Greetings, chatters, from an undisclosed location between Fayetteville and Columbia. It's going to be an abbreviated chat today while I travel back from last night's game at Arkansas. Let's get right to the chat.
I don't think so. In situations like this, if the doctors/trainers clear him to play despite the labrum issue - and as long as Brady wanted to keep playing, which he clearly did - then he was good to go the rest of the year. He wasn't the most accurate throwing the ball deep, but I saw him uncork some pretty nice passes downfield. The deep shot to Lovett at Auburn. The deep shot to Lovett at Tennessee. He finished the season throwing more than 200 straight passes without an interception and was at his best late in the year. During the season, the staff was well aware that he was going to need surgery. Drinkwitz made subtle mentions of his shoulder issue during the year. He didn't practice during the bye week and was listed on the injury report as probable the week after Kansas State while they monitored the injury.
I'm not big on the what-if game. Why do we only count the close losses as possible wins and not the close wins as possible losses? They were fortunate to barely beat Vanderbilt and Arkansas - just like they were unfortunate to lose close games to Auburn, Georgia and Kentucky.
I thought the stakes were a lot bigger in the 1990 Colorado game and the 1997 Nebraska game, but the ways in which Mizzou lost all three were probably every bit as crushing for the team and the fans.
The staff clearly didn't believe Young was a core part of the offense. He spent the first month or so of the season nursing an injury and then once he was healthy he was just a bit player in the offense. During the year Drinkwitz essentially said his smaller frame limited his role in the offense. I interpreted that as meaning he wasn't able to pass protect like the other backs on the team. I wouldn't consider it a major loss. For whatever reason they just never felt compelled to give him a big workload other than last year's bowl game - when Badie was out - but when he still split the job with Dawson Downing.
I would rate the O-line ahead of the quarterback position for the greatest area of improvement - whether we're talking about in-house players needing to improve or going out and finding new blood.
Wake runs a lot of deep patterns with their RPO offense and it's common for corners to give some cushion on those routes to avoid getting beat deep, especially if they're in single man coverage without safety help over the top.
I don't have any dollar figures or anything like that, but it's fair to assume the NIL collective has played a role in keeping some of these veteran players on campus for at least another year. They also clearly believe in Baker as a coach and his system after the season he just put together in his first year as coordinator.
We'll know more once the hire is official, but I think Drinkwitz will still have a major say in the overall direction of the offense. We'll see how much authority he gives Moore.
I'm not sure Brady is interested in playing anything other than QB. He's been a QB since the first day he put on a helmet. (Though he was a pretty good high school punter, too.)
He's never done an interview since enrolling at Mizzou. Drinkwitz's rule is freshmen aren't allowed to talk to the media until they've played a game - and then it's still at Drinkwitz's discretion. Horn was requested for interviews after he played in the New Mexico State game but seemingly never given the green light. Hopefully that changes this spring.
I thought Arkansas' defense in the halfcourt deserves a lot of credit for making Mizzou uncomfortable on offense. The Tigers started stopped attacking the paint like they did in the first half and didn't play through contact with enough force. It seemed like they were waiting for whistles instead of attacking to force the issue. Rebounding is going to be an issue for this team against a bigger, more physical team like Arkansas. Mitchell was a problem last night when he was on the floor - especially when Kobe was in foul trouble. And he still grabbed only two rebounds.
You could have stopped at I don't like to speculate. I've asked. The team is keeping a tight lid on the situation. Hope to know more before Saturday's game. He's missed practice time. That's not really up for debate.