John Adams: Vols are versatile, but not in a good way

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Vanderbilt defensive back Darrius Sims (6) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith (25) during the second half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Vanderbilt defensive back Darrius Sims (6) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith (25) during the second half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee demonstrated its versatility Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. That’s not a compliment.

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Volborn writes:

Kentucky has a QB that can run. We are probably losing 8 for the first time ever.

ivytenor#1424686 writes:

That was harsh. Say what you will, we got jobbed Saturday night.

ltullock#1421092 writes:

So Coach John Adams starts his latest anti-UT coach crusade. He led the effort to get rid of a Hall of Fame coach four years ago which contributed greatly to this downward spiral. I'm as disappointed at the Vandy loss as the next fan, but we have the right guy and have to stop the negativity and ongoing coaching churn. We need stability and recruiting and Butch Jones brings both, as long as the coaching experts in the media who never played College football give him time.

robert#1417579 writes:

Adams was right in everything he said. This Tennessee team is the worst in history. Just pathetic and getting worse. They have not progressed in any area. I really question this staff's ability to coach at all. Not one phase of this team is better now than it was in September. You could say the defense played good Saturday, but in typical fashion they couldn't close the deal. Nothing new there. Status quo. This team is no different than Dooley's last two. Just totally pathetic.

chbradshaw writes:

John Adams must have videos of someone in power at the News-Sentinel doing something awful for him to still have a job.

His work performance is mediocre and immature.

atnvol#283282 writes:

Adams is a Grandstander....I am thrilled at BJ recruiting committments, but very disappointed in the seasons outcome....I especially have doubts with the Offensive Coordinator. Dobbs is not the future....lets hope they do not try to make him be it...

manoffewwords writes:

If BJ and staff are so bad then why are all these incoming recruits loving on them ?

underthehill writes:

in response to atnvol#283282:

Adams is a Grandstander....I am thrilled at BJ recruiting committments, but very disappointed in the seasons outcome....I especially have doubts with the Offensive Coordinator. Dobbs is not the future....lets hope they do not try to make him be it...

Dobbs may not be the future..and again he may be if given receivers who can get where they should and catch the ball..Dobbs has deceptive speed when he runs..he has a strong arm and a brilliant mind..the game plan and offensive play calling was predictable and simple for Vandy to anticipate the calls..this game was not a good indicator of what Dobbs can do with his talent..just as fans are giving Jones a pass..same should be said for Dobbs..he was thrown into an almost impossible situation..

TommyJack writes:

in response to underthehill:

Dobbs may not be the future..and again he may be if given receivers who can get where they should and catch the ball..Dobbs has deceptive speed when he runs..he has a strong arm and a brilliant mind..the game plan and offensive play calling was predictable and simple for Vandy to anticipate the calls..this game was not a good indicator of what Dobbs can do with his talent..just as fans are giving Jones a pass..same should be said for Dobbs..he was thrown into an almost impossible situation..

But the thing is, Dobbs seems to be regressing. Should he not, after 4 games, be showing improvement? Not sure he's the answer. Not sure we have a QB that's the answer.

halhhaynes#364264 writes:

Adams is spot on about everything. Those who wish to object are letting their team loyalty blind them. Right now, aside from recruiting, what would you say is endearing about anything this team has done? Face it, we stink. Hurts to say that. I hang on to the idea that Jones and staff will turn it around but things will not improve that much even next year. Its going to be a difficult time coming back. Adams could not have been more accurate.

steve.yow#1428902 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Dobbs may not be the future..and again he may be if given receivers who can get where they should and catch the ball..Dobbs has deceptive speed when he runs..he has a strong arm and a brilliant mind..the game plan and offensive play calling was predictable and simple for Vandy to anticipate the calls..this game was not a good indicator of what Dobbs can do with his talent..just as fans are giving Jones a pass..same should be said for Dobbs..he was thrown into an almost impossible situation..

i like dobbs personally - but how the heck can you say he has a strong arm? His arm might not even be as strong Worley. He could not get the ball to the end zone on the last play - from the 50 yard line. THAT IS NOT A STRONG ARM - QUIT DRINKING THE KOOLAID AND EVALUATE THINGS BASED ON FACTS!!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to ivytenor#1424686:

That was harsh. Say what you will, we got jobbed Saturday night.

C'mon dude! So the reffing sucked. We never should have been in a position where a few bad ref calls determined the game outcome. Hasn't Jones been preaching since game #1 that "... not accomplishing a 3rd in 1 is unacceptable?" What is going on with this team?

rkarakis#235780 writes:

Adams was spot on. Looking at the team that showed up on Saturday, the only questions are "How did we stay so close to Georgia?" and "How did we beat South Carolina?" Everything about Jones is easy to like; he's really the Last Boy Scout and we all want him to succeed. This team has simply NOT progressed, however, and Jones owns that fact.

jone8191#247590 writes:

What is there to criticize about Adams' column? This is a lousy football team with (one of?) the toughest schedules in nation. I for one am glad the overrated offensive line is graduating and that Parlady is going with them. I hope CBJ continues to knock 'em dead on the recruiting trail and Lord knows we need an SEC caliber QB. Good luck to all us Vol fans. I think we are going to need it next year which doesn't look like a picnic either.

TNlogfire writes:

Go away, adams...

ut_man1#1427524 writes:

in response to robert#1417579:

Adams was right in everything he said. This Tennessee team is the worst in history. Just pathetic and getting worse. They have not progressed in any area. I really question this staff's ability to coach at all. Not one phase of this team is better now than it was in September. You could say the defense played good Saturday, but in typical fashion they couldn't close the deal. Nothing new there. Status quo. This team is no different than Dooley's last two. Just totally pathetic.

I agree 100%

no1djkb#278630 writes:

guys you are killing me. this loss was solely on the coaching staff and not DOBBS. you need to stop drinking the koolaid. I am not saying Dobbs is the savior but man once he made those mistakes, he was put in a shell and never had a chance to make it up. heck peyton threw four interceptions and a few games as UT's qb but was still allowed to throw the football(not saying Dobbs is manning). This guy is a true freshman with a lot less talent than most UT qbs have ever had. Coach Fulmer was let go because people felt he played to not to lose and was not aggressive enough. To me he should have not been fired and I know that is in the past but if you are going to hire another coach, at least hire someone that does not think as he did.
Managing the game? Please man give me a break. You put the defense in a bad position. They played good all game but you can't ask those guys to win a game for you. they don't have it in them. If he could not trust Dobbs, then he should have put someone else in. It should be about the seniors going to a bowl not managing a game. I am so sick of UT coaches making excuses. Dooley did it and now it seems as if Jones is going to do it. the old ball coach might make mistakes from time to time but his aggressive mentality has allowed SC to become a football program of respect. Man I wish we could get a coach like him.

volbald writes:

Yes - it has been a disappointing close to the season and we may have not seen the worse yet. Yes-the improvement Jones says he sees in practice has yet to make it to the field on game day. But what else can he say? He can't trade the players or exercise any free-agency options. It may be necessary to tweak some of the assistant coach positions. I too think we should have seen improvement on the field- but it is what it is. Next year will also be hard to watch unless the coaches can get some surprisingly good play from several of the outstanding recruits coming it. But we should see some strong progress by 2015 when we play VA TECH in Bristol. We just can't keep running through coaches in search of an instant fix. Go Vols!

johnlg00 writes:

I can fully understand everybody's frustration and disappointment right now. I thought the Vols would be better than they are now. It does indeed seem that some players have regressed and there is reason to question some of the strategic decisions on both offense and defense.

All that said, I would just like to remind everybody that CBJ's record his first year at Cincinnati was 4-8. The next year they got more than twice as many wins. I would argue that the step up from the Mid-America Conference to the Big East was almost as big a step as the one from the Big East to the SEC. There is a learning curve involved any time a staff steps up in competition. They did successfully surmount that big step up once before.

Now I'm not saying there is any reason to believe that the Vols will win twice as many games next year. For one thing, they have to replace both lines. Even if one believes that the lines underachieved this year, there is little objective reason to believe that a bunch of freshmen, JUCOs, and scrubs will do much if any better next year against a schedule that will be almost as tough as this year's "death march".

So what's the bottom line? The UTAD can't afford another expensive buyout. If this recruiting class holds together, there should be considerable momentum for bringing in another like it. In fact, the Vols already have as many commitments for 2015 as they have probably ever had this far out from a given NSD. In short, we literally have no other choice than to ride it out with CBJ. He will have to determine whether any staff changes will be made. Granted, it will be hard for him to let any of his key assistants go, as long as they have been with him. I do hope they will thoroughly reevaluate everything they have been doing so far to see how they can do a better job of maximizing whatever talent they have back or can bring in. That process will not be helped by a lot of gratuitous sniping from impatient fans.

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

I am not one of the run of the mill Adams haters. But I must point out that we were one play away from beating a team that beat BOTHh GA an FL, with a 3-4 string freshman QB. Compare that with last year when we got drilled by Vandy when we had Patterson/Hunter/Bray. I think we have improved when you consider that.

underthehill writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I can fully understand everybody's frustration and disappointment right now. I thought the Vols would be better than they are now. It does indeed seem that some players have regressed and there is reason to question some of the strategic decisions on both offense and defense.

All that said, I would just like to remind everybody that CBJ's record his first year at Cincinnati was 4-8. The next year they got more than twice as many wins. I would argue that the step up from the Mid-America Conference to the Big East was almost as big a step as the one from the Big East to the SEC. There is a learning curve involved any time a staff steps up in competition. They did successfully surmount that big step up once before.

Now I'm not saying there is any reason to believe that the Vols will win twice as many games next year. For one thing, they have to replace both lines. Even if one believes that the lines underachieved this year, there is little objective reason to believe that a bunch of freshmen, JUCOs, and scrubs will do much if any better next year against a schedule that will be almost as tough as this year's "death march".

So what's the bottom line? The UTAD can't afford another expensive buyout. If this recruiting class holds together, there should be considerable momentum for bringing in another like it. In fact, the Vols already have as many commitments for 2015 as they have probably ever had this far out from a given NSD. In short, we literally have no other choice than to ride it out with CBJ. He will have to determine whether any staff changes will be made. Granted, it will be hard for him to let any of his key assistants go, as long as they have been with him. I do hope they will thoroughly reevaluate everything they have been doing so far to see how they can do a better job of maximizing whatever talent they have back or can bring in. That process will not be helped by a lot of gratuitous sniping from impatient fans.

I live in the Knoxville area..Jones has solid support..and for good reason..UT football had to have a coach who could get former players involved in the program..Jones has an A+..UT had to improve recruiting ..A+..Jones had to show the fans he was not going to make excuses and work to solve problems ..he has done that..he has a great relationship with his current players even tho they have had some tough times..this is a positive for potential recruits..UT fans know the game of football well enough to know what has to happen for UT to challenge the better teams..it won't happen overnite...

vut5686#1405392 writes:

Adam's writing has its critics and faithful fans. The merits of his observations could be deemed fair. It is how he delivers them that is bush league.

Our team has performed poorly. There seems little improvement that we see. Game decisions are questionable. That said, half the NFL has faired nearly as bad. Baseball has sad losers. A winning team must beat somebody and those somebodies must strap it up every week, too. However, take the time to review some writing in other cities hosting losing college or pro teams. One can state the facts without rubbing our noses in it. Adams talks trash about MY team. I know they are not very good. I do not need him telling me what I know in kindergarten, trying to be cute, amateur language. We want our team to perform better. We deserve better descriptions and analysis of the obvious.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

I live in the Knoxville area..Jones has solid support..and for good reason..UT football had to have a coach who could get former players involved in the program..Jones has an A+..UT had to improve recruiting ..A+..Jones had to show the fans he was not going to make excuses and work to solve problems ..he has done that..he has a great relationship with his current players even tho they have had some tough times..this is a positive for potential recruits..UT fans know the game of football well enough to know what has to happen for UT to challenge the better teams..it won't happen overnite...

You have always struck me as a reasonable person, so I surely wasn't referring to people like you in my post. But we have all seen a certain trollish presence creeping back on here lately. I get how frustrated everybody must be, since I am one of those, but that still doesn't mean that there is an immediately foreseeable end to that frustration, much as everybody must hate that fact.

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