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Losses Aren’t All on Defense, Says Drinkwitz

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Mizzou News for Wednesday, September 29

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First off, in case you didn’t yet check out Kortay’s press conference recap, be sure to do that. While I did not attend the presser, I did check out the video, and here’s some additional highlights that stuck out to me:

Regarding QB turned safety, Shawn Robinson:

“I’ve been blown away at what he’s been able to do and how quickly he’s been able to do it,” he said. “He’s playing a lot of football for us, a lot of different positions … and he’s still making a lot of plays. … I’m extremely proud of him and what he’s doing to help our football team.”

Regarding the ongoing defensive issues:

“After watching the tape there was a lot of things that needed to be corrected, but honestly, it really started mostly with me in making sure that as the head football coach, I’ve got everybody in sync and everybody in rhythm, that I’m doing a good job of making sure that the whole thing is functioning properly. There’s some mistakes that were made, some missed tackles, but I think the biggest thing was communication and making sure we were all on the same page of what we were supposed to execute on that play. That starts with me. My challenge to our staff is let’s make sure that all 11 guys are acting as one on defense and that we can play fast. We’re four weeks into a new defensive scheme and it’s going to get better. It’s going to get better, we’re going to get better, we’re all learning it, we’re all pushing this thing in the right direction so I’m not going to hit the panic button. Nobody’s going to hit the panic button. We’re going to get our players’ confidence back, we’re going to continue to work to improve our techniques and fundamentals and we’re going to move on to Tennessee.”

But is it just the defense that’s the blame. Not so fast, Drinkwitz says:

“I think the biggest thing on this football team that everybody’s got to understand is it’s not a defensive problem. It’s every phase of that game had multiple plays that could have won the game. We got a penalty on special teams on the last drive that gave them 15 yards. For no reason. After the fact, after the whistle’s blown penalty. That’s a discipline issue that comes back to the head football coach. Offensively, we had two turnovers. We kick a field goal in the red zone because we have a negative play on a first and ten call. Those are things that got to get corrected for everybody. So this is not a defensive problem. Look, everybody can point out issues. It’s how do we find the solutions and for me that’s my job is to find out how do I get this whole organization running in the right way?”

And finally, on Harrison Mevis’ performance, given that last year he didn’t have to kick in front of full opposing stadiums:

“It’s a gut kick for me because I’m so proud of him in that moment. And really the entire field goal unit and the sidelines, we were just like, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna get it down there and we’re gonna go kick this field goal’ and we did it. So it gives you a lot of confidence that he’s gonna do it and he hit the pretty big game-winner against Arkansas last year down so we have a lot of confidence in his leg and who he is. Just disappointed that I wasn’t able to put us in a better situation to finish it off.”

Speaking of the Thiccer Kicker, Max Baker, in a special to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote an absolutely fantastic piece on Mevis a few days ago that I’m just going to re-up here.

On to the Links!

I was really engrossed in the Mercury game (more on that at the bottom), so my own personal writing up top here was kept to a minimum and was mostly be cut & paste. And since the next game is on Thursday, umm… sorry, not that sorry. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Yesterday at Rock M


More Links:

Football

  • Well… that’s not very nice. There might be some truth to it, sure, but yeah… not cool.

Hoops

  • Happy First FULL Day of Practice, y’all! Enjoy this video!
  • One month away from game action! Women’s Hoops will kick off their season with an exhibition against Lindenwood University on October 28.

Other Mizzou Sports

  • It’s Meet Week for Mizzou Swim & Dive! The Show-Me Showdown will be October 1 at 1pm.

(I chose this because it hadn’t been shared and because the graphics were cooler than the Meet Week one)

  • Love that DRF took time to do this.

Mizzou in the Pros

  • The WNBA Playoffs are underway, and the semis are here! Game One of the best of five game series against the Las Vegas Aces tipped off… on ESPN 2 on Tuesday evening, since that dumb network decided a preview of a UFC fight instead of show the damn playoffs on the main ESPN network. Anyway! The Aces took Game One, 96-90, In Soph’s 16 minutes off the bench, she scored 5 points on 1-4 shooting (1-3 from three), with 2 blocks and a +4. Game Two is Thursday at 9pm.

Former Rock M writer/current Raiders reporter for The Athletic, Tashan Reed, was on hand to watch the Mizzou legend.

  • This is super cool of Sophie to get involved in this.
  • This is from the weekend, but this incident, involving J-O-R-D-A-N-C-L-A-R-K-S-O-N is hilarious. He was a really good sport about it, as was the reporter who later realized her gaffe.

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