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The offense had a lot to do with the Razorbacks' bad record, but so did the defense.
There isn't just one position that is a concern this offseason, it's the whole defense. From the defensive line to the linebackers to the secondary, Bielema has to be concerned about how the defense got worse as the competition got better.
Taking a look into the stats, Arkansas struggled against the run and the pass equally. The Hogs ranked 72nd in the country in passing yards allowed per game at 235.0 and 78th in rushing YPG allowed at 178.4.
There's no doubt that they have to get more physical. Tackling was a big problem for the front, especially for a group of inexperienced linebackers. I've drilled this point home because it can't be stressed enough: if you can't tackle, then offenses are going to have a field day.
This offseason needs to be filled with tackle drills, tackle drills and more tackle drills. Because they couldn't tackle, opposing running backs turned what should have been losses or short gains into first downs and touchdowns. Life is hard in the SEC when something as simple as tackling is a problem and if it's not fixed, the rush defense is going to continue to struggle.
Better tackling comes with being more physical, something the secondary could use a lot of as well.
If you want to stop the big, physical wideouts in the SEC, you have to match their physicality. The Arkansas defensive backs gave way too much cushion for receivers at times, playing 10, even 15, yards off.
Even average receivers are going to have no problem working with all that room. The secondary can use this offseason to practice on playing up on receivers. The Hogs use a lot of man coverage packages, so they have to be good at playing bump and run without grabbing with their hands.
Overall, the defense just has to get more physical and make more plays.
There are some young players that really showed they can be anchors in the future, such as linebacker Brooks Ellis and defensive tackle Darius Philon. The Hogs also got some great news with defensive end Trey Flowers opting to return to school for his senior year, despite NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reporting he received a third-round grade for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Even with talent returning, there's still a ton of question marks. The whole defense is a concern at this point and this offseason will be crucial to fill holes and make major improvements across the board.