Todd Monken: Here's the one thing you can't forget about scrimmages
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Sunday August 19, 2012
Posted by: Pete Roussel on August 19, 2012
Following Saturday's practice in Stillwater, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Todd Monken removed the emotions of the Cowboys' scrimmage to summarize the big picture.
The offense did a lot of the same things, but Monken indicated the mood following the scrimmage was different because of a few big-play missed opportunities. More importantly, the controlled scrimmage didn't allow the offense to benefit from sudden change opportunities that a defense typically creates during a real game.
Monken said, "If you don't get those big plays OR we don't benefit, too... We were just watching the Kansas State game (from last season). Two of our first four scores against Kansas State, we scored from the three-yard line and the five-yard line. You don't get that in a scrimmage; you don't get those momentum changers that you get in a game that your defense provides for you. That makes it hard."
For those offensive coordinators not feeling so great about the progress of their offense, Monken's message should make you feel a bit more relaxed.
And just like many offensive coordinators, the Oklahoma State staff is concerned about the lack of quality depth. Monken said, "We're awfully thin on offense. We're good enough with the guys we have right now, but we certainly don't need anybody else to not be with us."
Fortunately, the Cowboys open with Savannah State. After a trip to Arizona, the Cowboys return home to play UL-Lafayette.
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