4. Butch Jones isn’t satisfied with just a good defense
John Jancek did a good job at Tennessee and there certainly was a case that Butch Jones should’ve held onto him because of the improvement that he brought to a defensive unit that was coming off one of its worst years in history in 2012 before the new staff arrived. The Vols were middle of the pack defensively in 2015 – finishing seventh in total defense and fifth in scoring defense in the SEC on their way to a 9-4 record.
That’s good. But it appears that Jones is looking for great – championship-level even – defense. Shoop brings an impressive pedigree to Knoxville that includes Defensive Coordinator of the Year honors in 2014, a top-15 defense nationally in 2015 and a reputation as one of the best defensive minds in the nation as well. If there’s somebody suited to take the Vols to that next level defensively, it appears to be him.