I think a large portion of the fan base is simply sick and tired of being dominated by GA, Bama, and the other top teams. Also sick and tired of losing to teams like Mizzou when the Vols (according to recruiting rankings) are far more talented. If the Vols were competitive across the board and beat the teams they’re supposed to beat, we’d all feel better about this season. It’s painful seeing Heup being outcoached and the players just laying down.If Joe throws for 250 and 3-4 TDs on Vandy, the haters here will insist it was Vandy and Nico would have doubled that amount and should start in the bowl game.
At this point they've gone over the edge and when/if Nico comes out next year and overthrows receivers or throws interceptions, they'll lose their minds calling for Merklinger and insist "he should be ready."
No QB who is not as electric as Hendon Hooker will ever be acceptable to these people. As my granny used to say, "They're ruint, completely ruint."