Bob Stoops was bemoaning the fate of defensive coaches in college football, especially in the Big 12, where we had a 70-63 final the other day.
“It’s a nightmare,” Stoops said.
Stoops said he’s constantly asking the rules committee to check the obvious offensive advantage. He gave an example from last season. An opponent threw a deep ball 50 yards downfield. Incomplete. While OU’s two defensive backs hurried back to the line of scrimmage to set up for the next play, the intended receiver just stepped off the field, and his substitute, back upfield, stepped on. And the offense ran a play before the OU DBs were in place.
So I had a suggestion for Stoops. Return to limited substitution. In the old days, any player who left the field couldn’t return until the next quarter. That’s how you had single-platoon football.
I don’t advocate single-platoon football – though I certainly am open to the discussion – but it might be time for some form of limited substitution. Way too much mass-substitution goes on in football.
Stoops discounted my idea, though later he said it would help, it just wouldn’t happen.
But concerning West Virginia’s 70-63 epic over Baylor on Saturday, Stoops said, “What you have to appreciate, while everyone will have their debates, the precision of some of the quarterbacks and receivers, some of the things they’re doing, it’s pretty strong. Just gets harder and harder to defend.”
Stoops also said he didn’t see a return of defensive dominance in college football. Even in the SEC, which is known for defense, Georgia beat Tennessee 51-44 on Saturday. “It might be filtering that way, too,” Stoops said. “The better quarterbacks you get … it isn’t going away.
“If you got a good quarterback, good receivers, it gets tougher and tougher to defend.”
But Stoops did concede that elite defensive players make a difference. “You’ll still see some teams that are going to play better defense than others,” he said.