The past couple seasons, Sooner fans again raised their voices for quarterback change. Plenty wanted Bell to play in place of Landry Jones.
Seems a little silly now, doesn't it?
Stoops may not have a philosophy, but he definitely likes to stay with a quarterback, and most of the time, that's for the best.
Frankly, sticking with Bell would be best this season.
Does he have flaws?
Stoops has admitted as much.
But changing quarterbacks now would send confusion and panic through the Sooner locker room, and as rotten as the passing game has been these last few weeks, OU has still lost just one game. Yes, it was a big game. Yes, it was a game that no one in Soonerland ever wants to lose. But still, it's just one loss.
This isn't the time to panic.
Stoops has never done that when it comes to his quarterbacks, and in this case, patience will be a virtue for the Sooners.
Bell has shown he can throw it well. Think back to the Notre Dame game, even though it seems like a million years ago. He just needs to get on the same page with receivers, get comfortable and get consistent.
That takes time.
Stoops will give it to him, just like he has with Sooner quarterbacks who've come before.
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