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September 25, 2012

Stoops can do what he wants to do, but he has to want to do it

NORMAN — Let’s talk alternate reality. Not one in which Landry Jones continues to get better following a sterling sophomore season that had people wondering if he might enter the draft two years ago.

That ship has sailed.

Perhaps he’ll rebound.

It’s a discussion for another day.

Let’s take a trip.

Imagine an Oklahoma football team that, upon struggling at UTEP, irrelevantly smashing Florida A&M and looking like a team playing on no sleep rather than coming off an off-week in a 24-19 loss to Kansas State, decided something had to be done. Because if nothing is done, it’s unclear how it will beat Texas Tech, Texas, Notre Dame, Iowa State, West Virginia or TCU (and home games against Baylor and Oklahoma State might be iffy, too).

Imagine the head coach decides, as he’s often said in the past, that every player is accountable, that even the quarterback must earn his starter’s status. Imagine that his best players will play the most.

Also, imagine the Sooners taking a page out of their recent past, trying to run opposing teams off the field, finding their rhythm by setting the pace, by no-huddling every moment but those they’re manipulating the clock, the way they did back when Kevin Wilson handled the offensive reins.

Imagine that.

Blake Bell could be the new quarterback, and talk about a shock to the system. He might excel and he might not, but he probably doesn’t make those impossible-to-understand mistakes because rare is the good quarterback who does, and we should assume Bell is good. He’s the backup at OU, after all.

It might light a fire under teammates, who would immediately understand nothing to be sacred and who should understand a new quarterback needs their help more than ever.

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