Ex-Rams coach Scott Linehan joins Missouri staff

Former NFL head coach Scott Linehan is joining the staff at Missouri as an offensive analyst.

“Scott Linehan is an exciting addition to our staff,” head caoch Eliah Drinkwitz said Thursday. “He’s a true veteran of the profession with experience at a variety of levels. We all look forward to working with him.”

Linehan, 57, has more than 30 years coaching experience in college and the NFL, beginning as wide receivers coach at Idaho in 1989, and his long career includes serving as the head coach of the then-St. Louis Rams from 2006-08. The Rams were 11-25 during his tenure.

In 2020, he was the passing game coordinator at LSU, following four seasons as the offensive coordinator and one as passing game coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys (2014-18). During his time in Dallas, the Cowboys won three NFC East titles.

Linehan becomes the third coach with NFL experience hired by Drinkwitz this offseason.

In January, the Tigers added Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator and Jethro Franklin as defensive line coach.

Wilks, with more than 25 years of experience in the college and pro ranks, was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018.

Franklin, a coach for 29 years, most recently worked with the defensive lines of the then-Oakland Raiders (2015-17) and Seattle Seahawks (2018-19).

Linehan’s son, Matt, also is on the staff as a graduate assistant. Like his father, Matt Linehan played quarterback at Idaho.

“I have great respect for Coach Drinkwitz and his vision for our program,” Scott Linehan said. “Mentoring collegiate players is an aspect of the profession I’ve always enjoyed and I’m thankful for this new role. Additionally, the opportunity to work with my son, Matt, as he begins his coaching career is truly special.”

The elder Linehan’s career also includes stops as offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.

The Tigers were 5-5 last season in the first season for Drinkwitz.