At this point, from what I've gathered, MU could be in the market for two more defensive assistants. Gibbs was a candidate for the coordinator job. I was told he lobbied for it and was confident he could get it. He did not - so it should be clear to him there's a ceiling for him in this program.
Mizzou has been active in the transfer market. At this point, I'm not sure they need another linebacker, but two good ones are now in the portal. It's worth checking on. Drinkwitz has talked about wanting another O-lineman. A former Tennessee guard/tackle has entered the portal. If he fits a need, I'd expect Mizzou to explore.
After Mark and Dru Smith, you might get an occasional 3 from Pinson, Pickett or Brown, but in these last two games since the Mississippi State loss (and the long layoff) MU is clearly being more selective in terms of who is shooting 3s. Brown and Mitchell aren't firing up 3s at the rate they were before the loss. Pinson isn't either. Maybe that changes if MU falls behind in a game, but in these last couple games, nobody else has taken more than three 3s in a game.
Agreed. I wouldn't measure his ability to handle this job based on what happened during his one year in Arizona. Like you said, he didn't have an ideal QB situation with the Cardinals - and you can't win in the NFL without strong play at that position. In Wilks' on season as a head coach, the Cardinals were 20th in the NFL in total defense, 26th in scoring defense, 30th in rush defense but fourth in pass defense and ranked third overall in fewest passing touchdowns allowed. His 2017 Carolina defense was excellent: seventh in the league in total defense, third overall against the rush, third in rushing TDs allowed.
Better passing from the guards. And more than anything, he's finishign at the rim. He's dunking the ball with authority instead of tying to finesse his way to the basket. I know everyone wants to talk about his lack of fouls, but that trend started last year. He was averaging one fewer foul per game as a junior. That was progress from the year before. But now he's not turning it over, not getting called for illegal screens and he's dominating his 1-on-1 matchups while making great decisions against double teams.
In conference play, Missouri is 7 out of 14 in allowing opponents' offensive rebounds. So, I wouldn't say it's a huge weakness yet. It became costly against Tennessee and Mississippi State in the second half. Arkansas had a ton of offensive boards against Mizzou, but the Hogs also shot terribly in that game and had more chances.
He will have the opportunity to hire at least one defensive staffer, maybe two. He didn't coach in 2020, so it's not like he has a readymade staff of his "own guys."
He did not recruit well enough to keep his job. But Lovie was the head coach and set the tone and created the plan for Illinois' recruiting. Steve Wilks is not coming to be the head coach at Missouri.
The SEC has released conference schedules for both baseball and softball seasons but MU has not come out with its nonconference schedules yet. They usually don't update the roster until closer to the start of the season.
I'll leave the Tennessee investigations to the reporters who cover Tennessee.
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Yes, I'd expect Wilks to have a major say in the defensive line hiring. As I pointed out earlier, I would be surprised if Gibbs returns based on what I've been hearing.
I don't think Drinkwitz necessarily went into the offseason planning to blow up the defensive staff, but as I've said here in recent weeks I got a strong sense from him that he was OK with heading into a new direction. I don't think it's a coincidence that two of the three holdovers are the ones who won't be part of the staff going forward.
Today's chat is very consumed with the happenings at Tennessee. I have not heard if Mizzou is directly involved with any of the Vols now in the portal, but MU has been aggressive with transfers for players who match roster needs. I would expect MU to pursue any good players who match what the staff needs for the 2021 roster.
He will indeed be the defensive coordinator in 2021.
I don't know. Most of the Vols in the portal just did so yesterday.