Former UCLA Football offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu opens up for the first time about his termination in a letter released through Bruin Report Online.
It has been just over three weeks since UCLA Football Head Coach Jim Mora relieved offensive Coordinator Kennedy Polamalu of his duties.
Following a 36-10 drubbing at the hands of Cal, which capped a 4-8 season, Mora had decided to go a different direction with the offense and let Polamalu go.
This season was Polamalu’s first as the Bruin OC. He attempted to change things and help UCLA ‘s offense with a move from the spread offense (implemented by former OC Noel Mazzone) and add power elements to the game.
That did not go as planned as a poor run game, inconsistencies on the offensive line and QB Josh Rosen getting knocked out of the season six games in did not make his job any easier.
“This past season was certainly a disappointing one, but the bottom line is that we are in a results based business. So while the injury to Josh [Rosen] and the need to rotate lineman certainly didn’t help, at the end of the day the success of the offensive unit was on me.”
Polamalu did state that he did not believe going to a pro-style was a mistake, but was more than understanding of the need to move on.
Polamalu ended by saying that he has nothing gratitude for the opportunity to be OC, but as he wrote, it is a results based business. UCLA is currently still in the hunt of their next offensive coordinator.