Yes, we've all heard a MILLION times after these past two weeks. When we go back to class, or work, or wherever else people go these days, there's always that group of people there talking about how "Blaine Gabbert sucks man. I can't believe he's still starting when we have James Franklin! He overthrows everyone, he's scared, and he has no idea what he's doing out there." Man, these guys are dead on... Right? Wait, what about those games a few weeks ago? You remember, the A&M and OU games? Let's see if I can remember what was said when I went back onto campus after those games... "Man, Blaine Gabbert is AWESOME! After beating OU, I can't believe he's not on the Heisman watch list! He's gonna be awesome in the NFL, I hope (insert speaker's favorite NFL team here) drafts him!"
Missouri fans are great. We live life to the fullest. When things are going well, Faurot is BOOMING, and everyone is having a grand old time. Mizzou Arena can be one of the loudest venues in the country when the Tigers are in a groove. We know a good time when we see one. But... When things aren't going well, we start calling for heads to roll. Pinkel is usually the first victim, because he's an absolute IDIOT when a receiver drops a pass or a player gets tackled on the goal line... Then Blaine, then Yost, then whatever receiver drops that egg he was just thrown. Now, this complaining is a sign of something good, that Missouri fans EXPECT excellence. But the one thing we lack as a whole is CONSISTENCY. Fanbases that expect excellence expect their players to play excellent. Smart fanbases also know that their players are human and make mistakes. Our fanbase expects excellence, but any mistake is the end of our season. Let me ask you this after two disappointing losses. At the beginning of the season, if someone told you "Hey, after the Texas Tech game, you guys are gonna be 7-2, I GUARANTEE it." would you have been happy? I know most of us would have been.
So maybe all I'm saying is we take some time to stop and think, we have the opportunity to do something great. We are a program on the rise in both major sports, and we have a fanbase with an opportunity to show we are the best in sports. I'm not saying to quit screaming, yelling, being loud and intense... I'm just saying an educated fanbase is the best fanbase, and even though Blaine had a bad (terrible) game, he's still our QB, and the QB behind him still isn't ready. Let the coaches make the educated decisions, and let's suffer a losing season before we call for their heads.