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Tennessee Vols will be seeking a new football coach

“There are two kinds of coaches: those who have been fired and those who will be.”

As just about anyone could have foreseen, Tennessee will be looking for a new football coach.  Vol fans, forget Saban or Gruden. They have absolutely no reason for coming here. Money is not an issue with them.  The administration would be better off placing an ad on Monster.com or interviewing people at one of the career centers.  It wouldn’t even hurt to give Phil Fulmer a call.

Could have Dooley and staff done better? Perhaps. Personally, I disagreed with going to the 3-4 defense.  The players they had to work with were better suited for the 4-3 alignment with mostly cover 2.  To make the 3-4 defense work, you ideally would have big bodies on the line (300+ nose tackle, 270-290 defensive ends), outside linebackers being around 6’3″, 250 pounds and inside linebackers who can drop into coverage.  Since this alignment places much emphasis on single coverage, above average corners would be preferable.

Ultimately, it came down to not having the parts to make the system work.  It also didn’t help that the players seemed to be taking it easy or not really caring about what they were supposed to do.  Coaches can only do so much.  The team would have been better off sticking with the 4-3 and if converting to the 3-4 was their long-range plan, then recruit the players that could fit in the 3-4 alignment.

Much has already been said about this.  I’ve had my own thoughts on it.  The upcoming winter is going to be interesting.

Written by chrisforliberty

November 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Posted in General

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