October 31, 2012
2012 Tiger Mailbag: 39th 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 email@example.com. On to this week's inquiries:
cfudgeman asks: I see Tenn as the best case for another SEC win. Can we keep up with them scoring wise? Or will the defensive secondary have to really step it up and hold thier passing game in check?
GD: I agree that the Vols are Mizzou's best chance at another league win. But you ask the million dollar question. Tennessee put up 44 on UGA and 35 on South Carolina. They can score. Missouri really can't. Even last week, the offense put up 26 points (7 by the D) but seven of them came on a 25-yard drive. The Tigers haven't proven they can really score on any SEC defenses. Tennessee is the worst one. I can see Mizzou getting into the 20's, but not into the 30's honestly. So they're going to have to hold the Vols down from their average to win. Of course, the wild card is, will Derek Dooley's fate be sealed by then? And will his team have mailed it in?
ZouFan27 asks: With the decommitting of Jorgensen, who (if anyone) becomes the primary targets for the 2013 slot?
GD: The top targets are point guard Stevie Clark and juco big man Keanu Post. The Tigers would take either one and maybe both. There's also a juco kid named Jamal Jones down in Texas, but it's my opinion they'd take Post first. If they miss out on all three of those kids, I think it will be a wait and see who emerges in the spring.
mugamer asks: Perception. The ever changing aspect of a football fanbase. We have all seen the chants for new coaches, after some bad losses to top 10 teams, but what we will eventually be grading our coaches on, is the season at the end. At the end of the year, as a journalist, would you consider Mizzou's coaching staff as a success if they overcame all the injuries this year to make and win a bowl game?
If our Offense fails to average 20 points a game against D-1 Competition(we are at 19 right now by my calcuations), what is the status of our Offensive coaching staff at the beginning of 2013?
GD: Sorry, but I can't call 6-6 with a win in the Compass Weedeater Bowl (no that's not a real bowl) a success. It wouldn't be an unmitigated disaster, but it wouldn't be a success either. It would just kind of be. As far as the coaches, I won't make predictions about staff changes with four games left. But if the offense isn't any better than it's been through the first eight weeks, there will be major scrutiny and staff changes are a definite possibility.
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