Derek Dooley says he needs to ease burden on skill players like Justin Hunter, Rajion Neal

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) during first half action Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. The Vols lead 14-10 at the half. (  MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) during first half action Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. The Vols lead 14-10 at the half. ( MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

* Although there's no satisfactory reason for the late-game meltdown that led to Tennessee's 37-20 loss to Florida on Saturday, coach Derek Dooley said during his weekly news conference that he deserves some of the blame.

"We had a great game going, and then we had a series of events that we obviously weren't ready for," Dooley said.

Dooley said there were two things he would have done differently. First, he said he should have tempered the Vols' aggressiveness on defense in favor of more simplicity.

"We've been talking about this for a long time as far as exercising that balance (between) pushing the envelope of what we can do schematically defensively to where it's aggressive versus doing too much to where now we've created confusion and we're not playing fast."

Dooley said he thought the defense was playing well early and the confusion and communication issues didn't manifest themselves until late in the game.

"The hard part on here was that didn't really hit us that it was really happening until late," he said. "When you reflect back on it, we'd certainly tighten that down a little bit."

Dooley also said he would have put less of a burden on the offensive skill position players like receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarelle Patterson and running back Rajion Neal.

"(Hunter and Patterson) had over 70 snaps. Rajion had too many snaps," Dooley said. "That's my fault. ... We have to exercise trust in what we've been doing, rolling guys early, so we have every ounce of juice we need in the fourth quarter."

* Dooley said the loss hit the team hard, but that the emotional reaction was understandable.

"(Players) were gutted. There was a lot of emotional investment in that game by everybody associated with Tennessee," he said. "I think it's a good sign that kind of pain is on us. We felt like we could go toe-to-toe and we did. We screwed it up."

* Dooley also defended quarterback Tyler Bray, who some fans criticized for poor body language late in the game.

"I think the unfair thing is to say he doesn't care," Dooley said. "It's not fair to say that he shuts it down. He doesn't. But when he gets frustrated and things that are out of his control start bothering him, he doesn't perform as well. He knows that. He'll grow from it and learn from it.

"Nobody wants to play well more than Tyler. Sometimes he wants to play well too hard. He's better when he's not worried about playing well and he's just playing."

* Dooley said he doesn't know whether Michael Palardy or Derrick Brodus will handle field goals and extra points against Akron on Saturday.

The Vols have missed one extra point in each of their first three games. Palardy was responsible for the first two, while Brodus missed one against Florida.

"I don't know the answer to the kicker question right now," Dooley said. "We have the yips right now on PATs."

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.twitter.com/BFQuinn.

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volunteerintexas writes:

Mr. Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... shall I patch him through, sir?

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

Mr. Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... shall I patch him through, sir?

Grow up.

volunteerintexas writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Grow up.

Sounds like you are perfectly content living in the Land of Mediocrity. 'Twill take a leader of Gruden's caliber, success, record, and swagger to return the Vols to Top 5 contention. Sounds like you are happy with Opie... and 5-7. Grow up.

99gator writes:

before florida, greatest passing offense in the history of mankind

after florida, we need to ease the burden on patterson and hunter.

kjvols writes:

Come on man. Sick of excuses

mountainbrook writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

Mr. Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... shall I patch him through, sir?

If Gruden wanted to be Tennessee's coach he would have had the job years ago. He's not interested.

NashvillePreds writes:

9 excuses away from a new coach.

Scoon writes:

I can hear the cr@p coming on this one ..

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Grow up.

Exactly, or wake up.

Scoon writes:

* all the cr@p

kjvols writes:

This is a good way to keep fans off the field

BigVolinCarolina writes:

No disrespect to Florida, but we made an average UF team look like one of their great teams from years past on Saturday night.

Every touchdown UF scored was a direct result of our defense being confused and out-of-position before the snap. After the snap, our poor tackling [which existed even under the Fulmer era] didn't do us any favors, either.

These issues are correctable, but I keep seeing them game-in, game-out. Frustrating. Our problems aren't related to skill players having too much burden. Our problem is that our players (as a whole) are not playing WITH skills.

GreerVol22 writes:

complete BS...he needs to go borrow a playbook from LA-Monroe and ask Chaney if he recognizes anything except the deep route.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

Sounds like you are perfectly content living in the Land of Mediocrity. 'Twill take a leader of Gruden's caliber, success, record, and swagger to return the Vols to Top 5 contention. Sounds like you are happy with Opie... and 5-7. Grow up.

Gruden is not a choice for anyone so stop that dumb dreaming. If he does go back to coaching it will be in the NFL, not college.

If you can't see that Dooley was dealt a really crappy hand and he is doing a good job of dealing with it, then you are the one who is delusional. Dooley is building from a scrap heap left by the firing of Fulmer and the hiring of weasel boy.

Tennessee will be good again soon, very soon.

bcm4ut writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Gruden is not a choice for anyone so stop that dumb dreaming. If he does go back to coaching it will be in the NFL, not college.

If you can't see that Dooley was dealt a really crappy hand and he is doing a good job of dealing with it, then you are the one who is delusional. Dooley is building from a scrap heap left by the firing of Fulmer and the hiring of weasel boy.

Tennessee will be good again soon, very soon.

Is there any property for sale out there in LA-LA land?

volunteerintexas writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Gruden is not a choice for anyone so stop that dumb dreaming. If he does go back to coaching it will be in the NFL, not college.

If you can't see that Dooley was dealt a really crappy hand and he is doing a good job of dealing with it, then you are the one who is delusional. Dooley is building from a scrap heap left by the firing of Fulmer and the hiring of weasel boy.

Tennessee will be good again soon, very soon.

With respect to my good friend and fellow Vol "Summitts Court", it's obvious you just don't understand the life cycle of college football. Program building is all about momentum... either perceived or real. Whether it's perceived or real does not matter, as for 99% of people in this world, people's perception is people's reality.

And the absolute reality is this: winning begets winning, and losing begets losing.

Let me dumb this down for you.

Saban wins multiple championships. He puts many players in the first couple of draft rounds in the NFL. High school kids notice. Most coveted recruits sign with 'Bama. Because 'Bama signs top recruits, they continue to have the best players and teams, and continue to win National Championships. Hence they get the best recruits the next year... AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES...

Now for the flip side of the coin... Dooley can't provide compelling reason for 5 star kids to sign with Tennessee, so he has to settle for 2 stars from Johnson City. Tennessee doesn't win games, hence he continues to not have a compelling reason to recruit the following season... he offers no hope. (What message was spoken to all the recruits on the sideline of the Florida game?)... All those kids witnessed was mediocrity. And the cycle of mediocrity will continue until a coach is engaged who can break it. Gruden is that coach.

hikerdude writes:

The Florida game is an example of what happens when a team of mostly 4* and 5* players plays a team of mostly 2* and 3* players.We are never going to be able to compete with the best in the SEC until we recruit better. Dooley inherited a team with a severe talent deficit. He has improved the talent level, but he has not added the 4* and 5* players he has to have to make UT competitive again. Like Coach Fulmer said back in the late 90s, it's about Jimmys and Joes, not Xs and Os. Until Dooley starts getting the best players, not just good players, we will remain in the middle of the pack in the SEC. I've argued here before that Dooley has only had two recruiting years and should be given more time, but I'm beginning to have my doubts. I hope this new crop of assistant coaches can get the recruiting to the level it needs to be.

Couchdummy writes:

in response to samavolfan:

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Have you ever taken an English class? Diagramed a sentence?

pcorange writes:

Gruden is obviously not interested in being Tennessee's coach or he'd already be here. Heck, Muschamp even blew us off because he was content being the head coach in waiting at Texas...until the very next season when Florida needed a coach. We stink. We have Dooley because of that. We do owe Dooley a debt of gratitude for being willing to take this job and provide some stability and begin the rebuilding. However, he is not the man to carry us forward from this point. I believe the program is now stable enough with mid-level SEC talent that we might be able to get a talented coach to bite on the challenge of finishing the job. Man, I really like Derek Dooley a lot. It is now time to thank him for his services, pay him his buyout, and move to the next chapter. Did Florida settle for prolonged mediocrity with Zook? No. They fired him when he had a better record than Dooley and hired Urban Meyer, who helped them reel off two national titles in four years and left the program in decent shape for Muschamp. Did Alabama continue to wallow in the SEC cellar? No. They hired Nick Saban and are now the nation's premier football program. It didn't take long for Meyer or Saban to turn their programs around. It wasn't a ten year process, and both teams were in bad shape. (Although Bama was in much worse shape when Saban took over than Florida was when Meyer did.) My point is, we can't let our affection for Coach Dooley blind us into thinking this is going to get any better. He was off the bottom of our coaching wish list when we got him, and for good reason. He does not have what it takes to lead a top 10 national football program, which is what we used to be and I assume we would like to be again.

kazoo writes:

Dooley has improved the Vols but we are not close to elite level yet. First, UT needs to start recruiting MOBILE QBS! Stop recruiting QBs who cannot run a lick--it's killing us. Limits offensive options and puts us at a disadvantage because almost everybody else has QBs who can roll out, scramble, run. Second, keep upgrading the defensive talent--crucial. We are thin at LB and DBs are not good enough--made NO big plays against florida. Third: Chaney needs to get a grip: Stop being so freakin' predictable. The offense needs to be diversified. Yes, throwing the ball to Hunter and Patterson is our strength--but we have to be able to do more than that to beat good defenses. You can't throw to Hunter on every other play. Defenses have it easy when they know what you what to do and what you're going to do. Florida confuses us with their spread, but we never confuse florida--just the opposite. This has been a problem for 20 years! It's insanity. We need to put the same kind of all -over-the-field pressure on teams that the good ones put on us.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 99gator:

before florida, greatest passing offense in the history of mankind

after florida, we need to ease the burden on patterson and hunter.

No doubt, that took the wind out of everyone's sails..CDD realized he and Chaney were being too predictable and forcing certain players to do too much..We'll see if this makes a difference this week and the next..Congrats on the win,99..GBO!!

Weatherman writes:

Dont know what to do with the kicking problem...go visit the soccer team--male or female--each will have at least 11 athletes on it that can do a better job than what we have at present!

pcorange writes:

in response to kazoo:

Dooley has improved the Vols but we are not close to elite level yet. First, UT needs to start recruiting MOBILE QBS! Stop recruiting QBs who cannot run a lick--it's killing us. Limits offensive options and puts us at a disadvantage because almost everybody else has QBs who can roll out, scramble, run. Second, keep upgrading the defensive talent--crucial. We are thin at LB and DBs are not good enough--made NO big plays against florida. Third: Chaney needs to get a grip: Stop being so freakin' predictable. The offense needs to be diversified. Yes, throwing the ball to Hunter and Patterson is our strength--but we have to be able to do more than that to beat good defenses. You can't throw to Hunter on every other play. Defenses have it easy when they know what you what to do and what you're going to do. Florida confuses us with their spread, but we never confuse florida--just the opposite. This has been a problem for 20 years! It's insanity. We need to put the same kind of all -over-the-field pressure on teams that the good ones put on us.

Good assessment.

orange_eVOLution writes:

Hang in there, Vol fans. There's nothing lately that I hate worse than losing to Florida. But I have to say, I was DAMN proud of the support and the crowd turnout for this game. It was electric with ESPN Game Day being here and the packed stadium. OUR DAY WILL COME. Let's pull together, beat Akron, and get ready to bring the Trojan horse to Georgia. Second to Florida, I want Georgia as much as I do Alabama.

LOVE MY VOLS!!!

iowavol writes:

What's hard to stomach is that UT has become a coach training school. Our defense is good at stopping short yardage, but frustrating at stopping the forward pass - regardless of length. I'm frustrated as most fans are. Reality is it is what it is. Changing coaches at this point is only going to make matters worse.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

If Gruden wanted to be Tennessee's coach he would have had the job years ago. He's not interested.

I disagree, Hamilton was flying all over the country offering 1.5-2mil a year..A coach like Gruden would cost UT about 5 to 7 mil a year, only Dooley had the moxie to accept such a low paying job at arguably one of the most storied college programs. You want the best, you better be ready to open the pocketbook.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Actually, you did take the "burden" off of Rajion. He was on his way to having a 100 yard game against a top 10 national defense. That is until YOU AND CHANEY nutted up and quit running the ball midway thru the third quarter. Thru the 1st 40 minutes of the game UT ran 24 times and passed 26. Thru the last 20 minutes UT ran 4 times and passed 20. The last 20 minutes of the game just happens to be when it went to hell in a hand basket. This guy is totally clueless. And until he understands the concept of the word SCHEMATIC he needs to stop using it.

Caspian writes:

There is no failure. There is only process. Albeit frustrating at times, from my perspective, that process is still moving in a positive direction overall.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Dooley said. "It's not fair to say that he shuts it down. He doesn't. But when he gets frustrated and things that are out of his control start bothering him, he doesn't perform as well.

CDD....let Tyler think about it while Worley starts against Akron. Suppose the same situation happens against UGA????? Let Worley be prepared to step in and take over.

jt45 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Gruden is not a choice for anyone so stop that dumb dreaming. If he does go back to coaching it will be in the NFL, not college.

If you can't see that Dooley was dealt a really crappy hand and he is doing a good job of dealing with it, then you are the one who is delusional. Dooley is building from a scrap heap left by the firing of Fulmer and the hiring of weasel boy.

Tennessee will be good again soon, very soon.

One or two signature wins and most of these posters will be right back on the bus except the trolls of course.

I believe if the defense settles down to a more manageable set of options, things will improve across the board.

However Chainey,s play calling leaves almost nothing for opposing teams to worry about except the pass.That puts way too much on the QB and most good defenses can find a way to shut that down, A different OC or at least some different play calling would help. I think my kids even knew what the next play would be while watching that game sat. I gave up on Chainey last year after the repeated short yardage redzone pass play calls kept costing us points. When your calling pass plays right at the goal line in every game somethings bad wrong.

Rumblefish writes:

Dooley says: "There were a series of events we were not ready for."

Really coach??? You had an ENTIRE YEAR of "events" you weren't ready for....a la injuries, playing good in the first half and choking in the second, dealing with adversity, coming from behind, etc.

Hey Dooley...everyone is officially tired of the BS excuses.

Classof72 writes:

"We had a great game going, and then we had a series of events that we obviously weren't ready for," Dooley said.

Well, at least they're consistent. A day late and a dollar short.

Volsfan04 writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

With respect to my good friend and fellow Vol "Summitts Court", it's obvious you just don't understand the life cycle of college football. Program building is all about momentum... either perceived or real. Whether it's perceived or real does not matter, as for 99% of people in this world, people's perception is people's reality.

And the absolute reality is this: winning begets winning, and losing begets losing.

Let me dumb this down for you.

Saban wins multiple championships. He puts many players in the first couple of draft rounds in the NFL. High school kids notice. Most coveted recruits sign with 'Bama. Because 'Bama signs top recruits, they continue to have the best players and teams, and continue to win National Championships. Hence they get the best recruits the next year... AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES...

Now for the flip side of the coin... Dooley can't provide compelling reason for 5 star kids to sign with Tennessee, so he has to settle for 2 stars from Johnson City. Tennessee doesn't win games, hence he continues to not have a compelling reason to recruit the following season... he offers no hope. (What message was spoken to all the recruits on the sideline of the Florida game?)... All those kids witnessed was mediocrity. And the cycle of mediocrity will continue until a coach is engaged who can break it. Gruden is that coach.

Agreed...We gave Gruden his first coaching job, hopefully we'll give him his last!

snafu14u#241639 writes:

Hate to say this but I've gotten to the point that I just don't listen to what Dooley has to say anymore.Also did anybody see the report that The U (Miami)only had 300 people at its home game. And just to ask a question, does anybody think that Bray threw the ball at Dooley out of spite? BonzaiVol

DaufuskieIslandVol writes:

Hate to jump on a kid, but I have been watching Teague blow play after play for 4 years! He had 3 game changing oppourtunities in this game and came up with none as always. I will be glad to see him graduate. Look at Arkansas when they lost their Coach. Went from a top 5 to bottom 5 program! Coaching does make a difference. I think Dooley, as much as I like and support him, is over his head in the SEC. Chaney has no idea how to run an offense against the Sec and will be the reason Dooley is ultimatly Fired. Too much of a buy out this year, but do not look for him to be wearing those orange pants in 2014. Go Vols!!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

I'm no expert, but pundits have been saying the switch to 3-4 as the base defense would most likely cause some defensive problems in the first year ever since Sal was hired. The first two games gave a few glimpses of what they were talking about (gave up some big plays to both NCSU and GSU), but we had better talent than the other guys, and we got some bounces. This weekend, we didn't have better talent than the Gators (not saying worse, just not better), and we got exactly zero bounces. Florida's coaches did a good job of seeing those little rough spots and taking advantage of them. Notice the Gators' use of no-huddle? We just didn't manage to recover this time. Maybe we're not creative enough in our play-calling. Maybe we had some issues with dropped passes. Bray missed CP on what would have been a huge play early in the game because he didn't run the route Bray expected, and it was obvious. That happened at least one other time with CP, and I suspect on the play where Bray got the grounding penalty, there was supposed to be a receiver in that area. I really think Bray got frustrated with some drops and too many wrong routes.

Our defense totally stuffed UF's run game between the tackles. They were aggressive, but out of position before the snap on those big plays, except a couple where Driskel scrambled out trouble and got a big play out of it. I expect those big plays given up because of being out of position before the snap to get fewer and fewer as time in the new system goes by.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Well, I spent a lot of money, and my team didn't win. Bummer.

You know what didn't happen? DC, Zz, 99gator, etc, didn't beat me at anything. I don't know what makes them feel superior, because the team they're fans of beat the team whose fans they troll and insult. I guess they just have never done anything on their own to feel good about. Must be sad.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

I think somebody needs to sit down in the film room and watch a lot of the more creative plays that have worked in past games (ours and others). I mean, even Randy Sanders had some good stuff Chaney doesn't seem to understand. I was re-watching that 2005 LSU game a while back. Deep in our own territory, on third and long, he ran what amounted to a fake WR screen. While the outside receiver stepped back like he would if it were a screen, the slot receiver ran by him (as if to block) and ran a wheel route. Rick Clausen lead him a little too much, so he had to dive for it, but it was a big play. He was so open it was ridiculous. When they were showing the replay, and broke down the play, the design of it was pure art, and the announcers were saying stuff like, "If clausen hit him in stride, he'd still be running!" Look at the OT 2pt conversion WKU ran against UK this weekend. We need some creativity in the playbook.

walt2010 writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

With respect to my good friend and fellow Vol "Summitts Court", it's obvious you just don't understand the life cycle of college football. Program building is all about momentum... either perceived or real. Whether it's perceived or real does not matter, as for 99% of people in this world, people's perception is people's reality.

And the absolute reality is this: winning begets winning, and losing begets losing.

Let me dumb this down for you.

Saban wins multiple championships. He puts many players in the first couple of draft rounds in the NFL. High school kids notice. Most coveted recruits sign with 'Bama. Because 'Bama signs top recruits, they continue to have the best players and teams, and continue to win National Championships. Hence they get the best recruits the next year... AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES...

Now for the flip side of the coin... Dooley can't provide compelling reason for 5 star kids to sign with Tennessee, so he has to settle for 2 stars from Johnson City. Tennessee doesn't win games, hence he continues to not have a compelling reason to recruit the following season... he offers no hope. (What message was spoken to all the recruits on the sideline of the Florida game?)... All those kids witnessed was mediocrity. And the cycle of mediocrity will continue until a coach is engaged who can break it. Gruden is that coach.

Stop! You're making too much sense! The Dooley staff and friends will verbally abuse you again! We need to stay mediocre forever so they can keep their cushy jobs and stay on the gravy train!

Rumblefish writes:

I wonder who is on Hart's short list of replacements.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

"We have the yips right now on PATs."

The "yips"? Really? That's how you describe your total breakdown of one of the most important units of your squad? As the "yips"? What the hell? Is Captain Kangaroo our Head Coach?

claiborneh writes:

in response to jt45:

One or two signature wins and most of these posters will be right back on the bus except the trolls of course.

I believe if the defense settles down to a more manageable set of options, things will improve across the board.

However Chainey,s play calling leaves almost nothing for opposing teams to worry about except the pass.That puts way too much on the QB and most good defenses can find a way to shut that down, A different OC or at least some different play calling would help. I think my kids even knew what the next play would be while watching that game sat. I gave up on Chainey last year after the repeated short yardage redzone pass play calls kept costing us points. When your calling pass plays right at the goal line in every game somethings bad wrong.

"One or two signature wins and most of these posters will be right back on the bus except the trolls of course."

Which signature wins are you referring to. There are only three signature games left: Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Alabama is a likely loss, so you are therefore saying that if TN beats Georgia and South Carolina all is well?
I predict they lose all three.

CasuallyAvid writes:

Based on this interview I would say that Coach Gruden would definately be interested in TN if he decides to return to the college game. You can see it in his eyes when he talks...he loves UT.

http://origin.wbir.com/sports/article...

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

in response to volunteerintexas:

With respect to my good friend and fellow Vol "Summitts Court", it's obvious you just don't understand the life cycle of college football. Program building is all about momentum... either perceived or real. Whether it's perceived or real does not matter, as for 99% of people in this world, people's perception is people's reality.

And the absolute reality is this: winning begets winning, and losing begets losing.

Let me dumb this down for you.

Saban wins multiple championships. He puts many players in the first couple of draft rounds in the NFL. High school kids notice. Most coveted recruits sign with 'Bama. Because 'Bama signs top recruits, they continue to have the best players and teams, and continue to win National Championships. Hence they get the best recruits the next year... AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES...

Now for the flip side of the coin... Dooley can't provide compelling reason for 5 star kids to sign with Tennessee, so he has to settle for 2 stars from Johnson City. Tennessee doesn't win games, hence he continues to not have a compelling reason to recruit the following season... he offers no hope. (What message was spoken to all the recruits on the sideline of the Florida game?)... All those kids witnessed was mediocrity. And the cycle of mediocrity will continue until a coach is engaged who can break it. Gruden is that coach.

If I was as dumb about Tennessee football as you've proven yourself to be then I would vanish and say nothing in any public forum.

To win in the SEC it requires good players from top to bottom and upperclassmen leadership that will demand their teammates give 100% every snap.

That means EVERY class from Seniors, Juniors, Sophs and Freshmen and it's a 4 year rotating recruiting process to replace Seniors and Juniors that leave early for the NFL.

When CDD got here he could barely field a team that could win against and ACC team but he HAS recruited well despite the deck stacked against him.

If you were smart enough to look at the 2 classes of CDD's they you would see Sophs and Freshmen that are really good players with several that are all SEC and all Americans coming in.

Winning does help recruiting but alot of top recruits do NOT want to sit the bench 90% of the time until their Junior year so that ARE coming to Tennessee to play sooner and help rebuild our program.

Coaching is NOT our current problem....NOT having SEC type players starting at every position and NOT having experienced SEC type players for a solid 2 deep rotation is our serious lack of depth.

As to Gruden...He'll never coach at Tennessee and will never quit the easy job he has now to try and beg 17 year old kids to come play for him and go to school.

If he ever coaches again it'll be in the NFL where building a team is alot easier.

VFDL...GBO!!!

ScottEmge writes:

"I don't know the answer to the kicker question right now," Dooley said.
Three games into the season and you have no solution for having no semblance of a consistent kicking game?
Dave Hart, get Jon Gruden on the phone now!

Dave Hart, Call Jon Gruden now!

Squid_Vol writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Gruden is not a choice for anyone so stop that dumb dreaming. If he does go back to coaching it will be in the NFL, not college.

If you can't see that Dooley was dealt a really crappy hand and he is doing a good job of dealing with it, then you are the one who is delusional. Dooley is building from a scrap heap left by the firing of Fulmer and the hiring of weasel boy.

Tennessee will be good again soon, very soon.

+1. Dooley not offering excuses, just addressing causes in plain, simple English.

Did he not highlight the EXACT areas where the volnation saw the mystifying drop off in performance? (Defense, kicking game, offense "throwing in the towel")?

He did, and he'll fix it, same as he's fixed many of the other problems (organizational, process, mentoring, etc) in the deeply troubled program he inherited. It takes a guy with real leadership to patiently address root program woes and cause a program to flourish. He's doing that.

Kiffin was all about W's in my estimation...but his short term vision left a mess. The volnation has to give Dooley more than 2.25 seasons (he has not been here for 3 seasons folks, despite the rhetoric) to right the ship. The improvement in depth and quality in our roster is clear evidence of what he has accomplished so far in a remarkably short amount of time (he has had 2 full recruiting seasons...only two; but he has transformed this roster).

Program building has inertia, just like personal finance. You dont fix years of debt by hiring and firing new financial advisors in quick succession.

I am frustrated too, but I believe in this guy.

My 2c's.

bljvol writes:

in response to 99gator:

before florida, greatest passing offense in the history of mankind

after florida, we need to ease the burden on patterson and hunter.

Go troll somehwere else JERK

15_counting writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I disagree, Hamilton was flying all over the country offering 1.5-2mil a year..A coach like Gruden would cost UT about 5 to 7 mil a year, only Dooley had the moxie to accept such a low paying job at arguably one of the most storied college programs. You want the best, you better be ready to open the pocketbook.

The pocketbook is empty! Lost 4 million last year alone! The stadium will be half empty this week and yes more money lost!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Anyone heard from mdvol or FLvol79? I sure would like to hear their post-game analysis.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Why not look forward to hoops? Hoops guarantees us two things...
1) A home victory against UF
2) A road victory against UF

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