Sully Says: Morris reaches breaking point
When asked how losing Dre Greenlaw early in Saturday's game may have affected the Hog defense, Chad Morris said there would be no excuses. The line from Coach that stuck with me: "We got what we deserved."
Coach has said over and over this season that his standard is the best. On Saturday, we saw the worst from the Hogs at the most critical time.
A Vanderbilt team that has struggled finishing games finished off the Hogs by dominating the final quarter.
What was a 31-24 deficit early in the fourth quarter quickly grew to 45-24. This wasn't Bama. It was a Vandy team that had reached the 30-point mark just twice this season, against Middle Tennessee State and Tennessee State.
Early last week, Bryant head coach Buck James told me that No. 1 North Little Rock played like their hair was on fire. I got that same vibe from Coach Morris on Saturday night.
He's already had some tough Saturdays as Razorback head coach, but I think this was his most frustrating game on the Hog sideline.
It appeared at times late in Saturday's game that the Hogs accepted failure. They didn't seem to fight through or finish blocks in the manner a team looking for its first SEC win should.
Those are things this head coach won't tolerate.
I wouldn't be surprised if Coach Morris puts the "hammer down" during this bye week.
Hours after leaving Reynolds Razorback Stadium, I watched the Red Sox overcome a 4-0 deficit to win Game 4 of the World Series, 9-6. Boston's motto is "27 outs." Their goal is win to every pitch. They are what Morris hopes his Hogs become someday - a team that is never out of a game, most dangerous when the game is on the line.