The Tennessee Vols officially named Jim Chaney as the program’s new offensive coordinator on Wednesday, ending a search that lasted nearly two months.
Chaney is set to become the highest paid offensive coordinator in the nation.
As Jim Chaney becomes the highest-paid OC in the nation, Tennessee owes Georgia a buyout of $500,000, per contract terms. https://t.co/hwcvJUgPX8
— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) January 9, 2019
Tennessee’s decision to commit this much money to an offensive coordinator tells us two things — they’re serious about winning and they’re expecting a lot from Chaney.
While there’s only so much Chaney can do to make the offense better (again, it’s all about the players on the field doing their job), he’s clearly a great fit for the Volunteers.
Chaney’s ability to adapt each season to his team’s strengths is what has made him one of the nation’s top play callers.
And that’s exactly why Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt brought Chaney back to Knoxville.
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) January 9, 2019
Chaney’s ability to adapt isn’t just lip service, either. That’s always been his approach and it’s something he talked about when he was previously at Tennessee.
Before the 2012 season, after the sixth practice of fall camp, Chaney was asked about the progress of his offense and whether or not specific plays had been installed. Chaney told reporters that the first ten practices of fall camp were reserved for base offense installation. He said it took at least that long to discover his team’s offensive identity.
You can go skip ahead to the the 1:58 mark for Chaney’s comments regarding the installation of the offense.
This might not seem like a big deal, but it is. Pruitt clearly has an idea of what he wants from his team offensively.
But a team is only as good as the players on the field. And if a program isn’t playing to its players’ strengths, then wins are going to be hard to come by.
Fortunately for the Vols, they now have an offensive coordinator that’s excellent at identifying play makers and figuring out a way to get the ball in their hands.
Tennessee still has a long way to go before they’re relevant again in the SEC, but poaching Chaney from Georgia should help accelerate the process.
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