Missouri at crossroads with offensive coordinator vacancy


Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost resigned this morning following a tumultuous 5-7 season in the Tigers’ inaugural season in the SEC. Yost had been on Gary Pinkel’s staff for 17 years, including the last four as offensive coordinator.

Yost’s spread offense has put up some serious numbers over the last few years in the Big 12, but it really struggled to get going at all in the SEC, thanks to multiple injuries on the offensive line and at quarterback. The Tigers’ offense had their worst season in almost a decade, as they were at the bottom of nearly every offensive category.

Missouri is really at a crossroads with their vacant offensive coordinator position and the direction the offense will take moving forward.

Spread offenses – the ones where quarterbacks are required to run the football like Missouri’s– struggle in the SEC unless you have a quarterback named Tebow, Newton or Manziel. It’s not an indictment of Franklin’s inability to make a difference. That’s the reality of this league and the direction the top teams are taking. South Carolina runs a variation of the spread with Connor Shaw that has been successful during his tenure as a starter, when he’s stayed healthy.

If you look around the league right now at the teams having the most success – with Texas A&M being the one exception – it’s all trending toward traditional offenses that feature a down-hill power running game with strong defenses. Pro-style offenses like Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU are the way this conference is trending towards the future.

It will be interesting to see which way Gary Pinkel goes with the hire. Does he stay with the spread, or does he make different hire with an offensive coordinator who runs a pro-style offense?

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  • Seeing that Missouri was overmatched in nearly every SEC game up front, and knowing it may take a couple years to start really feeling the impact of the SEC within your own program as far as recruiting, it may be best to stick with the spread offense to give your team a little different edge. However, defenses like LSU, Florida, Bama, Georgia and others will shut this offense down. So, the question remains – do you want to experience more growing pains transforming spread offense players into pro-style players? Muschamp has been successful in just two years. Interesting hire indeed.

  • New to the site. Great article and perspective. Short and sweet. The only thing I would add is that the spread I saw was run by Chase Daniel who wasn’t know as a runner and who hardly ever ran by design. He just sat back behind a good line and always found someone wide open. That was what I remember the most. The patterns were such that there was always someone wide open and he was always on target. But none of that means anything if you can’t keep the monsters of the defensive line out of the backfield.

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