OSU’s Monken comments on Landry Jones
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken stirred the Bedlam pot with a comment he made on Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in an ESPN.com story.
In the middle of a story published Wednesday on OSU choosing a starter from among three quarterback candidates, Monken was quoted:
“It didn’t take long when ol’ (Ryan) Broyles went down and (the Sooners) started running the dozer to think: ‘Do we have our guy? That didn’t take long. Landry went from like, ‘I’m the man to all of a sudden, ‘I haven’t thrown a touchdown pass, I’m fumbling it over my head at Oklahoma State. I gotta go back and see my quarterback guru.’”
Monken was referring to Jones spending a week with quarterback coach George Whitfield during spring break last month, a decision OU coaches endorsed.
Taken out of context in the middle of a story on OSU’s quarterback competition, Monken issued an apology on Friday.
“I want to apologize to Landry Jones and to the Oklahoma football program for using them as a specific example to illustrate a point concerning how quickly an injury to a key player can impact how a team plays. While speaking to a visiting member of the media about the importance of a quarterback’s confidence and demeanor and about how quickly things can change in football, I made the mistake of making a specific reference to illustrate my point.”
Having completed his first season as OSU’s offensive coordinator, Monken has the reputation for speaking his mind, which the media and some OSU fans love.
The surprising part is the pointed comment was made seven months prior to facing Jones, who returned for his senior year.
Can you say bulletin board?
And the Sooners host the Cowboys this season in Norman!
The dozer comment was in reference to backup OU quarterback Blake Bell running the Belldozer package in short-yardage situations, a formation Jones is removed from the game. Jones accounted for four turnovers in Beldam (two fumbles, two interceptions).
It certainly got people buzzing. Junior safety Tony Jefferson, one of OU’s new vocal leaders, responded on Twitter after retweeting a comment on Sooner Scoop.
Jefferson said: “Hell nah he better be quiet.”
Monken has a unique Bedlam history. On Les Miles’ staff his final three seasons at OSU, Monken is 2-2 in Bedlam. He was on winning sideline in 2002 and 2011 and the losing sideline in 2003 and 2004.
It was obvious the Sooners sorely missed Broyles the final month. OU’s offense slipped after Broyles, Jones’ security blanket, suffered a torn ACL against Texas A&M. Broyles is projected to be selected in the third round Friday night in the NFL Draft.
Monken wasn’t the only one to take a shot at Jones.
ESPN analyst Skip Bayless, an Oklahoma City native who repeatedly has said he’s a big Sooner fan, tweeted Thursday night:
Most underrated player in the draft: Ryan Broyles. I’m an OU fan but don’t love Landry Jones. Broyles MADE him. Gamer. Playmaker. Leader.
What’s strange is Jones takes so much heat. He’s no Sam Bradford. But he is the Sooners’ all-time leading passer. And a probable first-round NFL Draft pick a year from now.
One thing is certain. It will be interesting to follow opinions on Jones his senior year.
Message Sent Successfully
Be Sure to Check Out Our Top Headlines
- 101218Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 15357OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant tours Moore, meets with residents
- 13402Oklahoma tornadoes: ‘All I could do was sit there and hold her'
- 8724Line of storms brings flash floods to Oklahoma City area
- 8110How to help tornado victims
- 8098Oklahoma tornadoes: Love for Oklahoma generates big donation
- 8041Oklahoma tornadoes: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford leading aid effort
- 6720Oklahoma tornadoes: Oklahoma singer packs tour bus with donations for storm victims
- 6515Oklahoma tornadoes: Red Cross text donations not designated for Oklahoma
- 5990Oklahoma tornadoes: Tornado leaves family members in two hospitals and one dead
Back to share with a friend form.
Add More Recipients