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 may have covered this already Dave, but what is the upside of playing Cook at this point? Certainly with some daily game prep Abraham gives you a better chance of Mizzou getting to 6-6 this season if the goal is to maximize wins and get to a bowl game. If however, the goal is using this as a season to get some time in for young guys and get us to next year, then why not play Horn? We can go 4-8 with Horn or 4-8 (maybe 5-7) with Cook, but playing Horn would give him some experience. I fully understand worrying just about this season though and so why not play Abraham, at least the next couple of game and see how it goes? If you win, then the experiment worked and maybe you get to a bowl. If you lose one of them, then you still have time to switch to Horn. Doesn't that make more sense than continuing to play Cook? Your thoughts and thank you sir!
    It's one thing to say at 2-4 that fans would be fine at 4-8 if Horn plays and makes a lot of mistakes, but I've seen how this works. As soon as this team starts losing winnable games because the freshman QB is making costly mistakes, Horn will be getting the same treatment Cook is getting now - and Gabarri Johnson will be hailed the savior in 2023. You can't just sacrifice games so one out of 22 starters gets some game experience for next year. What message does that send to seniors like Isaiah McGuire and Darius Robinson and Martez Manuel who are playing their guts out to have a winning season? That's how you lose a locker room and lose a program. The coaches have to ride with the player they believe gives them the best chance to win games. Maybe they'll be wrong in that evaluation, but you can't make those decisions based on hope.
    Other than Kaleb Brown, who I don't expect to play very much, I have no clue who is going to get minutes for this MU basketball team. I think Mosley and Kobe are locks for tons of minutes and very likely season long starters, after that, I have no clue. You've got the 4 "Valley" guys, the 2 junior college guys, Shaw, DeGray and Honor. Do you have any expectations for minutes out of that group? Would any of those guys spending a lot of time on the floor or on the bench surprise you?
    I haven't seen a practice, so hard to say what rotations will look like. Mosley, Brown, Honor, East, Carter, Gholston, DeGray, Hodge and Gomillion will surely eat up a lot of minutes. Not sure how much they expect Diarra to contribute if he's not physically equipped to play inside at this level. I would think Shaw sees some time but probably limited minutes early as the team's only freshman.
    I'm not seeing any OL commitments for next year. Should this be a concern or is there still potential? I get that with the portal new players can be found, but I also remember how the QB portal went for Mizzou last year. MU won't get any further than the OL can take them.
    I think you forgot four-star Logan Reichert, who will be the highest-rated offensive lineman Missouri signs in eight years. They signed four O-linemen last year, three of whom are redshirting.
    Let’s say Mizzou finishes 3-9 with the last victory coming against NM State. Following that, several of Drink’s recruits hit the portal. Does DRF make a move at that point?
    She would have to consider it, in my opinion, mostly because of the player exodus.
    There’s have been some major strides this football season. From a glance it looks like most of the roster should return besides banister. Do you see a lot of potential for next year? What players are you expecting to see major jumps between this season and next?
    There are far more players moving on than just Banister. A few seniors could use their COVID year of eligibility, but several O-linemen are seniors, plus Tauskie Dove, several regulars across the D-line, Chad Bailey and Martez Manuel on defense. A handful of draft-eligible juniors could elect to enter the draft: Ty'Ron Hopper, JC Carlies, Kris Abrams-Draine.
    I'm not dodging your question, but in the age of the portal, there's always a chance for massive roster turnover. And it's really difficult to project what the depth will look like next year, especially given the uncertainty at quarterback. There are definitely some young talented players on this roster, but more than Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina? Doubtful. 
    How long does Blake stay as our coordinator? There has been so much improvement and if we lose him after this year or next I see the same pattern happening with our defense learning a new scheme and regressing without consistency.
    They better be prepared to give him a raise because I've got to think he'll have coordinator offers from programs willing to pay him much more than he's making now at places with more long-term security. Has he done enough to earn looks as a Group of Five head coach? Not sure about that.
    I agree about not throwing away the season. That is why I wrote the second part of my question earlier about playing Abraham. If the goal (and I think it should be) is to maximize wins this year and maybe get to a bowl, certainly JA gives you a better chance of finishing 6-6 than Cook. So whether you are worried about youth or experience and hopefully wins, Cook makes no sense. Play Abraham the next couple of weeks, if we win maybe we can max out and get to 6-6. If we lose, then play Horn at some point. My point was Cook does not make any sense if you have the vastly more experience Abraham that gives us a better shot at 6-6..
    What evidence is there that Abraham gives Missouri a better chance to win more games this year? Clearly not his performance at K-State. I just don't see it.
    Good thing the Blues start on Saturday.
    I was reading Derrick Goold's chat from Monday and it reminded me of SEC football. They were talking about the level of play at the different level of minors then on to major league.

    Yes, I'd like to see Horn get some snaps, if for no other reason for him to see how quick and physical SEC football is. I don't think many people realize, or give credit, to how much bigger, faster, and more physical 3 and 4 year players in the SEC are compared to someone who just left high school.
    Lovett commented earlier in the year how he wouldn't be that successful this year if he hadn't committed to the weight room. Burden is knocked off his routes much, much too easily and it won't change until his body matures. Just looking at QBs on the sidelines it's easy to see Cook is built stronger than Horn right now, and look at how Cook has taken some hits this year.
    Many players the Tigers go against each week will be playing in the NFL next year (probably could be this year) and for many freshmen they're not physically ready for that type of competition.
    Good afternoon Dave and hope all is well your way. Goodness, I had a bunch of questions lined up for you before I just logged in, and now I want to ask a bunch more just going by questions by the chatters/your responses in what I've seen just now skimming through today's chat just now! Ugh. I'll just have to try to break it up over this and next week I suppose. Actually, I do have to start with one based on what I saw you say that just now surprised me in today's chat: No Kobe Brown at all for your initial SEC preseason ballot--not even 2nd team, 3rd team, or Honorable Mention?
    The media ballot only has spots for first team, five players total. He's not one of the five best players in the SEC, in my opinion.
    I try not to be overly critical on Drink's play-calling mainly because I don't pretend to be an expert on these matters like so many "expert" fans seem to think they are. But last week at UF, seemed to me a pretty awful play call on that. 4th and short on their last offensive play. Just have no idea why he wouldn't have called a play for shorter pass to one of the RB's or TE's for the 3-4 yard gain that was all they needed.
  • I rewatched the play a few times. Lovett and Miller ran shorter routes but Lovett was covered pretty well. Cook had Dove against single coverage and he was open to the inside. Florida DB just hooked his arm and made it a tough catch. Could have been called for interference but probably not at that moment of the game.
    You do not have to respond but we have proof that Cook is not the answer. We are either trying to get to a bowl game OR we are trying to play for next year. Why not try JA, a bit of experience might make the difference. If it does not, no foul Cook isn't the answer either. Thanks for taking the time Dave.
    The problem is there are no great solutions right now - and ultimately that's on the staff for being in year three and facing this predicament.
    Am also what I'd like to think am among the more sensible fans who think rushing Horn into play if he's not ready--and this is something I do thoroughly trust Coach Drink about on a decision as crucial as this--would be a huge mistake for rational reasons that you've already mentioned. But Cook: 5INTs, 1 TD pass in the 4 games against Power 5 Teams. A pretty awful stat, I'm sure you'd agree. Worse than anything the much-maligned Bazelak did last year through any same number of games I would assume. How does this not drive Coach Drink nuts? How much more can he put up with this if Cook continues with these types of numbers? Again, I don't want to throw Horn into the fire if he's not ready, but since Drink obviously is not confident in the other two guys as well, what does he do?
    The numbers are bad. So are Burden's drops, the O-line penalties and the negative rushing plays. A lot to address and get fixed.
    OK, folks. I'm out of time. I'm putting together a midseason All-SEC team that will run online and in print tomorrow. A couple Tigers will make the cut. Talk to you next time.
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