Speaking of Kendal Briles’ brother-in-law… Let’s start talking about Jeff Lebby for a moment. While, like Kendal, he was a rising star just a few months back, Lebby hasn’t exactly endeared himself to many as of late.
His play calling has been the subject of considerable criticism from Oklahoma fans and, in addition to that, Lebby has seemingly butted head with Oklahoma leadership and defied what seemed to be clearly set boundaries and instructions of his coach and athletic director.
It’s starting to feel like there’s a chance, thanks to a combination of dissatisfaction with his offense and the public ire and mess, we may see Lebby booted from Norman and for the Sooners to find a new offensive coordinator.
OU’s media corps has not been kind to Lebby as of late and it’s worth wondering if that’s at the guidance of some influences in the OU athletics department. After all, it’s not remotely uncommon for local media members to be friendly with leadership in an athletic department.
And if Oklahoma isn’t thrilled with the situation surrounding its offensive coordinator, then why should the Bulldogs take a gamble on him when they need stability?
Coaches to consider instead
If Lebby intrigues you, then maybe consider the following alternatives:
- GJ Kinne (he’s really, really good, folks)
- Rhett Lashlee
- Seth Littrell
I’m a big fan of Kinne, but I’m also really intrigued by the other names here. Lashlee is doing a phenomenal job at SMU and his offense puts opposing defenses on its heels in a hurry. And then on top of that, Lashlee’s defense is also respectable and makes significant adjustments!
Seth Littrell stayed at North Texas for too long. He’s a good coach, but he waited for a better job for a little too long. He eventually innovated and incorporated something of a veer-and-shoot offense towards the end of his time in Denton. He’s probably not the best candidate ever, but he’s got valuable head coaching experience.