I’m a Washington Nationals fan and I cheer for the Minnesota Twins. I’m a Washington Redskins fan, a Phoenix Suns fan and a Washington Capitals fan. I am used to watching teams I love lose. I know what it’s like to watch a team you dedicate months to take a horrifying and embarrassing fall from grace. I get it. I am used to it. I accept it. However, nothing has been more painful than watching the Tennessee Vols fail week after week this season. Nothing. I saw the Redskins embarrass themselves for two years in a row against the Lions on Sunday and not even that was as terrible as watching the Vols lose to USC. Bleh.
Saturdays game against South Carolina wasn’t terrible because Tennessee looked like garbage and didn’t even seem like they were trying. It’s the exact opposite. It was painful because they were trying, they really looked like they wanted to win, but they couldn’t. All season myself and other fans have been complaining about this team giving up in the second half or looking tired throughout the game. On Saturday they competed for the full 60 minutes and still couldn’t pull out a win. It’s not time to panic Vols fans, but for this season it is time to give up.
They showed a lot of possibility on Saturday. Tyler Bray was a solid replacement for Matt Simms. He was a bit shaky at first, but the fact that anyone is talking about a “quarterback controversy” today proves he did a stellar job. Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones may have had their best game all season. Tennessee’s offense was everything it was suppose to be. Any game that can incorporate a fake punt, great passing and rushing is a positive one. I’m ignoring the turnovers on purpose right now, because as always it was the small mistakes that truly cost Tennessee this game.
The “quarterback controversy” I alluded to earlier involved freshman Tyler Brady who showed everyone how dangerous he could be when he came in for Matt Simms. He went 9 for 15 for 159 yards and made two touchdowns. Simms who was pulled at the start of the second half went 10 for 13 for 153 yards and got one touchdown. He also had more turnovers than a junior QB should have in one game. Turns out Bray left enough of an impression, because he is know being listed at Tennessee’s starting QB.
Derek Dooley is making a statement, but it might be too little too late. Next week this team will face Memphis. At this point fans can take solace in the fact that, hey, it can’t get much worse.
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Written by Deniz Kofteci