Bret Bielema made some comments about the current state of the Illinois football program this week that were viewed quite negatively, but the coach insists his intentions were not bad.

Bielema was shockingly candid about his own roster while speaking with the media on Monday. He said Illinois does not have the players needed to contend and blamed the program’s previous regime for doing a poor job of recruiting. More specifically, Bielema criticized his offensive line and said, “I don’t believe we have a player in the two-deep that they’ve recruited here over the last three years that is really significantly doing anything for us in the playing department.”