Oklahoma football: Coaches, players scoff at perceived problems on defense
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said overreacting is to be expected from fans and media. He said that's “what fans do.”
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Wort attributes the declined number of linebacker tackles to OU's changed system under Mike Stoops, who replaced Brent Venables as defensive coordinator.
“It's definitely a different system,” Wort said. “It's more designed for the safeties to make plays, instead of linebackers.
“Coach V had it more funneled toward the linebackers, but it's not frustrating. I'm gonna do whatever I can do to help the team win.”
Bob Stoops opened his Monday news conference by declaring the 14-point swing off turnovers the “story of the game” Saturday.
There's truth to that; even after each of OU's quarterbacks fumbled — Landry Jones' was recovered in OU's endzone for a K-State touchdown; Blake Bell's came on the KSU 1-yard line when he just missed the shotgun snap — the Sooners held a three-point lead in the fourth quarter.
But then came Jones' ugly interception, which led to Kansas State's go-ahead touchdown drive.
Still, the opposite of Stoops' turnover argument holds true, also — Oklahoma's defense isn't getting takeaways, save for a first-quarter interception by safety Javon Harris against Florida A&M two weeks ago.
“It's a mindset and it's fundamentals,” Stoops said. “You have to credit those teams for taking care of the ball, but we have to do a better job of forcing turnovers, whether it's stripping the ball and forcing fumbles or getting interceptions.”
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