NORMAN — For most of the returning players, that bar was set last season. They’ve had well over a year to settle in to what’s expected.
Perhaps, OU has lacked that kind of secondary chemistry needed due to the coaching changes.
They’re going through another this season. Wright is back coaching the cornerbacks, giving Stoops more time to preside over the entire defense.
Nonetheless, getting the entire secondary on the same page has been the focus since the 2012 season ended. Stoops hasn’t hid the fact the Sooners need to disguise coverages better and get a lot more complicated to keep quarterbacks guessing this season.
Good secondaries can do those things, but it requires a rapport with all involved.
“That’s what we use the offseason for, spring ball and summer and things like that. It’s to build that chemistry up,” Colvin said. “Anytime you have new guys out there, it is going to take some time to build that chemistry but as a secondary, we’re all close. We all hang out outside of football so we already have that chemistry. It’s just getting a feel for what player can do what. I feel like we did a great job of figuring that out this offseason.”
Figuring everything out takes time. Cagey veterans like Lynn and Colvin know it all too well.