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Can we talk...With OU coach Bob Stoops

Oklahoman Modified: November 4, 2009 at 6:48 am •  Published: November 4, 2009
Jim Gift, Edmond: Are the offensive line problems this year attributed to recruiting mistakes, to guys you didn’t get, to defections or to lack of development?

Stoops: "Little bit of everything in it. We got caught thin with a big graduating class. Not often do you have five guys that leave all at once. It’s fair to say, sure, we’ve had guys leave or had to remove guys because they didn’t go to class or don’t do what the team requires them to do. Then development, a lot of that’s on those guys. Certain guys have a better work ethic than other guys to get themselves ready to play. Overall, this unit’s got caught thin, got caught inexperienced, development isn’t what it needs to be. It’s a little bit of everything.”

Gary Stork, Oklahoma City: You seem to be running more shotgun, with Landry Jones going less under center. That appears to take away from the run game. Do you believe the boosts to the passing game is a good tradeoff?

Stoops: "It’s not because of Landry. It’s more because of what we feel the offensive line, the way defenses being predictable, what they feel like we’re going to do if you are under center. It’s more out of Coach (Kevin) Wilson’s and the offensive staff’s choices, where we feel we can make the most money, I guess.”

Robert Jennings: Are your receivers’ inconsistency this year in any way tied to the back-and-forth situation at quarterback caused by Sam Bradford’s injury?

Stoops: "I don’t feel so.


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