Paul Petrino has no credibility with his players or with fans. His offense has been outscored 145-36 in the last three games. Arkansas failed to score against Alabama and came up 48 points short against Texas A&M.
Whether right or wrong, Tyler Wilson’s outburst after the loss to Alabama struck a chord with angry fans. He was one of the few members of the Arkansas program who seemed to be as frustrated as Razorback Nation. Wilson said what many fans felt.
Watching Petrino scream at Wilson during the first quarter Saturday for throwing the ball away when he had no receivers open (a common problem) does not play well with the fanbase.
Viewers want passion from their team’s coaches. Given John L. Smith’s laid-back coaching style, Petrino's passion is welcomed. But only when that coach’s team has put in consistent, competent performances has he earned the right to shout at his star player on the sideline.
Petrino may have the authority to shout at his quarterback, but he has not earned that right, especially when Wilson is one of the few players who consistently arrives at the stadium ready to play football.