“I think you always go back and you’re critical of your calls, what you were doing, your plan, how you work it during the course of a week,” Heupel said. “Did you give your kids enough of these certain looks? Why did you see what you saw from the defense? What are they seeing from their perspective? Those are all things you look back on.”
Heupel looked back and saw an offense that didn’t execute well enough on first and second down and put itself in too many third and longs. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops saw a defense that got out of position in some critical third downs. But the critique is always analytical — not emotional.
Their reaction to whatever happens in a game — positive or negative — is always measured. The disapproval after a loss is habitual.
“That’s part of the job. You throw on third and short and you get a touchdown, you’re a genius. If you throw on third and short and you don’t get it and you incomplete it, you’re a knucklehead. If you run it and get stuffed, then it’s ‘you should’ve thrown it,’” Stoops said. “Everybody is right after the fact.”
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