Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler published an article today regarding Mike Gundy continuing to call the offensive plays this season. Of course calling the plays means Gundy would have to go sit on large equipment trunks and pay absolutely no attention to the defense. Sittler quotes a retired head football coach when he says,
"There are a lot of really good things that Mike's doing...But when you are trying to win the game on defense and he's over there on the sideline drawing up plays and talking to the offense, I think that loses a little luster as far as the cohesiveness of your team."
The obvious former head coach referenced would be none other than Pat Jones, as commentators on the Tulsa World's website have pointed out. However, both Sittler and Pat Jones vehemently denied Pat's involvement in the story. But I digress.
While I will admit it isn't very often a head coach stops paying attention to the on-the-field activity while the defense is on the field, the proof is in the pudding, as it were, and Oklahoma State was near the top of the NCAA in offensive production. Another point, as brought up by Sittler is keeping the offensive coordinator, Gunter Brewer well-fed and involved in the offense.
But my point is this. As a player, wouldn't you want to know the head coach is interested in how you're performing? This is an aspect I haven't thought of before: If Gundy knows of great defensive plays when they happen and acknowledges the player's effort, it isn't unreasonable to think this could provide more motivation for the defensive squad. As a coach I knew a long time ago said, "Offense is know-how, defense is want-to."