Here is my analytics:
On the goal line it’s usually about tackles and tight ends. Can you seal the edge and prevent penetration from the outside? Can you protect against six or seven? Can you get to the edge?
As coach Broyles told me in ‘75 quoting General Neyland (who I had never heard of) it’s about the team with the best tackles.
In Neyland’s day, they played both ways and could dominate the full 60 minutes.
In today’s game, it’s the OTs and DEs. The DE is a modern day DT in every way. It’s the position that determines who has the trump card for the day.
Arkansas is competitive now in many ways but not dominant at OT and DE. That is tough to overcome.
But as far as being competitive, Arkansas was not three years ago. That would have been a major step for all of us had we announced that as a goal the day Morris was fired.
The first year was 4 SEC wins in my eyes. Outplayed and defeated Auburn but the ref yesterday (who I hate so much I want type his name) took it away.
Won four last year. They were in seven this year and also won at BYU, a small accomplishment.
The Alabama game was just competitive for about one quarter.
I understand the safety issues with Catalon and Slusher non factors. Lots of other injuries there. Thought Bishop would help. McAdoo was a find but he whiffed on the game’s last TD in an iso play he’s been making.
Dominick and Jackson were assets in pass rush but lacked physicality. Jackson needs a spring. He will improve there.
Strength program needs a reset. In fact I always think that’s not a bad idea.
Strength training is a constant battle of finding new ways to do old things and make it exciting to get buy in.
There are good young linemen on offense. Highly rated. They will be the ones who benefit the most with that reset.
I will be excited to see what that plan becomes to add strength. I know talent is the key. Adding strength to talent wins.
I felt for Hudson Clark and Simeon Blair. They are not ultra talented. They lack some speed and size. They were asked to play in the box as the extra men against spread teams. They were outrun and over powered a lot the last three to five games. But they made some plays too in what was a job no one else seemed equipped to do from an assignment aspect.
Again, this is a situation that is doable. The program is not in a horrible spot.
No one understands the difficulty of the schedule. I’ve never seen anything close. Cincy, BYU, Liberty and even Missouri State were not softies. MSU was the perfect storm that somehow worked out despite a patchwork secondary.
I am going back to my fly tying desk to churn out midges for the next two weeks. So you guys continue to grumble. Probably should have tied ruby midges the last 15 minutes.