Joker: Players looking to coaches for answers

Even though he had seen his team only briefly, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips noticed a lingering effect Sunday from Saturday night's 24-17 loss to rival Louisville

Even though he had seen his team only briefly, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips noticed a lingering effect Sunday from Saturday night's 24-17 loss to rival Louisville.

"In the team meeting, you could tell everybody was down obviously," said Phillips. "Guys are looking for answers and as coaches we have to give them to them. We have got to play better, prepare better and have a better overall performance."

What are the answers?

"We have to get better in our fundamentals. Our guys are tackling well. We are not blocking very well. A lot has to do with technique. We may need to scale back on some things. We are having a lot of missed assignments. Either we are doing too much or we are not doing a good job of teaching them," Phillips said.

Kentucky's offense has struggled all three games this year. The Wildcats ran for just 35 yards Saturday and that forced quarterback Morgan Newton to throw 41 times. He completed 27 for 255 yards and two scores.

Phillips insisted he was not worried about his team losing confidence in the offense going into the Southeastern Conference opener against Florida this Saturday.

"You can't lose confidence as a SEC football player," Phillips said. "We have coached offense for a long time. It is not broke. It is definitely not broke. We have had a lot of success in this system. We feel our personnel is just as good as some teams we have had here. We have got to get them to play better."

Phillips said he was not blaming just the coaching or just the players for UK's offensive woes.

"It's a combination. We have not done a good job of preparing them and when we have had the opportunity to make plays, we have not made plays, either. We have to do a better job all around as coaches and players," the Kentucky coach said.


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