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Kentucky’s offense is really, really bad


Kentucky’s defense carried Kentucky as far as it could. Going all the way back to the Texas A&M game when the defense scored a touchdown to force overtime, there has only been one side of the ball that plays winning football for Kentucky, but it can only do so much. At some point, the offense has to show up.

Remember the Mizzou game? The defense forced eight straight three-and-outs and the offense still didn’t score until the final seconds, and only with assists from some bad Missouri decisions and a pass interference call. The offense hasn’t truly existed since the first half of the South Carolina game. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

Down in Tennessee on Saturday, the defense wasn’t at its best by any means, but it was the only side of the ball that made the trip. Kentucky’s offense was horrible once again, just as it has been every Saturday since that South Carolina game.

Poll the fan base and the blame is scattered everywhere. Eddie Gran gets a lot of it. Terry Wilson gets just as much. Some blame the offensive line. Others blame the receivers. I think it’s fair to blame everyone because the offense has been non-existent, and somewhat atrocious, lately. I bet if you looked at the numbers, there hasn’t been a 12th-ranked team in the history of college football with an offense as bad as Kentucky’s has been.

I’m not paid to figure it out so it’s not my place or my responsibility to turn it all around. But somebody better fix these problems or Kentucky will struggle against Middle Tennessee State and against the worst Louisville football team in the history of Louisville football… and let’s not even think what could go wrong in the bowl game. Hell, at this point we should be thankful Kentucky even gets to go to one of those.

I’ll leave you with a stat that’ll make you bang your head against the wall: Kentucky’s offense averages 10.8 points per game in its last five games. Throw in the second half of the South Carolina and it’s about 2.4 points per quarter.

The Cats are lucky to have Josh Allen and an unreal defense.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

79 responses to “Kentucky’s offense is really, really bad”

  1. KYCat4EVER

    Wasn’t this article copied from a similar article after the A&M game? No, wait… the Vanderbilt game? No, wait… the Missouri game? No wait…

    1. bacnine

      Isn’t It time for Barnyard to give Stoops and the asst. coaches another contract extension and raise. The same thing happens every year. We start hot then we fad bad. Then he waits to put in Gunnar after the game is out of sight. If I was Gunnar I would have said no thanks.

    2. antiquefurnitureandmidgets

      You mean Gunnar who almost immediately threw a pick on the sideline where he always throws or nearly throws a pick? That Gunnar?

  2. makeitstop

    A touchdown a day keeps the bowl scouts away: Hello liberty bowl

    1. makeitstop

      Here is the upside of our epic season ending collapse we will get a bowl game bad enough we might be able to win! There must be a pony in here somewhere

  3. Bigblue7982

    Fire gran.

  4. maximumscott

    Eddie Gran is the OC and so the blame must lie on him. He doesnt trust Terry and simplifies the playbook. Other DCs have figured it out. Its easy to stop. Our receivers cant run routes to get seperation either outside of Bowden and Bouvier

    1. USMC5150

      I agree with the OC comment but where did the o line go and receivers aren’t always blocking…so anything besides just getting out of the way and standing there.

  5. BigBluetotheBone

    The wheels have fell clean off!! We’ll be lucky to finish 8-4! It’s already been said but it’s not hard to play defense against us!

  6. UKPROF

    Gran should just quit, resign, and walk away, right now, TODAY. He should be too embarrassed to even walk onto the field for another game. He ‘coaches’ NOTHING. C’mon Eddie, just QUIT!

  7. east-ky-boy

    It’s the coaches. The kids run the plays they are told to run. Fire gran. And if stoops thinks he’s not an issue then he’s not as smart as I thought he was.

    1. My Dixie Wrecked

      Wait…you thought Stoops was smart?

    2. shelby

      We run an RPO…the only part terry runs is the “R”. That’s not all on Gran, terry has to start reading the D and making the right decision. He seems to struggle mightily with that.

    3. My Dixie Wrecked

      Or….maybe not call an RPO?

  8. mashburnfan1

    Terry has shown he can make the throws, he simply is not given the chance because of play calling and the Oline. The throw to Wagner was incredibly well thrown, Wagner dropped it before the target non call. The Conrad throw was really well thrown. A QB needs a flow, needs confidence. We don’t allow that by so many short throws and the Oline can’t block 4 rushers, don’t even touch 1 of the 4 rushers late in the game. How can 5 guys not block 4, EVERY GAME. Look at the stats, UT threw for as many yards as we did. We had 23 completions and they had 12, they throw it down the field. Gran just does not know how to call SEC games. Gran does not give the players a chance to make plays.

    1. mashburnfan1

      This game, I knew it was over on our 1st series. 3rd and 1 and Gran does the predictable with the defense stacked to stop it, result is a punt and I knew the game was over. On 3rd and longs you have to throw it past the 1st down marker, we seldom do. I know sometimes a screen or etc is a good call but not for us because the D is already close to the line of scrimmage knowing we do not go deep. Gran just sucks.

    2. Cat68

      OMG! Yes the first series set the expectation for me. And it wasn’t even 3rd and actually 1 yard – it was more like 6 friggin’ inches. We couldn’t QB sneak (from under center) for 6 inches to keep the drive alive? No it’s Benny off the right side for no gain! Blew me away! And Grans got a ‘waffle house menu’ full of plays (i assume) yet the same runs keep getting called. I swear I’m starting to think that laminated thing contains listings of what article of clothing to put on first, or directions to the locker room at half time, or reminders of which team he’s coaching for.

  9. Matt10

    It’s total system failure now that Benny isn’t producing. Receivers drop everything. Terry is playing scared. Guys scurrying out of bounds instead of fighting for more yards. Pathetic lack of creativity or adjustments to get balls in playmakers hands. Easily anticipated play calls. Not coached on defending hail mary’s. Terrible tackling. Confidence going fast. Where is the leader??!!!!!

  10. sportshawk

    Hal Mumme would take OC job in a minute and turn UK into a scoring machine!

    1. ClutchCargo

      D-1 defenses figured out the air raid offense years ago. Even in the 90’s, we got to the point where we were unstoppable between the 20’s, and then couldn’t do anything in the red zone. So, no.

  11. JTA

    Well, this is Terrys first year. We haven’t been getting the ball to our playmakers (Conrad) for a few years before that.

  12. Lip Man 1

    The offensive co-ordinator needs to be fired tomorrow in my opinion. And……the kentucky football that we know and love so well is back in full force. Another chance to really make this season a great one and they wet the bed yet again. Garbage.

  13. BigolBlue

    7 pts vs a terrible defense

    1. CombatMedic_98

      That’s the weekly “Goal” with Terry n Eddie…!

    2. bigbluebanana

      You two are so cute together!

  14. whatwasthat

    Crazy how some still defend TT, yes Gran has become as predictable as the sunset, no frigging way that Hoak or Clark had gotten first team snaps all week that they couldn’t have hung 7 on a terrible tn team, but that’s what the guy that has gotten all the first team snaps all year did today. Dude can’t throw the long ball just like fig newton, every long pass that has been caught this year is due to incredible receivers adjusting route or just making great catch on bad ball.

  15. RAGE

    JTA you just nailed it… Conrad will probably have a great pro career and we have just wasted him and his talent while he has been at Kentucky…. He has good hands and the size to be a weapon but Stoops and Gran have never made him a priority on offense…. All we have ever used him for is to be a glorified blocker…. Just like today the one TD we scored shows everything the offense could be… Wilson isn’t a perfect QB by no means but he could be more effective in a more of a spread out attack… Where he can use his athleticism and throw the ball around the field and use his legs… I don’t know the reason but Stoops and Gran won’t give him the chance all they want to do is run a draw or a screen!!! This smash mouth approach worked at first but you have to be more than one dimensional to win against good football teams… The coaching staff has shown a refusal to change their offensive philosophy… IMO that is one of the reason we fade in the latter part of every season since he has been here…. You can go out and recruit players and get talented players but you have to play to their strengths…. Benny Snell can only play in a smash mouth offense but put in King and use our speed more in a spread RPO system is more what this team is built for with Wilson at QB…. Stoops won’t change or adapt and even though we are having a great year by our standards especially we have lost a great opportunity the past two seasons with the SEC east really down… Cause it won’t stay like this forever

    1. kjd

      Please, RPO was run throughout our first game, and was not pretty. Wilson could make the reads. Publicly stated by Gran that offense was being simplified.
      Wilson doesn’t make his throws on time. Will not throw until receiver after they make their break. He can’t see the receiver had his defender beat.
      There’s plenty of issues, but QB is vitally important to what the entire offense will accomplish.
      O line has regressed also.
      We have become now, with Snell’s comments, Team Turmoil.

    2. kjd

      *could Not make reads.

    3. shelby

      Kjd u just said exactly what i’ve been saying for weeks.

  16. michaelb

    Our offense doesn’t use Aj rose jr. the right way at ALL. He’s so good and he gets 6-7 yards on his runs most of the time. Jeez at least run outside the box one time . It’s so frustrating . I don’t care what gran did at cinci or wherever he came from , the personnel hid him .

  17. big cat

    Conservative right-wing play calling equals LET’S MAKE UK GREAT AGAIN…..not…lol.

    1. Jester

      More like progressive left-wing let’s not offend anyone play-calling.

    2. east-ky-boy

      That’s hilarious lol.

    3. Irish son

      About the dumbest reply ever

    4. Jester

      I agree Irish son. We were sitting here reading about our horrible offense and the guy replies with some lame-o “conservative right wing” comment. Some of the nut jobs can’t leave politics out of it though.

  18. michaelb

    We NEVER do play action …. that in itself shows how dumb the shot caller is.

    1. Cat68

      Boom! Been saying that for weeks. Good comment mlb! Let’s not do anything to help our WRs get open though. These coaches…SMH!

  19. Jester

    I kind of thought we were in real trouble when I saw the locker room video of Stoops crowd surfing like he had won the SEC Championship when in reality he had just gotten a very lucky win over a very average Missouri team.

  20. big cat

    Are any of the Stoops brothers great offensive minds?

    1. bacnine

      ………..or for that matter defensive minds?

  21. CATandMONKEY

    Has anyone seen our vaunted offensive line?

  22. bluethecat

    Stoops-led teams don’t improve (or change) as the year progresses. Coaches figure him out. Stoops is 5-20 when looking at his 5 last games of each season while at UK.

  23. KSRlover88

    I’m glad you wrote this article because I’ve thought this since the Texas am game

  24. W1ldCats4Life

    I’ll say this…Middle TN is 7-3, and they score lots of points. If we don’t get our sh!t straight fast, they’ll beat our ass on Senior Day

  25. Crash827

    All three OC’S we’ve had since Stoops got here have been hyped up for their air game, we always seem to not want to pass and there’s been one constant. When the defense is bad enough that Stoops has to run it the offense gets better. Maybe he should just let the OC do his job.

  26. BLUEVADER

    It’s funny all these OV’s come in here with offenses that can put up point to then after they get put on Poops staff they can only score 1 Tuddy every 2 games! Stoops better find an offense next year or the Fanbase will lay down and be done. BBN did it u der Joker don’t think they won’t do it again. New HC must be able to recruit ,Going a real, QB, have a good team both sides of Ball. Oh yeah no 2nd half of season collapse

  27. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    If stoops won’t fire Gran than he should be threatened to lose his job. The defense only got better after Matt house was given full reign. Stop giving Stoops credit as a coach for what House has done. When Dtoops coached our d it stunk. Yes Stoops can recruit 3* who are better then their ranking but he can’t even keep our home grown talent in state. If need be make House the interim HC if Stoops won’t do his job and let’s go from there.

    1. FunkyMonkey

      Uh,… Gran wasn’t an OC in the SEC. It’s a little different here with the big boys. Petrino used to be able to Coach at an elite level too. Carmelo Anthony used to be one of the greatest basketball players in the World. Things change bro, things change.

  28. bwhitehouse2

    Something is wrong with stoops or gran because if you remember grans last year at cinci his offense averaged 540 yards a game with 360 of those being passing yards both good for top ten in the nation. And with throwing down the field they has 181 plays of ten yards or more which was good for 3rd in the nation so something is not right.

    1. FunkyMonkey

      Uh,… Gran wasn’t an OC in the SEC. It’s a little different here with the big boys. Petrino used to be able to Coach at an elite level too. Carmelo Anthony used to be one of the greatest basketball players in the World. Things change bro, things change.

  29. J. Did

    “The sky is falling!” – Chicken Little, aka Henny Penny (aka Chicken Licken).

  30. mcp157

    Gran is now playing offense against SEC defenses. Could that be why he’s not getting over 500 yards per gam?

    1. bwhitehouse2

      The point wasn’t that he should be matching the stats. The point is that his game plan did a 180 where now he never throws down field or really even past the lone of scrimmage

    2. bwhitehouse2

      So there’s gotta be some type of disconnect there between stoops and gran.

  31. Papaw

    You guys that find excuses for Wilson’s ineptitude are wearing blinders. The kid is scared of being hit. Time after time he fumbles when a hit is unavoidable and does the feet first slide when he knows a hit is coming. As for his passing game, completing a well thrown pass occasionally isn’t good enough. Gran knows this and that’s why the passing game isn’t used more

    1. makeitstop

      Statistically the two worst QB in the league are Wilson and Nick Fitzgerald. His 7 TD are worst in the league. His 7 INT are worse than all but 3 guys who have thrown the ball 2-3x as often, so his INT% of pass thrown is far higher and QB rating 12th. His fumbles must be tops in the league per carry though I can’t find that stat, and yes, he is brought down by a hand, slides early and is Terry-fied of contact – unlike UT’s guy who got hammered but stood and took it to complete throws yesterday. He is, statistically, the worst. Yet KSR writers love him. Why? Anywhere else, being the worst is cause for a change but here it’s a celebration of his exciting potential… it’s delusional. If he has potential, he should be where Mac Jones is, watching and occassionally contributing. Our playbook is a HS or JUCO playbook to accommodate him. I’m blaming Gran for this stupid decision bc presumably he’s in charge but I’m open minded – FIX IT! If it’s Gran, can him. If it’s Stoops, let Gran fix it. I don’t care, but it’s broken and the fool that won’t fix what’s clearly broken doesn’t deserve a job let alone a 6-7 figure one. Enough!

  32. ScottGreene22

    This is on Stoops first he needs to let the coordinators coach and call the games. Tell them during games and at half to make adjustments to the game plan. Any chance FSU and their dumpster fire will go after Stoops? QB afraid to get hit doesn’t help banged up OL isn’t helping either. Our WRs minus Bowden can separate and catch the ball and Benny is frustrated. All of these factors and many more including locker room drama = bad performances and L’s

  33. Irish son

    I love reading the comments of a bunch of know nothing basketball fans, about a football game. If you all knew anything you would know this is all on STOOPS. He tells Gran what offense to run. He makes most personnel decisions. I watched Grans teams at Cincinnati gain 4 to 600 yards a game. You think he forgot how to call plays?

    1. makeitstop

      It wasn’t Stoops who called the pass on 4th in OT at TAMU. He had no idea why, and they all said that after the game. So, I’m not convinced. If Stoops makes the call why would he abdicate the biggest call in the biggest situation with no input at all. U may be right but that one concrete data point doesn’t support the thesis. And I don’t care who’s to blame for the past, I want to fix the problem not the blame.

    2. bwhitehouse2

      Perfect!!!!!! 100% agree!!!

    3. FunkyMonkey

      Uh,… Gran wasn’t an OC in the SEC. It’s a little different here with the big boys. Petrino used to be able to Coach at an elite level too. Carmelo Anthony used to be one of the greatest basketball players in the World. Things change bro, things change.

  34. BluKudzu

    Noffense

  35. SGD

    The D isn’t unreal anymore, they’re done. No fight left, no pass rush and a secondary that can’t cover a receiver stuck on flypaper. The entire secondary was standing behind 3 UT receivers in the end zone to end the 1st half. I’d bet the farm that the locker room is divided big time.

  36. catsarerunnin

    If a team doesn’t have great offensive players it’s going to be hard for any coach or coordinator to develop an effective offense. You can’t win consistently especially in the SEC scoring 20 points or less. This team just doesn’t have explosive playmakers.

  37. dhard

    What changes has gran made over the last 4 weeks? Hint, none. Same putrid play calling with the same putrid results.

  38. cmgormanjr1

    We might tie Louisville 0-0

  39. cdhunt

    gonna sound weird but make an adjustment. Thats what you get paid to do Eddie. So if you think hou have an edge and after some tries it becomes evident that you don’t, maybe come up with another plan

  40. rainman

    How does this guy still have a job?

  41. jim tom

    I realized 57 years ago Kentucky will always suck at football. No surprises here.?

    1. classof68

      A lot of us can relate to that comment. Been 63 yrs. for me. One really good team since I’ve followed them – 1977.

  42. BLUEsky

    The offense has not looked good since that SEC network special with Gran and Stoops. You know, the one where Gran laid it all out on the chalkboard, showing the nation what offense we were running to get Terry loose for those big runs? I thought to myself, why would you do that on national TV. I’m not sure if Terry has had a good run game since. Just throwing that out there. Would be a good topic of conversation for the KSR show Monday morning.

  43. BLUEsky

    What bothers me most about the way we play offense is this. We do not play to win. We play to run out the clock and hope we are ahead when it does.

    Kudos to Tennessee for having the guts to throw that hail Mary at the end of the first half.

    During the Georgia game, I was literally pulling the rest of my hair out when we did not go long pass down the field near the end of the first half when we had 15 seconds on the clock and were way behind. Even though we were way behind, and knowing GA would get the ball at the start of the second half we still run one up the middle just to run out the clock. He!!, if you are going to do that why not just take a knee?

    All this being said, and still a good season overall. How soon we forget what great wins we had earlier in the year.

    I’m not sure if the team and coaches deserve the hate being thrown around in these forums. I choose to take the high road and see how the season plays out. One thing is for sure, if the fans give up on the team, how can fans expect the team not to give up on the rest of the season?

    Understandably so, I guess fans can readily see that these games we lost were there for the taking, and are just incredibly frustrated to see how these losses materialized. Myself included. It is just hard to understand how this is happening based on how the team played earlier in the year.

  44. UKFootballYall

    Bad coaches make bad decisions. Looks like Gran is still our OC, that makes Stoops a….bad coach.

    Before Meathead Mitch gave Stoops countless contract extension opportunities I thought Stoops, as a head coach, had peaked. Now that all eyes are on our football team even the casual fan can easily understand that it is time for a change so a new coach can build on what he has accomplished. I appreciate everything he has done for the program, including making it a sought after destination for existing or rising coach candidates. Now let’s go get one!

  45. stunninsteve

    Drew Franklin, you Ryan and Matt spend the week on your radio show making fun of Hoak’s dad and putting Gunnar down whenever his name is mentioned. You guys have absolutely drank Terry Wilson straight from the spigot all season, when it is obvious to any objective NCAA football fan that he is in no way, shape or form an SEC QB, let alone a starter for a ranked team. He’s been an abject failure, with the only exception being the odd run here or there. UK needs a QB, and it’s not Terry Wilson

  46. Dowser

    Dear Lord! Why is this NOT A NO BRAINER!

  47. FunkyMonkey

    I now do not want to go to a Bowl Game to watch this boring Offense suck and see us get drilled. It’s just too painful for me, and I refuse to spend that kind of money just to be miserable and frustrated. They (the OC) has lied to us continually. Oh, “we are going to throw it down the field,…we’re going to throw it to CJ Conrad,…”. Horseshit. They are changing nothing because they are brain dead and until they drill this fine football into the ground.

  48. Jiminy Crickets

    Eddie gran didn’t just get bad, he’s been terrible since the day he got here. Run off tackle, is only play he knows. Even his wildcat formations are basically direct snap draw plays.
    But….. terry Wilson is one of the worst college QBs I’ve ever seen. He has no talent, no instinct, and although he’s a great athlete, he’s scared to run. Terry Wilson limits gran from any play calling because he can’t complete a simple pass.

  49. Jiminy Crickets

    This team beat Florida and USC. Everyone else they’ve been lucky to beat, or lost. UL will beat us. Middle TN St will give us a game