Video: ESPN's Trent Dilfer calls Oklahoma Sooners' offense 'joke,' 'spitball,' 'brutal,' etc.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE


The Oklahoma Sooners' offense ranked No. 12 in the country last year in total yards and No. 4 in Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted OFEI rating. They scored 38.2 points per game, won a share of the Big 12 (because that defense didn't do it), and reached the Cotton Bowl.

But ESPN's Trent Dilfer, on the occasion of quarterback Landry Jones being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round, evidently saw at least one or two things he didn't like about the seemingly effective Josh Heupel offensive attack, roughly. Maybe more than one or two:

Okay, he hated it.

(Note nobody tore apart Arkansas' offense, which was among the country's biggest mysteries last year.)

That receiving corps, in its defense, was a young one still in the process of replacing Ryan Broyles and others. The future looks brighter for those receivers, with annual spring star Trey Metoyer and deep threat Jalen Saunders leading a crew of former highly touted recruits. The Sooners have also been dealing with offensive line injury woes for a couple years now.

The play-calling should also completely change, so long as bruiser Blake Bell takes over at quarterback. Now there's a signal-caller that'll be hard to evaluate. In fact, Bell's role in the offense seems to be among Dilfer's biggest concerns, as it's argued his red-zone snaps interfered with Jones' "flow."

What do we think? Are Dilfer's criticisms justified here?

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