Maybe it's time to give Jay Norvell a shot at calling plays on offense

But Sooners coach Bob Stoops has been so resistant to coaching change over his tenure that an in-season upset of the fruit basket seems almost unfathomable.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: November 11, 2013

Lastly, making Norvell the play-caller for the rest of the season could have a benefit regardless of whether he is good or bad.

Taking the play-calling duties from Heupel would leave him to be the quarterbacks coach full time — and perhaps you've noticed that the quarterbacks could use all the help they can get. Inconsistent quarterback play has been the biggest problem plaguing the Sooners this season.

Heupel has a great track record of developing quarterbacks. Paul Thompson led the Sooners to a Big 12 title. Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy and took the Sooners to the national championship game. Landry Jones won the Sammy Baugh Award.

But each of those accomplishments came when Heupel's only duties were as quarterbacks coach.

Who knows what could happen if he turns all of his attention back to tutoring and developing quarterbacks?

He might not be able to bring about great change this season — from the just-when-you-didn't-think-things-could-get-worse department, a picture of crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford wearing an OU shirt surfaced over the weekend — but perhaps Heupel could lay the ground work for better quarterback play down the road. After all, these quarterback problems sure look like they could linger into next season, and with every loss, this season becomes more and more about next season.

Not that Bob Stoops is conceding that.

The Sooner coach is not interested in experimenting or making wholesale changes or showing any signs of panic.

“Seems anytime you lose a game,” he said Monday, “it's ‘Oh, geez, the whole sky is falling.'”

Well, yes, where OU football is involved, that's exactly what it's like.

And Sooner fans would prefer the sky fall on Josh Heupel's head and soon.

Will Bob Stoops pull the trigger?

Probably not.

But he could make the case.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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