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Dooley all over the place with post-scrimmage evaluation

Derek Dooley was all over the place with his evaluation of the Vols’ first scrimmage.

Good thing Dooley doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve. (Yes, we are kidding.)

Following the scrimmage inside Neyland Stadium, Dooley began, “Typical first scrimmage in a lot of ways. We have a long way to go as a team. Not much chemistry on offense, not much tempo, like eleven parts out there not really working together, a lot of delay of games, the administration of the plays wasn’t very good, but we have some individual guys that can do some things.”

The negative: “I was probably (most) disappointed in the offensive chemistry. It looked like eleven guys out there. There wasn’t a lot of command coming from the quarterback.”

“When you get up there and gotta make check, you gotta a make a check. You can’t sit there and stare and then go, ‘Oh, what was that check I was supposed to make.’ I gotta go. Tick, tick, tick. The defense is moving. You gotta go. If you can’t do that, then we’re going to have to back it down and go real simple. That’s what we’re going to have to do.”

“The consistency (at quarterback) is non-existent. It’s enough to drive you crazy.”

“We’re so use to playing freshman around her, we don’t know what it’s like not to have to get a freshman ready to play at a position.”

The positive: “This was a lot better than the first scrimmage last year.”

The positive mixed with the negative: “I saw not a lot of mental errors on defense, which is good. I saw the fits were pretty good. There weren’t these gaping holes. They did a great job against the run.”

“Our tackling needs to keep improving. We hit guys and they fall for three instead of hitting them and it’s zero. The defensive won the line of scrimmage. When that happens, you’re usually going to be alright.”