Tennessee Football is 15-14 with multiple inexcusable home losses in Jeremy Pruitt’s first 2+ seasons as head coach. In comparison, Butch Jones was 14-15 with only 1 inexcusable home loss through 29 games.
And honestly considering the schedules, Butch probably would’ve beat both BYU and Georgia State, but lost to Auburn. Both coaches talked the talk, then made excuses when the results were lacking. They both continually made extremely questionable decisions, the only difference being Butch was consulting a chart. Pruitt is just making bad decisions.
The worst of the bad decisions for both has been QB1. It is scary how similar the Vols current QB situation is to 2014 with Worley/Peterman/Dobbs. In 2014, Butch claimed Dobbs “wasn’t ready.” Pulled Worley in favor of Peterman (sorry for the reminder) and quickly put Worley back in when Peterman failed. It wasn’t until his hand was forced due to injury that Dobbs got significant playing time, and He proved to be a gamer. We can split hairs over if we’d have won more games had Dobbs started sooner, but most reasonable folks would agree he was the best QB in the 2014 QB room.
Here we are 6 years later, with the same jacked up situation in the QB room. The same way Butch stuck with Worley for too long, Pruitt is dying on JG’s hill. It’s time to pull the plug on #2. At its best, this football team will be a little bit better than average with him taking snaps. And at its worst, well, we all watched what happened on Saturday. Quit claiming Harrison Bailey “isn’t ready.” I’m confident Bailey will prove to be the best QB in the room this year, if given the opportunity.
There’s still time for Pruitt to right this ship, but that window is closing fast. And until proven otherwise, Jeremy Pruitt is just Butch Jones without a chart.