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Neal Brown is the fastest play-caller in college football

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics
Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

When you think of up-tempo college football offenses; ones with option quarterbacks and high speed tailbacks, often names like Chip Kelly, Rich Rodriguez, and Gus Malzahn come to mind. Their fast paced offenses are not a new fad in football, it is a strategy many teams focus on but few can perfect. While some may deem the approach only fits the amateur game, some NFL teams are adopting the strategy of more snaps per game too — like Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

Fast-paced offenses result in more snaps per game, which in theory translates to more points. In its most simple terms: rather than attempt to hold your opponents without scoring, the goal is to simply score more than your opponent. Piling on, if you will. It strays away from the concept of “defense wins championships” and focuses on as many points as possible. The downside is it forces your own defense to play more snaps, which, if your team is not balanced, may result in a broken philosophy.

Pete Roussel at CoachingSearch.com studied coaches and play-callers to see who operates at the fastest tempo. His goal was to study coaches over a three-year span (but some only include two years of data, because they held non-play calling position earlier) and review the snaps per game.

Nobody in the last three years has a faster pace than Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown.

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Of course, a fast pace isn’t the end-all be-all of winning formulas. Consider Alabama has averaged just 65 offensive snaps per game over the last four years, three of which have resulted in a title.

If you run a high octane offense, a defensive balance is a must. Fortunately for Kentucky football, it seems to be focusing in the right areas. Hiring a defensive minded head coach who created one of the most ferocious units in the country over the last couple of years, and bringing in one of the most explosive offensive minds in the game, the Cats appear to have it figured out. On paper, it seems to be a match made in heaven.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

16 Comments for Neal Brown is the fastest play-caller in college football



  1. tyrus
    4:02 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Need several 4-star or 5-star receivers now!



  2. TampaCat
    4:06 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Defense at Kentucky would be nice! You can win a lot of games if the opposing team can not score!



  3. J-Load
    4:19 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    What does this mean for Patrick Towles?



  4. Adam
    4:24 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    4-Star recruits will get the job done. Just think about all the 3-Star and 2-Stars we’ve had over the past few years. Even with a terrible coaching staff we’ve produced good players. Just think what it will be like having players who can already play and a coaching staff that can teach fundamentals and a winning formula. In the next few years we’ll go from 2 wins to 9, 10, maybe even 12 wins in the regular season.



  5. Rei
    4:28 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    3. that he better get to practicing.



  6. Drew Barker
    4:49 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Brown said there would be 50 passes per game.

  7. 4 of the top 5 are from Hal Mumme’s coaching tree.



  8. tdogg40330
    4:57 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Neal Brown is THE MAN !!!



  9. Drew Barker
    5:11 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    I am ready! check out my tweets:

    -Drew Barker- ‏@D_Barker7

    LET’S GO!!! #BBN STAND UP!!!! Who’s ready to do this?!?



  10. Terry Blue
    5:19 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Is this the real Drew Barker, or fake? I met his Aunt in Fla in March, and said he’d go to UK if he had the chance. Her name is Kelly



  11. tanks fer nuttin
    5:41 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    1) Don’t worry. They’re on their way.



  12. Chaz
    5:47 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Not going to seem the same without that run up the middle on 3rd & long.



  13. Bluecat
    6:19 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    That is just one reason I have been so excited about UK football since Stoops hired Neal Brown. Both of them ranked #2 overall in the BCS last year in overall offense/defense
    categories.

    Stoops is topheavy on defense, while Brown is theopposite on offense, the new season cannot get here fast enough. August 31st is now just 16-wks from today.

    Stoops and staff continue to sign 4* recruits, a feat that has not happened around here since the Bear Bryant days.

    R U Ready for some FOOTBALL!



  14. M
    6:49 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    He was pretty good in Road Trip



  15. LittleTrain
    9:04 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    KSR is so adorable, you guys dont understand football at all, but you’re trying.



  16. Useless Data
    12:45 pm May 12, 2013 Permalink

    Says more about Defense, no correlation here,