Butch Jones: Vols must get 'tougher' against Auburn

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones heads into the locker room following a tough 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 heads into the locker room following a tough first half against Missouri at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

“We’re going to get back to what we do,” Jones said. “Tennessee Tough is not just a slogan. We have to get tougher. Tennessee football is not going to be soft."

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OrangePride writes:

"Must get tougher" is a good start. Add in to that, A) get focused on the snap count, B) maintain lane control, C) MAKE the tackle if you make contact........D) ETC. All year we have been hearing such accolades as, "best O line in the SEC." Well, it's past time to start looking the part. We are without question the best "pedigreed" line....but certainly that is only good on paper. And just BTW, if any of the guys think the NFL scouts will overlook or discount performances against Oregon, Missouri, and Alabama in their draft evaluation....well, not happening. We've got three games left and we MUST HAVE control of the line scrimmage (both sides) if we are to win any of those games. So go to work, and GO VOLS!! (sorry, not much sugar in this post)

underthehill writes:

in response to OrangePride:

"Must get tougher" is a good start. Add in to that, A) get focused on the snap count, B) maintain lane control, C) MAKE the tackle if you make contact........D) ETC. All year we have been hearing such accolades as, "best O line in the SEC." Well, it's past time to start looking the part. We are without question the best "pedigreed" line....but certainly that is only good on paper. And just BTW, if any of the guys think the NFL scouts will overlook or discount performances against Oregon, Missouri, and Alabama in their draft evaluation....well, not happening. We've got three games left and we MUST HAVE control of the line scrimmage (both sides) if we are to win any of those games. So go to work, and GO VOLS!! (sorry, not much sugar in this post)

Well stated..especially the advice..go to work..each man play your best and this team will be at least 6-6..which would meet the hope of the vast majority of Vol fans..

BrassMonkey writes:

Auburn will masacre the Vols. After all we haven't beat them since 1999. At this point Kentucky and Vandy will be a difficult win for this rapidly digressing team. I had visions of Dooley and Sal coaching the last 8 quarters as opposing teams ran in for uncontested touchdown after uncontested touchdown.

RoadTrip writes:

Folks - they have to care first. If they don't you are wasting your time. Much of the time this O-line just goes through the motions - poorly I might add. The D-line tries hard - they are just not very talented.

Assuming they do care, the coaches have to call plays on both sides of the ball that they can competently handle. They continue to ask linemen on both sides of the ball to do things that they are not equipped to do, which involve quickness. They are big - and slow. They do not play low - the stand and lean. Knowing that you scheme and call plays accordingly. Fortunately this bunch will be gone after this season and the coaches will have guys that can do it the way they would prefer.

micseavers#1423681 writes:

Give coach a little time! It takes more than 5 months to turn a program around that has been in the hole for the past 4 years. It's time to grow and learn.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to micseavers#1423681:

Give coach a little time! It takes more than 5 months to turn a program around that has been in the hole for the past 4 years. It's time to grow and learn.

That's correct if you're going to do it right and build a solid foundation it will take a little time. I would say we are looking at another 2 years.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

That's correct if you're going to do it right and build a solid foundation it will take a little time. I would say we are looking at another 2 years.

Absolutely, You have to exercise a little patience when you rebuild. Our talent level may be down a bit, but I truly believe we have the right coaches and the right players on the way. ALL VOL...ALL THE TIME

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