Derek Dooley has a creative way to describe Missouri’s offense.
The former Tennessee coach is entering his first season as Tigers offensive coordinator. He won’t have a shortage of talent at his disposal, headlined by quarterback Drew Lock.
In a piece by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, Dooley revealed that he calls Missouri’s in-progress offensive scheme “Wikipedia.” Yes, the same Wikipedia that serves as a reference tool for amateur historians everywhere. And his explanation is awesome.
“I call it Wikipedia,” Dooley told Matter. “That’s what it is right now, our offense. Every day you can go on there and there’s a new sentence [and say], ‘Oh, I wonder who added that?’
“The idea is I don’t want to just cram some system down them. Everything they do is brand new. We want to build on some things they did well here. We want to add some things to help us have a little flexibility in how we attack defenses.”
That’s a smart approach from Dooley, who inherits an offense that in 2017 led the SEC in scoring (37.5 points per game), total offense (502.2 yards per game) and was second in passing (308.6 ypg).
Still, the Tigers must discover a way to make those numbers translate to more victories. Missouri finished 7-6 last season with a loss to Texas in the Texas Bowl. The Tigers are 11-14 in two seasons under coach Barry Odom, so Missouri needs to show progress this season.
Free advice to Dooley: Don’t upset Wikipedia editors. They are a passionate bunch.