The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from reader in today OU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. You can read the complete transcript here.
I have been a huge supporter of Landry Jones but after Saturday’s game against Kansas State I don’t think he can get the job done as the QB of a program like OU. Is there any chance that Bell will be given a chance at getting valuable playing time this year?
There's no doubt that Landry Jones struggled last week and that his mistakes largely cost OU the game against Kansas State. But benching Landry in favor of Blake Bell at this point wouldn't make any sense. Bell certainly has shown signs that he could be a great QB someday for the Sooners, but I don't see how tossing him into the fire midseason would make things any better. I think that sort of impulsive decision would make things worse and, frankly, be unfair to Bell. He'd have to adapt to being a starter against a tough, tough Big 12 schedule and it might destroy his confidence if things don't go well.
What do you foresee for the Sooners the rest of the season?
The only game on OU's remaining schedule, in my opinion, that is not losable is the Kansas game at home. I'm not saying OU will go 3-9 at all, but I could see any of those other team giving the Sooners trouble. If I had to guess right now, I'd probably say OU finishes the regular season at 9-3 or somewhere in that vicinity.
The schedule is extremely tough and I think OU is probably in for another couple losses. Texas and West Virginia seem like the teams most likely to best the Sooners, although I think just about any game with the exception of Kansas is losable in one way or another.
Is Geneo Grissom still considered the starting tight end? If so, what has he shown to make him the starter? Seems that Brannon Green has played well.
True freshman Taylor McNamara has actually been announced as the starter for the last two games, which did seem kind of strange because Brannon Green, to me, has been the best tight end. I don't think there really is a designated "starter," they'll all three continue to get playing time.
I am really curious why the local media has been so critical of the loss to KSU. The Sooners played well enough to win that game. I know you can't blame any one person for any loss, but Bell doesn't fumble the Sooners win ceteris paribus. This is not an elite team, but all programs have years where they don't have elite teams. Ask Florida, Texas, USC, and until recently Alabama.
Things are never as bad as they seem or as great as they seem. It's the media's job to tell its readers/viewers/listeners about the team and why games went the way they did, so things will naturally seem more negative after a loss because everyone wants to know what happened. And even though it was a close loss, the KSU game still exposed some big flaws in this OU team.
And I disagree that OU played well enough to win, because any team that turns the ball over 3 times — all of which either led to KSU touchdowns or cost OU one — just flat out didn't play well enough to win. Kansas State was the better team Saturday without question.
Do you agree with Coach Stoops that OU's offensive problems are just small mistakes in various places? I mean, the loss on Saturday was ugly, but 4 plays (pass to Green, Landry Fumble, Bell fumble, Landry pick) cost OU 24 points. OU wins that game by 3 touchdowns, it's a pretty good game.
I do think there are small problems in various places that might've made a difference Saturday, but I think we'll really know more over the next stretch. At Texas Tech, the Red River game, Kansas and then Notre Dame will tell everyone a whole lot about how good this team can really be, and how bad the problems really are.