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AJ Rose addresses his postgame comments regarding Eddie Gran

After Kentucky’s embarrassing 63-3 loss to Alabama yesterday afternoon, there was a lot of finger-pointing to go around. Par the course over the past few years, this year specifically, those fingers were directed at Eddie Gran. However, this time one of those fingers came from probably the unlikeliest of people, fifth-year senior running back AJ Rose–a guy who Eddie Gran has defended time and time again.

After the game, Rose said, “We could’ve called some better plays, or better play calls to get us into better position,but it’s how the game flow is going. He called what he thought was needed and we had to go out there and execute it, and we failed at that.”

Rose would specifically add that the play-calling could have been much better in the Red Zone. His comments–whether you agree with him or not–naturally were met with some backlash. Rose took to Twitter to try to clear the air about his comments.

Let’s hope for everyone’s sake that it was just a sentiment that Rose felt like it was a team failure. It wouldn’t make too much sense otherwise.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

31 Comments for AJ Rose addresses his postgame comments regarding Eddie Gran

  1. blueballs80
    3:34 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    I am confused. When he says we could have called better plays or better play calls , how is that not a shot at Gran? Am I missing something?

  2. Dr. Tom
    3:34 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Anyone notice what’s going on with the Indiana University football program?? They are tearing it up in the Big10. If Indiana can put a competitive football team on the field, why can’t UK!! Sure would be nice to see the names on that sheet of paper with potential replacement football head coaches in Mitch’s desk drawer.

    • yoshukai
      3:38 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      It’s because they have an innovative offense.

    • Bluehender
      3:42 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      I haven’t noticed. Nor do I care to..

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      9:21 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      You should….because they’re passing by UK quickly.

    • KYCat4EVER
      3:56 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Sure have Dr Tom!

      Yoshukia is correct… they have an excellent offense and mix it up very well!

      If you compare Indiana w Kentucky’s offense… it’s like a Porsche vs a tricycle… and after our Cats got throttled by Georgia two years ago Eddie Gran and Coach Sttoop-id should have stopped wearing UK gear to games and instead wore SCHWIN T-Shirts!


    • Bluenblood
      5:50 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Doc they went South Florida and hauled in great talent. Cmon Doc! Ive heard several stars speak publicly and, well, not quite IU quality students. So there ya go its been done a hundred times before…hello Notre Dame…..those kids can make plays even at Ohio State level. Is that the answer for UK??? Maybe. And toss Gran pawn him off and find a better guy

    • Cletis75
      9:02 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      One season does not make a program. Indiana has been impressive this season. Some of the stars at IU are questionable in how they act and talk in interviews as far as representing an educational establishment. I don’t want to get there if it means looking like UofL under Petrino, his first go round.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      9:23 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Oh shut the hell up. You wouldn’t complain a bit if Kentucky were in the top 10. Gtfo here with that horrible holier than thou take.

    • Middy
      10:49 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah… who wants to win really. Can’t have 20 year olds speaking or acting like 20 year olds. Having grown up in Syracuse and suffering the Keith Smart shot and then attending UK, I hate IU…. BUT I haven’t heard of the cops frequently picking up their players. Absolutely no basis for a UL comparison. That’s just sorry comment.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      9:22 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Indiana is a good football team. Kentucky is not.

    • Cletis75
      11:21 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Middy, the comment wasn’t about being picked up by the police. It was about the fact that UL dismissed a large number of players right after Petrino left because they weren’t going to be academically eligible the next season due to poor grades. If you watched their interviews, you knew education was one of the last things on their minds.

    • Cletis75
      11:26 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      That set UL back 5 or 6 years. Losing all of those players. Kragthorpe took the blame, but the cupboards were bare after all of the ineligible players were dismissed.

  3. DerBaron
    4:43 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t Rose’s were that bad. He also placed blame on himself and the players but if Gran can’t take that type of criticism he’s in the wrong business.

    • kjd
      7:41 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Fifth year senior doesn’t make those comments publicly. Remember SchlarmanStrong! It’s the TEAM!

  4. clarks
    5:47 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    I wish fair weather fans would go away and never ever come back. We dont want u

    • blueballs80
      12:38 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Stoops has recruited fairly well but it has not translated well on the offensive end. QB position has been a curse at UK for a while. The last 3000 plus yard passer we had for a season was Andre Woodson.

    • kjd
      12:21 pm November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Recruiting has ranked in the bottom fourth of SEC.

  5. FatDaddyCat
    6:00 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    There may be some fair weather fans complaining, but they aren’t the only ones. And with good reason, in my opinion. We have the 15th highest paid coach in the country and we can’t do better than a 60 point loss against the highest paid coach? Can’t do better than 2 wins in all SEC schedule? HC is paid like a top tier coach, Gran, Marrow and White all got raises, on par with other league coordinators, so why can’t we compete with our deepest, most talented roster in years? Remember all that hype before the season every time these guys got near a microphone? I do, and so far, it’s all been a big bunch of bull.

  6. dcforuk
    7:36 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Yesterday was like a good ole fashioned run on the bank. The stock market and banks are based some on confidence. What is the basis of that confidence? After failures to score more than three points when getting down to their 10, their 6 and their 25 yard lines on three consecutive possessions, that was just more than the confidence these Bedford Falls Wildcats could take. Mr. Potter, aka Nick Saban, had dem Wildcats right where he wanted them. Basketball NCAA champs have lost by more than 30 near the end of the season. It was bad, yes. It was on the road. It was on the road at Alabama. It was on the road at Alabama as the #1 team. We were short-handed. We got discouraged when we only got three points on those three possessions. We were Covid-impacted. Is Difficulty the Excuse never accepts? You betcha! Is the proverbial sky falling? No, it is not.

    • Cletis75
      8:52 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Well said!

    • runningunnin.454
      8:18 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Nice Bedford Falls reference, dc; soon be Christmas, hee haw!

    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      8:34 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Let’s see if DC repeats these comments after FLA game

    • dcforuk
      5:05 pm November 23, 2020 Permalink

      And I may. Last I checked detection and correction requires some level of change. I did not say some level of certain corrective change is not necessary. I did say the proverbial “sky is falling” is not true.

    • dcforuk
      10:11 pm November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Is your last name Wainwright Runnin?

  7. sgd
    7:50 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Are recruiting still ranks next to last in the SEC. We will never have the pure talent to compete with the name programs. Our wins are built on the 4 non conference games and beating 3 to 4 lower tier teams in the SEC. We are still a lower half team and this season proves it.

    • sgd
      7:50 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Our recruiting…

    • WKY Cat
      9:49 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly! For some reason UK fans believe we’ve been recruiting at a high level under Stoops. We have not. We average around 30th most years. So at this point we have noncompetitive recruiting classes and a bad product on the field. I believe there’s one common denominator.

  8. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    9:21 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t have a problem at all with him calling Gran a shitty playcaller. It’s an obvious fact and if people can’t see it or don’t realize it they need to get a clue. Fire Eddie Gran.

  9. bigbowdennation
    11:24 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

    Offensive play calling has been bad he’s not wrong. But you still never wana see senior players questioning their coaches publicly like this it’s not a good sign for the program as a whole. Silver lining though is stoops is petty and will probably bench Rose now. We’ve got a room full of running backs who can do what Rose does. One of Grans worst calls this year has been rising with Rose ironically.

  10. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    3:08 pm November 23, 2020 Permalink

    Gran is horrible. Everyone was calling for his firing very recently, then you have a decent season, and everyone acts like hes a God. Remember, this is the guy we wanted gone a very short amount of time ago.