Sony Michel was hitting a brick wall going up the middle until we tried a screen pass for a first down, and that opened up some holes for our OL and Michel up the middle.In the first quarter, it looked like we were tackling air. After Leonard Floyd‘s momentum changing scoop and score, it looked like we were finally wrapping up tackles, until we let Tennessee back into the game before halftime. We went from 24-3 to 24-17 at halftime.The errant tackling returned in the second half, most noticeably, Malkom Parrish’s missed tackles on Tennessee’s first TD of the second half. Blame it on the youth, coaching, but our secondary had some noticeable holes, and teams will continue to attack the air the rest of the season after seeing how Alabama and now Tennessee have dissected them.
And now our offense is in even more turmoil as we no longer have Nick Chubb to rely on. What is our offensive identity?
I call myself a glass half-full optimist. Internally, I’m chastising myself for believing that we were better than we were. On the outside, I kept my mouth shut with every dropped pass and missed tackle. I was being consoled by Cincinnati fans, where Butch Jones used to coach. They don’t like him much, but I told them they had a class guy in Tuberville now.
Even with the collapse, I wished I were at Neyland with my fellow Dawg fans. Maybe they needed an extra shoulder to cry on.
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