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Daily Bullets (Nov. 21): Knowles’ Changing the Conversation about OSU D, Mason Rudolph’s Classy Response



These roundtables are one of my favorite things to read – it’s like your sitting around the office on Friday afternoon with a few guys who are totally tuned in and super entertaining to listen to. 

Bullets Rundown

• Knowles to be praised for changing the conversation on OSU’s defense
• Rudolph with some class words
• No debate on what Gundy should do on Friday

OSU Bullets

• Something impressive about this football season has been the defense’s ability to do one thing well: being unexploitable.

This isn’t a vintage year of Big 12 Conference offense, but that doesn’t take away a stark reality.

“In this league, people take advantage of you if they can,” Knowles said. “They go for the throat.”

To take a job coaching defense in the Big 12 is to risk sanity. Knowles figured that when he took the OSU job before the 2018 season. Then the season started and he knew that. [TulsaWorld]

Somehow Knowles has shifted the conversation from OSU being picked apart left and right to OSU picking apart offenses left and right with pressure and turnovers. After years of bending-but-don’t break-too-much, it’s incredibly refreshing.

Mason Rudolph came out with a statement (after the conflict with Myles Garrett) that looks like something a leader of a football team would say.

“I should’ve done a better job handling that situation,” Rudolph said, according to ESPN. “I have no ill will towards Myles Garrett. Great respect for his ability as a player. And I know that if Myles could go back, he would handle the situation differently.

“As for my involvement last week, there’s no acceptable excuse. The bottom line is I should’ve done a better job keeping my composure in that situation and [not] fall short of what I believe it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the NFL.” [PFB]

He also went on to note that he was just trying to get Garrett off of him at the end of the day – a very valid point and something another player could of or would have hidden behind.

• There’s been some sort of public debate about whether Mike Gundy should or shouldn’t go to what could be his son Gunnar’s last football game in high school this Friday before departing for West Virginia.

Fly to Morgantown with the Cowboys on Friday as scheduled? Or delay his departure — and meet the team on the road with limited time to spare — so he can attend a high-stakes matchup on the gridiron for one of his sons?

…So, what path will Oklahoma State’s veteran head coach ultimately take? Though Gundy has missed football games involving his sons plenty of times before due to travel conflicts with the team, the Oklahoman reported on Monday that Gundy is still undecided about what he will do later this week. [GoPokes]

Is it a question if it’s the right thing to do to go watch your son play and catch a later flight? In what scenario does it not make sense to break protocol and stick around?

Sure, if your family’s livelihood depended on you not being there, but if you have a choice, you’ve gotta stay.

• The West Virginia quarterback made his debut over the last couple of weeks and looked really good

Touching story about the adopted father of a Penn State star defender

• The possibility of Gus Malzahn-to-Arkansas would be super interesting

• Goodness, Wilson road-graded and made this run so easy for Chuba.

• 20 All-Americans seems like an impressive number

Non-OSU Bullets

• How Norwegians deal with the long winters
• This was a great faith-based post on gratefulness
• Finished this non-fiction financial thriller yesterday about investments in Russia – really good

This parenting tweet cracked me up:

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