Listening to the sports call-in shows this morning, I'm not sure which Tennessee fanbase is more frustrated after this weekend's events--the Vols or the Titans.
Look, I think most of us knew going into the Alabama game that the Vols would have a tough time hanging with Alabama for an entire game. But I don't want to take a moral victory because we were able to keep it close for a half. We've had a couple of these moral victories this year and I'm honestly ready to see that translate into something more like a win or actually being competitive in the third quarter. This year, the Vols have been flat in the third quarter all season and the conversation on-line and on sports call in shows is starting to get pretty ugly. I'm not sure what, if any, adjustments are being made at half-time but they're just not working. It's painful to watch at times.
And while I'm not ready to give up on the coaching staff, I think the excuse of lack of players is starting to wer a bit thin. At some point, you've got to coach them up a bit or find some creative ways to work within your limitations to do something great and give the team a burst of energy. I like Dooley and his staff and don't really want to see them be some interim group that does just enough to hang around in mediocrity for the next year or two. It's time to step up and get that signature win or close out a game or something. You have a fanbase that is yearning, begging for something to hang our hat on....and while I like beating Vandy and Kentucky as much as the next fan, those aren't exactly signature efforts or wins.
Meanwhile, the Titans....oh how ugly that game was yesterday. Did someone forget to tell them that the bye was last week?!? Because apparently no one from the Titans showed up at LP Field yesterday to play. At this point, I'm ready to give up on Chris Johnson for this season because apparently he got the playmaker money but doesn't want to make plays anymore. Every announcing team that comes to call a Titans game talks about how this could be the week he gets on track...and then it never happens. Of course, it might help if it seemed like he was the only one who didn't give any effort, but unfortunately he's one of many players who have phoned it in the past few weeks. I realize that Kenny Britt is a big loss, but seriously could we not have someone step up and make some plays. Again, you have a fanbase that is eager for something good to happen and we see nothing good happening out there for the past two weeks. I have a bad feeling this week's game vs the Colts could be a ugly one.
Labels: tennessee football, Titans
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/24/2011 12:24:00 PM