Report card: Vols get subpar grades after sluggish first half

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones shows his displeasure during Tennessee’s first-half performance Saturday against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Tennessee coach Butch Jones shows his displeasure during Tennessee’s first-half performance Saturday against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Report card for Tennessee vs. Alabama.

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Comments » 13

Volsreign1 writes:

A "B" for the receivers is way too generous. Especially when you consider that North seems to be the only one who can actually catch the ball. Isn't that what receivers are supposed to do? And what happened to Pig? Why wasn't he in there instead of "brick hands" Josh Smith and Johnathan Johnson? Is he injured or did he leave early for the airport? Croom didn't attempt to stretch out for a long completion in the first quarter and Downs can't stay on his feet for a perfectly thrown pass. I give the receivers a "D" at best

NoIncomeTax writes:

The receivers dropped several passes. How do they rate a B?

underthehill writes:

in response to Volsreign1:

A "B" for the receivers is way too generous. Especially when you consider that North seems to be the only one who can actually catch the ball. Isn't that what receivers are supposed to do? And what happened to Pig? Why wasn't he in there instead of "brick hands" Josh Smith and Johnathan Johnson? Is he injured or did he leave early for the airport? Croom didn't attempt to stretch out for a long completion in the first quarter and Downs can't stay on his feet for a perfectly thrown pass. I give the receivers a "D" at best

Can't disagree with the obvious..North appears to be the only SEC talent in this bunch..what happened to the 4* Harris ..recruits get ready to help next year..need U ..can't go along with the B for coaching this game..as the game announcers pointed out..the UT db's were 11 yards off the receiver when bama put the game out of reach..looked like the Cinn defense when Bray lit them up..still saw a lot of fight from the overmatched Vols and I liked that Jones coached hard the full game..no quit in this bunch and it may still pay off with 6 or more..

moorevols55#1417579 writes:

Coaching, on defense, should be an F. The defense wasn't prepared at all. No aggression, no containment the entre game, no discipline, only 1 blitz all day (except for a couple at the one yard line). The coaches never put the defense in a position to succeed, at all, all day.

The offensive line was very good, running backs very good, receivers ok. Defense was just a total mess and I blame the coaches for the most part.

Alpha-Snail writes:

UT played to lose by less. It didn't work.

Orange_Power_T writes:

Not sure what happened to A.J.. He was a non-factor most of the game. I was very impressed by Dobbs- Worley should take a seat. Croom had a couple of good receptions as did North. Secondary was horrible. It looked like our "D" resorted back to their old ways of taking bad lines to get to the ball. It was like a replay of last year. I also noticed that Bama OL were playing like pros- holding on every single down but doing it well enough not to get a flag. For an SEC team, I thought all of the scores were graded on a curve. We need to quit doing that and call a duck a duck. As a whole, this team HAS improved but by no means are we contenders just yet. Like it or not, we are still two years of a recruiting cornucopia away from being contenders.

DroopyDrawers writes:

Dobbs should be the QB, Worley throwing wobbling ducks yesterday. Coaching was ok, if you consider how far they come and have had no coaching for four years.

Dickattrade writes:

Maybe we need to start practice this week by referring to Mizouri as the the tigers insted of the "black team".
According to an Alabama player being referred to as the red team got them really fired up,as if the needed it.

Orange_Power_T writes:

in response to Dickattrade:

Maybe we need to start practice this week by referring to Mizouri as the the tigers insted of the "black team".
According to an Alabama player being referred to as the red team got them really fired up,as if the needed it.

If AL took offense as being the "red" team, they'll get over it. I think what CBJ was trying to do was to visually give our Vols a way to envision that Bama put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else. As a coaching strategy, I get where he was going with that. Problem is you just can't ignore the talent factor, which is very lopsided in this match-up. Be patient, can't fix what was broken for four years in six games. This one was severe enough to require a few years at best.

Orange_Power_T writes:

Would love to see a KNS poll as to who should start as QB

johnlg00 writes:

Bama is about as tough a test as any team can take these days. Not many teams would have good grades against them. Bama plays with a persistence of power and precision at every position throughout the roster that few teams have ever matched. I'm more concerned about the injuries to Moore and Randolph than the outcome of this game. No question the defense regressed yesterday, but much of that was on Bama as well.

volbald writes:

"Red team" appellation indicated fear of "Alabama" and the team played "scared" the entire first half. After the team's spirited play against UGA and SC it was a real disappointment to watch the devolution. All we wanted was to see real effort and we didn't see that until it was too late in the fourth quarter. Maybe Coach Jones can call the Univ. of Mo., the University of Mo. during practice this week.

southernbelle79 writes:

About the only bright spots of this game are that we didn't set another worst defeat record, we weren't shut out, and our freshman quarterback was able to lead UT to a touchdown against their second string. In my book, not beating a 28 spread is a C- performance, and that has to fall on the coaching staff.

Now that his red shirt has come off we might as well give Dobbs a lot more playing time.

Given CBJ's coaching experience, maybe he was intimidated by both Oregon and Alabama, as any freshman to big time football would be.

The test of his meddle will be how he does in getting his team ready for the next couple of games.

Don't get me wrong, I am wishing and hoping that CBJ'S will grow into an A+ coach. He is not there yet.

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