Derek Dooley leaves Cowboys for Missouri


Derek Dooley said earlier this week he had not made up his mind about his future. His decision didn’t take long.

The Cowboys receivers coach, and former University of Tennessee head coach, accepted a job at the University of Missouri on Friday. He becomes the school’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, giving him more input into the offense than he had with the Cowboys.

“I’m excited for our football program,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said, via quotes distributed by the school. “Derek brings tremendous energy, knowledge and experience to our staff. He will do a great job of mentoring our student-athletes in all areas of their lives, and I know he will add great benefit and loyalty to our staff room with his experiences he’s gained over his career. His football knowledge and offensive beliefs are in line with what will make Mizzou very successful.”

Dooley, who spent five seasons with the Cowboys, becomes the latest assistant to leave Dallas.

Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and secondary coach Joe Baker did not have their contracts renewed, and the Cowboys are letting special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia leave for Oakland to rejoin Jon Gruden. Tight ends coach Steve Loney retired.

6 responses to “Derek Dooley leaves Cowboys for Missouri

  1. When Linehan does not let the w/r coach have any input on the playbook, it is time to go!!! Good for him! The wrong coaches are leaving, as it should be Garrett & Linehan!!! Gruden is, also, trying to scoop our r/b coach, and Rod Smith is not happy!! The dysfunction continues….doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result 😦

  2. As a Tennessee fan, trust me-Dooley is a dullard when it comes to football.

    The apple fell far, far from the tree on this occasion.

    No great loss for the Cowboys.

  3. Dez had the worst season of his career, Cole Beasley’s catches went way down, Terrence Williams was ok, Noah Brown did a little, Brice Butler contributed a little and Ryan Switzer was not much a factor and all the wide outs couldn’t create separation, all to say that Dooley did not do his job this year, which was to coach these guys up. Don’t think he will be missed much.

  4. Lots of changing on the offense side of the coaching staff. When numbers are down that happens. BUT unless you CAN or WILL make adjustments at halftime OR before the NEXT game then NOTHING is going to change! I get it, the passing game declined the qb’s play declined, BUT that WILL happen WHEN 95 percent of the offense is and comes down to ONE guy (Zeke).. Dakota had to learn on the fly how to play qb without Zeke and Smith protecting him. Those TWO are the key to the offense success.
    Think about this last year our offense was outstanding! The defense let us down. This year our defense was top 10 and our offense let us down (no zeke no smith). IMAGINE IF Next year Both CLICK at the same time! Scott & Jason HAVE to learn to make half time adjustments!!
    They will go back to simple ground and pound with zeke and this oline! Make No mistake, They need to get a legit swing tackle and more Dline/ LB help. They are still a Very young team the window is wide open, but these coaches HAVE to Coach better! I guess hence the changes???

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