Do you think it's because of lack of scheme? Or do you think we are just deathly afraid of turning the ball over? Because SS is turning it over anyways, so we might as well open it up and get some big plays while we are at it.
Gundy said a few things that clue us into the issues during the Our Time documentary.
In a coaches meeting, he kept telling them over and over again, "There's safety in simplicity." Early in one of the first games (maybe game 1?), they show the interaction between him and Dunn after a play went poorly, and Gundy got on to him saying "Run the ball, and throw it sideways!" to which Dunn replied, "Yes, sir."
Those two interactions gave us insight into how Gundy operates. He wants a safe, simple approach, and he dictates what our offense does. Dunn is also a yes man. How many times has he told people that we only run 4-5 plays at Oklahoma State, and have for years? He isn't joking.
At this point, I just think he's really stubborn, not super smart, and tried to cherry pick a few random philosophies from past OC's, and applied them in a piecemeal way without the personnel to even do what he's wanting to do. Ultimately, I think he really wants a balanced, but run-frist offense. Problem is, he seems to to believe that his philosophies are applicable to every opponent and are not related to our own personnel or game situation. There's no nuance, no gameflow, and absolutely no deviating from his beliefs.
He also refuses to do anything but run or horizontal pass to setup everything else, so you see the constant slamming into stacked boxes and WR screens early in the game. He thinks that every game can be won by "bringing the safeties down into the box, then throwing over the top" (as he says in Our Time). He literally thinks it's that simple. In fact, he will do it until the safeties come down into the box, so until they do, be prepared for lots of runs up the middle and sideways passes, because he thinks if you just do enough of them, eventually the safeties will come down and we can hit one over the top. Nevermind the 5 wasted possessions it took to make that happen. It actually could be that simple if we had tOSU or Bama's O-line, but we don't. So it isn't that simple. Holgorsen understood the personnel limitations, and leveraged scheme over talent to get the most out of the available personnel.
Daxx Garman, Mason Rudolph, or Spencer Sanders.... only difference is when our primary WR is absolutely elite, and can go get those lobs down the field, and everyone thinks we're suddenly good. Hint; we never were, especially not from a scheme perspective. Even with NFL talent at QB, WR, TE, OL, and RB, we still couldn't win our conference.
Not sure if you watched "Our Time", but I found it informative. I actually got bored with it after a while, because Gundy sounded like he was on autopilot or repeat for the entire thing. Every time he addressed the team, it was the same coachspeak "get after their ass" stuff, and it just looked flat, boring, and really stale. I saw no confidence in the faces of our players. Looked like they were sitting in a European History lecture, not about to run into BPS in front of 50k people.
Gundy has everything we need to make OSU a great program, but he is too stubborn to deviate from his approach. We are limited until/unless he does (like he was forced to do with Holgorsen). Couple that with low fan expectations and a forever contract? Hello Cheez-It and Independence Bowls ad infinitum.
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