- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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After spending 12 years as an assistant at Missouri, offensive coordinator/assistant head coach David Yost decided to resign Monday.
Yost, who had been Mizzou's offensive coordinator since 2009, stepped down after the Tigers had their worst offensive year since 2004. This was the first season since 2004 that Missouri didn't average more than 400 yards of offense each game. The Tigers went 5-7 in their first season in the SEC, and a struggling offense was one of the main culprits for such a disappointing start to Missouri's SEC career.
The Tigers were banged up on offense from the beginning with quarterback James Franklin needing surgery for his shoulder injury this past spring and every preseason starter on the offensive line suffered some sort of injury this season.
The black-and-blue Tigers ranked 11th in the SEC in total offense, averaging just 356.4 yards per game -- over 100 yards fewer than in 2011. In SEC play, the Tigers averaged just 334.6 yards. This is after the Tigers owned one of the nation's most balanced offenses in the Big 12 and was one of just two teams nationally to average at least 230 yards rushing and passing on the year.
It had to be a very long season for Yost. He'd enjoyed coaching some very explosive Missouri offenses in the past, but just couldn't get this group together after injuries took over. The creativity that helped the Tigers so much in the Big 12 just wasn't there this season. Injuries were a big part of that, but there was no real evolution when players went down. And facing SEC defenses certainly didn't help boost any sort of growth. Missouri tried simplifying things toward the end, but it appeared that the offense just ran out of gas in the second half of the season.
Sitting down with Yost, you can just tell how smart he is when it comes to the game. He doesn't make his schemes too complex for players and he plays to his strengths, but the Tigers just had too many weaknesses in 2011.
You wonder what Yost could have done with a healthier team because the talent was there to make things interesting for SEC defenses.
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