September 5, 2012
2012 Tiger Mailbag: 31st Edition
Each Wednesday, PowerMizzou.com publisher Gabe DeArmond will answer questions from subscribers in our Tiger Mailbag. This feature will allow for longer, more in-depth answers than you may get on the message board on a daily basis. To have your question in next week's mailbag, send an email to Gabe at firstname.lastname@example.org. On to this week's inquiries:
ZouFan27 asks: Obviously the O-line needs to gel but did you notice any other areas that will need immediate improvement before Saturdays game against GA?
GD: The level of competition jumps up so much it's kind of hard to say. Missouri will have to play well across the board to win this weekend. Last weekend, they could have won simply by showing up. The offensive line and the pass defense, particularly against the deep ball, are two areas I'm going to be watching closely.
TnMizzou asks: You watched him all fall. Where would you rank Franklin's performance against SELU vs.what you saw in practice?
GD: He wasn't as good on Saturday as he was most of camp. I thought he was phenomenal most of August. Of course, nobody was chasing him and he couldn't be hit. I'd warn anybody from jumping to conclusions, though. After the first game last year, a whole lot of people thought Missouri was in trouble with Franklin at quarterback. After the second game, nobody thought that.
NewtFH asks: Has Pinkel ever made any comments regarding bulletin board material and it's impact on games? I personally like the confidence displayed by Sheldon's comments regarding Georgia, but I wondered how the coaches felt about it.
GD: He and the players were asked about it this week and all of them said coaches absolutely use bulletin board material to help give their team an edge. Does it have an impact once the game starts? Probably not. But I can guarantee you Sheldon's comments are going to be read at Georgia's team meeting Friday night, if not before.
T3T asks: What three things must happen on Saturday night if Missouri expects to emerge with a W?
GD: We'll do our keys to the game Saturday morning and I don't want to give it all away. But I think Franklin has to be a dual threat, the offensive line has to play better and Missouri has to avoid giving up big plays. That's a start.
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