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May 7, 2013

Stoops responds to offensive criticisms

TULSA — Oklahoma had six players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, after quarterback Landry Jones slipped to fourth round and safety Tony Jefferson wasn’t selected, the Sooner coaching staff seemed to be in the cross hairs.

OU coach Bob Stoops took exception to that Monday night at Oklahoma Caravan stop at the OU-Tulsa campus.

“I don’t have much of an opinion on their opinion,” he said when asked the criticism.

ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer lit into OU’s offense after Jones was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 115th overall pick last Saturday.

“I went through all Landry Jones’ 2012 film and I just disregarded it. I do not hold him accountable for what happened last year,” Dilfer said. “The offense is a joke; it’s spitball. The receivers are brutal. The playcalling is brutal. They take him out in the red zone; they never let him get into a flow. My final grade on Landry Jones is go back to 2011, he’s a high-ceiling guy. I like a lot about him. I hate what they did with him in 2012 … The whole offense is built around getting flashy numbers and not scoring points.”

OU averaged 39.54 points a game (10th in the country) last season. Also, OU started using backup quarterback Blake Bell in short-yardage situations midway through the 2011 season.

“Admittedly, he didn’t watch him as a senior. Well, how many general managers don’t watch a quarterback as a senior? That doesn’t make much sense,” Stoops said. “In the end, the quality of our receivers was drastically improved from the year before. In fact, we had one of the better groups in the country from the year before. The offense was much different than it was in the year before. So, you guys are all more than capable of formulating your opinions, and agreeing or not agreeing with his comments on our offense.”

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