The Tennessee Vols were bad at nearly every position on the field in their season opening 38-30 loss to the Georgia State Panthers.

But it was definitely the defense that looked the worst on Saturday.

And judging by Jeremy Pruitt’s comments on Monday, it’s not going to get much better in week two against BYU.

Pruitt told reporters that he plans to continue to keep the defense “simple” so his players can execute.

That’s not a good sign for the Vols moving forward.

The fact that Tennessee can’t even get into the defense they want to run because of execution issues is a terrible place to be this time of the year.

And it’s not something that can be fixed overnight.

Combine the inability to execute with the fact that Pruitt compared BYU’s quarterback Zach Wilson to Johnny Manziel and you have a another recipe for disaster this weekend.

Unfortunately for the Vols, it doesn’t appear their loss to Georgia State was a fluke.

That’s not to say they can’t beat BYU — they certainly have the talent to do it.

But the loss to Georgia State is a bigger representation of who Tennessee is right now than a lot of folks probably realize.

I’ll admit I misevaluated the Vols prior to the season. They’re a lot further away from being a good team than I thought they were.

It can turn around in a hurry, but it’s going to take Pruitt and his staff completely reevaluating their approach to this team.

Featured image via Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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