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Posted: Friday, November 28th, 2014, 11:47 AM
by Josh
Once again I overestimated Butch Jones. I apologize. I should know better. I thought they may have turned the corner with Josh Dobbs and could finally run their system. The truth is he is still prone to nonsense coaching decisions and game mismanagement.

I didn't really know what Tennessee had in Derek Dooley until the Georgia game in 2011. It was apparent to me after that game that he couldn't coach. It would take until the Kentucky game that same year for the rest of the fanbase to catch up. It took me until the Missouri game this year to know what we have in Butch Jones.

So what do we have in Butch Jones? He is basically Jim Donnan. He will bring in great players and give fans hope. And he will win about 8, maybe 9 games a year once he has established his players. And he will probably never win a championship unless he can become a much better game manager.

The difference between Butch Jones and Jim Donnan is that Tennessee has had several years of very bad football. In fact, it has been the worst stretch of Tennessee football in modern history. And the coach before Butch was probably the worst coach to ever coach at one of the SEC's power programs. So the fact that Derek Dooley makes Butch Jones look like Vince Lombardi means that most Tennessee fans will probably be happy with 8 wins a year. Which means that Butch will probably be here for a while.

That's what Butch Jones is. Is that what a top 10 all time program like Tennessee deserves? I'm not saying he needs to be fired or anything. If we leave him alone for a while, he will stock Tennessee with great talent. Who knows? Maybe he can catch lightning in a bottle one year. But expecting him to be an elite coach is expecting too much. That much is clear now.

As Jon Reed pointed out, Missouri has less talent on paper than Tennessee. So why are they so good? Because they have a really good coach that develops players and has good schemes on offense and defense. Arkansas is another example. They have less talent on paper than Tennessee, yet they have shut out back to back SEC West opponents. Even when Arkansas destroyed Tennessee in 2011, they still had less talent on paper. The difference is, they had a better coach then and they have a better coach now. Coaching matters a lot, even though people like Tony Basilio will never admit it. To them, it is all about players. By their logic, Derek Dooley could coach Alabama right now and have the same record as Nick Saban.


Now as for the game this weekend, Vandy is very bad so I'm not even going to talk about what they will do much and instead focus on Tennessee.

On offense, Tennessee should be able to score as many points as they want. Jalen Hurd could have a huge day or Josh Dobbs could. It is really whatever the coaches decide. I don't see Vandy slowing down Tennessee too much.

On defense, I think Tennessee is physically superior to Vandy and I don't think Vandy will be able to do much. They should look worse than Tennessee did against Missouri.

In the end, Tennessee has more talent and for once, better coaching than Vanderbilt. The Vols cruise into bowl season with momentum.

Tennessee 48
Vanderbilt 7



In other games....

Missouri 24
Arkansas 21

Georgia 38
Georgia Tech 20

Florida State 31
Florida 23

Alabama 27
Auburn 24

Mississippi State 31
Ole Miss 27

Overall record straight up (39-27)



That's all I have for now. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. For those who want, you can follow me on Twitter @Joshes_Blog

It's hard to believe we are already at the end of the regular season. It goes by way to fast. I really appreciate everyone who reads what I write. Have a great weekend everyone Go Vols and God Bless!


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