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I Still Believe Jim Chaney Can Turn The Tennessee Offense Around

Jim Chaney

Jim Chaney is a great offensive mind, and I still believe he is the right man for the job.

In 2009, Chaney became the offensive coordinator for Tennessee under Lane Kiffin. The Vols were returning a former four-star and senior quarterback in Jonathan Crompton. Crompton’s first three years on Rocky Top weren’t great. In fact, I remember a lot of fans deeming him as the biggest quarterback bust in program history.

In 22 games from 2006-08, Crompton threw for 1,387 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Certainly not the stats you’d expect from a four-star quarterback.

I wasn’t out on Crompton back in 2009. I held hope Kiffin, and Chaney could make a difference, but I unquestionably wasn’t expecting to see such an impressive rise in Crompton’s play.

In 2009, Crompton threw for 2,800 yards with 27 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. No one saw those types of numbers coming, and was even good enough to get him drafted in the NFL.

Fast forward a few years to 2012, and the Vols had one of the best offenses in the SEC. Tennessee scored 34.8 points point game, only trailing Georgia (37.2) and Alabama (37.6). 34.8 points per game was good enough for 26th in the nation.

It took a couple of years, but Chaney was able to implement his system, and he found a quarterback to run it. As a junior in 2012, Tyler Bray threw for 3,612 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Bray could sling the tater just about as good as anyone.

The difference was adequate running games. But, that was due to the creativeness of Chaney’s unique passing attack.

So far, the 2020 season hasn’t gone to plan. The quarterback play has been average to bad. There is hardly a running game, and the offensive line is highly overrated.

However, I still believe Chaney can turn it around if Pruitt allows him to.

Maybe Pruitt is right when he says JG gives Tennessee the best chance to win. It’s time to play a different quarterback to see if that lights a spark in the team. It could take a different quarterback to allow Chaney to open up the playbook.

Whether it’s this season or not, Chaney will get this offense cooking as he has before.

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