Something has to be done. Bell threw six incompletions and was picked off twice in the final eight third-down passing attempts in the Texas games. Clearly, he didn’t look as poised in the pocket as he had in his first three starts.
“The first couple of starts, he was very calm, very confident, poised … decisive with the football,” Heupel said. “This last week, I didn’t like … what type of position he was in in the pocket. That led to him not being accurate with the football the way he is capable of. I felt like, as they game went on, he may (have) pressed a little bit. You can’t do that at that position.”
For Bell, the Texas game marked the first time in his three starts — or all season for OU — it had trailed. It was going to happen at some time, but the hope was the reaction would be better.
“Obviously, when things aren’t going right it’s never what you want as a player. There’s gonna be adversity and things aren’t gonna go your way all the time,” Bell said. “When things start going like that, you have to forget about it and go make the next play. I think that’s a big deal and, obviously, it still didn’t go our way Saturday, but we kept coming and kept coming. One of the things we need to do is fix that kind of stuff and move on.”
The Sooners have moved on from the Texas game, but they know some changes have to be made. They don’t believe there’s one major issue, but several small ones.
Bell has to play better. The receivers have to get open, make catches and get on the same page with the quarterback. The offensive line has to provide more time.
“I feel like we’re moving in a positive direction each day,” Bell said. “Today went well. Offensive line is doing a good job, and we’re just trying to get me and the receivers on the same page. We’re moving that way.”
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