Friday Face-off: Jones on the hot seat
Metaphorically speaking, if we’re talking hot seats, quarterback Landry Jones is sitting in a burning recliner.
Of course with the thin depth at the position and unfortunate situation the football program is in, it’s highly unlikely Coach Bob Stoops would bench Jones in favor of backup Drew Allen, because he wouldn’t be an upgrade.
If a replacement decision was going to be made, it would’ve been last week at Miami. It’s obvious that Sam Bradford was the only chance at staying in the national championship hunt and by not starting Bradford, beating Miami was probably not going to happen.
And it didn’t happen.
If it weren’t for the Tulsa blowout, where the running game was non-existent in scoring situations, Jones’ stat line would be average at best.
Moving on to other hot seats nominees; I don’t believe that the linebackers are on the hot seat, like the guy to my right says.
Sure, Ryan Reynolds has trouble covering nearly everyone, but the defense as a whole in stout. When a defense only gives up around eight points per game on average, it’s hard to negatively criticize any player or position on that side of the ball.
Anyone that even comes close to being in the hot seat with Jones is offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. Running draw plays on third-and-long would put anyone in that situation.
Look, all I’m saying is people are praising Jones on campus – wearing mustaches and creating slogans. That’s all good fun. But I’ve even heard students go as far as saying he’s just as good as Sam Bradford.
That’s not the case at all.
Bradford is a winner; he has lost five games in 28 played. He can lead receivers. Jones has lost two games in 4 played. And yes, that’s including BYU since OU didn’t fall behind until after Bradford left the game. Jones, on the other hand, throws behind receivers often.
It’s simple: Landry Jones is on the hot seat and he will continue to be until Blake Bell graduates – the future of the football program.