Bret Bielema is supposedly a players’ coach and good guy. No argument, there. A more burning question, however, is can he successfully coach in the SEC? Given his preferred style of play, unless Bielema is leading the [other] U of A that the Razorbacks ran into last night, I don’t think so. Honestly, I have supported him for longer than I would care to admit, but the wheels came off after the A&M game, in my opinion.
Given the so-called three facets of football, the issues with Bielema ball are both old news and a tad overwhelming.
A. Offensive line. The quality of coaching seems to come straight from a Three Stooges movie. During the entire offseason, we were lead to believe that the group was becoming well developed and performing as one cohesive unit, forming an all important chemistry along the way. Of the five offensive linemen starting last night, only Hjalte Froholdt played his normal spot at guard. The result was all too familiar, with no running game and Cole Kelly getting popped, repeatedly. That kind of nonsense should have been worked out during spring ball.
B. Defense. During his time in Fayetteville, Bielema has had one respectable defensive unit. Ground and pound, clock consuming offense, if that’s what you want to call it, requires a solid defense. We don’t have the skill set nor the mentality to play come from behind, shootout football.
C. Special teams. How many games are needed to convince Bielema that special teams truly need to be special? How many times have things gone astray because the Razorbacks have consistently been poorly coached in this area?
D. Halftime and in game adjustments. How many times have the Razorbacks lost leads in the second half because of the other team’s ability to adjust? Under Bielema, how many times have the the Hogs come from behind after halftime?
Bret Bielema seems like a nice guy. That isn’t the issue. At $4M and some change a year, in my opinion, he is terribly overpaid.