Four Thoughts From Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney


Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney spoke with the media after Tuesday's practice.

It was the Razorbacks' seventh workout this spring.

Below are four highlights from his post-practice press conference:

(On what he saw from the Arkansas QBs during last Saturday's scrimmage) "Some inconsistency. It’s obvious we’re running some different concepts they’re not familiar with, so it’s a continual process of getting them familiar with the concepts in the passing game. Some of the things that we’ve done that they’re familiar with in the past, with the old regime’s passing game, they seem pretty good with. But some of the new things that we brought in with us, they struggled with a little bit. The on-target percentage is a little down. The brain’s thinking a lot, so their motions are moving a little slow. It’s the same old stuff. Familiarity is what we’re looking for. We just got to continue to do the same thing over and over and over again. Deliberate practicing, that’s what we’re trying to get done. But I was comfortable with both of them, how they competed. All of the kids went out and competed well and at the end of the day, they all made their mistakes and they all did some good things. Pretty much what we thought we’d see in the first scrimmage.”

(On how many steps it takes to become a physical offense) “Well, it takes a lot. It takes the makeup of the individuals on the football field. If their makeup isn’t such naturally, you’ve got to develop that. There’s a lot of things that go into that. But the mindset of smashing them, getting four yards and enjoying it is different than just smashing them. Some kids don’t enjoy the physical nature of the game of football. There’s been plenty of great players that haven’t enjoyed that. But what we’re trying to do is find those kids that do enjoy that and put them on the field and watch them enjoy it.”

(On the role of tight ends in Chaney's offense) "I think, like any other offense, I believe, if you’ve got a tight end, he has to have the physical ability to beat a linebacker when he’s running a route. If he doesn’t, he has no value. And if he has the physical ability to block a defensive end, then he’s got value. So, we have to be able to do one of those two things. If you can dominate a defensive end or beat a linebacker or a safety in a route, then you have value, and I feel like we’ve got kids that are developing that way to have value in both those aspects."

(On where this team is physically after seven practices) "The beginning of any spring ball, no team is exactly where a coach wants them to be. We want to be the Chicago Bears. We want to go out and blast everybody. But what you do is you identify where you’re at and you go to work on it. Where we’re at is probably typical of where most teams start spring football at. You get through winter workouts. You identify the guys that run around and go around cones and touch lines and you go, 'Boy, he can play.' And then you put the pads on and you find out who really can or can’t."

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau