Missouri head coach Barry Odom and offensive coordinator Derek Dooley met with the media on Friday. It basically served as Dooley’s introductory press conference.
Fun fact: in the history of football, no new offensive coordinator has ever said anything particularly interesting or revealing in his introductory press conference. Dooley didn’t break that streak. He appeared likable enough, but the proof will very, very much be in the pudding with this one. And the pudding’s a ways off.
Dooley missed the SEC
“Getting back into the crosshairs is a little bit more my personality,” Dooley said Friday, his first news conference as Missouri’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “It’s easy to stay removed from the firing line. You guys (the media) have the ammo and you’re firing away. That’s OK. That’s your job. But there’s a lot of personalities (in coaching) that don’t like that. And that’s OK. They’re great coaches. But I guess that’s not mine.
“I’m a glutton for punishment.”
“I had a good job, and I’m really thankful for Jason Garrett, who hired me, and the Jones family — they were phenomenal for me,” Dooley said in an introductory press conference Friday at the Missouri Athletics Training Complex. “But (Missouri) Coach (Barry Odom) talked about the chip on my shoulder and all that. I didn’t really want to be in this comfortable place. It was a good job; I was in a routine.
Multiple ... flexible ... BINGO!
Dooley was coy about his offensive plans with the Tigers but seems set on bringing that sort of offense to Missouri and building it around the Tigers’ personnel.
“We’ll have elements of the pro-style, and there’ll be elements of the uptempo and spread,” he said. ... “We’re going to be multiple enough and flexible enough to where we can handle every situation and do what we think is best to win.”
One guy. I just want one new coordinator to profess his devotion to being “singular and passive”. Anybody can be multiple and aggressive. https://t.co/AvIhVQvQyE— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) January 12, 2018
Finally the truth
I’ve long complained that the words “pro-style” don’t actually mean anything anymore (if they ever really meant something). A guy who spent the last five years coaching in the pros agrees.
“Pro-style basically means you run everything, I guess,” he said. “I don’t even know what pro-style means anymore. We incorporated tempo into a pro-style system. I think there will be elements of the pro-style and elements of the college tempo and spread it.”
Okay maybe I’m gonna like you after all. https://t.co/wDTdy48tto— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) January 12, 2018
I guess this is easy to say in hindsight
Odom: "Tempo's great unless you're going three and out in 17 seconds, then it's not a whole lot of fun when you're on the other headset."— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) January 12, 2018
A takeaway from Dooley's and Odom's comments: Mizzou won't play uptempo all the time. Offensive packages, looks will depend on situation.— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) January 12, 2018
There are basically two gears when it comes to tempo. The first is using it selectively, or after a big play to take advantage of certain matchups and make sure the defense can’t substitute. Just about everybody in college football does that at least a little at this point, even the two heavyweights in Monday’s national title game. The second gear is what Mizzou did these past two seasons. Safe to say, Mizzou in 2018 will be more first-gear than second.
We’ll see what Drew Lock can handle
Dooley says what Missouri runs will be "a little bit more oriented toward what (Drew Lock) will get in the NFL”— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) January 12, 2018
Says Lock will have “a little bit more on him mentally than what he’s used to."
Derek Dooley says Drew Lock will "probably have a little more on him mentally than what he’s used to. Hopefully that will translate to more consistency to help us win.”— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) January 12, 2018
Odom says you can't hire an OC for a QB who's going to be gone in 9 months but Lock is a special talent who cares deeply about the program— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 12, 2018
Kind of loving that some of the criticisms of the Heupel offense that were shooed away during his tenure (pace above all, QB not having to read much) are being trotted out in a press conference now that he's not the guy.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) January 12, 2018
- Selective tempo.
- More for Drew Lock to think through and more of the field to use.
- “Pro style” is a load of crap.
Now we wait for the pudding.
This weekend’s Mizzou schedule:
- Wrestling: EMU at Mizzou (Saturday, noon CT)
- Basketball: Mizzou at Arkansas (Saturday, 5 pm CT)
That’s about it. Slow weekend.