UT's defense at a loss after giving up 339 rushing yards to Missouri

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Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman is blocked by Missouri wide receiver Marcus Lucas, left,  as he tries to chase down Missouri wide receiver L’Damian Washington during the first half of Saturday’s game in Columbia, Mo.

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Adam Lau/News Sentinel Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman is blocked by Missouri wide receiver Marcus Lucas, left, as he tries to chase down Missouri wide receiver L’Damian Washington during the first half of Saturday’s game in Columbia, Mo.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dontavis Sapp screamed in jubilation. The linebacker had just raced in from the outside on third down to — along with defensive end Corey Miller — stuff Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk for a loss of three.

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Comments » 17

standfast#211788 writes:

Didn't expect to win, although I thought we could keep it close into the fourth quarter. Very disappointing. Last year, we matched them point for point with one of the worst defenses in the history of the program and lost in overtime. Obviously, they have gotten a lot better and we have gone in the other direction. Don't get me wrong, I still back Butch and I thought young Dobbs did OK for his first time as a starter. I do think it is time for the TV announcers and pundits to stop calling our offensive line 'one of the best in the country'. If they want to see a great OL, they need to look at Alabama and Missouri, although Richardson probably does lead the FBS in false starts and lining up in the backfield. You know you are in trouble when your best player is a true freshman (North). And our linebackers (Johnson and Sapp) have worked hard all season. When you have to start a true freshman at QB, all the other players need to kick it up a notch, and unfortunately they didn't. We need to get ready for Auburn -- another big test. Not giving up, just disappointed. GBO

carolinafire#256960 writes:

I agree 100% about the offensive line, way over rated,We need to beat Auburn or it is a must for the last two games. Vandy could be a problem.

atnvol#283282 writes:

We just have so much to try to overcome.....and all teams have the complete book on our weaknesses at this stage of the season.

Our secondary has Division 2 speed and our D-Line just gets whipped something terrible.

But the greatest disappointment has to be the offensive line.....always hyped but never really have produced against the better teams.

I have no doubt that Butch will remedy all of this in time with his stellar recruiting and what appears to be a very capable coaching staff.

It's just so disappointing to get manhandled like we did at this point in the season.....we will need some good fortune to be able to stay with Auburn and their ground game after the way we were pounded last night.

I have no doubt there will be better days ahead....it will take time and patience....something the Vol faithful are growing very weary of....

southernbelle79 writes:

Speed was sometimes an issue for our defense, but just as often were blown tackles and blown assignments.

hooverd283#563729 writes:

Speed Kills ! We cannot offset the lack of speed with a dominate defensive line because we are weak there also. Hopefully we can finish at .500. Go to a bowl Shut it down for awhile and come back with more speed. Go Vols!

TommyJack writes:

in response to southernbelle79:

Speed was sometimes an issue for our defense, but just as often were blown tackles and blown assignments.

Oh for a half step more speed. Especially at LB and Secondary.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

Wow we have really went down to a low level. I don't know why it showed up more in this game but man you could really tell the speed difference. It was as if we were in slow motion. I can't believe Justin Coleman is still starting. He is awful. I really feel for that kid. He is a junior and still does not know how to cover a receiver.

As a parent that is why it saddens me sometime. These guys come into a program thinking they can make it to the NFL and take courses in pool management and leave with no degree and no chance for a bright future. I wish more parents were like Josh's parents. If my boys ever want to play any sport and receive a scholarship offer, I will make sure their education is tops.

OrangePride writes:

Team speed was an issue, but perhaps not the most damaging. Failure to control lanes, and most of all, missed first tackles were even bigger issues. How many times did we just not make a play when we had them in the backfield. On that touchdown drag play right over the center there must have been 7 players standing right there.... nobody makes the play. I could go on for hours on this, but you get the idea. Bottom line? We still just don't have the depth and quality of athletes of these top 10 teams. So for us to compete we need to be mistake free...and that sure wasn't the case last night. We get to try again this Saturday. GO VOLS!!

SmokeysPup writes:

in response to standfast#211788:

Didn't expect to win, although I thought we could keep it close into the fourth quarter. Very disappointing. Last year, we matched them point for point with one of the worst defenses in the history of the program and lost in overtime. Obviously, they have gotten a lot better and we have gone in the other direction. Don't get me wrong, I still back Butch and I thought young Dobbs did OK for his first time as a starter. I do think it is time for the TV announcers and pundits to stop calling our offensive line 'one of the best in the country'. If they want to see a great OL, they need to look at Alabama and Missouri, although Richardson probably does lead the FBS in false starts and lining up in the backfield. You know you are in trouble when your best player is a true freshman (North). And our linebackers (Johnson and Sapp) have worked hard all season. When you have to start a true freshman at QB, all the other players need to kick it up a notch, and unfortunately they didn't. We need to get ready for Auburn -- another big test. Not giving up, just disappointed. GBO

well said

johnlg00 writes:

in response to southernbelle79:

Speed was sometimes an issue for our defense, but just as often were blown tackles and blown assignments.

I agree. With a few obvious exceptions, the defensive alignments seem better this year, but just about every opponent's runner leaves a string of fallen Vols in his wake. Meanwhile, Vol RBs seem to get knocked back just about every time they carry it. Opposing lines open up holes on offense and shut them on defense, while the Vols' lines rarely do either.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I agree. With a few obvious exceptions, the defensive alignments seem better this year, but just about every opponent's runner leaves a string of fallen Vols in his wake. Meanwhile, Vol RBs seem to get knocked back just about every time they carry it. Opposing lines open up holes on offense and shut them on defense, while the Vols' lines rarely do either.

John is the most together fan I have ever seen post. We are lucky to have him on this board. He is a fan but he also knows how to keep it real. Man you have some great post

FlaVol2 writes:

When is UT football players going to learn to tackle?

robert#1417579 writes:

Jones talks about not pressuring the QB. Where is the blitz? We should send 5 or 6 on every play. We blitzed once in the first half last night and maybe twice in the second. Our DBs can't cover, so we can't give the QB 4, 5, 6 seconds to throw.

We put a spy on Conner Shaw a few weeks ago and it was very productive when we stuck to it. We didn't spy Mauk once. Why? The former Georgia coaches on our defensive side have brought the soft, passive, non-aggressive style of Georgia to our defense.

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no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to robert#1417579:

Jones talks about not pressuring the QB. Where is the blitz? We should send 5 or 6 on every play. We blitzed once in the first half last night and maybe twice in the second. Our DBs can't cover, so we can't give the QB 4, 5, 6 seconds to throw.

We put a spy on Conner Shaw a few weeks ago and it was very productive when we stuck to it. We didn't spy Mauk once. Why? The former Georgia coaches on our defensive side have brought the soft, passive, non-aggressive style of Georgia to our defense.

You can't blitz every other play or even 40 percent of the time when your DB's are as bad as ours. If you blitz and do not get to the QB, then you are screwed. Guys I know football. These coaches are calling good plays, we just do not have the talent. It was apparent in the Missouri game. How could you guys not see that?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

John is the most together fan I have ever seen post. We are lucky to have him on this board. He is a fan but he also knows how to keep it real. Man you have some great post

Thanks for the kind words. I am old enough to have seen enough turnings of the Big Orange wheel not to get too giddy when things go well or too sad when they don't. Also, age gives one a bit more perspective on how important winning and losing are in sports, which is to say, only so much.

I always enjoy your posts as well. Since GVX went to a pay site, the general intellectual--and even moral--level of the comments has risen even as the numbers have dropped. Hmmm, wonder if there is a correlation there?

GerryOP writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Thanks for the kind words. I am old enough to have seen enough turnings of the Big Orange wheel not to get too giddy when things go well or too sad when they don't. Also, age gives one a bit more perspective on how important winning and losing are in sports, which is to say, only so much.

I always enjoy your posts as well. Since GVX went to a pay site, the general intellectual--and even moral--level of the comments has risen even as the numbers have dropped. Hmmm, wonder if there is a correlation there?

john, regardless of thier disclaimers, I'm still convinced that many of "those guys" on the free GVX were 12-13 year old kids playing playground bully. However, they knew that on the playground they had limits before they got popped in the mouth. But they knew on GVX there were no limits.

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