The first half against Alabama and the second half against Texas A&M were just horrible. I watched Texas give up 672 yards to Oklahoma. I didn’t think that was possible. Then, Hogs give up almost 400 in one half.
The first half against Alabama and the second half against Texas A&M were 765 by the Hogs. The common thread was big play after big play.
Safety play was a problem last year. It’s still a problem.
What’s even more worrisome is that Bama’s average is about what Arkansas is giving up per carry through six games, while BB’s smash-mouth running game is averaging 2.5 yards per carry for the season thus far.
As Larry Johnson advised when UNLV played the Hogs in basketball, “Arkansas needs to get some men”. The Bama DL played like men against our boys and any Tide player that got past the line and faced our DBs and Safeties played like men against boys. The Hogs have some men, just not enough.
There’s only so much possibility for improvement within a season, and firing a coach who was the greatest DC ever just a couple of years ago…well it’s a diversion from the problem. I’m conflicted about the quality of the players/coaches in this program. I believe the physical differences are marginal (with the exception of Bama) and that the real differences lie on the coaching staffs. Teaching is critical to development, and I don’t see improvement from the same players…poor technique reflects on the staff, not just a single coach?