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Curb Your Enthusiasm



So we are on the cusp of a new season and already the Vols are met with a bevy of differing expectations for the season. Last season the Vols were largely picked to win the SEC East and fell short thanks to losses to South Carolina and Vanderbilt. 2017 predictions have run the gambit from possibly a worse season than 9-4 to SEC East champs, and even SEC Champions. Which goes to show you that really no one knows with any certainty how 2017 will turn out. Tennessee’s schedule is enough to make you run for the Pepto early with a 13 day, 3 game matchup starting off with Georgia Tech in Atlanta and finishing with Florida in the swamp.

With the return of LSU to our schedule and away games with Alabama and an improving Kentucky, the schedule could be argued as one of the toughest to face Coach Butch Jones. For reasons that escape me, Vol fans were not largely satisfied with our 9-4 season. Obviously losses to South Carolina and Vanderbilt didn’t help matters but a 9-4 season is nothing to be ashamed of.

Is it where we would like to see our Vols? Of course not…

Vol fans need a reality check! There is only one Nick Saban in college football who has set the unacceptable bar higher in the “win now” column. Dabo Swinney, for example, has been head coach at Clemson since mid 2008 in the lack luster ACC conference and how many championships has he won during his tenure?

Butch Jones is entering in to his 5th season as Tennessee’s head coach in a conference that has been the toughest in the country for decades. In his 5 years he has consistently turned recruiting around with top classes and great JUCO transfers that show Tennessee is nothing short on talent.

With my personal favorite move of Mike DeBord’s departure as offensive coordinator, Butch has moved Larry Scott into the position and has brought in Brady Hoke as Defensive Line Coordinator along with Bob Shoop as DC, there should be little doubt that Tennessee should be more of a threat this year on both sides of the ball.

Suspicions of a dual-quarterback system will soon subside as I see Quinten Dormady being the one to lead the Vols offense this year. One thing that HAS to improve this year is the offensive line. Josh Dobbs had a maximum time of 1 second to make his reads and throw. Not a lot of time even for the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Considering we touted a 5-7 record and a bottom ranking in the SEC, Butch Jones has certainly made large strides in improving the Vols program. We are now starting on the heals of a 9-4 season where we saw wins against 2 of the “The Big 3” required for any Vol coach. Snapping a decade losing streak to Florida and snatching victory at the last second from Georgia between the hedges made for a great section of the 2016 season.

Is Tennessee going to win the SEC this year? I’d have to say its doubtful but not impossible. I’m certainly not going into the season with the expectation that they will. Another 9-4 season, while not thrilling, won’t cause me to push the panic button and call for Butch’s head. If we lose to South Carolina, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt or any one of the 3 would probably cause me to take a couple extra blood pressure pills and not give me much leverage arguing to keep him but I also would not want to set the program back by hiring another coach unless it was a “slam dunk” hire, which aren’t out there.

Hopefully improvements are going to be made and 2017 will be a more successful season. One can only hope that are direction is right. As a fan base, patience is not our virtue but may be required to get through this season.

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Nothing I hate worse than those that are okay with crap! If you don't mind getting poor results, guess what? You'll get poor results. CBJ is in year 5, last year was suppose to be an "easy" year, but this year-he'll have had enough time to lay bricks-one at a time. I hope most vols are not starting this year with a "well, it may not be a real good year, but hey it could be worse......" type attitude! I'm looking forward to championships (this year) !

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Clearly you can't read all that well. May I suggest some remedial courses at your local community college. 

But he can use the F$&@ out of quotation marks.
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Suspicions of a dual-quarterback system will soon subside as I see Quinten Dormady being the one to lead the Vols offense this year. One thing that HAS to improve this year is the offensive line

 

 

I hope you're right about that, I'm kind of skeevy about dual QB offenses in general and in this years Vols in particular. And the OL is one reason why. While a dual QB offense might put pressure on defenses to adjust to two different styles it also puts additional pressure on the OL to adjust and why put that on a line that will be trying to find a rhythm and work together anyway? 

 

Hows this for a quote? "I'd rather be a pessimist because then I can only be pleasantly surprised" ~ Benjamin Franklin

 

I'm not really pessimistic about the season but expecting championships looks like a stretch to me too. I'd settle for 9 wins and the losses to the better teams on the schedule, not the bottom feeders. If the Vols exceed that then yes, I'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Nothing I hate worse than those that are okay with crap! If you don't mind getting poor results, guess what? You'll get poor results. CBJ is in year 5, last year was suppose to be an "easy" year, but this year-he'll have had enough time to lay bricks-one at a time. I hope most vols are not starting this year with a "well, it may not be a real good year, but hey it could be worse......" type attitude! I'm looking forward to championships (this year) !

Ok with crap?  Only 28 teams out of 128 teams in 10 conferences and the group of independents finished with a better record than 9 -4 (only one of those was in the SEC).  So using your scale of success vs crap, 78% of all college football teams had a crap season?   :thumb_yello:  :hatestupidpeople:

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Your math is right on! only about 25% of all college teams are not "crap" teams. When you really get down to it, some of the "Good" seasons, were only good because the teams that were played were even worse than crap.  If UT could pick any of those 128 teams to play for our season-I'm real sure we'd have a perfect season, maybe one loss, but a good chance of a perfect season. There is a reason why the "experts" like to talk abou the top 25 teams. Now regarding a "crap" season, at some schools 3 or 4 big "Ls" is a busted year, I remember when we won NC, and I remember a perfect season, those were great years, I don't know what is a "good" year, but with CBJ as coach (you guys have turned me around, I now agree with you, he can do no wrong) and his "Will to win" I feel sure he'll deliver a SEC championship, This Year!!!

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Your math is right on! only about 25% of all college teams are not "crap" teams. When you really get down to it, some of the "Good" seasons, were only good because the teams that were played were even worse than crap.  If UT could pick any of those 128 teams to play for our season-I'm real sure we'd have a perfect season, maybe one loss, but a good chance of a perfect season. There is a reason why the "experts" like to talk abou the top 25 teams. Now regarding a "crap" season, at some schools 3 or 4 big "Ls" is a busted year, I remember when we won NC, and I remember a perfect season, those were great years, I don't know what is a "good" year, but with CBJ as coach (you guys have turned me around, I now agree with you, he can do no wrong) and his "Will to win" I feel sure he'll deliver a SEC championship, This Year!!!

I've NEVER said CBJ can do no wrong.  Please find where I said that on voltalk.com, quote it, and post it!  So I'm going to ask you the same question that I did last year (and never got an answer)!  Who do you want as our coach, do you think they will come, and can we get them?  Give us a name!

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Oh yeah, that's the consensus among us guys around here all right. Butch can do no wrong.  :shakehead:

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I know you're just joking-good one! I guess I should have been much more to the point, and said something along the lines of, "So many of of you, not all, as there is no consensus, are big CBJ fans, and have attacked me when ever I was critical, that you have been able to turn me around-we need to keep CBJ for at least 10 more years!!!"  What is funny, when I wasn't a huge CBJ fan, as I am now, I was accused of not being a Vol fan!!!! Some of you guys need to be warned, don't be critical-either love him, or be quiet-very quiet......

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Your math is right on! only about 25% of all college teams are not "crap" teams. When you really get down to it, some of the "Good" seasons, were only good because the teams that were played were even worse than crap.  If UT could pick any of those 128 teams to play for our season-I'm real sure we'd have a perfect season, maybe one loss, but a good chance of a perfect season. There is a reason why the "experts" like to talk abou the top 25 teams. Now regarding a "crap" season, at some schools 3 or 4 big "Ls" is a busted year, I remember when we won NC, and I remember a perfect season, those were great years, I don't know what is a "good" year, but with CBJ as coach (you guys have turned me around, I now agree with you, he can do no wrong) and his "Will to win" I feel sure he'll deliver a SEC championship, This Year!!!

I've NEVER said CBJ can do no wrong.  Please find where I said that on voltalk.com, quote it, and post it!  So I'm going to ask you the same question that I did last year (and never got an answer)!  Who do you want as our coach, do you think they will come, and can we get them?  Give us a name!

 

 

I say, let's keep CBJ forever!!!!! Remember, when he took the program it was a dumpster fire! Almost no program left, it was bad, real bad. Look what he's done!!!! As so many experts have pointed out, if we were to get a new coach, any coach, we'd be set-back 3 to 5 years, no body wants that!!!! If we could just get to pick any of teams we want to play- out of that large number of teams- we could have a perfect or one loss season every year!!!! So to answer your question, keep CBJ until his health keeps him from coaching-but at least 10 more years!

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What an effing weirdo. 

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Your math is right on! only about 25% of all college teams are not "crap" teams. When you really get down to it, some of the "Good" seasons, were only good because the teams that were played were even worse than crap.  If UT could pick any of those 128 teams to play for our season-I'm real sure we'd have a perfect season, maybe one loss, but a good chance of a perfect season. There is a reason why the "experts" like to talk abou the top 25 teams. Now regarding a "crap" season, at some schools 3 or 4 big "Ls" is a busted year, I remember when we won NC, and I remember a perfect season, those were great years, I don't know what is a "good" year, but with CBJ as coach (you guys have turned me around, I now agree with you, he can do no wrong) and his "Will to win" I feel sure he'll deliver a SEC championship, This Year!!!

I've NEVER said CBJ can do no wrong.  Please find where I said that on voltalk.com, quote it, and post it!  So I'm going to ask you the same question that I did last year (and never got an answer)!  Who do you want as our coach, do you think they will come, and can we get them?  Give us a name!

 

 

I say, let's keep CBJ forever!!!!! Remember, when he took the program it was a dumpster fire! Almost no program left, it was bad, real bad. Look what he's done!!!! As so many experts have pointed out, if we were to get a new coach, any coach, we'd be set-back 3 to 5 years, no body wants that!!!! If we could just get to pick any of teams we want to play- out of that large number of teams- we could have a perfect or one loss season every year!!!! So to answer your question, keep CBJ until his health keeps him from coaching-but at least 10 more years!

 

Once again....no name.  A year later, still no suggestion.  Because you don't have one.  Your posts are irrelevant.  You are on Voltalk probably because this is the only Sports forum that will allow you to stay...........and that is only for your comedic value.  Done. :laughing1:

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What an effing weirdo. 

:wtf:  :lightonfire:

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What an insult-not just to me, but to your self! You have been like a broken record when ever I used to (before I was converted) think we needed a coach, you were able to point out how wrong I was. Now that realize how smart you are, and have been able to see the light-with your help, you just can't get over it! Insulting me is strange, are you sad because I've converted? Your huge power to convince people to change their minds is awesome! I'm sure with your volunteer coaching creds, every sports board in the south is asking you to join, your insight and wisdom are well known, I know I always look forward to your posts, they are great!

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