* “The whole offense is built around getting flashy numbers and not scoring points.” Oh really? So Stoops puts Blake Bell in the game to keep from scoring touchdowns and to pad the flashy numbers, all of which would relate to Landry? It makes no sense.
Here’s the truth. I understand the way the NFL Draft works. Guys have to talk about every single player drafted, down into the high 100s and early 200s. You can run out of things to say pretty easily. You look for ways to defend Landry falling to the fourth round.
But talk straight. The truth is, Landry was a good quarterback who never achieved greatness. Maybe that’s a coaching issue. Very well could be. Maybe Landry didn’t get tutored by Josh Heupel the way Landry needed. I don’t know. Heupel didn’t hold back Sam Bradford, but that doesn’t mean Heupel couldn’t whiff on someone else. Some offensive flaws, not all of Landry’s own making, created the need for the Belldozer, which worked famously. In some of his biggest games — Notre Dame 2012, Kansas State 2012, Cotton Bowl — Landry did not play well.
Maybe Landry does have a high ceiling. Maybe this quarterback-system school doesn’t always pan out. But the Sooners scored a ton of points and won a bunch of games, and when they didn’t score TDs or win games, the play of the quarterback had much more to do with it than the play-calling.
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