Kentucky Football Has Their Offensive Coordinator
Coming off of a head-scratching press conference several days ago with the Los Angeles Rams, in which Rams Offensive Coordinator, Liam Coen, said that he had not made a decision in regards to the Offensive Coordinator position with the Kentucky Wildcats yet. Coen did say that a decision would be coming in the coming days and that day is today. Mark Stoops and company have their man, as they officially welcome back Liam Coen as the new Offensive Coordinator for the 2023 season.
Many assumed that Coen's statement was just coach speak in the most recent LA Rams press conference, as many local media outlets all but confirmed that Liam Coen would be returning to Kentucky after a year as the Offensive Coordinator under Sean McVay. In Coen's one season with Kentucky, he helped lead the Wildcats to a 10-3 season in 2022, as well as a 20 -17 victory in the 2022 Citrus Bowl over Iowa.
It has always been a dream of Coen's, as well as every other coach, to be a head coach in the National Football League and Coen took the OC position with the Rams to help pad his resume, so that one day he can make his dreams a reality. However, after the Rams won the Super Bowl in 2022, they only managed to go 5-12 and finished third in the NFC West in Coen's first season as the Offensive Coordinator.
That along with the speculation of Sean McVay possibly being on the hot seat as the Head Coach of the LA Rams, these two things made the move back to Lexington an easier decision for Liam Coen. Coen will inherit an extremely talented offense with NC State transfer quarterback Devin Leary alongside wide receivers Barion Brown, Dane Key, Anthony Brown, Dekel Crowdus, Shamar Porter, Khamari Anderson, Ray Davis, Ramon Jefferson, Tayvion Robinson, among many others.
This highly talented offense had to intrigue Liam Coen and was another big reason for his return to Kentucky. Coen is going to have almost a year to work with this group and that is a good thing, as Kentucky faces one of their hardest schedules in years in 2023. The Wildcats have Alabama, Florida and Tennessee at home and face Georgia, Mississippi State, and South Carolina on the road. Big Blue Nation and the Kentucky Football staff have very high expectations for next season and hopefully Coen can come in and deliver as he did in 2021.