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Daily Bullets (Dec. 30): Why Chuba Should Stay (Per Mike Gundy)



Grayson Boomer transferring to Tulsa makes perfect sense (and yet is a massive head-scratcher)

Bullets Rundown

• Gundy hiring takes
• Why Chuba should stay (per Mike G.)
• Knowles embracing change


• MBB: Pokes 82, SELU 31

OSU Bullets

• As coaching rumors swirl around the country, Mike Gundy’s methods are worth chewing on.

Both (Kasey) Dunn and offensive line coach Josh Henson wanted the job. Henson had been an offensive coordinator, calling plays for three seasons at Missouri, and Dunn sought the opportunity to call plays after coaching receivers in the Cowboy offense for the better part of a decade.

But Gundy did what he often does, hiring from outside the program.

Soon after, I wrote that Gundy had taken a risk, and it had nothing to do with Sean Gleeson’s youth or his lack of major-college coaching experience or his limited time as an offensive coordinator. It had everything to do with the message Gleeson’s hiring sent to Dunn and Henson. [NewsOK]

I can’t get over this paradox – Gundy values continuity within his system and only working with people so much that he refuses to promote offensive position coaches and only now only hires young guys that he (theoretically) could hold on to for longer… than a more experienced outside hire.

The logic here is just to keep the position coach, no?


Mike Gundy made an argument for Chuba Hubbard staying in his post-game Friday night, here it is.

We’ll be in a position to protect him a little bit next year. He won’t have to carry the ball 30 times a game. Will be around 20 times a game if that all works out for us because we’ve got some maturity behind him. [GoPokes]

If the first point is true, this is an incredible reload losing multi-year starters in Johnny Wilson and Marcus Keyes. The usage rate is verifiable – they did it for Justice Hill, albeit having another NFL back in the wings (LD Brown could be a CFL back?)

Jim Knowles changed 50 percent of the base scheme he brought from Duke since he arrived – one massive change sticks out.

His base defense in the first season used a four-man front, occasionally using a package with former Cowboy defensive end Jordan Brailford as a roaming linebacker.

Now, that package with a three-man line has become the foundational scheme. The players who backed up Brailford a year ago — Brock Martin and Mike Scott — rarely line up as traditional, hand-on-the-ground defensive ends. [NewsOK]

With my limited understanding, moving around that fourth lineman (all over the line) is such a fun innovation and has to be a curveball for quarterbacks.

• Fascinating take by Dez Bryant here – Baker Mayfield and his schtick charms when he’s exceeding expectations.

• This is why Bedlam off the field is miserable. Boomer Sooner played 70 times in Stillwater! Nobody intentionally plays a song 70 times in three hours.

Non-OSU Bullets

• Enjoy the rest of the story on “Rudy” (from the movie Rudy)
• While it doesn’t line up with my worldview, a good general narrative here on avoiding entitlement
• Finished the third book of the Chronicles of Narnia – these are so fun

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