Big 12 Teleconference: Bob Stoops Transcribed

Head coach Bob Stoops got on the conference call Monday morning, and Sooners Illustrated brings you all the discussion right here.

Q-Bob, you have to face a lot of really good quarterbacks in this league. Are there any particular challenges you face with Robert Griffin III this Saturday?

A-Oh sure. It's just obviously, you know, his ability to run and scramble and make things happen. Once he gets an edge or gets open field, he's got that great speed, but also he's thrown the ball really well. So, he's doing a lot of things well, so he presents a lot of challenges.

Q-They love to throw it downfield. He throws a really good deep ball. What kind of particular pressures does that put on your defense to have to run with those guys 30 and 40 yards downfield?

A-Just that. You know, you've got to be able to cover downfield, so to be honest that's not uncommon. So does A&M and a whole bunch of other guys have some good receivers to throw it downfield, too. So, it's challenging. You just got to be good in your coverage deep.

Q-Coach, you kind of referred to Baylor's receivers. What have you seen from Kendall Wright over the years? He's one of the top receivers in the Big 12.

A-He's a great player. You remember back, heck, when we recruited him hard, so we have always thought he's a great player, big play guy, can do a lot of things.

Q-How are y'all going to have to adjust without Ryan Broyles?

A-Well, it'll be a big adjustment. You know, for a guy that maybe isn't the biggest guy and physical stature, he had an amazing presence on the field with all he did when you look at his all-purpose yards, he's leading the league in punt returns, leading the league in yards and those kinds of things, so it's tough. Other guys will just have to step up and really the whole team as a unit needs to play better to replace him. You can't--just one guy getting in there isn't going to be able to do it. Everybody's gonna have to have a part of it.

Q-Bob, last year whenever you had that punt against Missouri, you said it was a long year and talked about scores [and keeping it close for BCS points]. How much do you consider the opposite end of that spectrum and beating team badly, which is called style points? How much do you take into account beating teams badly maybe to impress voters if you need it?

A-I don't know. In some instances, there's a certain point it doesn't matter. You know, depending on where the game's at or how it's played, I guess as a voter it's considered to a point. I don't know how to answer you.

Q-Getting back to Ryan Broyles, we were talking about this yesterday. There have been a lot of impact offensive players in this league hurt this year. I guess it kind of goes without saying that you better have some depth. As sad as it is for a guy like Broyles, it opens the door for somebody else, does it not?

A-Sure, other guys, as I said, are gonna have to step up and play in his position and hopefully be productive. And, you know, so you hate it that it's happened to him, but sure we've got three more games and one this week, so like I said earlier, the whole team, I think, in different ways has to step up and play better.

Q-Before we went to the round robin schedules, by this time of the year you'd be looking at the South Division, trying to get to the championship game. But in a sense, is it much different the way you guys are approaching it? Now you've got three games left and if you take care of business, you've taken care of your business basically?

A-Yeah, it does seem a little bit similar right now in how it's going. I'll be honest, my whole thoughts are solely on going to Baylor but, you know, that's one of the steps in the process. And so we just have to keep working through it.

Q-Is there anything you have to tell your kids or have most of them been through it a little bit, and they know how to take it week by week? You don't feel like you have to go tell them, ‘Don't look ahead,' right?

A- Well, I'm going to reference it a little bit because I know so many guys will this week. You know, so at the end--and I have other years. You get to this point and everybody wants to project the end, and you can't. We talk about it every year on stay in the moment and really handle what we're able to handle and that's being [as] prepared as we can to play and go down to Baylor.

Q-Kind of following it up on that last question, I know it is what it is, but as a coach, does it sometimes just kind of frustrate you, like you said, the fact that everybody wants to say, ‘Oh well if this happens, we're going to have this championship, etc. etc.' The patience of everybody just doesn't seem to be there, right?

A-No, but that's okay. I'm not complaining. I mean, that's what media, that's what fans do. That's what TV does, and that's what makes our game so marketable. So, that's all right. But have to play, you know, so it's our job to stay grounded and in the moment and to be as prepared and play as well as we can.

Q-Is that one of the challenges of coaching these days?

A-Oh, sure. Yeah, there's so much media and so much more, whether friends are hitting them. Sure, it is a challenge.

Q-A little bit about Landry Jones and just the leadership he's given you?

A-He's been very special, just continues to perform and play great, you know, provides a lot of great leadership on the practice field, in the locker room and the just toughness and great play on the field, too. So, he's been all around a great leader.

Q-A little bit about Landry Jones and just the leadership he's given you?

A-He's been very special, just continues to perform and play great, you know, provides a lot of great leadership on the practice field, in the locker room and the just toughness and great play on the field, too. So, he's been all around a great leader.

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