Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com, answered your questions during a live chat Friday. Here are some highlights, edited for clarity:
Where do you stand on the NFL vs. MLB debate for Kyler Murray’s future?
Matt Mosley: I think the NFL will never be full of Russell Wilsons. There’s a reason there haven’t been a ton of Fluties putting up big numbers in the NFL over the years. I think Wilson is built differently than Kyler Murray and would be able to withstand more punishment over the long haul. Kyler’s dad Kevin knows all too well how a career can basically end because of a bad injury. I just think Murray has a chance to have a longer and more profitable career playing baseball. And I think Scott Boras will continue to drive that point home to him.
Was Matt Rhule’s the best coaching job in the Big 12 this season?
Mosley: I think he’s right there at the top. Beating a dangerous OSU team when trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter was such a huge breakthrough for the program. That was a signature win, even though the Pokes are down this season. And then beating the Red Raiders in the finale meant a lot to the program. Getting back in a bowl game was a huge thing following a 1-11 season. So yes, I’d have a hard time not saying Rhule did one of the best jobs. But it’s hard not giving it to the guy who won another conference title and is going to the playoff. I have no problem with Lincoln Riley being considered the coach of the year. And Dana Holgorsen and Tom Herman both did nice jobs. Actually, Gary Patterson coaches his tail off to become bowl eligible after losing a ton of kids to injuries and such.
Thoughts on Matt Wells hire at Texas Tech? Not the big-name get many in Lubbock wanted, but seems solid.
Mosley: I think the guy is a great football coach. If you’re good enough at what you do and have a great staff, you can overcome the supposed problem of not having deep Texas roots. Matt Rhule has done a nice job at Baylor after not being steeped in Texas tradition. Wells knows what it’s like to recruit to a unique part of the country. I think he’ll know how to sell Lubbock. And he has a hot shot offensive coordinator that will make it a lot of fun for the players and fans. I think the most important factor is that Wells is a no-nonsense that will bring a ton of discipline. Kliff was beloved by his players, but I’m not sure the discipline was in place. The icing on the cake is that Wells married a friend of mine from Baylor. She’s an incredible girl, so he certainly has good judgment in that area.
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