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Quick Hits: Raiders Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave Confident In Connor Cook


Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave

Six points was all the Oakland Raiders offense was able to muster last week against the Denver Broncos and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave knows the team will need to regroup if they want to succeed this Saturday. The Silver and Black will have a tough task on their hands when they face a stout Houston Texans defense that was efficient in stopping the run during the regular season. Musgrave talked Thursday afternoon about the team's preparation and that it'll be ready to go.

Here are the quick hits from his presser:

**Musgrave talked about the adjustments that have been made due to the current quarterback situation.


"There's definitely an adjustment phase for all staff, but fortunately Connor [Cook] has been here all year. He's been part of the process. Been pretty much just like we would with any other QB, whether it be Derek [Carr] or Matt [McGloin] last week. We've had a good week. It's been condensed. Had a good day today and we're looking forward to having more preparation, of course, once we get down there tomorrow and even the day of the game."

He discussed the offense last week against the Denver Broncos and how they'll be prepared for this Saturday's game.

"The way the game went the other day, we got down by three scores. I don't know how limited we felt. We wanted to do whatever it took to try to get back into that game. Connor has done a nice job. The preparation throughout the whole year has been sharp with [quarterbacks] coach [Todd] Downing. I think we all have a lot of confidence in what he can handle, volume-wise and complexity."

The Raiders offensive coordinator said the team has to be able to battle through defenses stacking the box against the run.

"That's always a tough way to make a living, but we're all used to it. That's what happens in professional football. You have to be able to handle eight and nine man boxes and run it when you want to. We've experienced a lot of success in the run game his year, more than we did two years ago. Last weekend, we didn't have a lot of success running it, but we want to get right back on track."

**Musgrave shared that the offensive line will have to do some mixing and matching without left tackle Donald Penn.


"Definitely some mixing and matching going on. This time of year, a lot of people are banged up. Going to put our healthiest five bodies out there and put them in a good place where they can work cohesively and we get a good end result."

He broke down what he saw from Cook in college and why he can be a successful player in the NFL.

"Steady. Very accurate. Good height. Can definitely see the field and throws with anticipation. He's one of those guys that doesn't have to wait for the receiver to be open to let it go. He'll anticipate and get it there on time."

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