Join Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter for his live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday

Join Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter for his live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Dave Matter in a live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    You can't worry about the crazies in a fan base. Missouri has to control the game from start to finish, don't expose any weaknesses, get out healthy and win comfortably. You can't coach for stats in a game like this - because stats against an FCS team don't really mean anything. If he's making coaching decisions to appease the fringe on Twitter then he should't be coaching.
    Drink better hope Horn is the real deal. His job probably depends on it. Not ready to give up on Cook, but Drink needs to get the QB position right, he hasn't yet!
    Why, yes. All coaches do. This one, too.
    From the 2020 class, Carlies, Mevis, Abrams-Draine, and maybe Luper look like legitimate SEC players. Cook and Rakestraw play, but not at a particularly high level, certainly would not be playing for many other SEC teams. Hester and Maclin are gone, and the others are persona non grata. I’m fully aware that, for all intents and purposes, he inherited this class, but. . .
    From the 2021 class, Daylan Carnell and Dominic Lovett seem like legitimate SEC players, and Tollison plays, perhaps with the potential to be SEC worthy. THAT’S IT!!!! Cooper (a transfer) plays but never touches the ball. Hibbler, Wilson, Walker, and Harris travel with the team and grace the field once and awhile. Travion Ford, the gem of the class, is ????? Kyran Montgomery and Zach Lovett, Taj Butts and Ryan Hoerstkamp, you tell me? Are Sistrunk and Gooch on the team? Wingo and Perkins are gone, and Macon will be soon. For as ballyhooed as this class was, it’s impact is minimal at best.
    For all the talk about Drink’s recruiting prowess, how has it improved the program? Isn’t it noteworthy that not a single Drink-recruiting player sniffs the field on the offensive line? A line that’s play would seem to suggest opportunities exist for a young player to break through!
    I will say that if he can continue to convince offensive players to come be part of a program that mostly sees the quarterback throw the ball behind the line of scrimmage, then he genuinely is a true first-class recruiter, because if I had a son who had any potential at any of the skill positions, you can bet I’d steer him toward a program that has some creativity and pushes the ball down the field. And he certainly can’t sell the potential to make an immediate impact, or otherwise some of these guys would be playing. (And don’t try to throw Burden into the equation; he’s an anomaly, an outlier).
    How can anyone believe that the program can have an upward trajectory with these circumstances? I’m not saying fire the guy. Just eat the money and be ready to start over in a couple of years (and try to get out of the SEC).
    Ky Montgomery is recovering from multiple knee surgeries, so I wouldn't put that one on the staff. Arden Walker and Dameon Wilson are in line to start next year. They could use more snaps this season. I'd say it's a little premature to write off a complete class of redshirt freshmen. That's why player development is so crucial. The staff needs to be turning those  young players into future starters. You can't just scrap 80% of a class and hope to address the holes in the portal.
    Do you and your colleagues ever get tired or Drink deflecting all of your questions in the post game conference? I’m tired of the “I’ll have to look at the tape” response. He is paid four million a year, he can a least give some sort of evaluation. It also gives off the impression that he has no idea what going on during the game. I’m surprised that you all often let him off the hook so easily.
    Every coach does it. It's the most popular cop-out in sports. Heck, I heard lots of NFL coaches do it over the weekend. I respect they don't want to throw a kid under the bus if in fact it was another player who made the mistake who ruined the play, but it would be nice if coaches could offer a little more honest analysis after a game. They have less trouble recalling plays when they work and the team wins the game.
    You mentioned earlier the lack of Drink recruits seeing the field this year so far even with two top 20 classes. I know it takes some time to develop players, but don’t you think more of his recruits should be playing if he is a good developmental coach? I would think if two players are close you’d play the one you recruited.
    Maybe, but sometimes it depends on the position. More often than not he defers to the more experienced guy. 
    It's why he started Shawn Robinson over Connor Bazelak in 2020.
    It's why he played a hurt Bazelak over younger backups last year. 
    He was reluctant to play anyone other than his veteran running backs in 2020 and 2021. 
    Your more experienced players are usually the guys who make fewer mental mistakes because they know the system better. So even if they're limited athletically, they can earn the benefit of the doubt because the coaches trust them to be in the right place at the right time. It's a blind spot that a lot of coaches have, not just Drinkwitz.
    Hopefully MU hit rock bottom against K-State, if not there are likely only a couple of wins left on the schedule.
    Cook didn't look good but Drink has to do more to help him be successful. The play calling was bad, no misdirection, no "eye candy", no imagination. Cook isn't the kind of QB to just drop back and throw, he needs innovating play calling, supposedly a Drink strength, to help him succeed.
    Thoughts?
    Drinkwitz's offense should fit Cook's strengths. Zone running plays for the tailback and/or the quarterback plus manageable horizontal throws to the perimeter to soften up the defense for the deeper vertical shots. That's his offense. It's not clicking into place yet,
    So this Saturday at Faurot Field, you got an 11am kickoff on what's forecast to be a hot day, playing against something called Abilene Christian, and a Mizzou fan base angry about the beat-down last week and angry at Drink for the "loser" comments. I'm setting the over/under at 39,000 for the estimated attendance this Saturday. What are you going with?
    I don't think Mizzou will ever announce a crowd under 40,000.
    Also, it's family weekend for the university. A lot of parents will attend the game because they bought tickets long before the K-State game.
    Dave, I started college with Woody Widenhofer and Bob Stull.....I love Coach Drink. Let him know I'll be there Saturday rooting on our big win!
    No TV this week? I know it’s not the game of the century. Why have an 11 am start time? Why not start at 1 pm?
    It's on SEC Network-Plus, the streaming station.
    Why did the Kansas State coach blow right by Drinkwitz after the game Saturday? I don't think he even shook his hand.
    Did you watch the game's final few plays? You call timeout to get a meaningless touchdown with one second left in a blowout in the rain - and possibly risk injuries - you're not going to get a hearty handshake after the game.
    Fair or not, this is almost all about the OL, isn’t it? No running lanes. Or did Cook and Abraham have mostly clean pockets? The rest, including asking too much of the defense, breaks down from there, although Cook’s overthrows and to a lesser extent Burden’s drops, aren’t great looks, either.
    That's what I wrote in my game story. Mizzou's problems in that game started on the line of scrimmage. They couldn't block and as a result they couldn't function offensively.
    Certainly fair to wonder about HCED’s reputation as a QB whisperer. He hasn’t helped any of the QBs elevate their games.
    I was never sure where that reputation came from. David Cutcliffe was an elite QB coach. Maybe the true whisperer. Bruce Arians. Lincoln Riley. Heck, Pinkel had a whole run of great QBs at Washington.
    There are a lot of fellow Mizzou fans wanting to see Sam Horn take the starting QB role, like, approximately yesterday. I certainly understand their frustration, and I look forward to seeing Horn getting in there someday. But I also clearly remember a highly-touted talent named Drew Lock who had a miserable true freshman season as the starting QB at Mizzou, being forced to play behind an abysmal Offensive Line combined with his inexperience in dealing with the trials and tribulations of SEC football (acknowledging the difference between Horn and Lock's situation, Lock had to unexpectedly be thrown into the fire due to the Maty Mauk issues at the time). Horn, in addition to the inexperience factor, would also have to play what possibly could be a season-long porous OL. I wish more MU fans would take these factors in consideration and not be so certain that Horn will be "the savior" right from the start!
    True, Lock got beaten to a pulp in 2015 when he wasn't ready to play and his O-line didn't do him any favors. 
    However, that experience made him far more prepared for the job in 2016. There can be value down the road in playing an untested quarterback. But coaches aren't making those decisions in September with next year in mind. They're trying to survive NOW.
    Good afternoon, Dave. Three quick things. One, I agree with your comment regarding HCED and PR or fan relation advice. Referring to fans as "losers" is putting gasoline on a smoldering fire and may not conclude with a happy ending and a Jeff Gordon headline about how we will remember the ED era of Mizzou football.

    Two, how does a head coach become better prepared for a game? What is he not doing that should be addressed and what is he doing that is relatively unimportant and a waste of prep time? He's making $4.0+ million a year. One would think he's prepared.

    Three, let's all take a deep, deep breath. Wrapping up a big portion of one's life and self-image around a college football team of 18-23 year old individuals who have in many instances been "pampered" throughout high school is not a good look.
    HCED can’t really coach with one eye on the transfer portal, but I can’t help but wonder: if Cook and Abraham can’t get the ball Burden, wouldn’t Burden and the rest of us be curious to find out I’d Horn or his buddy Macon can do so?
    You have to play the QB you believe gives you the best chance to win - not the QB who will appease the 18-year-old with four catches in two games. Any coach who makes those decisions won't be coaching for long.
    Regarding the Twitter attacks on Brady Cook that you mentioned earlier: 1. Thank you for telling me how to see such tweets so I can go on there and tell those losers what losers they are, maybe even report them if need be although one never knows if the Powers-That-Be at Twitter are in the mood to actually follow their own guidelines for punishing such dreck(I've come to the conclusion that they probably just flip a coin).
    2. At the same time, this is why I wish coaches could enforce a strict stay-off-of-Twitter policy to his players during the actual season. But I guess they can't for whatever reason(s). Some players do it on their own, which I always think is a wise move on their part.
    Calum McAndrew brought up a great point to Drinkwitz this week. How can you tell players to avoid social media when they're not locked into NIL deals that require them to sell their brand on social media? Some of these guys are profiting off their social media presence. They have to learn how to ignore the nonsense without just shutting out the world online.
    Coach Drink calls timeout to get a meaningless touchdown with one second left.
    Classless move? That ticked me off almost as much as the bad play
    Not a great look. You want to reward your players. I get that part. They drive down the field in the final minute and they're still doing their jobs regardless of the score. If you're the head coach, don't you do everything within your power to help them score? Or do you tell them, "You stunk in the first three quarters. Let's go home." It can be a tough spot.
    I know the optics are bad. But if you're a player out there getting pummeled in the rain and your head coach doesn't extend the game to let you score a touchdown, do you hold it against your coach? I don't know. I've never been in that spot.
    Hi Dave, looks like it’s going to be a long season for football. Keeping this in mind what is the Hope going forward for the basketball team? Thanks again for the chat!
    Interesting team, interesting year. Lots of new faces. They've got a silly easy schedule to start, then a brutal stretch in December.
    I read in some article after last Saturday's game that the KSU punt returner who had the TD grew up a Mizzou fan and that's the school he was hoping to play for someday. Mizzou never made him an offer. That would've been during the Odom regime, just to be clear. Apparently he plus some other kids from Missouri had the chip-on-the-shoulder advantage over Mizzou last week also.
    Yes, I posted a similar quote. You can't sign every kid who wants to play for you. If Odom was a better recruiter he might still be the head coach.
    OK, folks. We've gone overtime. Look for a new podcast later this afternoon. About to record Part 2 as quick as a hiccup.
    Thanks!
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