BLOGGIN FOR YOUR NOGGIN: Gene Chizik speaks
Here we go ...
- He has arrived.
- ``They came back Sunday very focused. They understand the urgency."
- On the possibility to UK changing its entire offense: ``It's a question mark as far as where they're going to go. We've done our homework. We have out best educated guess. We're going to prepare for a number of different scenarios."
- On defending the Wildcat: ``You've got another tailback in the backfield and you can spread the field out. You've got number issues, meaning how many people you can leave in there to defend. It's good stuff. It's a lot of misdirection. It's tough to defend."
- On Coleman's chat: "It wasn't about the direction of the defense. I'm proud of him playing through all the issues. He's playing with the cast. That's not a thing you'd like to have. It had nothing to do with the defense. They're not going to come to me with an issue that I'm not aware of. They know my door is open. We'll talk about what's good for the team first and his good second. He was pleased when we got done talking about it. It was all good."
- Chizik said Coleman won't be changing positions.
- More on Coleman: ``The stat sheets don't tell the story. It's very overrated. He's doing what we're asking him to do with the defense. Don't look into if he had a sack or didn't have a sack. You have to play within the structure of the defense. He's been the ultimate teammate."
- On freshmen growing up: ``By Game Seven, they've seen enough SEC football to know how to compete."
- On Ben Tate: ``He's a good back. Let me tell you something -- the offensive line has been doing a tremendous job of opening those lanes. When he bounces things to the perimeter, he's been able to make some guys miss. He's beat up and tired on Sunday, but he's running the ball physically as we envisioned it. We've got to run the ball much better Saturday."
- On the lack of Wildcat: ``A lot of it has to do with field position and circumstances in the game. There are some other variables in there that haven't allowed us to get in that situation during the past few games."
- He doesn't like penalties.
- ``We're trying to put there what we think we can do. You can't always do what you'd like to do. That's where we're at. Whether that's being very aggressive or not, we have to determine that week to week."
- He noted that Neiko Thorpe's struggles at Arkansas forced the team to avoid blitzes. ``You have to pick and choose your battles when you can be aggressive."
- Chizik said Eltoro Freeman is "day by day," but said they're "together."
- Chizik said CB Walt McFadden (left ankle) is going to be a game-time decision.
- On injuries: ``We're racking our brains every night to figure out how to keep our guys. It's definitely something we're trying to work our way through."
- On what was learned from the Arkansas debacle: ``I know how 18 to 22-year-old guys think. They do the same thing every day, every day, and then they win a few games. Then all the sudden you go out on Saturday and get your brains beat out. Does it have to happen like that to get your attention? We'll see. When you have a young team and a team that hasn't been in this situation recently ... with being 5-0 ... it's obvious we didn't handle it very well."
- More on that: ``It's not Chicken Little. The sky is not falling. We didn't play well. We have to re-capture the things that got us to 5-0. It's not doom-and-gloom, but let's troubleshoot and figure it out."
- That's a wrap.