It’s not uncommon for fans to play armchair quarterback and criticize the play-calling and strategies of the coaching staff when things aren’t going well. But at Kentucky, things are going well, and there are still some serious criticisms of the Cats’ offense, despite having only one loss through seven games.
This excerpt from Saturday Down South, about UK’s offense, is only going to throw more fuel on the fans’ fire.
In SDS’s “What I’m hearing about SEC teams in Week 9,” one NFL scout told the website Kentucky is too conservative with the ball. “The play-calling is terrible,” the scout said.
NFL scout on Kentucky: QB an ‘issue’ but ‘the play-calling is terrible’
Kentucky likely will use multiple quarterbacks this week at Missouri, a game that both teams desperately need. Mizzou is in danger of not qualifying for the postseason, and Kentucky – one NFL scout told me – looks like a team “just trying to make it to that Georgia game over the last three weeks.” The Kentucky defense hasn’t slipped at all this season. The offense is a completely different story. “Clearly the quarterback is an issue,” the scout said. “But the play-calling is terrible. They’re too conservative. They’re not nearly as aggressive as they were early in the season. It’s like the quarterback who has a receiver wide open, no one around him for 10 yards, and the quarterback misses the throw because he doesn’t want to miss the throw. That’s what Kentucky looks like on offense now. They know their defense is holding the rope. But instead of getting after it, they’re just hanging on and trying to do the least amount of damage. That’s a recipe for disaster.” [Saturday Down South]
The unnamed scout puts some of the blame on Terry Wilson’s hesitance to throw, but calls out the entire offense for not being assertive when it has an outstanding defense to back it up. UK’s offense is just hanging on instead, the scout said.
But will it revert back to its early season ways on Saturday? It better, if it wants to keep winning games. The defense can’t be expected to do it every week.