Especially with White committing to Auburn…Briles did not land a keeper at Qb while OC here. Coley and Hornsby didn’t pan out and are gone. He did help KJ and coached him up, but KJ was signed by the previous staff.
Guess my point…did KB have a good eye for picking good QBs when his other two didn’t pan out? Did he pick the wrong one with this 24 class to go after and now we are scrambling? I know we have a year but still stings some.
Kendall Bryies did a good job here…no need to disparage him because he left. He helped develop Franks and KJ. He was only here 3 years…Franks and KJ have given us good quarterback play, Our problem is a porous, bad defense.
I’m not disparaging him because he left. I’m glad he’s gone. I think Enos is an upgrade; time will tell. I don’t think KB did a good job having backup QBs ready to play. I understand that seldom will your backup QB be able to just step in and there be no drop off. In our case, the drop off was like the Grand Canyon.
According to former players here who played under Enos & KB, Enos is a great hire & will continue to upgrade the Arkansas program & QB development. If we have the coaches & staff who will prepare those players, especially QBs, for the NFL & get them national exposure, expect our recruiting will improve.
No doubt it is a challenge to retain talented back-up QBs who believe they should be starters, especially with the portal. Hornsby is talented & CSP wanted to keep him, but he never proved to be capable as an SEC QB.
Didn’t the coaches try to move him to the receiver position & in response he entered the portal the first time? After 2 yrs of coaching him into the QB role, had higher expectations. Assume he blames his struggles on the coaching. With Singleton & Criswell, the writing was on the wall.
I get so tired of people running down coaches after they leave. None are perfect and have faults. But some don’t credit them. They pick at sores. They do that with Briles.
Burks owes a lot to Briles. Burks did not push himself in winter or summer conditioning his first two years. He had injuries and that was part of it.
But Briles pushed him and convinced him to get in shape so he would not sub himself out after a deep route. And he did for his last year. He still got hurt but his conditioning was better. I give Briles the credit for that. I’m told a really frank conversation Briles had with Burks clicked.