Former Arkansas QB Matt Jones asks tough questions of Bret Bielema's disappointing tenure
Coach Bret Bielema and Arkansas are off to a losing start to the season following Saturday’s 48-22 loss at South Carolina. But for some Arkansas fans, and at least one former player, that’s just the latest in a string of lackluster performances for the program under Bielema.
Former quarterback Matt Jones said in an interview this week with Bo Mattingly that was posted by Sport & Story that Bielema hasn’t won many games that the Razorbacks weren’t supposed to win. Bielema has a 27-29 record in his fifth season coaching the Razorbacks.
Jones described Bielema as a buddy or players’ type of coach who wants to be your friend.
“Can you look at two games where you’re like, we should not have won that game and we came out and won that game,” Jones said. “I look back to my days when we went down to Texas in Austin when they were No. 3 team in the country and was able to get a win.
“Some of those games you look back, you’re maybe not supposed to win, but then I look at some of these games where we should definitely win. We have the better team, we have the better talent, we should win the game, and we lose those games. It just seems like there’s a lot more of those games, than the other games.”
One example was a 2015 loss against Toledo, 16-12, the 2016 loss to Missouri after building a 24-7 lead at halftime. And surrendering 35 unanswered points in the bowl game loss against Virginia Tech.
“I get how some people get if they’re saying I’m criticizing them, but I want the Hogs to win every single game,” Jones said. “I want the best for them for them to compete and win eight, nine games a year. I just don’t know if whatever his philosophy is where it starts with recruiting and everything, how he’s going through it, I just don’t know if you’re going to be able to say he’s going to average eight wins a year.”