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My theory is simply that Phillip Fulmer and Dave Clawson tried way too hard last season. ... They tried and in the process ended up nearly destroying a very good college QB.
RTT's series reviewing the 2008 Tennessee Volunteers football season begins with a discussion of what changed in the preseason, namely that offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe went to Duke, and Phillip Fulmer replaced him with Dave Clawson.
Volunteer Catharsis: A look at Dave Clawson's fledgling career at Bowling Green State and how the lessons learned at Tennessee shape our expectations.
Reading between the lines from players' quotes after practice, more light is shed on the future of Tennessee Volunteers football.
But nothing bothered Briscoe more than the idea that the offense was on a two-year timetable.
"Hearing that from (Latrell Scott) was really upsetting," he said. "Putting an offense in at this level, you can't have a year for it to take effect - not at this level, especially not at Tennessee. We expect to be able to win every week.
"That offense wasn't putting us there. That offense held us back a lot."
Josh Briscoe has been one of the most vocal Vols throughout the Fulmer forced resignation process, and this story from KNS sheds more light on the Clawfense's struggles and ultimate failure.
"At not one point did I feel we had confidence as an offense," first-year offensive coordinator Dave Clawson said today. "You can go back to the spring. The first scrimmage we struggled. The second scrimmage we turned the ball over three times. This fall in the scrimmages ...
"I don't think I ever walked off the practice field here, saying, 'We're finally close to where we need to be.'"