Sooners Should Stick with Blake Bell at Quarterback


Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) leaves the field after a play against the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Texas Longhorns beat the Oklahoma Sooners 36-20. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

When the Oklahoma Sooners ran into problems against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, a lot of fans began to make noise for a new Oklahoma Sooners quarterback to come in to replace Blake Bell in the game. These are the same fans who were making noise for Blake Bell to get the chance to replace Trevor Knight earlier in the season.

Landry Jones broke almost all of the school records as the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback, but many OU fans complained about him every week.

These are the fans that will never be happy with anything that is not perfect. The sad thing is – nothing in life is perfect.

So far this season, Blake Bell has a passing efficiency of 139.3. He has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 968 yards. He also has six touchdowns to his two interceptions. On the other hand, Trevor Knight has a passing efficiency of 95.8. He has completed only 44.9 percent of his passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns to three interceptions.

Trevor Knight did that against a weak West Virginia and Louisiana-Monroe. Blake Bell compiled his stats against Notre Dame, TCU, Texas and Tulsa. Fans who wanted Trevor Knight to replace Blake Bell as the starting Oklahoma Sooners quarterback either have a very short memory or just don’t know what they are talking about.

Of course, there are also some people who want Kendal Thompson to get a chance.

I argue that switching out quarterbacks constantly through the season is not a way to win games. It is a way to kill the confidence of every quarterback on your roster. If Thompson comes in – and struggles – and you go back to one of the quarterbacks you benched, will they have the confidence to play hard to win the close games?

You would expect they would. But you are also the one who said you have no faith in them to begin with. Fans who cheered for Blake Bell to win the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback job, and then wanted him benched after a loss, are called bandwagon fans. And bandwagon fans aren’t needed in a winning program.