Evaluating the First Three Maxims Today

Nationally, in 2009, Tennessee ranked 12th in fewest penalties per game, 8th in fewest penalty yards per game, and 47th in turnover margin.

Fumbles Gained | Lost:   14 | 7
INT’s Gained | Lost:   14 | 14
Penalties:   63 | 516 yds | 4.85 per game | 39.69 yds per game

With the relative high number of INTs last season (especially the first half) notwithstanding, these numbers were the mark of a pretty well-disciplined squad.

Entering (another) new era today, I will be interested in a lot of things. But, turnovers and penalties will be the mark of a well-prepared team, especially against out-manned opposition. And, what we do in the immediate aftermath of a turnover or penalty will give important grades to the first three maxims of General Neyland:

  • The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
  • Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way – SCORE.
  • If at first the game – or the breaks – go against you, don’t let up… put on more steam.

The scoreboard is certainly one measure. Turnover ratio and penalties today may be a better litmus going into next week’s game against real quality opposition.

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4 responses to “Evaluating the First Three Maxims Today”

  1. Jan Evett says :

    Just wanted to say that I like the new blog format – but I miss the orange background. Could you add a little orange in somewhere? Maybe there’s a little too much white without a touch of orange for me! Seriously, your blog is looking good and I’m enjoying reading… lots of anticipation in the air this week. Enjoy the game today – Go Vols!

  2. norcalvol says :

    Hey Jan – thanks for the feedback. I’m limited on what I can do in terms of design (this is a free WordPress format). This is an experiment, and I may change it again a few times to see what works. But, in the meantime, in honor of your comment, and in honor of gameday, here’s some orange for ‘ya!

  3. DW says :

    Looks great, Fred!!
    Got any plans to consolidate all the season predictions? Adding last seasons predictions to the recap could be interesting/embarrasing.
    DW

  4. tk says :

    i think you have the wrong PMS color for tennessee orange fred but it is a good attempt. cant believe you havent some way incorporated a checkerboard yet

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