OPINION: Thoughts on the 2018 Season

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STARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 17: Head Coach Chad Morris of the Arkansas Razorbacks during a timeout in the first half of a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

It’s been three days since Arkansas’ final game of the 2018 season against Missouri. Enough time, I believe, to leave behind the emotions of Friday afternoon and truly take a look at a season no one saw coming. 

It wasn’t pretty. I know a lot of people who said they stopped watching. Lost interest. 

I could sit here and list all the things Arkansas did wrong, where they fell short, and how disappointing this season was, but if you are reading this, you know all that. 

So where does that leave us?

I believe Chad Morris needs to be given the chance to turn it around. If you need someone to give you some perspective, call a Kentucky fan. Really. Ask them about Mark Stoops. He deserves time. 

Of course that doesn’t mean you don’t go into 2019 doing exactly what you did in 2018 and think you’ll get a new result (That’s the definition of insanity).

I want to see change. I want to see Morris be a little more direct. Fix what’s going on inside the program that’s not in sync with what you are trying to accomplish. Sometimes you have to cut ties with lose ends to move forward. I have a feeling we will see departures, whether on the roster or on the staff, from the program heading into spring practice if not sooner. 

Find a quarterback. I know I might make some enemies here, and this is not a knock on Ty Storey, Cole Kelley, Connor Noland or John Stephen Jones, but the Hogs needs to find someone who can lead their offense to success. 

As hard as it is on the fans to watch their team lose 10 games, have a lead only to see it get taken away, it’s not any easier on those of us who cover the program for a living. There are those media members who went to Arkansas and have that added interest as a fan (they do a good job of separating that from the objectiveness of their job), but the majority of us didn’t go to Arkansas. I never watched an Arkansas football game until I joined the Pig Trail Nation team. We don’t want to see the team fail. I promise you, it’s a lot easier for us when the team is winning. 

As I’ve thought back on the season, wrapping my head around the product we saw on the field, I continue to go back to Chad Morris’ introductory press conference and the enthusiasm he had for this program when he first became Arkansas’ head coach. He was ready to make Arkansas a contender again. To bring new energy into a program that had begun to rise, but couldn’t quite make it back under Bret Bielema.

I don’t think the enthusiasm or energy has gone way. I think it’s gotten a nice dose of reality. 

A reality that will only help this football program take a step forward. 

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