“See where he is?” Bobby Proctor said, pointing his finger across the kitchen table at the laptop screen to identify his grandson, Beau Proctor, a senior linebacker for Norman North High School.
“This receiver comes off the line, and I want him to get a good chug on him. Right there! See that?” Bobby said, his voice rising.
“Now he has pushed that guy off his route for the safety to cover. That's something he didn't do early. He just let guys run by him. Like I told him, you are helping the guy behind him, is what you are doing.”
Often after Norman North football games, Bobby will huddle around a dining room table with his grandson to view video of the Timberwolves' most recent game on the computer.
Bobby, who turns 81 next month, now coaches his 17-year-old grandson much like he did dozens of defensive backs for the University of Oklahoma in his 20 years as an assistant coach. Although he is not as hard on Beau as he was on his Sooners.
“If I coached him like I did them, they would come shoot me,” Bobby said. “I holler at him every once in a while. I don't holler lots at him. I holler for him.”
For Bobby, the excitement of an autumn Saturday afternoon roaming the sideline at Owen Field has been replaced by the thrill of sitting in the bleachers and watching his grandson play under the lights on Friday nights for Norman North.
“It's more personal now,” Bobby said.
A tough old coach
Bobby Proctor was the only assistant coach for Barry Switzer who spent all 16 seasons on his staff.
When Switzer was a 17-year-old freshman at the University of Arkansas, Proctor was a graduate assistant on the Razorback staff and Switzer's coach.
“Bobby Proctor was the hardest-nosed, toughest coach on players than any coach I've ever known,” Switzer said. “But he was fair to all. He treated all the same, whether you were a starter or on the third team. He treated everybody the same, and everybody knew it. He showed no favorites.”
Switzer said Proctor had a very “old school” philosophy of coaching.
“It was all about toughness, because that's the only way Bobby ever played,” Switzer said. “You have to understand, Bobby was captain of the Arkansas Razorbacks when they won the Southwest Conference championship.
“He was a 160-pounder, and the only way he could play was that he had to be (tough). He threw his body around.”
As Oklahoma's secondary coach, Proctor probably was the most maligned of Switzer's assistants.
He would get the blame when a Stanford team quarterbacked by John Elway or a West Virginia squad quarterbacked by Jeff Hostetler would come into Norman and beat the Sooners through the air.
“I never listened to a hoot what people said (about Proctor),” Switzer said. “The media or the fans never influenced me into making a decision one way or another about coaches and players. If I had, I wouldn't have played Thomas Lott or J.C. Watts. Bobby is a good one.”
Are you Bobby Proctor's grandson?
Bobby Proctor never intended on being his grandson's personal coach. After being fired by Sooners coach Gary Gibbs, Proctor was content on spending the rest of his life away from football.
Bobby once attempted to coach Beau and the first tackle football team he joined in elementary school.
Trying to teach fourth-graders how to tackle, however, was not the same as teaching the Oklahoma drill to the Sooners.
“We would go down to the park, had tackling dummies. Nobody would hit them,” Bobby said. “I lasted two days.”
Beau wasn't alive when Bobby was coaching at Oklahoma. Growing up, Beau knew his grandfather had been an assistant coach for the Sooners, but didn't understand the magnitude of it.
As Beau got older and became more serious about football, his parents began suggesting that he get his grandfather to help him become a better player. Beau was reluctant.
Bobby, as Beau calls his grandfather, was his hunting and fishing pal and the guy he hung out and played cards with. He was not someone Beau thought of as his football coach.
Only when Beau started attending football camps as a freshman did he begin to realize what a big deal his grandfather was in the coaching world. It surprised him that every coach at the camps knew of his grandfather.
“I would walk into a room and say my name, and every single coach would turn around and ask, ‘You Bobby Proctor's grandson?'” Beau said.
Beau's first impromptu coaching lesson from Bobby came during his freshman season. Beau was openly frustrated about his play and not being able to get off blocks.
“Let me show you something,” Bobby said, grabbing Beau and taking him into the living room.
The living room was turned into a line of scrimmage so Bobby could teach Beau how to use his hands to escape blockers. Bobby's coaching voice emerged, scaring off the dog and two of Beau's friends, who hurried out of sight to Beau's bedroom.
Beau's mother, Karen, asked the boys why they were staying out of sight. They thought Beau was in trouble because Bobby became so loud and animated.
The more coaching Beau received from Bobby, the more Beau realized his grandfather knew what he was talking about.
Last year, they started reviewing video of Beau's games together, and Bobby would offer coaching tips.
Bobby downplays the video sessions and praises the Norman North coaching staff, which has led the sixth-ranked Timberwolves to a 7-1 record this season, 5-0 in District 6A-3.
“These guys are good coaches,” he said. “They all know what they are doing. I don't want him going to the coaches and saying, ‘Bobby Proctor, my granddaddy, said to do this.' I don't want that. All I want to do is just a few things that will help him.”
The video sessions are as much about a grandfather and grandson sharing time together as they are about a coach teaching a player.
Every time Beau tells his mother that he is going for his coaching lesson with Bobby, it warms her heart.
“Beau is beginning to understand what a great coach his grandfather was and cherishes the time they get to watch film,” she said.
Beau gets emotional talking about the time he spends with his grandfather.
“It's just what I love to do,” he said, choking back tears. “Being able to spend time with him, knowing this is what he used to do and still can do.”
More grandfather than coach
Bobby sounds more like a proud grandfather than a football coach when talking about Beau.
“Five or six years ago, Beau was a little ol' scrawny runt that really has become a man,” he said. “He's worked and got in the weight room. He's dedicated himself to want to be a football player.
“He's a great kid, a great person and he's a good football player, and he can get a lot better. I don't try to criticize him. I try to encourage him. I want to help. I don't want to criticize him too much.
“But if I see him not chasing the ball real hard, I'm going to tell him.”
MOORE (2-6) AT NORMAN NORTH (7-1)
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Scouting Report: Norman North is ranked No. 6 in Class 6A and is unbeaten in District 6A-3. The Timberwolves will clinch their first district crown since 2007 with a victory over the Lions. Moore, 2-3 in district play, must defeat the Timberwolves to keep alive any hopes of making the playoffs.