Jim Chaney: Tennessee QB Tyler Bray's frustration mirrored team's

Bray's body language doesn't tell story

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray hangs his head as Florida closes out a 37-20 victory at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

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ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray hangs his head as Florida closes out a 37-20 victory at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

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Tyler Bray said earlier this week that he was so disgusted with the second half of last Saturday's loss to Florida that he couldn't bring himself to watch it.

That's not entirely true.

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said he watched the 37-20 loss — all four quarters of it — with his starting quarterback by his side.

"He's not telling the whole truth," Chaney said with a smile. "We watched the game together."

As every aspect of Tennessee's collapse to Florida has been scrutinized this week, Bray's performance and demeanor have attracted special attention. As the Vols struggled, Bray's confidence and swagger was gone, replaced with a sort of mopey aloofness that rubbed some fans and television viewers the wrong way.

"I think Tyler got frustrated toward the end of the ballgame, as we all did," Chaney said Wednesday. "We talked about it, we addressed it, we watched it on film and then we went out (to practice) and tried to address it."

By all accounts, this week's practices have been upbeat and positive. Tennessee (2-1) plays Akron (1-2) on Saturday (TV: CSS, 7:30 p.m.) at Neyland Stadium. But the real test for Bray and the Vols likely is to come a week later at No. 5 Georgia.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has aggressively defended Bray during interviews this week, emphasizing that the quarterback cares passionately about the game, even when his body language may not show it.

"I would agree with that 1,000 percent," Chaney said. "This kid cares a tremendous amount about Tennessee football and on his own performance."

During games, Chaney communicates with Bray via telephone from the press box. The quarterback typically displays maturity and intelligence in the talks, Chaney said.

"You try to calm him down and get him focused on the process of playing quarterback, trying to keep his mind on what we're trying to get done," Chaney said.

Chaney graded his own performance harshly on Saturday, saying he should have been more committed to the running game, even after the Vols fell behind by

a touchdown.

"I got a little pass-happy," Chaney said. "That harmed us as much as anything."

Bray wasn't helped by a dropped pass over the middle by Justin Hunter, or a near-miss to Cordarrelle Patterson deep.

Bray's frustration was evident, and perhaps understandable. But while Chaney said he doesn't want Bray to have a permanent poker face, he needs to understand that he's being watched constantly.

"I want him to be real," Chaney said. "But sometimes when it's real, you've got to be careful. It was real in the game, and he was a little frustrated and he showed it. Sometimes you've got to keep it close to your vest when things aren't going that good, because a lot of people are watching.

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

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RoadTrip writes:

Yes, you are too pass happy Jim. But quit defending the immature actions of your "leader" QB. Third season of starts for TB - not really wanting to hear excuses. If he can chunk beer bottles at parked cars he can stand in the pocket, take the licks and get it done.

FeelVol writes:

I'm glad Chaney accepts some of the blame especially the part about getting pass happy I thought that hurt us as well in the second half.Go Vols!!!

Sovol writes:

Its easy to be upbeat and positive when your next game is against Akron. we'll see how upbeat and positive they are after the next 4 games.

volaholic45 writes:

You know how when two mirrors face each other you get an infinite number of receding images? That's what we've got here - team frustration reflected in Bray's frustration reflected in the fans. I'm like number 1,580,622 and am frustrated as h3LL. It must be pretty strong at the top of that daisy chain. Or not.

CrankE writes:

Bray lied, Vols died.

Interesting that the "revised" article from KnoxNewsPravda basically copies the previous article, yet doesn't bring the comments over.

It only took 3 years but I'm glad Chaney could woman up and accept some accountability for the playcalling.

agarn writes:

Attitude is direct reflection of leadership!

thevoice writes:

Boy, they really screened the callers for the call-in show tonight.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Keeping the nega-jive going on and on and on is not helping the Volunteers in any way. Getting on with life and ready for the next game/games is what matters. So can we move on yet?

ashvol7 writes:

I have had season tickets for 30 years,seen the good, the bad, and the ugly from UT football. this by far is the worst running team that I have ever seen. The worst part is that the problem keeps going, three years worth. I do not understand why they cannot get it going. If Jim Cheney stays it may never change. His play calling played a part in losing to Florida! Maybe Dooley should do it.

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to agarn:

Attitude is direct reflection of leadership!

Who told you that?
My boss has nothing to do with my attitude.
Attitude is a function of self.

CoverOrange writes:

Weren't the two running plays delayed draws to Neal that lost yardage? Didn't matter if Chaney had called more running plays, Florida's DL was in the backfield as soon as the ball was snapped.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Having clueless, bad fans don't reflect on us well, either.

hikerdude writes:

Bray probably does care about UT football. He still quit.

Classof72 writes:

We have a very fine quarterback. We need better running backs. Our best running back is a linebacker or, maybe, Patterson, a wide receiver. We got no kicker; how many points and games can that cost? We need lockdown corners and defensive depth.

The coaches seem better at post-mortems than preparation. Don't confuse the players; keep it simple enough that they always know what they're trying to do. This season is not a rehearsal; there will be consequences for failure.

jawga writes:

in response to ashvol7:

I have had season tickets for 30 years,seen the good, the bad, and the ugly from UT football. this by far is the worst running team that I have ever seen. The worst part is that the problem keeps going, three years worth. I do not understand why they cannot get it going. If Jim Cheney stays it may never change. His play calling played a part in losing to Florida! Maybe Dooley should do it.

I thought the O-Line was supposed to be one of the surprises this year? All the hype at start of the season that Tiny, J-James, D-Thomas were future NFL players. It may happen but no thanks to UT's staff.

They also desperately need a big RB like the Dawgs Todd Gurley. There was one in the house Sat night but not sure he's ready to commit to a coaching staff TBNL.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Wow BLOKEMO....under your previous screen name you trashed Dooley and the Vols. Do you have those little voices inside your head? Or are you paid to work both sides of the fence?

FYI....this OKEMO bull is a load of ****. Just plain stupid.

BigOrangeFever has spoken.....

GreerVol22 writes:

Chaney has had as much success as Sarah Palin...he got lucky a long time ago with a quarterback but since then is all talk.

CarlChilders writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Just a purple mimeograph of what's already been done.

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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I think you meant...

Dork

UT '81

gwavescVOL writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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I think you mean Walt UT 18, your posts are simple with no depth nor solutions. . . wait correct that,I know you have a solution fire Dooley (ridiculous). Talking to you must be like talking to a post pubescent boy who hasn't realized that maybe Dad actually knows what he's talking about sometimes. . . New coaches, new coordinators, new language, new systems=growing pains that are exposed against equal and/or better talent. If you can't see that by watching the in game breakdowns then keep the unitelligent, mostly laughed at, one-liners coming. Before you say 'well Florida has new coaches', they've had full rosters with top level talent during their transition, plus their schemes offensively and defensively are much simpler than ours(I use 'ours' loosely in your case). Dooley has finally got a full roster with some good talent, but this is year one with a staff he has been able to assemble by choice instead of the coaches he hired initially out of necessity due to just having to take what coaches he could get in the short time he had to build a staff. These are not excuses, but reasons that more time will tell. I'm not saying Dooley IS absolutely the right guy, just that its still too soon to tell if this is the right STAFF. Relax

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Problems with Chaneys play calling is simple. It's not the players, it's not Tyler's fault. It's passing on 1st and 10, and attempting to run on 2 and 9, 3 and 8. It's placing your QB in shot-gun formation 90% of the time. You can't fake a defense or option a play when you already have things set up perfectly for the defense to counter.

Chaney thinks Tyler is so awesome he can get away with slinging it to receivers down-field with no attempt to decoy the play.

He passed over 40 times in last years game, (Tyler Bray 26-48-2-288 Florida 2011).

I would be frustrated too if the coaches in charge put me in a bad position to perform. What was Tyler suppose to do with his offensive lineman continuing to false start for the 3rd game in a row? He cant bench them, and the coaches sure didn't either.

VolzsFan writes:

You guys still believe Nuke Bray is an NFL QB. Oh well, at least the Florida QB is not entering the draft this year. That would be another picked ahead of him. There is at least 5 better in the SEC than him. That is why he had no major college offers out of high school.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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There's hope Walt. They are still learning. Eventually, they will get it right.

This is the state of the UT Football program. You come here to "learn"...and screw over Vol fans.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

What I want to know is how are we doing on our showering tecnique? Any staph infections this year?

Stooley_Dinks writes:

Are we going to storm the beaches of Akron?

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

I wish I could growl like Clint Eastwood and say something like "What the #@!! is wrong with everybody?! We lost! Period. Now let's get ready for our next game!"

That goes for the players and fans as well (me included). Let's rip the Zips and move on to the big fat ugly dogs.

Americano writes:

Bray is remarkable. Not positively so, but remarkable.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

Situational drills...Guys its mid-way through the 3rd Quarter, what do we do?

Hang our Heads? Yes, what else?
Drop passes? Great, anything else?
Miss tackles? Getting there, what else?
Wish the game was over? Awesome! More!
Practice our post game excuses? Oh yeah! More!
Stop Scoring? Good stuff! One more!
Embarrass Our Fans? Yes Yes! All of this is good stuff. Way to learn guys.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to decades_vol:

I wish I could growl like Clint Eastwood and say something like "What the #@!! is wrong with everybody?! We lost! Period. Now let's get ready for our next game!"

That goes for the players and fans as well (me included). Let's rip the Zips and move on to the big fat ugly dogs.

So, are you saying that if we beat a Division 8 Team like Akron, we are ready for GA? Are you saying that since we have not beaten a ranked team with Dooley (and he has not ever), we have every reason to expect a win on the road against a Top 10 Team...if we beat Akron?

What you don't get is that it is a loss against Florida, Florida, Florida, GA, GA, Bama, Bama, Bama, Arkansas, UNC, SC, SC, and who else...oh yeah Kentucky. That is what we are upset about. Yeah, I know, you don't consider Me a We. But, I find tolerance for mediocrity WAY more anti-Vol that being disgusted with losing to Kentucky.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

You guys still believe Nuke Bray is an NFL QB. Oh well, at least the Florida QB is not entering the draft this year. That would be another picked ahead of him. There is at least 5 better in the SEC than him. That is why he had no major college offers out of high school.

Is there such a thing as a Siamese troll? If so, there are so many candidates on this site that you would have a human conga line if you put them all together. One nasty picture.

gwavescVOL writes:

in response to Stooley_Dinks:

So, are you saying that if we beat a Division 8 Team like Akron, we are ready for GA? Are you saying that since we have not beaten a ranked team with Dooley (and he has not ever), we have every reason to expect a win on the road against a Top 10 Team...if we beat Akron?

What you don't get is that it is a loss against Florida, Florida, Florida, GA, GA, Bama, Bama, Bama, Arkansas, UNC, SC, SC, and who else...oh yeah Kentucky. That is what we are upset about. Yeah, I know, you don't consider Me a We. But, I find tolerance for mediocrity WAY more anti-Vol that being disgusted with losing to Kentucky.

I fully agree with your second paragraph, all Vol fans are disgusted with losing to Kentucky. Mediocrity is an unaccectable goal, but it is where we are now and a necessary step to returning to dominance. This mediocrity step however is an improvement over not only losing the games you've listed above but PLUS losses to- ucla x2, Ole Miss, Va.Tech, Wyoming, N.Carolina, Vandy '05, and barely surviving against Northern Illinois, UAB, and Air Force. I think this team probably wins all those games and these close wins I listed aren't as close as they were. No real Vol fan is tolerant of mediocrity, but realistically accepts that it is a natural step of progress.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Wow BLOKEMO....under your previous screen name you trashed Dooley and the Vols. Do you have those little voices inside your head? Or are you paid to work both sides of the fence?

FYI....this OKEMO bull is a load of ****. Just plain stupid.

BigOrangeFever has spoken.....

BigOrangeFever76 once again shows how stupid he is.

WinkeyVol writes:

Everything should go well Saturday. It's not on national television.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Depends on the line of questioning. Is it well-reasoned, or is it ranting? Does it take into account the whole perspective, or is it some loser Fulmer fanatic whose fanny is still chapped?

If I was to tell you that Dooley took the job that no other coach wanted because of the massive constraints placed against recruiting and hiring of staff, would you be so quick to suggest competence, or lack thereof?

That this team is still able to take the field is a testament to those kids each and every week. They, like Dooley, knew what the score was when they all committed.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

What a mess!

37-20

It never gets old.

EIGHT

ScottEmge writes:

Dear Chaney, please explain to your immature, no team leadership starting QB that he is actually allowed to run the ball himself sometimes to try to pick up a first down. Tell him he may get tackled occasionally when running, but it only hurts for a couple of seconds and that if he gets a boo boo you will kiss it and make it better.

atnvol#283282 writes:

in response to thevoice:

Boy, they really screened the callers for the call-in show tonight.

They need to with some of the bubbas we have in our state.

1939flyingwedge writes:

I would submit if anyone looked up the definition of frustration it would be entirely different from quiting.....

laraccoon writes:

in response to decades_vol:

Is there such a thing as a Siamese troll? If so, there are so many candidates on this site that you would have a human conga line if you put them all together. One nasty picture.

very funny , being Florida fans i suspect they might be inbred trolls !

15_counting writes:

in response to jawga:

I thought the O-Line was supposed to be one of the surprises this year? All the hype at start of the season that Tiny, J-James, D-Thomas were future NFL players. It may happen but no thanks to UT's staff.

They also desperately need a big RB like the Dawgs Todd Gurley. There was one in the house Sat night but not sure he's ready to commit to a coaching staff TBNL.

It's the same O-line that sucked last year! They are simply older and have more experience sucking this year!

vol98champ writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

You guys still believe Nuke Bray is an NFL QB. Oh well, at least the Florida QB is not entering the draft this year. That would be another picked ahead of him. There is at least 5 better in the SEC than him. That is why he had no major college offers out of high school.

How many times in the last 8 years have I said after the game that if we had their QB and they had ours, we would have won the game? How does Fla get these GID QB'S and we get NO CAN DO QB'S?

JayTee writes:

Coaching is teaching and you can't teach what you don't know. Chaney defending Bray is blaming the QB for his failure. The QB has an attitude problem and the OC doesn't know his offense doesn't work in this league.

Neither one is SEC material.

Orangepuddinskin writes:

in response to jawga:

I thought the O-Line was supposed to be one of the surprises this year? All the hype at start of the season that Tiny, J-James, D-Thomas were future NFL players. It may happen but no thanks to UT's staff.

They also desperately need a big RB like the Dawgs Todd Gurley. There was one in the house Sat night but not sure he's ready to commit to a coaching staff TBNL.

They need Derrick Green. I pray that kid comes to UT next year, and doesnt shun us for Auburn.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

BigOrangeFever76 once again shows how stupid he is.

An insult coming from HallofShameBlower @ 2:12 a.m. just does not have much sting to it. Did you just get in from trolling the bowling alley? Or was your Depends full and you had to get up?

spencer1989#206886 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Walt, two simple questions: 1) How many times did your hero coach beat Florida? 2) IF UT re-hired your idol coach today (and he had the present team to work with) how many games do you think he would win?

tnbigg writes:

Bray's frustration is a perfect illustration as to why he DID not have the capability to win this or any other BIG GAME...

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

in response to Orangepuddinskin:

They need Derrick Green. I pray that kid comes to UT next year, and doesnt shun us for Auburn.

Why would Derrick Green come here? We are a finesse passing attack with filler run plays. If I was a recruit at the current moment, I wouldn't consider UT until Dooley either has a great season or is fired. Too much instability with our program to get the recruits we need. But even if we got only 4 and 5 star guys, I doubt Dooley would know how to utilize them.

Guys, I was one of the ones who was really trying to support Dooley. To give him time. But the Florida game changed my mind. Not necessarily because we lost, but it was the way we lost. Florida got one big play and our players and coaches wet themselves. Happens every F&$*ing time we play them!!!! While I believed Florida had more talent than us, it appeared that we matched up with them very well on paper. We played better against them last year WITHOUT Hunter!!!! What gives???

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Bray's frustration is a perfect illustration as to why he DID not have the capability to win this or any other BIG GAME...

So true. And so depressing. Once we lose to Georgia it's time to give Worley or Peterman some reps. Although the way it's going Bray will probably stay at UT next year. Not sure if that's a good thing.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to thevoice:

Boy, they really screened the callers for the call-in show tonight.

Funny,,,,like they were all plants

Sir_Spanky writes:

Damage Control.

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