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Hog Safety’s Comments Suggest Petrino’s Love Of Offense Might Have Hurt Defense

Did Bobby Petrino’s offense-friendly practices have a negative impact on Arkansas’ defense?  If what safety Ross Rasner says is true… then it’s entirely possible.

According to The Associated Press:

 

“‘The defensive guys aren’t afraid to make plays out there, where in the past you might lay off a receiver and not break up a pass because…’ Rasner said, trailing off.  ‘We were an offensive-minded team, there’s no doubt about that, but with Coach (John L.) Smith coming in… he’s a defensive coach, so there’s a definite change already.’”

 

Now, it’s certainly a case of connecting a few dots, but it’s not unreasonable to think that a defense scolded for popping receivers and breaking up passes during certain portions of practice might have had a hard time flipping the proverbial switch come gametime.

And for the record, here’s how Petrino’s offenses and defenses ranked in the SEC in terms of points scored and points allowed during his short reign:

 

2008 Scoring Offense: 7th               2008 Scoring Defense: 12th

2009 Scoring Offense: 1st                2009 Scoring Defense: 9th

2010 Scoring Offense: 2nd               2010 Scoring Defense: 7th

2011 Scoring Offense: 1st                 2011 Scoring Defense: 8th

 


15 comments
bradleygator
bradleygator

Also as explanation for not sniffing an SEC Title:  you are Arkansas in a division with LSU and Alabama.

Zeke_in_KC
Zeke_in_KC

Now we have confirmation of what I said would occur at hire (beyond Petrino being character garbage): we've played Conference USA ball for four years.

I guess that explains not sniffing an SEC Title.

bradleygator
bradleygator

I'm going to go ahead and say Petrino's focus on offense was a net positive for Arkansas. 

badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

this info was on the hawgsillutrated board a few days ago...according to one of the hawgs ill staff petrino would explode if the defense broke up a pass or covered the recievers to closely?  I've never heard of a coach with that mind set..but i guess u never know...It certainly explains the defensive problems the hogs have had for a few years??

Zeke_in_KC
Zeke_in_KC

@RNDLow @Zeke_in_KC So, how'd that work out for you?  Oh yeah, I was right.  AGAIN.  It was what it was and you were WAY off: as predicted, Devin Lowery.

Zeke_in_KC
Zeke_in_KC

 @RNDLow Reality is just reality.

 

We are not improved and are, at least, two tiers below the Big Boys.  That's just reading the scoreboard.

 

That truth concerns you should be the warning flag of irrationality.

RNDLow
RNDLow

 @Zeke_in_KC

 Doesn't matter how it's done, as long as it does get done.  Not always the prettiest win, but an 11-2 season is a great season.  There are plenty of other teams that you can look into "rooting" for.  Try some up there in KC.  You are such a drag man.  Is your life really that bad to be a glass half empty all the time?

Zeke_in_KC
Zeke_in_KC

 @RNDLow It's foolish to believe this team is in any way (strategically) improved from last year's, a team which was blown out by AL and LSU whilst nearly losing to Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

 

If you consider nine points from 8-4, at best, "good," you're an apologist.

RNDLow
RNDLow

 @Zeke_in_KC

 It's not foolish to see the potential that this team has.. Even the "experts" out there see it, which you are obviously not.  I've seen your negative posts everywhere. Constructive criticism is one thing, but you're just straight a downer.  Not that either one of our opinions is worth a thing, but my team is good.  I hope like hell they prove you wrong.  I imagine that if they do win the big games this year, you'll find a way to minimize it.  WPS!!! 

Zeke_in_KC
Zeke_in_KC

 @RNDLow Facts are facts and we have NOT improved as a unit.

 

Somehow, expressing truth doesn't strike anyone but foolish fanatics as "dogging."

RNDLow
RNDLow

 @Zeke_in_KC

 Whatever helps you sleep at night zeke.  If you can't see that this team is good you are far from being "realistic."  Do I think we have something to prove, absolutely, but I'm not gonna dog my team every chance I get just so I can say that I'm objective....

Zeke_in_KC
Zeke_in_KC

That's not even close to reality.  In fact, we've averaged <3rd best in our own HALF of the conference during the past four years and have not even come CLOSE to defeating Alabama.

 

Truth is that we've had a decent offense -- with NO defense -- the past two years with top level competition showing us just how failed a Conference USA strategy that is.

 

If you're annoyed, it's because our winning percentage against LSU and AL is 33% during the past four years.

 

That's why any objective fan would be.

RNDLow
RNDLow

 @Zeke_in_KC

 The truth is that the Razorbacks are one the best football teams in the country right now.  You constantly rant about how bad they are.  Find a team your happy with.  Your constant negativety is annoying not terrifying. 

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