Last night, ESPN’s Booger McFarland drew the ire of the Big Blue Nation when he said Josh Allen would benefit from better coaching in the NFL, which many perceived as a shot at Mark Stoops and the Kentucky coaching staff.
“He definitely can be elite and I look forward to him getting better coaching,” Booger said on ESPN’s broadcast. “Right now he is winning off of pure athletic ability.”
This morning, Booger came on KSR to clarify those comments, which he insists weren’t a slight at Stoops or Kentucky’s staff, but rather a message to all players coming into the NFL.
“I’ll say it again: I look forward to when he gets to the next level and gets professional coaching at that position because he’s not a finished product. Everyone loves to jump to conclusions when you say one thing when you conversely mean another, but that’s not the case. I love Coach Stoops. I love what they’re do at Kentucky with player development, etc. but he’s not a finished product. He’s not ready to go and dominate the National Football League right now.”
“It wasn’t a slight against Kentucky coaching,” Booger added. “It’s what every prospect needs in this draft. Kyler Murray, all these guys have to get better, man.”
When Matt argued that the comments felt targeted towards Kentucky, a program that isn’t in the NFL Draft spotlight that often, Booger said he was simply breaking down Josh’s game as someone who used to play his position.
“Because as a former guy that rushed the passer, I can see exactly that because I know the descriptive details on how to rush the passer. If you watch him when he turns the corner, sometimes he takes an extra step. Well, guess what, we don’t have five minutes to break down techniques of an edge rusher, so what I mean by expert coaching is this: when you turn the corner, you’ve got about two, two and a half seconds in the National Football League to get to the quarterback because the best guys, the Brady, Brees, Roethlisbergers, that ball is coming out. So, as a pass rusher, you have to take the least amount of steps possible to get to the quarterback. Josh will refine his pass rush when he gets to the National Football League, meaning, just for conversation’s sake, let’s say he takes seven steps now to get to the quarterback. Well, I think he can do it in five and a half or six. That’s what I mean.”
Ryan Lemond had to put his two cents, standing up for Stoops and his staff for developing Josh from a two-star prospect into a top ten draft pick; Booger said he gets it.
“Often times in life when you say one thing, everyone assumes you’re automatically also saying the other thing has to be true on the opposite spectrum and that’s totally not the case. I think both things can be true. He can have had great coaching, he developed as a two-star prospect, but does that mean we’re satisfied, we’re finished? No. I look at is as, we’re drafting him not for what he’s done, we’re drafting him in the National Football League for what is he going to project.”