As you ponder Chris Low’s post about what it would cost UT to buy out Fulmer’s contract after this season – kudos to you again, Jimmy Sexton – and read this…
But here is what’s killing Fulmer right now: In his last 28 games against SEC opponents — dating back to the 2004 SEC championship game loss to Auburn — he’s just 14-14. And this decade, he’s just 13-22 against the SEC’s marquee teams — Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and LSU.
… just remember that the key number for us Dawg fans is 2-0, which is his record against Georgia for the last two seasons. He’s in the same boat this year that he was in last year and he has a track record of being able to do just enough to save his skin when his back is up against the wall.
I’ve watched several Tennessee games this year. The Vol offense has struggled, mainly because Crompton has been something of a train wreck at quarterback so far. He lacks any consistency throwing the deep ball and he loses focus and composure when rattled, so what defenses have been doing against UT is playing the run and the short passing game and trying to get pressure on Crompton. It’s been a successful formula, as Tennessee ranks in the bottom quarter of the SEC in most of the significant offensive categories.
The problem from my selfish standpoint is that if Georgia comes out in its patented soft zone, little pass pressure from the d-line defense, it’ll play straight into what the Vols want to do on offense, which is to utilize a short passing game to set up the running attack. Letting Crompton gain confidence is exactly what the doctor would order for the Clawfense (ugh). As we’ve seen, it certainly worked for Wilson and Smelley.