Well, what do you say about a game that you tried to give away in just about every way imaginable and the other guys just wouldn’t take it? Except maybe, “Hey, thanks guys!” This was a game that should have been a loss. The Tide played about as badly as a team can play – fumbles (again), dumb penalties (again!), and missed assignments along with another missed field goal (AGAIN!). Really, watching this game makes you wonder how in the world did Arkansas lose!
It wasn’t easy. They had to fumble on the half-yard line into (and out of) the endzone, drop three Blake Sims’ passes that hit the defenders squarely in the chest, muff a chip shot field goal, and fumble themselves. Seriously. The Hawgs had to work hard to lose this one. And they did.
Aside from J. K. Scott, there is almost nothing to be encouraged about when it comes to the play of this team. Offensive line? painfully inept. Defensive backfield and linebackers? Two words, guys, “crossing patterns.” Quarterback? How bad must Jake Coker be not to get an opportunity to play in this game? We hate to keep harping on this, but really, anybody who thinks that Blake Sims is enough to win a championship is on drugs and doesn’t care.
But more seriously, Arkansas just showed the rest of the league how to beat us. Stack the box, stop the run, and force Blake Sims to win the game with his arm.
It’s amazing that the Tide was able to score two touchdowns given the abismal play of the offensive line and the qb. The offense gained barely over 200 yards (66 rushing). Blake Sims looked completely befuddled the entire game. Amari Cooper did what he could but when the guy who throws the ball is constantly throwing it over your head or behind you, there’s not a lot you can do.
So, anyway, thanks Pigs. We appreciate your kindness and generosity in allowing us to stay in the Western division race but, wow – how thankful are y’all that we didn’t play Miss. St. or Ole Miss or Auburn or Georgia or LSU or just about anybody but Vandy this past Saturday? With Texas A&M coming to T-town this week, there’s a LOT of work to do. The A&Mers have their own problems, but honestly, if the Tide can’t find a way to make some significant improvements this week – they could easily lose this game.
But in the end, a win is a win and it’s always better than losing – even when it looked like that. Nothing to do but try to get better and get another win this Saturday. And it’d be awful nice to look like a real football team. Whaddaya say guys? Sound good? Good.
One “must win” down, six to go.