Brown wants players to have fun, play fast

Kentucky defensive coordinator Steve Brown says his job is simple. "My job is just to make sure the players are having fun and playing fast. If they do that, then they probably are going to be playing well, and that's what we want," said Brown.

Brown took over as defensive coordinator when Mike Archer left for North Carolina State. He's had about four months as the coordinator and just finished his first spring practice as the head man for UK's defense. He admits going from secondary coach to coordinator has been a change.

"What is amazing is that I am at home and my wife sensed a difference in me because I am always thinking about things involved with football now," Brown said. "I am trying to make sure everything is done. It is never ending. I wake up thinking about it and go to bed thinking about it.

"I try to relax and play with my kids, but I am wearing myself out on football. I care. I want us to be great. If I am going to put forth that kind of effort, I expect the same from my players. They shouldn't expect any less from me. It wouldn't be fair for me not to care this much."

So there will be no more time for Brown to show off his golf skills?

"There will still be an opportunity to get the golf clubs out, but a lot of it will be just to hit a bucket of balls and take a break from my daily routine. Then I can worry about golf, not football, for a few hours," Brown said.

Brown insists he can be accessible to every defensive player. He also insists that he's confident his position coaches know how to convey the message he wants delivered.

"The main thing is to make sure whatever we tell the players, that we are all on the same page. We want them to do and see things fast without any confusion in their minds. Whether I am talking or an assistant coach talking, they are saying the same thing.

"We want the defense to be better. That is what we are working towards. God forbid any more big injuries, but I don't know how it will all turn out. I am just trying to make them the best they can be and then we will see what happens from there. My concern is individually making them work to be the best possible players they can be. If they all reach that level by the time the season starts, then we can be the kind of defense we all want to be."

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