Posted by Thomas the Terrible on September 23, 2008
Well it’s that time again, the Big Orange Roundtable time. This week majority of the Vol nation is calling for Fulmer’s head. They are nothing but bandwagon jumpers; I was calling for his head last year.
The week’s roundtable is being hosted by Curveballs for Jesus, what a week to be the host. This is his first time hosting so he officially moved past rookie status. Judging by these questions this week he may have propelled himself into all-star status.
Let’s go to the roundtable!
1.The Vols made some costly on-field mistakes that would have kept them in the hunt, and while they might not have resulted in a win, they at least cost us a chance to win the game. The two biggest mistakes, of course, were the fumble and interception by Crompton in the red zone. Vent your anger and frustration here:
I’m not angry. I knew this is how the game would turn out. I am frustrated though. I’m frustrated that Fulmer still clings to hope in the Mountain (False) Messiah. Asked on his teleconference Sunday if Tennessee would consider looking at another quarterback besides starter Jonathan Crompton, Fulmer said, “Jon’s our quarterback.”
Crompton ranks 13th in the SEC in passing efficiency and 89th in the nation with a rating of 104.24. Only Mississippi State’s Wesley Carroll rates lower among SEC quarterbacks who average at least 10 attempts a game.
In laymen terms: that sucks. One would think with such numbers Crompton wouldn’t be so damned cocky, I mean that’s logical. Isn’t it? Logic at this point escapes this coaching staff and the Mountain (False) Messiah. Crompton was quoted as saying:
“We play for our football family, that’s each other. We know what we’re capable of as an offense. I know what our defense is capable of. That’s who we care about the most.”
When I read that I think wow the players are arrogant, self-centered and out of touch with their fan base… just like their coaches. Well… I’m glad to see that our highly paid coaching staff was able to teach them something.
Crompton is like a defective tampon, does not function for the entire period and has no second string. (In Fulmer’s eyes)
Do these guys think they’re playing a pick-up game in an open field somewhere? They represent something much bigger than themselves and there were empty seats last Saturday. That says everything that needs to be said about the state of things on Rocky Top.
2. Speaking of special teams, Brandon James ended up punishing the Vols for fifty-two yards on a kick return and for ninety-two yards and a touchdown on his two punt returns. What are your thoughts on the decision to kick to James?
I don’t think it was the decision that was made by the coaches. Our punter, Chad Cunningham, sucks.
The Vols rank 118th out of 119 Division I Bowl Subdivision teams in net punting for the second week in a row. Of course the kicking has been on the decline for awhile now, but we don’t need a special teams coach, do we? No of course not!
Cunningham is an arrogant punk in my humble opinion look at the quote from GVX:
“You want it as far as possible over to the sideline as you can get it,” Cunningham said. “I could have definitely done a lot better punt than I gave our coverage team.
“I take blame for that. But I’m sure we probably missed a couple of tackles.”
I think Cunningham needs to shut his pie-hole.
I’m not surprised that Fulmer has stated that the walk-on punters would get an extended look in practice this week. I also wonder if it is because of the punting woes or due to the fact that Cunningham’s comments seem to throw the coverage unit under the bus. You either take responsibility or you don’t. End of story.
3. The boo birds were back on Saturday, and there was plenty to boo about. There were quite a few throughout the game, but the loudest came when the team was booed when Tebow took the Gators into the Victory Formation. What are your thoughts on fans booing our coaches/players on our home field?
I thought it to be disgraceful and embarrassing.
The booing is sickening. Some of the play was sickening, but there are ways to address that, and ultimately fire the AD and Fulmer which I feel is necessary. We didn’t boo the sorry play before, during, and after the when Majors was rebuilding team. I know things change, but football hasn’t actually changed that much since the forward pass.
I can understand frustration but booing a non-paid athlete is just plain wrong. I know some people were booing the coaching performance however the players on the field have no way of knowing that.
“That’s part of it,” UT coach Phillip Fulmer said. “There’s probably not anybody very happy with me right now. There’s probably not very many happy with the quarterback right now.”
At least the coach can recognize that he isn’t exactly liked right now but that doesn’t excuse booing your own players.
Think about it like this: Have we as a fan base sunken to level of South Carolina fans already?
4. In addition to the boo birds, there is another thing that is very aggravating to me about some Vols’ fans and really sports fans in general. There were people leaving the stadium so fast that you would have thought real live gators had been let loose into the stands. Explain why you are or are not a leaver?
I’m not a leaver. I’m there to support the University of Tennessee for better or for worse. Sunday when I went to grocery store I still wore a Tennessee t-shirt with out thinking about it. Why? Because that’s what fans do. GO VOLS!
5. I am going to call this question the “Quarterbacks and Coaches” question. All I want to know is, where the heck do we go now with our current quarterbacks and coaches?
QB’s: Give Nick “The rifleman” Stephens a shot.
Coaches: Announce up front right now that Fulmer will NOT be retained for next years season and immediately start a search. By being up front and honest maybe the AD can work with Fulmer about being in an advisory role during the search, that way we can still hang on to some of the commented recruits. Yes I know Tennessee could win out this year but even if they do I feel he needs to go because it’s obvious the game has passed him by.
We need to fire Clawson now. He’s bust and he is really starting to make me miss Sanders.
I can’t complain about the defense so maybe, for now at least, keep Chavis where he is. All the other coaches can go after the season.
6. In closing, how do you see this weekend’s game against Auburn unfolding?
Remember the movie Deliverance? About like that.
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