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We've been saying the same for weeks. Harrison Bailey just proved tonight at Auburn that he should have been playing all year. People can say that Auburn was playing prevent D and that they had their backups in the game all they want, but Bailey stood in the pocket, read the defense and threw on target. He had so few reps in the previous game mostly handing the ball off that we couldn’t even judge him accurately. Pruitt has been too stubborn with his insistence on playing Guarantano all year. I said after UT’s loss against Kentucky that this year should be utilized by playing Bailey so he’s ready for next year and forget the record. How much further would the Vols be now? They will still go no better than 3 wins as it is. In fact, there was a very good chance UT wins the game at Auburn if Pruitt had started Bailey since the Vols won every statistical category but the score and that is on two people: Guarantano throwing a pick six in the redzone making that a 14 point swing and Cimaglia missing two field goals, one of which was a straight on 37 yarder. The Vols RBs were gashing Auburn's D-line and that's when Chaney decides to let JG throw a pass he hasn't learned yet to not stare down receivers and throw the ball away when the receiver runs the wrong route. As idiotic as Pruitt has been with his insistence on JG being the better practice player, even he will cut his own throat if he starts JG next game.
Thanks for your support for Pruitt, but he didn't learn "the process" under Saban like Fulmer thought he did. Saban made all the defensive calls anyway. Pruitt was just Saban's punching bag when the defense screwed up.
You better go back to read the history books about these two coaches. Bruce Pearl got fired for lying about having a BBQ for a recruit. That doesn't even come close to what Hugh Freeze did. In February 2019, the NCAA punished the Ole Miss football team for the recruiting and academic violations committed under both Nutt and Freeze. The punishments included a two-year postseason ban, three years of probation, and a four-year ban on some scholarships.
Pruitt wasn't on the list? Did I miss his name. He is way out of his element. I don't know what his love affair with Guarantano is, but the idea that JG gives the Vols the best chance of winning is ridiculous. He gives them the best chance to lose after the opposing coaches make adjustments.
I could be wrong and you Bama fans can correct me on this but I'm thinking that all Pruitt did on defense at Bama was hold Saban's clipboard because he can't even put a good defense together. Another busted coverage last night at Auburn. No communication whatsoever. UT's defensive secondary can't cover a slant pattern. They get beat deep every game. More importantly, Pruitt is showing no signs of knowing how to be a head coach, which is why I would have never hired him. Yeah, there are people who say there weren't many options at the time, but there were some who had head coaching experience.
Pruitt is not going to be fired this year. Fulmer was idiotic enough like the previous UT ADs to give Pruitt an extension and pay raise based on potential. I'm sure Fulmer thought that the way the Vols finished last year was a strong signal of success carrying over to this year, but Fulmer must have forgotten how JG regresses throughout every season. I don't buy the COVID-19 excuse. Other teams have better QBs. JG is not one.
I'll repeat what I said on the other article. This was a winnable game with a competent QB. Harrison Bailey just proved tonight at Auburn that he should have been playing all year. People can say that Auburn was playing prevent D and that they had their backups in the game all they want, but Bailey stood in the pocket, read the defense and threw on target. He had so few reps in the previous game mostly handing the ball off that we couldn't even judge him accurately. Pruitt has been too stubborn with his insistence on playing Guarantano all year. I said after UT's loss against Kentucky that this year should be utilized by playing Bailey so he's ready for next year and forget the record. How much further would the Vols be now? They will still go no better than 3 wins as it is. In fact, there was a very good chance UT wins the game at Auburn if Pruitt had started Bailey since the Vols won every statistical category but the score and that is on two people: Guarantano throwing a pick six in the redzone making that a 14 point swing and Cimaglia missing two field goals, one of which was a straight on 37 yarder. As idiotic as Pruitt has been with his insistence on JG being the better practice player, even he will cut his own throat if he starts JG next game. Fans who want to say the pick six wasn't his fault are wrong. Yes, the receiver may have ran the wrong route, but you throw the ball away. He still doesn't get it and never will.
Harrison Bailey just proved tonight at Auburn that he should have been playing all year. People can say that Auburn was playing prevent D and that they had their backups in the game all they want, but Bailey stood in the pocket, read the defense and threw on target. He had so few reps in the previous game mostly handing the ball off that we couldn't even judge him accurately. Pruitt has been too stubborn with his insistence on playing Guarantano all year. I said after UT's loss against Kentucky that this year should be utilized by playing Bailey so he's ready for next year and forget the record. How much further would the Vols be now? They will still go no better than 3 wins as it is. In fact, there was a very good chance UT wins the game at Auburn if Pruitt had started Bailey since the Vols won every statistical category but the score and that is on two people: Guarantano throwing a pick six in the redzone making that a 14 point swing and Cimaglia missing two field goals, one of which was a straight on 37 yarder. As idiotic as Pruitt has been with his insistence on JG being the better practice player, even he will cut his own throat if he starts JG next game.
I was happy when Currie hired Leach. I was pissed when he wasn't finalized. JP may turn out well too, but to me Mike Leach had more success at places nobody could win. The primary reason he could get his team ready to play in so little time with so few practices is the concept of using 7-10 plays and running them out of 70 or so formations.
Manziel said his priorities are elsewhere right now. Anybody have a guess what they are.
Exactly! G-man's decision to run when the play broke down or the receiver was covered was always too late as well.
Interesting comparison. I don't know, but I would bet my house that Malzahn would have multiple excellent job offers if Auburn fired him. That's always the most difficult part: finding a better coach than the one you have. Finding a better coach could happen, but the opposite could happen too. Furthermore, what's more likely? Finding a better head coach or finding one that is worse? What is the risk vs. the reward? It all depends on expectations for that particular school and fan base. Does Auburn expect to win a natty in the next couple of years? If so, Malzahn won't handle the heat he's sitting on.
I'm pulling for him since I can hate the Gators without hating individual players.
I agree with you. The best and latest example is LSU's offensive transformation. The LSU offense transformed itself from a run heavy, pro style look, to a highly efficient and highly productive spread. However, from what I saw the few times I watched them, the truly significant change was that the running backs still get the ball much of the time on first downs, but these days it's in the passing game, as the coaches like to get them the ball in space.