Vols emphasis still to be basics

Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek answers a question during a press conference in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek answers a question during a press conference in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — When Tennessee's football team returns from spring break next week, the Volunteers will get back to work.

There are nine spring practices remaining, and while there's more to install schematically on offense, defense and special teams, the new coaching staff has no intentions of relenting their focus on the details that form the foundation of the program.

"There's a lot more that we have to get in," defensive coordinator John Jancek said after the Vols' last spring practice eight days ago, "but it doesn't do you any good to have a bunch of calls if they don't know how to tackle, if they don't know how to run to the ball, if they're not doing the things necessary to play great defense. I'm not even worried about that. I want them to learn how to play the game and [have] the tempo and the passion that we want to have on defense.

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StoneJackBaller writes:

Jones is making Dooley look like a middle school assistant coach. It all feels good; let's see if it translates to victories.

ktownorange32 writes:

Good attitude from the coaches. All I can say is it really does seem the coaches are dedicated to rebuilding, not just using the word. We do need to brace for a rocky year though. I have faith this staff is going the right way. I just don't wanna see a buncha fans go nuts over losses this year. These guys seem to truly wanna rebuild and that takes time.

SummerfieldVol writes:

It is like I have said before,it all starts with the basics blocking and tackling, If you can't do the basics right you are in big trouble. The coaches are putting a emphasis on basics.

volfan1202 writes:

If these guys are having to learn the basics of blocking and tackling now, what in the heck were their High school coaches teaching them?

thevoice writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Jones is making Dooley look like a middle school assistant coach. It all feels good; let's see if it translates to victories.

I would use the words Dooley and coach with caution. You mean assistant principal? LOL

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to ktownorange32:

Good attitude from the coaches. All I can say is it really does seem the coaches are dedicated to rebuilding, not just using the word. We do need to brace for a rocky year though. I have faith this staff is going the right way. I just don't wanna see a buncha fans go nuts over losses this year. These guys seem to truly wanna rebuild and that takes time.

Agree. Patience is key. We need to stop this 'cure the headache by cutting off the head mentality'. It could be a tough couple of years since the vast majority of our linemen will be departing after next season. We don't need people to continue screaming for a new coach the second things don't go the way they want them to.

Recruiting is going well thus far and will continue to get better if we can maintain some continuity in the coaching staff.

6972 writes:

D+T+E+T= sucess. A winning formula: desire, technique, effort, and talent. Hope we can put all that together consistently this year. Time will tell. September is never going to get here. Time is standing still. Go Vols.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

fire Jancek!! He should have them ready by now.
We need a group of coaches that coach. We haven't won one game yet!?? What's goin' on!!!???

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 6972:

D+T+E+T= sucess. A winning formula: desire, technique, effort, and talent. Hope we can put all that together consistently this year. Time will tell. September is never going to get here. Time is standing still. Go Vols.

Good point..I remember watching UT last season take awful pursuit angles, aligned out of position or check into the wrong defense, not to mention bad form with tackling. It seemed like the most rudimentary elements of defense were not being taught..I saw the same blunders in UT last year that my youngest son's middle school fb team makes. Jancek on his worst day will have to be an improvement over that.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

fire Jancek!! He should have them ready by now.
We need a group of coaches that coach. We haven't won one game yet!?? What's goin' on!!!???

The defense won the first game (scrimmage) so fire the other guy with the hard to spell name! Hah!

SEC__Headgear writes:

For years it has been apparent that the UT football team did not know the rules by which the game is played. Equally, the a team did not know HOW to play the game. Special teams blunders is the prime example.
Getting the foundation of good fundamentals will render the team disciplined and coachable. Even losses are less painful when a team plays well with class.

6972 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good point..I remember watching UT last season take awful pursuit angles, aligned out of position or check into the wrong defense, not to mention bad form with tackling. It seemed like the most rudimentary elements of defense were not being taught..I saw the same blunders in UT last year that my youngest son's middle school fb team makes. Jancek on his worst day will have to be an improvement over that.

Isn't it interesting, as you pointed out, that when just 1 of those factors are diminshed, disaster can result. Be interesting to know how many yards last year we gave up simply by using sloppy tackling technique.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 6972:

Isn't it interesting, as you pointed out, that when just 1 of those factors are diminshed, disaster can result. Be interesting to know how many yards last year we gave up simply by using sloppy tackling technique.

Yep, instead of YAC (yards after catch); MTAC (missed tackles after contact)..

bosscat writes:

in response to ktownorange32:

Good attitude from the coaches. All I can say is it really does seem the coaches are dedicated to rebuilding, not just using the word. We do need to brace for a rocky year though. I have faith this staff is going the right way. I just don't wanna see a buncha fans go nuts over losses this year. These guys seem to truly wanna rebuild and that takes time.

I agree with you. We could, despite inexperience at QB and WR, be a better team than last year thanks to better coaching and better mindset. But being a better team does not necessarily translate to a better W-L record. Preseason predictions would probably be 4-4-4: 4 wins (Austin Peay, Western Kentucky, South Alabama and Kentucky); 4 losses (Florida, Georgia, Oregon and Alabama); 4 relatively even (Missouri, Auburn, South Carolina and Vandy). Curse me if you must (my blood is orange not red), but it is what it is. Our new coaches seem to be the real deal but this is the SEC--the other teams are not backing up--we have to catch up and it won't happen in one or even two years. The recruiting season we are just coming out of and the 2013-14 season we are going into should not count toward the couple of years we need to start catching up with the big boys. Consider that we, with a lot of effort and catching up by our new coaches, signed 3 top 300 recruits. Meanwhile, Alabama signed 15, 13 of them ranked above our top signee; Florida signed 13, 8 of them ranked above our top signee; and Georgia signed 14, 4 of them ranked above our top signee. No matter how good our new coaches are, there's a lot that can't be coached. Here's to winning the games we should and winning some of the games we shouldn't thanks to our new coaches and players that give it their all. But they will need our support in the strongest of fashions.

suggest_removal_4_all_troll_posts writes:

One can forget about strategy if the tactics aren't good.

Learn where to be - how to tackle - how to beat off a block - pursuit angles - how to read the QB - where to line up - play recognition - etc.

Get good at that stuff and the coaches can call any play they want.

VolGrad writes:

5 D's of Defense: defend, destroy, demolish, deTackle, defend. Last year it looked more like we were practicing the 5 D's of Dodgeball on defense.

Bring back the "...and a host of Volunteers" on every defended play.

This is Big Orange Country!!!

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to VolGrad:

5 D's of Defense: defend, destroy, demolish, deTackle, defend. Last year it looked more like we were practicing the 5 D's of Dodgeball on defense.

Bring back the "...and a host of Volunteers" on every defended play.

This is Big Orange Country!!!

deTackle?? heh,heh. How about deNuttin' 'em when we deTackle 'em

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

deTackle?? heh,heh. How about deNuttin' 'em when we deTackle 'em

I'm afraid under Sunseri they must have been taught to De-Tackle the ball carrier..

pingkr62 writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

Agree. Patience is key. We need to stop this 'cure the headache by cutting off the head mentality'. It could be a tough couple of years since the vast majority of our linemen will be departing after next season. We don't need people to continue screaming for a new coach the second things don't go the way they want them to.

Recruiting is going well thus far and will continue to get better if we can maintain some continuity in the coaching staff.

Many good points. If anyone out there is expecting miracles this season, I'm afraid they will be disappointed. They only things I'm expecting is improvement, and a team that shows passion on every play. With this staff and team, I feel these things are possible. GO VOLS!

VolGrad writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I'm afraid under Sunseri they must have been taught to De-Tackle the ball carrier..

...yeah, or just wave at 'em as they go by.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I'm afraid under Sunseri they must have been taught to De-Tackle the ball carrier..

It sure looked that way. I know there were some guys who played much better under Wilcox the year before last

rb4346 writes:

in response to ktownorange32:

Good attitude from the coaches. All I can say is it really does seem the coaches are dedicated to rebuilding, not just using the word. We do need to brace for a rocky year though. I have faith this staff is going the right way. I just don't wanna see a buncha fans go nuts over losses this year. These guys seem to truly wanna rebuild and that takes time.

Agree, I just hope the fans are patient and don't go berserk when the Vols lose. This is going to take some time to right the ship after the last coaches left town. Good times are coming, but it can't be done overnight.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to VolGrad:

...yeah, or just wave at 'em as they go by.

Sad but true..

VolGrad writes:

"Throw everything at'em and see what sticks" vs "Do a few things with excellence, then add on."

Well, we know how the former turned out; let's hope and pray the latter works much better.

GBO!

VolGrad writes:

Can't help but feel we've got a good start on upgrading the talent level of our team. We need to lock down our borders and wrap up the remaining legacy recruits in this class. Rivals has us rated at 6th right now.

Not sure what Bates and the Berrys are waiting on. C'mon guys; VolNation needs you!

Go Vols!!!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

fire Jancek!! He should have them ready by now.
We need a group of coaches that coach. We haven't won one game yet!?? What's goin' on!!!???

Don't rush thngs. I think we will win the O/W

wononta writes:

in response to volfan1202:

If these guys are having to learn the basics of blocking and tackling now, what in the heck were their High school coaches teaching them?

A question with many answers, that I probably cant do justice to.

Anyway, one answer is that a lot of these guys are not playing the same position they did in hi-school. Hi-school ball relies more upon ability and natural atleticism than fundementals and technique.

Often times hi-school coachs recognize a couple of their players are superior athletically, and put them where they can make plays, get their name in the paper, and hopefullly attract the attention of college recruiters. Hi-school LB's contribution typically doesn't get a lot of attention from the local press, but RB's do.

It's how you get a college LB who was a RB in hi-school. Now, at this level he has to learn fundementally how to be a LB, the position he is better suited for, and likely recruited into. It is a primary function of spring camp, very common.

"Football is a simple game, forget all the schemes and trick plays. You tackle better and block better than the other guy, and you'll win."
V.Lombardi

RashaadSalabeb writes:

I'm ready for some smash mouth, in your face, hard hitting football. We have some good players, several seniors this year. We will be better. I don't know what the record will be but I'm pretty sure we'll win at least one unexpected game compaired to loosing the close ones like we did last year. The Coaching and excitement from the players and fans will speed up the improvements. The recruiting will speed it up too!

Go Big Orange! Time to rise to the top!

62vol writes:

Have head-on tackling drills until there are only 11 men standing and use them as the starting defense in September.

brokendownoldvol writes:

in response to volfan1202:

If these guys are having to learn the basics of blocking and tackling now, what in the heck were their High school coaches teaching them?

Coaches get in trouble now for having blocking and tackling drills. That's the reason I quit coaching Pop Warner. Go to any HS game today . You hear or see no big licks. They are just taught to push each other around. I could never play today's watered down game. I'd be thrown out in 5 min.

VolGrad writes:

Jalen Hurd's phone call to CBJ: http://t.co/IsrattuO3J

Feel Good (To Be A Vol): http://bit.ly/115I4ol

The Power T: http://bit.ly/14x1yVX

Can't wait to get this started. The Orange and White are everywhere!

Go Vols!!!

volfan1202 writes:

in response to brokendownoldvol:

Coaches get in trouble now for having blocking and tackling drills. That's the reason I quit coaching Pop Warner. Go to any HS game today . You hear or see no big licks. They are just taught to push each other around. I could never play today's watered down game. I'd be thrown out in 5 min.

Seems like the recruits Fla, Ga, LSU and Alabama are getting sure don't seem to have any problems with the fundamentals of blocking and tackling.

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