Tennessee-Auburn: Report Card

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) hits the ground after a gain during the first half against Auburn in Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov in Knoxville. Tenn. 9, 2013.     (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) hits the ground after a gain during the first half against Auburn in Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov in Knoxville. Tenn. 9, 2013. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Comments » 14

GerryOP writes:

I was taught that if you can't say anything good, say nothing at all ... noithing at all ... nothing at all.

atnvol#283282 writes:

What looked like a improving team just a few short weeks ago, looks like a Derek Dooley/Sal Sunseri losing team now....another 5-7 year at hand. I wish we could find the answer....but in reality, nothing has changed on the field.

willphill#241787 writes:

Eventually, someone on the coaching staff is going to held accountable for the glaring deficiencies.

goobervol writes:

Coaching cannot be anything but an F! Clock management, especially at the end of the first half, was mindboggling. Why would any coach take 2 timeouts into the locker room?

Since the Vols do not have a Special Teams Coach, the blunders or fiascos on both Punt Coverage and Kick-off Coverage by our "uncoached" unit(s) fall directly at the feet of CBJ. What other SEC teams do not have a coach specifically for Special Teams?

Half-time adjustments? Were my eyes failing me, or did I actually see a repeat of errors from the first half (both offense and defense)for 30 more long, excruciating, minutes in the second half? Who is to blame for this misstep?
The first year coach from the American League!

Bottom Line: I wonder if first year Coach Malzahn informed his players that his goal was 6-6 for the season just so they could eek their way to a bowl game. Those sentiments were expressed to the Vols by CBJ. Does anyone really question where we are as a program now and why?

SummerfieldVol writes:

Defense what Defense. Someone's head should be on the chopping block for this terrible Defensive effort. This offense can not make 1 yard in 2 tries for a first down, 1 YARD. 23 points by the offense is a good effort but 55 point given up by the Defense is unexceptionable. It is getting to be a habit.

RoadTrip writes:

Total whiff and a miss on the coaching grade. Two of the three phases of the game were pathetic. The other - the offense - was useless in the second half and only average in the first half. That comes out to an F or at best a D- for coaching. The coaches did the game plan, designed the schemes, chose the players that would play and made the play calls. They came up with nothing to change the game plan when it was obviously needed. I would have expected this with Dooley, not Jones. But they are losing their grip on this team.

towmater writes:

What has separated Jones from Dooley is that even though the Vols have been losing they have played like they know what they are supposed to be doing and have played competitively to the end of every game. The team that took the field against Auburn looked a whole lot like a Dooley-coached team. Disorganized, confused, and thoroughly whipped. Not good.

utfans#211352 writes:

The last 3 games remind me a lot of three years.

jimn245#1424911 writes:

The team looked like a David Hart team. He and his toupee should go back to Alabama.

johnlg00 writes:

Just about the only two players who deserved to wear the jersey Saturday were Palardy and Neal. Maybe they need to look into putting Palardy at safety and see if anybody else can kick. Just kidding. I expected the Vols to lose most of the games during this recent stretch, but I didn't expect them to look so bad doing it. The lack of speed and execution was so glaring that it was hard to tell what the schemes were on kick coverage and defense. All I can figure is that the guys are just too worn down to sustain a top effort throughout a tough game. During this bye week, hopefully they can take a deep breath, rest and heal, and get their minds right to win these last two games. The coaches will have to do their best to hold onto the recruits. It's probably not much fun to be a Vol player or coach these days. I know it's not much fun to be a fan!

wilk58 writes:

The way they played yesterday really brought back memories of vandy game last year. Last year was Dooley leaving. This year is O and D lines leaving. They have got beaten down a lot the last three years. Maybe there is nothing left to give.

OrangePride writes:

I could easily comment on almost every grade, but most of it has been said. A couple of questions do come to mind, however. How long must we go where every team with a running QB torches us? I noticed Brewer was often used as a "spy." The problem? Too slow to keep up and poor open field tackling. Is there no one else to do this job?? Last comment; I would break down that special teams film and a LOT of those guys would be examined and possibly replaced for Vanderbilt. They were hideously embarrassing to both themselves and Tennessee. LAST WORD? WE MUST BEAT VANDY!!!

Goodgriefcharliebrown writes:

Don't get the overall B grade for running backs when one back got 124 yards, the others didn't.

psychovol2 writes:

CBJ did not recruit most of these players. The ones he did are showing up for the most part. He's cooking dinner with groceries someone else bought. He's done a lot of things right. For example: Recruiting well, mending fences with HS programs, mending fences with alumni, beating a ranked team, etc. These things will bare fruit in time and sooner than you think. Remember where we've come from recently. It's not pretty...

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