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.
Why is there a lack of blitzing by this years defense? I know at times in past years Venables might have blitzed too often but we aren't getting much of a pass rush from the front four. My theory is Mike Stoops is afraid of giving up the big play which allows teams to nickel and dime OU down the field the proverbial bend but don't break mentality. Not sure that's enough to win big games this year.
I think you'll see more blitz packages beginning with the Texas Tech game next week. Coaches didn't want to blitz Collin Klein because when he's put under blitz pressure, he's dangerous enough with his legs to slip out of the backfield and get big yards. But when OU starts playing better passing teams, I'm sure they'll try more blitzing
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.
Are the Sooners still in the national title picture if they win the rest of their games?
Well nothing is impossible, and if OU wins all the rest of its games and is impressive in doing so, the Sooners certainly could find themselves back in the discussion. If that's to happen and OU had to lose a game, it's a good thing it happened this early in the season. But I think OU climbing all the way back into the national title conversation is unlikely, just because of how tough the Big 12 looks like it'll be this season and all the problems OU has shown through three games.
How can a big-time college program use 5 of its timeouts in the way OU did Saturday? That was Mickey Mouse in how all that happened. I think Stoops is more worried about playing at Pebble Beach than coaching.
It certainly was puzzling, especially considering OU had an extra week to prepare for K-State with the bye week. The timeout that made the least sense to me was on the 2-point conversion. I think in that situation, just run the play and hope for the best, but don't waste an important timeout that you might need late in the game to mount a comeback on a potential game-winning drive.
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.
Do you think it would be worth a try to have Bell start? If not, why?
No, I don't think that would be worth a try at all. Even with Landry's problems, there's no reason to try something that radical at this point. Benching a fifth-year senior and four-year starter at quarterback because he lost by 5 points to a ranked team at home? That seems like a big-time overreaction.
In the game Saturday the up-tempo was working and then they want away from it. Are they going to get back to that? I like coach Heupel, but you can tell we miss Kevin Wilson’s up-tempo offense, the time it takes to get to the line. I think OU wins against Texas Tech on Saturday. How does the rest of the season look in your opinion?
I think they'll pick the tempo up as the younger, new players get more used to the offense.
Why wouldn't OU start Shepard in the slot, move Stills to the outside, and have Metoyer come off the bench where he can be eased into the line up? Would seem to be a stronger line up.
I think that's probably not a bad idea at all. Metoyer isn't making plays right now, but I think he's talented enough to get there eventually. Stills, Justin Brown and Shepard have clearly been the best receivers and give Jones his best options, but I'm not sure if we'll see a lineup change.
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.
Why isn't there any talk of playing Trey Millard at tailback when OU has Dom Whaley and Damien Williams? Both are really good backs and both can handle more carries. Stoops should put an end to this distraction.
I don't hear the Millard at tailback talk all that much anymore. I do think he should be getting more carries, but I don't think there are really all that many people that think Millard should be getting more carries than Damien Williams or Dom Whaley.
How much longer do you think Stoops will stick around if he keeps up his last two season's records?