Let me say as a Vols fan. I am purely disgusted at our teams play. Specifically the coaching staff and the defense. The reasons why we lost the game boil down to coaching. Let me break the reasons down to you.
1. On defense. The entire night we lacked discipline. Every big play the Gators had in the first half was from the Vols inability to hold the edge. They horribly over pursued several plays and simply refused to maintain gap responsibility. Vols were up at halftime and I told a friend I was watching the game with, “if these boys don’t do something about controlling that edge we are going to have some problems.” Sure enough the second half their first TD came off an edge play. Then another TD came off a fake to the edge which caused the team to over pursue and leave the middle wide ass open. I don’t what kind of angles those players were taking. When teams lack fundamental it comes down to bad coaching. The players on defense are completely lost in this scheme and it shows every play when it takes them a day and half to get set and let’s not mention how lost they look when the defensive audible. So Sunseri get those boys together.
2. Play call was ass. When your defense is lost like that that is when you dial up the pressure to compensate. I didn’t see many DECENT blitzes called. I didn’t see any aggressive play calling out there on defense. Just stand back and look stupid calls. Side note, Kudos to McCullers. He held his own out there. Back to coaching, on offense, shitty play calling as well. The game plan was pound the ball work off the play-action. The Vols scored one TD in the second half and completely abandoned that.
3. Second half adjustments. Vols made 0. On play action Florida players kept getting caught in single coverage or out of position. Florida’s D is so inexperienced, you run the ball a few plays and they creep up, it’s simple. Motion Hunter in the slot on the same side as Rivera since they were doubling Rivera. Dooley might need to trade in those pants for some coaching skill points.You’re in the pistol throw some flashy plays out there. A few screens here and there, ease up the pressure and please don’t fucking abandon a game plan again when it’s obviously working.
Overall I was really disappointed in the Vols. Hunter had a big drop on 4th down that completely took the wind out of their sails. They laid down after that. I hated that shit. That has to change. After Akron, there is a 4-game stretch against UGA, Alabama, Mississippi State, and South Carolina. Right now, I feel like Big Orange can come out on top against 3/4 of those teams. We will see though.