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2009 Jun 04

Pinkel Factor: Whaddya Mean, Fifth?


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Poor Zou-Zou. Phil Steele laid out his predictions for the Big 12 North not long ago, and the Tigers were stuck in that fifth slot.

Since Steele is seen as some kind of oracle in college football, the KC Star naturally chatted with the Missouri’s braintrust – Pinkel Factor, and his two new coordinators – about it.

They play at brushing it off, but you can tell they’re not pleased.

“There are people out there that still, apparently, they kind of view us as a program where consistency of winning at a high level is a question mark,” Pinkel said. “Obviously, there’s a lack of respect.”

Well, uh, yeah. Melting down in two consecutive Big 12 title games – not to mention a game at Texas – with your most talented team in history tends to raise an eyebrow or two. Especially when Mizzou has to replace a varyag of talent on offense and some of the best players – Ziggy Hood, Stryker Sulak and William Moore – on defense.

It might help, too, if the Tigers scheduled someone, anyone in the non-conference slate other than Illinois. So Mizzou goes out and gets...wait for it...Indiana.

Now that is how you get respect. You take your two best seasons in the last 30 and all the TV exposure that goes along with it, you march confidently out into the scheduling world, and sign a Big Ten team that hasn't won a bowl game in 17 years and just two in the last 30 years.

Zou Zou, we know Northwestern gave you all kinds of fits in the Alamo Bowl, but it doesn't mean you have to schedule the only Big Ten team that's consistently worse than Northwestern. Other than Illinois, we mean.

At any rate, a revealing article, because the two coordinators, Yost and Steckel, talk at length about the team’s overall strategy in 2009. You’ll notice it fits much of what we talked about in our 2009 spring opponent report on the Tigers.

Missouri will run the ball more. Maybe a lot more, with new quarterback Blaine Gabbert calling the plays. Not that Gabbert isn’t immensely gifted, but he is not going to go a whole week in practice without an incomplete pass, as Chase Daniel often claimed he did. Daniel was indeed an accurate passer, and built perfectly for the offense, which was, after all, built for him.

On defense, the Tigers will gamble and blitz more. They’ll need to, frankly, because the front four just won’t be able to generate as strong of a pass rush as it did in 2008. That’ll put the Tigers’ young secondary on a major island at times, and we’ll see how well they survive.

What do you think of Pinkel and his crew and team? Let us know in the comments section.

Tags: pinkel factor, missouri, blaine gabbert

Comments (9)

Profile image for pauli

No matter how good a season Mizzou thinks they are going to have or actually do have, they always find a way to blow it or as I like to call it, they get "pinkelized" by there leader.

– Jun 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

Profile image for Cap16

1. NU Ofcourse the top 2 could be reversed, i just think
2. KU NU will win the North.
4. CU
5. ISU
6. KST

– Jun 4, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Profile image for johnnymac71

I definitely think Mizzou is due for a bit of a downturn, but I think 5th is a little low. I mean, come on, they HAVE to be better than K-State (Prince left a mess, and Snyder can't seem to say it enough times to everybody), and ISU (Chizik also left a mess...and they may be less talented than the Mildcats). The Buffs still have a lot to prove, and without improved QB play, they won't sniff even half of the 10 wins Coach Dan proclaimed they will achieve this year. I see the North as NU, KU, Mizzou, CU, ISU, and KSU.

– Jun 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Profile image for genotee

I don't think they should be making a big deal out of the pre-
season junk. I respect Steele but I don't think you can start
dropping teams in the mud for losing some players. they just
might have a few diamonds in the rough ready to go. Also you
can't put down the kid Gabbert yet. Remember we recruited
him also so he must have some talent. I think coaches should
ignore the media hype to some extent and not let it get to them
and just go on with the buisness of coaching and winning.

– Jun 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Profile image for MrGoodLifeLocker Pass member

I would tend to agree with Lakewood on matters of gridiron play, but if Missouri wants the kind of respect afforded the best teams in the country, it must venture to play those teams every once in awhile outside of the conference. Indiana simply won't do.

– Jun 4, 2009 at 11:37 am

Profile image for bigredhoophead

Man, I got clue like I got game. And I got game. I think.

– Jun 4, 2009 at 11:35 am

Profile image for LakewoodHusker

Since the "proof is in the pudding", why on earth are you asking opinions from fans who don't have a clue. Just wait for the season to unfold; speculation is a waste of energy!

– Jun 4, 2009 at 11:13 am

Profile image for bigredhoophead

Pinkel's a sucka. Acts like one, coaches like one.

The Tigers basketball team, tho...that's some pretty straight cats there. Them I can root for.

– Jun 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

Profile image for huskermaniac28Locker Pass member

haha i think pinkel is an alright coach, but this coming season will ultimately show whether hes truly one of the elite head coaches or if he just got a lucky dose of talent the past couple seasons

– Jun 4, 2009 at 10:19 am

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