How hard was it to lose Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith early to the NFL?
GP: If we have a player who might go in the first round, especially in the top half, my philosophy is [as if he were] my son: He has to consider it. And that was great for our program. We've now had five first-round draft picks [over] the past three years.
SI: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM?
GP: [IT'S] PROBABLY THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAM I'VE HAD, EXCEPT FOR THE QUARTERBACK. IT GETS BACK TO HOW GOOD THE QUARTERBACK IS AND HOW WELL THE TRANSITION IS MADE.
Will you adjust the offense?
GP: We're going to run. It allows a young quarterback to mature a little easier. That being said, we run a spread offense, and we also like to throw it.
So what are your goals for this season?
GP: The same as every year: to win all of our games.
You took a group of players down to Joplin to help with the tornado cleanup. What was that experience like?
GP: One thing that is great about the state of Missouri, and about our country, is that when tragedy hits, it brings out the best in people. The devastation was staggering. [The trip] was just a small thing that we did to make a contribution. People's lives changed in 15 seconds, and we all wanted to do something to help.