While Landry Jones has no skins on the wall and is in no way a better QB than Sam Bradford, his scrambling ability may serve him well behind a line that has not lived up to the preseason hype.
The Sooners coaching staff told the media that the line was progressing well and that they may be better than last year's. The reality was the line could not even figure out the snap count and could not hold a candle to last year's line.
The line will improve. It is pretty much the only option after a horrid first game, but it looks like it will takes months, not weeks, for them to find their stride. I think the line has the talent to become good, just do not hold your breath because chances are you will be blue long before they get it together.
So, with the realization that it will more than likely take the line a while to become a strength and not a liability, Landry Jones' skill set may be better behind a bad offensive line than Bradford's.
Bradford is the prototypical pocket passer; he is tall, strong and makes quick decisions. His legs are in no way a liability but they are not a strength either. It was obvious in the BYU game he looks to throw before the defender gets to him rather than side step and scramble to buy more time.
Landry Jones, on the other hand, was recruiting for his dual-threat ability. While he is no option QB, if you watched his high school tapes one thing is for sure, He made a living scrambling until his WR shake their defenders and streak downfield then he used his big arm to make the deep throw. Doing that in college, however, is much much tougher but it is what attracted OU to him in the first place.
That being said, when Bradford comes back he should definitely be the starter. He has proven he is an amazing talent and you would never put a QB as good as him on the bench. He has proven his ability and Landry Jones has shown us little more than a prepubescent mustache; however, the Sooners QB will definitely find himself scrambling a ton this year and there is little doubt that Jones is the better scrambler.
So in Bradford's absence due to injury, Jones may not be a bad option at all while the line tries to figure things out.
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