July 17, 2008
2008 Tiger Mailbag: 25th Edition
Each Thursday, 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:
AWOLTiger asks: I know a lot of people think HCMA is on the chopping block -so to speak-, but like him or dislike him won't a coaching carousel be the worst thing possible right now for MU basketball? Would you think HCMA last a minimum of 3-4 years barring more off-the-court issues?
Off the top, barring more off-court incidents, I think Mike Anderson's job is in absolutely zero jeopardy this year. And I think most realistic people understand that. Now, if you're asking if he lasts a minimum of three or four years total, there's no doubt. If you're asking if he lasts three or four years from right now, I need to know how good Missouri is in those three to four years. I think we will have a very good indication of what kind of coach Mike Anderson will be by the end of the 2009-10 basketball season. At that point, it's fair to start making serious judgments. Until then, you can have an opinion, you can talk about it, but it's not really fair to assess his career at Missouri yet.
mizzoujaydoc asks: Is there anyone on the defensive line in particular that you think might have a breakout type year?
Brian Coulter. I'm so glad this didn't run until after we were able to speak with Coulter and get that story out there. Again, I'm not into overhyping kids--especially junior college kids--but I have heard more buzz about Coulter than perhaps any kid Missouri has signed in my five years doing this.
MHBob asks: Left tackle is considered the most important position in the offensive line. Why? Is it because most QBs are right handed and when they take the snap from under center fade back with their back to that side of the line so they might be blindsided by a rusher that beats the LT? If so how does it apply to the MU spread where the QB does not take a snap from under center and does not turn his back to either side of the line?
To the first part of your question, yes it is because that is the quarterback's blind side on most occasions. He can see a guy coming at him around right tackle, but not around left. And although Daniel can see what's happening on the snap, once he drops back, he turns his body so his back is to the left tackle. That is why your best lineman should be your left tackle (your smartest should be your center). I don't think there is much difference at all with Mizzou's offense versus any other. Show me a quarterback that puts up good numbers, I'll show you a quarterback whose left tackle gave him time to survey the field without worrying he was going to get his head taken off too often.
Olathetigger asks: You said in a recruiting article that Mizzou would save 1 of 2 RB schollies for Wingo, if need be. Stephan Taylor & Knile Davis have expressed interest in Mizzou. If they were to want to commit, & Ronnie was still wavering, could you see that changing Mizzou's stance, in your opinion?
No. Ronnie Wingo has a scholarship offer until he signs somewhere else. I can't see a thing that would change that.
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