Say it Ain't So! Willie Martinez Not Returning?

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One of the biggest gripes I've seen on VolNation this year revolves around Willie Martinez and our horrible secondary play. Call after call from loyal Vol fans for his ouster may not have fallen on deaf ears. It seems Willie's contract is up and CJH is not expected to renew it. I'm very happy to see us upgrade at that coaching position; however, I hope it doesn't hurt us in the short run in recruiting. Halleluiah Go Vols!

 
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I posted in the other thread about Raymond a link and another poster had one up too.

UF had a rough season on the defensive side of the ball after they played us and was among the worst in the nation at forcing turnovers.

Still think Raymond is a massive upgrade on Martinez as Zach said in the A2Z article you linked.
 
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One of the biggest gripes I've seen on VolNation this year revolves around Willie Martinez and our horrible secondary play. Call after call from loyal Vol fans for his ouster may not have fallen on deaf ears. It seems Willie's contract is up and CJH is not expected to renew it. I'm very happy to see us upgrade at that coaching position; however, I hope it doesn't hurt us in the short run in recruiting. Halleluiah Go Vols!

Zach Ragan must have read my post in the recruiting forum talk thread and repurposed it is an article. He is such trash. All opinion. No actual reporting. Who said Heupel wasn’t renewing Martinez? That could absolutely still happen. Glorified blogger.


That said, I absolutely would be in favor of adding Raymond or replacing Willie with Raymond.
 
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One of the biggest gripes I've seen on VolNation this year revolves around Willie Martinez and our horrible secondary play. Call after call from loyal Vol fans for his ouster may not have fallen on deaf ears. It seems Willie's contract is up and CJH is not expected to renew it. I'm very happy to see us upgrade at that coaching position; however, I hope it doesn't hurt us in the short run in recruiting. Halleluiah Go Vols!

One of the biggest gripes I've seen on VolNation this year revolves around Willie Martinez and our horrible secondary play. Call after call from loyal Vol fans for his ouster may not have fallen on deaf ears. It seems Willie's contract is up and CJH is not expected to renew it. I'm very happy to see us upgrade at that coaching position; however, I hope it doesn't hurt us in the short run in recruiting. Halleluiah Go Vols!

Any links to a legitimate news source with this info?
 
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If the DBs can just turn their heads around and look for the ball - that will be a complete upgrade - like going from 2.0 to 6.0.
Got to first be in good position to do that, some of which has to do with the talent level. Haden appeared to make enough progress this year to be able to do that.

Unfortunately for Willie, he has a history of coaching corners that consistently got best deep in college, only to be drafted and perform well in the pros. Quite the polarizing coaching profile.
 
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One of the biggest gripes I've seen on VolNation this year revolves around Willie Martinez and our horrible secondary play. Call after call from loyal Vol fans for his ouster may not have fallen on deaf ears. It seems Willie's contract is up and CJH is not expected to renew it. I'm very happy to see us upgrade at that coaching position; however, I hope it doesn't hurt us in the short run in recruiting. Halleluiah Go Vols!

I don't know if Martinez needs to go... but he isn't the one calling for 10-15 yard cushions. He's not the one who gets out play called most of the time.
 
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Also, Banks coaches the safeties and DBs overall. He also calls the defensive plays that includes the big cushions that are allowed. This could be due to the lack off talent that he has. Not saying that Martinez shouldn't go but poor secondary play is not all his fault. JMO it is a lack of talent more than anything.
 
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I don't know if Martinez needs to go... but he isn't the one calling for 10-15 yard cushions. He's not the one who gets out play called most of the time.
Your scheme will be dictated by the caliber of athlete you have playing the position. I think Raymond would be able to haul in more elite talent at the position. They could play press man more and if they did want to play with a cushion, more elite talent would have the speed to close, wrap up, be more physical, and maybe 🤞🏻turn their heads. We will see what CJH does. He has been pretty loyal to his staff so far and we don’t know if Coach Raymond would want to come here anyway.
 
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I don't know if Martinez needs to go... but he isn't the one calling for 10-15 yard cushions. He's not the one who gets out play called most of the time.
I’m game for giving banks more time. But one key here is Martinez
 
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So it looks like he would be a great pick up. Others were suggesting in another thread that he was trash. I would think if Georgia is interested in hiring him he’s probably not that bad, I’m only saying that because it seems like they can choose who they want.

Don’t you know that the coaches on VolNation know infinitely more than Kirby Smart!?
 
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Also, why did Florida short can him
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Also, Banks coaches the safeties and DBs overall. He also calls the defensive plays that includes the big cushions that are allowed. This could be due to the lack off talent that he has. Not saying that Martinez shouldn't go but poor secondary play is not all his fault. JMO it is a lack of talent more than anything.
Well, the first time he was here it wasn't for a lack of talent. That's just want he teaches.
 
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I’m game for giving banks more time. But one key here is Martinez
Why? Martinez coaches DBs. He teaches technique. I'm not claiming he cannot have impact. I will say that you cannot afford to have a DB coach who isn't a really good recruiter which could be part of it. But firing a DB coach when your DC so routinely gets outcoached looks like scapegoating.
 
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So, let me see if I understand this correctly. Florida fired Raymond because his position group didn't show enough improvement or development of players. So we fire Martinez and then hire someone that was fired. Ok....that is literally the most ignorant thing I've seen on this board and it's some ignorant crap posted daily.

There's just no hope for some of this fanbase.....😔
 
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One of the biggest gripes I've seen on VolNation this year revolves around Willie Martinez and our horrible secondary play. Call after call from loyal Vol fans for his ouster may not have fallen on deaf ears. It seems Willie's contract is up and CJH is not expected to renew it. I'm very happy to see us upgrade at that coaching position; however, I hope it doesn't hurt us in the short run in recruiting. Halleluiah Go Vols!

Good riddance
 
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Why? Martinez coaches DBs. He teaches technique. I'm not claiming he cannot have impact. I will say that you cannot afford to have a DB coach who isn't a really good recruiter which could be part of it. But firing a DB coach when your DC so routinely gets outcoached looks like scapegoating.
It may be. Unfortunately for him is people want fast answers and his contract is up.
 

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