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Field Position Battle


The Washington-Post reported Joker Phillips as saying, “We’ve had very poor field position the last couple weeks, and we’ve given the opponents good field position, and that equals an ‘L’ most of the time.” Which got me to thinking, surely we aren’t putting this all on Ryan Tydlacka.

Kentucky opponents open fifty six drives over the past four games, or fourteen drives a game. Out of those fifty- six drives, only four opened on Kentucky’s side of the field. Of the fifty- two drives that started in the opposing team’s territory, ten started from the opponent’s forty yard line or better. In other words, 75% of opposing drives start out worse than their own forty.

If forty- two drives started inside the opponents forty, how many were inside the thirty yard line? Thirty-three. So 59% of all opposing drives started outside their own thirty yard line? That doesn’t seem so bad.

Article written by Tyler Montell

46 Comments for Field Position Battle

  1. mores
    3:22 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    We have bad field position because we have been outgained every single game. If you go 3-and-out when your opponents manage a few first downs, the field position will flip.

  2. Dude
    3:28 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Can you please use digits instead of typing out the numbers next time? Makes it easier to read…

  3. James
    3:32 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Joker is a great guy, but I don’t think he has a clue what he is doing.

  4. crackerhillbilly
    3:35 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    If last night, he was referring to either the field position on the 1-yard fumble recovery for a TD caused by our O-line playing matador or any place on the field where Florida ran the ball (did they win the NCAA 4×100, too?).

  5. The Blue Goose
    3:39 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    The numbers don’t lie. Excuse fail.

  6. what a Joke'r
    3:43 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    It is time for Joker to go. And if it takes Mitch very long to realize it, then he needs to go too!

  7. JRA
    3:46 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Watching Joker ball is as much fun as watching Tubby ball. Losing is awful, losing as ugly as we do is despicable!

  8. Jimmy Dykes Vocabulary
    3:47 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I would hope Joker isn’t suggesting the punting game is poor. If we had an average punter and not a beast like Tydlacka we would be even more awful than we are if you can imagine that.

  9. Remain Calm
    3:49 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Look, we lost to a really good Florida team. The offensive line is bad. We have a good RB, a good QB and a couple of good receivers. We need to support Joker this year and evaluate at the end. There is still a lot of season left and the O-line will get better.

  10. Big Blue 66
    3:52 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I think I dislike Joker-speak worse than his play calling, hes an excuse making, polyanna thinking, enabler of poor execution and sloppy play son of a gun…..wanna know why our guys dont catch passes, wanna know why they miss tackles….its because Joker lets it be okay.

  11. barn
    3:52 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    -9–do you think this is joker’s 1st year? do you know how long he’s been running the offense?

  12. MHFaulkner
    3:58 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    9 – We do not have a good QB. Newton is average at best.

    This team is garbage. They should go ahead and forfeit the LSU game. If its possible to score negative points, I think we will do it next weekend.

  13. Ricky P
    4:00 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Football is the last thing I want to read about..Go get some pick-up game reports!!!!!!

  14. barn
    4:01 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    -9–and who do you think has been the head recruiter for years?—-guess

  15. Remain Calm
    4:02 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    11- Do you know how many straight bowl games his offense has taken us to, in THE toughest football league in the Nation?

    12- Newton throws the ball well. It is hard to get the defense to respect you when you don’t have a run game and I think that is all the O-Line’s fault.

    Sometimes you have a down year but those are often followed by the best years.

  16. Please stay Calm
    4:07 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    11- He has been running the offense for a long time and when have been to many bowl games b/c of it, despite being in THE toughest league in the nation.

    12- Newton throws the ball well. He is just hampered by a poor offensive line that doesn’t open holes for the run. So, he is stuck throwing the ball to gain yardage… not his fault

    We will get better. This is only Joker’s 2nd year as HEAD COACH. Please support the team if not him…

  17. 1st Down Kentucky
    4:09 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    At least we ain’t the Bungals!

  18. barn
    4:12 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    -15–do you really think it’s an accomplishment going to the bowls we’ve been to? losing record in our conference but go to a bowl? last year we went to a bowl and wound up with a losing season record. you call that success? i don’t

  19. Lex08
    4:12 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    15- Look up our record in “THE toughest football league”. A 2-6 conference record is not what is getting us into supposed bowl games. You do realize that 2-6 is not a very good record, right?

  20. Big Blue 66
    4:13 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    16, we have been to bowl games because there are 100 of them and we schedule nobody outside of conference so we can finish 6-6 by winning 1 game in SEC play. Last year we were beaten by Pitt in our bowl game………….and they didnt have a coaching staff. And its because I do support UK and our football program that I scorn at mediocrity. I could tell you after year 1 that Gillispie wasnt right, and I can tell you right now that Joker will never have us playing at a high level. I guess we should still have Gillispie instead of Cal?

  21. Please stay Calm
    4:16 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    18- We went to a bowl in the toughest football conference with some of the worst facilities. If UK really wants to win they should upgrade our stadium and not keep recycling coaches.

    I want you to think about how many years Joker waited around to be head coach. How many years he stayed offensive coordinator. You don’t think other schools weren’t in his ear offering head coaching positions? And, now after just one season and a few games we are calling for his head? Where is the loyalty?

  22. barn
    4:19 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    -21–okay calm. get your chuckles in. it’s obvious you’re messing with us

  23. Jimmy Buffett
    4:24 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink


  24. Hal
    4:26 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    14- let’s not act like joker beats good teams.
    2011 – CMU, WKU : 1-6 combined so far
    2010 – UofL, WKU, AKR, USC, CSU, VU : 24-50

  25. Please stay Calm
    4:28 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    22- I’m not “joking”. Do you remember all the fans that were pressuring Rich Brooks to retire so they could get Joker as Head Coach? Now we are going to get rid of him after just two tries as head coach? C’mon, show some support. He is recruiting kids to come play at a stadium that is falling apart…literally. You think Florida has that problem?

  26. SagaciousMind
    4:32 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Uh Joker you retard, bad field position has come from your “offense” fumbling the ball and throwin interceptions. Tydlacka has had like one bad punt and it wasnt really even his fault cuz your offense didnt move the damn ball and he had to punt from the end zone. He’s been one of the most consistent things on the field. If he doesnt see it like that, he definitely needs to be fired.

  27. Lex08
    4:32 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    21- Where is the loyalty from Joker to the assistants he has fired? Were they any more incompetent than he is? I’m sure they had been waiting a long time, too.

  28. SagaciousMind
    4:34 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    27, agreed.

  29. ZZbottom
    4:36 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    so Joker is saying we lost those two games and looked like [email protected] the other two because of poor field position…..right.

    Look i’m a manager and this is classic deflection, avoidance, and excuses from an employee that isn’t doing their job very well.

    He is blaming it on a very correctable issue and saying see see, but we can fix that.

    To bad the real problem is a lot deeper, that’s just a symptom.
    Real problem = Poor talent…that he has helped recruit over the last 5 years.
    Poor preparation.. looks like the walking dead out there.
    Poor play calling
    All of which are coaching issues…
    But no…he’d rather blame the kids……something they need to improve on..NOT HIM.

    In my job this is a real warning sign and something I do NOT want to see in any of my employees.
    Be a man accept responsibility and don’t blame the kids….Field position right..Also your kids lack of getting into the endzone is causing problems to but I guess that’s next weeks excuse.

  30. Please stay Calm
    4:37 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    27- All I’m saying is: I don’t think the coach is the problem. I think we need an athletic director that can upgrade our arena and build a new stadium at the same time. It is not impossible; the community college down the road has done more than that with less revenue.

    Let’s play chess not checkers…

  31. Lex08
    4:40 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    29- Joker is a master at passing the blame onto the kids. After the UT game when he did not let Cobb touch the ball at the end of the game he blamed the kids’ execution of his brilliant game plan. It was a pathetic display coming from a future head coach… and grown azz man.

  32. Rent Due
    4:44 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    29- You can not blame your employees all the time. If the product is poor and the environment of your business is bad then you won’t need to fire employees anymore because you will be out of business.

    We are selling the best basketball in the land, but the worst football program. Get a new stadium and new athletic director.

  33. gcat4496
    4:49 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    You will have to suffer through the rest of this season and next season before a coaching change is made. Even if the Cats go 2-12 in an ugly manner (can it get any uglier?) Joker will get a 3rd year. If the 3rd year is 2-12 and ugly again, then I believe Mitch will have to make a change, but he will not make a change based on the 2nd year unless Joker becomes erratic with the boosters, administration and fan base (ie B. Gillispie). If Joker shows signs of improving this teams this year or next (meaning 6-6) and getting Bowl bids he will get a 4th and possibly a 5th year.

  34. Jimmy Buffett
    4:52 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    …. just saw that LSU has taken the #1 spot in the AP poll. That means we roll into Baton Rouge and use good field position to score a FG.

  35. Hal
    4:53 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    21- “where is the loyalty?”
    joker’s getting paid 1.7 mill. & will prob have a record of 9-16 or 10-15 after 2 years. and only 3-4 of those wins 9-10 will have come against BCS opponents.

  36. gcat4496
    4:58 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Analysis of whats going on with his team is usually not one of Joker’s strenghts. We usually scratch our heads and say “what.” Poor field position is not the problem. This team is overrun with problems. QB can’t run or throw accurately on a consistent basis. The line can’t pass protect or run block. The receivers can’t catch, and when they do they fumble it. The running game is weak besides Clemons one big run. And, we found the last two weeks that the defense is pretty below average, giving up and average of 36 points to Florida and UL in the past few weeks. One good thing in my view has been the punting and kicking game.

  37. Big Ed
    5:02 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Rich Brooks took UK football from a D- to a respectable C+. In 2 years Joker has taken UK from a C+ back to an embarrasing D-. We may not have the best facilities in the SEC but we also do not have a quality, proven and winning SEC calibur head coach. Someday Joker may atain that status. He needs to earn that reputation with a series of smaller programs and UK needs to hire a proven winning coach.

  38. KevinC
    5:06 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I see Joker still hasn’t learned the art of “when to STFU”.

  39. Mitch B
    5:14 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Quit whining all you crybaby’s……… and don’t send me any bad news, the sky is falling, Joker SUCKS emails or I will use my “Hot Button”.

  40. BravoBigBlue
    5:24 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    It’s time that Barnhart start feeling the heat on this joker hire. It’s one thing to make a mistake. It’s quite another not to own it and rectify it. Everybody in the country who is paying attention knows that Joker is an AWFUL head football coach.

  41. Just saying
    5:31 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    wanna get rid of Joker? Its simple really, quit goin to the games. An empty stadium will put a coach on the outs faster than just bithing about him

  42. tyson
    5:36 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Unfortunately #33 is exactly right. It shouldn’t be the case, because the whole reason for a head coach in waiting is for continuity and no loss of momentum. We have definitely lost momentum, both on the field and off.

  43. Keith
    7:00 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I feel sorry for Joker. For whatever reason, this program has been cursed for 55+ years. Personally, I’ve been following UK football since John Ray was coach (I was 12 at the time), and I’ve always held out hope that someone could get this program to turn the corner. Well, I’m closing in on 51 now, and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it will probably never happen. With that said, I think Joker is doing everything in his power to improve this program. It may not happen, but I’m okay with that. In life, some things are just not meant to be.

  44. STEVE!
    7:06 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Can somebody fill me in on the reason for Tydlacka going to the Rugby punt a few times the last two games? The first time he did it I thought it was because he was hurt, but when he went back to the regular style he was still booming them 50 yards. He did it last night when we were on our own 8 and only got 34 yards out of it. There was no great pressure on him when he went rugby-style either. Is this a call from the sideline?

  45. MNCat
    9:45 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Commonwealth may be substandard by today’s measures, but the poor stadium does not account for the completely bizarre play calling that has been a hallmark of Joker’s tenure, whether as OC or HC. With him running the offense, this team has rarely, if ever, had the same killer instinct, fire, and drive to run through a brick wall that is the calling card of other SEC teams. We’re the only SEC team I can think of that consistently turns conservative if we’re ahead by only 10 or 14 points, no matter the opponent. Once Joker gets a lead, he plays not to lose. If Kentucky is behind, he plays as if he’s trying to find some random lightning in a bottle. Throw in his public comments like the ones in this post? More and more I’m convinced he doesn’t really understand what’s going on.

  46. Hoffa
    10:31 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Joker is a good coach. I’ve been a loyal fan for years. I’m no longer tired of the coaches. I am tired of lil brother down the street building two new facilities and adding on to the football stadium and we can’t even renovate one. We need two new facilities or a new athletic director. This is ridiculous.