Neal Brown: If we're running more plays than you, we're working harder
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday August 05, 2013
When it comes to football, the phrase “blue collar” brings up images of pounding the ball in the running game.
Kentucky offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Neal Brown disagrees.
Brown wants to run a lot of plays, most of them being passes. At Texas Tech, he was the fastest play-caller in college football. During his Media Day press conference, he was asked about the "blue collar" attitude of the state and explained that running more plays can be “blue collar.”
“If we are playing more plays, that means we’re working harder,” he said. “We’re running 85 and the other one is running 65. We are giving a little bit more effort."
Don’t tell that to Bret Bielema.
Brown was also asked about offensive goals. He pointed to some detailed stats. It's all about efficiency.
“Not necessarily the yards,” he said. “We have got some goals and I think the goals give you an opportunity to win the game. Doesn’t mean you’re going to, but I think it gives you an opportunity. We want to be at 75‑plus snaps. We want to be 48 percent or better on third downs. We like being 50 percent or higher on first downs, which means a good play is four yards. And we have some red zone goals, also. But I guess that’s how we judge our guys from week‑to‑week.
“Like I said, it doesn’t mean that if we meet every one of them, that we are going to be successful, because there’s a chance. Probably the No. 1 thing is we always talk about — I guess the two most important, I should have led with these are — We want to win the turnover margin, which I think is going to be huge for us this year, and we have got to figure out a way to make more explosive plays than the other team.”
Here’s a look at how Texas Tech did in some of these key stats under Brown, compared to how Kentucky has done.
You can watch Brown’s interview by clicking here. Below is a hype video Kentucky players were shown as camp began.