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It is time for Pruitt and this team to work some magic. A new era at Tennessee, and looking forward to 2020. All players that is coming back knows what is at stake, and believe me when I say, we’re going to be a surprising team in 2020. A special team will be emerging, and we have the talent to go far. We will go a lot further than folks are expecting us to. Can’t wait.👍👍👍
 
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It is time for Pruitt and this team to work some magic. A new era at Tennessee, and looking forward to 2020. All players that is coming back knows what is at stake, and believe me when I say, we’re going to be a surprising team in 2020. A special team will be emerging, and we have the talent to go far. We will go a lot further than folks are expecting us to. Can’t wait.👍👍👍
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We should go 9-3 or 8-4 next season need to upset one of the big 3 Fla, UGA and Bama
Don't forget that Oklahoma is on the schedule, too. But we might be catching them at a good time, since they're going to be breaking in a new quarterback and they're not going to have anyone like Jalen Hurts to just plug in.

These guys learned how to win tough games in 2019. Now they've got to get better, so they can be in a position to beat teams like the Sooners, Gators, Tide and Dawgs.
 
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It is time for Pruitt and this team to work some magic. A new era at Tennessee, and looking forward to 2020. All players that is coming back knows what is at stake, and believe me when I say, we’re going to be a surprising team in 2020. A special team will be emerging, and we have the talent to go far. We will go a lot further than folks are expecting us to. Can’t wait.👍👍👍
The infamous “next year” proclamation.
 
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I think we have a chance to be really good. We need to lean on that big o-line and focus on the running game and playing great defense and special teams.
It really comes down to two things IMO. 1. QB/WR play and 2. Finding an edge rusher. If we can find answers (REAL answers) to these 2 questions, we have a chance to be pretty special.
 
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Hell yes 9 wins is going to be Tennessee's win total during the 2020 regular season
To win 9 in 2020 we must beat all the teams we are expected to beat:
1) Charlotte
2) Furman
3) Troy
4) Vandy
5) Arkansas - Sam Pitman ALMOST got this one moved to a 50/50 game....but they have a long way to go

And all the teams that could go either way:
6) Missouri - New Coach, don't know what to expect
7) South Carolina - It's still Muschamp
8) Kentucky - They recruited well and will have a reall QB next year.

And then one we are expected to lose:
Oklahoma
Florida
Bama
UGA

If we lose any game we are expected to win OR one of the 50/50 games then we have to go .500 in that group of 4.

It will be VERY hard to win 9, virtually impossible to win 10.

We will either be playing with JG as QB1 - Doesn't turn the ball over much, but isn't someone who can beat you with his arm on a consistent basis, Mauer who completes almost as many balls to the other team as he does to Tennessee OR a true freshman. None of those are confidence inspiring options.

We should be better at O Line. Our line was serviceable this year....but not great. Hopefully Morris, Carvin and Wright can continue to improve alongside Trey and Kennedy. If we can add the depth of Cade and Cooper Mays we should be better equipped to run the ball.

With our inconsistency at QB and losing Calloway, Jennings, Byrd, and Wood-Anderson...we are going to struggle to be better in the passing game.

Losing Taylor, Bituli will make it hard for our front 7 to be better and Warrior's departure will for sure be felt in the backfield.

I am saying all this to say that even if this team goes 7-5, 8-4 next year....it's not going to be reason for alarm. It will take several years for this program to get back to a point where we can even think about contending for the East. Pruitt has improved a lot as a head coach over the last two years, he has a fairly competent staff and is recruiting at a satisfactory level. But I feel like he is building a program which will be better for longer. Our last staff sold their souls o the devil for short term gains....and we all see where that landed us. Be patient and be realistic with your expectations. We are on our way back to relevancy....but we were so far gone....it's going to be a long road.
 
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To win 9 in 2020 we must beat all the teams we are expected to beat:
1) Charlotte
2) Furman
3) Troy
4) Vandy
5) Arkansas - Sam Pitman ALMOST got this one moved to a 50/50 game....but they have a long way to go

And all the teams that could go either way:
6) Missouri - New Coach, don't know what to expect
7) South Carolina - It's still Muschamp
8) Kentucky - They recruited well and will have a reall QB next year.

And then one we are expected to lose:
Oklahoma
Florida
Bama
UGA

If we lose any game we are expected to win OR one of the 50/50 games then we have to go .500 in that group of 4.

It will be VERY hard to win 9, virtually impossible to win 10.

We will either be playing with JG as QB1 - Doesn't turn the ball over much, but isn't someone who can beat you with his arm on a consistent basis, Mauer who completes almost as many balls to the other team as he does to Tennessee OR a true freshman. None of those are confidence inspiring options.

We should be better at O Line. Our line was serviceable this year....but not great. Hopefully Morris, Carvin and Wright can continue to improve alongside Trey and Kennedy. If we can add the depth of Cade and Cooper Mays we should be better equipped to run the ball.

With our inconsistency at QB and losing Calloway, Jennings, Byrd, and Wood-Anderson...we are going to struggle to be better in the passing game.

Losing Taylor, Bituli will make it hard for our front 7 to be better and Warrior's departure will for sure be felt in the backfield.

I am saying all this to say that even if this team goes 7-5, 8-4 next year....it's not going to be reason for alarm. It will take several years for this program to get back to a point where we can even think about contending for the East. Pruitt has improved a lot as a head coach over the last two years, he has a fairly competent staff and is recruiting at a satisfactory level. But I feel like he is building a program which will be better for longer. Our last staff sold their souls o the devil for short term gains....and we all see where that landed us. Be patient and be realistic with your expectations. We are on our way back to relevancy....but we were so far gone....it's going to be a long road.
I think Tennessee will upset Oklahoma in Norman and it will help Tennessee get 9 wins in 2020. I think Tennessee will go 5-3 in the SEC in 2020.
 
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To win 9 in 2020 we must beat all the teams we are expected to beat:
1) Charlotte
2) Furman
3) Troy
4) Vandy
5) Arkansas - Sam Pitman ALMOST got this one moved to a 50/50 game....but they have a long way to go

And all the teams that could go either way:
6) Missouri - New Coach, don't know what to expect
7) South Carolina - It's still Muschamp
8) Kentucky - They recruited well and will have a reall QB next year.

And then one we are expected to lose:
Oklahoma
Florida
Bama
UGA

If we lose any game we are expected to win OR one of the 50/50 games then we have to go .500 in that group of 4.

It will be VERY hard to win 9, virtually impossible to win 10.

We will either be playing with JG as QB1 - Doesn't turn the ball over much, but isn't someone who can beat you with his arm on a consistent basis, Mauer who completes almost as many balls to the other team as he does to Tennessee OR a true freshman. None of those are confidence inspiring options.

We should be better at O Line. Our line was serviceable this year....but not great. Hopefully Morris, Carvin and Wright can continue to improve alongside Trey and Kennedy. If we can add the depth of Cade and Cooper Mays we should be better equipped to run the ball.

With our inconsistency at QB and losing Calloway, Jennings, Byrd, and Wood-Anderson...we are going to struggle to be better in the passing game.

Losing Taylor, Bituli will make it hard for our front 7 to be better and Warrior's departure will for sure be felt in the backfield.

I am saying all this to say that even if this team goes 7-5, 8-4 next year....it's not going to be reason for alarm. It will take several years for this program to get back to a point where we can even think about contending for the East. Pruitt has improved a lot as a head coach over the last two years, he has a fairly competent staff and is recruiting at a satisfactory level. But I feel like he is building a program which will be better for longer. Our last staff sold their souls o the devil for short term gains....and we all see where that landed us. Be patient and be realistic with your expectations. We are on our way back to relevancy....but we were so far gone....it's going to be a long road.
Could not disagree more with the 7-5 comment.

If this team takes a.atep back in year 3...this coaching staff has failed.

A modicum of better coaching in the first two games of the year and the 2019 team has 9 regular season wins. Dropping to 7 wins?? No way can that be considered progress.
 
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Could not disagree more with the 7-5 comment.

If this team takes a.atep back in year 3...this coaching staff has failed.

A modicum of better coaching in the first two games of the year and the 2019 team has 9 regular season wins. Dropping to 7 wins?? No way can that be considered progress.
Not that you can rate wrongness, but you are as wrong as you could be.

If the 2019 team doesn't lose the first 2 games, it doesn't finish as strong as it did. The "What If's" just don't work. This team gelled together and grew through facing that adversity. They also had several true freshman in very important places on the field who had to grow and were struggling to find their identity on defense.

You must factor in the quality of the opponents when you talk about win loss records and there is no question that Oklahoma is better than either of the first two teams we faced. South Carolina and Kentucky will be better. Bama, UGA and Florida are all coming off good seasons with recruiting classes significantly better than ours. We very easily could be a better team with better coaching and end up with the same record or one game worse.

It's that level of small minded thinking that has lead to the constant churn we have experienced and it MUST stop.
 
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