By Dr. John Huang
Everyone knows that when a team is struggling offensively, the offensive coordinator is the most hated man in town. Eddie Gran certainly fits the bill in Kentucky’s 1-2 start. Even when the UK offense piled up over 559 yards against Ole Miss, all the “assistant coaches” in the stands felt like the passing game could still be infinitely better. Then when the entire Cats offense laid an egg against Mississippi State last week with a meager 157-yard effort, that’s when many wanted to bring out the pitchforks and torches.
Rather than go into hiding, Gran did make an appearance at his weekly scheduled press conference. Of course, one of the first questions out of the gate was regarding the offense–or rather lack of it. Why can’t the team move the ball? Is there a quarterback controversy brewing?
“I think there’s an urgency, I don’t think there’s a panic,” Gran said. “We’ll always have a package for all three quarterbacks…Terry [Wilson] had one of his best practices [today]. Joey [Gatewood] threw the ball well. Beau [Allen]’s getting some reps. It was really good. I was pleased.”
Gran said it was more a matter of the offense just getting into a good rhythm on the field. Focusing on the fundamentals, emphasizing proper technique, and capitalizing on opportunities in critical game situations should be grounds for improvement.
Everything’s fixable, and Gran certainly put the onus on himself to fix it.
“It starts right here with me,” Gran admitted. “I’ve got to put them in a better position. If we’re struggling, I’ve got to be a better play caller. That’s on me.”
The game in Knoxville should be a great indicator of progress. If another egg is laid, Gran may be looking seriously at witness protection.