Jim Chaney was one of the best things Tennessee had going for it under the terrible and inept coaching of Derek Dooley. I believe Arkansas has a diamond in the rough with this hire. He is a really good offensive mind and would have actually been a better head coach than Derek Dooley was. I think the HOGS will be pleased
Jim Chaney ran a wide-open, pass-first offense at Tennessee last year. The Volunteers had more 10+ yard passing plays (161) than any other offense in the SEC. UT’s yards-per-game average of 475.9 was second only to Texas A&M’s 558.5.
Now serving as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator, Chaney is looking for a starting quarterback — Brandon Allen is the leader in that race — and some playmakers. Considering how good the Razorbacks’ offense was under Bobby Petrino, it’s almost hard to believe we’re writing that just one year removed from his tenure. Still, according to Chaney, that is indeed the situation in Fayetteville:
“We weren’t as explosive (in Saturday’s scrimmage) as I’d like to have seen us be. When you’re trying to score points, you’ve got to generate some big plays and we didn’t do that as well as I’d like to. When Coach (Bret Beilema) moved the ball back and made us go a long distance, we were unable to get the ball down there…
It was interesting, the success we had (near the goal line). There was a lot of excitement and emotion on the field. Then we move it to move-the-field and it was like we’d forgotten that. We needed to get them pumped back up and get ready to go on the move-the-field part of the practice. We kind of dropped the ball when we moved to that part, kind of got our butts kicked.”
Chaney told reporters that the Hogs passing attack is still trying to find its niche in what’s now going to be a run-first offense. At Tennessee, Chaney was sometimes criticized for relying too heavily on the pass. For comparison’s sake, Bielema’s last six Wisconsin teams ranked next-to-last, 8th, last, 8th, 9th, and 9th in the Big Ten in pass attempts.
Mark down the Bielema/Chaney marriage as one of the more interesting storylines to follow in the SEC this fall.