It’s very important to understand ‘coachspeak’ when following college football. Coaches like to pump up their opponent, to go along with hyping of certain players, to talk about game plans publicly–only to think and do just the opposite most of the time.
One thing that coaches like to do to absolve themselves from blame is talk about ‘execution.’ When a coach puts together a game plan, he tells his team that if the game plan is executed, the team will win.
If the team loses, he can then blame the loss on lack of ‘execution.’
What is never admitted by the coach is that the game plan could very well be the problem. Sometimes, it could even go so far as be the fault of the scheme. But to admit that, a coach would have to admit that he has been selling a load of bull to his team. And that won’t happen.
The latest case of this is with Bob Stoops of Oklahoma. The last we saw the Sooners, his secondary was getting ripped to shreds in the Orange Bowl. This after a season of clear signs of vulnerability.
Now, is Oklahoma going to try to fix things by changing the way they scheme in the secondary? Oh no. They will shuffle some new players in. And work on technique. Click on this story to see what I mean.
Matt Leinart disassembled Oklahoma’s secondary with a record-breaking performance in the Orange Bowl. The Sooners plan to rebuild it with an infusion of talent and a renewed focus on proper technique…..
What isn’t changing is Oklahoma’s defensive philosophy.
“The bottom line is I felt what we were in proved in a lot of games to be very successful,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said “In some games, we gave up some big plays, not so much because of the scheme.”
Instead, Stoops blames a lack of technique
Sure, it wasn’t his fault, it wasn’t because of his scheme. Oh no. The players didn’t execute because they didn’t use proper technique!
Again, if Stoops thinks he can just reshuffle some players and babble some nonsense about technique, the Sooners may be headed for more than the three losses that I predicted last week.