Report card: Playing clean football gave the Vols a chance to win in fourth quarter

Report card: Playing clean football gave the Vols a chance to win in fourth quarter

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RoadTrip writes:

I really would like to know what Worley could have done better to deserve an A. Painted his hair orange? Led the cheerleaders? He made excellent throws when he was not getting hit. Some of them where super clutch. He evaded the rush on several occasions. He got hit in the head by on-rushing linemen on two occasions and the officials ignored it. Had it happened to Murray we all know how it would have went. Tiny had a terrible game defending his backside. Several on the O-line had busts. Worley would get up and go on to the next play without a word.

Truth is that had the D stopped Murray on the last drive in regulation, or if Pig holds on to the ball, or if Butch and the players had managed the clock better - UT wins. Would that have got him an A? If somebody else did their job does Worley get your attention? He lead the team and did all he could do.

volbald writes:

If Worley had played in the first half as well as he did in the second half, UT would have won the ball game and he'd get an A++. Everybody made mistakes-including a temporarily foolish Coach Jones. But it was overall an amazing and unexpected performance. Even Jones was surprised. He told the TV reporter at the start of the second half that UT would have a chance IF they made it to the 4th Quarter. To everyone's amazement, UT made it to the 4th Quarter and beyond. If we can play at least two quarters in every subsequent game as well as we played in the 4th Quarter today, we won't be embarrassed - even if we eventually lose. We might even escape with a win or two. GO VOLS!

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

My only question about the report card is giving the secondary an A. How many times did we see Georgia receivers running free in our secondary? At best I would give them a B-. But thats only MY opinion.

abnerPeabody writes:

Palardy has become the kicker we all have been waiting for. He is now showing why he was rated the best in the nation when recruited.Could it have been coaching ,or lack of same his first 3 years?

tntuba#225866 writes:

This game was ours to loose. On our last drive we snapped the ball 3 times that I remember, with the game clock running, with more than 13 seconds on the play clock. Someone needs to take this staffs copy of "College Football Clock Management, An Essay by Les Miles" and burn it. Then on UGA's last drive we had 3 bone head penalties that moved them closer to the goal line and gave them new downs.

While the effort on the field was impressive, the few key mistakes that were made on the field and on the sideline were the difference in the game.

There is no such thing as a "morale victory" in SEC Football. I think having the stadium full, the fans into the game and us being that close should have been great for recruiting. We are just a few players away from being 5-1.

At the end of the day, I am sick and d&#n tired of watching other teams celebrate in our house.

SummerfieldVol writes:

We had a lot of IF'S. If we had managed the clock better, if we had stopped the 57 yard run and the 28 yard run on Georgia's last possession,if we did not give them a new set of down at our goal line that lead to a tie game,but the biggie was if Pig had took better care of the ball, I know he was trying to make a great play which he did but he for got to take care of the ball. Both hands on the ball. It is a learning thing we take something from every game and hope we don't do it again. Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes have to be eliminated.

southernbelle79 writes:

Coaching A?

Clock management is the coach's job. He should have run the clock down in the last drive, kick a field goal, win the game. Never give the ball back with almost 2 minutes to go, if you don't have to. Coaching 101. Not a good time to make a mental error, Coach. B+

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

On GAs last drive, I think you want the DB wrapping up the back who got a swing pass out of the backfield, instead of the anemic push that he ran through for another 15 years. But over all the Vols way over achieved in my book! I am happy for them that they played so well and feel for them that they did not get the W.

standfast#211788 writes:

Attention: Pig Howard
When you go to class on Monday, stand up tall and hold your head high! Hundreds of thousands of Vol fans -- those who went to the game and those who watched on TV -- appreciate the effort you put forward to make a play. We win and lose together. Thanks to your effort and the play of your teammates, we came very close to beating a really great football team. Your time will come and it will be sweet! Just keep listening to your coaches and keep building brick by brick! Go Vols!

wigmeister writes:

in response to standfast#211788:

Attention: Pig Howard
When you go to class on Monday, stand up tall and hold your head high! Hundreds of thousands of Vol fans -- those who went to the game and those who watched on TV -- appreciate the effort you put forward to make a play. We win and lose together. Thanks to your effort and the play of your teammates, we came very close to beating a really great football team. Your time will come and it will be sweet! Just keep listening to your coaches and keep building brick by brick! Go Vols!

AMEN!

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to standfast#211788:

Attention: Pig Howard
When you go to class on Monday, stand up tall and hold your head high! Hundreds of thousands of Vol fans -- those who went to the game and those who watched on TV -- appreciate the effort you put forward to make a play. We win and lose together. Thanks to your effort and the play of your teammates, we came very close to beating a really great football team. Your time will come and it will be sweet! Just keep listening to your coaches and keep building brick by brick! Go Vols!

It couldn't have been said any better. We as fans have a sickening, gut wrenching, empty feeling inside but know that the team feels 10 times worse than we do.

TommyJack writes:

missed it. why was Butch flagged?

johnlg00 writes:

Some of the grades may be a little high, but this was clearly the best overall Vol performance of the year. The O-line was indeed much more productive than they have been. Worley made some clutch throws and the receivers made several great catches; North made a great grab for that TD, even though he appeared to have both feet in the air by a silly millimeter or so when he caught the ball. Most of the mistakes were made by young players trying to make positive plays, though the apologetic little nudge by Sutton(?) on the big run on UGA's last drive should be good for some major razzing in the next film session. The Vols went some way toward changing the public impression of the program; the highlights got major play on all of ESPN's wrapup shows. Hope that game sways a few major recruits the Vols' way.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

missed it. why was Butch flagged?

Opening of second half, Worley's pass was low but ruled a catch. Vols attempt (and appear) to get the next snap off before a replay can confirm/overturn. The play is stopped (apparently after the snap) and reviewed anyway.
Jones was assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty for his remarks to the officials.

ewoodbery (staff) writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

I really would like to know what Worley could have done better to deserve an A. Painted his hair orange? Led the cheerleaders? He made excellent throws when he was not getting hit. Some of them where super clutch. He evaded the rush on several occasions. He got hit in the head by on-rushing linemen on two occasions and the officials ignored it. Had it happened to Murray we all know how it would have went. Tiny had a terrible game defending his backside. Several on the O-line had busts. Worley would get up and go on to the next play without a word.

Truth is that had the D stopped Murray on the last drive in regulation, or if Pig holds on to the ball, or if Butch and the players had managed the clock better - UT wins. Would that have got him an A? If somebody else did their job does Worley get your attention? He lead the team and did all he could do.

Worley was 7-of-14 for 55 yards in the first half, which I didn't think was A-worthy. (Although I do think the Vols had a very solid first half, despite the score.)

ewoodbery (staff) writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

My only question about the report card is giving the secondary an A. How many times did we see Georgia receivers running free in our secondary? At best I would give them a B-. But thats only MY opinion.

I guess some of the grades are done on a curve, even if it's not something I do consciously.

I fully expected Murray to eviscerate the Vols' secondary at times, and he never did so. I feel like this is a game in which last year's defense would have been victimized by big plays again and again.

OrangePride writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Palardy has become the kicker we all have been waiting for. He is now showing why he was rated the best in the nation when recruited.Could it have been coaching ,or lack of same his first 3 years?

Before the season started, I was told by a person who is around practices a lot that whoever was coaching Palardy in the past was trying to get him to "refine" his punting technique. Jones told him to just punt the way he always has and the way he did it in HS if that gets better results. Well...the results are in! No idea if this is a true story, but if so, it accounts for a great deal.

OrangePride writes:

I have been to a lot of games in Neyland Stadium and have never heard it louder or more electric than yesterday. I want to thank everyone who attended and yelled their hearts out because it definitely made a difference! Yes, in hindsight, we could have done some things a little better with the clock, or been better in the first half, and so on. BUT this team did sooooooo many things right and played so hard for 70 minutes, I can't really fault anything. We got a LOUSY call on that interference in the end zone which set Georgia up on the 2 with four MORE downs. That,to my mind, was the real nail in our coffin because I don't think they score with only one more play from the 10. But those things happen. PROUD OF MY VOLS, PROUD OF MY COACH, AND EXTREMELY PROUD OF OUR FANS!!

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to ewoodbery:

I guess some of the grades are done on a curve, even if it's not something I do consciously.

I fully expected Murray to eviscerate the Vols' secondary at times, and he never did so. I feel like this is a game in which last year's defense would have been victimized by big plays again and again.

Evan, I partially agree with your point but if we were comparing this team to last years, the entire defensive backfield would be on the Deans List.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to ewoodbery:

Worley was 7-of-14 for 55 yards in the first half, which I didn't think was A-worthy. (Although I do think the Vols had a very solid first half, despite the score.)

Did you happen to notice what happened with most of the incompletions? He got hit or threw them away intentionally. Murray was essentially untouched in that half. You are entitled to your opinion though.

Now let's talk O-line. They gave up 3 sacks and several hurries along with penalties for procedure. They blow blocks on screens. That gets an A. Sorry - this UGA D is not very good. To get an A you need to dominate as a unit. If you will notice the O-line plays one good half per game the entire season. The coaches make adjustments on assignments and attitudes at half time, then they play better. No better than a B.

Coaching - these guys are getting better. But there are serious scheme design issues on defense on bubble screens, setting the edge and goal line sets. I would go into detail, but the issue is much more design than execution. The overly conservative play calling on offense in the first half. Time management was really poor during the 4th quarter. The penalty on Butch was dumb. These are major concerns. No better than a B.

Again, agree to disagree.

asleep#212036 writes:

Despite the loss, this was the first time in several years that for four quarters and in all phases of the game we actually looked like we belonged in the upper tier of the SEC. If you doubted it before, believe it now, Butch Jones can flat out coach. Make no mistake, we were completely outmatched by Georgia in the talent/experience department. Once again, Richt was out-coached but won by putting better players on the field. Give Butch a two-deep with that caliber of player and watch out.... Go Vols!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Before the season started, I was told by a person who is around practices a lot that whoever was coaching Palardy in the past was trying to get him to "refine" his punting technique. Jones told him to just punt the way he always has and the way he did it in HS if that gets better results. Well...the results are in! No idea if this is a true story, but if so, it accounts for a great deal.

That story certainly rings true to me, but I also seem to recall that Palardy was at least slightly injured off and on his first few years. Maybe that was partially a result of the "refinements" the alleged coach was trying on him. In any case, I think we are starting to see just why he was so highly-rated out of HS. He's not only punting well, a good proportion of his kick-offs are going into the end zone and he's only had the one bad FG try that I recall. If everybody else on the team was holding up their end the way Palardy is holding up his, they would be pretty hard to beat.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

Did you happen to notice what happened with most of the incompletions? He got hit or threw them away intentionally. Murray was essentially untouched in that half. You are entitled to your opinion though.

Now let's talk O-line. They gave up 3 sacks and several hurries along with penalties for procedure. They blow blocks on screens. That gets an A. Sorry - this UGA D is not very good. To get an A you need to dominate as a unit. If you will notice the O-line plays one good half per game the entire season. The coaches make adjustments on assignments and attitudes at half time, then they play better. No better than a B.

Coaching - these guys are getting better. But there are serious scheme design issues on defense on bubble screens, setting the edge and goal line sets. I would go into detail, but the issue is much more design than execution. The overly conservative play calling on offense in the first half. Time management was really poor during the 4th quarter. The penalty on Butch was dumb. These are major concerns. No better than a B.

Again, agree to disagree.

I agree with most of this, but I guess my bottom line is that this was overall the best performance by the coaches and every unit on the team that they have had this year, and if they can keep doing it to that level, they should have a shot against everybody but Alabama left on the schedule. I would call that pretty much all we could have hoped for this season.

BigDave64 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I agree with most of this, but I guess my bottom line is that this was overall the best performance by the coaches and every unit on the team that they have had this year, and if they can keep doing it to that level, they should have a shot against everybody but Alabama left on the schedule. I would call that pretty much all we could have hoped for this season.

Bingo!

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