Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said he’s focused on improving the Vols’ struggling defense rather than pointing fingers.
Dooley was asked today during his weekly press conference whether defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri had failed to effectively teach and communicate the new defensive scheme to players.
“That's a pretty harsh statement,” Dooley said. “We're not going to sit here and defend anything we're doing because statistically we can't.”
Tennessee’s defense is ranked 96th overall in the 120-team Bowl Subdivision.
"Each week, I've gotten a little more involved to make sure we're on the same page as a staff,” Dooley said. “We're all in it together. It's not ego-driven."
The Vols (3-5) play Troy (4-4) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: FSN, noon).
The subject of Dooley’s job security came up only indirectly. Dooley said he speaks more than once a week with Athletic Director Dave Hart.
“He’s been great. He’s been very professional,” Dooley said. "I think it's important every week that you have dialogue with your boss when you're in-season."
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.