John Adams: Vols wasted a week of practice on Oregon

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Oregon tight end John Mundt (83) runs past Tennessee defensive back Max Arnold (46) during the first half against Oregon at Autzen Stadium Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Eugene, OR. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Oregon tight end John Mundt (83) runs past Tennessee defensive back Max Arnold (46) during the first half against Oregon at Autzen Stadium Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Eugene, OR. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

A Tennessee fan emailed me a week before the Oregon game and suggested what now seems like a brilliant plan.

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volbald writes:

Coach Jones needs to get one of the freshman QBs ready for the Fla. game. We'll lose with Worley so we might as well be giving the better of the two freshmen game experience to learn his trade. It will be "ugly" either way, but time is currently "a-wasting" as long as Worley retains the starter's position and takes all the snaps with the first unit during practice.

Volsreign1 writes:

in response to volbald:

Coach Jones needs to get one of the freshman QBs ready for the Fla. game. We'll lose with Worley so we might as well be giving the better of the two freshmen game experience to learn his trade. It will be "ugly" either way, but time is currently "a-wasting" as long as Worley retains the starter's position and takes all the snaps with the first unit during practice.

It's possible we could actually win this game. They should play the quarterback who gives us the best chance to win, even if it's Worley. We can still make a bowl game. No need to give up on this season already and just worry about next season. The coaches know which quarterback gives us the best chance to win, even if they're not happy about it and know that guy isn't the future, they need to try to win this game and get us to a bowl or at least not lose 8 games this year.

TommyJack writes:

Can't see a win against FL....team needs to be de-dooled.

MadMax49 writes:

Vols wasted a week of practice on Oregon

and UT fans have wasted a lifetime on John Adams articles.

Caspian writes:

I don't understand all the hypernegativity about the Oregon loss. No one in their right mind expected a win. And the loss is not as proportionally bad as the score appears. For those mathematically inclined, the line between UT's level and UO's level is not a straight one. It's more of a parabola or an exponential curve. To play like Oregon does not require replacing every piece of the puzzle. It does not mean UT is currently not doing anything right. A few new players at key positions, a few new leaders, a few breakthroughs in attitude and maturity will all pay big dividends in the level of play. Considering the energy of the new staff, the attitude of the current players, and the recruits coming in, we're 70% of the way to where we want to be. Unfortunately, most of the scoreboard results don't show up until the last 10-20%. Be patient. Let the process play out. Watch for improvement. Enjoy the ride.

SmokeysPup writes:

I hoped we could keep it close and maybe have a chance to make a game out of it, but when I looked at the schedule this year I truly felt like this was the only game we would not have a chance in. All this negativity will vanish when the VOLS roll into the swamp this weekend. Oregon can be beaten when you have a month to prepare for that once a season offense, ask Auburn.

larrycook99#274374 writes:

in response to SmokeysPup:

I hoped we could keep it close and maybe have a chance to make a game out of it, but when I looked at the schedule this year I truly felt like this was the only game we would not have a chance in. All this negativity will vanish when the VOLS roll into the swamp this weekend. Oregon can be beaten when you have a month to prepare for that once a season offense, ask Auburn.

Smokey is right. Playing against Oregon is like playing against Oklahoma or Nebraska in the hey day of the wishbone offense. If that was the only time you saw it then, it was so different that it was hard to prepare for in one week and you could and probably would get blown out. That said, we could have had a month and we still wouldn't have won with the game plan we had Saturday. I really don't understand why we didn't try to just pound the ball on offense behind our line. It may not have worked and allowed us to win, but we could have at least controlled more of the clock and made it more respectable. We supposedly have a very good line, but we didn't lead with that one obvious strength against Oregon, in my opinion.

AtLannaVFL writes:

Worley has to go. Even if Peterman throws an interception or two, at least he takes the chance and throws the ball down the field. A offense takes on the personality of it's QB and Worley looks intimidated and nervous. In over his head. Come on now Butch, this is your first chance to show us you want to win. Pull that trigger, or waste another week of practice.

bUTch__please writes:

I'm not the biggest fan of Wobbles....but to WHOM is any QB going to throw?

Even 3 yr starter and rocket-arm Big Bribe Bray had trouble connecting with First Round draft pick CP because of route inconsistencies. How the heck can Wobbles or 3 Freshmen QB's improve results with a decimated squad of Freshmen wide-outs and not a slot in the house????

Seriously.

johnlg00 writes:

While I had hopes Worley would be at least OK at QB, I'm now pretty convinced he is not the long-term answer. Oh, maybe if Cutcliffe came back to coach him up, he could be better than he is, but we know that ain't gonna happen.

That said, I agree with Adams that the best time to make a change, if they make one, would be after Florida, when they have two weeks to not only change QBs but also maybe shuffle some of the other positions. I could be wrong, but I just don't think the one week we have before Florida is the time to make such a big change.

And besides, as several columnists and posters have said, the QB competition has been essentially wide open ever since CBJ and staff got here, and Worley came out the best of the contenders. A change just for the sake of making a change might well might kill whatever morale the team has left after their rout at the hands of Oregon.

larrycook99#274374 writes:

Another thing to consider that I heard on the radio this morning. What if you move one of your freshmen to starter now? How many of the others is here next year? And consider that they are not recruiting for a QB at the moment.

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

in response to Caspian:

I don't understand all the hypernegativity about the Oregon loss. No one in their right mind expected a win. And the loss is not as proportionally bad as the score appears. For those mathematically inclined, the line between UT's level and UO's level is not a straight one. It's more of a parabola or an exponential curve. To play like Oregon does not require replacing every piece of the puzzle. It does not mean UT is currently not doing anything right. A few new players at key positions, a few new leaders, a few breakthroughs in attitude and maturity will all pay big dividends in the level of play. Considering the energy of the new staff, the attitude of the current players, and the recruits coming in, we're 70% of the way to where we want to be. Unfortunately, most of the scoreboard results don't show up until the last 10-20%. Be patient. Let the process play out. Watch for improvement. Enjoy the ride.

A very simple and accurate post. This old guy appreciates common sense.
Wish all of the negative Ninnies who post on this site would take notice of what this gentleman says.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to slb1zellwood#1421797:

A very simple and accurate post. This old guy appreciates common sense.
Wish all of the negative Ninnies who post on this site would take notice of what this gentleman says.

Agree completely. One can only hope the coaches and players aren't as easily discouraged as some of our more faint-hearted fans.

larrycook99#274374 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Agree completely. One can only hope the coaches and players aren't as easily discouraged as some of our more faint-hearted fans.

I also agree with this but am concerned that it appears that the QB play is mainly being blamed. I don't see CBJ saying he is opening up any other position in the explicit way he did the QB position. I am bothered by that apparent focus.

jmaples54 writes:

in response to MadMax49:

Vols wasted a week of practice on Oregon

and UT fans have wasted a lifetime on John Adams articles.

know the definition of "insanity?" doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I can only assume you are insane if you think you have wasted your life and keep reading adams's articles.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to larrycook99#274374:

I also agree with this but am concerned that it appears that the QB play is mainly being blamed. I don't see CBJ saying he is opening up any other position in the explicit way he did the QB position. I am bothered by that apparent focus.

I think I know what you are saying, but really, QB is just about the only position where the Vols even HAVE any options for change. One exception may be RB; maybe Hill or Smith should get some carries with the first team. Otherwise, the only real choice the coaches have is to continue to try to get the best out of the guys they are already using.

It is also possible that all the circumstances in the Oregon game made everybody look worse than they are, just as the APSU and WKU games might have made them look better than they are. This was the first college road trip for up to 35-40% of the squad, and this was certainly not the best situation for one's FIRST experience of that sort.

And while CBJ may not have been as pointed about the possibility of change at other positions, I'm pretty sure everybody on the team is getting evaluated on a regular basis. There is hardly anybody on the squad who is "owed" a position out of any previous obligation--CBJ only recruited this year's freshmen and a couple of JUCOs, and with the exception of the QBs, most all of them who have been healthy enough have gotten some game action by now.

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