Originally posted by fropwns:
I love the Hogs, but we've been goddamn awful for two straight seasons. We will be back.
It will all come together, man. People have absolutely zero to ground to pass judgement on Bielema because unless you're familiar with the inner working of the program you don't have an accurate picture of what he was looking at preseason. Petrino was the brain of the program. Kill the head and the body will die.
What you're seeing in Fayetteville is a complete philosophical overhaul. A change from a Qb driven spread to OL/TE power running. The styles could not be anymore polarized, and Bielema is working with a lot of pieces that don't fit. He has a 4-5 4* OL already on the roster. He's recruited 2 4* star OL, 1 5* TE, 2 3* TE, 1 5* RB. This year already showed glimpses of a very potent rushing attack in the Collins/Williams tandem, and this is only the start.
This years class is filled with tall and strong DBs for his zone coverages, and he signed the #8 QB in the country last month. Bielema is a great talent developer and the SEC will give him the best talent he has ever worked with in abundance. Arkansas will give him the money to hire the OCs and DCs he needs to install the systems he wants.
I'm not trying to make excuses, but any person that looked at Arkansas' SEC schedule, and said definitively they had at least 2 wins was delusional. Their schedule is absolutely ridiculous. I mean most people don't realize how hard it is for a mid-low level program in the SEC. You say top to bottom the SEC is the best in the country and everyone gets defensive thinking you're calling their team out. hat's not what it means at all though. Over the last 5 years the conference has picked up at least 1/3 of ESPN's top 300. Right now the conference has 3 teams in the top 5. It has the highest average coaches salary in the country. I'm not a defeatist but I really don't know what people expected out of this program in Bielemas first year.
I will admit I thought they would beat Miss St. but on the bright side I wasn't surprised in the way they lost. The secondary has been weakest link and they started giving up really big throws in the 2nd half. It's unfortunate but the loss/win amounted to nothing in the grand scheme. The future is what's important and I think next year the Hogs are a 6-6 team but they're going to compete. They'll pick up a good win against team everyone picked against them. Even next year is just another stepping stone but the year after next is when I think everything will come together.
[ Edited by eonblue on Nov 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM ]