Turning around the Titanic 

I know our running game looks pretty grim. Pounding the middle seems so second nature to Hog teams that we'd almost rather see it done ineffectually than not at all. One thing our former coach lost sight of during his last few seasons was that pounding the middle was really about controlling the game, making the big plays that happen when you're not pounding the middle count for even more by using them to keep the ball away from the other offense. No amount of third and long draw plays can make up for solid execution in all other areas. Game management can't even enter the picture until we can convert, and the last two games we haven't been able to effectively move the ball. Our running game is the least of our worries.

If we think we've sold our souls because we're wearing a different uniform, then I'm not sure how pure our souls were to begin with. Yes, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Alabama haven't changed their unis in years, but the same instincts that guided those decisions have often left those programs floundering, pickled in their own bullshit “traditions.” Sure, it gets them on ESPN and consistently overrated, and it brings tears to the eyes of sentimental idiots the nation over, but shaking free of Paterno at Penn State and embracing the twenty-first century at Notre Dame are the answers to their woes, not Touchdown Jesus or the next great linebacker. As for the Crimson Tide: Alabama ain't Alabama for any other reason than their domination of recruiting territory.

Our major problem isn't our ground game or our uniforms. It's our defense.

In 2006, Bobby Petrino's last year at Louisville, the Cardinals averaged 49.5 points per game. If Petrino's offense had been firing on all cylinders, the Texas and Alabama fiascos would have still been toss-ups. Our offense will come with time (though we sure could use Lee Ziemba right now). Our defense is an outright emergency. Admittedly, it's spending way too much time on the field, but more than anything our defense needs size. We're getting beat on pure tonnage. The Herring strategy has finally caught up with us. Putting linebackers on the line, d-backs in the linebacker slot and filling the secondary with track stars has left us underweight and over-stretched in the SEC, where anyone shy of 350 pounds is average. We're a few years from being able to expect that size on D, but I'm only willing to give Willy Robinson until next season to make up for it with sound fundamentals and an effective game plan.

As is his wont, Houston Nutt did us no favors by eking out a victory over No. 12 Florida last week. We're likely headed into an ass-whooping this Saturday, but we, players and fans alike, have got to keep our eyes on the prize. Nutt will manage a ridiculous win every season from here on out, but he'll never win 10 games again. I feel the same way about that victory as I do about Les Miles' Tigers winning the championship last year: For us, that just means another bad coach in a good situation for a good long while. If his team's going to beat us, it won't be because we were out-coached. PS: Watching Bama pummel Georgia might've made you feel a little better. No-show Moreno don't look so hot now, huh?




Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Tomb to table: a Christmas feast offered by the residents of Mount Holly and other folk

    Plus, recipes from the Times staff.
  • Fake news

    So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
  • Reality TV prez

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
  • Arkansas archeologist does his job, is asked to leave

    Amid Department of Arkansas Heritage project.

Latest in A Boy Named Sooie

  • There's always next year

    I haven't even spoken to my friends. I ignored all the teary empty nonsense of postgame coverage. I didn't sign into Twitter for a week. Anyway, the game was on a loop in my head.
    • Jan 12, 2011
  • Last-minute gift guides

    A Boy Named Sooie's gift roundup includes "Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend," "Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson," "Free Darko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Basketball History" and more.
    • Dec 23, 2010
  • Where I stand on The Agreement

    Nobody has any reason to be the least bit disappointed with the job Bobby Petrino has done with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Still, I have my reservations about the document that shall henceforth be known as The Agreement.
    • Dec 16, 2010
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Event Calendar

« »


  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Most Viewed

  • Belk bowling, b-ball

    Before Pearls breaks its brief silent treatment about Razorback basketball's latest bid to shake off listless irrelevance, we'll spend a word or two on the Belk Bowl, where the football team draws a Dec. 29 matchup with Virginia Tech in Charlotte.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Belk bowling, b-ball

    • Good analysis, something completely lacking from the daily newspaper's sports reporters/columnists.

    • on December 9, 2016
  • Re: Resurrection, reflection

    • http://hairtransplantncr.com/ hair transplant in delhi hair transplant ncr hair transplant cost hair transplant cost in…

    • on December 8, 2016

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation