ALAMEDA, Calif. – Bill Musgrave has been named offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, the club announced Tuesday. Musgrave will be entering his 17th season as an NFL coach, and his second stint with the Raiders. Musgrave and Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio will also be working together for the second time in their NFL careers, as Musgrave served on Del Rio's staff from 2003-04.
Beginning his fifth assignment as an NFL offensive coordinator, Musgrave has served in that role with the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings.
Musgrave joins the Raiders after spending the 2014 campaign as the quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. After losing starting quarterback Nick Foles to injury midway through the season, Musgrave integrated Mark Sanchez into the starting role, and Sanchez threw for 2,418 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games as the starter.
Before joining the Eagles, Musgrave spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings, overseeing the best rushing attack in the league over that span. During his three seasons at the helm, Minnesota led the league in rushing, posting 146.5 yards per game, and running back Adrian Peterson paced the NFL with 4,333 rushing yards. Peterson had a historic 2012 season, leading to being named the NFL's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. For the year, he posted 2,097 rushing yards, the second-highest single-season mark in NFL history. The team's 2,634 rushing yards in 2012 marked a Vikings franchise high.
Musgrave spent five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 2006-10, serving as the team's quarterbacks coach. During his tenure, Musgrave tutored Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan in 2008, helping Ryan win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. At the time, Ryan became only the second rookie in NFL history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season, posting nine consecutive games with 200 yards passing along the way. Ryan was also named as a Pro Bowler in 2010, when he threw for 3,705 yards and 28 touchdowns along with a 91.0 passer rating.
As the quarterbacks coach of the Washington Redskins in 2005, he helped the team reach the playoffs and defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round. That season, quarterback Mark Brunell passed for a career-high 23 touchdowns, the most by a Redskins signal caller since 1999.
Working on Del Rio's staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-04 Musgrave worked with Jaguars 2003 first-round pick quarterback Byron Leftwich. As Musgrave oversaw his development, Leftwich threw for 5,760 yards and 29 touchdowns over his first two years. Musgrave also helped lead a potent rushing attack, as running back Fred Taylor set then-franchise records with 1,572 rushing yards in 2003 and followed up with 1,224 yards in 2004.
During the 1999 and 2000 campaigns, Musgrave served as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers' offense ranked second in the NFL in passing (260.1 passing yards per game) and fourth in scoring (26.3 points per game) in 1999, and quarterback Steve Beuerlein had a career year, throwing for 36 touchdowns and 4,436 yards and earning a Pro Bowl nod.
Musgrave's first NFL coaching experience came with the Raiders in 1997 as quarterbacks coach. Starting quarterback Jeff George led the AFC with 29 touchdowns and threw only nine interceptions under Musgrave's guidance.
Musgrave's own six-year pro career as a quarterback began as a fourth-round draft choice by the Dallas Cowboys in 1991. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991-94, serving as a back up to Joe Montana and Steve Young, while also learning his craft under the likes of coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan. He was a member of the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX winning team in 1994. Musgrave followed Shanahan to Denver to play behind John Elway from 1995-96.
Musgrave was a four-year starting quarterback and three-year captain at Oregon from 1987-90. In addition to taking the Ducks to their first bowl games in 26 years in 1989 and 1990, he finished his collegiate career as Oregon's all-time leader in passing and total offense, while establishing 15 school records. His 60 passing touchdowns ranked second only to Elway in PAC-10 history.
A native of Grand Junction, Colo., Musgrave was named Colorado High School Athlete of the Year for 1985-86 and was the recipient of the Denver Post's Gold Helmet Award as the prep football player of the year. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Bill Musgrave's Coaching Background
|Years||College/Pro Team||Position Coached|
|1997||Oakland Raiders||Quarterbacks Coach|
|1998||Philadeliphia Eagles||Offensive Assistant/Offensive Coordinator*|
|1999||Carolina Panthers||Quarterbacks Coach|
|2000||Carolina Panthers||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks|
|2001-02||University of Virginia||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Tight Ends|
|2003||Jacksonville Jaguars||Offensive Coordinator|
|2004||Jacksonville Jaguars||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks|
|2005||Washington Redskins||Quarterbacks Coach|
|2006-10||Atlanta Falcons||Quarterbacks Coach|
|2011-13||Minnesota Vikings||Offensive Coordinator|
|2014||Philadelphia Eagles||Quarterbacks Coach|
|2015||Oakland Raiders||Offensive Coordinator|
* Served as team's offensive coordinator for the final 10 games.