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It’s time to kick off the 2009 Big Orange Roundtable

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on July 14, 2009

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What you think one bad season was going to break-up the mighty roundtable? To that I say HA! <flips you the bird>

Before we begin I would like to welcome out newest Big Orange Roundtable members to the brotherhood: Vol Junkies, Pigskin Pathos & Bleeding Orange welcome aboard!

For those that aren’t familiar with the Roundtable I’m going to quote Moondog because he’s cool like that.

For those of you not familiar with the roundtable, each week leading up to the start of the season one of the participating sites will serve as the host, asking questions for the other members of the roundtable to answer.

As the week progresses and the member web sites answer the questions, we’ll post a link to their responses. This year nine sites will be discussing every aspect of the upcoming season and for Volunteer fans, it’s a great opportunity to present your views.

In addition to MoonDog Sports, the Big Orange Roundtable consists of the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober, Your Mother Slept With Wilt Chamberlain, Vol Junkies, Pigskin Pathos, Rocky Top Talk, Bleeding Orange, Gate 21 and Losers With Socks.

At the end of the week after all of the sites have had a chance to respond, the host site will post a review with the best answers to the week’s questions.

We’re less than two months from Football Time in Tennessee so let’s get this year’s version of the Big Orange Roundtable kicked off.

Moondog and his awesome site, MoonDogSports.com, are the first blog to host the Big Orange Roundtable. Let’s see the questions he has for us.

  1. In my mind, this season’s success — or failure — centers around one man, Jonathan Crompton. What is your opinion of Crompton’s ability to run Lane Kiffin’s pro-style offense? Can Crompton overcome his miserable 2008 season and lead the Vols to a winning record?

If Crompton can be the Crompton who played extremely well while filling in for Erik Ainge a few years ago then he should fine. However that being said I’m not like some of us who believe he will have a breakout season because he won’t. Crompton is not smart enough to be a great QB. I’m sorry but it’s true, but he does have the tools physically.

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Trust me the caveman might be smarter

The story is that last year the Clawson offense was confusing and the players were not the right fit for it. From what I saw in the spring game, King Kiffin® has simplified the offense and kept it simple. (I’m sure Crompton is thankful for that.) Crompton was productive in the spring game and Stephens was also productive.

I believe Crompton can lead the VOLS to a winning record but not by himself. There will have to be a lot of hand holding on Kiffin’s part for Crompton to succeed. If Crompton doesn’t succeed then for the love of God, yank him and put Stephens in.

  1. Last season, the kicking game was mediocre at best, and the special teams — especially the punt coverage unit — was a disaster. Daniel Lincoln returns as the kicker and Chad Cunningham will return as the punter. What are you thoughts about the Vols kicking game and special teams?

The main reason I believe the kicking game was in disarray is because some former coach <cough Phil Fulmer cough> didn’t believe in having a special teams coach. Well that’s been rectified. With the addition of Eddie Gran more time can be spent on special teams and with the kickers. I believe this to be a major factor and I believe that Lincoln Logs and Cunningham will be just fine this coming season.

  1. Tennessee’s offensive line was thought to be a strength in 2008, but like the rest of the offensive unit, didn’t perform well. What are your thoughts regarding the offensive line for 2009?

First let me start that last year our offensive line couldn’t block their way out of a Gymboree. I know this might sound like a cop out but again I think Clawson had something to do with this. I know offensive linemen are considered to be smarter than other players but after looking at some of the schemes from year I believe some bio chemists couldn’t figure what he wanted to run.

I believe this year the line should be much improved which will also help in other areas of the game such as QB and the running game.

  1. Tennessee finished 5-7 last season, a huge disappointment for a team expected to perform much better. How do you believe the Vols will finish in 2009?

Eight & four. We will lose to Bama, Florida, Ole Piss and Georgia. We should win the rest of our games hands down. For once we have an easy schedule with only four road games.

That’s it for this weeks Roundtable be sure to check the other blogs to see their answers to these questions.

3rd Saturday in Blogtober

MoonDogSports.com

Vol Junkies

Pigskin Pathos

Rocky Top Talk

Bleeding Orange

Gate 21

Loser With Socks

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The Tennessee/Vanderbilt Grade Book: Phil’s 8-0 in Nashville

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 24, 2008

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Last Saturday things seemed normal. Another game against Vandy translates into another win for the VOLS.

“We’re still Tennessee,” said Phillip Fulmer after his next-to-last game as coach at his alma mater. We feel like most of the time we have better players and should win these games.”

I couldn’t agree more. All though there were still mistakes committed in this game by the team, they seem trivial when a win occurs, especially a win against a quality Vanderbilt team.

Even though people say this game is a rivalry game, I for one do not believe that. I mean the head to head record isn’t even close. Let’s go to the grades.

QUARTERBACKS: F

Gee…Crompton was intercepted again and Coleman was less than impressive as well, giving up a pick six. The fact that Gerald Jones & Eric Berry played well in the QB position keeps me from giving a “F-“.

RUNNING BACKS: C

Creer like the majority of the season looked good. He racked up 80 yards on 13 carries, however he fumbled once. Hardesty missed several blocks but had a nice run going over 20 yards. Foster almost looked like the old Foster minus the fumbles.

WIDE RECEIVERS: C-

Look its Stocker and guess what he dropped a pass. Rogers had a nice catch on a key third down. The receivers did an excellent good blocking for the running backs.

OFFENSIVE LINE: B

This might the highest grade they have earned all season. Even though Vandy knew we were going to run the ball, they simply couldn’t stop it. They played with consistency and only had one penalty.

DEFENSIVE LINE: A+

Seven sacks…nice. Ayers played like a man processed. Walker forced a fumble.

LINEBACKERS: A

Rico McCoy had 11 tackles and again proves how valuable he has been to this team. Nevin McKenzie was all over the field and Ellix Wilson was very productive.

SECONDARY: A

Eric Berry had a beautiful interception that he ran back 45 yards for a touchdown. Brett Vinson had an interception that he back 69 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-

Rogan had some nice kickoff returns. As usual Colquitt was above average punting. Lincoln Logs hit two field goals.

COACHING: C

Again the VOLS defense was dominate in this game however the offense was very one dimensional. I liked the call to have Colquitt attempt a 50 yard field goal on fourth down. At least it was something different. However the choice not to play Stephens was completely stupid.

OVERALL: B+

With this being arguably the worst team Tennessee has put on the field and not having a passing game of any type, Vandy still couldn’t beat them. It’s obvious that Tennessee used the past bye week wisely.

Strength coach Johnny Long shouted to fans as he left the field: “They’re still Vandy, and we’ll always be Tennessee.”

AMEN Brother!

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Yes, Fulmer wants too lose to Vanderbilt

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 17, 2008

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Now that Vandy is bowl eligible for the first time since the early 80’s and coupled with the fact that Tennessee lost to them in 2005, it’s clear that Phil Fulmer is purposely going to lose to them on purpose this coming Saturday.

Fulmer has named Crapton Crompton the starter for this coming Saturday’s match up against Vanderbilt. Crompton is just giddy with excitement.

“I’m enthused,” said Crompton, “I’m going to go out here and do the best I can. We’ve got to go out and win these last two games.”

You know who’s not enthused with this choice? ME! In fact I’m willing to bet that only he is enthused with this decision. Well, actually I take that back. I’m sure the Vandy is equally enthused with his slow reads and our porous offensive line.

Hey I have an idea, why not start B.J. “Huge hands” Coleman? Gerald Jones wouldn’t mind seeing that.

“I think he deserves a chance,” Jones said. “He did pretty good – really good – in the JV game. Why not? Give him a chance and see if he can lead this team from here on out. But I’m not the coach, so it’s not my call.”

“I don’t want to say what’s different, what’s good or what’s better, (but) the difference is Crompton’s a lot slower with his reads than Nick,” Jones said.

Tennessee is actually a 3 ½ point underdog for this Saturday’s game.

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The Tennessee/Wyoming Grade book: My God the 2005 team was far better than this one.

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 10, 2008

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Phil looks puzzled...I wonder why...

On November 8th in 1958 the Tennessee Volunteers lost to Chattanooga by the score of 14-6. The loss resulted in fans attempting to tear down the goal posts, fighting and police intervention. A major riot soon followed, involving paddy wagons, tear gas, and fire hoses. Those were the good ole days.

How ironic this past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of that loss. These are dark days to be a Volunteer fan. Tennessee is 3-7 and will not be going bowling this season, worse than that they lost to Wyoming on their own home field.

The players were so angered by the firing of Phil Fulmer that they vowed they would play better and try harder. However words mean nothing when there are no actions to back them up.

Northern Illinois took the Vols to the brink a few weeks ago before falling 13-9. Horrible UCLA beat them. 27-24 in a great overtime battle that was suspect in retrospect.

All of this makes me wish it was 2005 again. Sure it was a losing season but not as bad as this season. This season proves what rocky bottom really means to such a storied program such as Tennessee.

Let’s go to week’s depressing grades. God this team is bad.

QUARTERBACKS F

Stephens looked horrible. He was 3 for 9 with two interceptions. Crompton really wasn’t any better. He was 11 for 27 and looked bad. At least put Coleman in…Jesus. Both Stephens and Crompton threw the ball erratically at best and both were ineffective managing the offense.

RUNNING BACKS F

With Foster out with a leg injury, Creer never ran the ball with power. Poole looked good at times but never went over eight yards.

RECEIVERS F

Briscoe and Rogers had key drops. Jones scored the only TD but also had a holding penalty that wiped out a decent running play.

OFFENSIVE LINE F-

Little pass protection however there were no penalties either. Run blocking was non-existent. Honestly the way they played it looked like they didn’t even want to be on field.

DEFENSIVE LINE F

There was little containment that let Wyoming to pound the ball between the tackles. In fact Wyoming ran for 167 yards.

LINEBACKERS F

While Rico McCoy had 10 tackles however there were so many other missed tackles I literally lost count! Tennessee could not fill in the gaps to stop the Wyoming running backs.

SECONDARY A-

Praise God that Rogan and Berry chose Tennessee. Rogan had eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Berry had five stops. The Wyoming passing offense never completed a pass longer than 26 yards nor did they have 100 yards worth of passing.

SPECIAL TEAMS B-

Colquitt had an excellent day punting and Rogan had 80 yards worth of punt returns.

COACHING F

If there was an offensive game plan it was lost somewhere along the way to the stadium. The offense is stale, old and very vanilla. However like most years the defense was solid but never provided any spark.

OVERALL F

This was sad. The players cry for their coach but yet actually play their worst game of the season. This was one homecoming game that might keep me away for quite awhile.

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Big Orange Roundtable Volume XIII Hey Look Ma We Have a QB Edition

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 8, 2008

Like the annoying little girl in Poltergeist said “They’re back!” That’s’ right people the Big Orange Roundtable is back after a weeks absence. Did you miss us? Of course you did.

This week the roundtable is being hosted by the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober. Without further adieu let’s go to the roundtable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Random musings 10/07/08

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 7, 2008

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Jim Harbaugh gets fined by the PAC-10 for telling the truth about their suck ass refs.

Even though Kimbo Slice got his ass kicked in 14 seconds by Seth Petruzelli, Slice still got paid $500.000 and Petruzelli only received $50,000.

Way to go Red Sox! I’m currently pointing and laughing at Lisa Horne who is the worlds biggest Angels fan. J/K Lisa!

Chase Daniel and Warren Buffet are apparently BFFs 4-ever!! This is the most shocking thing to come out of the Missouri-Nebraska game other then the fact that they hung over “half a hundred” on the Cornhuskers before halftime.

Some Cubs fans have erected a shrine to futility outside Wrigley Field.

One letter, short and to the point, stood out. “Dear Cubs,” it began. “Thanks for nothing.” Among the torn-up Cubs posters and T-shirts, another note read: “Dear Cubs 2008, It really hurts knowing I’ll never see you again. We had some great times.”

The shrine, at Waveland and Sheffield, was started by Murphy’s Bleachers workers upset at the Cubs getting drummed out of the playoffs. It grew as passersby added messages and trinkets.

I guess they shouldn’t have printed those World Series tickets up huh?

The Tennessee kicking game is back to full strength because Colquitt returns against Georgia. I hope he is sober and STAYS sober.

The lovely Penny Lane tells the world why it’s great to be a VOL!! This is one of the best posts I’ve read in a llllllooooooonnnnnnnnnggggggg time.

I wonder if Rich “Dirty Sanchez” Rodriguez will start booing his own team.

The 3rd Saturday in Blogtober has the 2008 version of Rocky Top posted.

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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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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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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.

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The Big Orange Roundtable Volume Whatever

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on September 3, 2008

This weeks Big Orange Roundtable is being hosted by our friends at Southeastern Sports Blog. Since football season has begun we are going to trimming the questions up which in all honesty makes since to me unlike the way I witnessed Tennessee play this past Monday night. With that said let’s go to the roundtable.

“Who/what were you most disappointed in at UCLA, and what is your greatest concern for this team going forward?”

That’s a loaded question if I have ever seen one.

I’m most disappointed in the coaching staff particularly in Fulmer and Clawson. The play calling when you’re on the road, you CANNOT play it safe in OT…….you’ve got to go for the throat!

As I stated before the choice to kick two field goals that were over 50 yards was horrid, especially the second one. We were pounding them with the running game and yet for reason we stopped and said let’s go for the pass.

Just where was this new offense at anyway? We are still running the same plays that we did when Sanders was the OC.

I’m not the only one who is thinking that GoVolsExtra has set up a frustration hotline and I’ve called five times it’s been busy every single time.

Now its possible Fulmer was overriding some of the calls Clawson was sending out. That being said the progression of Crompton is still nil. In fact he looked worse than he did two years ago against LSU.

Every play had him standing in the same position after the snap, no freaking wonder he was bothered most of the night.

I’m concerned about simply winning. Does this team have the talent? Yes! Does it have the coaching? Right now no!

The Mountain Messiah looked like a high school freshman playing last night. His mechanics were horrible and I’m forming the Colemanauts, which are an elite team of fans who want to see what “Huge Hands” Coleman can do. However if there is improvement over the next several weeks we will back off unlike the Cromptonites who never backed off when EA was the QB

I have no faith in “Fumbling” Foster either. I believe Hardesty should be the new starter until he gets injured which will happen.

Right now my greatest concern is nothing will change with the play calling, coaching or coaching staff. We should have won that game Monday night and we should have won big. Heck we made Clemson look good. (No offense Tiger fans)

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