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UK’s Defense Makes Me Feel Like This

Take solace in this. At least you are not this guy….poor guy:

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Article written by Matt Jones

92 Comments for UK’s Defense Makes Me Feel Like This



  1. Bigcat4453
    5:49 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Does UL hold on every offensive play?



  2. TampaCats
    5:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Matt Jones! Waste of money on that bet.



  3. cracka
    5:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    reds won, stl and pit both lost … any other sports today that i missed? one day closer to bbm



  4. floodcat
    5:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    The hilltoppers are coming for us, could this get any worse



  5. putinrichie
    5:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    After seeing this, I actually believe a lot of the pre-season predictions and don’t see how Joker makes it through the season.



  6. Muddawg
    5:52 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    a)So is it scheme?
    b)not being prepared?
    c)talent level?
    d)all of the above?



  7. JP123
    5:53 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    This is awful. Poor fundamentals, poor play calling, poor personnel, poor everything. Ok Joker lovers it is time to give it up.



  8. Rob Wiley
    5:53 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Minter should be fired immediately after the game, he is the worst DC ever. Gonna get killed in the SEC.



  9. Nets of #8
    5:54 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    The defense can’t tackle a ballerina, they are pathetic.



  10. floodcat
    5:54 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    So who is the coach next year?



  11. wickedgood
    5:56 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    sad part wku is so improved they will beat us rich brooks was awesome



  12. Anonymous
    5:56 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    All abroad the Bobby Petrino train?



  13. MDog
    5:57 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt jones is an a$$hole…why did u shut down the live blog? Childish



  14. NYC Cat
    5:57 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    How long until Mitch hires a consultant to find the next coach?



  15. D-line
    5:57 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    We are truly awful. But, still better than the O-line.



  16. markymark
    5:58 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Well at least the offense is a lot better — that’s something.



  17. floodcat
    5:59 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am not kidding about wku, this defense will not stop anyone this year. We are making Louisville look like Alabama, really sad, I had hope but its gone.



  18. Total embarrassment
    6:00 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Stein comes in during the 3rd quarter.



  19. Kck
    6:00 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    The Jokes on us.



  20. Run fat boy run
    6:03 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville should send us a thank you card; we just solidified them as a top 20 team.



  21. Cpacat
    6:04 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    The punter looks great (when he is not running!!)

    Punter U continues!!



  22. Hacksaw Jim Duggin
    6:04 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    This is pathetic. I wonder where all the “big improvements” are.



  23. jenblue
    6:05 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I gotta say – uvel has some seriously ugly a$$ cheerleaders



  24. HunterGTS
    6:05 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I waited until this game to pass judgement on Joker, but he has to go. #7 said it best, poor everything.



  25. Catfan55
    6:06 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Offense looks good, defense is too soft. Reese Davis said it best when stated the defense has yet to hit anyone. We look like high school team on defense.



  26. Blueballin'
    6:07 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #6…I’m going with (c) for an answer. Not that any of those could be called a wrong answer. Too much smoke has been blown about this D-line. When you’re getting manhandled, it means your physically inferior…and that’s a talent-level issue. Crap tackling doesn’t help either. Positive note, Max Smith’s made some good throws & even better decisions out there; handles the no-huddle better than I thought he would. Said it months ago #10…best available coaching mind out there is that broken, humbled, d-bag Petrino. At this point, I’d take him, especially if you team his offensive mind with the talents that Towles and Whitlow can bring next year.



  27. jenblue
    6:07 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I thought joker deserved a fair shot but he has to beat uvel. He has an excusein conference play but not here.



  28. Pass Protection
    6:09 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Oh Brother Who Farts WOW



  29. Thank you Joker
    6:13 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Keep handing off to a tired CoShik. We got the fumble. Keep your perfect record going!



  30. ScoggDogg
    6:16 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Please fire his ass now … or just eliminate the football program.

    Either way is fine by me.



  31. Muddawg
    6:16 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Where are all these exotic blitz’s we been promised?



  32. JayCee
    6:18 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Western put up 49 points yesterday against Austin Pea.

    This won’t end well.



  33. Hunter
    6:18 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    No wonder there were no injuries before the season started. Apparently they haven’t been practicing in pads! What a joke.



  34. Big J
    6:19 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sloppy and undisciplined. That’s all coaching.



  35. Rixter
    6:19 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    where are all the downfield passes we were promised?



  36. Ugh
    6:19 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    The singing hair cars.com commercial is creepy



  37. ScoggDogg
    6:20 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Joker … the second coming of Tubby.



  38. Ugh
    6:21 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    But giving up on the live blog? JV



  39. jjbalaan
    6:22 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt I would love to be “that guy”…Get paid $1.7 million a year and not have to produce a decent product? Yes I would trade with him any day in any industry. Period.



  40. Gavin S.
    6:24 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    That gif is a gift to the Card fans. Perfect representation of a UK fan in their eyes. I’m sure they appreciate you making it for them. It’ll be seen quite a bit on their message boards from now on, I’m sure.



  41. markymark
    6:24 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hard to throw downfield w/ all the blitzing.



  42. AZBlueCat
    6:25 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #12 Fruedian Slip? LOL



  43. UKBlue
    6:25 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Is anyone really surprised by this game ? !! Same crap different year. I bet Joker doesn’t make it through the entire year.



  44. Muddawg
    6:26 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Right on #39!



  45. jjbalaan
    6:28 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t get me wrong Joker is a great guy. When he dies he will go to heaven and thats great. We need a football coach and it kills me that he’s a UK grad and now he’s gonna have to move on to another school. Just a sad set of circumstances and really Barnhart is fully to blame for this mess.



  46. Mike
    6:30 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    UK football…..the gift that keeps on giving!! Sorry, sorry excuse for a team that is supposed to be playing in the SEC.



  47. BlueFins
    6:30 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    On a positive note, all my Saturdays have now been freed up til basketball season. No need to watch any more games.



  48. ScoggDog
    6:32 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can we fire him now … if Matt says it’s OK ?

    Screw this. Honestly. Screw this. Either shut the football team down – or hire somebody to coach it. And I could give two shits less about how Mitch has improved the Cup Stacking team.

    And screw Matt Jones if he doesn’t say so tomorrow. This is just piss poor.



  49. No excuse.
    6:32 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    There is simply no excuse for an SEC team losing to a Big East team. Not after the conference changes. I feel like this UK team has some talent, but it’s not being maximized. That will apparently require a coaching change, which is most unfortunate. I really thought Joker would get the job done.



  50. jjbalaan
    6:33 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just very frustrating on defense. You really can’t even assess if its the dline or not because the secondary is so substandard. Kind of like evaluating Uk’s defense last year based on our offensive ineptitude.



  51. Muddawg
    6:33 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Decision not to renew season tickets looks to be the right one! Hate saying that but this product especially on the defensive end is pathetic….



  52. Bobby P
    6:36 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Are you ready for me Big Blue Nation?



  53. jjbalaan
    6:37 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    52…YES YES YES. You can sleeze it up as much as you want as long as its legal



  54. Newt
    6:38 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Joker won’t get fired in-season; no way Sanders or Minter would ever get an ‘interim’ tag for even one day. Coaching staff as a whole has killed all the good will the fan base gave ’em. For everybody saying good things…there’s 14 points on the board. Four-damn-teen.



  55. Mike
    6:38 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    We are now, by far, the worse team in the SEC. If we can’t run on UL and play any defense at all, how in the hell can we hope to win in conference??



  56. Muddawg
    6:39 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    This dink and dunk offense is so exciting! hell with it…bring on Bobby P!



  57. BlueFins
    6:41 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Defense was absolutely horrible. Secondary sucked something awful. Every tardinal was open. And I could have sworn that we were supposed to have SEC caliber defensive front line. They were abused.



  58. ScoggDogg
    6:42 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m Mitch Barnhardt … and I believe in Joker Phillips.

    Screw this.



  59. Blue swade
    6:42 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Since last year our family reduced our season tix from 8 down to 2.
    Best part of the deal is we still kept our red lot parking pass….we can tailgate and then just go home !



  60. Mike
    6:42 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Did Cobble and Rumph throw the game??????????????



  61. HoHey
    6:42 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart needs to reach out to Leach or Bobby P right now. The SEC deserves better.



  62. Hacksaw Jim Duggin
    6:44 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome to Wildcat Football!!!!!!!



  63. Fbttb
    6:45 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    We need a football version of John Calipari. Not John Calipari of UK, but John Calipari of UMASS. An innovator who is flexible and will get the most out of his athletes. Gus Malzahn and Bud Foster come to mind.



  64. Fbtbb
    6:48 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Of course we could always settle for a John Calipari of UK.



  65. rnewton22
    6:52 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Coaches need to shut up about how much team has improved. Heard same crap last year. Defensive line is horrible.



  66. kramer
    6:56 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby P should be the first phone call, he probably will have another job by the end of the season, but if he doesn’t,UK shoulld at least try. He has experience in the SEC, he may be a jerk, but he can coach,and can attract good players.



  67. Newt
    6:56 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with ya, 63….need to throw a huge wad of dough at Malzahn and start from scratch. He & Towles could lead an offense that does better than 7-yards per completion.



  68. JayCee
    7:01 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    67- Malzahn turned down a huge wad of cash from Vandy before he left Auburn and before Vandy hired Franklin. I’m pretty sure he’s convinced that he can’t win at a lower-tier SEC school.



  69. Monty
    7:07 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I think this goes deeper then jokers ineptitude, I think it’s time Barnhart is forced to sweat some he has tanked horribly in 2 of his last 3 coaching hires. I dont know how much credit I give him for hiring Cal considering Cal was so vocal about wanting to come to KY. His complete disregard for the product on the field brings shame to this university, and he has the nerve to reach out to the fans to dig down in their pockets during tough economic times to buy tickets for such a sub-par product. I’m not Saying bobby P is the way to go but u can’t deny the appeal of bring him on, in the same fashion Louisville did with pitino.



  70. 68.
    7:07 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Allegedly.



  71. JayCee
    7:10 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    70- No, it really happened. The only thing that was “alledged” was the salary, which was “reportedly” $3mil/year.



  72. ProspectMike
    7:14 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Joker does the honorable thing and hands in his letter. This team deserves a future and we stand no chance to keep going like this and expect any recruits. Why did anybody buy into the preseason hype AGAIN? Last week’s report of the 2nd team offense running over the 1st team defense must have been accurate.



  73. LOD
    7:31 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    See Mitch, this is why ticket sales are down!! You couldn’t give them away for the putrid product you put on the field.



  74. chad
    7:40 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    please resign joker…please…HIRE BOBBY P…pay the man and pack the stands



  75. Newt
    7:43 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Point taken 68, more of a wishful thought on my part ’cause I believe Malzahn when he says he wants to build Arkansas State in to the ‘Boise State of the South’. Ambitious goal, but certainly a respectable one and shows he’s thinking 5-10 years down the road. But 14 points and that awful-azz defense after 8 months of work is more than enough reason to move on from this staff. And if Barnhardt doesn’t have the stones to make that call and find the right guys to coach this team, time to cut that cord, too.



  76. Fred
    7:47 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Kirby Smart?



  77. Hawkeye Tim
    7:49 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Two options—
    1. HIre Bobby P. (if he will come)
    2. Hire a top assistant at a top program (this is Mitch’s MO.)

    Mitch will not fire Joker in the middle of the year. He is (like it or not) a loyal man and it doesn’t help the team.



  78. Hooter
    7:53 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    They won’t fire Joker mid season. To much respect for him as a UK allum. We won’t be good as long as we are what we are in basketball. A good coach won’t want to be second to Cal. Our only hope is for an up and comer, one that takes risks!! Rick minter needs to go tomorrow!



  79. gog8ors
    7:54 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Was that you in the video of the guy doing the high five Arrowood?



  80. Hawkeye Tim
    7:56 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    78–exactly!



  81. Lucas
    10:18 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    UL made it look easy. They could have easily have scored another TD or two if Strong had kept Teddy in.



  82. Wadmalawcat
    10:35 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I recently turned 43 yrs. old and realized today that I have spent the majority of my life waiting for Wildcat football to take a step to the next level. Over the last several years under Brooks we were making progress by winning non conf and the occasional SEC game, putting ourselves in position to build toward a respectful program in the SEC. Today it made me feel like Bill Curry was rehired and we’re back to square zero. DBs giving 10 yard cushions on 3 and 5, hitting UL running backs in the backfield to have them gain 15 yard and we won’t even mention play selection. Come on Mitch and put us all out of our Misery.



  83. Steve Back
    11:28 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t spell sUcK without UK!!



  84. Shampoo
    12:37 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody remember the LOD from the old Catspause message boards in the Tubby/Gillespie days? I feel like that about football currently. Is that J.D. Shelburne in the awful glasses and straightened hair in the Trevathan jersey? So typical



  85. wildcat502
    7:43 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Matt

    I dont know if you read these messages or not, but Charlie Strong has been on the job at U of L, just as long as Joker has been at Kentucky. U of L was in worse shape then Kentucky and in 3 years he has surpassed Kentucky. Why and How??
    Tom Jurich has done more for them than Barnhart has for Joker and Kentucky. U of L has put money into football where Kentucky refuses too.
    The offense looked good, except recognizing blitzes, they could not pick up the blitzes so Smith was constantly surrounded by defensive players.
    I`m 51 years old and this was the worse defense that I have ever seen. The defensive line could not get a rush on the quarterback, not once and that was suppose to be the stronger portion of our defense. By the time the linebakers arrived, the running backs were past them. The U of L receivers were open all day long, on most plays, no one was within 5 yards of them. It was though we were in a prevent defense the entire game. Did we ever blitz???????????????????
    Poor tackling, no speed, players looked out of position, there were plays where the defensive guys just stood up as though they were looking for Bridewater to make a move, instead of attacking, no defensive back field who could cover, no blitzes and no pass rush……………. nothing about our defense looked good. I`m scared to death about this SEC season and with that…………..recruiting will be ho hum, as usual and the University of Louisville will just get better. Our future does not look good.



  86. wildcat502
    7:54 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    The University of Kentucky cannot get a top notch football coach. No one wants to coach at a college where the facilities are worse than some high schools throughout the US. It has been this way since Bryant and Rupp. Bear Bryant left because we gave coach Rupp a Cadillac as a bonus and Bryant was given a watch. We still live in the 40`s. Basketball gets anything they want, while the football program is expected to stay at a top level with an old stadium, old practice facilities and a recruiting room thats an absolute joke. This isnt Jokers fault. Its Barnharts for not getting after the congressmen needed to get things accomplished.



  87. AMG
    8:10 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Lol, how awkward are the high fives that are going on in the lower right of this gif? OMG



  88. wildcat502
    8:23 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Bryant had around a 700 record at Kentucky, John Ray, about a 500 coach, Fran Curci won but cheated and we were placed on probation, Claiborne about a 500 coach, Curry was a decent x and o coach but couldnt win here, Mumme won some but placed on probation, Brooks wanted to win at a 500 pace and just go to a bowl and thats all we did during his tenure. He won the OOC games and just enough SEC games to get bowl eligible. Joker less than a 500 coach.
    Once again, we have proven, no support for the football program, so no winning record to brag about. Unless we cheat. And we proved with coach Bryant that the football program, here, was a second class citizen and nothing has changed in 60 years.
    Hiring (Forgive the spelling please) Snellingberger, instead of Claiborne would have paced us on the football map, but Claiborne was an honest coach and the higher ups was affraid of Howard. Howard was too strong of a man and he would`ve commanded football money and they were afraid the basketball team would suffer. We was afraid of Howard, but he wanted to coach Kentucky and we should have hired him. Instead, ha was credited with turning around the University of Louisville.



  89. wildcat502
    8:26 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, its early so my spelling and grammer suffered in my 3 post, but I had a lot on my mind and typed before proof reading



  90. CARDS football
    10:07 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    its grammar 89. PROPER GRAMMAR DOESNT EXIST. 32-18



  91. Steve
    11:09 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    You Kentucky fans are terrible! Get behind your football team! KSR has become about more Louisville fans talking shit about UK sports. Louisville football should win the big east bc they play D3 schools. Kentucky plays in the SEC. Its all about basketball and Peyton Siva is 0-5 against the Cats! Love it! Charlie Strong aint doing anything.



  92. CATPAC
    5:05 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    WOW JD Shelburne Sighting in the white jersey number 22 and black hat!! Go Farmboy!!