Eli Drinkwitz getting criticized on social media as Mizzou struggles vs. Florida
Eli Drinkwitz and the Missouri Tigers entered Saturday’s home finale against a reeling Florida team with a reasonable chance to pick up win No. 6 and clinch a bowl berth.
Instead, a Florida team that gave up 52 points to FCS Samford last week has held Mizzou to 9 points midway through the third quarter.
The problem? Mizzou QB Connor Bazelak clearly isn’t at full strength, and Drinkwitz’s play-calling has been suspect (and that’s being generous).
Tiger fans have been flocking to Twitter to criticize the second-year head coach during Saturday’s game:
— Steve (@StevenSeger) November 20, 2021
Can Drinkwitz coach effectively in the SEC?
— Brad Choat (@choatsnews) November 20, 2021
Mullen and Drinkwitz having the two worst defenses in the SEC but deciding to get in a defensive heavyweight slap box match with each other pic.twitter.com/nRRJTpd8BP
— Blue-Orange Gator (@Rr36467848) November 20, 2021
I’m about sone with Drinkwitz. You have to try somebody else at quarterback. Bazelak is scared and hurt. #mizzou
— Ernie W. Webb III (@Ernie_Webb_3) November 20, 2021
Does Bazelak have dirt on Drinkwitz or something?? He can’t throw, can’t move, and makes horrible decisions. Inexcusable to leave him in at this point.
— That One Guy (@whyamionhere420) November 20, 2021
Broadcasters now openly wondering if Eli Drinkwitz should go to Brady Cook. Fans have been booing.
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) November 20, 2021
It's honestly incomprehensible by Drinkwitz.
— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) November 20, 2021
Eli drinkwitz is not giving his team a chance to win
— daveshalley (@coachshalley) November 20, 2021
I hope Drinkwitz is okay with going down with Bazelak. Because he just might
— Larry Fisherman Stan Account (@Matt_Murphy5) November 20, 2021
The Drinkwitz hype seems to have cooled down a bit since the summer. #Mizzou
— Just Blew In From Stupid Town (@johnrabe) November 20, 2021
If Brady Cook or Tyler Macon go out there and aren't that good absolutely no one would be upset as Drink would be trying something new. In mean, I feel like at this point the worst case scenario is that one of them plays like Connor Bazelak… think about that.
— Show Me Football (@ShowMeFB) November 20, 2021
The zone read doesn’t accomplish anything when your QB isn’t a threat to run. Florida’s defense knows this, and spends zero time accounting for Bazelak in the running game. What are we doing here? pic.twitter.com/XjZ01gncfa
— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) November 20, 2021
Can the Tigers come back and win? Time is running out for Drinkwitz and the Missouri offense to turn things around.