Landry Jones and the Bottleneck He Has Created at Oklahoma

Micah Hixon@micah212Correspondent IISeptember 28, 2012

Sep 22, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Landry Jones (12) has the ball knocked out of his hands by Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Justin Tuggle (2) and Jarrell Childs (26) recovered the fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Landry Jones is a fifth-year senior at the University of Oklahoma. He is a four-year starter at quarterback and will hold the majority of Oklahoma's passing records by the end of the season.

He should know better by now.

The same mistakes that plagued the redshirt freshman and prevented him from getting his first taste of Division 1 football way back in 2009 continue to plague veteran quarterback Landry Jones in 2012.

During the long offseason, I wondered if Landry Jones was capable of taking the Sooners to the promised land. I wondered if he had maxed out all of his potential back in 2010 when he led the Sooners to their first BCS bowl win in nearly a decade.

Despite all the talk of Jones' new and improved footwork acquired during the offseason, I remained skeptical. Despite the "experts" ready to once again name Jones a preseason Heisman favorite, I wasn't biting.

This is the same quarterback who has been overhyped every year yet underwhelmed in spectacular fashion every time. Landry Jones likely didn't do himself any favors with NFL scouts after spurning the draft and returning for a senior campaign with national championship dreams in mind.

Landry Jones isn't capable of leading a team to a national championship game, let alone winning one. 

Defenses have had Jones figured out for a long time, and there's no real surprise to it. According to Adam Davis, a Kansas State defensive end speaking to ESPN's Jake Trotter, the game plan was quite simple:

"Get to his blindside and he's going to get jittery," Davis said. "When we'd get upfield and start jabbing his feet real quick -- that let us know that he don't like nobody on his blindside, and we tried to attack it all night."

Bob Stoops hitched his wagon to Landry Jones four years ago and has been making excuses for him ever since. It's time Stoops gets real with himself and Sooner nation and sees things for what they really are.

At best the Sooners have a repeat of last year and finish a somewhat respectable 10-3 after a bowl win and look forward to a new signal-caller under center heading into 2013. At worst? The Sooners' struggles continue and they finish somewhere in the neighborhood of an embarrassing 6-7.

I'm not so delusional to think that Landry Jones is the only issue with this team, but I can tell you with full confidence now that he has definitely peaked out and is likely already regressing.

Bob Stoops is probably next in line for the blame game, but Coach Stoops has at least proven in the past that he knows how to win big games and a national championship. Landry Jones can take all his Sooner passing records with him to the NFL draft next year and pray some team is still willing to take a flyer on him.

The Blake Bell era can't come fast enough. At least Bell brings hope of greatness with him. We saw all Jones had to offer four years ago, and it is far from greatness.