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I misunderstood. True on that account of OC and DC.
Good post. And Morgan Newton is not the only player that has been put in a position that does not fit their skill set and when it doesn't work out, it's the players fault and they are left high and dry.
Some of the upper classmen did beat out the young ones in spring ball and fall camp. After UofL game there was a knee jerk reaction that we were going to give "athletism and youth overr knowledge and upper classmen" a chance. Complete disregard for who won out in spring ball and camp. How well has it worked out? I think we all know the answer. IMO the "youth card" was the only card left to play. Desperate move IMO.
This about says it all. Anyone worth their salt can see that having Morgan at the #2 spot was not going to work in this O. So why did our coaches insist on him being there? They put him and the team in a bad position, should something happen to Max. As for Jalen, is it fair to ask the whole team to run a different set of plays and change philosophy because your backup has a different skill set? I too have been in Jokers camp, but the way he has done things this yr has just been mind boggling at times. Our offense hasn't scored a 1st Q TD in almost 2 full seasons, we play from behind constantly, and we still want to run up the gut in the 4th Q when we are down 2 scores. I think we do have some very nice talent ready to grow up, but frankly, I have lost confidence that Joker can make the appropriate decisions regarding that talent to get us to a higher level. Jokers coach-in-waiting position was supposed to eliminate the growing pains of bringing in new coaches and all new philosophies, but has failed. And as much as I hate to say it, that is on him.
Spanky.....well said. If the Administration brings Coach Phillips back next year there will be bedlam in the Bluegrass State. I can see no scenario where Joker comes back. The broader issue is....will they hit a home run (like the Cal hire)? If in fact the money is there.....we need to demand a huge hire!
You make some really good points, but we disagree on one of them.
Had Joker won 2 or 3 of those games you mention in his first year, I don't see it making any difference in where the program is now. The program is what it is and where it is now because you have an inexperienced head coach who is guilty of much mismanagement on many levels.
In essence, Mitch put a little lamb in an arena of a bunch of wolves. Joker's success in this conference would have been a long, long shot.
Had he won those two extra games in his first year, he would be protected now. Sadly, the sooner Mitch closes this chapter in UK football, the quicker the program has a CHANCE to make progress.
That's false. The only real "move" that was made after the UofL game was the move from end/lb to wlb for Dupree. Anybody with two eyes who watched braus and mcduffen at wlb know that they didn't belong on the field.
In the d-backfield we have young guys playing because of injuries. I agree, joker has a lot of work to do to keep his job, but there is no point in making stuff up.
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