Arkansas has made its pick, taking SMU head coach Chad Morris as its head coach. It would like an offense.
Really, what is Arkansas going to do with Chad Morris as its new head coach?
He’s a college football head coaching hire. No more. No less.
Does Morris change the dynamic of the SEC West? Compared to Texas A&M getting Jimbo Fisher? No.
Is he a take-a-chance-on-greatness pick by Mississippi State of Joe Moorhead? Not really.
Is Arkansas more dangerous than LSU or Auburn? To go Charlie Weis, will Morris provide enough of a decided schematic advantage to overcome LSU, AND Auburn, AND, maybe, Alabama?
Will the hiring of Morris matter in any way to Nick Saban and his process?
Really? You’re going from teasing Hogs fans with the possibility of Gus Malzahn to the guy who went 14-22 at SMU with one 7-5 season and a trip to the Frisco Bowl?
Okay, at least the Hogs are going to have a more exciting offense again, and it really, really needs one.
Bret Bielema was supposed to bring in a tough, brutish, Wisconsin-style rushing attack that could’ve and should’ve been a differentiating factor against the more talented teams in the SEC West. It wasn’t, the O started to throw more, got away from the ground game, and the team was just plain bad.
Bielema didn’t work, but at least Arkansas was making a bold call. It got a guy who led the way to Big Ten titles, Rose Bowls, and helped keep the Wisconsin machine rolling. In Morris, Arkansas is getting a guy.
But when you finish 93rd in the nation in total offense, you need a spark. In the SEC West, though, it would also be nice to be better than 103rd in the nation in total defense.
So what did Arkansas do? It hired a head coach who helped turn SMU from miserable to mediocre, but the offense was fantastic, finishing 13th in the nation averaging close to 500 yards per game with a great passing game and averaging more than 40 points an outing.
And the defense …
The SMU offense was great.
The Mustang defense was a disaster, allowing 487 yards per game with a secondary that got ripped to shreds and a run defense that gave up 213 yards per game.
But okay. Morris is a huge favorite in the coaching community, and he really is a fantastic offensive coaching mind. And now he’s getting his chance to show what he can do at a bigger level and a great gig.