That was the message -- among others -- that Garrick McGee delivered to Tyler Wilson after the Arkansas quarterback took some solid hits in a 38-14 loss to Alabama last week.
"The thing we worked on -- and we had talked about it before -- was for Tyler to make his reads faster and get the ball out," McGee said after Tuesday's practice. "When you are faster than the other team, it's OK to hold the ball. In this conference, against players with this kind of speed, the ball has to come out fast with steam on it.
"The hits on the quarterback can be fixed. We can get a lot of it fixed in the quarterback meetings."
Wilson said he understands.
"It is going to come out fast on the numbers this week," Wilson said.
The junior said that was the goal in all areas Tuesday. He said it the practice -- held in Walker Pavilion -- was faster and included more plays.
"We got in a lot more plays and in the same amount of time," he said. "The pace and tempo was a lot faster today."
McGee said it wasn't just about faster pace. The coaches demanded a more competitive attitude, something he said was missing in a glaring way against Alabama.
"The main thing that was missing as we watched the film was that our top performers -- the upperclassmen we expect to show up huge -- those guys didn't come through. It was not just production. It was competitive spirit. We don't hide anything from each other. I'm not proud at all of that."
Ironically, Wilson didn't take any sacks. But he was whacked, sometimes in the helmet, after many of his throws, including completions. He said he noticed the hits as much on tape as during the game. And he noticed that they were often in situations where the defenders had time to pull off after the ball was gone.
"I noticed that," he said. "There could have been penalties on some of those hits."
Wilson said he knew the ball had to come out quickly because of the pressures that Alabama had shown on tape. He said the plan was to get the ball to playmakers in the open field.
"We wanted to get it to our guys and make them miss," he said. "Some of those linebackers in the middle of the field are built to take on I-formation teams. I could have thrown it to them harder and given them more time. I'm going to do that this week."
The Hogs will face a blitzing A&M defense this week.
"We've got to be productive against the blitzes," Wilson said. "More times than not, they will be blitzing. And we have to hurt the blitzes."
Center Travis Swanson said blitzes or not, the offensive line has to keep Wilson off the ground. He said it was not a good feeling to see his quarterback hit so many times.
"We do take that personal," Swanson said. "It's a pride thing for us. It is a big emphasis for us to work on that to make sure he doesn't get hit like that again."
"Definitely (hurts us), not as much as him, but hurts us and we have got to get that corrected.
"We have to be more physical up front at the line of scrimmage. It is process and it is not something that is just going to happen overnight. We come each day ready to work. Obviously Saturday was not good for the running game at all, but if you look past that, I think we came out today and did a lot of good things to work toward that getting better.
"A&M has a good defense. They are fast, physical and very disciplined."
McGee said it's a blitz that is built on disguise.
"They are good at it," he said. "They show you blitz to one side of the formation and then bring it from the other side. It's going to be a challenge."
The Aggies work to take away the deep pass with safeties lined up 20 yards off the line, or deeper. McGee was asked about the lack of deep passing against Alabama.
"You can talk about that, but what we saw in our evaluations is that we simply didn't compete hard enough to put any pressure on Alabama," McGee said. "The film doesn't lie. Now I think this team is close and committed. I think they will represent this state in the right way. I expect it to be fixed this week."
Running back Broderick Green has returned to the practice field and was in uniform for the Alabama game. He underwent knee surgery after a torn ACL during spring practice.
"There's a chance he could be back (this year) at some point," McGee said. "But I'm not quite sure when he might crack the lineup. We are happy (he's back at practice)."
Running back coach Tim Horton said it would be up to Green to decide if he wanted to try to play this year to complete his eligibility or apply for a sixth season.
"He dressed out in the last game as a way to reward him for his hard work, coming to all the meetings and everything," Horton said. "Whether he plays or not this year would partly be determined by when he gets all the way healthy. More than half the season might be gone at that point. But on the other hand, he's going to graduate. It will be just up to him whether he'd apply for another year."