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The Tennessee/Mississippi State Grade Book

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 20, 2008

 

The VOLS are still staying alive. While the offense showed some improvement it was the defense that dominated.

Eric Berry broke the SEC career return-yardage record with his 10th career interception in only 21 games.

“I’ve never seen anybody like Eric Berry,” said Fulmer.

“It’s amazing what he does when he has the football in his hands.”

That being said I’m still worried about the offense even though they managed to score 20 of the 34 points.

Let’s review the grades.

Quarterback B+

Stephens was 10 of 20 in the passing game with 136 yards to show for it and continues to run the offense better than the former starting QB which we won’t mention. He showed that he has a good pocket presence and even some wheels when he broke out for an 18 yard run.

Running backs C-

Though the backs are still struggling, Creer is showing excellent vision and cutting ability. He ran for 68 yards in 17 carries. He showed he has a good second effort on his 1 yard TD run.

Wide receivers D

For once I would like to see the offense run on all cylinders. Lucas Taylor made a clutch grab on fourth-down & Denarius Moore reeled in a 45-yard strike from Stephens to stretch the defense. Gerald Jones went out with an ankle sprain and never touched the ball and of course Stocker dropped one. Don’t we have another tight end named Warren? Where was he?

Offensive line C

For once this season they had zero penalties. Miracles do happen! The run blocking improved this game however they are still lacking that dominance that the past O-lines had.

Defensive line A-

Three sacks which is something that has been lacking this season. The tackles did an awesome job jamming up the interior running lanes.

Linebackers A

McKenzie had two sacks and Wilson tipped two passes that resulted in interceptions. McKenzie, however, was faked out of his shoes by the QB in the open field, leading to a first down. McCoy failed to show up again. He only had two tackles.

Secondary A+++++++

Eric Berry & Demetrice Morley each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Berry also had 10 tackles in the game and a QB sack. This secondary might be the best in the SEC.

Special teams D+

Britton Colquitt shanked a 26 yard punt off his foot. Was he drunk? Lincoln Logs continues to struggle by missing a 34-yard field goal. Decent coverage on kick offs and punts. Rogan had a 40 yard runback.

Coaching B

Clearly the best job this season. The game plan was sound. The offense was 7 of 15 on 3rd down conversions. For once Fulmer gambled on 4th down which led to a touchdown.

Overall A-

It was a nice and convincing win and the VOLS got the crowd involved. Though the team still needs work this was a huge step in the right direction. At times they looked somewhat like the Tennessee teams of old.

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Tennessee & Phil Fulmer are clearly in a perfect storm. Will change be the end result?

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 17, 2008

What’s that? Fulmer won’t be fired? Surely you think I’m joking right? Unfortunately I’m not joking.

We all know Fulmer got the dreaded “vote of confidence” from Hamilton this week. For a better perspective you need to read what the Ghost of Neyland of the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober wrote. It’s an excellent piece.

Despite the comments from Hamilton, Fulmer stated that he (Hamilton) has been supportive during this storm of criticism.

“Mike has been very supportive,” Fulmer said Wednesday. “We meet every so often, scheduled, to talk about different things and stuff.

“Obviously we’ve got problems that we’re working through,” Fulmer said, speaking of his team, “but he’s (Hamilton has) shown great confidence and … looking forward to the future.”

Coach Fulmer also stated that he is equally concerned about the status of Rocky Top.

“There’s concern. I’m not going to sit here and say there’s not,” he said. “There’s concern by everybody who loves Tennessee football or Tennessee athletics about where we are and having an opportunity here to still turn the season around and so on. I just couldn’t have been more pleased, and also with some of the friends that I have that are at the trustee level. Those folks have been really good. Contrary to what you might read sometimes.”

OK one day Mike Hamilton is reportedly saying he is not afraid to make a change in coaching and very next day Fulmer is stating he is happy with the support he is getting. (Notice he did not say exactly who was supporting him)

My question is Fulmer is trying to keep from losing control of this team? I truly hope he is able to do that.

Now I’m a distrusting person by nature so something is telling me that though Hamilton’s comments are nice to hear however I don’t exactly believe him. I will believe it when I see it. Talk is cheap.

Fulmer has a six million dollar contract buy-out & the SEC is tougher top to bottom than it has been in years. Those two reasons alone could save his job for at least one more season.

There is also something that I have noticed. Fulmer is resilient like a cockroach. No matter how must Raid and Black Flag you spray, or how many times you wear your pointy shoes, he manages to survive.

Now I know someone will point out that Hamilton said the amount of Fulmer’s buy out is in reserves so money isn’t an issue. Let me remind you of this fact. Mike Hamilton is the sole reason the students are being charged for tickets. That man is more about the “bottom line” then people realize.

This should say it all about Hamilton
This should say it all about Hamilton

Another factor is the recruiting class that he is currently building. Let’s fact it those recruits are watching the games and believing they will start next season. With this team’s performance this season, can you blame them?

Though Fulmer will remain the coach changes will take place. Basically a firing sweep of ALMOST the assistant coaches and/or coordinators.

Here’s a rundown

John Chavis Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach & Associate Head Coach:

  • Chavis is safe so no worries there. The “Mustang” defense shall live on for another season. He was named defensive coordinator at UT in 1995, Chavis has gained recognition as a defensive guru the old-fashioned way — by building hard-nosed teams that have helped Tennessee rank among the stingiest in college football. Whether you like Chavis or not, you have to admit that more often than not the Tennessee defense has been great year in & year out.. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Dave Clawson Offensive Coordinator & Quarterback Coach:

  • He is the candidate to get this year’s Randy Sanders scapegoat award. He sucks & I don’t want to hear about not having the athletes to run the spread option either. One rule in coaching is when you don’t have the players to run a certain game plan you change the game plan. That is something I do not see him doing. I do not see the plays that cater to the offense’s strengths being called.

Latrell Scott Wide Receivers Coach:

  • Bye-Bye Latrell. The receivers have a load of talent but aren’t getting the proper and much needed separation that is required to help out the quarterback. Granted like Clawson this is his first year but life sometimes just isn’t fair.

Greg Adkins Offensive Line Coach:

  • The O-Line could be the major factor of our problems this season. The schemes don’t work and with Adkins being there for four years that means the starters have been coached under him the whole time.

Dan Brooks Defensive Line Coach:

  • Brooks is safe. He has been there 13 years and is a big reason that Chavis looks good. (But obviously not the only reason) If Brooks were to leave it would either be because a new coach as hired or he has taken a job as the defensive coordinator somewhere else.

Steve Caldwell Defensive Ends Coach:

  • Like Brooks he is safe and has been there for 13 years as well. If he were to leave to would be for the same reasons I have stated for Brooks.

Jason Michael Tight Ends/Offensive Line Coach:

  • I hope Jason doesn’t have a problem carrying Adkins’ bags for him.

Stan Drayton Running Backs Coach:

  • He was the Florida Running Backs before coming here….but I say big flipping deal. Outside of the offensive line, the running backs have been the most unmotivated part of the offense this season. If you don’t believe me just look at the production numbers.

Larry Slade Defensive Backs Coach:

  • Again another keeper. It’s rather hard to argue with the firing of any coach on defense when they are truly the reason the VOLS are worth watching on TV.

If a coaching change is to be occurring it needs to be done with class or it will take a long time to rebuild. Tennessee needs a smooth transition so that they do not lose what has been built to this point.

I don’t want to see anything like what is happening at Clemson, with the players’ bad mouthing coach Bowden & top rated recruits de-committing.

If we, as the VOL Nation, can remain a class act, everyone, including new recruits and coaches will take notice.

Also we all need to remember Coach Fulmer’s hard work and dedication to the University is the reason expectations are so high.

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The Tennessee/Georgia grade book

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 13, 2008

Where do I begin? Let’s start with awful and move to hopeless and finish with WTF.

Image courtesy of the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober

Image courtesy of the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober

With that being said let’s briefly go another route. I had the pleasure of the watching the game with my best friend who is a diehard Georgia fan. He pointed out 3 very questionable calls that resulted in 45 yards of penalties. The no contact pass interference, the helmet to helmet shot and wasn’t a helmet to helmet shot and late hit out of bounds that really should have been a no call. Even the announcers were surprised at those calls.

However that doesn’t excuse the nonexistent running game and the fact the defense had one of the worse games of the season.

This team is as offensively challenged as Brittany Spears is crazy. My question is what is the real problem? Is it Fulmer or Clawson? Fulmer still backs Clawson for the moment.

“The plans are good,” Fulmer said. “They’re sound. We just don’t execute like we need to. All of us need to do better.”

“He’s got the head phones on and he’s certainly aware of everything we’re doing,” Clawson said. “He certainly lets me call the game. I’m responsible for the offense.”

Well I can certainly rest easier at night knowing that. *Sarcasm*

The fight and fire does seem to continue to burn inside Fulmer however for how much longer is anyone’s guess. He knows what is coming within this coming week.

“Everybody in the world is going to talk about me,” Fulmer said. “They’re going to talk about our staff. They’re going to talk about (the players) and what kind of backbone we’ve got.

“Look ‘em in the eye and say, ‘I’m not quitting.’ Who’s going to stand up? They got to go on campus, out and about. They better be able to look them in the eye and say, ‘Hey, I did my best.’ That’s the staff, and that’s me and that’s everybody else.”

I hate to say this but sometimes ones best just isn’t good enough anymore. It’s not that Phil hasn’t done a lot of great things for UT but let’s face it, when he continues to run the same plays year after year, the opposing coaches get a lot of tape and figure out the best way counter it. See Urban Meyer, Mark Richt and Nick Saban. Any coach that looks at those schemes against UT can mount a good game plan against the offense and it is currently and has been happening a lot in the past 4 years.

Bottom line this team lacks creativity. With that being said let’s review the grades. Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Fulmer’s future hinge on a win against Georgia?

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 9, 2008

Has Coach Fulmer’s career come down to whether the VOLS win or lose come this Saturday? It depends on whether if you believe the glass is half empty or half full.

For those that believe the glass is half empty then the most obvious answer is yes. They can simply point out to the current record of their beloved VOLS. Tennessee (2-3) is last in the SEC East, and only two other teams in the entire conference stands at 0-2 in SEC play. Those are Arkansas and Mississippi State.

When Josh Briscoe says things like “If we play the way we did Saturday, we won’t beat many (Southeastern Conference) teams” after the meager 13 point performance like last Saturday night, it does cause some to wonder.

Statements like that also cause a great deal of anguish and stress to those whose glasses remain half empty. Those that believe their glass is half empty believe their booing is a badge of honor.

Of course the Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer and his players aren’t exactly helping their situation either. When asked if this Saturday’s showdown with the SEC Eastern Conference rival Georgia was a must win Fulmer was quick to answer.

“It’s all of the above,” Fulmer said. “It’s not business as usual. This is a very important time for us as we fight like heck to stay in the championship mix and hope somebody else gets beat.”

Tennessee is in the bottom half of the SEC in 10 major offensive categories, including last in pass efficiency (102.6) and first downs (15.8 per game).

The opening point spread is Georgia by 13 and any glass half empty person will quickly point out how 13 is the unluckiness of all.

“But we brought it on ourselves,” Quarterback Nick Stephens said. “We didn’t really play as well as we could have the first couple of games.

“It’s to be expected.”

It might be expected, but to most it’s not accepted. Of course the people whose glass remains half empty will also quickly point out about how Fulmer has a 9 lives and a contract for life, then their glass goes from being half empty to ¾ empty. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tennessee/Northern Illinois grade book

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 6, 2008

I feel confident in typing that the Crompton era has been put to a rest at Tennessee. Though the score doesn’t reflect it, Stephens is the better QB to lead the VOLS. Keep in mind that one reason the score doesn’t reflect why the switch at QB is good move as opposed to a lateral move is because the coaching staff kept the chains on him.

Nick “The Rifleman” Stephens still might be another piece to the Fulmer downfall though. If Stephens starts producing big time number and wins then I’m sure some critics will say “Why didn’t Fulmer bench Crompton the Mountain (False) Messiah sooner?”, but if Stephens is a bust as well then other critics will ask “What type of players is Fulmer recruiting?” Either way this is a double edged sword for Fulmer.

It distresses me to some degree that the UT athletic director Mike Hamilton had to “suggest” a change at QB to Fulmer. I believe Hamilton when he states he made the “suggestion” in order to get the crowd to show to positive energy. However I also believe that Hamilton made this “suggestion” as a way to sell more tickets.

“Phillip and I have regular meetings and we were just kicking it around and talking about it,” Hamilton said. “I just said I would encourage you that if you have a decision you ought to announce it in advance so the fans can know that.”

What a prince of a man.

One thing the score reflects is that the offensive problems that have plagued UT this season goes far deeper than the QB position. I’ll say it plainly: The whole system is broken. At times I don’t believe the right personnel are in the game. We’ll go over that as I release the grades for this week. I’m not the only one believing that as well. Some big time “donors” (other schools call them boosters) are voicing that opinion as well.

Via GVX complete story here.

“I do believe there’s time for some new blood in the head coaching position, I do,” said Chattanooga‘s Brian Williams, a VASF donor for nine years.

“He’s been good, but it’s just too conservative. There’s been too many times we’ve played not to lose and we’ve lost, instead of being aggressive and taking it a full 60 minutes, and I don’t see that happening with Phil being the coach.”

“We just recently had a change this past year with the offensive coordinator and everything, and it seems like we still have the same situation we’ve had previous years, being too conservative, not being open with the offense,” Williams said.

“I think Phil needs to open up and let the offensive coordinator run the offense like he should.”

So does Chris Parrott, a 1990 UT graduate and VASF donor since the program started.

“Up until this season I have defended Phillip Fulmer because he was my school’s coach,” she said. “It’s getting harder for me to defend with the performance on the field.”

Parrott sees the coaching change that UT made in basketball, hiring Bruce Pearl to invigorate the program, and hopes the football program could find as good a fit.

However, it took UT several tries before finding a Pearl-like fit for the basketball program.

“I predicted at the beginning of the season we’d probably be 5-7,” Parrott said. “Again, I respect Phillip Fulmer. I’m so glad he brought my school a national championship (1998), but it’s probably time, and I think it would be a good, positive change.”

I’m still not 100% on that idea I myself would like to see how this season pans out with Stephens. As the Ghost of Neyland of the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober points out in an excellent posting about Stephens…there was another QB by the name of Peyton Manning that had similar numbers in his outing. I think that Manning kid grew up to be a special QB, anyone want to argue that point with me?

Without further rambling let’s review the grades.

QB: B

Stephens was 10 of 17 for 156 yards and one TD and two of the 17 were drops by the receivers. I told you the coaching staff kept him under wraps. Now you might realize that Crompton was averaging the same amount in passing yards however Stephens had zero interceptions. Has Crompton played a game this without an interception? Something else that statistics can not show is how the other players were rallying behind him on the sidelines. Stephens hung in the pocket and managed the entire game well. Stephens is clearly the new leader of the VOLS.

Running backs: F

That’s right an F. Foster had 18 carries for 75 yards. Even though he didn’t fumble he showed a real lack of power. Hardesty only had seven carries and never got in the game. This is an example of the incorrect personnel in the game. I know that you know that we both know Creer should be playing more. I understand that it is important for Foster to obtain the all-time Tennessee rushing record but scoring points and ball possession is important as well.

Receivers: D-

Denarius Moore made a name for himself using his break away speed to haul in a 52 yard TD pass. Josh “He brings hell with him” Briscoe had two catches that totaled 22 yards however he decided to pull a “foster” and fumble the ball. Braden Warren and Gerald Jones thought they were both Stocker and dropped easy passes.

Offensive Line: F

They got their asses kicked by some Mid-Major creampuff whose only claim to fame is the fact Cindy Crawford lived in the same town that the university is located at. Ramon Foster missed a block that caused Stephens to take a fumble inducing hit. There was no push in short yardage situations.

Defensive Line: C-

There is still a lack of sacks this season and stupid penalties such as late hits (yes I’m talking to you Bolden) plague this group.

Linebackers: C-

While they moved around a lot, the Huskies were falling forward on most of their runs. McKenzie had nine tackles, two tackles-for-loss. Rico McCoy is still a tackling machine with no mercy and had a sack.

Secondary: B

Though they didn’t play as well as they have in the past games this season, the 3rd string NIU QB couldn’t deliver the ball to the receivers. I think a lot of the receivers appeared open because the secondary was trying to lure the NIU QB into making a mistake. Eric Berry succeeded by grabbing an interception and running it back 48 yards. Stupid fouls were called on Rogan & Williams.

Special Teams: D+

There was decent enough coverage throughout the night however Daniel Lincoln Logs is still having problems making field goals. Lincoln made two field goals, one by bouncing off the upright bar and the other barely hooked to get inside the upright. He also missed a 32 yard chip shot. Cunningham had a punt blocked. Again I ask the question: Why don’t we have a special teams coach?

Coaching: C+

That’s right C+ people. This is the highest grade I’ve given all season. Fulmer and Clawson had Stephens ready to go and even though it was a creampuff team of sorts, it has to be challenging to come in and try to win when the fans have been booing and the team is 1-3. The defense played well and they were on the field for over 33 minutes.

Overall: B-

Even though I call NIU a creampuff team they are phenomenally well coached. Granted I would have loved to see more points scored but there was a new QB in the game. I truly believe this team can beat anyone with the right personnel in the game. However I do not have the luxury of making that call only the coaches do. I pray they’ll make the right personnel calls for the Georgia game.

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College Football Week 6 is in the books & here’s what I learned

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 5, 2008

Let’s be honest for the most part yesterday was an exciting & entertaining crappy day of college football.

As always I’ll have a full review of the Tennessee game tomorrow after I watch a tape of the game today. For the most part the death clock continues to toll for Philopotamus.

Pittsburgh is still alive in the Big Least and shot down South Florida which I was glad to see.

Duke was on a roll until they met another team from a “smart school” that was also a buzz saw name Georgia Tech.

Michigan State continues to quietly win while Iowa continues to quietly suck.

Has anyone noticed that Minnesota is 5-1?

Right now Penn State is the most underrated top 10 team in the country.

I asked this question on a message board this week it is worth asking again. Should Arkansas be considered a Div. 2-A school this season? I bet Atlanta doesn’t look so bad to Bobby P. now huh?

Kansas, remember them? Well they almost were victims of an upset yesterday.

Oklahoma didn’t have any trouble winning their first game as the #1 in the country.

Virginia Tech is suddenly the team to beat in the ACC.

Notre Dame is 4-1 and almost lost to Stanford. With their weak schedule why aren’t they in the top 5? (Sarcasm people catch the fever!)

The Fighting Zookers of Illinois reinserts themselves in to the Big 10.

Wisconsin is on the fail slide.

Texas Tech is 5-0 and it looks like their offense has awaked.

I hate F$U but they are 4-1 and their game with Miami was a classic.

UCONN is the latest Big East failure.

America’s coach Mike Gundy has Oklahoma State at 5-0. He’s a man he’s 40! By God.

Holy shit just when you think Maryland is coming back and Virginia is dead. Virginia dismantles Maryland big time.

Arizona is 4-1 look for them to be ranked later today.

Oregon you picked a bad time to play SoCal.

Missouri might be the best team in the country right now and Chase is clearly the Heisman leader.

Wow Hawaii beat Fresno State…wow.

Vanderbilt upends Auburn at home which worries the hell out of me.

South Carolina’s offense finally shows life and Garcia still isn’t a starter, maybe he should key another professor’s car to get a little attention.

While Bama might have won yesterday the fact that Kentucky has the #1 scoring defense in the nation is no fluke.

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The Tennessee/Auburn grade book

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on September 29, 2008

Riddle me this dear readers:

What is the one thing that is older than God?

The answer is simple really, it’s time. Jim Croce wanted to bottle it, Pink Floyd sang about it on their Dark Side of the Moon album and Styx claimed to have to much of it on their hands.

Time is one thing we waste while at the same moment wishing we had more. At 1-3 time is seemly running out on the Fulmer era and time is quickly closing in on the realization that Crompton simply is not the best option at QB for this team.

Fulmer announced yesterday that Crompton and Stephens will split practice time at the QB position. That is an excellent sign that a change at the QB position is coming.

“I’d much rather the guy we anticipated being the starter play well and execute like we want,” Fulmer said during his weekly teleconference Sunday. “But that’s not happening for us on a consistent basis right now. I think we have to take a look at our options.”

Of course the Mountain (False) Messiah doesn’t see things that clearly. If his talent and decision making were as great as his arrogance, he would own every Tennessee passing record there is today.

“It brings out the best in me and I have every confidence in the world in myself that I’m going to be fine and I’m still going to be the guy,” Crompton said Sunday night. “That’s just how I go look at it.”

In my opinion Crompton is the reason Tennessee lost this game. If it wasn’t for the fumble that resulted in an Auburn touchdown, Tennessee would have won the game.

Crompton must have some dirt or something against Fulmer because Fulmer states the fumble was Foster’s fault. I’ve watched that play over and over in slow motion and zoom and I just don’t see it the way he does.

Fumble Explained: The fumbled handoff between Crompton and tailback Arian Foster that resulted in an Auburn touchdown was a result of Foster holding his right elbow too low on the exchange, Fulmer said.

“It hit Arian’s elbow,” Fulmer said. “He didn’t quite have his elbow up as high as he should have.”

Either way it’s time for some significant changes either with the coaching and play calling or at the QB position.

Ladies and Gentlemen: let’s open this week’s grade book.

Quarterbacks F

Even Peyton Manning’s presence couldn’t help the Mountain Messiah. Jonathan Crompton’s fumble was the reason this game was a loss for Tennessee. He was 8-of-23 for 67 yards. Not good. In fact that’s downright embarrassing. Crompton looks like he has ADD. He clearly isn’t focused at times and appears confused. While the G-Gun option was successful at times it obviously wasn’t enough to secure the points needed to win. Crompton and UT’s receivers clearly weren’t on the same page on several plays.

Running Backs C-

Even though Fulmer has pinned the fumble on Arian Foster, saying he had his arm too low on the exchange, I whole hardly disagree with that assessment. Crompton did not look the ball in. It’s that simple. Hardesty looked great and Fosters had some decent runs.

Receivers D

Lucas Taylor dropped a perfect pass out of the G-Gun.. The Vols didn’t look dynamic but they proved the ability to get open at times against a good Auburn secondary. However I’ll admit there were some plays that they could have done more to help a struggling QB out.

Offensive line D-

UT’s top two rushers, Foster and Hardesty, averaged less than four yards a carry. The Vols allowed six tackles for a loss, including two sacks.

Secondary A+

UT’s vaunted secondary allowed one Auburn touchdown, and played to win in the second half. Dennis Rogan’s interception and exceptional run back set up Tennessee’s only touchdown and was a big momentum changer.

Linebackers A-

Nevin McKenzie had two pass breakups, including a big-time play the ended an Auburn drive in the fourth quarter. Ellix Wilson had 10 tackles, including one for a loss. Rico McCoy had six tackles.

Defensive Line A+

The D-Line showed serious ability defending two quarterbacks with far different styles. Ben Martin registered the first sack of the season by a UT defensive end. Fellow end Chris Walker had another. Tackle Dan Williams had eight tackles, two for a loss. Robert Ayers also recorded a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

Special Teams B+

Chad Cunningham’s leg finally woke up & dropped three punts inside the 5 and kicking two touchbacks. Daniel Lincoln made both his field-goal tries, his first attempts since UT’s opener. Gerald Jones provided a spark on punt returns, including a 40-yarder that flipped the field.

Coaching D/C

Tennessee couldn’t get 11 men on the field in the first quarter when linebacker Adam Myers-White had to sprint onto the field as Auburn snapped the ball. That play defines the first month of the season. The offensive play calling is atrocious. When is the last time Tennessee has called for a screen play?

The “C” is for the great job Chavis has done with the defense this season. Tennessee is ranked 4th nationally in interceptions. The secondary is plain nasty and the linebackers are great. I’m confused as to why everyone wants Chavis gone.

Overall D-

Perhaps UT has enough talent to compete for a championship. However unless fundamentals improve dramatically this team will go down in the books as one of the worst Tennessee teams in the storied history that is Tennessee Football. The Vols better get better play from their quarterback, whoever he might be.

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Random Musings for Friday…A Tragic Thing has Occured

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on September 26, 2008

I’m presently writing this from a double super secret location. Tragically my motherboard died last night so this is not typed from comfort of my lair. I’ll buy a new one today and be up and running by tonight. In the mean time think about this:

The USC Trojans were beaten by the Beavers (Get your minds out of the gutter) to become the newest most talented college football failures.

LawVol has written on open letter to the Vol nation.

Who would you choose as the next University of Tennessee football coach?

There are plenty of rumors that swirling around Phil Fulmer at the moment.

You should see what the soccer moms are carrying in Lebanon, Pa.

And now here is the newest “Damn! what a catch!” It should win an Espy.

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Fulmer admits it was a gradual decline of smartness

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on September 24, 2008

Fulmer did something that I and majority of the Tennessee fans can not do at this very moment and that actually express confidence in the team. He believes the team will end the foul play that as caused the 1-2 start (Again!) of this season. I believe it to, I believe my beloved Vols will go 1-3.

Actually working like heck to show some resemblance of emotion during his weekly excuse to the press conference, Fulmer promises like heck that the team will work & prepare like heck to be ass raped by play Auburn this coming weekend.

“I think this football team is a team that will fight,” Fulmer said. “Certainly we haven’t had an effort problem. We haven’t had an attitude problem. Contrary to what some people might have said on television, we haven’t had a leadership problem at all. We have a consistency of execution problem on offense from time to time. We’ve been here before and we know how to respond to that and coach.”

Yes you were here in 2005…the 5-6 year. To be honest stating the team has a problem executing of the offense time to time is the understatement of the year. It’s more like this offense is anemic all the time.

“We’ve won 148 football games in my time here at Tennessee and lost a little bit less than that – a lot less than that, actually – and we didn’t all of a sudden get stupid as coaches. We know what we’re doing, and we’re going to go to the practice field and correct and work and put our football team on the field with the best advantage that we can possibly have.”

See there? He admitted it! Fulmer didn’t start out as a stupid coach it was a gradual process, like water erosion, tooth decay & the douche bagginess of Urban Meyer. Either way they might not be stupid all the time. It just seems like they are always slightly stupid at game time.

My question is if the team is working that hard for the sole purpose of gaining the best advantage on the field, how sorry would the team be without the “extra effort”?

Fulmer was asked twice by callers on his Monday night radio show if he thought about retiring and be like OJ Simpson and simply play golf fulltime, minus the getting away with murder and Las Vegas heist of course. That’s when Fulmer really got irritated.

“Because somebody boos in the stands doesn’t mean you don’t have the support. That just means they’re passionate about what they do. They just want to win,” Fulmer said, adding that he had received calls of support from friends and family. “Ninety-five percent of them probably never played football before, or maybe not played a sport. I don’t know. I can’t tell you all that. I would have booed a couple things I saw out there if I’d have been in the stands. That goes with the territory when your fans and your people are passionate about what they want to see on the field. I wouldn’t have it any other way from that standpoint. Now, do I like to be booed? No. Do I want to be booed again? No. But if I stay in this profession, you don’t think I’m going to have an opportunity to get booed? That just goes with the territory.”

Josh “He brings hell with him” Briscoe seconded that sentiment.

“It makes us mad as a team,” he said. “The ones who are saying that, most of them probably didn’t play football. They all don’t or have never coached football. They’re not putting in the 18 hours a day that coach Fulmer’s putting in. They’re not out there on the practice field and out there going through the training and conditioning that we’re going through. It’s very unfair to coach Fulmer because he’s dedicated his life to this, and so has all our coaching staff and this team.

“I’m not a guy that usually comes up and is very vocal about things, but that’s one of the things that hurt me a lot,” Briscoe continued. “Everybody seems to know how to coach. Everybody seems to know how to fix situations. But the real fact is, if everybody had all the answers this world would be a completely different place. Everybody doesn’t have the answers. Everybody’s not given the ability to coach football, to play college football, to be president of the United States or whatever it is. That really hurts because we dedicate our lives to this.”

Now the booing of the team by fellow Tennessee fans does sicken me but the “wah wah wah your boos hurt my little feelings” sicken me just as much. That being said what the young and fiery Briscoe needs to understand is that even the boo-birds aren’t putting in 18 hours a day as a coach for the team, some are putting 18 hours day to be able to afford things like tickets to the game, team paraphernalia, membership dues and maybe God willing other things like food. Those people aren’t getting paid around 2 million a year either. However those people also pay Fulmer’s salary. The donations pay for the facilities and oh yeah the very scholarship you’re on Mr. Biscoe.

So the bottom line is this; Play better and win and guess what the boos will suddenly stop and God willing so will your girlish crying.

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Big Orange Roundtable Volume XII Post Florida Fire Fulmer Edition

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.

Be sure to stop by all other Roundtable member sites to review their answers.

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