Same old BS.
Another week, another disappointing performance by Butch’s Vols.
At this point, why are we still even having this discussion? I’ve made the case for making a coaching change so many times it’s starting to make my head hurt. You can read those here and here and here.
Going 4-4 in conference, against THIS SEC East, with losses to 6-6 South Carolina and 6-6 Vanderbilt, is completely unacceptable for this Tennessee team, a group that was the overwhelming Eastern division favorites before the season began. With a probable Sugar Bowl berth on the line, this is the best performance this team could muster?
What the hell happened to this defense? I remember a time (like the first week of the season) when that side of the ball was the strength of the team. They were awesome against Appalachian State and Florida. Now? They couldn’t stop a team full of deaf blind lepers. Vanderbilt was one of the worst offenses in college football for the first 11 games of the year, but it didn’t matter tonight because the defense Butch’d as hard as possible and got torched for over 600 yards.
They blew a 21-7 lead by getting outscored 38-13 on their way to an 11 point loss against Derek effing Mason. What an absolute crap show of a performance.
The only funny thing about this was that I could’ve seen this no show coming from a mile away. Why would I believe that Butch would win this simple game with an enormous bowl bid on the line? This is the same guy that presided over three blown leads of at least 13 points last year, and oversaw a team that played bad in the first half 11 out of 12 games this season. It would only make sense that they’d screw it up tonight.
Malik Foreman was getting killed on Twitter during the game, but he wasn’t the only one playing defense like he had cement in his shoes; how about Cam Sutton, this team’s “lockdown” corner? He was just as reprehensible. And outside of Derek Barnett, no one was generating any pass rush. Vandy just loaded up where he was and blasted everyone else off the line.
It's the same cow manure offense too. Three second half points from this Dobbs and Debord led offense was really fun.... if you just had a head injury.
And what the hell was Butch thinking on that last 4th down? Why not kick the field goal, go down eight, and then take your chances with an onside kick? If you don’t convert in that situation the game is over; at least get some points on the board and give yourself a shot to get the ball back. Just atrocious late game decision making from a guy who typically makes atrocious late game decisions.
And don’t give me this nonsense about them getting better; this season was way worse. At least the 2015 team had fourth quarter leads on Alabama and Oklahoma, both of whom made the playoff. And they went 5-3 in conference play. This year’s squad got blasted by the Tide, played horribly against App State, lost to two .500 teams, turned it over seven times against A&M, played one good first half all season (against Tennessee Tech), finished 4-4 in the conference, and needed a Hail Mary to avoid going 3-5. How exactly have things gotten better?
Any highlights? I guess it's good to know that we'll have a new coach for the 2018 season? They'll have a new athletic director by then who won't have any loyalty to Butch and will have a vested interest in hiring a coach that's actually capable of winning titles that aren't the "Championship of Life".
I don’t have anything else to say about it really; the play on the field speaks for itself. Good luck in the Capital One Bowl. That’s all Tennessee will ever get with Butch.