Peyton Manning on Butch Jones: 'He has it all mapped out'

Legendary Vols quarterback met new coach in person for the first time this week

Denver Broncos quarterback and former Vol Peyton Manning signs a check from himself and his wife Ashley Manning for $500,000 to UT coach emeritus Pat Summitt and her son Tyler Summitt for The Pat Summitt Foundation at the Cherokee Country Club, Thursday, April 11, 2013. The foundation was formed to help in the research and fight against alzheimer's disease. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Denver Broncos quarterback and former Vol Peyton Manning signs a check from himself and his wife Ashley Manning for $500,000 to UT coach emeritus Pat Summitt and her son Tyler Summitt for The Pat Summitt Foundation at the Cherokee Country Club, Thursday, April 11, 2013. The foundation was formed to help in the research and fight against alzheimer's disease. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Peyton Manning on Butch Jones, being back at UT

Tennessee great and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning said he was impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of new Vols coach Butch Jones after meeting in person for the first time Thursday night.

“The most inspiring thing is how excited he is to be here,” Manning said Friday during a visit to Knoxville to speak at UT’s spring clinic for high school coaches.

Jones said more than 500 high school coaches were in town, lured by the chance to hear Manning speak.

Manning and Jones talked for more than an hour in Jones’ office, discussing their backgrounds and football philosophies.

“(Jones) has it all mapped out. I like his slogans and philosophies,” Manning said. “I really like what he is saying.”

Peyton Manning placed a call to Butch Jones a few days before accepted the Tennessee job, but the conversation had nothing to do with Rocky Top.

At the time, Jones had interviewed for jobs at Purdue and Colorado, but not Tennessee. Manning said Broncos president John Elways was asked to help pitch the Colorado job on behalf of a friend. He turned to Manning.

“At this point, (Jones) hadn’t been contacted by Tennessee, and I didn’t know much about him,” Manning said. “When the boss asks you to make a phone call, you make a phone call.”

Manning wasn’t sure to tell him.

“I said, ‘I don’t know anything about Colorado,’” Manning said. “He said, ‘Tell him it’s a good place to play football and it’s a nice place to live.’”

Manning shrugged: “I could do that.”

Manning said he was happy to be asked about the Colorado pitch.

“It caused some confusion that I was recruiting a guy to Colorado,” he said. “I recruit to one school and one school only, the University of Tennessee.”

Check back shortly for complete video of Manning’s appearance and a full story about his views on Tennessee football.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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PureOrange writes:

Peyton Manning - the very best! So proud he is a certified VFL!

FWBVol writes:

You have to love it when Peyton says he recruits to one school and one school only, The University of Tennessee. Peyton understands the business aspect of the coaching profession, but no matter who is calling the shots on the sidelines Peyton Manning is a Vol For Life.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

PM recruits to only one school, UT..I can see where CBJ and Peyton would admire each others passion for the game, because they both demand attention to detail. They both work like heck and have the respect of their peers.

cheetah-vol writes:

Wonder if their phone call went something like this:

PM: Colorado is a good place to play football and a nice place to live.

CBJ: Well, truthfully, I've always wanted to coach at your alma mater.

PM: Really? That'd be great. Let me make another call. Meanwhile, if my boss should ask, we only talked about Colorado. Ok?

CBJ: No problem.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to cheetah-vol:

Wonder if their phone call went something like this:

PM: Colorado is a good place to play football and a nice place to live.

CBJ: Well, truthfully, I've always wanted to coach at your alma mater.

PM: Really? That'd be great. Let me make another call. Meanwhile, if my boss should ask, we only talked about Colorado. Ok?

CBJ: No problem.

That would be cool if it happened that way.

SummittsCourt writes:

Since Peyton gave Coach Jones the thumbs up maybe some of the haters will back off now.

GoVols_16 writes:

If you'll remember, he didn't gush about Kiffin when he was at the helm...

Thank God that guy is gone!!!!

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Since Peyton gave Coach Jones the thumbs up maybe some of the haters will back off now.

Hah! I hope you're right, but we know how they can get sometimes on just about any subject. What I liked about Peyton's discussion was how he said they sat in CBJ's office for an hour or so not just talking about football and how he's more than impressed with CBJ's plan to get our program back to where it needs to be. So, it didn't sound like a lot of soft-soap babble from him to simply appease the VOL Nation on the hiring of CBJ.

SevenT writes:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

SewaneeVolFan writes:

I love what Peyton does for UT -- what a great representative!

Tru138 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

You're a liar and a coward. Nothing but a two hump chump. Go be an idiot somewhere else.

Just knowing.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Since Peyton gave Coach Jones the thumbs up maybe some of the haters will back off now.

I doubt it and the reason is lack of common sense and intelligence.

vol49 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

^^^^^bedwetting thumbsucker^^^^^

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

^^^^^^^^TOOL OF THE HIGHEST ORDER^^^^^^^^

CrankE writes:

"Elways". Is that a new bus line or something?

kyvol98 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

Timmy Couch selling used cars in Hyden these days or did he buy a franchise of meth labs down there?
Yeah, there is your all world QB.......
You wanna talk football programs? Go find a Vandy fan so it can be somewhat equal.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

SevenT IQ

kazoo writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

No, Seven: The program fell apart //while// Fulmer was the coach. That was the problem--that's why he was sacked. The Vols fell apart his last seven years, but perhaps you've blocked that out.

Vol43 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

Hey suga-britches. Boy you really enjoy having men give it to you huh?

JSmith525 writes:

Why do you guys even respond to that freaking IDIOT. That's what he wants. And some of you do him the favor every time he post one of his idiotic comments.

Vol43 writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Why do you guys even respond to that freaking IDIOT. That's what he wants. And some of you do him the favor every time he post one of his idiotic comments.

I know and agree with you. For years, I have wanted one of these trolls to explain why on earth he would gladly subject himself to all this ridicule. It absolutely confounds me why ANY man would do this. Honestly, it intrigues me that a man would get his kicks by being slapped around. I'd really like to hear from one of these trolls and explain it. I cannot imagine anybody lowering themselves in such a way as this.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Since Peyton gave Coach Jones the thumbs up maybe some of the haters will back off now.

Are you so naive that you only see things in terms of total love and hate?

People who question credentials---legitimately question them---are doing what they are supposed to do.

Peyton Manning said he appreciates Jones' enthusiasm for UT. After Dooley, and Kiffen, anyone who wanted to be here is a significant improvement.

Enthusiams counts for a lot. Peyton Manning's support and entuisiasm for UT Football is a great blessing.

Peyton Manning is a brilliant man, who may well know footbal as well as anyone alive. Frankly, what he did not say is disturbing.

He did not say Jones is a great coach. He did not say the staff is top tier, or even traditional SEC caliber.
He did not say he believed in Jones, or that he believed in Jones' strategic plan, which Jones has sold to anybody who will listen---and which has been reported by anybody with whom he has met.

The most recent UT Football higher up who had a great strategic plan, until it went onfield in the SEC was named Clawson...an offensive coordinator for UT. People would talk about his system and how it was all planned in detail He had it all planned out, too. His failures cost Phillip Fulmer his job, and set up this last run of slithering into the pit of teh SEC, in Knoxville.

Peyton Manning could have said Jones knows football in and out, or something like that. Peyton Manning could have said any of a number of reassuring comments that would have been comforting for the Vol Nation.

But he did not.

Instead, he said---loosley translated---Jones has planed an outcome in detail, and is enthusiastic about the fact UT is paying him $18-million guaranteed to carry it out.

And Mr. Manning mentioned that he got had not met Jones before, and was forced to talk with him.

Peyton Manning is way, way too smart to say much more than that.

The call came the week when UT was most desparate for a Head Coach---when nobody with a proven track record wanted to be at UT as HC.

Voila---Jones is hired at the last minute Jones was enthusiastic...obviously is an opportunist,

and had already told his Cincinnati team they were history, that he was looking around, despite their going to a bowl versus Duke. (Lesser conference, contracted to send a team, and Cincinnati was co-champion, etc, etc...one of three.)

Peyton Manning could have taken credit for helping Jones get the job. Notice he did not say that at all. THAT is a telling omission, as are some others, in his comments.

If Jones is like a lot of people think he is...Peyton Manning may be the next HC.

He has the bloodlines, the credentials, the right color scheme and college preferences...and he already roots for UT.

Only the naive would believe that legitimate questions are hate.

GO VOLS!

chipmurphy461 writes:

Good stuff Peyton! I have lived in Colorado on and off, let me tell you that football in Colorado ONLY consists of the Bronco's. The only time fans notice college football is when UC (yes it's the University of Colorado NOT Colorado University) and CSU play. So good choice in turning down Colorado Butch!

govolsn3 writes:

I have to say it, I am VFL but all you are gonna hear right now is a bunch of "HOPE" talk just like when Coach DOOLEY was hired. I am not gonna get all pumped up this go around a wait for some results instead. Coach Jones will have to show me the money. I still say that he is in way over his head for a SEC coaching job and the powers that be at UT missed another opportunity to hire a big name to come to Knoxville. I sure hope Jones can right the ship but it is highly likely and when you recruit out of the top ten in your own conference that sits you back 2 or even 3 years right off the bat and he will only get 3 years to get it done and if he doesn't they will write him and check too. I have said it so many times on here that if the contract would have been 3 years @ 18 million instead of the 6 years @18 million, UT would have had the pick of the litter in college coaches. Either way the UT is going to pay the money whether the coach gets fired or not. Very sad but the truth of the matter the UT brass put VOL NATION in a downward spiral that may be worse than the eighties. I sure hope that I am wrong.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to govolsn3:

I have to say it, I am VFL but all you are gonna hear right now is a bunch of "HOPE" talk just like when Coach DOOLEY was hired. I am not gonna get all pumped up this go around a wait for some results instead. Coach Jones will have to show me the money. I still say that he is in way over his head for a SEC coaching job and the powers that be at UT missed another opportunity to hire a big name to come to Knoxville. I sure hope Jones can right the ship but it is highly likely and when you recruit out of the top ten in your own conference that sits you back 2 or even 3 years right off the bat and he will only get 3 years to get it done and if he doesn't they will write him and check too. I have said it so many times on here that if the contract would have been 3 years @ 18 million instead of the 6 years @18 million, UT would have had the pick of the litter in college coaches. Either way the UT is going to pay the money whether the coach gets fired or not. Very sad but the truth of the matter the UT brass put VOL NATION in a downward spiral that may be worse than the eighties. I sure hope that I am wrong.

Well, you made some viable points..However, like mine or yours our opinions don't mean squat in the grand scheme of things..CBJ doesn't owe us a darn thing, but I will defend him on this issue..He has hit the ground running, recruiting, promoting UT, as well as coaching..UT/fans/alumni are getting their money's worth as far as Butch Jones is concerned.

flatrock writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

Get a life. Just saying.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

I was enjoying the comments about Coach Jones and Peyton. In fact, scrolling down there were intelligent people posting.

T H E N....................there he was. This simple little kid everyone calls Seven Teeth.

This is one of the most jealous and insecure little kids somebody allowed to post on this adult site. We know this little punk isn't affiliated with Kentucky. He's merely a little band wagon fan.

Why would someone try to convince everyone just how utterly stupid he is? What a desperate way to get attention.

Pitiful little troll...........

cobragolfer writes:

... mapping out a course for another 5-7 season!! Go back to Denver, Peyton.

trl_x writes:

I always appreciate the way Manning speaks out for his university. I doubt there's a better ambassador to any school as Manning is to Tennessee.

As far as Coach Jones goes, I love his attitude and work ethic. But that's really all we know so far. I'll give him the same chance I gave Kiffen and Dooley; No he's great or he's terrible until there's enough evidence to make a judgement.

For me the evaluation metric for a coach is pretty simple. Is the team (and players) better at the end of the season (barring catastrophic injuries) than it was at the beginning.

The more improvement, the better the coaching job. But improvement is the bare minimum and anything less is unacceptable.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Are you so naive that you only see things in terms of total love and hate?

People who question credentials---legitimately question them---are doing what they are supposed to do.

Peyton Manning said he appreciates Jones' enthusiasm for UT. After Dooley, and Kiffen, anyone who wanted to be here is a significant improvement.

Enthusiams counts for a lot. Peyton Manning's support and entuisiasm for UT Football is a great blessing.

Peyton Manning is a brilliant man, who may well know footbal as well as anyone alive. Frankly, what he did not say is disturbing.

He did not say Jones is a great coach. He did not say the staff is top tier, or even traditional SEC caliber.
He did not say he believed in Jones, or that he believed in Jones' strategic plan, which Jones has sold to anybody who will listen---and which has been reported by anybody with whom he has met.

The most recent UT Football higher up who had a great strategic plan, until it went onfield in the SEC was named Clawson...an offensive coordinator for UT. People would talk about his system and how it was all planned in detail He had it all planned out, too. His failures cost Phillip Fulmer his job, and set up this last run of slithering into the pit of teh SEC, in Knoxville.

Peyton Manning could have said Jones knows football in and out, or something like that. Peyton Manning could have said any of a number of reassuring comments that would have been comforting for the Vol Nation.

But he did not.

Instead, he said---loosley translated---Jones has planed an outcome in detail, and is enthusiastic about the fact UT is paying him $18-million guaranteed to carry it out.

And Mr. Manning mentioned that he got had not met Jones before, and was forced to talk with him.

Peyton Manning is way, way too smart to say much more than that.

The call came the week when UT was most desparate for a Head Coach---when nobody with a proven track record wanted to be at UT as HC.

Voila---Jones is hired at the last minute Jones was enthusiastic...obviously is an opportunist,

and had already told his Cincinnati team they were history, that he was looking around, despite their going to a bowl versus Duke. (Lesser conference, contracted to send a team, and Cincinnati was co-champion, etc, etc...one of three.)

Peyton Manning could have taken credit for helping Jones get the job. Notice he did not say that at all. THAT is a telling omission, as are some others, in his comments.

If Jones is like a lot of people think he is...Peyton Manning may be the next HC.

He has the bloodlines, the credentials, the right color scheme and college preferences...and he already roots for UT.

Only the naive would believe that legitimate questions are hate.

GO VOLS!

Dude… relax. You are over-analyzing the cr@p out of every little word he said. How can he say Jones is a ‘great coach’ when he hasn’t seen him coach a single down in the SEC!? He said he was impressed with his philosophies, his energy, as well as his coaching staff. What more can he say when he hasn’t seen them on a Fall Saturday yet?!

Call me crazy, but I don’t think Peyton put as much thought behind this interview as you did hoping that critics would ‘read between the lines’ to find his true meaning. Recruiting is off to a great start, CBJ is pumping some energy and enthusiasm into the program, and he’s getting previous players more involved. He’s doing all the right things thus far, yet you debbie-downers want to play the role of ‘Eeyore’ and find every negative thing 10 miles down the road.

These don’t sound like ‘legitimate questions’ to me… it sounds like you’ve already casted judgment on him. Give him a chance to prove himself before you start vying for another coach… geez!

traderjoe writes:

Peyton is the best! And the best thing to ever happen with the Vol football program, and that's saying a lot because we've turned out some great ball players. He's a great ambassador for the program and football. When you think about TN football you want recruits associating Peyton Manning and Reggie White..and one of my all time favs, Stanley Morgan with TN. It is a good sign that Peyton has endorsed CJ. We may be on the way up in a couple of years.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

Dude… relax. You are over-analyzing the cr@p out of every little word he said. How can he say Jones is a ‘great coach’ when he hasn’t seen him coach a single down in the SEC!? He said he was impressed with his philosophies, his energy, as well as his coaching staff. What more can he say when he hasn’t seen them on a Fall Saturday yet?!

Call me crazy, but I don’t think Peyton put as much thought behind this interview as you did hoping that critics would ‘read between the lines’ to find his true meaning. Recruiting is off to a great start, CBJ is pumping some energy and enthusiasm into the program, and he’s getting previous players more involved. He’s doing all the right things thus far, yet you debbie-downers want to play the role of ‘Eeyore’ and find every negative thing 10 miles down the road.

These don’t sound like ‘legitimate questions’ to me… it sounds like you’ve already casted judgment on him. Give him a chance to prove himself before you start vying for another coach… geez!

Who said he put A LOT of thought into it.

He said the obvious positive things and stayed away from comments that could bite him.

He has been coached in on-camera presentation skills nowadays by the best in the country---and is an excellent interview, and he is a pro at it, also. You can tell when you watch him pose for the re-ask in out-takes.

I believe, but have not been told, that Cutcliffe's comments about Jones's defensive team---

because Cut is one of the best offensive minds ever in Football and best teachers of the game ever---

had watched a good bit of UC tape in bowl prep--and had seen the presence of the former DL Coach (now DC/asst HC) from Michigan) had molded the Cincinnati defensive unit into a solid group, for that level.

Cut's team was all about overachieving...and they had little depth.

I believe PM called Cut and asked what he had seen on the tape, since Cut had been prepping for a bowl.

Cut's team is woefully short on talent (They make the normal Vandy team look like Arkansas,) After the UC win, it looked like Jones' team, if psyched up, could steal one from Duke, based on defense. Remember, also, please, that the UC DC had faced Cutcliffe's offense twice already in different Uniforms.

Remember, also, please that Cut had no defense to speak of, and his best players were not available. So his offense sputtered, to further compound it.

In the smaller conferences the best players go to the Offense. Same for weak sister major conference teams, like Duke. Go figure, please.

If I were lobbying for a new coach, I'd lobby for a new coach.

If Jones succeeds here, he will succeed here. If he fails, it will be just about the time Peyton Manning would leave professional football.

Again,I am not lobbying for a new coach.

I said what I said, meant it, and stand by it.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Since Peyton gave Coach Jones the thumbs up maybe some of the haters will back off now.

Fat chance of THAT happening, although it would be nice! G.B.O.!!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Why do you guys even respond to that freaking IDIOT. That's what he wants. And some of you do him the favor every time he post one of his idiotic comments.

Thank you!!!!! Ignore these ego-maniacs, and they WILL go away! G.B.O.!!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to cobragolfer:

... mapping out a course for another 5-7 season!! Go back to Denver, Peyton.

So, you buy your clubs at Wal-Mart?

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Who said he put A LOT of thought into it.

He said the obvious positive things and stayed away from comments that could bite him.

He has been coached in on-camera presentation skills nowadays by the best in the country---and is an excellent interview, and he is a pro at it, also. You can tell when you watch him pose for the re-ask in out-takes.

I believe, but have not been told, that Cutcliffe's comments about Jones's defensive team---

because Cut is one of the best offensive minds ever in Football and best teachers of the game ever---

had watched a good bit of UC tape in bowl prep--and had seen the presence of the former DL Coach (now DC/asst HC) from Michigan) had molded the Cincinnati defensive unit into a solid group, for that level.

Cut's team was all about overachieving...and they had little depth.

I believe PM called Cut and asked what he had seen on the tape, since Cut had been prepping for a bowl.

Cut's team is woefully short on talent (They make the normal Vandy team look like Arkansas,) After the UC win, it looked like Jones' team, if psyched up, could steal one from Duke, based on defense. Remember, also, please, that the UC DC had faced Cutcliffe's offense twice already in different Uniforms.

Remember, also, please that Cut had no defense to speak of, and his best players were not available. So his offense sputtered, to further compound it.

In the smaller conferences the best players go to the Offense. Same for weak sister major conference teams, like Duke. Go figure, please.

If I were lobbying for a new coach, I'd lobby for a new coach.

If Jones succeeds here, he will succeed here. If he fails, it will be just about the time Peyton Manning would leave professional football.

Again,I am not lobbying for a new coach.

I said what I said, meant it, and stand by it.

Whatev dude! You’re right… you’re not lobbying for a new coach. You’re simply laying the foundation for that argument at another time so if things go south, you can act like the ‘enlightened one’ by saying… ‘see, I told you all this was a questionable hire’.

Stand by whatever you want, but you’re assuming WAY too much based on what Peyton said or didn’t say (as though he was speaking in code), and drawing conclusions before you have seen CBJ coach a single down in the SEC. Here’s exactly where I stand at this moment:

I’ll reserve judgment on his coaching ability until the season starts
He already has a top 10 recruiting class thus far. Can you tell me the last time we had a class ranked this high this early?
Recruits that would have never looked at us before are suddenly gaining interest, and we’re on a LOT more short lists compared to last year at this same time
He’s got fans excited
The players appear to be buying into his philosophies and are really enjoying the coaching staff
He’s got previous players excited again and more involved
Constantly reinforces our maxims
Hasn’t made a single PR misstep since he was hired

The analysis on potential coaches was exhaustive. It revealed that EVERY coach we were looking at had question marks. CBJ was no different. Peyton would be no different if he retired and suddenly wanted to coach. Only time will tell, so turn your frown upside down and start finding the positives. You’ll live a happier life.

Slats writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

Is that you "NICK"? Gotta be a AlObama fan!

NYCApple writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

SevenT, I just poured your mom another tall glass of my special mix.... Interestingly it's probably got a different taste to it, and is around body temperature.

rb4346 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

Peyton's career is going just fine and for your information, fool, he is one of the most respected and loved players in Vol history. You need to keep your trap shut and let people think you are an idiot instead of opening it and removing all doubt. So you say nobody is going to listen to Peyton but they will listen to your hog wash. You need to gather your TROLL friends and all of you need to move to Kaintucky (don't mean to imply all Kaintucktians are TROLLS like yourself) and live your normal life.

One other thing for your information - Fulmer is gone and you need to get over it TROLL.

Just Saying

rb4346 writes:

in response to Vol43:

Hey suga-britches. Boy you really enjoy having men give it to you huh?

Hey Vol43, that is funny as h^^l.

rb4346 writes:

in response to govolsn3:

I have to say it, I am VFL but all you are gonna hear right now is a bunch of "HOPE" talk just like when Coach DOOLEY was hired. I am not gonna get all pumped up this go around a wait for some results instead. Coach Jones will have to show me the money. I still say that he is in way over his head for a SEC coaching job and the powers that be at UT missed another opportunity to hire a big name to come to Knoxville. I sure hope Jones can right the ship but it is highly likely and when you recruit out of the top ten in your own conference that sits you back 2 or even 3 years right off the bat and he will only get 3 years to get it done and if he doesn't they will write him and check too. I have said it so many times on here that if the contract would have been 3 years @ 18 million instead of the 6 years @18 million, UT would have had the pick of the litter in college coaches. Either way the UT is going to pay the money whether the coach gets fired or not. Very sad but the truth of the matter the UT brass put VOL NATION in a downward spiral that may be worse than the eighties. I sure hope that I am wrong.

I sure hope that you are wrong also. We need to back CBJ and those kids who will be playing their hearts out for the Orange. We all know that turning this program around cannot be done overnight.

rb4346 writes:

in response to cobragolfer:

... mapping out a course for another 5-7 season!! Go back to Denver, Peyton.

Why don't you go back to the swamp and crawl back into your hole.

allvol8 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Peyton should stick with resurrecting his career in Denver and selling cars on TV commercials because nobody is going to buy any of this jazz.

Jones was about 5th on the Vol wish list behind Chuckie and Charlie Strong and everyone who follows this program knows this is a dud/thud hire just like Dooley and Kiffin were duds.

Since Fulmer is gone the program has fallen apart,

Just Saying

and you should stick to your own fan site

just saying

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

PM recruits to only one school, UT..I can see where CBJ and Peyton would admire each others passion for the game, because they both demand attention to detail. They both work like heck and have the respect of their peers.

He just got thru recruiting Butch Jones to Colorado.

EDDIE_2 writes:

Besides Johnny Unitas,greatest quarterback I have ever seen.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to smokeygrowl:

He just got thru recruiting Butch Jones to Colorado.

PM's words not mine..If you read the article which it appears you did not; Peyton, gave a full explanation and why he was forced to call CBJ.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

Dude… relax. You are over-analyzing the cr@p out of every little word he said. How can he say Jones is a ‘great coach’ when he hasn’t seen him coach a single down in the SEC!? He said he was impressed with his philosophies, his energy, as well as his coaching staff. What more can he say when he hasn’t seen them on a Fall Saturday yet?!

Call me crazy, but I don’t think Peyton put as much thought behind this interview as you did hoping that critics would ‘read between the lines’ to find his true meaning. Recruiting is off to a great start, CBJ is pumping some energy and enthusiasm into the program, and he’s getting previous players more involved. He’s doing all the right things thus far, yet you debbie-downers want to play the role of ‘Eeyore’ and find every negative thing 10 miles down the road.

These don’t sound like ‘legitimate questions’ to me… it sounds like you’ve already casted judgment on him. Give him a chance to prove himself before you start vying for another coach… geez!

Points for you to ponder:

a. You have no idea why I am doing what I am doing, obviously. You are certainly not The Almighty, who is the only one who does. You do not understand,; as proved by your comment that my concerns are not "legitimate questions. “

b. I am not "dude." Stop condescending: you are neither qualified to condescend, nor very good at it.

c. I assure you that I know a little something about both media and PR, including media contracts negotiations. You are on your tu-tu in most of what you posted about these:

Exampe: Jones' comment in a news conference that he is hiring the "best staff in America" is not a P.R. misstep? Then he brings in a staff from UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI??? Be serious. (Hopefully you were not when you said he had not made a P.R. misstep.)

He has made more than a few. Some things he does well. His mistakes are being papered over, because the press corps is trying to help him sell UT. They are irrelevant if it continues as it is--- Knoxville paper, TV/Radio and websites. Regional reporters are on the bandwagon, too; they do not like being afterthoughts nationally, either.

d. Recruiting looks good because Jones has backing of the lettermen, in a year where 16 prospects are high 3* to 4*. Maybe three to five will wind up being 5*athletes and are legacies or have strong Tennessee ties. Screw up and miss a once in a generation opportunity for Tennessee.

Like it or not, it came about because Fulmer and others ( Wilson and Manning, et al) know if Jones did not succeed, UT Athletics will dead for another 10 years---which could effectively bankrupt the Athletics Department ( trends in ticket sales, attendance, etc

There is SEC pressure. (ABC/ESPN will not continue to show 1/3 empty stadiums the size of UT's and continue paying the SEC the kind of money it is. After Hamilton, the commissioner's office is tired of UT's long run of athletics violations, incompetence, dissension and embarrassing the conference. One way to be glad for Auburn’s diverting attention. Slive was going to turn up the heat a notch if UT did not stop the slide; he needs a vibrant UT to make that deal work properly. Half-full Neyland stadium and bad UT teams destroy potential national broadcasts.

Two to four of the "best staff in America," will need to change. They are proving they cannot recruit at SEC caliber.

Lettermen are Jones' ticket to recruiting---pure and simple. They believe with help Jones may be competent, and have to make him competent. Their alma mater will lose what they built, if he fails.

If Jones makes it, somebody needs to give those lettermen (and Fulmer) credit for going to the edge of saying everything they can say in his behalf. They risk their credibility doing so but have no choice..

Kind of ironic that you point out that we do not know if he can coach at the SEC level. Maybe you don't think that’s a legitimate question.

(Isn't that where you came in?)

UTvols33 writes:

in response to govolsn3:

I have to say it, I am VFL but all you are gonna hear right now is a bunch of "HOPE" talk just like when Coach DOOLEY was hired. I am not gonna get all pumped up this go around a wait for some results instead. Coach Jones will have to show me the money. I still say that he is in way over his head for a SEC coaching job and the powers that be at UT missed another opportunity to hire a big name to come to Knoxville. I sure hope Jones can right the ship but it is highly likely and when you recruit out of the top ten in your own conference that sits you back 2 or even 3 years right off the bat and he will only get 3 years to get it done and if he doesn't they will write him and check too. I have said it so many times on here that if the contract would have been 3 years @ 18 million instead of the 6 years @18 million, UT would have had the pick of the litter in college coaches. Either way the UT is going to pay the money whether the coach gets fired or not. Very sad but the truth of the matter the UT brass put VOL NATION in a downward spiral that may be worse than the eighties. I sure hope that I am wrong.

Fair assessment, n3, but I'm curious, who is this "big name" that they missed out on his time? I believe the school tried to get the best coach they could and I remember a couple of them turning the job down and a few others not even showing interest. You can't force people to do things they don't want to do.

VolGrad writes:

Personally, I can hardly wait to get this college football season started. I find myself each day bringing up twitter and Tennessee football websites to check on the latest developments. It has been quite a while since I was this excited. Even though I suspect this year may be another tough one in realistic terms, I am hopeful that we will see some real improvement... even in the win column. The early returns on CBJ's first full class of recruits (2014) is a remarkable improvement over the past several years as a Top 15 (as some predicted) could turn into a Top 5 class (presently ranked 4th on Rivals). The current commits are talking up the Tennessee Brand and selling it to other top recruits. And, at the very least, those recruits are taking notice. Time will tell, but I can't wait for time before I fully invest myself into this team, its coaches and the vision they are preaching. I am unashamedly a Tennessee Volunteer football junkie, and I approve of this Attitude among other fellow Vol FANatics.

This is Big Orange Country!!! #RiseToTheTop

Todd Kelly Jr reaction after our 8th commit on Wednesday this past week: Todd Kelly (T.K.) ‏@ToddKellyJr6 10 Apr We got another commit today, we want to be the best in the country #RiseToTheTop #BossTeam #VolNation

Jalen Hurd reaction after our 7th commit the week before: Jalen Hurd ‏@MrHurd18 3 Apr S/o to my dude @realdpayne. A new Tennessee commit! We are building this legendary class. LETSSS Gooo!!!

VolGrad writes:

Just the fact that Peyton was here, speaking to the team and talking football with the coaches is another testament to how much CBJ values and embraces Tennessee's winning history and tradition.

CBJ has to succeed on the field, but during the offseason it is tough to find a flaw in his walk or his talk.

Go Vols! #BrickByBrick #VolByVol GBO!!!

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