Sooners working on defensive efficiency

April, 24, 2012
One of the trademarks of Mike Stoops’ return to the Oklahoma coaching staff has been his desire to be more efficient on defense. The Sooners defensive coordinator wants to be more proficient in the utilization of his players' talent as well as their play calling.

“The biggest adjustment has been getting the calls in quicker,” linebacker Corey Nelson said. “Last year, we had trouble getting the calls in quick against tempo.”

Anyone who has seen Jon Gruden’s quarterback camp with Baylor signal caller Robert Griffin III can relate to Nelson’s words. During the ESPN NFL Draft special, Griffin and Gruden pointed out multiple instances when Sooners defenders were caught out of position or looking at the sideline for a play during the Bears’ upset win over OU last season.

Stoops' goal is to eliminate those situations this fall.

“This year we’re more focused on getting the calls in,” Nelson said. “It’s helping tremendously, we’re able to play and not think as much.”



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