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Eddie Gran Says the Offense has to get back to Urgency

After five weeks of lethargic offense, Mark Stoops and his staff decided to hold practice under the lights of Kroger Field on Tuesday night. In hopes of reenergizing a team that has looked drained since the bye week, and to bring the game mentality to the practice field. According to the players and coaches, this did cause them to be more energized at practice today. Practice how you play, and this offense needs to play with energy, so I’m not knocking it.

Eddie Gran said the offense looked much better today, but there’s still a lot that needs to be fixed. Check out today’s practice notes and how the offense is looking to minimize their mistakes in these final two weeks.

Getting back to Urgency

The theme from Eddie Gran today was all about five words: Urgency, Mentality, Physicality, Attacking, and Hunger. Backing off of what Benny Snell said in Knoxville on Saturday, Gran also feels like a lack of hunger has been a critical problem in this offense.

“I’m not gonna panic, it’s about urgency,” said Coach Gran. “We’ve been in urgency before. We say urgency, don’t panic just have a sense of urgency about what you have to get done to get things right. Coaches, players, but let’s not panic about it. We got to get better at the little things.

Gran would continue to say, “There’s been a difference in everybody. Talk about physicality, talk about an edge, we can talk about urgency. It’s from the whole group. I’m not putting it on them it’s on me.”

Offensive Struggles Stem from Inconsistency

It’s clear the offense has seen a significant drop off since the first half against South Carolina, but where exactly does it stem from? Eddie Gran believes most of the mistakes are coming from inconsistency.

“We gotta be more consistent, that’s the biggest thing,” said Gran. “Getting back to that physicality and not talking about it throughout the week. We gotta come with an edge every week. We gotta be more consistent.”

Gran would explain that you might have a guy make a few plays while other players are messing up, but as soon as the players messing up gets their problem corrected, the guy making players earlier will slip up. Gran would own up to the offense being inconsistent, and say it takes a mentality to get back to cohesive consistency.

Execution leads to Explosiveness

Widespread criticism of Kentucky’s offense has been “they’re too conservative,” dating back to every coordinator I can think of post-Hal Mumme and outside of Neal Brown. While some of them deserved that criticism (Shannon Dawson), I believe it’s not necessarily the play calling that leads to less-explosive plays, as much as it is the execution of the plays that are being drawn.

“Plays here and there that we’re missing are really killing us right now,” said CJ Conrad. “Nothing’s changed, in my opinion, with what we’re running. We’re calling the same plays, and we’re calling the right plays. Just plays that we were making at the beginning of the year, right cuts, right blocks, we were making those things. The last three games we haven’t…It’s just small stuff that’s very fixable, but it shows up on Saturday.

Eddie Gran also says that he has the players to make those explosive plays, it just goes back to detail.

“They’ll be better this week; everybody will.” – Eddie Gran.

Want to Check Out everything else said at today’s practice? Watch Below.

Eddie Gran:

Terry Wilson:

CJ Conrad:

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

70 Comments for Eddie Gran Says the Offense has to get back to Urgency

  1. N-UR-i
    9:34 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Just use your weapons and stop being so predictable.

    Also, Fire Eddie Gran

    • cmgormanjr1
      5:57 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      You know Gran doesn’t see what every man, woman and child see’s when he says- “We’re calling the same plays. We’re calling the right plays.” Gran is delusional. His play calling is amateurish at best and that’s being kind. But…… say he’s going to keep running them, that’s pitiful and Stoops will fire him after this season. Stoops never talks negatively in public about any coach or player. Stoops knows he’s pitiful and that Gran cost this team a REALLY SPECIAL season.

      10:12 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Coaches should lead by example. You can’t ask your players to have a sense of urgency when the coaches attitude and play calling are lethargic and lackadaisical at best. Get rid of Gran and get rid of Stoops for letting Gran hang around so long, but if he had fired Gran earlier he wouldn’t have a scapegoat (again) for this years self inflicted implosion.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:33 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, let’s fire the whole coaching staff that has gotten us to the best football this school has seen in decades. Adjustments are definitely needed, but to call for a complete tear-down is just dumb.

  2. JPGott2
    9:37 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    LOL, he is insane. It has been terrible since the 2nd half of USCjr, and he is saying this???? Just too funny.

    The execution of an 8 play playbook, half of which are Benny up the middle.

  3. dhard
    9:47 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    He gave coaches talk for, I don’t have a clue what to do.

  4. KYCat4EVER
    9:48 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Today’s practice was all about FIVE WORDS??? SERIOUSLY??? Well… Here are FIVE words for Coach Mark Stoops and Eddie Gran: FIRE THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR… NOW!

  5. Cat68
    9:49 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    So is it consistency, detail, or execution? He’s delusional. Get out of the players’ way!

  6. Duff86
    9:51 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Urgency should have happened 4 games ago. We know who our play makers are, we just have to use them.

    • Matt10
      6:36 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      This was my thought. When you start going downhill you don’t wait til you hit the bottom to hit the brakes. You don’t wait five games! You should get back to urgency after one bad HALF!!! You think Saban would let it go two games, much less five games?!

  7. Jesus H. Chrysler
    10:00 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Hello Mr. Obvious

    • mashburnfan1
      11:03 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

      Yea. Of course we will play better this week, we play a lesser team. And to say it is not play calling preventing big plays? Uh yes it is, hard to make a big play running up the middle with 6 blockers vs 8 defenders. Hard to make a big play catching a 1 yard pass while going out of bounds. Hard to make a big play when 3rd and 8 you call a 5 yard route. Do you see the defense always plays to the line of scrimmage because they knowthat is where all our plays are. Gran needs to be aosition coach s he does help recruit Florida. The WR coach needs to be gone.

    • jaws2
      3:54 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

      BS, we have ZERO proof we’ve got an EASY game against any Division I football team at this point.

  8. JohnnyCheeseSticks
    10:00 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    “Explosive plays” and “Eddie Gran” don’t belong in the same sentence unless it’s: Eddie Gran can’t call explosive plays.

    10:04 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Does someone need to tell Eddie whose responsibility it is to see that the offense “gets back to urgency”? The same guy that made sure they seem to have no urgency now! Like they say, “if the shoe fits…”.

  10. BluKudzu
    10:08 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    5 words – offense is a dumpster fire.

  11. FunkyMonkey
    10:12 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Urgency? What the hell is he talking about?
    And it’s “little things”. What? No, I think it’s big things like our Offense totally sucks. Geez, this hasn’t been a one game issue. We’re one of the worst in the Nation. We only win because of our Defense and Stoops and Gran have no clue about that. Next year, after our Defense graduates or goes to the NFL, they’ll see the fog they’ve been in.

    • michaelb
      11:31 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Yea I can’t wait to see their faces next year when. We lose 100% of our secondary and josh Allen . They’re gonna have to have a whole nother bag of excuses and reasons

  12. dcforuk
    10:21 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t have the bandwidth tonight to debate as Wednesday mornings are my earliest mornings each week. But, when I saw this blog post I knew it would generate much discussion. I’m certain the posting is just getting started! All I’ll say tonight is a quote from Harry Potter: QOTD: “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are; it is our choices.” — Dumbledore in Harry Potter. Choose your words carefully! Good night BBN!

  13. Cmart0907
    10:21 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe we don’t have the elite players we think we have. I’m not saying this isn’t Eddie Grans fault. But how many offensive coordinators do we need to go through? We want high powered offense!!

    • JASUN74
      4:31 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Doesn’t have to be Hogh Powered. Our passing game Just need to be respected, an that will fix a whole lot of stuff. If we could just average 24 per game we would still be where we were heading earlier in the season, top 4-7 in the country with a whole Lot of happy little cat fans. Lol. The way they talk is like there is 20 games left and still have time to make the playoffs or something. When are the coaches going to show some emotion like the fans and say enough is enough and feel sad or mad as hell that we blew another year of being great. But to make the sunshine guys happy I’ll say this for them. I’m soooo happy we won 7 games and if this or that preseason blah, blah, blah!! Yes for one thousand times we would’ve been happy preseason. There you go. Thing is as thing go along and opportunity changes, you have to reconsider things. Our team Never should have lost to a decent Tennessee team, and our team should have won at Texas A&M, Our team should be 9-1 right now. Hell if they would’ve beat A&M and played better offense against Mizzo then we would’ve played with a very different attitude against Georgia. Ohh well. I still love my team and the kids on the team, but just not major letdowns every year that end with heartache, with making changes to try to fix it before it goes all to poo. Every team has to change every year during the season, against every opponent You just can’t beat different teams the same way, since this thing called film Was invented. Damn, I hate being negative, but the coaches are making it hard as hell this week. Leave it alone and stay away from the cameras, just show us on Saturday guys.

    • JASUN74
      4:43 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry guys. I just got up and it’s 4:30 and I saw this. Lol. I made too many mistakes to try to say all them but ohh well. You guys and gals have a great day and I’m happy as I can be that we’re all Ky Wildcat Fans. Win or lose, As long as our guys are giving 100 % every game, I’m tickled to death and proud, and big things are going to happen for us. Don’t let cat646 get to mean today. U Gotta watch that cat. Hahaha

    • cats646
      7:14 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Ha, you have a blessed day JASUN. Also, FIRE EDDIE GRAN!!!!

  14. rainman
    10:24 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    They talk like the offense was doing so well earlier? The offense, has been OFFENSIVE since Gran arrived! Their 7-3 record is in large part the product of an amazing DEFENSE!

    • michaelb
      11:33 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Yea lol . It’s never been something great . Ever . The only upside we have had this yeAr is benny running successfully

  15. catfanjd
    10:26 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    I like Gran and Stoops but we gotta have better offense. Not too much to ask given our horrid production. Recruits and prospective wants touches and TDs. I remember a basketball coach that emphasized defense…he didn’t last and fans said we can’t get top recruits…it’s too competitive. Defense very important but we have to have offense to attract skill players.

  16. catfanjd
    10:28 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Throw Conrad the rock until a defense stops it. Haven’t seen that Eddie

  17. Headhurts
    10:28 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s go uptempo and throw on 1st down, call plays for CJ Conrad , Lynn Bowden return all kicks, throw ball down field at least twice a quarter, 1 unexpected play per half, play to win don’t be conservative, whata think Eddie G.

    • Cat68
      10:48 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

      and some play action! No more shotgun sets on 3rd and less than a yard – keep the drive alive with a QB sneak (see first drive from UT game)

    • kjd
      7:39 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      A QB sneak with weak, spindly legged Wilson?

    • Cat68
      8:07 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Cute reply…which of Eddie’s failed plays would you run…again?

    • kjd
      9:23 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      How about the one he called on 3 and 1 against Tenn., except Snell cuts to his left behind Conrad block for a first down. QB sneak needs line surge which we haven’t been getting as of late.

  18. Miller45
    11:02 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Such a keen, insightful football mind there

    • Truth_Hurts
      11:16 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

      Next statement from Gran. “We need to try and score more points than the other team.”

    • cats646
      7:15 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      ^^ golden.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:26 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Stoops’ response: “No, Eddie, we need to make the other team score less than us.” Sorry, couldn’t resist. 🙂

    • cats646
      3:04 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

      ^^ also golden.

  19. CombatMedic_98
    11:03 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Should have done this before Tennessee…Georgia…T A&M

  20. clarks
    11:06 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    stop throwing sideways because we run with benny and throw sideways and that is same as a run and defenses r just loading up on the box. to easy to defend when offense only tries to go forward when we are losing by then they just pinning their ears back and rushing.

    • michaelb
      11:36 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      There is a rb screen where the qb Baits the defense then dumps it off . I’ve only seen this like once . It seems to be hella effective

  21. runningunnin.454
    11:06 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Rough crowd tonight. Only two teams in the entire SEC have won more conference games than UK…Alabama and Georgia.

  22. CombatMedic_98
    11:06 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink


  23. Truth_Hurts
    11:11 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    I think he might be on to something. Maybe go no huddle?

  24. BigolBlue
    12:06 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Middle tenn covers that spread and thia game is close in the 4th. Gran will be proud of his offense that scores 20

  25. zoupman
    1:15 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Coaches pick the wrong guy at QB back in August. With that said, I do think we will win the next two games big. Nothing like a weak opponent to help with execution.

    • kjd
      7:42 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      We don’t have a QB on our roster to run an offense that can move the ball consistently, and score more than twice.

  26. blueblood4life
    1:27 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Urgency?? Blaming it on the players lol !! Gran is a joke Fire his Ass!!!!

  27. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:21 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    When you are calling plays middle school flag football teams use……

  28. Papaw
    5:56 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Yea that’s how you crawl out from under a bus. You throw your players under it

  29. Matt10
    6:47 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    We know Terry can throw an accurate 30 yard pass. Now let’s see him aim it downfield instead of sideways for 3 yards. Get some sticky gloves for those “receivers.”
    Slants? Play action? Something besides run up the middle out of the wildcat?

    • kjd
      7:48 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, Wilson can on occasion throw the 30 yarder on the mark sometimes. However, too many times, he throws late or off Target or doesn’t see open receiver. Have to do it consistently from the start. He’s an average QB. We need a really good QB.

  30. RLK
    6:58 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Talk is cheap. Just do it.

  31. TBW3011
    7:17 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Captain Clueless. Give him a raise Mitch!!

  32. HashtagNoseWhistle
    7:43 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    You mean, “gotta get back to work.”

  33. Wade
    7:53 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    That’s sounds like panic I want the game to look hard nosed and fun! We need to move the ball and get creative. Have a little fun. Benny up the guy and a side ways ass to Lynn ain’t working 80% of the game! Maybe 25% not 80%.

    • cats646
      8:11 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Benny up the guy? Sideways ass? Those sound like some very questionable calls indeed.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:30 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      That moment you really wish you could go back and edit comments… lol

    • Wade
      9:47 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Lol …so funny y’all know what I mean! Hilarious!

    • Wade
      9:52 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      That has to be one of the top 10 blooper post of all time? Ksr needs to make a top 10 I wonder if I’m #1!

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:35 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you for that!

    • cats646
      3:20 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

      That just might be #1 Wade. Although usually everything Combatmedic says is a blooper just because it’s coming from him. His whole life has been a blooper.

  34. UKfansNKY
    9:29 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Love Coach Stoops, like Coach Gran. I know Gran has it in him and can coach! He has struggled don’t get me wrong, but’s it’s not ALL on him! Offensive line has looked horrible the last 3 games, so many dropped passes, Benny not hitting the holes or making the cuts he should be lately. We need to get back to the basics!

    After all we have the opportunity to be 9-3!! Yeah, we are talkin KY FOOTBALL!!! GO CATS!!!

  35. Cat68
    10:41 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    So start 4-5 yds deep (shotgun) and run up the middle behind a line that gets no surge?

  36. bigblue2284
    10:42 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Awesome! Now that the season is wasted let’s get urgent… My goodness can UK not get some talented coaches? Stoops is an assistant coach and recruiter at best and don’t get me started on his staff.

  37. UKCatAttack
    11:07 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    He obviously doesn’t have a clue. I watch mediocre mid major schools run a better offensive scheme than we do with much less talent. 5 Words? How about 2 words? Fire Gran!

  38. UKFootballYall
    12:10 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

    While Gran has years of coaching experience, he still lacks the ability to prepare an effective game plan. Couple that with zero common sense and the inability to adapt and….well, we have seen his true abilities over the past month.

    Oh, and I am also getting sick & tired of Stoops patting himself on the back for putting the team in a position to win 9 games. Any other coaching staff would be preparing our team for the SEC championship game, which we were in position for until the subpar coaching staff got in the way.

  39. recliner coach
    1:49 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Appears to me the offense is playing not to lose

  40. jaws2
    3:47 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Game TEEENNNNNNNNNNN man!!! With a zillion seniors!!!!
    “Still a lot needs to be fixed”. Seriously? This tells me everything I need to know about this coaching staff. Stoops is NOT an SEC caliber head coach, period. If he can’t see the issues with Gran and do something about it, he has no business as a head coach at Kentucky.

  41. Tej
    4:58 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Everyone is correct. Let’s throw out the whole offense
    and install a new one in 3 days. That will
    be a piece of cake. After all, these posters have
    seen the players everyday in practice and
    they don’t need any scouting reports. It’s that easy.
    All those offensive coaches don’t know what they’re
    doing. These posters have more football knowledge than this staff.

  42. makeitstop
    5:08 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

    First of all what a load of nonsense. If ur trying to focus guys, five words is about 3 too many, but that aside, am I to understand that Eddie thinks we need more urgency THEN says the plays are being called right and it’s just little stuff?? Well nothing conveys urgency like minimizing the depth of the problem. I am seldom rendered speechless but he did it. What. A. Crock.