Mike Strange: So far, Vols coming up dry trying to make splash

Mike Strange
Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) looks for a way past Oregon defensive tackle Taylor Hart (66) 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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Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) looks for a way past Oregon defensive tackle Taylor Hart (66) during the first half against Oregon at Autzen Stadium Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Eugene, OR. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

The 2012 Tennessee defense would have loved to play the 2013 Tennessee offense.

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rjackcam#370380 writes:

I wonder why we haven't seen the Wildcat package this year. That would presumably give us the option of the person taking the snap either running, handing off, or throwing. In our "read" play now, the only option out of it to date has been for the QB to hand it to the RB - after standing together for a count of two. No deception in that and only slows down the running play.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to rjackcam#370380:

I wonder why we haven't seen the Wildcat package this year. That would presumably give us the option of the person taking the snap either running, handing off, or throwing. In our "read" play now, the only option out of it to date has been for the QB to hand it to the RB - after standing together for a count of two. No deception in that and only slows down the running play.

That's a fair question. I would say only that the Wildcat as such is more of a "gimmick" offense that can't carry a team for more than a series or two. What it often amounts to is little more than an option attack in which the pass isn't really one of the options. I'm more concerned about the fact that the offense hasn't attempted any more deception in its play calls. I don't recall more than maybe a couple of screen plays, one of the usual ploys teams use who can't throw the ball downfield with any consistency. Of course, the lack of a deep passing threat means the DBs are always crowding the line of scrimmage and in position to step right into the screen. I'm afraid the only real solution is just to get better players. I think CBJ and company are working on that, but that isn't going to be a quick fix.

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