After finishing 109th (out of 130) in scoring offense last season, the Tennessee Vols are hoping for more offensive production in 2019.
Enter Jim Chaney.
Chaney, who previously served as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator from 2009-2012, was hired by Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt after previous offensive coordinator Tyson Helton left to become the head coach at Western Kentucky.
But even if Helton wouldn’t have left on his own accord, there were rumblings that a change was being considered.
Tennessee’s offense simply didn’t perform up to SEC standards last season. Something had to change.
The expectation this season is that UT’s offense will perform significantly better with Chaney in the driver’s seat.
If recent comments from Vols junior linebacker Deandre Johnson are any indication, then Tennessee fans are in for a treat this season.
According to Johnson, Chaney’s offense is one of the “craziest” he’s ever seen.
OLB DeAndre Johnson: “Jim Chaney has one of the craziest offenses I’ve ever seen. With all the motion and formations, it trains you to keep your eyes in the right place.”
— David Ubben (@davidubben) August 27, 2019
There’s no doubt that Tennessee’s offense seemed “vanilla” at times last season. Part of that could be because of the offensive line’s lackluster play. There were definitely some limitations on what could be called offensively. But I also believe Helton’s play calling was part of the reason for the bland offensive approach by the Vols in 2018.
It seems quite clear, however, from Johnson’s comments that Tennessee’s offense will be anything but bland in 2019.
The Vols have some potentially elite play makers in Ty Chandler, Eric Gray and Marquez Callaway. It should be fun to see what Chaney is able to scheme up for those guys.
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