September 25, 2006

Talk of potential ends as Texas approaches

Four games down, one devastating loss and plenty of question marks answered, yet many remain. The Oklahoma Sooners should be heading into the Red River Rivalry at 4-0, with a head full of steam.

But that isn't the scenario Oklahoma finds itself in as the countdown to Dallas begins. Defensive shifts, offensive accomplishments, hope and hurt highlight the non-conference portion of the Oklahoma schedule.

But a new day begins as Big 12 Conference play begins in two weeks. Editor Carey Murdock asks and answers five major questions surrounding the Oklahoma football program heading into their bye week.

What's with the defensive staff, the beginning of the season and the constant changes in the secondary?

It's very similar to what Oklahoma went through on offense last year. The good news is that this team isn't sitting around with a losing record thanks to a much more potent offense.

The bad news is that this never should have happened with so many returning players on the defensive side of the ball.

We were told all offseason that this defense had a chance to be great by every member of the Oklahoma coaching staff. I know Bob Stoops has blamed the media for the expectations of this defense, but that's not entirely accurate.

Yes, we put our faith in Stoops and Brent Venables to put together a great defense with players such as Rufus Alexander, Reggie Smith, C.J. Ah You and Larry Birdine.

You can't argue with this staff's track record, they should have been dominating.

But it hasn't happened because of everyone. To be honest, the safeties, and in particular, Keenan Clayton are a very small part of what has happened to the Oklahoma defense.

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