How exactly was I dismissive? If anything after just three games I wanted to see a wider body of work before making sweeping generalizations. Clearly whatever Franklin was teaching his linemen wasn't resonating. I don't deny that at all after five games. It's fair to second-guess the 3-3 alignment Wilks tried last week against Tennessee, though as I reported, it's been a common strategy for defenses against Josh Heupel's offense. In this case, it didn't work. But I give him credit for trying something different.
Mizzou's staff came into the season expecting growing pains on defense, especially with a new coordinator, a new scheme and two new positions coaches. Clearly, though, nobody expected the problem to be this bad. I don't know how they could have expected a historically bad defense to this degree. You can practice seven days a week and evaluate every snap on film and still not be able to accurately predict how exactly your team will perform in a game setting.
But whether or not Drinkwitz saw this coming, that's irrelevant at this point. He has to fix it. He has to put his coaches and players in position to fix it. Otherwise, this season is a complete lost cause before Halloween - and a lot of the offseason goodwill he's created will be irrelevant.