Strength of the Tigers

The Tigers have shown inconsistencies in their first four games of the season, but have overcome them to start out 4-0. Could this be seen as a positive for the Tigers in 2009? Go inside this FREE READ to see why Jason believes it is and why this team is better than last year's team.

Mizzou moved to 4-0 on the season with a road win against the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday night. Although it certainly wasn't pretty, the Tigers found a way to win in their final tune-up before the beginning of Big XII play.

Some Tiger fans may be worried about the inconsistency the team has shown in their four wins. It could be said that the Tigers haven't played a complete game since the opener against Illinois and that the only reason they are 4-0 is because they have played a cupcake schedule. I certainly believe that this inconsistency is a concern, but let's look at this from another angle.

Throughout the first 4 games of the season, every unit on the Missouri Tiger team has been key in at least one win. The passing game and run defense won it against Illinios. Bowling Green was defeated because the rushing attack stepped up. Furman was beaten by the big plays of the passing game. Missouri toppled Nevada because of a strong game from Blaine Gabbert and great containment of Nevada's passing game by the secondary.

Each unit on the team has been key in at least one win this season. I think the special thing about this team is that even though they may not play perfect in certain aspects of each individual game, they are talented enough across the board to not be too hurt when one part fails.

The rushing game has struggled in two or three of the games so far this season, but the defense and passing game has been right there to pick up the slack. I don't know if the 2008 Tigers played like that last year. In their loss against Oklahoma State last season, the Tigers only rushed for 64 yards. This put pressure on Chase Daniel and the passing attack to perform and they did not come through (3 turnovers).

Don't think I'm taking shots at Daniel, I still think he is the best QB in the history of this school, but I believe this year's team is much more well rounded and might have won that game last year.

Although the Tigers may be way more inconsistent this year than they ever were in the Chase Daniel era, the overall increased talent in most aspects of the team will give the Tigers a chance in every game. Given the fact that Mizzou lost so much talent between last season and this season, this may sound like a crazy argument to some of you. However, it is my belief that this year's team is more talented across the board than last year's.

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