Brooks post-LSU presser notes

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks didn't mince words when talking about his team's defensive deficiencies against LSU

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks didn't mince words when talking about his team's defensive deficiencies against LSU.

"Our tackling was as bad as it has been. Our pursuit angles were as bad as they have been," said Brooks Sunday.

LSU beat Kentucky 49-0 and amassed 546 total yards while dominating the Kentucky defense that is now allowing 462 yards per game. That's last in the Southeastern Conference and 90 more yards per game than Mississippi, the SEC's second-worst defensive team, is giving up.

Kentucky is last in the league in rushing defense at 209 yards per game and last in passing defense at 253 yards per game.

Brooks was the defensive coordinator with Atlanta when the Falcons played in the Super Bowl. Considering Kentucky has this week off before playing at Mississippi State Oct. 28, it would seem the head coach might get more involved with the defensive planning and practice.

"Obviously, I will be involved in discussing things with the defensive coaches and working hard in practice to correct the things that are not progressing as well as I like. I am not going to take over the defense (from defensive coordinator Mike Archer)," Brooks said. Brooks says he suggests possible defensive changes or adjustments to Archer and his staff every week.

"Some weeks it works better than others. Basically, nothing worked last night (at LSU). Our message was not heard, or certainly not implemented. It was like a total systems failure. We had a big breakdown."

Brooks says some of the poor tackling that has plagued UK this year could be blamed on the youth of the defense. "We are playing a lot of young players, but the bottom line is it should not be as big a problem as it is."

Brooks said the Cats have to understand angles and techniques better and also be far more aggressive and physical than they were against LSU.

"Certainly we have had some good moments on defense, but we have not yet played a 60-minute game on defense. In this last game, we played virtually no minutes of good


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