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Playing Without Edge, The Kentucky Offense Struggled

A week ago Kentucky was knifing through the Florida defense.  Tonight the Kentucky offense could do little right.  The coaches believe the problem lies between the ears.

“There’s no excuse for not playing our best at home,” Mark Stoops said after the game.  “We have to be more consistent, and you have to play a cleaner version of football and that certainly wasn’t very clean today.”

The UK offense posted season-lows in every yardage category with 53 rushing and 175 passing for just 228 total yards.  When Kentucky needed big plays in the second half, they had to get them from the defense and special teams.

“We didn’t do enough on offense to help our team today and that’s on me in terms of, we just didn’t have that edge.  Last week there was an edge,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said after the game.  It sounds like a hangover from the Florida loss, but that’s not how he described it.

“I’ll never put it on a hangover.  That’s my job to get them cranked up, period, the end.  I gotta get ’em juiced, ready to play.  It’s like that every week.  It’s a hangover every week, whether you win or lose.  You have to put everything aside and go to the next one.  At any given time somebody can whip your tail and they physically got us tonight.  We didn’t have the edge.”

Where it was most obvious was on the offensive line.  Eastern Michigan had ten tackles for loss and sacked Stephen Johnson five times.

“Our guys, they’re a tough group and more so than anything, those guys aren’t accepting that type of performance,” said offensive line coach John Schlarman.  He didn’t see the same edge he saw last week from his unit.

“Last week, we made some mistakes against Florida, sure.  We could’ve done things a lot better, but we played with an edge, more so than I’ve ever seen against a quality opponent like that.  Today we didn’t play with that edge and you can’t turn that off and on.  As an offensive lineman, the minute you turn it off, a game like this occurs.”

Last year, the Kentucky offense was able to close games down the stretch by running the ball.  Tonight they needed a first down to end the game, but the Eagles stuffed Benny Snell on the third down.  Snell was visibly frustrated after the game, but motivated to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We’re hurting ourselves,” Snell said.  “I feel like this team has grown and has took way bigger steps to overcome worse situations than this, but we just gotta get better.”

After the game, the problem was immediately addressed by the leaders on the offensive line.

“I didn’t have to say a whole lot.  The leaders stepped up and said what they needed to say,” Schlarman said.  “They’re the ones that need to make sure we play a lot better, a lot cleaner, with an edge.”

The Kentucky offense has a week rediscover their edge.  Stoops will not accept another performance like today’s.

“There’s no excuses. We just need to play better than that.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

21 Comments for Playing Without Edge, The Kentucky Offense Struggled

  1. syrin23
    10:04 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Our offensive coordinator is terrible.

    • true2blue
      10:37 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      I take it you’re a band wagon type of fan. Things don’t go perfect and the cats are terrible and need new coaches. But then we play well and it’s the best team in the world and the coaches are geniuses. Our team is growing and obviously was feeling the Florida loss still. We’re looking to have a good season, the best in years, and I couldn’t be happier with the coaches and players. How bout you take your negativity to the team under FBI investigation so you have something to actually complain about. GO CATS!

    • LegggoooCats
      5:38 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

      true2blue… I’m sick and tired of people like you calling others “bandwagon fans” for having something critical to say about the team, or a coach. It doesn’t mean you’re a band wagoner. I’ve bled blue for 33 years, and will for the rest of my life… so myself, or the gentleman above don’t need an uninformed idiot like yourself judging our fandom based on one comment.

      I agree 110% that Eddie Gran is terrible, he’s a joke. We have a large enough sample size to go along with him now to see that he just isn’t cutting it. The streak against Florida would’ve ended last week had he not botched it. You play to win, but Gran started playing not to lose in the 3rd quarter and we became stagnant.

      We couldn’t even run away from Eastern Michigan… EASTERN MICHIGAN!!!!! Today actually made me even more concerned for the remainder of the season than I already was. I see nothing better than 7-5 coming, and another low on the totem pole bowl game. Keep it up Eddie… let’s run out of the Wildcat again on 3rd down and fail to convert, SMFH!

    • runningunnin.454
      11:11 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Ha Ha, Petrino is padding Lamar’s numbers running up the score on Kent State and Murray State. UL football has no class, either.

    • Angelo
      2:00 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

      Sadly all of our coaches have brain damage… Football is bad for the brain…

  2. KYChris
    10:07 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Food for thought: Cats were better than Florida but lost. Vandy gets creamed by Bama and played Florida well. Basically, everyone other than Georgia and Alabama look beatable and we only have to play Georgia. By years end, Kentucky should finish as the 3rd best team in the SEC, if they lose to Georgia. I’ll take that and everyone else should as well. Go Cats.

    • maximumscott
      10:26 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      UF without Del Rio is huge. Franks isnt that good. If Uf runs into a good rush Defense then they will lose. They lose to Auburn, SC, UGA maybe LSU but maybe not. UGA will be the team the East goes through

    • AGSlater
      11:27 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

      If they lose to Georgia? Haha. Its gonna be a massacre of epic proportions.

    • KYChris
      1:44 pm October 1, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe, maybe not. It’s football. There are no guarantees. Just look at the positives and let the games play out.
      Also, I just can’t see this team being absolutely beat down though. They have a true grit about them. They’ll be alright.

  3. maximumscott
    10:23 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    The defense left the UF game behind them. The Offense was obviously still emotional seeing a half empty stadium. Understandable, but shouldnt be a trend next week. Look for a big bounce back. We have had 2 really good offensive showings at SC and against UF. I doubt Emich exposed anything. Their heads werent in it.

  4. callitlikeiseeit
    11:49 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    So frustrating as this team is good but seems to lack “IT’. I don’t know why but we just can’t have a game where all play well, even against teams that we clearly should. Letting SJ get knocked around like that, no openings for our backs is a major concern. EMU is a decent team but should not beat us in stats and cause our offens so much trouble…5 sacks and 5 more tfl is inexcusable. Starts with the Oline and I think Gran has some blame for play calling at times. We take very few deep shots, could be because we can’t block long enough to throw deep. Really capable of a 10-2 type season, but could also end at 7-5. Good teams put the EKU, EMU and USM type teams away early and get younger guys some reps. We risk injury to key guys having to play late in these games, oing to a hail mary vs this team is BAD. I know we won, thank goodness, but only because of who we played and not how we played. Saw Baity get hurt late, should not have even needed him in the game. Maybe Gran is trying to not show things to SEC opponents but obviously we are not good enough to do that yet, put these games away early. We made fun of UT lasy week struggling to win yet we did the same thing today.

  5. Lip Man 1
    12:13 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    This team continues to live on the edge offensively. Sooner or later it’s going to jump up and bite them on the rear ends.

    To play this poorly at home especially of offense is cause

    To this point they don’t seem to have that killer instinct.

  6. IAmTheDanger
    1:44 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    It seems like after every game for the last 4 years, I hear the usual one liners of “we didn’t do this or we didnt do that and that stops right here with me —–“we made some mistakes here and there and those things have to be cleaned up”…..I have a question, what do you you coaches do each weak to clean things up and what does it mean when things stop with you….what does that mean? Ok, it stops with you….so what are you going to do about it. Could you all please quit giving cliches after every game and give us you plan of action to correct mistakes and ensure the same mistakes don’t continue to happen again and again and again…..tell us what you’re going to do to correct things, please!!

  7. Reuben Cuban
    6:15 am October 1, 2017 Permalink


    SSDFG: Same shit, different football game

    Same “no excuses” told to long suffering KENTUCKY Football fans.

  8. Reuben Cuban
    6:21 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    WE ARE KENTUCKY………Team “Vanderbilt of Football”, Lexington branch.

  9. dano
    6:29 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    For the most part our D was solid. Special teams was outstanding. Props to them for keeping their heads in it play after play.

    I don’t know if the RPO reads are killing the O, or, if it is play calling. Either way, the O Line has stunk it up, and that is being kind.

    Looked like every time we started moving the ball with quick throws, WR screens and a few slants, we went back to trying to run behind a line that could not block, hold a block, play with blocks, or live on the block. The”big nasty’s” are more like little pansies. But, at least no one shotgunned a snap out of the stadium this week.

    Benny & SJ may want to put their foot up the A$$ of the line this week. The almost got another QB hurt. That would have been 3 for the last 3.

    Disappointed in the effort, glad we got the win. Get better and club Missouri.

  10. TBW3011
    7:51 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    Fact is, we aren’t a very good football team. Luckily our schedule is weak as well. Haven’t played a really good team yet.

  11. bosshogg24
    8:13 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    I agree with the first poster, Eddie Gran is terrible! When Gran walks out it is like spotting the other team 10 to 14 points! What do these coaches do all week including Stoops? Does the coaching staff teach how to commit personal fouls? Why isn’t there punishment for personal fouls, like not playing the rest of the quarter?

  12. BluKudzu
    9:49 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    Long season ahead. 4-1, I am hoping we get two more. The effort from the O Line against EMU, makes it difficult to believe we can get 2 more. We carry this effort forward, we are going to get beat, and beat badly.

  13. AGSlater
    11:24 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    50 rush yds vs a directional mac school. Still gonna be tough to get to 6-6. Coaching staff besides Marrow are sad. The sloppiness this team consistently shows is sad also. Its so uk football.

  14. Jazz1124
    11:35 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    The only thing that I really seen wrong from our offense was the fact that the O-line never showed up and the fact that I believe SJ’s shoulder was bothering him for the whole game, he was just out there to toughen it out, in my opinion. Didn’t help that he was on the ground most the game. It was obviously hurting him because they went away from going deep, and when they did, his throws were either short or terribly inaccurate. But that’s just my opinion.