Vols' line will need to bounce back to finish season, careers on winning note

Veteran Vols' offensive line looks 'to leave here the right way'

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones talks to players on the field during the first half against Missouri at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones talks to players on the field during the first half against Missouri at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

When Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney discussed his unit back in August, he spoke with affection about coaching a group of veterans who possessed both talent and character.

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brewlocal writes:

This offensive line has been 90% hype and 10% action all year. If they had played up to 50% of the hype we probably wouldn't have 2 quarterbacks requiring surgeries and we wouldn't be last in the league in 3rd down conversions. I have no doubt though that the pundits will be talking before the Auburn game about how all 5 of them are pro prospects.

BrassMonkey writes:

Maybe we could have Dooley come in and be a guest coach for the Missouri game next year at least they were competitive against the tigers. Butch Jones got embarassed. Wouldn't be so bad if it didn't happen last week too.

TNFaninFL writes:

How many false starts does Tiny Richardson have so far this year ? Seems like at least two per game, dont think the NFL scouts have not noticed that with him. Seems like a talented guy who is not playing up to where he should be, all the announcers say it is the best O line in the conference, I don't see it, although Raijon doesn't help the lineman out with all his dancing around before he tries to hit the hole, Marlin Lane is a downhill guy who should get more touches in my opinion.

dfite#440781 writes:

Malzahn demands success. Butch wishes for it. Wish in one hand and poop in the other and see which one fills up first. It's time to demand and receive 100% from these prima donnas or sit their butts on the bench and begin to build next years line. You can't be buddies with your players.

volbald writes:

The O-Line has never lived up to pre-season hype - even in the "easy" games. Have to lay the blame on the coaches who continue to allow sub-par play on the line of scrimmage. If the O-line is saving itself for the NFL, sit them on the bench and put in younger players who want to make a name for themselves. If the O-line continues to mail in its performances instead performing on the field, UT won't make it to the third-tier bowl game the coaches set as a goal at the start of the season.

johndavid writes:

Put a good back behind them and they look alot better! Lane's avg per carry was good and I bet Missouri had 3 or 4 backs that would have gotten alot more yds than "I have no RB skills Neal"
Any decent back would get more than 8 yds on 8 carries with the Band blocking for him! Go ahead tell me what RB Skill Neal has that is even CLOSE to that of any good tailback. Remember, the track team has speed, most good rb are not track speedsters and Neal does not even have track team speed! He is so hard to bring down, and he makes so many people miss its fun to watch him run!

dfite#440781 writes:

When the play is over.....look at where the offensive linemen are. If they are still at the line of scrimmage, it means they lost.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to johndavid:

Put a good back behind them and they look alot better! Lane's avg per carry was good and I bet Missouri had 3 or 4 backs that would have gotten alot more yds than "I have no RB skills Neal"
Any decent back would get more than 8 yds on 8 carries with the Band blocking for him! Go ahead tell me what RB Skill Neal has that is even CLOSE to that of any good tailback. Remember, the track team has speed, most good rb are not track speedsters and Neal does not even have track team speed! He is so hard to bring down, and he makes so many people miss its fun to watch him run!

Well, it's hard for any RB to gain yards when he constantly has to dodge the first defender at the same time he gets the handoff. Our opposing RBs are rarely touched before they are beyond the line of scrimmage while ours are first touched in their own backfield. Lane is perhaps marginally better in the ways you describe, but neither of them has really had much chance to excel under the present circumstances.

underthehill writes:

in response to dfite#440781:

When the play is over.....look at where the offensive linemen are. If they are still at the line of scrimmage, it means they lost.

I make it a point to watch where the O linemen are after the play..and against Ga and S Car they did a good job..against bama and moe..awful..I did see a couple of the reserve linemen try to block past the line..I am beginning to think sometimes they don't know if it is a run or pass..especially when they stand straight up on run plays and push instead of getting low and trying to drive their man out of the play..

underthehill writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, it's hard for any RB to gain yards when he constantly has to dodge the first defender at the same time he gets the handoff. Our opposing RBs are rarely touched before they are beyond the line of scrimmage while ours are first touched in their own backfield. Lane is perhaps marginally better in the ways you describe, but neither of them has really had much chance to excel under the present circumstances.

I think the point you make is why fans are so upset with the O line..they just flat out ain't getting much done..I'd say Jones and the staff are looking at some film and I expect this to improve this week..I may be way out on a limb ..but I do think the Vols can win over Auburn if they have enough want to...

armydawg53 writes:

I see no progress week to week. Losses all around, some closer than others but losses any way you look at it.

threehundredbowler writes:

I see the arm chair QB's are out in full force.

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