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Aug042005

Another Stoops perspective

Talked to the always-interesting and informative HeismanPundit today about the Mike>Bob entry.

He had a more simple reaction to Mike Stoops' recent quotes-"its evidence he's in over his head".

Perhaps.

But as I argued, at least he recognizes as much!  Whether he's equipped to adapt a style of play that can compete with what he's up against in the Pac-10 is uncertain.  I think the mere fact he knows what's going on, that there isn't this huge blind spot when it comes to recognizing style of play that so many of you out there apparently have, gives CFR hope that he may in fact piece together a credible coaching career.

I'm hoping HP will provide some comment soon about other thoughts in our discussion related to coaching, he had an interesting perspective about coaching blind spots worth talking about.

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Reader Comments (6)

I guess Bob Stoops never saw a downfield passing game in his three years as Steve Spurriers DC.

You take one statement from Mike Stoops and extrapolate 5 or 6 paragraphs to support your PAC 10 bias.
August 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
Oh don't be so dramatic and over the top.

Mike Stoops has made similar statements before, it's not just a one time thing, otherwise I wouldn't have commented on it.

This is what kills me about doing commentary---if you so much as threaten the wrongly held notions of superiority of certain teams or conferences people charge you with bias.

The bias is actually held by those who blindly assert these notions without backing them up.

Look, Bob Stoops is a fine DC, but what I said about him is perfectly correct---he has mastered the Big 12, inside that little bubble, he can't be touched, for the most part. There aren't any offenses strong enough and balanced enough to get by against his defense consistently.

That's because the Big12 doesn't have any extraordinary offenses. Some are pretty good, and he can stop those or at least keep them in check. That's what a fine defensive coach does.

But when he heads outward, he starts to get in trouble. In fact he got slaughtered by the rare super offense. It proved his defense is incapable of defending those Big Six elite offenses I've talked about.

So while he has accomplished so much in his career, something we can't overlook, he's found a better opponent and everything about his behavior before and after that game tell us he simply doesn't get what happened and will continue going about things the way he always has.

Which means he's S T U C K. He has to pray to the CFB Gods from here on out for an opponent who is your typical quasi-elite, like themselves, if he is to win another title. Because there's just no getting around a USC, or a Cal or a Louisville, because they'll just keep doing what they're doing and he'll keep doing what he's doing and nothing will change.

August 6, 2005 | Registered CommenterCFR
Over the past four seasons, how did Oklahoma do against T.Tech's offense? How did California do against T.Tech's offense in the Holiday Bowl (played in San Diego, CA)? People always seem to think that the current innovation is the final, determinative innovation. It's not; the current offenses will be neutralized, just like the zone blitz, zip screen, wishbone, and every other innovation.
August 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterYoung Jeeves-y
Right now, they're not being neutralized.

Oklahoma figured out Texas Tech's offense (as have many Big Twelve teams). Thats part of what we've argued, familiarity. Big Twelve teams are familiar with each others schemes and styles and over time hierarchy returns.

When an odd team (such as Texas Tech) takes its show on the road, an opponent unfamiliar with its offense can get blitzed. That's what happened to Cal.

I don't disagree that defenses adjust, but the Big Six right now are kicking tail (as HP noted, 55-2 record last year and a championship).

I don't think Georgia is going to be able to adjust to Boise. We shall see now, won't we?

I don't think Bob Stoops is competent to adjust to USC or the other Big Six. So far I'm right.
August 8, 2005 | Registered CommenterCFR
Texas Tech seems to have a pretty dominant offense if only team in its own conference that can regularly stop it is Oklahoma. As stated above, Cal was the number two team in the Pac Ten; it almost won the conference outright. Yet Cal was pummled in the Holiday Bowl; just straight-up pummled. Plus, Cal didn't look too sharp against Southern Miss, only scoring 26 against a team that gave up 52 to Cincinatti. Granted, the Boise St.-Georgia game will be very interesting. I agree with you that Boise State should win; DJ Shockley has been wretched, and Boise State has some really good players. Still, were that game at the end of the schedule, Georgia would probably be victorious.
August 9, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterYoung Jeeves-y
Cal also gave up only 23 points to USC, versus the 55 given up by Oklahoma, so where does that leave us?
August 9, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTorBear

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