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Yeah the much harder thing for us in particular to do though is the below 20 a game on D. If we could find somebody who could put together a D like that consistently I have no doubts that could win 7-9 games yearly.
Of course it is easier said than done. If it was easily accomplished, everyone would be doing it, but only those teams at the top tier of the SEC are able to post those kind of numbers for a season.
However, those are the technical measurements that should be the basis of targets, and goal setting for a football team. Being content with 24 to 27 ppg on offense, or defense will never elevate a program into the upper division.
One other thing I have observed, and it has been a common topic of lament among the big blue football fans. Why is it that UK seems to be able to get an offense that clicks above 30 ppg, but can't put the quality defense on the same team, or the other way around. When Claiborne's teams were consistently posting sub 20 point defenses, their offense was not near that rare air of 30 ppg.
I have often heard people say that in Claiborne's case, he was a defense first coach, and he implemented that philosophy by putting his best athletes on the defensive side, at the cost of reduced offensive effectiveness. I never quite figured out if that was indeed the case, but in hindsight, it does make sense. Mumme on the other hand was an offense first type of guy, and he put his best players on that side of the ball.
The monster programs have enough quality athletes in a given year to stock both units with quality players at depth.
At the end of the day, it is about the quality of the players, and there are the have's and the have not's in every sport.
Excuse me? I didn't say it was easily done. What I was getting at is that we need to hire a proven Defensive guy to be head coach here. Someobody that has built SEC caliber Defenses before. A guy that can bring a physical mentality to this football team.
Claiborne was a great man but he was on the downside of his career when he came. We never went up that SEC ladder with him as coach. We should have hired Howard Schnellenberger, another missed opportunity.
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