Poll Results

Poll: Are you satisfied with the coaching staff Butch Jones has put together?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
76% 4918
No
 
23% 1549
total votes: 6467

Comments » 54

VolinCalif writes:

Looks as if they have worked together as a team for a god while. They will not have to go through the learning cycle of working together. Should be a good thing for the players and get them up to seed quickly.

Rumblefish writes:

Let's face it folks....

This is a YOUTH BASED LEAGUE. The NFL has become so...and so has the NCAA. There has been a sohp and a frosh Heisman winner in the past few years. With parity in the D1 ranks being more prevalent than ever...it is clear that COACHING is the determining factor. Yes...it helps to have several big time recruits. But...I watched a 3* from aTm bust up BAMA.

Look at these 1st and 2nd year players rocking the vets in the NFL. Look at the young kids in college setting records.

Butch...you got 3 years. Just like Dooley did. Let's go!

GoVols_16 writes:

Yes, but my opinion & the opinions of virtually every other person on this site doesn't matter for squat. If the truth were told, MOST of us could neither recruit nor coach our way out of a paper bag.

That being said, polls like this are worthless and GO BIG ORANGE!!!!

west_tn_volfan writes:

I am satisfied now but the real time to decide is when I've seen the team play.

kyletrktr writes:

I love the Butch Jones hire and most of his coaches too. But being an Auburn student and going to all but one of their home games, I'm worried about the two auburn hires. Even on a bad team, the linebackers and especially the secondary were some of Auburn's weakest groups. That being said, Tennessee has one of its best coaching staffs in a while if you ask me. Butch is a strong-willed man with an extensive knowledge of NCAA football, plus a proven track record of building programs. Am I wrong, or is that the perfect formula for a head football coach at Tennessee? Go Big Orange!!

tmcretired writes:

Good luck coach, Now its time to get going UT needs you to do a lot of things I wish you well you have entered the lions den this will be no walk in the park.UT fan base is a demanding group of great people time to show what you can do

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

CBJ seems more confident and able than Dooley did at this point. UT may be down a year longer than we had hoped, but if the transition goes well UT may be benefiting immediately.

SummittsCourt writes:

Let's hold judgment until we see what they can do. Go Vols!

JtDL writes:

The only problem I see is Willie Martinez. His defenses were horrible at Georgia and this season's secondary at Auburn was even worse than the rest of the team.

HazardKYVol writes:

If Butch is happy, then I'm happy.

OLROCKYTOP writes:

Ask this question about this same time next year. You will get a more definitive answer.

RockyTop1_old writes:

Looking good but only time will tell! VFL!!

jollofran writes:

My problem is not with the staff he put together. My issue is his comments at the press conference where he promised the best coaching staff in the country. I believe this Coach is going to be prone to over promise and under deliver. Our recruiting class is second to last in the SEC, so January will tell whether or not he can recruit. Dave Hart claimed he was a fantastic recruiter. We'll see. I don't mean to pessimistic, I'm just tired of losing. And it makes me absolutely sick to see Vanderbilt with the #12 recruiting class and growing. If this doesn't work out after the money Tennessee has shelled out... Butch Jones won't be the only person to lose their job. I just want to be an 8 win team again. Not asking for the world... yet. Maybe next season I'll ask for that.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

in response to JtDL:

The only problem I see is Willie Martinez. His defenses were horrible at Georgia and this season's secondary at Auburn was even worse than the rest of the team.

You need to learn alot about football and coaching my friend.

Many times a position coach is promoted to a coordinator position and fails just as coordinators are made head Coaches and fail.

Martinez was a really good position coach but a lousy coordinator just like Sal Sunseri turned out to be.

Martinez is a really good position coach and he's a really good recruiter and he has experience and knowledge in the brutal SEC so he'll be a good asset to our program.

Relax and just support our coaches and players because for at least 4 years or longer that's really all any of us real Vols fans can do.

Like it or not there's simply NOT going to be anymore coaching buyouts for at least 4 to 6 years no matter how bad things might get.

I just don't see things getting worse with CBJ running things but I do know this total rebuild is going to take several years and will be a step by step and year by year process upward.

VFL...GBO!!!

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

in response to OLROCKYTOP:

Ask this question about this same time next year. You will get a more definitive answer.

Yes, indeed. I'm concerned with Martinez and Thigpen. Defensive disasters have occurred everywhere Martinez has been. Let's hope the DC can teach team something. I guess they can't be any worse than Buddy Hackett and gang. Who is coaching special teams?

pingkr62 writes:

in response to GoVols_16:

Yes, but my opinion & the opinions of virtually every other person on this site doesn't matter for squat. If the truth were told, MOST of us could neither recruit nor coach our way out of a paper bag.

That being said, polls like this are worthless and GO BIG ORANGE!!!!

Great post. It's good to hear the truth. G.B.O.!!!

pcorange writes:

If you think back to when Dooley was hired, he came out of the gate making excuses. Remember the "year zero" stuff? CBJ is already light years ahead of Dooley just in attitude alone.

marcoguy writes:

Once in an interview Bum Phillips was asked why Don Shula was such a good coach. Bum's reply was, "Because he can take hizz'in and beat yourn, and take yourn and beat hizz'in." My point is, it doesn't really matter who Butch has as players. He'll win with whomever he has. He took undervalued players at both Central Michigan and Cincinnati and won with them. Butch will make believers out of the Vols too. Plus they will be in the best shape ever. Watch what happens in the fourth quarter next year when the Vols sprint to the other end of the field still fresh and their opponents are dragging.

volforeverandever writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Let's face it folks....

This is a YOUTH BASED LEAGUE. The NFL has become so...and so has the NCAA. There has been a sohp and a frosh Heisman winner in the past few years. With parity in the D1 ranks being more prevalent than ever...it is clear that COACHING is the determining factor. Yes...it helps to have several big time recruits. But...I watched a 3* from aTm bust up BAMA.

Look at these 1st and 2nd year players rocking the vets in the NFL. Look at the young kids in college setting records.

Butch...you got 3 years. Just like Dooley did. Let's go!

Very good point.You see some teams loaded with talent that never get to the top.Coaches who are great recruters but just get by on talent alone get their butts handed to them a couple times a season by teams with 2 and 3 star players who are well coached.Les Miles and Lane Kiffin come to mind with all that talent.Kiffin is the most glaring example.His usc team has several number one recruting classes loaded with 5 star talent but they lost 5 games to teams with alot less talent but well coached with eager young players who have bought into the system.During.

the Nd and Usc game the commentators made comments as to how Usc was outcoached by Nd.If my memory is correct I don't recall Nd having any great recruting classes,they were ok with a few good players but not at the top.

underthehill writes:

in response to GoVols_16:

Yes, but my opinion & the opinions of virtually every other person on this site doesn't matter for squat. If the truth were told, MOST of us could neither recruit nor coach our way out of a paper bag.

That being said, polls like this are worthless and GO BIG ORANGE!!!!

Yep ..that's the way it is ..hard to create news this time of year..this is simply an attempt to do so..may be a good staff..but they got their work cut out for them..

gwills228#231210 writes:

Ask me again at the end of next season. Kinda like asking me if I,m happy with the new car I just bought yesterday.

Pullingguard writes:

Staff looks decent, we will know more after season 2013 is over.
I do think he should have retained the WR coach and RECRUTING Cord which would have given better insight into RECRUTING and WR coaching as well.

GerryOP writes:

We're doing just fine.

volfanlostnbama writes:

in response to marcoguy:

Once in an interview Bum Phillips was asked why Don Shula was such a good coach. Bum's reply was, "Because he can take hizz'in and beat yourn, and take yourn and beat hizz'in." My point is, it doesn't really matter who Butch has as players. He'll win with whomever he has. He took undervalued players at both Central Michigan and Cincinnati and won with them. Butch will make believers out of the Vols too. Plus they will be in the best shape ever. Watch what happens in the fourth quarter next year when the Vols sprint to the other end of the field still fresh and their opponents are dragging.

Agree...really good post, great quote.

jt45 writes:

Cautiously Optimistic and hoping their experience working together will help speed up the process of creating a winning formula here at UT.

TommyJack writes:

in response to JtDL:

The only problem I see is Willie Martinez. His defenses were horrible at Georgia and this season's secondary at Auburn was even worse than the rest of the team.

Sooo, JtDL....you think Butch hired him because he is a friend...nevermind he's a lousy coach??? I don't think so.

Pompey writes:

....would liked to have kept Sam Pitman, but since each head coach lives or dies by his staff he should have the right to choose his own people...!

BMSvol writes:

cincinatti got a far superior coaching staff than the vols did

tulelakevol writes:

If they win and produce, yeah, I'm satisfied.

SummerfieldVol writes:

in response to west_tn_volfan:

I am satisfied now but the real time to decide is when I've seen the team play.

Exactly right. the test begins with the first game in Sepember.

SummerfieldVol writes:

What I would like to know is who will be coaching special teams and kickers?

SummerfieldVol writes:

in response to BMSvol:

cincinatti got a far superior coaching staff than the vols did

According to who? Who is qualified to make that statement?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to kyletrktr:

I love the Butch Jones hire and most of his coaches too. But being an Auburn student and going to all but one of their home games, I'm worried about the two auburn hires. Even on a bad team, the linebackers and especially the secondary were some of Auburn's weakest groups. That being said, Tennessee has one of its best coaching staffs in a while if you ask me. Butch is a strong-willed man with an extensive knowledge of NCAA football, plus a proven track record of building programs. Am I wrong, or is that the perfect formula for a head football coach at Tennessee? Go Big Orange!!

I think CBJ has made a good start, and I don't have any particular problem with the staff, but we don't really know yet if he is a program builder. At both Central Michigan and Cincy, he followed Brian Kelly, who showed at those places AND ND this year that he CAN build a program. Neither CMU nor UC were noted football powers before Kelly.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

I don't want Vols fans to become content with a 7-8 win season every year. We should expect to compete with the best every year and be on the radar for a national championship every 4-5 years. I hate the fact that our team doesn't stand a chance against Alabama. Our program has plenty of money and an extremely committed fan base. We have an amazing stadium and other facilities. There's no reason to accept the position of a second tier team. This is pathetic. VOLS FANS, DON'T BECOME ACCEPTING OF OUR CURRENT CONDITION! We should expect the best.

BigOrangeRock writes:

No, not at the moment.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Yes, excellent staff, couldn't be happier.

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

wow, 75% said yes.........lol, a bunch of unknown coaches from UC, two losers from auburn, and one ok hire, yes i'm sold!

tovolny writes:

I am not jumping up and down and clapping about the new hires; on the other hand, I am not stomping my feet and gnashing my teeth either. I would liked to have seen a few more ex-Vols. I am asking myself now, and will start asking others later this question: "is this the best group of assistant coaches in the nation (?)." When Coach Jones mentioned his intentions, I actually believed that was his intent. Maybe what he meant to say was "I will TRY to get the best ones I Can." Part of being the Head Coach requires the political statements. And we all know that political promises are just not that sacred. The way I am thinking is: if he can win the Vol fans, he can win good and outstanding recruits. We all know that Jimmys and Joes are more important than X's and O's. I wish I would (or could) quit mentioning the lack of an actual person to coach the kickers. Again folks, our kicking coach doesn't understand the technical subtleties of kicking. We are stuck with the ole Tight Ends and Special Teams Coach being the one and same. Again, we can expect one of the two (or both) being below average. George Cafego, who was a pain in the backside, but was a dedicated kicking coach. Not Special Teams Coach, just kicking coach. Some of his kickers made over 100 straight PAT's. Lots of games were won with the kicking foot during his time.

Line Backers need to be trained to kick off, and Safeties need to be trained to punt. The old Single Wing tailbacks were TB's, QB's, Safeties, punters, and kickers. They could kick, run, and punt; thus they were referred to as "Triple Threats." What I am really saying is that the Kicking Coaches (not necessarily Special Teams Coaches) should know how to kick. A Kicking Coach and a Punting Coach would be money well spent.

tovolny writes:

I meant to say Throw, Run and Punt for "Triple Threat."

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

in response to JtDL:

The only problem I see is Willie Martinez. His defenses were horrible at Georgia and this season's secondary at Auburn was even worse than the rest of the team.

Bad DC but good position coach.

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

in response to mikethehistorystudent:

I don't want Vols fans to become content with a 7-8 win season every year. We should expect to compete with the best every year and be on the radar for a national championship every 4-5 years. I hate the fact that our team doesn't stand a chance against Alabama. Our program has plenty of money and an extremely committed fan base. We have an amazing stadium and other facilities. There's no reason to accept the position of a second tier team. This is pathetic. VOLS FANS, DON'T BECOME ACCEPTING OF OUR CURRENT CONDITION! We should expect the best.

We haven't won 8 games in several years. In fact, I'd settle for a winning season right now.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to tovolny:

I am not jumping up and down and clapping about the new hires; on the other hand, I am not stomping my feet and gnashing my teeth either. I would liked to have seen a few more ex-Vols. I am asking myself now, and will start asking others later this question: "is this the best group of assistant coaches in the nation (?)." When Coach Jones mentioned his intentions, I actually believed that was his intent. Maybe what he meant to say was "I will TRY to get the best ones I Can." Part of being the Head Coach requires the political statements. And we all know that political promises are just not that sacred. The way I am thinking is: if he can win the Vol fans, he can win good and outstanding recruits. We all know that Jimmys and Joes are more important than X's and O's. I wish I would (or could) quit mentioning the lack of an actual person to coach the kickers. Again folks, our kicking coach doesn't understand the technical subtleties of kicking. We are stuck with the ole Tight Ends and Special Teams Coach being the one and same. Again, we can expect one of the two (or both) being below average. George Cafego, who was a pain in the backside, but was a dedicated kicking coach. Not Special Teams Coach, just kicking coach. Some of his kickers made over 100 straight PAT's. Lots of games were won with the kicking foot during his time.

Line Backers need to be trained to kick off, and Safeties need to be trained to punt. The old Single Wing tailbacks were TB's, QB's, Safeties, punters, and kickers. They could kick, run, and punt; thus they were referred to as "Triple Threats." What I am really saying is that the Kicking Coaches (not necessarily Special Teams Coaches) should know how to kick. A Kicking Coach and a Punting Coach would be money well spent.

I've mentioned this several times, but I guess you missed it. The NCAA does not ALLOW a spot on a coaching staff for a dedicated kicking coach anymore, not even for a dedicated special-teams coach. In other words, NOBODY has a coach who does ONLY special-teams or kicking. EVERYBODY assigns one of the other assistants to coach those things as an extra duty. This is in the name of cost-cutting and competitiveness. I don't like it and never have, but that's the reality of college football coaching these days. I loved what George Cafego did with Vol kickers, but he simply wouldn't have had a job in coaching these days.

tovolny writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I've mentioned this several times, but I guess you missed it. The NCAA does not ALLOW a spot on a coaching staff for a dedicated kicking coach anymore, not even for a dedicated special-teams coach. In other words, NOBODY has a coach who does ONLY special-teams or kicking. EVERYBODY assigns one of the other assistants to coach those things as an extra duty. This is in the name of cost-cutting and competitiveness. I don't like it and never have, but that's the reality of college football coaching these days. I loved what George Cafego did with Vol kickers, but he simply wouldn't have had a job in coaching these days.

OKAY...THANK YOU SO MUCH. This was news to me. I feel so much better now knowing that our coaches aren't sloughing off. The NCAA, a poorly organized organization composed of mis-placed people who really don't want to be involved.

Thanks...I can sleep better tonight.

vollerdash writes:

JUST WIN !!! Tired of being the doormat,ready to be the FOOT !!

voltrumpet writes:

Doesn't really matter, we don't have the money to even buy out a waterboy anymore so like the new staff or not we better get used to them...

That being said, I think their years of experience working together is a big plus but time will tell.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

wow, 75% said yes.........lol, a bunch of unknown coaches from UC, two losers from auburn, and one ok hire, yes i'm sold!

Tennessee lost a lot of losers that picked up jobs. Harry Hiestand who left last year is coaching ND this year. Tennessee tried Sunseri from Bama who was awful. Wilcox has been at 3 schools now overall. Your point is? Assistants jump around sometimes their entire career.

These have and provide a lot more leadership and continuity than the previous two combined. They also have several years SEC experience combined.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

wow, 75% said yes.........lol, a bunch of unknown coaches from UC, two losers from auburn, and one ok hire, yes i'm sold!

WOW, 25% said no, that's the more stunning vote because this is an excellent staff that will build a winner here at UT. It's obvious you do not know what you are talking about. You must be one of those bitter Grudenites. Loser!

leedsvol2007 writes:

in response to jollofran:

My problem is not with the staff he put together. My issue is his comments at the press conference where he promised the best coaching staff in the country. I believe this Coach is going to be prone to over promise and under deliver. Our recruiting class is second to last in the SEC, so January will tell whether or not he can recruit. Dave Hart claimed he was a fantastic recruiter. We'll see. I don't mean to pessimistic, I'm just tired of losing. And it makes me absolutely sick to see Vanderbilt with the #12 recruiting class and growing. If this doesn't work out after the money Tennessee has shelled out... Butch Jones won't be the only person to lose their job. I just want to be an 8 win team again. Not asking for the world... yet. Maybe next season I'll ask for that.

Best in whose eyes?

Three quick points first he has to have coaches that can recruit, motivate,teach, and get along with other staff members.

Second, he had to put a staff together quickly so recruiting which currently a huge priority could get moving.

Third, this is his first staff. If you look at Alabama they have what is considered to be a top staff and members have come and gone each year.

And all that said other than names we know nothing of how good or bad an assistant coach is you would have to be inside the profession to know.

From what you see he has put together a group that has won with at every stop plus some additions that he feels augments the staff.

He made one other key point in the press conference that has not drawn much discussion but is really important. A staff member must be a good teacher not just a presenter.

How many times last year were we misaligned on defense and gave up huge plays? Obviously there were player/coach disconnects that we fought all year. For a scheme to be effective it has to be executed properly and teaching is the biggest part of getting that done.

GoVols!

jesusvol4 writes:

Time will tell.

kevininaugustageorgia writes:

in response to jollofran:

My problem is not with the staff he put together. My issue is his comments at the press conference where he promised the best coaching staff in the country. I believe this Coach is going to be prone to over promise and under deliver. Our recruiting class is second to last in the SEC, so January will tell whether or not he can recruit. Dave Hart claimed he was a fantastic recruiter. We'll see. I don't mean to pessimistic, I'm just tired of losing. And it makes me absolutely sick to see Vanderbilt with the #12 recruiting class and growing. If this doesn't work out after the money Tennessee has shelled out... Butch Jones won't be the only person to lose their job. I just want to be an 8 win team again. Not asking for the world... yet. Maybe next season I'll ask for that.

Did you watch any of the other new coaches first pressers? I watched clips of two others besides Jones. Both of the other coaches said they were going to put "the best staff in the nation together."

That stuff is just coach speak 101. Every new coach thinks he has the best staff. It's like saying "we're only focusing on the next game" or "Our next opponent is really much better than their 1-10 record indicates.

You don't expect them to say I'm gonna put together a fairly good staff and hope we can come together. That's not going to instill much confidence or generate much money.

You just can't put any weight into those type comments, it's all coach speak.

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