The beauty of anonimity is someone can say whatever they want without fear of retribution. This leads to some pretty bold stances, especially among the SEC East coaches.
One is clearly not pleased with the job Butch Jones is doing at Tennessee according to Jimmy Hyams of Gridiron Now.
“Any time Vanderbilt beats Tennessee, they ought to fire the coach at Tennessee,” one coach said. “They fired Derek Dooley. They ought to fire Butch Jones. Vanderbilt should never beat Tennessee. There’s not an excuse on the planet for that.”
Vanderbilt used a huge second half last season to vault themselves to victory over the Volunteers. The Commodores had 608 yards of total offense in their 45-34 win.
“When you’re in your fourth year of a program and the defense is that bad, that ain’t good.” one coach said. “The thing about Tennessee this year, they don’t have a quarterback, they don’t have a running back and for all those guys they’ve signed, I don’t see any dominant, draftable players on the roster.”
The defense allowed an average of 218 yards rushing last season and another 230 in the air, but Tennessee surely has something to say about their players. John Kelly had a promising sophomore campaign averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Though Kahlil McKenzie was injured for a portion of last season, a productive 2017 could push him higher on NFL Draft boards.
“A part of me says Butch Jones has gone a good job. A part of me says no. I think he’s too concerned with what the media says than doing his job. If you win, the media doesn’t matter. If you lose, everything matters. I think he gets caught up in public opinion. I think he’s an insecure guy.”
Butch Jones had quite a ride in 2016. He broke the streak against Florida, won on a hail mary against Georgia, but then fell to South Carolina and Vanderbilt to lose the SEC East after starting the season as one of the best teams in the country. He’s definitely on the hot seat and another few games that go the wrong way might have him on the way out.