Sully Says: Coach B wants positivity
There is something worse than negativity: apathy.
I remember the end of the Danny Ford era. It was sad. Let's just say the care factor wasn't that high among Hog fans.
Passion isn't a problem with Coach B and his 2017 Hogs.
One thing I didn't expect to hear in the first "real" home game of the season was booing directed at the Hogs, more specifically Coach Bielema. I've never been a fan of booing my team. I don't mind booing aimed at the officials or the visiting team, but not my team.
I would imagine that Coach got the message. Many in the crowd didn't agree with Coach playing the percentages on fourth down.
On Wednesday, Coach B talked about the power of positivity with kids of today. He said a simple chant of "Go Hogs" during a difficult time could make a big difference.
The last thing a hopeful fan base was expecting to see was an ugly loss to TCU. There are few things worse than watching a bad offensive team, and the Hogs were in an offensive funk for most of the afternoon. An ugly loss heading into a bye week = social media and talk radio madness.
If I had to break down the Hog venom on social media and talk radio, I'd say 85 percent of the complaints are Bielema related, 10 percent at Jeff Long and five percent at Austin Allen.
Coaches say quarterbacks always get too much credit when things go right and too much blame when things go badly. I'm not worried about Austin. He's Allen tough. I remember seeing Bobby Allen during a time when things weren't going so well for Brandon. When asked about the grief Brandon was dealing with, Bobby said he would be fine, adding that Brandon knew what he was getting into when he signed with Arkansas. When it's good, it's really good, and when it's bad, it can get ugly.
As for Coach B, it's part of "Being Bret Bielema."
Like most SEC coaches, he's a hope dealer.
The pre-camp talk? He painted the picture of a much-improved team. I bought in. I blurted out "10-2" when asked about the Hogs record this season during our pre-season KATV Hog special.
Starting with Texas A&M , Coach B has an opportunity to orchestrate a satisfying turnaround.
Ask Houston Nutt, or better yet, Nolan Richardson. There are few things sweeter than telling the haters they were wrong.