Publish date:

Kentucky OC Neal Brown learned an important lesson his first year in the SEC

Neal Brown's hire as Kentucky's offensive coordinator brought plenty of hype, and hope to the Wildcat program. When the season finally came to a close, the Wildcats finished 100th or worse offensive in both scoring (108th) and pass offense (100th), and they ranked 86th in rush offense.

Looking back on year one with The Courier-Journal, Brown noted that in order to improve moving forward they need to dramatically improve in talent level, and create more depth within the program to be successful in the SEC. He also detailed an important lesson that he sees now looking back on the season, and it's something that head coaches and coordinators everywhere should take note of, especially if you're in a league where you're often outmatched physically or talent-wise.

"I think what happens when you're maybe not as talented as some of the teams you're playing is you try to out-scheme some people and maybe deviate from the system you have in place. I think we did that." he explained.

"We tried to maybe cover up some areas that were weaknesses for us, where if I had it to do over again I would just really concentrate on fundamentals and stuck with the system and not swayed off it as much and just really concentrate more on fundamentals."

Going into the year, Brown and the staff set a goal of having the opportunity to win the game when the fourth quarter came around.

"Our goal was to take games into the fourth quarter and, with the exception of three games, we had opportunities to win in the fourth quarter – the exceptions being the Alabama, Georgia and Missouri games. But the rest of the games, we had realistic opportunities to win the game, and that was kind of my goal to give us a chance in the fourth quarter. Now obviously we didn't finish those games, but we did give ourselves an opportunity."

"Some of the things we did schematically did give us an opportunity to win the game. We just didn't do it. Looking back, after we went 2-10, the schematics kept us in games but we didn't win them, so I think one thing if I had to do it again is maybe being less concerned with schematics, being more concerned with just getting fundamentally better each week – which we did, but we could've done better."

Read the full Q&A session, with a lot more quality content, here.