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Stoops says passing game needs to improve

Captain Obvious subbed in for Mark Stoops on this week’s SEC Coaches’ Teleconference.

One of only three public appearances this week, Kentucky’s head coach is anxious to return to the practice field this afternoon after six challenging weeks of SEC football.

“It’s a good time for us to get the open week. Playing six straight SEC games obviously takes its toll on anybody,” Stoops said. “We’re a bit beat up coming off a couple tough losses so we certainly need the time to regroup, get back to work, have great practices this week, have a chance to heal up a bit and certainly work on ourselves and work to improve, along with getting a bit ahead on our next opponent, Vanderbilt.”

The No. 1 concern for Stoops and every member of the Big Blue Nation is obvious. Kentucky’s passing game must improve, plain and simple. The Wildcats’ pass offense ranks 97th nationally out of 103 FBS teams. To score more points, UK must do more than just run the football.

“We had some success moving the ball Saturday. It’s generally when we have some success moving the ball, it’s running the football. We need to improve in the passing game. That’s a variety of things. That’s protection. That’s getting open. That’s delivering the football on time. It’s also schematically putting them in a position to be successful. A lot to work on there in the pass game.”

Everything is a problem in the pass game. We should hear more specifics as to what that problem’s solution could be when Stoops speaks at length with local reporters this evening.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

22 Comments for Stoops says passing game needs to improve



  1. IndianaSucks
    1:29 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Understatement of the year, govna!



  2. dave1964
    1:33 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    That would have been nice to figure that out after game two.



  3. Headhurts
    1:41 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Catching game too.



  4. GoCatz
    1:50 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Ya’ think



  5. Bigblu30
    1:52 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    We dont throw the ball much but we have to be up there when it comes to most dropped passes



  6. BigBlueFoo42777
    1:57 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    That’s like telling someone Amy McGrath was a fighter pilot. I’m pretty sure everyone in the state already knows. HaHa too soon ?



    • 2andToodleLoo
      2:01 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

      Truth.



    • Wade
      2:18 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

      Sawyer smith sure was rippin it when he was healthy.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:58 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly Wade. I keep trying to tell people but no one listens. Most forget he’s even on the team because they thought he was a grad transfer. He threw the ball well, but some also speculate he may still be banged up, like when Drew Barker quit football.



  7. Bluehender
    2:25 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    I’m glad he finally figured it out. He was the last “coach” in the state to. Maybe it’s the last step for him in figuring out how to be a good head coach. I think the defensive minded coach in him would be more than happy to win every game 7-3. But that aint gonna get it…



  8. Southky
    2:30 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    And……..in the next game he will throw it about 10 one yard passes.



  9. blueballs80
    3:10 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Ya think? What will Gran do is the question?



  10. Realme
    3:34 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Oh! dOEs It?



  11. jaws2
    3:39 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH!



  12. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:20 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops has his rather boring ways, but he’s overachieved here. Give him credit. It’s Cal who has grossly underachieved.



  13. 4everUKBlue
    4:38 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Shoulda been a detective.



  14. Dr. Tom
    4:50 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Dah that would have been nice to figure out seven years ago!! Is Stoops just now figuring it out that you have to sling the ball down the field to compete in the SEC.



    • IndianaSucks
      5:16 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

      More like you can’t have a one-sided offense in the SEC and compete



  15. Grazilla
    5:34 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    THIS JUST IN: Water is wet.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:59 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

      The sky is blue.



  16. Rick_S
    5:45 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    No shit coach did you just now figure that out..most knew this weeks ago



  17. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:02 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Hat tip to whomever posted this in the comments recently:
    https://sports.yahoo.com/nick-saban-alabamas-identity-shift-good-defense-good-offense-050646603.html

    Nick Saban said it took him a while to come to the realization that the way he used to coach wasn’t going to get it done anymore. That’s why he started bringing in guys like Kiffin & Sarkesian, and Bama is airing it out, and very well with our former QB commit and some uber-talented wide receivers, even though their best one is now injured.