Sully Says: Coach Morris issues challenge

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    Those fans critical of the Hogs football team would probably say that Chad Morris has been too positive this season. After just about every loss, Coach has taken the glass "half full" approach. The prevailing theme of the day was the Hogs were making progress.

    We did see a different side of Coach following the loss to Vandy, when Morris said his Hogs "got what they deserved."

    On Saturday, Coach blew a fuse.

    He used the term "totally unacceptable" over and over to describe his team's performance in the Hogs 52-6 loss to Mississippi State. He challenged everyone in the program, from the coaches to the equipment guys.

    How quickly things can get out of hand.

    For a few seconds, early in the third quarter, the Hogs were within 7 points, at 17-10. An offensive interference call wiped out what would have been only the 13th touchdown scored against the Bulldogs defense this season. The Hogs ended up with three points instead of seven.

    17-6 was 38-6 by the end of the third quarter.

    What upset Coach most was the lack of execution on both sides of the ball. Game 11 of the season and his Hogs functioned poorly.

    Offensively, he's in new territory. Coach Morris has never worked with a college offense that has struggled like the 2018 Hogs. What has to really bother him is that they don't look like a well-coached offense. They aren't good on first or third down and they don't help themselves. I would have to go to Coach Morris to get the official number of execution errors on Saturday.

    The bottom line is that statistically, these 2018 Hogs are one of the worst teams in the country. They are ranked 105th in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

    Throw in the report that during pregame, two Razorback defensive starters were seen visiting with Mississippi State cheerleaders, and you have a program that's reeling heading into their season finale at Missouri.

    Some say you have to hit rock bottom before you turn things around. I think this would qualify as rock bottom.

    Accountability is a must in any program. It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes are made before the Hogs head to Columbia, Missouri.

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