New defensive coordinator Paul Haynes said Monday that's just what he plans to do and has some history with that kind of a challenge from his days at Ohio State in the Big 10.
"It's funny that in the Big 10 everyone thinks its power running," Haynes said at his introductory press briefing in the Broyles Center.
"It's a little more pass than you think. There were three teams -- and we didn't play all of them -- that were more run and that was Wisconsin, Penn State and Iowa. The rest were more pass happy.
"I feel like at Ohio State we took care of the spread teams. We had to tweak things (in practice) for the teams like Wisconsin and that's like LSU and Alabama. You can set things up in practice to go against the two-back sets and the two tight end sets. We did that."
"We worked in the same room, off to the side," Haynes said. "I think Coach Petrino felt more comfortable with us since all of the other coaches were a lot older than us. So we spent a lot of time together in that room. We've stayed in contact through the years -- not every week. But we did talk and we spent time at the (coaches) convention."
Haynes not only had the one year with Bobby Petrino with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he is close with Garrick McGee and John L. Smith. He said knowing them and their relationship with Petrino made him feel comfortable coming. His daughter will be a freshman in college and has decided to come to Arkansas. That made him more comfortable to make the move, too.
Haynes said his goal at Arkansas will "try not to be average, but to be in the top five in the country." He also said he wants the defense to take the pressure off the offense to "score 40 points in order to win." He said he knows the offense will score points and wants to be the best in the country. The defense will try to "be the best in the country, too."
Haynes said his philosophy on defense is similar to Petrino's and they will be on the same page. He said they will run a four-man front and what he's done in the past "is what they do here." He said he wants to keep it "sound and simple."
Asked if he is a "holler type," he did flash one of the few smiles in the 30 minutes of the session.
"I'm a get-after-it type," he said. "The one thing I don't tolerate is if the same mistakes are being made and we aren't getting 110 percent effort.
"I know there will be missed tackles and that isn't so bad if you have 11 guys running to the ball. What happens when one guy misses and no one is coming, it's going to be bad."
Apparently, Hayne's wife has talked about how much he hollers. He said, "We talk about that and how I talk to the kids. I tell them I don't holler, I talk loud."
Bobby Petrino and his staff have been known as being grinders. Haynes appears to be a good fit. He was in the tape room with graduate assistant Brandon Sharp well past midnight Sunday. He said they were going over the terminology of calls and Haynes nie said he was making notes in a folder about personnel.
"I don't leave until the job is done," Haynes said. "That's my definition of a grinder. You don't leave until you are finished, how ever long that takes. I don't want to leave until everyone's on the same page. That's my definition of a grinder."
There was some discussion on recruiting. He said he believed it was more important to find good fits and players that wanted to be at Arkansas than stars.
"AJ Hawk was a two star and he was the No. 4 overall pick in the draft," Haynes said. "The key was that he really wanted to be at our school. Sometimes you can find someone within 50 miles that really want to be here that work harder. Those that want to be here perform better."
Along those lines, Haynes said, "There is a saying, 'It's not about the Xs and Os, but about the Jimmys and the Joes.' I believe that. I can tell you from the staff meeting I was in yesterday, a lot of time is spent on recruiting here. It is important. And it's a group effort."
Haynes said he will keep the old terminology through the bowl game, then change to his calls afterwards.
"The main thing that we will focus on now will be mostly effort," he said. "What we will do is to focus on getting a defense out there (in the Cotton Bowl) that will fly around."