How would you rate John Chavis as a Defensive Coordinator?

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Coker didn’t recruit the roster of his TWO appearances. Miles did. Stay on point. And Chavis getting paid to STAY is relevant. Sticking to he sucks cuz you say so is pretty myopic. Dave Aranda was Miles choice to replace Chavis...REMEMBER him?
I remember him. I also remember Cam Cameron and Gary Crowton.
 

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Chavez was a great DC. He like other DC‘s had to adapt to the offense urban Meyer brought. This took several years and we took several beatings in the process. But, the same thing happened to many other defense of coordinators. Stopping a huge running quarterback for less than a yard or two turned out to be a huge task. Many teams had to recruit special defensive of players to get the job done.
Unfortunately all this happened just as we had some ups and downs on the offense of side of the ball. Goodbye Phil.
 

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Chavez was a great DC. He like other DC‘s had to adapt to the offense urban Meyer brought. This took several years and we took several beatings in the process. But, the same thing happened to many other defense of coordinators. Stopping a huge running quarterback for less than a yard or two turned out to be a huge task. Many teams had to recruit special defensive of players to get the job done.
Unfortunately all this happened just as we had some ups and downs on the offense of side of the ball. Goodbye Phil.
The same exact thing happened in the early 90's. People were converting DB's to LB's for quickness and speed. Then, having to convert WR's to DB's to make up for it.
 

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Chavez was a great DC. He like other DC‘s had to adapt to the offense urban Meyer brought. This took several years and we took several beatings in the process. But, the same thing happened to many other defense of coordinators. Stopping a huge running quarterback for less than a yard or two turned out to be a huge task. Many teams had to recruit special defensive of players to get the job done.
Unfortunately all this happened just as we had some ups and downs on the offense of side of the ball. Goodbye Phil.
He had some pretty rough games against coaches other than Urban in his final years. I think, as other have pointed out already, that he just wasn't very good without elite DL talent. Obviously it all starts with a good DL, but he seemed more than most to really suffer when the DL was down.

I'd stop shy of giving him an A for that, and a couple of other reasons. He seemed to really have a hard time figuring out when one guy was just absolutely torching us. One receiver would have 150 yards receiving against us and then on a crucial third down in the fourth quarter he'd have our fourth CB covering him one on one. He also would go into the prevent way early and just refuse to back out of it, which resulted in a lot of easy wins turning into nailbiters and even some humiliating losses.
 

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Without elite talent, he was just average like all other coordinators. With that elite talent, the players could make up for his deficiencies.
 

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Why is there a 12 page thread on John Chavis? Are people so bored that they have to discuss a former UT coach that hasn't coached at UT in a decade?

Kickoff needs to hurry up and get here.
Yes. That's what happens when you went 5-7 last year, 4-8 the season before that, it's the first of July, and haven't played for any hardware in over a decade.
 

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He had some pretty rough games against coaches other than Urban in his final years. I think, as other have pointed out already, that he just wasn't very good without elite DL talent. Obviously it all starts with a good DL, but he seemed more than most to really suffer when the DL was down.

I'd stop shy of giving him an A for that, and a couple of other reasons. He seemed to really have a hard time figuring out when one guy was just absolutely torching us. One receiver would have 150 yards receiving against us and then on a crucial third down in the fourth quarter he'd have our fourth CB covering him one on one. He also would go into the prevent way early and just refuse to back out of it, which resulted in a lot of easy wins turning into nailbiters and even some humiliating losses.
Never understood his inability to have in game adjustments. Many games we would stop other teams in the first few drives, then they would see what Chavy Wavy was doing and adjust and start moving the ball and he would never counter, then they would pile up the points and yards.

Remember against KY in 07, they came back from 31-7 and had the ball inside the 10 and Chavis had our DBs lined up in the endzone for cushion.
 

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Never understood his inability to have in game adjustments. Many games we would stop other teams in the first few drives, then they would see what Chavy Wavy was doing and adjust and start moving the ball and he would never counter, then they would pile up the points and yards.

Remember against KY in 07, they came back from 31-7 and had the ball inside the 10 and Chavis had our DBs lined up in the endzone for cushion.
In 2008, when Auburn was going for a third down conversion that would provide them with enough time to run out the clock and ice the game, Chavis had his DBs way, way off the ball. Auburn converted, ran out the clock, and won. Asked about it afterward, he said he didn't want to give up the touchdown. I guess he got what he wanted.
 

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Never understood his inability to have in game adjustments. Many games we would stop other teams in the first few drives, then they would see what Chavy Wavy was doing and adjust and start moving the ball and he would never counter, then they would pile up the points and yards.

Remember against KY in 07, they came back from 31-7 and had the ball inside the 10 and Chavis had our DBs lined up in the endzone for cushion.
Who won the game?
 

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That's the kind of thinking that got us stuck with Randy Sanders for 7 seasons.
Our fringe NegaVol fans thinking Randy Sanders was/is a bad coach is part of the problem to begin with. Facts are that he was a part of the winningest staff we ever had, was a former Vol who loved the program and has done a good job coaching wherever he's gone yet we have some "fans" sitting on their couches calling him terrible, when he has done way more for our football program than ol couch coach ever will.
 

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Our fringe NegaVol fans thinking Randy Sanders was/is a bad coach is part of the problem to begin with. Facts are that he was a part of the winningest staff we ever had, was a former Vol who loved the program and has done a good job coaching wherever he's gone yet we have some "fans" sitting on their couches calling him terrible, when he has done way more for our football program than ol couch coach ever will.
Must be why he was immediately snatched up by an elite football program after he left UT.
 

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Must be why he was immediately snatched up by an elite football program after he left UT.
Must be why he's made tons of money coaching, has helped thousands of kids through association with his sport and the schools he's coached for and is respected throughout his profession. I'm curious as to how your couch coaching career measures up?
 

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