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On his Sun. a.m. radio show in Nashville (during which we get to hear him ramble for an entire hour, due to the lack of any callers except a couple of senile, elderly gentlemen who call regularly), he has repeatedly said, since Sun. was hired, that:
-He had NEVER seen anyone successfully change from a 4-3 to a 3-4 in one year; it ALWAYS took 2 years for the change; and the first year in the new 3-4 you just had to accept that the D would be horrible. Thus, in his opinion:
-The Sun. decision was far and away the worst single decision Dooley had made since hired, UNLESS he had private assurances from Hart that he fully trusted to not fire him, regardless of what happened this year.
He made it clear, without saying it in these words, that if Dooley's job really was on the line this year, he was very afraid that decision would get him fired. I remember him saying it back in January, and since Doug is very much an admitted homer, that one repeated opinion, going into the year, scared me more than anything else.
We shall see. Doug is getting older and perhaps a little less sharp himself, but still, the man has coached an awful lot of defensive football in his career and has been a DC himself.
"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
Somebody posted some number for GA and Bama's transition and those teams didn't have the problems we're having.
Hopefully he is wrong on the Gruden issue......
not a huge fan but he actually makes alot of sense in this case
Neither team played as tough a schedule as Tennessee has, and neither team had the lack of players suited for the 3-4 that Tennessee does. The stats alone don't tell the whole story...
That punt will help Palardy's average. All kidding aside, he is bombing his kickoffs today.
Your team. All the time.
Agreed but neither team dipped as much as we did from the prior year and our personel is better and there's a good argument that we had a tougher schedule last year. Too many excuses.
All three teams played similar schedules, the difference is we average giving up 43 points a game to SEC foes, and 500+ yards, so the story is worse than that stat alone...
Edit: we are well on our way to keeping our averages intact today
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BigOrangeBeer 18 months ago
You think they as thin in depth and quality as we are right now when they made the change? I haven't look but what were their records, how had their recruiting been going? I would guess they were probably in better shape to start with than we were.
Still can't admit it. BTW we ran very very little 3-4 today
This post was edited by GoVols2011 18 months ago
Somebody give volfanrbf an up vote. I was trying to hit quote. I am on my kindle and it didn't even ask me to confirm. I was just going to say look at where we were ranked on D with a thinner team prior to the switch and look at where we are now then do the same for GA and Bama. Switching shouldn't have negatively impacted us that much.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by DCVolunteer 18 months ago
I didn't think it would, either. I'll admit I initially thought Matthews was wrong when he started in with this back in January, but the other phrase he repeatedly trotted out was that Tennessee "just isn't going to be very good on defense this year".
Even if his analysis is faulty, he's somehow managed to accurately predict the result.
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