Secondary coach Willie Martinez: Tennessee's improvement showing

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University of Tennessee assistant head coach Willie Martinez during the practice and first scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee assistant head coach Willie Martinez during the practice and first scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said he didn’t have to say much in the aftermath of Saturday’s 34-31 overtime loss to Georgia.

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wildmed writes:

I've been impressed and pleased with the progress this team has made under Coach Jones. Also glad we had a good showing with so many recruits in Neyland for the game; they had to have been impressed. I'd hoped to hear something positive on the recruiting front after such a big weekend, but the only news about recruits was that Lauderdale has decommitted. Not exactly the windfall I was expecting. Anyone else heard anything?

GerryOP writes:

in response to wildmed:

I've been impressed and pleased with the progress this team has made under Coach Jones. Also glad we had a good showing with so many recruits in Neyland for the game; they had to have been impressed. I'd hoped to hear something positive on the recruiting front after such a big weekend, but the only news about recruits was that Lauderdale has decommitted. Not exactly the windfall I was expecting. Anyone else heard anything?

Read on another board that Lauderdale was somewhat "encouraged" by UT to "look around." He was not happy and withdrew his commitment. Something about a 4* WR who had a great visit to K'town this past weekend! The 4* has narrowed his list to UT, UF, UAla, and Clemson. Also he is a possible EE.

Volborn writes:

True statement on every play being significant. For instance, the first play with Tennessee kicking off to Gorgia ended with a taunting penalty with 15 yards tacked on. The drive ended with a 56 yard field goal. I don't think Richt would have attempted a 71 yard field goal(like Lane Kiffin). Without those 3 points, who knows what would have happened.

All those that say one play doesn't win or lose a game are incorrect. Every play matters. Every penalty matters. Every yard matters.

Another thing that matters are blown calls by referees protecting one of the leagues "favorites" to get into the BCS championship game.

1. The phantom pass interference on the game tying drive. 2. The unsportsmanlike call on Coach Jones. How many times has Muschamp blown his top? I'd say 40 or 50. How many flags has he gotten?
3. The review of the previous play when Tennessee snapped the ball before the whistle. 4. The no call on the Aaron Murray intentional grounding.

I would say Jones will send a complaint to the SEC office highlighting the awful calls. And Slive will know the refs were just doing what they were instructed to do(wink, wink).

OrangePride writes:

in response to Volborn:

True statement on every play being significant. For instance, the first play with Tennessee kicking off to Gorgia ended with a taunting penalty with 15 yards tacked on. The drive ended with a 56 yard field goal. I don't think Richt would have attempted a 71 yard field goal(like Lane Kiffin). Without those 3 points, who knows what would have happened.

All those that say one play doesn't win or lose a game are incorrect. Every play matters. Every penalty matters. Every yard matters.

Another thing that matters are blown calls by referees protecting one of the leagues "favorites" to get into the BCS championship game.

1. The phantom pass interference on the game tying drive. 2. The unsportsmanlike call on Coach Jones. How many times has Muschamp blown his top? I'd say 40 or 50. How many flags has he gotten?
3. The review of the previous play when Tennessee snapped the ball before the whistle. 4. The no call on the Aaron Murray intentional grounding.

I would say Jones will send a complaint to the SEC office highlighting the awful calls. And Slive will know the refs were just doing what they were instructed to do(wink, wink).

Can't say I disagree with your list of questionable officiating decisions, particularly item 3, the "play under review" after another play was midstream. And you're absolutely right, how many times has Muschamp gone absolutely ballistic and no one says a word? There was also a questionable no-call on a Georgia player who threw our guy to the ground well after the whistle. All of these items, particularly the interference, were borderline but somehow seem to get called on Tennessee. Georgia doesn't get that fresh set of downs on the 2 yard line, they lose the game. That simple. So that was a HUGE call for that point in the game and NOT the place for an "ify" call. Not into the conspiracy part of your post, but I think the fact that Georgia was a #6 team with NC aspirations does play into how tight they call the game for them. But hey, bro! We got those game chickens right on the doorstep. I hope we play the same way and have ole Ball Coach throwing, eating, and slamming his visor all night!! GO VOLS!!

underthehill writes:

I think there is overwhelming evidence the SEC refs tend to protect the favorites but I didn't see that as being the determining factor in this game..I thought it was more a lack of experience and bad breaks..the way the Vols came to play..their effort was too great to be critical..but the facts are if just one small break would have gone their way..they would have won...

underthehill writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Can't say I disagree with your list of questionable officiating decisions, particularly item 3, the "play under review" after another play was midstream. And you're absolutely right, how many times has Muschamp gone absolutely ballistic and no one says a word? There was also a questionable no-call on a Georgia player who threw our guy to the ground well after the whistle. All of these items, particularly the interference, were borderline but somehow seem to get called on Tennessee. Georgia doesn't get that fresh set of downs on the 2 yard line, they lose the game. That simple. So that was a HUGE call for that point in the game and NOT the place for an "ify" call. Not into the conspiracy part of your post, but I think the fact that Georgia was a #6 team with NC aspirations does play into how tight they call the game for them. But hey, bro! We got those game chickens right on the doorstep. I hope we play the same way and have ole Ball Coach throwing, eating, and slamming his visor all night!! GO VOLS!!

I recall seeing a S Car player tackle a potential receiver with a ref close by when Vandy was in position to beat S Car..no penalty was called..I think the commish called and apologized to Franklin and the gag order was given to him..this is just one instance of protecting the favorite..I don't think there is any question the refs tend to favor the highly ranked teams and it may have been a factor in the Vol-Ga game ..but I didn't see it as keeping the Vols from having a chance to win...

johnlg00 writes:

All that we have heard about the Vols' lack of foot speed in the defensive backfield may be true, but if so, they have done a much better job of covering for it than they have in the last few years. Yes, there have been some lapses, almost inevitable with true freshmen and walk-ons playing major minutes, but I would bet that even counting the Oregon game, the Vols have only given up about half as many really big plays as last year's defense did.

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