That opening is aging like milk.
Look, I get it. Who wants to hear a loser like me pontificate about a football team?
Let’s get to pontificating.
The Oklahoma Sooners coaching staff has been preaching what since Brent Venables hiring? Toughness. Accountability. Leadership. Physicality.
I think we might need to consider that if you beg those things from those who don’t have it... these are the results you get. I know its a cop-out answer but it apprears to me that Oklahoma is likely running a defense and offense that maybe just isn’t in the cards for this roster.
That is not to shift blame from the coaching staff — actually quite the opposite. You have to know what you have. I think the Sooner fan base knows what they have. Brent is seeing and learning the lessons that maybe OU fans have known about this team from last year. They just are missing something.
Something lost long ago. Something that isn’t found underneath a stack of dusty cob web-covered papers. The roster likely needs to shift and change to represent what Venables is asking of it... but how long can Brent keep asking?
- Teddy Legman hopped on to talk with Eddie Radosivch and Todd Lisenbee about the loss. Teddy answers some tough-to-know-now. He starts with the positives, thats right Teddy found some.
- Hoover addresses how OU’s lack of physicallity is alarming, especially for considering how much it is asked for by this coaching staff. What did Brent have to say? What do we take from it?
- OU and Kansas will be playing in Norman and it will start at 11am. That might be more normal than not this year with where the team stands right now. So buy a new alarm clock.
Kick times and TV networks for the #Big12FB games on 10/13 + 10/15 ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/cCuqDV34Xm— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 3, 2022
- Eric Bailey and Eli Lederman of the Tulsa World tackle this impossible question. What can we take from this? What is real? What isn’t? How much of this actually changes the outlook of this team.
- Damond Harmon speaks out, and we obviously hope he is safe and makes a full recovery.
Looks like Oklahoma DB Damond Harmon is doing better. From his Instagram: #Sooners pic.twitter.com/okosQpiOEW— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) October 3, 2022
- Oklahoma falls out of the top 25, and this weekend will be the first time since 1998 that OU and Texas will play while both are unranked. Oklahoma’s tumble sets the Sooners up as an underdog, as well.
- I spoke about this on the postgame show I did for The Franchise. Here is my biggest “what in the holy hell are we talking about?” thing from Saturday. Look at these numbers. Seriously, look at them. Oklahoma’s offense has had stretches of great football but also THIS has shown up already before this game. However, with QB questions going forward and with the competition improving, I think this could be the part that nags the Sooners going forward.
Crazy offensive stat: The #Sooners had the ball for 16 possessions.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) October 1, 2022
Only four times did OU gain more than 20 yards in a series.
Oklahoma had 12 drives that resulted in only 20 yards or less.
- Oklahoma lost because of Oklahoma’s mental errors. Is that something we should expect Oklahoma to fix? I don’t know, but Eli Lederman does a great job covering those issues here.
- John Hoover’s postgame recaps are like a drug I need on wins but crave on losses. John will shoot you straight.
- Dillon Gabriel is in concussion protocol, but what all does that mean? Let Eli tell you what that entails and where to go with it from here.
- To add insult to injury
Texas opens as a 5-point favorite over the #Sooners, according to @betonline_ag— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) October 2, 2022
- Ugwoegbu on hit on Gabriel
Asked by @ByEliLederman, #OUs David Ugwoegbu says 'cheap shot' on Dillon Gabriel.— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) October 1, 2022
"He got him as he was clearly down & sliding as a quarterback. In this day & age, you understand how protected quarterbacks are. Taking that shot was a cheap shot in my eyes, but we’ll keep going."
- Change of subject for you? Oklahoma had some alums that really played well on Sunday. Check out this recap from NFL Sunday here.
- Who is Davis Beville? What happens if he has to start? God only knows. Well, actually, that first one we can answer, the second question is in the hands of the Gods.
- Joe Cook covers Texas and it will be intresting to see what the coverage looks like going down there. Here is the starting point — Texas doesn’t have the hat.
Anything else going on?
- Tony Dungee traveled to the place that few CURRENT NFL employees go. Speaking out against the league. No I don’t mean a former coach, I mean someone who works directly for the league to this day. Shout out to Tony.
- Ime Udoka situation is something I am not touching with a 10 foot pole. BUT. Marcus Smart I guess is in the same situation we are all in as far as knowing details.
- Clemson lost their OC and DC and are still 5-0. Dabo wears me thin, but at this point? I do have to tip my cap. The culture is speaking for itself. That was a long road to where it is now, maybe Oklahoma fans will take solice in knowing that this is the goal and the journey is long.
Talk to you knuckleheads Friday.