Missouri football made changes to its coaching staff over the weekend and the moves became official on Monday. Offensive line coach Josh Henson was promoted to offensive coordinator to take the place of David Yost, who resigned earlier this month. Wide receiver coach Andy Hill will now coach the quarterbacks and have an associate head coach title next to his name.
The Tigers made very safe changes to their coaching staff. They stayed with familiar faces to take over big roles in the program. When the offensive coordinator job opened up, there was rumors that the Tigers were going to take a hard look at former Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who left Knoxville when new Volunteers coach Butch Jones cleaned house. Chaney instead went to join Bret Bielema in Arkansas to be the offensive coordinator.
Henson got the nod to be offensive coordinator a few days after almost joining the Southern Miss staff, where he would’ve been reunited with head coach Todd Monken. Henson and Monken were Les Miles proteges at Oklahoma State and LSU. Henson decided to stay in Columbia and Pinkel gave him to opportunity to call plays.
Henson became the offensive line coach in 2009. He and Hill recruited offensive guard Evan Boehm, who started right away as a true freshman in 2012. When the Tigers finished 10-2 in the regular season in 2010, the offensive line was one of the teams strengths with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Henson’s offensive line could be blamed for the struggles in 2012, but injuries really played an impact on the chemistry of the unit. Every week there seemed to be a new group of starters and players were forced to shift to different positions along the line in the middle of games. Henson has a huge responsibility as the offensive play caller and his new schemes will be carefully followed in spring practice and before next season.
HIll is a veteran on the Tigers staff and started as the wide receiver coach in 1996. He is an important recruiter for both offensive and defensive players with his biggest catch being Dorial Green-Beckham. He also recruited Aldon Smith, who might break the NFL sack record in his second season in the NFL. Hill has had success developing wide receivers. Hill was around when Jeremy Maclin was at Mizzou. He also has turned two-star Rivals prospects out of high school into NFL players in Danario Alexander and Michael Egnew. Now, Hill will coach one of the most important positions for the Tigers and their is a bright future for Mizzou quarterbacks.
Pinkel and the Tigers made comfortable changes to the coaching staff. Henson and Hill should be able to adjust with players they know and bring creativity back to the offense.