the country.

fearthehound writes:

in response to CharlesM:

Just about the smartest thing said on this board in a long long time.

I agree, I would really like to see Dooley be given one more year to show significant progress, and maybe it would help him if Hart came right out and said he's got it. My biggest concern is how is recruiting going for the year, though? Dooley's done fairly well in the past with the recruiting classes, but I'm not sure things are going very well so far this year. His tenuous position might be hurting.

vol49 writes:

in response to Vol1973:

Bray better worry about staying on the field and not the NFL - - there is no NFL future the way he is playing now.

+1

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

Dooley you have to constantly stay on the players. Bray simply doesn't look, act, perform, or seem to understand what it is to be a competitor. But YOU have been hired to teach it and see that it's priority to everyone especially QB. You are here to compete! Now for some reason, I think you are doing this cause you have to in order to save face. Maybe they teach that in law school. Bray should have been strictly reprimanded after the Kentucky game. Don't give me that I'm sick. Get off the field if you are sick! Bray needs to man up. Dooley needs to man up cause he is responsible. You are both pouting in my opinion. Make it into the force that drives you. Either compete or go away! Don't say you'll bench him if he throws a pic. All qb's throw them even Manning. Bray will throw one also. It may or may not be his fault. Would you know if it was? Say you'll bench him if he doesn't give you 100% (which he doesn't unless he is winning which is now rare). That is a crappy statement. No half anus players should be tolerated. That lands on Dooley. Bray thinks he is NFL bound? Maybe he will care once he is benched, his stats fall, and they wonder why and see that he has little passion for winning. But Dooley is a mentor to these men. Bray will now think Dooley doesn't have his back in adversity. But if it makes Bray get his head out of his anus, fine! At this point, who cares we just want to see real improvement which means winning against good teams! Just seems like another excuse to me. Defense is the main reason we are loosing and teams are all over us in the second half. Why don't you bench Sal too?

leprechaun writes:

The best thing that could happen to the Vols is that they win out for the rest of the season and finish 8-4, go to the Meineke Car Care Bowl and win it.

Dooley will then return for the 2013 season, thereby continuing mediocrity for the Vols!

Go DAWGS!!!

northfan writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

Wise up - one "new" coach did beat Spurrier - Kiffin - and Georgia was highly ranked when we lost to them.

volbob writes:

Why wait? Give Justin the practice with the first team. Wondering if the comments after the player's only meeting after MSU were directed at Bray. If not, they should have been. His attitude stinks...always has. Guess CDD hoped Bray would play at a higher level. Seems he is more interested in tweet/twit/whatever and playing around than being a Vol. Justin has always wanted to be here, so give him the reps. Won't be any worse. As to the record this year, I'm still of the opinion that three years with no meaningful improvement warrants change. Maybe this is the change UT needs to get better. The friggin' switch to the 3-4 will take 2-3 years to master, so get used to giving up big plays. Send hate mail to the SEC for multiple years of the toughest schedule in the conference. Read outside articles for further enlightenment - bleacher report hits it straight on. If Dooley is fired, it will be 3-5 more years before any meaningful progress is made, since the new guy would bring in his system - see the lovely Kiffin year, Clawsen's failed offensive scheme, this year's 3-4 fire drill. GBO

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

Get Dooley OUT! Improvement? Yeah they should improve, they are now upper class. They would improve at a camp for boys. But this is the SEC. I can't believe what I'm hearing. Even if he wins out, I think he should go.

kwcoach writes:

After seeing Worley, I truly believe that Bray is about 10 times better and gives us a chance to win. With Worley playing we were horrible last year. We don't need to change QB's we need to coach the one we have.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Dooley is a day late and a dollar short, as usual. Dooley could have straightened this kid out at about four different spots along the way; when he quit versus Kentucky, when he acted like a 12-year old on a Sea Doo this summer, when he decided to go all drunk frat boy with beer bottles right before the season, or when he showed his butt during the second half against Florida.

Why is Dooley scared to put this kid in the doghouse?

For a gator fan you are pretty smart. DC What kind of QB would this kid have been under steve spurrier or david cutclife. He would have either been great or buried in the depth chart. DC you had better watch it you know how much you want dooley to stay the coach at UT.

61NCVol writes:

Why is it Ryan Leaf comes to mind every time I see Bray?

keithgibson writes:

sounds like Dooley has been reading all of the post on here. this is a sure sign that he is starting to crack. Bray has struggled at some points this year, but why is no one mentioning that fact that Hunter drops a big pass every game! CP has a few big drops! go back to the Fla game and Hunter drops two sure first down in the fourth quarter, yet all we hear is how bad Bray is. how about CP dropping a sure TDs against GA and Fla? against MSU Hunter drops a pass in his hands that would have put TN in field goal position! yet again Saturday night Hunter drops one that hits him in the hands, but we rip Bray. I think Bray has struggled, but him catching all of the blame makes as much sense as Obama still blaming Bush for that bad economy!

JonGrudensAgent writes:

We may be on the verge of a major turnaround if Dooley can figure out a way to bench the entire defensive team except for AJ Johnson as well.

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

Benching Bray will take our O down and make our team strictly one dimensional-we don't have the Defense to be a running team. Next he will be blaming the home field not being an advantage from the away teams fans buying our seats. I don't like Bray's actions but Dooley shut up and quit trying to misdirect responsibility. If he benches Bray, we may just loose to Kentucky again.

MidTennVol writes:

I watched that press conference and think it's Dooley's best so far and by far. He's a big boy and understands the situation. Just hope he and the rest of the coaches can deliver on the field, as he says (and we all know) they must.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Vols fans need to wise up & quit blaming Dooley. The team has improved each year under his leadership. You are naive if you think a new coach will beat Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier over night. Georgia has one loss; the other winners against the Vols were undefeated and highly ranked.

NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND! Chizik beat Saban, Miles, Richt, and Spurrier on the way to the 2011 BCS National Championship in his 2nd year. Chizik is an average coach as best.

BruisedOrange writes:

There's a word we began to hear last season in relation to Bray. It's now part of every broadcast analyst's pre-game assessment: "focus."

Dooley's threat makes good sense if 1) Bray does indeed lose focus easily, and 2) Worley appears ready to play (i.e., read defenses, work his way through the receiver progression, and handle the demands of a no-huddle offense).

Or it could just be that the schedule has become more Worley-ready.

If the staff decides next year's starting QB position is going to be up for grabs, given our current record and the remaining schedule, they might just allow that competition to begin before Spring.

pcshowtime writes:

To all you dooley guys. If UT fires Dooley who do you think will hire him. If sunny dykes leaves Louisiana Tech do think they will hire him?

vq4nfo writes:

"saying his quarterback needs to “man up.”"

The QB needs to grow up. He is a loose cannon and I am not talking about his arm. Dooley should have benched him after the "off" field incidents, in which he threw things off the balcony, not once but twice at cars in the parking lot.

Throw an interception against SC in Columbia and it will not matter who the QB is given our defensive play this year.

They wrote today that UT should win out the remaining 4 games after SC. I see Missouri and Vandy standing in the way of that.

IMHO, CDD should have addressed this QB earlier and the season results are on his shoulder.

scvols writes:

I don't think we would had lost the KY game last year if Bray didn't play. He was sick all week and really didn't want to play in the first place.

OrangePsyched writes:

in response to fearthehound:

I agree, I would really like to see Dooley be given one more year to show significant progress, and maybe it would help him if Hart came right out and said he's got it. My biggest concern is how is recruiting going for the year, though? Dooley's done fairly well in the past with the recruiting classes, but I'm not sure things are going very well so far this year. His tenuous position might be hurting.

His tenuous position is definitely hurting recruiting. That's why we need to fish or cut bait with CDD. I support either one at this point. I always supported Dooley but not sure now if he is the man. It's the same with Bray. He is an all or nothing guy. He just doesn't seem to want to check down. That is not Chaney's fault. You have to take what the defense gives you. I like Worley and want Peterman to redshirt. I say if Bray isn't getting it done at halftime put Worley in. Finally..Lane is the best downhill runner that we have..I think he should start and get 20-25 carries and see what he can do.

usafvol writes:

in response to CaptainCaveman:

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Hard to take anyone serious with the name "Captaincaveman"; what are you, 12?

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