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After a “Very Good” Monday, Stoops will be More Involved with the Defense


On the Mark Stoops Show UK’s head coach was much chipper after making changes during Cats’ first day of week three practice.

“We got better today.  There’s no doubt about it,” he said.

The typical Monday routine was different.  They began as usual, by watching film from the last game, but instead of watching film for the next opponent, they went straight to the practice field.  The team went back to basics, working on fundamentals and football IQ while emphasizing “we gotta quit beating ourselves.”

In addition to improving physically, schematically the coaches want to make it simple.  When guys are thinking too much, they don’t appear to be playing as hard.

“It’s unacceptable when you see your guys hesitant.  Sometimes that happens when they’re thinking too much, that’s not what you want.  That’s our jobs as coaches to put them in a position to be successful.  That’s their jobs as players: to play.”

Stoops will be taking a hands-on approach to fixing the problem.  After sitting in the defensive backs room for a meeting, he told Tom that he will be “more involved” with the defense but would not elaborate on the specifics.

Even though he’ll be more involved with the defense, a call will not change it all.

“Don’t look to me for a magical call,” he tells his players.  “Sure there are schemes involved but it comes down to playing.  We gotta instill confidence in them that they’re in a spot to play their best.”

“There’s no doubt we’ll get that out of them.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for After a “Very Good” Monday, Stoops will be More Involved with the Defense

  1. stoopstroops
    6:41 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    The coach can only make so many adjustments before its time for the defense to just go out and make plays. Coaching is not 100% of the problem, nor are the players completely to blame but at some point the players just need to go play. Missed tackles are on the players, missed assignments are on the players. We need to take this week to find out what works for our team because we have some important SEC games coming up and need to be ready for a hard fought game here on out.

  2. Piedma Schwartz
    6:46 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    When referring to quotations by Stoops, KSR should replace every word with the poo emoji until Stoops actually delivers on his “we’ll get better” or “we got better” assertions.

  3. Nerds
    6:54 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    More pointless palaver. He’s paid to say those types of things. He can’t just come out and say, “Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing.” Or that a more hands-on approach with the defense actually means, “My defensive coordinator is awful.”

  4. BigBluSoTru
    7:23 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    lol he said that last year when his defense couldn’t stop a cold.he would take a hands on approach . Really they got better in two days. simplifying things 3 games into the season doesn’t bold well sorry this guy is a clown coach.

    • damage_control
      8:00 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      No one can stop a cold. It’s a virus with no known cure. I think the saying you’re going for is, he “couldn’t catch a cold”. But that makes no sense to use in this instance. And sorry but I must also point out that things don’t ever “bold well”. I think you mean “bode well”, which is perfectly acceptable in that sentence if applied properly.

    • cats paw
      8:12 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      so you obviously understood every word he said but decided to act like you were intelligent and berate someone to make yourself feel better? there’s a reason you were a nerd in school and couldnt play sports. stick to a politics forum!

    • bluecat15
      8:47 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Get a life damage

  5. rainman
    7:58 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    If they have to simplify things every year, why do they bother complicating them in the first place?

  6. KYcats11
    8:20 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I hope this is the change we needed. I find it hard to believe why he decided this was the time to take a hands on approach to the defense, he shoulda done that a long long time ago.

  7. BluKudzu
    8:25 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    This is it. Eliot is toast. He will be given other duties at the e d of rhe year, if he stays, and Stoops will find another DC. He better go high and hard for quality, as that is what it will take to be competitive in this league.
    Big move by Stoops, glad to see him step up. We will see what happens in two weeks.

    • inside info2
      9:34 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      He did the same thing last year. How did that work out for him?

      Eliot is definitely gone at the end of the season. I just hope Stoops and Barnhart are right behind him.

  8. Catlogic15
    9:23 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    “We got better today.” Safe statement. Like they could actually get worse.

    • inside info2
      9:36 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      He REALLY needs to stop making statements like this. At this point he would be better off either not having conferences at all or taking the Belichick approach and say the very least possible and still be able to call it a press conference. Everyone is tired of hearing the same cliches and excuses week after week.

    9:41 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops is a dou hebag. I hope he gets canned and we can gind a coach who can actually develope players. I am so ready for a change. Biggest mistake in Kentucky football history not hiring Bobby P!

  10. GoCATS
    11:52 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    We’re on to New Mexico State…

  11. Willis talkin bout....
    11:52 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Ok. So not even looking at film of our next opponent and reverting to a middle school play book has already made us better. I swear he should just stop talking to the media. If he has really waited till the 3rd week of the season to take a “hands on” approach to the defense after it’s been a joke for most of his tenure. Then he is truly delusional and incompetent. He just keeps throwing fuel on the fire with stupid comments like these. Just shut up. Do your damn job, which apparently you haven’t been doing, and put out this dumpster fire.