January 16, 2013

2013 Tiger Mailbag: Third 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 powermizzou@gmail.com. On to this week's inquiries:

MoDude21 asks: I've read recently that Eddie Printz's father said that Coach Henson spoke with he and his son about the offensive changes he hoped to make and that they are excited about coming to Mizzou.  I realize this has to be taken with a grain of salt, but can you tell if there will be a marked shift in the offense under Coach Henson this coming year?  By "marked" I am asking if there will be more 2 back sets, etc. Or perhaps a better way to ask the question is can you tell us anything about the differences in philosophy between David Yost and Henson and how those differences may manifest themselves in the offense in 2013?

GD: I can't really offer you any specifics. I have heard from a few people that we should expect some different looks out of the Missouri offense. Exactly what that entails, I'm not yet sure. I know the spread will be the base offense, but there are a lot of different things you can do out of the spread. Henson was an offensive lineman and an offensive line coach. Those guys generally prefer more traditional, smashmouth, straight-ahead football. Of course, Dave Christensen was an offensive line coach and he's the one who installed the spread at Mizzou. I think you will see less of the five-wide empty backfield stuff. But other than that, I really won't know much on specifics until we get into spring ball and I've seen some of it for myself.

TGZ1008 asks: Do you think the 2014 football recruiting season starts slower than 2013 because of the unsuccessful 2012 season, or do you think it has little impact? 

GD: I wouldn't be at all surprised to see fewer spring and summer commits this year. A lot of people are talking about how it's going to take Missouri a while to compete in the SEC. A lot of people are talking about Pinkel's long-term future. Kids notice that stuff. Yeah, I think you could see a wait-and-see approach from more kids this year.

Ol Roscoe asks: I just looked at the visit date board, and came away with a question.  It appears we don't use the visit as a recruiting tool except in limited cases.  What I mean is we get commitments from almost everyone we visit, (it doesn't seem like we bring in very many undecided recruits and don't cast a very wide net) Is this by design to save money, or for some other reason.  Wouldn't it be better to bring in more undecided recruits earlier in the year to try to get in the game with some of these elite kids.  Is this the way everyone does it?

GD: I don't know if that's true. I'm not saying it isn't, but I'd have to go through and look at a bunch of different visit lists to see how many players schools bring in and how many they end up signing. I don't know if Missouri's rate is a lot different than most. I will say that Missouri has always chosen to host the majority of their visits after the season. I think that has a lot to do with the choice to sell the family atmosphere and the campus, etc, over selling the game day experience. Going to a game at Missouri (other than like the Georgia game this year) might not be quite the same experience as going to one at Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, etc. It's the way this staff has always done it. Whether it's right or wrong, I don't know. If a kid has serious interest in Missouri, he'll visit. If he wants to do it during the season, they'll bring him up during the season. But I think they prefer to bring kids in when the coaching staff and players might have more time to spend with them individually than they would on a game weekend. Does that mean some kids take their visits and commit before they can come to Missouri? Probably, but if it were a bunch or something the staff considered a hindrance, I assume they would change the approach.



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