John Adams: Tennessee's defense should end Connor Shaw's slump

John Adams

Dooley previews Tennessee vs. South Carolina

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier always has been adept at exploiting weakness in pass coverage. So excuse him for appearing giddy today against Tennessee.

Back-to-back quarterbacks have had career games against a UT defense that is giving up 43.3 points per game in SEC play. Up next is Connor Shaw, who was awful last week against Florida and struggled so much against LSU the week before that Spurrier cited his "confused" play while wondering if he had suffered a head injury.

Shaw should appear clearheaded against a defense that is more apt to confuse itself than an opposing quarterback.

South Carolina 38, Tennessee 20: Both the Gamecocks and Vols gave up 44 points last Saturday. But what was business as usual for UT was a shocking development for South Carolina.

The Gamecocks won't be shocked this afternoon.

Alabama 37, Mississippi State 10: The No. 1-ranked Tide looked rather ordinary in dispensing of Tennessee by 31 points last week. The unbeaten Bulldogs are more apt to draw the Alabama that made quick work of Missouri, Michigan and Arkansas.

Florida 27, Georgia 20: The undefeated Gators don't look much different from Alabama these days. They play great defense, run the ball and capitalize on opponents' mistakes.

South Carolina made one mistake after another in last week's 44-11 loss to the Gators. Now, it's Georgia's turn.

Arkansas 37, Ole Miss 34: The Razorbacks are going for a third consecutive SEC victory after looking as bad as coach John L. Smith's bank statement in losing to Alabama and Texas A&M by a combined score of a 100 points. But Ole Miss has made the most substantial turnaround.

The Rebels already have doubled their win total from a 2-10 season in 2011 and won an SEC game for the first time since Oct. 2, 2010, under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.

Missouri 27, Kentucky 17: The Wildcats are probably starting to feel picked on.

Missouri had an open date before Kentucky. So did Georgia, last Saturday's opponent.

The Tigers better make the most of it. Their last three SEC games are on the road against better teams than the one they will face today.

Texas A&M 45, Auburn 20: Aggies freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel probably was thinking the SEC wasn't much different from the Big 12 before he bumped into LSU's defense last week. The Tigers contained his scrambling and intercepted three passes.

These Tigers will be a lot more fun for the SEC's total offense leader.

Vanderbilt 37, Massachusetts 13: The best thing about being Vanderbilt is that the modest accomplishments can qualify as resounding successes.

A 3-4 start might not mean much elsewhere (see Tennessee for details), yet it suggests great progress at Vanderbilt, which won six games last season and will win its fourth today. The Commodores have totaled 10 victories in consecutive seasons only twice in the past 30 years.

Top 25: Kansas State 37, Texas Tech 23; Oklahoma 34, Notre Dame 23; Oregon 63, Colorado 7; Oregon State 37, Washington 23; Southern California 41, Arizona 27; Florida State 40, Duke 23; Rutgers 38, Kent State 20; Stanford 38, Washington State 20; Boise State 42, Wyoming 20; Nebraska 37, Michigan 30; Texas 48, Kansas 24; Ohio 34, Miami (Ohio) 27; Louisiana Tech 68, New Mexico State 32.

Record: 131-27 (.829) overall, 70-68 (. 507) against the spread.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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Mr_Brownstone writes:

boogie booger

papavol writes:

Wish i could say "i think you're wrong". Unfortunately, I feel the exact same way about this game. One thing to remember, it will probably be raining/windy so maybe our secondary won't get torched play after play as usual. Should be a battle in the trenches. Too bad SC has the best defensive line in the league. hopefully our O line continues to perform... They're gonna have to.

StoneJackBaller writes:

Although I hope we win, I have lost confidence in the coach's ability to prepare the team. We have the talent wearing the uniforms, now if we could find the talent wearing the headsets.

Vols_fan_27 writes:

Really?...go write for someone else... GBO!

seaplane#216536 writes:

We'll keep it closer if we get rid of the starting secondary and replace them with frat boys laying on the couches.

voodoo101 writes:

It was obvious from the headline that this would be another Adams words of nonsense. But, hey, he has columns to fill.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Adams....go jump into the Tennessee river and be sure to tie a millstone around your stinking neck.

Vols 27
Chickens 24

aspenvol2 writes:

Adams back to his natural style. If you can't say anything snarky and cynical, why write? Adams, please resign.

snuffysmiff writes:

Adams is being honest. I would certainly like to see him proven wrong, but my heart says one thing and my head says another SEC loss.

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
Thomas Paine

underthehill writes:

in response to voodoo101:

It was obvious from the headline that this would be another Adams words of nonsense. But, hey, he has columns to fill.

UT might win if Adams would predict it..you think...

voodoo101 writes:

in response to aspenvol2:

Adams back to his natural style. If you can't say anything snarky and cynical, why write? Adams, please resign.

I agree - both Adams and Climer. It is one thing to write opinion; it is another to write opinion demeaning kids/students/amateurs/volunteers playing a game and to write opinion in an attempt to see another person fired and/or ruined. Adams is certainly in no position to pick up the first rock unless he can produce a winning collegiate coaching record. It is times like these that you have to feel that the press aren't due the extra libel and slander protections. Free speech is one thing - protected free speech from a privileged soap box is another altogether.

underthehill writes:

in response to aspenvol2:

Adams back to his natural style. If you can't say anything snarky and cynical, why write? Adams, please resign.

If it wasn't for Adams articles..UT might win by about 21..don't know why he does stuff like this..

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

Honestly don't believe UT can put up 17 pts on this SC D unless the weather is so bad that SC's O turns it over a few times. But if they do, chances are Tn will as well. Bray is very lackluster when facing pressure, and there aren't many, if any, better at that than Clowney. Could possibly see Worley sooner than later in this game. SC is looking to vent some frustration after the last 2 games and Tn will be the perfect patsy for that venting. Chaney's playcalling is so predictable, especially on 3rd & short, that SC's D will appear to be psychic. I'll be tuning in-can't help myself-but honestly don't expect the outcome to be any different from the last 2 yrs. Sure hope I'm wrong, but I believe 41-17-Gamecocks.

underthehill writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Adams....go jump into the Tennessee river and be sure to tie a millstone around your stinking neck.

Vols 27
Chickens 24

How can UT possibly win with Adams saying they won't..why would he write something like this..think it has anything to do with common sense...

Hacker38 writes:

Typical fans... When someone writes the truth or obvious, They're attacked and called trolls.. Maybe if he said Tennessee was the greatest thing since sliced bread he'd be ok.. People need to get their heads out of the sand..

darbhoo writes:

Adams,
Your columns are so transparent, they are hardly worth reading. Sometimes I wonder why the KNS keeps you around and then I realize that the KNS usually agrees with you.

Nevertheless, sometimes it is better to hold your tongue and have people think you are a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

born2ride writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Typical fans... When someone writes the truth or obvious, They're attacked and called trolls.. Maybe if he said Tennessee was the greatest thing since sliced bread he'd be ok.. People need to get their heads out of the sand..

It is hard for some fans to accept the truth... Dooley is a horrible coach and needs to be fired.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to voodoo101:

I agree - both Adams and Climer. It is one thing to write opinion; it is another to write opinion demeaning kids/students/amateurs/volunteers playing a game and to write opinion in an attempt to see another person fired and/or ruined. Adams is certainly in no position to pick up the first rock unless he can produce a winning collegiate coaching record. It is times like these that you have to feel that the press aren't due the extra libel and slander protections. Free speech is one thing - protected free speech from a privileged soap box is another altogether.

"....unless he can produce a winning collegiate coaching record."

He can.
John Adams -1
Phil Fulmer -0

6972 writes:

I am not concerned about Shaw's slump. I am worried about our slump. 0 for 4 this year in the SEC qualifies as a slump.

mdvol writes:

Collegefootballnews.com picked the Big Orange!

http://cfn.scout.com/2/1233413.html

mjaichele#464960 writes:

Gee, with our 175 lb. battering ram tailbacks I am sure we'll be able to run the ball for 300 yards. Why, if we go 3 and out, it will be a miracle. And our 3 deep all conference defensive line will be nothing less than a steel reinforced wall against SC. So yeah, if we don't win, it has to be the coaches fault for not develping, game planning, executing, etc. Can't be the talent level, no way. No this is all on the coaches right genius's.

UTKin1992 writes:

Ha ha ha! THE funniest headline ever by Adams. Bonus points for the comment "a defense that is more apt to confuse itself than an opposing quarterback".

Jeez how far we've fallen!

mdvol writes:

Maybe a little windy during the game but not a major threat for rain.....

http://www.weather.com/weather/hourby...

underthehill writes:

in response to darbhoo:

Adams,
Your columns are so transparent, they are hardly worth reading. Sometimes I wonder why the KNS keeps you around and then I realize that the KNS usually agrees with you.

Nevertheless, sometimes it is better to hold your tongue and have people think you are a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Sometimes it is easier to give advice than follow that same advice...now ..let's talk football..what has Adams said that is not true...

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Sometimes it is easier to give advice than follow that same advice...now ..let's talk football..what has Adams said that is not true...

It's not that Adams doesn't speak the truth... it's that Adams likes exploiting our downfalls by throwing jabs below the belt on his way to the truth.

We're drowning, and he's taking joy in describing the water.

SummittsCourt writes:

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bigdisbig writes:

Its amazing to me how many delusional people post on this site. The Vols don't have a snowball's chance in hades of beating the gamecocks and anyone who thinks they do is delusional. The Vols got ripped by 2 touchdowns by Fla. here AT HOME. They almost lost to Akron AT HOME, Bama exposed their defense as a high school team AT HOME and Dooley keeps making excuses. Justin Wilcox bolted because he knew Dooley could not coach. The gamecocks will hang 50 on Tennessee. To quote Jack Nicholsen in A Few Good Men " You can't handle the truth".

Great article Adams and you are right on!

mjaichele#464960 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

Its amazing to me how many delusional people post on this site. The Vols don't have a snowball's chance in hades of beating the gamecocks and anyone who thinks they do is delusional. The Vols got ripped by 2 touchdowns by Fla. here AT HOME. They almost lost to Akron AT HOME, Bama exposed their defense as a high school team AT HOME and Dooley keeps making excuses. Justin Wilcox bolted because he knew Dooley could not coach. The gamecocks will hang 50 on Tennessee. To quote Jack Nicholsen in A Few Good Men " You can't handle the truth".

Great article Adams and you are right on!

Wow, sounds like you could use a little Leon Time and some herbal tea.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Next Tuesday this board will be talking about recruiting and the new coach. Exactly where it should be. The new coach will have a challenge with our defense.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Typical fans... When someone writes the truth or obvious, They're attacked and called trolls.. Maybe if he said Tennessee was the greatest thing since sliced bread he'd be ok.. People need to get their heads out of the sand..

Ah, most of the heads aren't in the sand. They're up these so called VFL's butts!
What a joke this has become.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to mdvol:

Collegefootballnews.com picked the Big Orange!

http://cfn.scout.com/2/1233413.html

Then they are idiots

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to mdvol:

Collegefootballnews.com picked the Big Orange!

http://cfn.scout.com/2/1233413.html

You think CFN "Staff" will give me SC even? I ain't giving 14 but I'm sure not taking the Vols.
SC 3
UT 0
A Win is all that matters. We ain't getting one!
And lay off JA, he speaks the truth.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Well if John is such an A-Hole because you don't agree with what he writes, maybe he shouldn't let you post on this site! He's the boss at KNS sports, he can do it. Just because you don't agree with John, don't call the A-Hole an A-Hole. ;-) (sorry John)

BigBadVol writes:

in response to voodoo101:

I agree - both Adams and Climer. It is one thing to write opinion; it is another to write opinion demeaning kids/students/amateurs/volunteers playing a game and to write opinion in an attempt to see another person fired and/or ruined. Adams is certainly in no position to pick up the first rock unless he can produce a winning collegiate coaching record. It is times like these that you have to feel that the press aren't due the extra libel and slander protections. Free speech is one thing - protected free speech from a privileged soap box is another altogether.

Damn, what a awesome post. Well said!

VolBy3 writes:

I'll be "delusional" here and say there is a good chance of a Tenn win. Ye of little faith. We have played murderer's row and were only out of the UA game, as was everyone else that has played them. We are due and it might as well be against the OBC. If it were not in Columbia I would feel better but it is what it is so let's win there. It has been proven that Adams is clueless over and over again so why do people even concern themselves with his ramblings. The Vols can win this game. No doubt the defense will give up points but the offense can overcome.

Vols 35
Chicks 31

All4Vols!!

laraccoon writes:

i'd think more of Dooley tomorrow if he dont start Bray .

shorttail writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Although I hope we win, I have lost confidence in the coach's ability to prepare the team. We have the talent wearing the uniforms, now if we could find the talent wearing the headsets.

talented players shouldn't need much coaching

fearthehound writes:

The game will be played on the field by real men--not internet posters who wish they were. May the best team win. Go Big Orange!!

pcorange writes:

in response to shorttail:

talented players shouldn't need much coaching

Talented players need coaching as much as non-talented players do, maybe more. Somebody has to keep them grounded.

pcorange writes:

Adams is right on this one.

SC - 41
UT - 24

fratricide08 writes:

The time has come for the secondary to step up. They may not be the most talented on the field when it comes to pure stats but they CAN be to ones playing with heart and fire and that CAN beat a talented team every time. C'mon secondary, show us what you're capable of -- heart and fire along with a desire to win are completely up to you and YOU CAN DO IT! WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

frblalack writes:

I hope we win! But I also hope the KNS will somehow replace John Adams. That having been said, I would much prefer a Vol Victory!

But man, wasn't it great when we had Al Dunning, Woody Paige, and John Ward?

Let's eke out out a 1-pt win!

All Big Orange For Life!!!

frblalack writes:

Final thought for those who are not early risers!

Let's get Justin Worley on the field soon...should Tyler fail. We can't afford another pouting mentality; we need a LEADER on the field! And I truly believe Herman Lathers should be the MAN on defense! Sure our best linebacker is A.J., but Herman should be the inspiration. And I hope we'll see some more Darrington Sentimore Bad!

All Vols- Forever!!!

frblalack writes:

Adams...when I awaken to read your drivel... it only hastens the need to bring back the great sportswriters and broadcasters we've had. Truly great announcers such as Lindsey Nelson, George Mooney, and the best there ever was, John Ward. But then we've had our share of magnificent sportswriters...probably the best was Al Dunning, but Woody Paige would have to be considered even though he wrote for the Daily Beacon. Just wish you had one tenth true Vol inspiration! When I've finished/completed my essay/book/epitaph, I plan to move back to East Tennessee. No one will mistake me for Dave Barry, Garrison Keillor, or the greatest writer ever, Lewis Grizzard...yet when I move back to the Smokies/mountains of East TN I do hope to spark some Vol enthusiasm. Don't plan on any butt-chugging, but if moonshine is in the offing ...so be it. Go MY Mighty Tennessee Vols!!!

And P.S. Church Hill Panthers will ALWAYS be in my heart!

laraccoon writes:

in response to frblalack:

Final thought for those who are not early risers!

Let's get Justin Worley on the field soon...should Tyler fail. We can't afford another pouting mentality; we need a LEADER on the field! And I truly believe Herman Lathers should be the MAN on defense! Sure our best linebacker is A.J., but Herman should be the inspiration. And I hope we'll see some more Darrington Sentimore Bad!

All Vols- Forever!!!

i agree with the Bray angle, get pouty and toss and interception is getting old . Wish Dooley would grow a pair and bench Bray !

smokeygrowl writes:

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TKO writes:

A win today and win the remaining games, Dooley goes 8-4. Does he still go or does that get him year four ?

formervol1950s writes:

in response to underthehill:

If it wasn't for Adams articles..UT might win by about 21..don't know why he does stuff like this..

Be grateful for those who write about sports.How would you like the national media doing it?

pcorange writes:

in response to TKO:

A win today and win the remaining games, Dooley goes 8-4. Does he still go or does that get him year four ?

That depends on whether Hart already has a better coach on the hook. However, I don't see this team winning out unless there is immediate and drastic improvement in the defensive secondary, which isn't going to happen.

frblalack writes:

Dang it!!!! Let's get a WIN TODAY!!!! Go Big Orange!

C'mon Curt You and Smith have been playin' well below your "stuff"! And Marlon you can be the guy who STOPS Shaw!!! I've already said D. Sentimore & A.J. are the REAL DEAL...let's get EVERYBODY on the Hacksaw Reynolds A..Bustin' True Vol Grind!!! I want to and I'm d...n sure our Vols want to SHOW UP in Carolina!!!! Dang it, we've got the talent; we've got the guys to do it!!! Mo' Couch & D. McCullars have been MIA...love you guys but let's see y'all on the ESPN Hightlight Reel!!!

We HAVE to beat these guy on the LINE!!! It's about that damn simple! If we can pressure Shaw & clog the middle, WE CAN BEAT THESE GUYS!!!

C'mon Vols... Give it ALL & We won't be disappointed! Let's WIN this one for TENNESSEE!!
Who can beat'em, we can beat'em, we're the team that can defeat 'em!!!!! T E double N E double S double E!!! TENNESSEE!!!!

C'mon Coaches...Fire their As... UP! Let's WIN this Game! If we can't get fired up for this game? I for one EXPECT our Vols to kick some A...! If you are a player for Tennessee & you can't give your ALL, then you'd better be injured or sitting on the bench. TODAY IS the first & BEST day of your LIFE...STOMP some Gamecocks Big Orange!!! I don't want us to cover the spread; I want & believe OUR team can WIN! Play your Best...Bring the A game!!! GBO!

Volunteer since 1965! Kiner, Reynolds, Nuamhoff, Swamp Rat, Charley Fulton, Johnny Mills...!!! Let's not quit but let's get it done TODAY!

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