Gary Danielson's review of Tennessee not very favorable

Gary Danielson isn’t sure whom Tennessee will start at quarterback against Florida on Saturday.

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lonesome_dove writes:

Danielson - do us a favor and don't jabber into between EVERY play during Saturday's game - these commentators just think the game is not complete without them filling every bit of air space they can.

as for his assessment of the Vols - wasn't it just ten years ago that Tennessee had completed a 7 game win streak vs Bama and was in the middle of winning 3 out of 4 vs Fla ??

knock our talent level if you want, but put it into the context of the normal cycles of college football. Tennessee is still an all-time Top 10 program in total wins, win % and bowls. Florida is still among the nouveau riche of college football.

TommyJack writes:

The on-air Danielson is not bad. He just needs to learn when to STFU. It ain't radio, Gary.

Caspian writes:

I think we would all enjoy these TV guys a lot more if Tennessee was winning regularly.

dukdynstyluvr writes:

in response to lonesome_dove:

Danielson - do us a favor and don't jabber into between EVERY play during Saturday's game - these commentators just think the game is not complete without them filling every bit of air space they can.

as for his assessment of the Vols - wasn't it just ten years ago that Tennessee had completed a 7 game win streak vs Bama and was in the middle of winning 3 out of 4 vs Fla ??

knock our talent level if you want, but put it into the context of the normal cycles of college football. Tennessee is still an all-time Top 10 program in total wins, win % and bowls. Florida is still among the nouveau riche of college football.

good points...

wigmeister writes:

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Heartily disagree!

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

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Hey numb nu-- go stick your head back in the slop jar and blow some bubbles for old time sake,

maciste54 writes:

Danielsons overall assessment of the talent level is pretty much dead on IMO. It gets better next year if the ones we expect to come do.

bUTch__please writes:

Wow..fairly foregone conclusion to be the big buck CBS game.

johnlg00 writes:

Sometimes truth hurts. The only way for the Vols to change the current national perception of the program is to win--fairly soon, fairly big, and fairly often. I think CBJ can get it done in time. As the old saying goes, "A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step." The Vols may have taken that first step or two, but they still have about 999.999 miles to go, and there are likely a fair number of dark valleys and steep hills to traverse yet. Patience, Vol brothers and sisters!

BJ writes:

Gary is like every common tater he thinks he knows everything about every team. Coach has only been the Coach less than one year everybody who is not a Volunteer fan stay off the Vol site if you don't like the team This is the type of nonsense I expected from the trolls and naysayers after one blow out game by the #2 team in the nation but this is only game #3 even Rome wasn't built in a day and the Vols WILL be back GO VOLS beat FlorDUH

SewaneeVolFan writes:

I didn't like Danielson when he was playing for the Lions against my Vikings, but I think overall he's turned into a pretty good commentator. He DOES talk too much, but so does EVERY commentator. Vin Scully is famous for going quiet at certain times to let the visual events speak for themselves, but he STILL talks too much.

Unfortunately for UT fans like me, Danielson's evaluation of the team is probably pretty correct. TN needs so much more from its personnel, including the quarterback, that having someone else's star QB wouldn't be enough.

While most of us remember that Peyton didn't beat FL in his career, what we sometimes forget is those losses were during some of the winningest times in UT history, and that during those times, although FL had some great players (and Spurrier, of course), we had some of the best players in the country as well, many of whom went on to have fine pro careers.

Given that talent disparity then, and given that talent disparity now, I don't see how anyone but Worley starts on Saturday, since the burden on the QB for this game will not be to win it, but not to contribute to losing it, and hope to get that help from the rest of his team that, as Danielson noted, has been missing for the last eight years.

But who knows? With the closed practices, maybe CBJ has major changes up his sleeve, and we'll see the single wing throughout the game.....

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SewaneeVolFan:

I didn't like Danielson when he was playing for the Lions against my Vikings, but I think overall he's turned into a pretty good commentator. He DOES talk too much, but so does EVERY commentator. Vin Scully is famous for going quiet at certain times to let the visual events speak for themselves, but he STILL talks too much.

Unfortunately for UT fans like me, Danielson's evaluation of the team is probably pretty correct. TN needs so much more from its personnel, including the quarterback, that having someone else's star QB wouldn't be enough.

While most of us remember that Peyton didn't beat FL in his career, what we sometimes forget is those losses were during some of the winningest times in UT history, and that during those times, although FL had some great players (and Spurrier, of course), we had some of the best players in the country as well, many of whom went on to have fine pro careers.

Given that talent disparity then, and given that talent disparity now, I don't see how anyone but Worley starts on Saturday, since the burden on the QB for this game will not be to win it, but not to contribute to losing it, and hope to get that help from the rest of his team that, as Danielson noted, has been missing for the last eight years.

But who knows? With the closed practices, maybe CBJ has major changes up his sleeve, and we'll see the single wing throughout the game.....

Several good points here. No doubt the commentators sometimes take themselves too seriously and greatly overuse the few factoids they pick up for a given game. However, I seem to remember ESPN airing an entire football game some years ago as an experiment with NO commentary from the site, and that was a REALLY strange experience for me. I do miss the days when I could mute the TV sound and listen to the incomparable John Ward's game call. He had all the network guys beat, IMHO.

I agree that Worley should be, and will be, the starter Saturday. The following two or three weeks would be the time for major changes if any are needed. At some point, I would like to see a bit more deception in the offense--counters, fly-sweeps, wheel routes, reverses, etc. That may not be the current staff's strong suit, but I would think anything they could try to show the guys and the fans that they are open to some improvisation, while still making every effort to build a sound enough team to win without "gimmicks", is worth a gamble in an otherwise no-win situation. If the O-line can just shove Florida out of the way, that would be better, but right now, gimmicks may be the only thing that might give them even a little bit of a chance against the likes of Florida, Bama, et. al.

gglardon50#417841 writes:

in response to dukdynstyluvr:

good points...

10 years is a long time

blewissmith writes:

We knew UT wasn't gonna be very good this year...no depth...brutal schedule...and so on. Now that Oregon waxed us, who didn't call this one at the beginning, people are sounding like the sky is falling...I am not sure why it amazes me that people are talking like it is a surprise that UT is not very good...yet, but it does.

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