Poll: Was Butch Jones' first season at Tennessee a failure?

Tennessee coach Butch Jones argues a call with a referee following a fumble by Vanderbilt and recovery by Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp (41) during the first half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones argues a call with a referee following a fumble by Vanderbilt and recovery by Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp (41) during the first half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Was Butch Jones' first season at Tennessee a failure?

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Poll: Was Butch Jones' first season at Tennessee a failure?

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olozbal#646632 writes:

Technically yes it was. Doesn't mean he's a bad coach. The cupboard is bare. Imagine what they could have done with Bray / Hunter / Patterson? Give him time.

vol52 writes:

No the program has gone to new lows but not Butch Jones fault. It has been missed managed for 6 years or more. I have faith he will resurrect UT football. Go Vols!!

MikeNPS writes:

I think he was a good choice and I still think he is. He took over a program that was in shambles. He was named head coach so late that most top recruits had already committed to other teams. Let's give him a chance. I think he will do well.

Esau writes:

Not a failure but with an asterisk, that being how well he cultivates and motivates the top notch recruits we have coming in. I don't think a two year plan is asking too much, a vast improvement next year and at least a run for the East the following. Also a proper slobber knocking of Kentucky to end this season would be nice.

rkarakis#235780 writes:

It's OK to give Jones a pass on this year, but the bloom is definitely off the rose. There are genuine, legitimate concerns whether he's the one to take the program back to the heights that it enjoyed just a few years ago. The Vandy game was hardly a coaching masterpiece.

cltvol writes:

Probably no different than any other employee. Problem 1, pay attention. (losing season is a problem) Problem 2, watch closely (seat is warm next year) Problem 3, move on. (better produce in year 3.)

Hossfly13 writes:

in response to rkarakis#235780:

It's OK to give Jones a pass on this year, but the bloom is definitely off the rose. There are genuine, legitimate concerns whether he's the one to take the program back to the heights that it enjoyed just a few years ago. The Vandy game was hardly a coaching masterpiece.

agreed....there has not been much coaching "magic". even with inferior talent (to vandy....Lord help us) a good coaching staff finds a way to win every-now-and-then. as bad as the auburn & miz games were (they have turned it around), this was terrible...at home...with so much on the line. the team was not prepared from the get-go, and it's really hard to swallow. that is the fact that how bad our VOLS really are. ps / even our best player, LB johnson acting a fool early on.

allvol8 writes:

This season we were beat by the ones supposed to beat us except Vandy, We Beat SC whom we were not suposed to beat and is ranked.. injuries plagued the team.. but the OL did not live up to expectations.. Tiny better rethink entering the draft...

TommyJack writes:

My free pass includes this season. Next season, not so much. Need playmakers. Offense is boring and predictable.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to TommyJack:

My free pass includes this season. Next season, not so much. Need playmakers. Offense is boring and predictable.

Well I've got news, next season is probably going to be worse than this one. The schedule we have isn't going to give us three wins.

Bandit2 writes:

Those who expected much from the Vols this season obviously didn't realize just how bad things really were when Jones took over. The well was dry. Jones will need at least four years (three recruiting classes) before we should even expect a winning SEC record. We didn't get this bad overnight and it is going to take some time to dig out of the hole. This program desperately needs some stability and Jones cannot be successful here without fan support because he will not be able to keep signing top-quality athletes if there is a lot of speculation over whether or not his job is in jeopardy.

That said, I do believe he and his staff were outcoached against Vandy. That happens. There a lot of good coaches in the SEC. But I believe Jones is the type who will learn very quickly from his mistakes. He just needs some time.

oldster writes:

It was a failure not only because they did not go to a bowl. It is also a failure because they lost to both Vandy and UK (they will you know, if UK uses the running qb), and because it is now apparent that he and his staff cannot judge talent. They recruited Peterman for Cincinnati and specifically targeted Dobbs. Neither is an SEC quality qb. This indicates an inability to judge what talent is necessary to compete in this league. That seeming inability throws into question the only thing that could possible be seen as a success in his first year. Hopefully, Peterman and Dobbs were aberrations and not true examples of their ability to judge talent.

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

in response to Bandit2:

Those who expected much from the Vols this season obviously didn't realize just how bad things really were when Jones took over. The well was dry. Jones will need at least four years (three recruiting classes) before we should even expect a winning SEC record. We didn't get this bad overnight and it is going to take some time to dig out of the hole. This program desperately needs some stability and Jones cannot be successful here without fan support because he will not be able to keep signing top-quality athletes if there is a lot of speculation over whether or not his job is in jeopardy.

That said, I do believe he and his staff were outcoached against Vandy. That happens. There a lot of good coaches in the SEC. But I believe Jones is the type who will learn very quickly from his mistakes. He just needs some time.

At least one voice of reason!

oldster writes:

in response to TommyJack:

My free pass includes this season. Next season, not so much. Need playmakers. Offense is boring and predictable.

Next year's team will be worse. There will be no experience or talent on either line. The best defensive players will be gone (and that is faint, faint praise). The QB and receivers will be the same (i.e. not very good to "you have got to be kidding me, awful" (i.e. Josh Dobbs, Nathan Peterman, and Josh Smith). Only one experienced running back and a fragile freshman to back him up. The LB corps will have another fragile person at the outside, and untested people at the remaining spots. The dbs should be better, but, again, that is faint praise as this year's group was horrid.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Many of the same mistakes as last year with doofus and "off to the races Sal." This defense was shredded, the offensive play calling was a joke, special teams not very special and quarterbacks that looked like they had never been on a football field. Tennessee didn't beat Carolina, Spurrier self destructed at the end an d lost the game.
If Tennessee mails it in at Kentucky Jones need to win 7 next year or be gone. Doofus should have been fired after the debacle in Lexington two years ago instead of scamming another year from Bama Dave.
I agree, next year will be worse if Butch doesn't coach up the freshman. Look at the 2014 schedule, can you even find 3 games UT will be the favorite to win? Doubtful!
Two years ago I was in the stadium on the sideline when a miserable Kentucky team beat Tennessee without a quarterback while a weak doofus allowed Bray and Rogers to tank the game. What is the excuse going to be this year. Two weeks to get ready for an average Vandy and the Vols had no fire to win. They found another way to lose led by a coaching staff that eschewed a dominant running game and squandered the opportunity to run the ball down their throats while burning the clock. We lost in the last 14 seconds but at least 30 plays by UT were snapped with over 10 seconds on the clock.
Very, very poor coaching and mental preparation to win. I question whether the coaches have mailed it in to focus on recruiting?

grumpyman writes:

If Jones coached as well as he talks,we would have won a few more games.

johnlg00 writes:

CBJ was 4-8 his first year at Cincinnati. He won nine and 11 in his next two years. I surely do not expect the Vols to win nine next year; all the reasons why they won't have already been stated. That said, I think they will be better next year and they should be better than that the year after. The school cannot afford another big coaches' buyout. If Jones' past is any guide, he will learn from his first trip around the SEC. The talent will still be very thin in several key areas, but if he is given time, Jones will fix that in the next year or two. I hoped they would be better this year, but there it is. Stay the course, this year and the next; we almost literally don't have any other choice.

GerryOP writes:

Let's get through Saturday and then see how you guys wax philosophical about empty cupboard/lack of experience/no depth/20-some frosh/game coaching boo boos/etc/etc/etc.

Just so you understand, I like Butch, think he has a great future in K'town, and we have to stop the revolving head-coach door. But, what's changed from last year? Was there more experience/talent/depth/etc with Dooley? Were there 4-5 embarrassing blowouts under Dooley? Recruiting? I suggest that C. Patterson made a big difference in "excitement" last year. Who recruited him? Were we too hssty firing Dooley? If we gave Dooley another year what would have happened this year? Would Bray have hung around?

Let's see what you guys have to say after Saturday.

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