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Crazy talk


Gazette staff May 8th, 2013

All things considered, 2012 was a pretty decent year for former University of Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones: He had the highest completion percentage (66.1 percent) and threw the fewest interceptions (11 – OK, still not great) of his career.

Credit: Brad Gregg

But don’t tell that to ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer, who had this to say moments after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Jones in the NFL Draft: “I went through all Landry Jones’ 2012 film and I just disregarded it. I do not hold him accountable for what happened last year. The offense is a joke. It’s spitball. The receivers are brutal. The playcalling is brutal. They take him out in the red zone, they never let him get into a flow.

“My final grade on Landry Jones is go back to 2011, he’s a high-ceiling guy. I like a lot about him. I hate what they did with him in 2012.”

All right, so it’s admirable that Dilfer is trying to defend Jones (we think?), but what in Bob Stoops’ visor is he talking about? Two of those “brutal” wide receiv- ers were selected in the draft.

And 2011? Jones threw five interceptions and zero touchdowns in the season’s final three games after Ryan Broyles — his security blanket — went down with an injury.

While there are valid criticisms to be made on the state of Sooner football, Dilfer’s was just ... weird.

 
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