John Adams: Opposing quarterbacks will make for challenging October

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, left, celebrates his 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Conley, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz )  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, left, celebrates his 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Conley, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz ) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

This is Quarterback Month for Tennessee. But it’s not to be celebrated.

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johnlg00 writes:

Given the Vols' recent tendency to make even the most ordinary QBs look like All-Americans, the next few weeks look daunting indeed. However, with the exception of Alabama, none of those teams' defenses have been all that impressive. Not saying they will make Worley look like an All-American, but if the Vol offense can stay balanced between running and passing and avoid silly penalties and turnovers, they can keep some of those potent offenses off the field. No question the Vols will have to come up with consistently great effort and sharper execution than they mostly have shown this year, but I still maintain that they will have a decent chance against UGA and USCe.

underthehill writes:

UGA will be looking to make points with the poll and will not let up on the Vols even if the game gets out of hand..it could get ugly..if it's close ..I'll consider it a monumental moral victory...

psychovol2 writes:

We need the freshmen period. Worley is not Crompton and I'm tired of waiting for the miracle to happen. The light does not appear to be coming on and I'm ready to see some talent despite the lack of experience even if they're not ready.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to psychovol2:

We need the freshmen period. Worley is not Crompton and I'm tired of waiting for the miracle to happen. The light does not appear to be coming on and I'm ready to see some talent despite the lack of experience even if they're not ready.

Let's see how the Georgia game goes. If the Vols get hammered in large part because of Worley's ineffectiveness, then it will be time to try one of the freshmen. They will have two weeks to work the new guy(s) in before playing USCe at home. Although there are four winnable games after Alabama--with better performance and maybe a little luck--it may indeed be time to start working pointedly toward next year, which might even include sitting some of the under-performing O-linemen.

I'm not sure if this move would be locker-room poison or not, but continued futility, much of which seems self-inflicted, will require some serious soul-searching. I think most of us fans are going to be patient with CBJ, but he has to decide what he intends to do, whether it is trying to play out the string with a fairly pat hand to make a minor bowl or go all-in on the rebuilding project with the objective of getting as many players who will be here next year in on all the action they can handle. I'm not sure he could or should say publicly which way he is going, though it may be obvious to us as events unfold.

Perhaps the most important thing for fans to keep in mind is that almost NOBODY seriously thought the record would be any better than it is right now. We HAVE seen some positive signs; maybe not as many as we would have liked and maybe not as sustained as we hoped, but all is not lost YET. Until he demonstrates otherwise, CBJ is still pretty much on schedule. We would do him and ourselves no service by insisting on an accelerated timetable

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