Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops lets his emotions get out of control during games, according to one anonymous coach, and as a result his team suffers.
Sports Illustrated asked college football coaches to anonymously scout teams in their preseason top 25. One coach said Stoops makes bad play-calls for Oklahoma’s defense when his emotions take over.
“Mike Stoops gets waaaay too emotional as a play-caller,” the coach said. “His team gives up a big play, and you know he’s gonna come after you, and you can burn him again.”
The coach also said the Sooners “don’t have the same caliber of talent on the front seven” as they’ve had in recent seasons.
Oklahoma struggled defensively much of last season, allowing 36.7 points per game in its first seven games. However, the Sooners allowed just 19.7 points per game over their final six contests.
The anonymous coach did compliment the Sooners’ secondary. He singled out cornerback Jordan Thomas and safety Stephen Parker as their best players on that side of the ball.
New head coach Lincoln Riley received some high praise for how he calls his offense.
“I give Lincoln Riley credit,” the coach said. “Lincoln’s different from the other Mike Leach guys, because he’ll run the ball so much.”