They say that defense wins championships, but it’s still impossible to win a game if your offense is completely dreadful. The Tennessee Volunteers lost to the Florida Gators 31 – 17 in a game that looked more like a spring game with a comedy of errors on the offensive side of the ball from both teams.
Butch Jones made a mistake benching quarterback Justin Worley for redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman, but Peterman’s absolute inability to get the ball down the field will make the decision to return Worley to his starting spot much easier.
Worley may not be a flashy quarterback, but he knows the Tennessee offense. Peterman looked lost. The normally extremely disciplined Volunteer offensive line lost their focus and made mistakes that they haven’t had all season. With all of the offensive mistakes by Florida, Tennessee could have won the game by simply just not making mistakes.
If the Volunteers can figure out their running game, an upset over a better team could still be in their future. Tennessee has an extremely tough schedule of upcoming games against the Alabama Crimson Tide, the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Bulldogs. Tennessee needs a marquee win soon or they’ll lose hope that they can beat later opponents like the Vanderbilt Commodores, Missouri Tigers and Auburn Tigers.
Jones needs his team to believe in the future, not win the SEC in his first season; they need to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, with the upcoming schedule, it doesn’t look like that will be anytime soon. “Brick by brick” must look like mountain by mountain to the current Tennessee fans and team.