Franklin sounded off after Vanderbilt's 34-0 defeat at the hands of the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Coach remained optimistic, but stared out the press conference by saying: "All I can say is we have to keep working hard and we'll eventually close the gap. We're going to work hard every day by developing our kids and recruiting." Franlkin continued:
'Our offense moved the ball well tonight but we didn't make the plays we needed to. When we had the chance to execute, we didn't do it. Also, we can't have missed field goals. Our two missed field goals killed our momentum. I thought our defense played well but they got worn down because they were on the field too long. We also didn't do a great job on third down, and our offense was inconsistent. We will get this fixed though."
CJF was quick to remind those in attendance that the team is still 3-2.
On the impending quarterback controversy, CJF said: ""[Larry's] got a lower leg injury. He could have come back if we needed him to but I felt like we would give Jordan (Rodgers) an opportunity to see what he can do. I thought Jordan did some things well, but we have got to eliminate the negative plays."
On the offense: "We can't just go down the field with 6 yard plays, 5 yard plays, 8 yard plays. We've got to get some big plays."
Jeff Lockridge writes the recap in today's Tennessean, while Greg Sullivan writes about Jordan Rodgers' performance and wonders whether the JUCO transfer should be elevated to QB1. While Sullivan described Rodgers' performance as "mixed" he writes: "[Rodgers] looked early on like he may be worth another look for an offense that has not scored a touchdown in nine quarters." 9 quarters, for those scoring at home, is over 2 games. If you'd live to weigh in the on quarterback quandary, scroll down.