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Randy Sanders on Florida loss and QBs

Ummm…uhh…um, did we really get shut out? #&*%.

Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders chimed in last night after the loss regarding the (grotesquely offensive) offense and QB play.  Sanders has acquired a pretty good rep in the Commonwealth and beyond since raising up Peyton Manning at UT and helping Andre Woodson flourish at UK. With the offense’s recent struggles, his word is one worth paying attention to when looking for how the team can improve. Let’s see…

On not playing Max Smith vs. UF and the future:

” I am [confident Smith will be back next week]. […] It was one of those deals where if he got hurt again, he may have been out the next four or five weeks. It was a tough decision not to play him because he probably gives us our best opportunity to win. But, at the same time, if play him and he gets hurt, you probably lose your best opportunity to win for the next four or five weeks also. Coach Phillips and myself got together and made the call”

Fair enough. Protecting your best QB resulted in an embarrassing shutout loss, the destroyed confidence of Morgan Newton, and even more questions about our coaching. While all that sucks, he’s got a good point – the risk was not worth playing Max, even though Max wanted to play. I think all the fans just wanted to see the young gun Jalen Whitlow get a chance sooner after the terrible start by Newton.

Sanders on Whitlow not starting the second-half:

“Well…Morgan hadn’t had…he had…missed a couple open guys. And he’d made a couple of bad decision with where he threw the ball. Um…but, a the same time, he allowed us to run a lot more of our offense. Jalen can do a few things, and can do a few things pretty well. But he’s pretty limited.”

On the week’s preparation:

“On Tuesday, Wednesday, we were still operating under the assumption that we thought Max would be able to play.”

On the three interceptions:

“One was a bad throw, the ball didn’t come out of his hand very well. The other two were poor decisions.”

One quote that made me scratch my head while simultaneously laughing:

“We became a whole lot easier to defend there in the second-half.”

Yes, as opposed to the first-half where we put up a whopping zero points on the Gators.

Sanders did take some of the credit for taking Morgan out of his comfort zone and forcing him into plays that backfired on the Cats. He commended Morgan for his attitude, and seemed to understand where Newton was coming from when he made the comment about circumstances always been a little bit against him and not getting the most fair chance to succeed.

Looks like it is back to the drawing board for the UK offense. Two disappointing weeks in a row really have Big Blue Nation down in the dumps as far as the football program goes. Something’s got to give soon.

Article written by Chris Thomas

21 Comments for Randy Sanders on Florida loss and QBs



  1. Rixter
    7:55 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s a thought, along those same lines:
    Hold smith out this week, too, because if he gets hurt against USC, he could be out several games….
    Let’s hold him out against Miss St, because if he gets hurt in that game, he could.. well, you know.



  2. CatGrad7072
    7:59 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Chris: No cause for alarm. It’s been this way since the late 60’s.



  3. B-Rabbit
    8:00 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Blah blah blah blah. These coaches don’t sound very intelligent post game(s). Its like they’re trying so hard to defend their horrible in-game decisions and they just don’t know when to stop talking.



  4. B-Rabbit
    8:01 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Rixter, I like your train of thought. #BenchSmithPlayNewton



  5. imnotthefiveo
    8:04 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    You’re right. Something has to give. And that something is Barnhart. And giving is joker’s pink slip.



  6. Gawd help us
    8:09 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Folks, our entire football program is full of fools. Don’t worry mitch, you’re a fool too – didn’t want you to feel left out.



  7. WHATTTT!
    8:13 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I am just fed up with all of it.Down 31-0 4th and inches no chance to win and you punt these coaches are a freaking Joker



  8. Chiddarcheddar
    8:23 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Smith “probably” gives us our best chance to win? Really? Our starting QB…probably???



  9. carnifex
    8:34 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Not even gonna’ say it…just, you know. Told my dad that protecting Smith was the only good to come out of the Florida game. He said, “Joker ain’t that smart!” I replied, “I agree. Didn’t say anything about the reason Joker does something. He uses a “Magic 8 Ball” as far as I can tell. But the result was a good one.” So kudo’s for not getting Smith injured!

    Now, about giving Whitlow and Smith the rep’s in practice, and then starting Newton…can we talk?



  10. Where ya at Jones?
    8:36 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the word around the program? Scoop? Rumor? Absurd? 2 days of intern posts bore me.



  11. wildcat502
    8:47 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    On Wednesday they thought Smith was playing??? You would think, 3 days before the game that Smith could play or not. If he was too hurt to play, then he must have been too hurt to practice. But if he practiced, why couldnt he play???
    Thought on Wednesday he was playing????????????????/ Im confused



  12. kycatman
    8:48 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Is there anyone on this entire coaching staff with a clue? I think not because whenever they speak, their words tell us all just how clueless they really are. I mean, are we really to believe there was a quarterback competition between Smith and Newton at the beginning of the season!!! Wow, that still just absolutely blows my mind that Joker Phillips would even remotely consider him at that position over the 2 young guns but, he b da man. Oops, da clueless man that is. Morgan Newton would not make a good High School quarterback now but, his HC seems to think he can play in the SEC!! What a bunch of Bafoons we have at our great University of Kentucky Football program and even our AD. Come on UK, its time to do something about this shipwreck and make some positive changes, please. Go Cats!!!!!!!



  13. victory formation
    8:48 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    PLEASE, for the love of God, people… DO NOT GO TO THE USC GAME. The only way the Board of Trustees will act is if they see $$$ walking away from Commonwealth. Joker can not and will not change. Mitch can not and will not change. Only the grown ups (BOTs) can make change happen within the program.

    And don’t give me the ‘support the kids’ crap – we aren’t supporting the kids with the coach we’ve handcuffed them with. Go back to Commonwealth WHEN a coaching change is announced – but ONLY then.



  14. Williamsburg
    9:05 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wasn’t Randy Sanders fired from Tennessee before UK picked him up? He basically helped end Fulmer’s career. I agree with his ability to coach QBs, but he has consistently sucked as an OC.



  15. Kelly
    9:07 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    48yards of passing is pretty limited. 67 yards of interception yards is pretty limited. You should have played Jalen in 1rst half it couldn’t have been any worse



  16. kywildcat
    9:14 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    ksr still trying to blame everyone but the joker, lol ….. Spin it baby one more time



  17. Takethoseonionsoffmysliders
    9:29 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be so happy at the end of the season when they fire the ENTIRE incompetent football staff!!



  18. goukats
    9:39 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    When one listens to the UK coaching staff speak,you immeadiately understand why changes (coaching) needs to be made.Newton was supposedly in the running for the starting qb position in fall camp.You have to wonder how he could have become so inept after 3 games.He also was a starter for three years,apparently he did’nt learn a thing from this experience.



  19. Dave Ball
    1:01 am September 24, 2012 Permalink

    yes, it’s called basketball season starts soon…



  20. BlueCat
    9:06 am September 24, 2012 Permalink

    and don’t let the door hit you, and the rest of the coaching staff, in the ass on the way out this year.



  21. jaws2
    2:19 pm September 24, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder how a guy like this feels knowing he’ll be out of a job at the end of the year?