That was his explanation when asked Tuesday if he'd decided on a motto for the 2012 Arkansas defense.
"That's something we have to develop," said Haynes, the new Arkansas defensive coordinator. "What we are doing right now is finding that out.
"The senior class is making a blueprint. I asked them to write it between now and the end of spring. Up until the end of spring, it's a rough draft. Then I want it and I will call them on it.
"They are going to have their hands on it. They are going to write it."
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and the two coordinators, Haynes and Paul Petrino, met with the media Tuesday to give a preview of spring football drills, slated to begin Wednesday afternoon.
There was a lot of conversation about Haynes and the defense. Petrino revealed the depth chart and it was also revealed that only six of the 15 practices would be open to the media and public. Basically, the first two workouts, scrimmages and the spring game on April 21 would be open.
Haynes explained some of his concepts on the back end of the defense. Safeties and corners will play left and right in the spring before being assigned strong, free, boundary and field positions in the fall.
"It's a big thing for me as far as teaching," said Haynes, who will tutor the safeties. "When you are sitting in the meeting room, I think you listen a little closer if you are going to have to play both sides on the field.
"That's what I want. I've always done it that way. It creates depth. If you are just going to play free, then that's what you learn and then if you need a strong, you may not be able to put in the third best player.
"Same thing with corner. I want them to play right and left this spring and that way they will have to learn both boundary and field. They are going to get a feel for both by playing right and left.
"I think that helps you find the best four guys to put on the field and then it really sets your depth. When someone goes down, they all know both positions and you can put the next best player on the field."
Petrino likes the concept.
"You go through the spring and then declare who plays what," Petrino said. "It really speeds up the teaching. You learn a lot more on the back end. That way you can rotate your best three at corner and your best three at safety. It works at both positions."
There have been questions over the last few months about who would replace Jerry Franklin at middle linebacker. Franklin led the team in tackles the last four seasons.
That question wasn't really answered with the depth chart announcement -- or maybe it was.
Perhaps the Hogs won't play with a true mike linebacker in the Haynes scheme. Mostly, they are going to be in a set with two inside linebackers and a hybrid safety.
"In our league, 70 percent of the time we are going to be in nickel," Haynes said. "That means no true mike and no true will, more like two inside linebackers. Sometimes they will be over the three technique (or defensive tackle) and sometimes over a bubble. And the strongside backer will probably be in space."
That's probably Ross Rasner moving into the sam linebacker spot in what Haynes now will call the Star position. That was called the Jack in previous Arkansas defenses under former defensive coordinator Willy Robinson.
Rasner was listed as a safety in the new depth chart. Eric Bennett, who started at strong safety last year, is the other starter in the depth chart at safety.
Haynes has changed some of the lingo and terminology in his new defense, but now as much as some might imagine.
"There are a lot of 'same as' terms," he said. "We tried to simplify a few things and we didn't change much in the front. That's where it all happens and I wanted to keep that the same. I talked with the guys and simplified things. I didn't want to change much in the box."
Haynes said there will be a process to the installation of the scheme.
"We aren't trying to put in the entire package this spring," he said. "We don't have to do it all this spring."
Petrino was asked about the ranking at quarterback on the depth chart. Obviously, returning All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson sits in the top spot. But redshirt freshman Brandon Allen will begin spring as the backup, ahead of junior Brandon Mitchell.
"Brandon Mitchell has been at basketball the last few weeks and he's going to be a little behind in his accuracy," Petrino said. "Brandon Allen has been there this winter and it's only fair that he is out there when the second team takes the field tomorrow."
Petrino talked extensively about tight end, where there are eight players listed on the depth chart.
Chris Gragg and Austin Tate both logged plenty of time last year, but Petrino also likes the prospects with freshmen Brett Weir and Demetrius Dean.
Weir played quarterback in high school in Canada, but had stints at several spots in the fall. During bowl practices he asked for a shot at tight end.
"He showed us that he could catch the ball," Petrino said. "He's gained strength. We are excited to see what he can do there."
"Demetrius has the kind of talent that we had with D.J. Williams," Petrino said, making the comparison to the 2011 Mackey Award winner as the nation's top tight end. "He has to go show it on the field, but he's looked good this winter."
Paul Petrino added, "Dean reminds me of Michael Bush at Louisville. He's a 225 guy who can run those cones and has that change of direction. Weir excites me, too. He looks tough enough to block and he has the ability to get open and catch balls."
Bobby Petrino also said he's interested to see what redshirt freshman Andrew Peterson does at tight end. He is finally healthy.
"He had an injury and maybe didn't rehab it the way he should have before he got here," Petrino said of Peterson's ACL surgery after high school. "He really was too weak to do anything in the fall. But he's trimmed up and looks good. We want to see what he can do."
Bobby Petrino was asked about the solid depth in the interior of the defensive line where there are four tackles who have logged significant time. Specifically, is that the area that separates the SEC from other leagues?
"Who says that," he joked. "When my wife says 'they' say something I always want to ask her, who is they?
"Really, it's not just the tackles, but the ends. I feel good about where we are there. We are in as good a shape there as we've been since we've been here. We have size and experience.
"I hope THEY are right and that's what separates us this year."
Petrino said freshman Horace Arkadie, now at 270, would start the spring at defensive tackle. But he said he could also play end.
"He played both last fall," Petrino said. "This spring we want him to focus inside."
The ends look deep, too. They are deep enough that Petrino has a constant question for Haynes.
"I think about every other day I ask them, you have Chris Smith, Austin Flynn and Tenarius Wright at defensive end. If you have three of your best players, is there another position for one of them?"
That suggests that they may get cross trained as standup linebackers.
"We do a lot of that in the spring, put them in a two-point stance at end to see how they do," Petrino said. "We will do that again with those ends."
Petrino said he's not sure how much contact running back Knile Davis will get in the spring. Davis is coming back from ankle surgery. Trainers indicate Davis is full speed.
"I am still not sure what he'll get (this spring)," Petrino said. "But he's a football player. It's what he does. I know he wants to do everything. We'll just have to see as far as live tackling, but he'll do everything else."
Petrino looks at Davis and all of the other returnees at the skilled position and thinks the Hogs can absorb the loss of Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs.
"I remember when we lost D.J. Williams," Petrino said. "How do you replace that production. You don't do that with one person.
"It's the same thing with those three. You look at our roster and we have Cobi Hamilton, Knile Davis, Dennis Johnson, Ronnie Wingo and Chris Gragg. That's a lot of production. And we have some wide receivers who have played like Javontee Herndon, Julian Horton, Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey. They have played in SEC games and have some production."
Paul Petrino said quarterback Tyler Wilson got better this winter.
"I think it went well," Paul Petrino said of Wilson's winter. "I think he put a lot of time into getting himself better in the meeting room and becoming a smarter football player. He put a lot of time into studying defenses. He studied a lot of different NFL quarterbacks and the things they did. He worked hard on his footwork.
"I couldn't be happier with him. He's gotten a lot stronger in the weight room. He's gotten faster. He still needs to continue to put on a little bit more weight. I'm very pleased with how his work ethic has been in the offseason."
Wilson spent a lot of time studying videotape of himself and NFL quarterbacks.
"He watched a lot of Aaron Rodgers from Green Bay and Drew Brees," Petrino said. "He always liked to watch Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Those four guys, he liked to watch a lot of film on all of them."
Pre-Spring Depth Chart
2 Julian Horton (Jr., 6-1, 194)
1 Marquel Wade (So., 5-11, 185)
10 Hunter Jarvis (Jr., 5-8, 171)
19 Javontee Herndon (Jr., 6-1, 204)
15 Keante Minor (So., 6-0, 205)
5 Quinta Funderburk (Fr., 6-4, 200)
16 Ryan Farr (Sr., 6-1, 200)
26 Alex Cacciarelli (So., 6-0, 180)
11 Cobi Hamilton (Sr., 6-3, 209)
83 Maudrecus Humphrey (Jr., 6-3, 185)
81 Kane Whitehurst (Fr., 6-0, 175)
30 Bonner Chilton (So., 5-10, 155)
24 Sean Burnette (Fr., 6-3, 176)
80 Chris Gragg (Sr., 6-3, 236)
87 Austin Tate (Jr., 6-6, 253)
49 Brett Weir (Fr., 6-5, 250)
85 Demetrius Dean (Fr., 6-3, 250)
89 Andrew Peterson (Fr., 6-6, 262)
41 Alex Voelzke (Fr., 6-6, 220)
82 Brad Taylor (Jr., 6-4, 224)
49 Austin Weese (Fr., 6-3, 225)
71 Jason Peacock (Sr., 6-4, 305)
69 David Hurd (Jr., 6-6, 300)
50 Grady Ollison (Fr., 6-5, 286)
52 Mitchell Loewen (Fr., 6-4, 285)
76 Tyler Deacon (Sr., 6-4, 300)
65 Mitch Smothers (So., 6-4, 296)
66 Adam Deacon (Fr., 6-1, 305)
64 Travis Swanson (Jr., 6-5, 305)
75 Luke Charpentier (So., 6-4, 305)
58 Ray Gervasi (So., 6-2, 307)
67 Alvin Bailey (Jr., 6-5, 312)
59 Marcus Danenhauer (Fr., 6-5, 300)
74 Brey Cook (So., 6-7, 308)
70 Chris Stringer (So., 6-7, 304)
68 Austin Beck (Fr., 6-7, 307)
8 Tyler Wilson (Sr., 6-3, 220)
13 Brandon Allen (Fr., 6-3, 212)
17 Brandon Mitchell (Jr., 6-4, 230)
16 Brian Buehner (So., 5-11, 195)
18 Davis McElroy (Fr., 6-4, 210)
7 Knile Davis (Jr., 6-0, 226)
20 Ronnie Wingo Jr. (Sr., 6-3, 231)
33 Dennis Johnson (Sr., 5-9, 213)
40 Kody Walker (Fr., 6-2, 240)
27 Dylan Cruz (Fr., 5-10, 185)
34 Jimmy Gross (Jr., 5-9, 194)
36 Kiero Small (Sr., 5-10, 255)
35 Morgan Linton (So., 5-11, 240)
21 Brad Shearin (So., 6-0, 240)
37 Brandon Pyle (Jr., 6-2, 240)
42 Chris Smith (Jr., 6-3, 251)
41 Austin Flynn (Jr., 6-5, 260)
97 Darrell Kelly-Thomas (Fr., 6-4, 230)
94 Will Coleman (Jr., 6-3, 253)
59 Justin Oates (Fr., 6-4, 246)
54 Byran Jones (Jr., 6-2, 312)
51 Alfred Davis (Sr., 6-1, 318)
93 DeMarcus Hodge (Fr., 6-1, 301)
57 Jared Green (Sr., 6-0, 315)
98 Robert Thomas (Jr., 6-3, 308)
92 DeQuinta Jones (Sr., 6-5, 299)
95 Horace Arkadie (Fr., 6-4, 270)
99 Lavunce Askew (Sr., 6-3, 290)
43 Tenarius Wright (Sr., 6-2, 252)
86 Trey Flowers (So., 6-4, 243)
90 Colton Miles-Nash (Sr., 6-6, 261)
63 Devin Bowers (Fr., 6-1, 224)
61 Jordan White (Fr., 6-5, 265)
47 Matt Marshall (Sr., 6-1, 230)
39 Jarrett Lake (Jr., 6-3, 223)
24 Daunte Carr (So., 6-3, 224)
50 Ben Poeschel (Fr., 6-1, 220)
45 Alonzo Highsmith (Sr., 6-1, 233)
44 Robert Atiga (Jr., 6-3, 240)
25 Terrell Williams (Sr., 6-3, 232)
55 Brock Haman (Fr., 6-3, 230)
10 Braylon Mitchell (So., 6-3, 232)
46 Tyler Gilbert (So., 6-3, 244)
48 Austin Jones (Jr., 6-2, 230)
8 Tevin Mitchel (So., 6-0, 192)
13 Davyon McKinney (Fr., 6-3, 190)
17 Dakota Baggett (Fr., 5-8, 170)
35 Ross Rasner (Sr., 6-0, 212)
38 Jerry Mitchell (Jr., 6-1, 219)
26 Rohan Gaines (Fr., 5-11, 190)
25 Kelechi Egbe (So., 5-11, 182)
14 Eric Bennett (Jr., 6-0, 206)
27 Alan Turner (So., 6-0, 212)
30 Houston Pruitt (Jr., 5-11, 192)
84 Price Holmes (Jr., 6-3, 206)
21 Darius Winston (Sr., 6-0, 191)
22 Kelvin Fisher Jr. (Fr., 5-11, 190)
29 Eric Redmon (So., 5-9, 183)
20 Kaelon Kelleybrew (Sr., 5-11, 180)
18 Zach Hocker (Jr., 6-0, 180)
43 John Henson (So., 5-11, 138)
14 Dylan Breeding (Sr., 6-1, 211)
42 Crawford Sullins (Fr., 6-1, 180)
47 Cameron Bryan (Sr., 5-10, 176)
46 Forbes Harris (So., 6-1, 185)
49 Derek Rutten (Jr., 6-2, 180)
48 Drew Folgmann (Fr., 5-10, 185)
53 Alan D'Appollonio (So., 6-0, 201)
62 Nick Brewer (Sr., 6-1, 221)
32 Drew Gorton (Fr., 6-0, 190)