John Jancek curious to see how Tennessee Vols’ defense handles bad plays

University of Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek talks with defensive back Brent Brewer during preseason training camp drills at Haslam Field, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

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University of Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek talks with defensive back Brent Brewer during preseason training camp drills at Haslam Field, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

KNOXVILLE — Saturday will be John Jancek’s sixth season opener as either a defensive coordinator or co-coordinator.

Many of the concerns he’ll have heading into his first game as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator are pretty typical: penalties, missed tackles, mistakes in assignments and communication errors.

With this Volunteers’ defense, though, Jancek is anxious to see its response when something goes wrong.

“That’s really my concern with this group in a first ball game,” he said following Wednesday afternoon’s practice. “Hey if something bad happens, maybe they get a big pass, or there’s a turnover, or they get a long run, or there’s something that happens to change the momentum on special teams — how are we going to respond as a defense?

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johnlg00 writes:

In football as in life generally, the thing is not necessarily to avoid getting knocked down, it's having a positive frame of mind after you get back up. I suppose after last year, it is natural that there would be lingering doubts about this team's ability to do that, but I just think the hunger and the trust factor on this team will be miles better this year. It's one thing to get run over; it's quite another not to be close enough to the action TO get run over. Hopefully, we'll see less of the latter this year--and less of the former as well, for that matter!

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