The Arkansas football team finished its 10th workout of Bret Bielema's first spring. The offensive coaches and players were in the interview room following the Tuesday workout. It was the first time to meet the media since Saturday's scrimmage, the second of the spring.
"The best thing we did, the pre-snap errors were down," Chaney said. "There were several missed assignments, but not as many with the ones. We ran the ball and won first down more.
"But we were not as explosive as we'd like. That's the best way to generate points. If you go four and five yards at a time, you have to do that for a long time to score."
The lack of explosion was in both the pass and run.
"Both," Chaney said. "We had two explosive runs, and that's 12 yards or better. We had a couple of passes, and that's 16 or better. Some of the lack of explosion might have been conservative play calling. I could have called a few more (vertical passes)."
The offense did its best work on the goal line. Pittman said that might have been because the defense "didn't move as much there. The biggest problem we had was movement up front. We had way too many negative runs and we struggle when people move. On the goal line, for whatever reason, they didn't move. We have got to block movement better."
Pittman said the defense helped them with some run blitzes that helped provide a better picture in meetings Monday.
"We had a good 30-minute tape," he said. "We hit a few today on them. It's just a process, but it was better today."
Pittman sees improvement across the front, but noted that left tackle David Hurd was not at practice Tuesday. He sustained a slight knee injury Saturday.
"Those ones are doing a nice job and some of the others are coming," Pittman said. "Cordale Boyd got better. He jumped out at me (in the scrimmage). Austin Beck did some good things. Mitch Smothers is getting better. I thought Grady Ollison and Brey Cook just continue to improve.
"We just have to continue to get more guys comfortable with what we are doing. The goal is to get eight and that's three tackles, three guards and two centers."
Chaney liked the goal line work Saturday.
"You saw how excited we were on the goal line," he said. "We only ran three plays down there. They got it in the end zone. That was a pleasure to watch, the emotion that they played with there. Then, when we moved back out on the field, we kinda got our butts kicked."
Chaney continues to praise seniors Travis Swanson and Kiero Small, two of the clear squad leaders.
"You have some fourth and fifth year seniors that are more invested," Chaney said. "Swanson and Small, they understand the process. They are invested and it means more to them.
"Small, if you paint the picture, he's what you want your team to be. You'd put his face on it and you can tell he enjoys it."
Sophomore running back Jonathan Williams also drew praise for the adjustments he's making to a more physical attitude and style.
"I asked him what would be the one word he'd use to describe himself," Chaney said. "He told me elusive. I said the one word I wanted him to be was physical.
"He's learning some techniques to get his pads down. He's still a little bit high, but he's better."
Williams, now 220, said he gained 10 pounds during last season, then added 10 more during the off season in Ben Herbert's strength and conditioning program.
"I think I'm faster, too," Williams said. "But we are definitely trying to pound the ball and definitely that's what we want to be successful doing."
Asked to recall the talk with Chaney, Williams said, "It wasn't a meeting, just us passing in the hallway. He asked me to describe my style. I always thought elusive was a big part of my game. But physical is our identity. We definitely have that mindset that when we run the ball we want to punish you."
Can a runner be physical and elusive?
"Ya'll have to wait and see next season," he said.
There's been no surprise in the emphasis of Bielema's offense. Williams said he knew what to expect when he was announced as new coach.
"I was real excited, tears coming down from my eyes," Williams said. "I knew what their style was with Monte Ball (at Wisconsin). I thought I could have the same success."
It won't be just about the run. Chaney has always had strong passing attacks. Where are the Hogs now in that regard?
"We showed today that we can be pretty physical, but we are a long way behind in the passing game," Chaney said. "In team passing, we are having trouble with protections. We are getting better, but we are not advanced in the passing yet.
"What we are dealing with is different types protections than what they had done before. There are some things we like that they are not familiar with from what they've done. It's different concepts. It's a matter of the brain slowing down.
"It takes a long time. It might be game three or four when it gets going. We are in the infancy stages (in the passing game."
Asked to describe the quarterback play in the scrimmage, Chaney said, "Brandon Allen was a little better for the most part. But they are still competing. I thought today, the operation of the offense was a little smoother."
As far as wideout play, Chaney said the older players are ahead.
"Javontee Herndon, Julian Horton and Demetrius Wilson -- the seniors -- are grasping things a little quicker," Chaney said.
Allen said the scrimmage was full of "ups and downs. We set high goals. We want to get more explosive plays every possession. We are making some adjustments. There are some things that are different (in the new offense) and some things that are the same. When we get lined up right, we make strides."
The quarterback said the emphasis in the run game is obvious, but there's just as much with the passing game.
"I think we know you have to run it, but you have to pass it, too," he said. "We will have both. We are getting some mental mistakes smoothed out. I thought we got a lot better in that respect today."
Brandon Mitchell said there were too many missed opportunities in the scrimmage.
"I think we need to improve the execution level tremendously," Mitchell said. "Taking things when they are open and then hitting them. We had a couple of balls that we could have had and moved the ball down and scored on. But we missed a lot of throws and that comes with getting consistent with our footwork."
Mitchell likes the return to quarterback after playing mainly wideout last year.
"It's been great," Mitchell said. "I've enjoyed it. I have really missed playing quarterback lasy year when I was at wide receiver. Getting back to it wasn't anything that I wasn't accustomed to doing going into my fifth year now. But I really enjoy getting back to the everyday routine out there on the field and in the meeting room."