Hope things are going well in Pittsburgh. I had a chance to visit there a few weeks ago for the first time. Had dinner near one of those rivers. Saw the football stadium. Really liked the downtown.
But enough about that.
I'm sure you're aware of what's going on with the Sooners. They're having some struggles, and the biggest ones are at quarterback.
It's given Oklahoma fans a chance to reflect, and there's a sentiment that's bubbling up.
You took a beating while you were here. Even though you started 50 games and won 39 of them as OU's quarterback, the criticism was constant. Your parents even took to wearing headphones playing gospel music to block out any disparaging remarks as they sat in the stands.
It wasn't nice, and often, it wasn't even fair.
And now, it looks downright silly.
In their first three Big 12 games, including Saturday's beatdown from Texas, Sooner quarterbacks Blake Bell and Trevor Knight have combined to throw for 404 yards.
You had games that were better than that. Three of them last season, to be exact.
I talked to lots of Sooner fans over the past few seasons about you. All of them had opinions, but over the years, there were several constant refrains.
You couldn't get comfortable in the pocket. You couldn't run. You couldn't keep from making bad decisions at inopportune times. You couldn't get fans fired up. You couldn't win big games.
Never once did I hear someone say you couldn't pass.
Now, folks are starting to realize how important that was.
For years, Sooner fans took that for granted. A quarterback? Of course he's supposed to be able to throw.
What Sooner fans wouldn't give to have that kind of certainty now. What they wouldn't give to have you back.
Of course, rarely are struggles in the passing game only the fault of the quarterback. They certainly aren't with these Sooners. As Bob Stoops said Monday during his weekly press conference, this loss to the Longhorns was a team effort. There were issues with receivers dropping passes and making mistakes in their assignments and with offensive linemen missing blocks and getting beat physically.
“All of it together wasn't good enough,” your old coach said.
But the quarterback play was a big problem, too.
For example, throwing the ball deep is a growing issue for your former team. The Sooners had only two passes that went for more than 20 yards against the Longhorns.
That allowed Texas to squeeze the OU run game. It could put more defenders in the box. It could take a few more chances like calling blitzes. That only made matters worse for the Sooners.
Landry, the vertical passing game was never a problem when you were playing quarterback. You had an NFL arm. You made those throws with ease.
Maybe Bell will get there. Maybe he will prove that underwhelming days against TCU and Texas were exceptions and that his masterful performance against Notre Dame was the rule.
But fans are starting to wonder.
Remember when Bell was the favorite son? When the Belldozer pushed you aside at the goal line and became beloved by all the Sooner Nation?
Those days seem long ago and far away.
The saying goes that the most popular guy on campus is always the second-team quarterback, but these days, the most popular guy among Sooner faithful just might be the quarterback who was rarely appreciated while he was wearing the Sooner jersey.
I'm not sure it's any consolation or if it even matters, but Sooner fans have never appreciated you more, Landry.
Take care, and tell your wife hello,
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.