Path to a bowl game

Bob Neyland

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The Stockdale Paradox comes to mind. When Admiral Stockdale, who commanded POW's in the Viet Nam War, was asked "who didn't make it?", he said, "That's easy. The optimists."

POW's who were optimistic would think "We will be home by Christmas." And Christmas would come and Christmas would go and still stuck in the Hanoi Hilton. "We'll be home by Easter" and Easter would come and Easter would go. The optimists would slowly feel the light burn out of their eyes and they would become numb, susceptible and die.

The realists not only survived, but thrived. They KNEW that they would be rescued or freed one day in the future, but never once doubted it. Nor did they sugarcoat their situation. "We are in hell" they would say ... but one day, we'll be out. So the important thing to do is survive until that day.

Folks who keep thinking, "We can still make a bowl" are the optimists. And soon to be disappointed. Better to think, "We are challenged right now, and it's tough. But my spirit will never waive that one day, UT will win again." THAT is positive thinking with a purpose.
 
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No I haven’t been sniffing glue, drinking moonshine or smoking crack. I truly believe if we continue our game by game improvement on the same trajectory as from game 1 to game 2 that we can win 6 games.

JG has to play better...not lights out, just better. Simplify his reads. Two reads for every pass play and then check down or run. OL needs to continue to improve. BYU was a big step in right direction but they need to establish a starting 5 this week to start building chemistry and cohesiveness. Our defensive leader Bituli comes back and adds stability to the defense and the freshmen studs need to keep growing and learning. Defense MUST generate turnovers! Coaching...I really liked Pruitt’s comments today to the Touchdown club despite the out of context Titanic comment. He seems to be circling the wagons and I think the players will respond.

If this occurs, like I think it will...we can find 6 wins.

1. UTC
2. South Carolina
3. UAB
4. MS State or Missouri
5. Kentucky
6. Vandy

If you don’t agree that’s fine. No need to respond and say and say so. I know I’m in the minority. Honestly I’m most worried about the JG aspect. He has to play better but I still believe in this team and by damn it feels a lot better to have hope each Saturday.
Appreciate your input OP. Hopefully we can find those 6+ wins (trying to be positive). For me, its just one game at a time after this disappointing start. Go Vols.
 

05_never_again

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JG has to play better...not lights out, just better. Simplify his reads. Two reads for every pass play and then check down or run.
The issue with this isn't that JG needs to simplify his reads...it's that he doesn't really make reads at all. On most of his drop backs, he instantaneously locks onto one receiver on one side of the field. There is no true reading of the field. He plays QB like a lot of younger kids play EA Madden football.

A range of outcomes ensues after that:
- the WR he locked on to is actually open, resulting in a completion
- the WR he locked on to is open, but he's late with the ball, resulting in an incompletion or INT
- the WR he locked onto isn't open, so he throws it to his check down guy even though there might be one or more WRs open at other parts of the field
 

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The issue with this isn't that JG needs to simplify his reads...it's that he doesn't really make reads at all. On most of his drop backs, he instantaneously locks onto one receiver on one side of the field. There is no true reading of the field. He plays QB like a lot of younger kids play EA Madden football.

A range of outcomes ensues after that:
- the WR he locked on to is actually open, resulting in a completion
- the WR he locked on to is open, but he's late with the ball, resulting in an incompletion or INT
- the WR he locked onto isn't open, so he throws it to his check down guy even though there might be one or more WRs open at other parts of the field
This.
 

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